Campaign Corner

Allentown Mayoral Race

Budget

Allentown got 57 million dollars from the federal government due to COVID. Half this year half next. Must be spent by 2024. How would the Mayor best put those funds to use?

Taxes

Property taxes were raised 27% at the end of 2018. Allentown school district taxes continue to increase. What does the Mayor see in relations to having to increase taxes again, repeal them and can they do anything to help mitigate School District taxes.

Affordable Housing

Blighted properties and high rent apartments, low home ownership. How will the next Mayor make housing more affordable and increase home ownership?

Youth

What programs can be put in place to keep kids out of the reach of gangs, in-class and on the path to success?

Local News

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One provision would toughen Pennsylvania’s existing identification requirements for a registered voter to cast a ballot, both in-person and by mail. Read more

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One of Allentown's oldest family businesses will close or change hands by the end of 2021. Read more

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(The Center Square) – In honor of September, National Suicide Prevention month, Pennsylvania state Sen. John Kane, D-Chester, has introduced legislation aimed at reducing suicide deaths in Pennsylvania by giving residents the option to reduce their own access to firearms. Read more

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Roberto Cuca will be chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Tela, which is based in Malvern, Chester County. Read more

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Temperatures will get a little warmer as we kick off the new week, and we will even see a brief return to a little humidity Tuesday, with a few showers and maybe a thunderstorm. Read more

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Bullets were flying in a Northampton County neighborhood Sunday night. Read more

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The fire broke out around 9 p.m. Sunday at Walnut Manor. Read more

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Sunday was a display of diversity and cultural diffusion that reflects a community's heritage, pride and contribution.  Read more

The annual event held Sunday featured local musicians playing on porches. Read more

There is no word on the extent of the injuries or if there have been any arrests. Read more

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More than 100 people filed into Quakertown's Univest Performance Center Sunday afternoon to learn about The Convention of States. Read more

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Temperatures will get a little warmer as we kick off the new week. Read more

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The Berks County tradition was held at Kutztown Middle School on Saturday night. Read more

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Another crisp, cool start with some patchy fog Sunday morning. More sunshine and fall-like temperatures in the afternoon.  Read more

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Mostly sunny skies allow highs to bounce back to the low 70s each afternoon Read more

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On the grounds of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, more than 100 years of history is coming to life. Read more

In Pennsylvania there are more than 280,000 people living with the disease and 500,000 caregivers. Read more

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250,000 people come to the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem each year. Read more

Crews were joined by marching bands as they took to the streets of the Montgomery County Township Saturday afternoon.  Read more

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(The Center Square) – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia, was arrested late Friday by city law enforcement on charges accusing him of harassment and violating a protection from abuse order. Read more

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A tractor-trailer crashed in Kidder Township early Saturday morning.  Read more

The event will include art lessons, craft sales and educational opportunities.  Read more

Kids returning to school and in-person classes are likely to experience separation anxiety.  Read more

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Children will have the chance to see and touch 35-40 vehicles, including first responder vehicles.  Read more

Primo Hoagies is adding four locations in the region. Read more

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Mostly sunny skies allow highs to bounce back to the low 70s each afternoon Read more

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The program will distribute more than $6,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in Berks County. Read more

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weighed in on Friday to expand Pfizer booster approval to additional groups of individuals. Read more

US and World News

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A New York City jury resumed deliberations on Monday at the sex trafficking trial of R&B star R. Kelly. Jurors began the day by sending the judge a note asking for transcripts of testimony by two former Kelly employees and for a legal clarification. Deliberations first began on Friday at federal court in Brooklyn before the panel of seven men and five women took the weekend off. The 54-year-old singer of the smash hit “I Believe I Can Fly” has denied any wrongdoing. Read more

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Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are getting into the fast-growing market for plant-based chicken. Beyond Meat said Monday that its new tenders, made from fava beans, will go on sale in U.S. groceries in October. Impossible Foods began selling its new soy-based nuggets at U.S. groceries this month. Beyond and Impossible made their names with plant-based burgers sold in the meat aisle. But this time, they have more competition, with more than 50 plant-based chicken brands already in the U.S. Read more

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After hovering for years at lows sometimes near $1 per pound, coffee futures — the price large buyers agree to pay upon delivery months down the road — are now around $1.90 per pound. Factors including wild weather in Brazil, supply bottlenecks and worker shortages have all contributed. Although most experts expect the rising costs to hit consumers by year end, a spike in coffee prices on the international futures market doesn’t always trickle down. One mitigating factor is the supply of beans large roasters already have on hand. Starbucks, for instance, says it has enough supply to get through this year and most of the next.  Read more

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The dispute between Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and its former government over who should speak at the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders is over. Nobody is going to deliver an address. The Taliban challenged the credentials of the ambassador from Afghanistan’s former government, and asked to represent the country at the General Assembly’s high-level meeting. But the assembly committee that decides on challenges never met. So the old government's ambassador Ghulam Isaczai was slated to speak. But a U.N. spokesperson tells The Associated Press that they were notified Saturday he “would no longer be speaking." Read more

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French President Macron was hit at the shoulder by an egg thrown at him by a man during an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon. A video of the incident shows Macron walking through the crowd when an egg bounced off him without breaking. The video also shows a man being taken away from the scene by other bodyguards. No details have been released by authorities on the man's identity or motivations. In June, Macron was slapped in the face by a man as he greeted the public in a small town in southeastern France. That slap prompted a wide show of support for Macron from politicians across the ideological spectrum. Read more

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Denny Hamlin will reach the third round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs next month having faced the make-or-break pressure of the postseason only twice. Ending the first race of each postseason round in victory lane can do wonders for the blood pressure of a driver and his team. Hamlin won at Darlington to open the first round, and then he did it again at Las Vegas in the second-round opener. He is the first driver to win the first race in each of the first two stages since NASCAR introduced this playoff format in 2014. Read more

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This week’s new entertainment releases include new music from Brandi Carlile and the Doobie Brothers, as well as the return of Jon Stewart to prime time and a prequel film to “The Sopranos” called “The Many Saints of Newark.” In other film options, Jake Gyllenhaal teams up with director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto for the tense thriller “The Guilty.” And if disaster is more your style, check out NBC's “La Brea,” which begins when a giant sinkhole opens in Los Angeles, plunging hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Read more

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America had yet to really learn about sexual harassment when Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas in front of an all-male Senate panel in October 1991. He was confirmed to the Supreme Court anyway, but Hill’s work was just beginning. Now, the 65-year-old Hill wishes she could've told her younger self that progress would take a long time. Sitting down last week with The Associated Press to discuss her new book, “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence,” Hill said the project gained urgency in early 2020 as the pandemic took hold. She was disturbed to hear that intimate partner violence had surged. Read more

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It’s a consequential week for President Joe Biden’s agenda as Democratic leaders work to delicately trim back his $3.5 trillion package and pass legislation to avoid a federal shutdown. The Senate has a test vote set Monday to keep the government running and avert a federal debt default. But that package stands to run into a blockade by Republican senators. Funding runs out after Thursday’s fiscal yearend deadline. Behind the scenes, Biden and Democratic leaders are working to round up votes for his bigger package. An expected House vote Monday on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill was postponed to Thursday. Read more

The Council of Europe has awarded its human rights prize to jailed Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova. She was arrested last year after she tore up her passport to prevent her forced expulsion. Earlier this month, a court in Minsk found her guilty of conspiring to seize power and creating an extremist organization. She was sentenced to 11 years in prison. At a ceremony Monday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe awarded her its Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. The 60,000-euro ($70,160) award honors outstanding civil society action in the defense of human rights. Assembly President Rik Daems says in standing up to the Lukashenko regime Kolesnikova "has shown true courage.” Read more

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Stocks were mixed in morning trading on Wall Street Monday as gains for banks and energy companies are checked by drops in the technology sector. The S&P 500 fell 0.2%, while the Nasdaq lost 0.8%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.8% and a measure of small-company stocks was also higher. Treasury yields continued to climb. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.47%. That helped send bank stocks higher, and energy companies were also benefiting from a 2% rise in the price of crude oil. The National Association for Business Economics trimmed its forecast for economic growth this year. Read more

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Israel’s new prime minister has appealed to the international community to stand together against Iran. In his maiden speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Naftali Bennett accused the Iran of marching forward toward the development of a nuclear weapon and threatened to to act alone if the world does not take action. Bennett also sought to play down Israel’s decadeslong conflict with the Palestinians. Bennett made no mention of the Palestinians even once in his 25-minute speech, and instead sought to portray Iran as a menace to global security. Bennett is a religious hard-liner who opposes Palestinian statehood. Read more

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Lines of cars formed at British gas stations for a fourth day, as the government mulled bringing in the army to help ease supply disruption triggered by a shortage of truck drivers. Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, said training has been taking place for military personnel to drive tankers. The government says it has “no plans at the moment” to deploy troops. The haulage industry says the U.K. is short as many as 100,000 truckers, due to the coronavirus pandemic and an exodus of foreign workers following Brexit. The end result is empty supermarket shelves, shuttered gas pumps, panic buying and short tempers as some drivers wait for hours to get gas.   Read more

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Instagram is putting a hold on the development of Instagram kids, geared towards children under 13, so it can address concerns about the vulnerability of younger users. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post Monday that a delay will give the company time to “work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate the value and importance of this project for younger teens online today.” The announcement follows a investigative series by The Wall Street Journal which reported that Facebook was aware that the use of Instagram by some teenage girls led to mental health issues and anxiety. Read more

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A strong earthquake has struck the Greek island of Crete. One person has been killed and 20 have been injured. Homes and churches were damaged and rock slides occurred near the country’s fourth-largest city. The quake on Monday had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8 and sent people fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion. Schools were evacuated. Repeated aftershocks rattled the area and added to damage in villages near the epicenter. Civil protection officials said tents were being set up for residents whose homes had been damaged, and there would be capacity for up to 2,500 people. Read more

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Timbaland paved his own way as a hit-making producer for elite acts like Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, but now he’s creating a lane for aspiring music creators to collaborate with the industry’s biggest performers. While his uber-successful “Verzuz” series with Swizz Beatz remains popular, Timbaland has a new venture called Beatclub, an online beat-selling marketplace. It’s a digital platform for music makers to connect with musicians, producers, songwriters, music publishers and record labels. Beatclub expects to officially launch later this year, but several top-line musicians and producer have already joined Beatclub including J. Cole and Mike WiLL Made-It. Justin Timberlake announced Monday that he’s also joining Beatclub. Read more

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China's Foreign Ministry says two Canadians detained in late 2019 who were allowed to return to Canada were released on bail for health reasons. A ministry spokesperson made the comment as Beijing sought to downplay the connection between their release and the return to China of a long-detained executive of Huawei Technologies. Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in December 2019, days after Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada at the request of U.S. authorities. Meng fought the U.S. demand for extradition from Canada. She landed in China on Saturday after reaching a deal with the U.S. Justice Department. Read more

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Tuesday finally meet with members of the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaigning group. They have for more than a year sharply criticized his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson’s Downing Street office confirmed Monday that the prime minister will hold a “private meeting” with members of the group. The group said family members will tell the stories of how their loved ones caught the virus and reiterate their calls for a statutory inquiry into the pandemic to start soon. The group has asked for it to take place outside and that social distancing is observed even though all restrictions on social contact have been lifted. Read more

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With a donation of $1.5 million from author James Patterson, Scholastic Book Clubs has launched “The United States of Readers." It's a classroom program designed to address literacy inequity. Scholastic announced Monday that United States of Readers will help bring books to 32,000 kids nationwide, grades K-8, from low-income families. Patterson is one of the world’s bestselling novelists. He has already donated more than $10 million to teachers and students through Scholastic. Patterson says he's been working his whole career to get kids reading because he believes illiteracy is one of the biggest challenges the country faces. Read more

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Many of the 38 members recognized by the United Nations as small island developing states are known for their stunning coral reefs, pristine beaches and dire imperilment by climate change. These islands are dependent on tourism, which itself is a significant driver of climate change. With their economies devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, these countries are looking to a return of tourism to salvage their livelihoods. At the same time, they are issuing increasingly stark clarion calls for action on climate change at the United Nations General Assembly as rising sea levels threaten to drown them before the end of the century.  Read more

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Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecessors were in four. One after another, political firestorms have ignited around him. Milley will face congressional questioning Tuesday when he appears at a hearing about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Also a likely topic is a new book that portrays Milley as having taken steps to guard against Donald Trump potentially starting a war with China or Iran or ordering an unprovoked nuclear attack in the final months of his presidency. Read more

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President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia. Sullivan is to meet with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman as the U.S. presses for a cease-fire in the yearslong war between the kingdom and Houthi rebels in Yemen. That's according to two senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Sullivan travels Monday and will be the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit Saudi Arabia. The White House has largely steered clear of the crown prince since making public a CIA report that showed he likely approved the killing of Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi. Read more

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The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has sought urgent clearance from the court’s judges to resume investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. Prosecutor Karim Khan said Monday that under the country’s new Taliban rulers “there is no longer the prospect of genuine and effective domestic investigations” in the country. Judges at the global court authorized an investigation in March last year. The investigation was deferred after Afghan authorities asked to take over the case. Khan said he plans to focus on crimes committed by the Taliban and the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group. Read more

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Seasonal monsoon rains may worsen flooding that has already badly affected about a third of Thailand. A tropical storm swept through the upper part of the country over the weekend, causing flash floods that affected thousands. Disaster-prevention officials say 12 provinces along the Chao Phraya river, including Bangkok and the old capital Ayutthaya, should be prepared for new flooding as water levels increase in the Chao Phraya dam by 1 to 3 feet over the next few days. Soldiers helped fill sandbags in Ayutthaya. Flood gates and pumping stations were being operated carefully in Bangkok to try to mitigate any potential damage. Read more

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Global shoppers face possible shortages of smartphones and other goods ahead of Christmas after power cuts to meet government targets forced Chinese factories to shut down and left some households in the dark. In the northeastern city of Liaoyang, 23 people were hospitalized with gas poisoning after ventilation in a metal casting factory was shut off following a power outage, according to state broadcaster CCTV. No deaths were reported. The disruption to China’s vast manufacturing industries during one of their busiest seasons reflects the ruling Communist Party’s struggle to balance economic growth with efforts to rein in pollution and emissions of climate-changing gases. Read more

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A Spanish island volcano that has buried more than 500 buildings and displaced over 6,000 people since last week lessened its activity on Monday, although scientists warned that it was too early to declare the eruption phase finished. The plume of ash emerging from the main vent stopped in the early hours of Monday. But the column of ash and volcanic material returned after a two-hour hiatus. The La Palma island's authorities advised residents in four neighborhoods to remain indoors to avoid toxic gases that could be released as a result of hot lava meeting cooler Atlantic Ocean water. No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported since the volcano’s eruption on Sept. 19. Read more

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A federal judge is considering whether the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan should be be unconditionally released from the restrictions he's been living under. John Hinckley Jr. was 25 when he attacked the president. Jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity. Now he's 66, and he's been living in Williamsburg, Virginia, since leaving a Washington hospital five years ago. Doctors oversee his medication and therapy. He can’t have a gun. And he can't travel far without informing his doctors. Hinckley's lawyer says he no longer poses a threat. Prosecutors have opposed ending restrictions. A hearing was scheduled for Monday. Read more

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Germany’s voters have delivered their verdict. Now it’s up to party leaders to thrash out who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in office and with what political priorities. The shape of Germany’s new Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, is now clear. But there are majorities for three more or less plausible new coalition governments, and it could take weeks or months to put a new administration in place. Merkel and her outgoing government will remain in office in a caretaker capacity until the Bundestag elects her successor.  Read more

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“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards. Broadway looked back Sunday night to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to welcoming audiences again. “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez was named the best new play, and Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” won best play revival. The pandemic-delayed telecast kicked off with an energetic performance of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from original Broadway cast members of “Hairspray!” Read more

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Democrats are promising historic investments across all levels of education as they push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan. The proposal includes universal prekindergarten, two years of free community college and expanded child care subsidies. Biden's “Build Back Better” plan touches nearly every aspect of American life, but education serves as a bedrock. Advocates call it a landmark bill that makes improvements along the entire arc of an academic career. Republicans decry it as a step toward socialism that will strain the economy. Democrats are trying to pass it on their own, but cuts may be needed to win support within the party.  Read more