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Monday, September 26, 2022
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The market will be at Lafayette College's Quad on Saturday, Oct. 1, which is the first day of the Easton Garlic Fest.

Saturday, September 24, 2022
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A medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors, a Phillipsburg restaurant is sold after 22 years, and more in this week's business news.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
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Only one person addressed the incident during the public comment session, after the superintendent spoke about the district's handling of the situation.

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The Phillipsburg Land Use Board on Thursday voted to memorialize the granting of applications for a proposed warehouse and QuickChek.

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The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission reviewed plans for Tower Place, the development proposed for the former Martin Tower site in Bethlehem.

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Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure issued his third veto of the week, rejecting county council's plan for a study of Gracedale nursing home. 

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Talk on social media had residents questioning if the parade had been canceled this year, but rest assured, it's not going anywhere.

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"We are creating neighborhoods that people will want to live in."

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Plans for the funding include the construction of a farmer's market.

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Council voted unanimously to seek bids for a study of county workers' pay, but McClure vetoed it.

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Just A Dream Frozen Yogurt will soon be just a memory, but a sweet one.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
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The 600 block of North Second Street will be named "Jarrouj Way" in honor of brothers Ayoub and Radwan Jarrouj.

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Allentown City Council discussed the uncertain future of the city's Lights in the Parkway holiday event.

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The township claims the developer constructed a building with an exterior façade that was contrary to the designs approved by supervisors in 2016.

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The MilliporeSigma Distribution Center calls for a 154,000-square-foot warehouse at 7034 Ambassador Drive.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
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The amendment addresses parking rates and permits for the Riverside Way lot.

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Mayor J. William Reynolds said the changes will help recruit new police officers to Bethlehem.

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The project known as Skyline West is slated for 143 W. Broad Street, and calls for 40 apartments in a five-story, flat-roof building.

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The work is underway to comply with Major League Baseball standards and to make way for year-round use of the city-owned ballpark.

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The Lehigh Valley has a big advantage over some competing regions: costs. 

US and World News

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Women seeking abortions across Arizona were forced to find alternatives beyond the state’s borders after a court ruling last week cleared the way for prosecutors to charge doctors and others who help a woman end a pregnancy unless her life is in danger. The state’s major abortion providers immediately halted procedures and canceled appointments. Providers in neighboring states, already seeing an increase in traffic from other conservative states that have banned abortion, were preparing to treat some of the 13,000 Arizona patients who get an abortion each year. Read more

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Oath Keepers militia group founder Stewart Rhodes was once a promising Yale Law School graduate. Rhodes was born in California and spent time in Nevada and once secured an Arizona Supreme Court clerkship. But Rhodes' deep distrust of government and thirst for greatness led him down a different path. Rhodes built one of the country’s largest anti-government militia groups with members who'd eventually storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The 57-year-old Rhodes and four others tied to the group head to trial this week on charges of seditious conspiracy. It's the most serious charge leveled by the Justice Department in its far-reaching prosecution of Capitol rioters. Read more

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Tension, rather than sadness, is filling Japan as a rare state funeral for the assassinated former leader Shinzo Abe deeply splits the nation. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan's longest-serving modern political leader deserves the honor of a state ceremony. But Abe was one of Japan's most divisive modern figures. And controversy has grown since his assassination in July over his and the ruling party's ties to the ultra-conservative, South Korea-based Unification Church. Opponents say the money spent on the funeral should be spent elsewhere. The 4,300 attendees at the funeral include Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte. Read more

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A NASA spacecraft has rammed an asteroid in an unprecedented test to see if a potentially menacing space rock could be knocked off course. The galactic grand slam occurred at a harmless asteroid 7 million miles away Monday. The Dart spacecraft plowed into the small space rock at 14,000 mph. Scientists say the impact should have carved out a crater and hurled streams of rocks and dirt into space. Most importantly, though, scientists are hoping the collision altered the asteroid’s orbit. NASA won’t know how much the spacecraft nudged the asteroid for a couple of months. Read more

Hurricane Ian is nearing Cuba on a track to strike Florida as a Category 4 as early as Wednesday. One emergency management director says “this is not a drill.” Tampa and St. Petersburg are among the most likely targets for their first direct hit by a major hurricane in a century. Ian is already getting stronger and is forecast to move quickly over Cuba's western tip Monday. Then it will turn northward and slow down over warm Gulf of Mexico waters, conditions ripe for brewing the strongest hurricanes. Forecasters say the storm surge could reach 10 feet. Hundreds of thousands of people could face mandatory evacuation orders. Read more

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Chicago's police chief says a man used a fire escape to infiltrate a police facility where officers were undergoing a SWAT training exercise and grabbed at least two guns before he was shot and wounded by police. Police Superintendent David Brown said the suspect was taken to the hospital Monday with injuries not considered to be life-threatening. One officer was taken to the hospital with a sprained ankle. Brown said the suspect had asked where to go to retrieve personal property before entering the building in Homan Square by climbing a fire escape before entering the building through a door that was propped open. He was seen on video leaving the facility and then returning to infiltrate it. Read more

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been taken to a hospital after being involved in a one-car accident following practice. The team says Garrett did not suffer life-threatening injuries but provided no further details on his condition. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it responded to a rollover crash around 3 p.m. Troopers found a gray Porsche 911 Turbo S on the right side of the road with rollover damage. The highway patrol said Garrett and a unidentified female passenger were both transported to a hospital. The crash is still under investigation. Read more

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This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Björk and Broadway's "Into the Woods,” the reunion of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in “Hocus Pocus 2” and a Showtime documentary about Sinéad O’Connor. Kerry Washington is behind the camera as an executive producer for Hulu’s “Reasonable Doubt,” with Emayatzy Corinealdi starring as a L.A. defense attorney who chooses results over protocol and has a complicated personal life. And “Blonde,” Andrew Dominik’s long-delayed, NC-17 rated epic and experimental film about Marilyn Monroe is finally here, available on Netflix starting Wednesday. Read more

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A young man shot a Russian military commander at close range at an enlistment office Monday. It was an unusually bold attack reflecting growing resistance to Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to mobilize hundreds of thousands of more men to wage war on Ukraine. The shooting comes after scattered arson attacks on enlistment offices and protests in Russian cities that resulted in at least 2,000 arrests. Russia is seeking to bolster its military as its Ukraine offensive has bogged down. Concerns are growing that Russia may escalate the conflict — including potentially using nuclear weapons. Votes were being held, meanwhile, in four occupied Ukraine regions about joining up with Russia. Britain's Foreign Secretary called the votes “sham referendums held at the barrel of a gun.” Read more

Stocks closed broadly lower Wall Street and the Dow Jones Industrial Average became the last of the major U.S. indexes to fall into what’s known as a bear market. The S&P 500 fell 1% Monday. The Nasdaq also fell. The losses were broad and included banks, health care companies and energy stocks. The British pound slumped to an all-time low against the dollar and investors continued to dump British government bonds in displeasure over a sweeping tax cut plan announced in London last week. Treasury yields continued to rise as the Federal Reserve and other global central banks step up their fight against inflation. Read more

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Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank have voted to fire its president, Mauricio Claver-Carone. An ethics investigation found he had a relationship with a subordinate. The governors had until Tuesday to vote on whether to sack Claver-Carone, but enough ballots had been cast by Monday to remove the first American to lead the bank. An investigation conducted at the bank board’s request determined that Claver-Carone violated ethics rules by raising the salary of his chief of staff, with whom he had a romantic relationship. Claver-Carone has denied the relationship and says the investigation was seriously flawed. Read more

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Marcus Smart has been in Boston long enough to appreciate what Bill Russell meant to the Celtics, the city and the country. The Celtics guard said he hears Russell called a pioneer and trailblazer and he deserves the honors he is receiving. Russell died this summer at the age of 88. The NBA has announced it will retire his No. 6 across the league. Every team is also wearing a No. 6 patch on its jerseys this season. Russell won 11 NBA championships in 13 years. The last two were as a player-coach and the first Black head coach in any of the major U.S. team sports. The Celtics have other tributes planned this season that have yet to be announced. Read more

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Four people have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors for their roles in absentee ballot fraud in rural North Carolina during the 2016 and 2018 elections. These convictions Monday stemmed from an investigation that in part resulted in a do-over congressional election. The defendants were associated with Leslie McCrae Dowless, a political operative in Bladen County whom authorities called the ringleader of the ballot scheme. Dowless died this year before his case went to trial. The State Board of Elections has ordered a new election for the 2018 9th Congressional District because of all the fraud allegations. Cases against six other defendants are pending. Read more

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The Federal Reserve will have to keep boosting its benchmark interest rate to a point that raises unemployment and gets inflation down from unusually high levels. That's according to two central bank officials in separate remarks Monday. The comments from both officials added to an ongoing debate about how badly the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes — the fastest in more than 40 years — will hurt the economy. By lifting its benchmark rate, the Fed is pushing up the cost of a wide range of consumer and business loans, including for mortgages, auto loans, and credit cards. Read more

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Miles Bridges’ future with the Charlotte Hornets remains uncertain as the team opens training camp on Tuesday. Bridges, the team’s leading scorer last season, was charged in June with three counts of felony domestic violence. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Bridges allegedly assaulted the mother of his two young children in front of them. Bridges has pleaded not guilty and has a court date Thursday. The uncertainty over his legal issues has left the Hornets in wait--see mode. Because he’s a restricted free agent, Bridges is not on the Hornets' roster and did not attend media day. Read more

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Hurricane Ian is prompting NASA to move its moon rocket off the launch pad and into shelter. Mission managers decided Monday to return the rocket to its hangar, adding weeks of delay for the lunar-orbiting test flight. The four-mile trip will begin late Monday night. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is on the fringes of the hurricane’s cone of uncertainty. But the latest forecast showed no improvement and so managers decided to play it safe. NASA isn't speculating when the next launch attempt might be, but it could be off until November. Read more

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A law enforcement official in Venezuela says the fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” has requested asylum in the South American country. He is at the center of one of the U.S. Navy’s worst corruption scandals. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press about the closed proceedings. Authorities say Leonard Glenn Francis slipped away from house arrest in San Diego on Sept. 4 weeks before being sentenced. The Malaysian owner of a ship servicing company was captured last week in Venezuela. Read more

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A party with neo-fascist roots has won the most votes in Italy’s national election, setting the stage for talks to form the country’s first far right-led government since World War II, with Giorgia Meloni at the helm as Italy’s first female premier. Near-final results show Meloni's Brothers of Italy, swept the election. The country's lurch to the far right immediately shifts Europe’s geopolitical reality, placing a euroskeptic party in a position to lead a founding member of the European Union and its third-largest economy. Europe’s right-wing party leaders immediately hailed Meloni’s victory and her party’s meteoric rise as sending a historic message to Brussels. Italy’s left warned of “dark days” ahead and vowed to keep Italy in the heart of Europe. Read more

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Negotiators have agreed to include more than $12 billion in Ukraine-related aid in a stopgap spending bill that would fund the federal government into mid-December. The package will also provide disaster assistance, including for Jackson, Mississippi, where improvements are needed to the city’s water treatment system. Also in the package is money to help households afford winter heating and to assist Afghans in resettling in the U.S. There's also a reauthorization of user fees that the Food and Drug Administration relies on to fund some of the most critical programs the agency undertakes. Read more

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President Joe Biden has announced a new initiative that would eventually allow consumers to see a more complete price on airline tickets before they buy them. That would include baggage and change fees. The White House says the proposed rule from the Department of Transportation will prevent airlines from hiding the “true cost” of airline tickets, which would help consumers save money up front and encourage more competition among airlines to offer better fares. The requirement will apply not only to airlines directly but also on third-party search sites such as Kayak and Expedia. The rule would need to go through a 60-day comment period before final approval. Read more

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Authorities say a gunman has killed 17 people and wounded 24 others in a school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting in School No. 88 in Izhevsk, a city 960 kilometers (600 miles) east of Moscow. The governor of the region said the gunman killed himself after the attack. Russia's Investigative Committee identified the gunman as 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev, a graduate of the school, and the governor said he was a patient at a psychiatric facility. He used two non-lethal handguns adapted to fire real bullets. An investigation has been launched on multiple murder charges. Read more

Some fans are already predicting the NFC East will be won in a walkover. Read more

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan has returned to Mississippi’s capital city to meet with Jackson officials about the city’s troubled water system. Federal attorneys also sent a letter on the same day to city officials threatening legal action against the city if it does not agree to negotiations related to its water system. Regan says he wants to avoid a legal dispute by working with city officials to reach a “judicially enforceable agreement” that ensures Jackson can sustain its water system in the future. A Department of Justice spokesperson declined to specify what such an agreement could entail. Read more

The Phillies’ magic number is eight as they embark on a 10-game road trip to conclude the regular season. Read more

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President Joe Biden says the Atlanta Braves will be “forever known as the upset kings of October” for their improbable 2021 World Series win. He called their drive an “unstoppable, joyful run.” Biden welcomed the champs for a packed East Room ceremony on Monday. They got in their White House visit with just over a week left before the 2022 regular season wraps up and playoffs begin again. The Braves are just two wins behind first place in the National League East. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk says he hopes they’ll be back to the White House again soon. Read more

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The government is getting its day in court to try to block a partnership between American Airlines and JetBlue. A trial is scheduled to start Tuesday in the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against the airlines. The government says that letting American and JetBlue work together on flights in the Northeast will hurt competition and lead to higher fares. The airlines say it's just the opposite — they say their partnership will make them stronger competitors against Delta and United, and that's good for consumers. The trial is being held in federal court in Boston. It's expected to last about three weeks. Read more

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Alabama has mostly breezed through the first month of the season, with one big scare and three games that were frightfully but predictably easy. How good is ’Bama, really? Check back in a few weeks. The second-ranked Crimson Tide start a three-game stretch against ranked teams. First is Saturday at No. 20 Arkansas. Then comes No. 17 Texas A&M and a visit to red-hot eighth-ranked Tennessee. All-America linebacker Will Anderson Jr.  isn't worried, saying it's not “our first time going on a stretch like this.” Read more

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Some of the West’s fiercest critics have made their case in the closing hours of the U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders. In speeches Monday, Syria and North Korea accused the United States and its allies of seeking to impose their will on the world. Syria Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad called for a U.S.-led military coalition to get out of his country. North Korean Ambassador Kim Song said his country wouldn’t yield to U.N. demands to give up its nuclear weapons program. Both condemned sanctions against their countries. In his own speech last week, U.S. President Joe Biden made no direct mention of Syria but briefly complained that North Korea is violating U.N. sanctions over its nuclear activities. Read more

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The Celtics were supposed to enter the preseason as one of the favorites to emerge from the Eastern Conference on the heels of their surprise run to the NBA Finals last season under rookie head coach Ime Udoka. Then came Udoka's suspension. Boston interim coach Joe Mazzulla says he'll take his time giving people time to “feel and heal.” None of the players who spoke at media day said they had talked with Udoka since his suspension was announced. But they acknowledged that their emotions remain all over the place, having learned of Udoka's suspension on social media before getting basic information from the team. Read more

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A Krakow councilman says the Polish city cancelled gigs by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters because of his sympathetic stance toward Russia in its war against Ukraine. And he invited the singer to join him on a visit to Ukraine to see the extent of Russian crimes. Councilman Lukasz Wantuch said the city owns the arena where two Waters’ concerts had been scheduled for April before being canceled. He said that Waters was free to perform in a private venue if he wishes. Wantuch spearheaded a symbolic resolution to declare Waters “persona non grata” in Krakow. He also invited Waters on Monday to join him on a visit to Ukraine to see for himself the extent of devastation caused by Russian attacks. Read more