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 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:53:19 +0000 Does it Really Work? Pet Command
In this week’s Does it Really Work segment, Newswatch 16’s Kurt Aaron checked out Pet Command.  The maker claims it can train your furry friend in 2 weeks or less guaranteed. It’s suppose to be quick and painless because it uses sounds that only your pet can hear and not you. The sounds are suppose […]

In this week’s Does it Really Work segment, Newswatch 16’s Kurt Aaron checked out Pet Command.  The maker claims it can train your furry friend in 2 weeks or less guaranteed. It’s suppose to be quick and painless because it uses sounds that only your pet can hear and not you. The sounds are suppose to be used to make your dog stop barking or jumping on people.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:26:06 +0000 Crestwood Comets Team #2
Crestwood bracketed last season with a 41-7, and 14-13 losses to Berwick.  In Between Crestwood won ten straight games and they return quanity and quality especially on the line and in the offensive backfield.   Frank Aigeldinger is a battering ram at RB/LB.   Jay Popson is confident and composed at QB.  Rodney Koch is the rock […]

Crestwood bracketed last season with a 41-7, and 14-13 losses to Berwick.  In Between Crestwood won ten straight games and they return quanity and quality especially on the line and in the offensive backfield.   Frank Aigeldinger is a battering ram at RB/LB.   Jay Popson is confident and composed at QB.  Rodney Koch is the rock on the line, and seven starters return on defense.  They open with Berwick, and there’s a good chance the Comets could meet the Dawgs in the District Playoffs.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:17:09 +0000 Restaurant Rebuilds and Plans To Reopen
DELAWARE TOWNSHIP– Employees of a restaurant in Northumberland County that caught fire in February have started fixing up the place. The work is being done while the owners wait to see what happens with a lawsuit. They filed against the company that they believe is responsible for the fire. Craig Lehman nails boards to the […]

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP– Employees of a restaurant in Northumberland County that caught fire in February have started fixing up the place. The work is being done while the owners wait to see what happens with a lawsuit. They filed against the company that they believe is responsible for the fire.

Craig Lehman nails boards to the roof of Bradley’s Fern Park here in Delaware Township near Turbotville. The place burned down back in February.

Lehman co-owns the bar and restaurant. He says he has been keeping himself busy helping to rebuild it.

“We were upset at first, but you know it’s going to be bigger and better,” said Craig Lehman.

“You’re used to seeing something every day and you come in and it’s all burnt to hell,” said Matt Holmes from Hughesville.

The state police fire marshal ruled the fire an accident. The trooper said it started in a motor of a freezer in the kitchen.

Recently the restaurant filed a federal lawsuit against a company in Missouri that makes kitchen equipment. The restaurant owners say their insurance company also believes the fire started inside a faulty freezer.

“You could tell it was just a piece of equipment that we had just things happen.” said Holmes.

So, while he waits for the lawsuit, Lehman says he’s working to rebuild.

“Besides a few remaining walls most of the structure will be brand new. The owners say the fire gave them the chance to re-invent and rebuild Fern Park.

“It’s a blessing in disguise.” said Connie Holmes, a former employee.

“It’s going to be a lot better it’s going to be nicer,” said Matt Holmes.

Lehman says he’s getting a lot of help from his friends and employees to help rebuild.

“Yea, I used to be a cook here. Now, I’m just helping with the construction,” said Homes.

“Friends stop in they give us a hand and that’s how we are getting it done,” said Lehman.

The owners estimate the construction project will cost around 300-thousand dollars. The owners plan to have Bradley’s Fern Park open by October.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:57:19 +0000 Palmer and Murray Big on Falcons Front
Paris Palmer is a 6’9″ 305lb offensive tackle for the Lackawanna College Falcons football team. He helps anchor a line that includes Delonte Murray from Maryland. Both players are red-shirt sophomore’s for head coach Mark Duda. Palmer heads to South Carolina after this season and the SEC while Murray joins Kansas and the Big 12 […]

Paris Palmer is a 6’9″ 305lb offensive tackle for the Lackawanna College Falcons football team. He helps anchor a line that includes Delonte Murray from Maryland. Both players are red-shirt sophomore’s for head coach Mark Duda.

Palmer heads to South Carolina after this season and the SEC while Murray joins Kansas and the Big 12 next year.

De’Chavon Hayes the running back was the front runner last year for Lackawanna College and moving onto the next level. Hayes just entered school at Arizona State University this fall and will have two years left after a red-shirt season.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:00:19 +0000 Competition Brings Some New ‘Spice’ to Pocono Garlic Festival
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A popular festival in Monroe County is celebrating a milestone this weekend. The Pocono Garlic Festival is celebrating 20 years Saturday and Sunday. Cleaning pounds and pounds of garlic, it’s just one way farmers and vendors are preparing for the 20th annual Pocono Garlic Festival this Labor Day weekend at Shawnee Mountain […]

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A popular festival in Monroe County is celebrating a milestone this weekend. The Pocono Garlic Festival is celebrating 20 years Saturday and Sunday.

Cleaning pounds and pounds of garlic, it’s just one way farmers and vendors are preparing for the 20th annual Pocono Garlic Festival this Labor Day weekend at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.

“We have pound bags, we have loose garlic, we have bundles, and garlic seed kits so it’s exciting. It’s a chance for us to market a product that we’ve been growing all year long,” said Josie Porter Farm owner Heidi Secord.

Secord does more than just prep her own garlic crop; she helps organize the event in the Poconos, one that continues to grow.

Garlic takes center stage at the weekend festival, but there will also be vendors, artists, a garlic-eating contest and an educational stands to learn about how to grow some of this yourself.

“It’s not a difficult crop to grow. You have to have good soil to grow garlic, but you know it’s good numbers,” said Secord.

New to the Pocono Garlic Festival this year is a new chopped cooking competition that will feature local chefs including one from right here near East Stroudsburg.

Aimee Patel just opened her own restaurant in April, Mikuna Kitchen along Route 209. She says cooking here has helped her get ready for the weekend competition.

“Definitely, it’s nerve-wracking opening a restaurant so maybe it’s prepared me a little bit for the competition I don’t know, but it’s still nerve wracking,” said Mikuna Kitchen owner Aimee Patel.

Patel hasn’t revealed what she’ll be cooking, but says she’s using a special garlic mix to hopefully win the judges over.

“I’d have to say the only thing that is like our secret weapon is our spice called ‘my spice’ it’s just garlic and cumin seeds ground up. And we named it ‘my spice’ because it’s what we use in like every recipe,” said Patel.

Pocono Garlic Festival runs both Saturday and Sunday at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:53:11 +0000 Power To Save: Electric City Lit in LED
SCRANTON — One of the highlights of this weekend’s La Festa Italiana in downtown Scranton will be the official lighting of the Electric City sign, and in this week’s Power to Save we see how the new light bulbs in the sign will likely save the city on electricity costs. The International Brotherhood of Electrical […]

SCRANTON — One of the highlights of this weekend’s La Festa Italiana in downtown Scranton will be the official lighting of the Electric City sign, and in this week’s Power to Save we see how the new light bulbs in the sign will likely save the city on electricity costs.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers run the show on courthouse square days before any food shows up for La Festa Italiana. They run electrical wires for vendors. Other workers are busy setting up tents.

Appropriately, you’ll see a lot of red, green, and white on Courthouse Square during La Festa Italiana weekend. But, this year, you’ll see a lot more of it high above our heads.

La Festa Italiana paid for the iconic Electric City sign on Linden Street to be refurbished just in time for this year’s festival. Many of the bulbs had burned out. They were replaced with LED lamps.

“With those bright LED lights, you’ll be able to see those forever. And it will last forever. That’s the good thing with those LED lights,” said IBEW Local 81 member Gino Arcurie.

And those LED lamps use less energy.

Kevin MacDonough of Mac Signs in Scranton showed us the colorful bulbs compared to the incandescent ones that have been used in the sign since the 1930s.

“As far as savings to the city, what they used to spend approximately $6,000 for on a yearly basis, will now cost them a tenth of that. It will cost them approximately $580 a year.”

It’s a big savings, and the LEDs last for 100,000 hours. When the new bulbs are lit, it will look like the Electric City sign did when it was built in 1937. MacDonough has the original blueprints.

“And on the original prints: red circle, green circle.”

Purely coincidence that it will match the Italian flag on La Festa weekend.

The Electric City sign will be lit of Saturday around 8:30 p.m.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:45:20 +0000 New Building Project at Wilkes Nears Completion
WILKES-BARRE — A new school year at Wilkes University also means new buildings and classrooms on campus. A $4.5 million renovation project announced in March is almost finished at the college. The classes are the same but their location a little different as students and faculty from Wilkes University’s business school get settled into a […]

WILKES-BARRE — A new school year at Wilkes University also means new buildings and classrooms on campus.

A $4.5 million renovation project announced in March is almost finished at the college.

The classes are the same but their location a little different as students and faculty from Wilkes University’s business school get settled into a new space.

“I love the ability to reach out and literally touch the students and be that much closer with them and engage,” said Sidhu School associate dean Justin Matus.

Wilkes announced in March a $4.5 million project that would turn the building into a designated space for the Sidhu Business School, named for a Wilkes graduate.

The former Bartikowsky’s building next door would be used for students services.

A few touch-ups are left to go and the work will be complete.

Accounting Professor Dr. Mariann Rexer loves her new office.

“It’s nice to have new space. And it’s nice to be able to set the space up and design it to make it accessible, so yeah, I was very excited.”

Also new to the Sidhu School are innovation rooms with conference tables, white boards, and TVs for students to work on group projects 24/7.

“They always want us to work in groups because that’s what we’re going to do when we grow up,” said sophomore Johnny Jan.

Students and faculty agree the new space is not only nice looking but also more conducive to learning.

“It definitely helps when all of your classes are in one building, and you don’t have to worry about going to different buildings, place to place,” said senior Michael Lewis.

“Now I know all my business classes will be here, which is really convenient for me,” Jan added.

Renovations continue at the business school but are expected to be done soon.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:35:59 +0000 Casino Revenue Used To Repair Historic Bank Building
WILKES-BARRE – There are mixed opinions about the use of grant money from casino revenue, to restore a historic building that does not yet have any prospective tenants. City officials told Newswatch 16 that they are using $1.3 million in grants to repair the walls, roof and skylights of the former First National Bank on […]

WILKES-BARRE – There are mixed opinions about the use of grant money from casino revenue, to restore a historic building that does not yet have any prospective tenants.

City officials told Newswatch 16 that they are using $1.3 million in grants to repair the walls, roof and skylights of the former First National Bank on Public Square.

Mary McDonough remembers the bank when it was last open in the 1970’s and believes that the project is a good use for gaming funds.

“I think it`s a good thing, I do, because we have to keep our city up in order for us to survive,” said McDonough. “Downtown was very well developed. After the flood, things really took a turn for the worse.”

After walking by the big black protective netting on the front of the building, Jim Stephens told Newswatch 16 that he thinks the plan is dicey.

“It`s good that it’s getting fixed up, but without really having a buyer, that`s another story I guess,” said Stephens. “There`s certainly, probably other projects where casino money could have been used better, especially if they didn`t have a potential buyer.”

Stephens said the situation seems similar to the Hotel Sterling saga.

Organizers received state aid and casino revenue to restore that historic high rise, but contractors demolished it last summer, after authorities deemed the building dangerous.

Wilkes-Barre officials said they’ve already received interest in the building from commercial and residential developers, but there are no solid commitments yet.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:21:04 +0000 Working To Rebuild Main Street In Stroudsburg
STROUDSBURG — Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg is busy rebuilding. A string of fires over the past two months have put several people out of their homes and businesses, and now they’re fighting to come back. It’s been a rough couple of months for many people who live and work along Main Street in Stroudsburg. […]

STROUDSBURG — Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg is busy rebuilding.

A string of fires over the past two months have put several people out of their homes and businesses, and now they’re fighting to come back.

It’s been a rough couple of months for many people who live and work along Main Street in Stroudsburg.

Four fires have broken out on this street alone since July.

Now Main Street is fighting to return bigger and better than ever.

Tearing up the floor, piece by piece and tossing it into dumpsters here along Main Street in Stroudsburg, crews have been busy working inside Pocono Sew & Vac to dry up and clean up what a fire left behind earlier this month.

“It was a mess, definitely it was a mess. The fire started on the top floor and when firefighters got here and they doused all the water, all the water came through, straight through,” said Servpro manager Manuel Mihecha.

Pocono Sew & Vac set up shop temporarily just across the street and is busy running the business here. Management hopes to come back to the old location in just a few months bigger and better.

“It’s tough to cope with a fire, you know? So we’re here at a temporary location, we haven’t laid anyone off,” said manager Fred Bombicca. “We don’t plan to leave downtown. We love the downtown.”

In early July, Kitchen Chemistry burned on Main Street, as well. They, too, are working to come back by November. They opened up a small shop called Pocono Soap in the meantime.

Just a couple of blocks down Main Street some other businesses put out by a fire are still drying out. Dehumidifier pipe are still dripping but they’re already back to work.

“Got all set up with another computer and we were up and running by 12 o’clock noon on Friday,” said Angie Fuhrer of A&M Industrial.

A&M Industrial inside the Holland Thread Mill building suffered water damage less than a week ago when an apartment kitchen fire set off the sprinkler system, water logging this business and another office.

“The ceiling has to be done, the flooring has to be redone, and also all the walls have to be repainted. They are working on the upstairs apartment now, so hopefully we’ll be next,” Fuhrer said.

Crews say they’re working to keep up and rip up as much as they can to make way for new beginnings.

“As hard as we can so that everybody can just come back and everything can be normal for them.”

Both Pocono Sew & Vac and Kitchen Chemistry have been able to keep doing some business while they are cleaning up from these fires.

Both are anxious to get back to business as usual as soon as possible.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:01:58 +0000 PennDOT Reopens Main Avenue Ramp
SCRANTON — Road crews took a big step forward Thursday in a $53 million PennDOT project on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County. Workers reopened a ramp that has been tough on traffic and on businesses in Dickson City for more than two years. A contractor removed black tarp that was hanging over an I-81 north […]

SCRANTON — Road crews took a big step forward Thursday in a $53 million PennDOT project on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County.

Workers reopened a ramp that has been tough on traffic and on businesses in Dickson City for more than two years.

A contractor removed black tarp that was hanging over an I-81 north sign for two years. It’s a short stretch of road, especially when we’re talking about a $53 million highway project, but that short ramp makes a big difference for drivers around here.

Old habits die hard. That’s what Carol Sohns thought after making her delivery runs from her business Main Street Bagel in Dickson City.

“I went up towards the mall and got on 81 that way to go to Clarks Summit because I’m just so used to doing that,” Sohns said.

It’s been two years of re-routing for people who use exit 190 to get on or off Interstate 81. A contractor has been replacing a bridge over Main Avenue there since 2012. Drivers could not get on Interstate 81 northbound here adding some time to their trips.

“Every day, twice a day?”

“Yes, to pick my daughter up from school,” said Pam Kobierecki of Dickson City.

“What’s it been like the past couple of years?”

“Rough!” Kobierecki replied.

People who live and work in Dickson City say the bridge work tied up traffic off of the highway, too. Whether or not you’re looking to go northbound, Main Avenue in Dickson City would slow your down.

“I live in Wilkes-Barre. I own a home in Wilkes-Barre, but I work in Dickson City so it takes a while to get to work, and having the ramp open and closed. When it’s closed it’s hard, it’s really hard,” said Aaron Jackson.

Interstate 81 drivers may still experience traffic on the highway while PennDOT wraps up its $53 million overhaul of 81 but they say easier access from the Dickson City/ Main Avenue exit will still make a big difference.

“Oh, it will be so much easier, so much faster. Everybody’s going to be thrilled that they don’t have to drive all over the place to get somewhere,” Sohns added.

Road crews reopened the I-81 northbound ramp around noon Thursday.

Drivers say they’re happy to get reacquainted with the route they’ve always had.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Inauguration For Keystone College President
KEYSTONE COLLEGE — It was inauguration day at Keystone College as the school’s tenth president was officially installed. Dr. David Coppola was officially named college president during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the campus in Wyoming County. Dr. Coppola took over as the college’s president last year. An inaugural dinner will be held for the […]

KEYSTONE COLLEGE — It was inauguration day at Keystone College as the school’s tenth president was officially installed.

Dr. David Coppola was officially named college president during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the campus in Wyoming County.

Dr. Coppola took over as the college’s president last year.

An inaugural dinner will be held for the new president Thursday night at Keystone College.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:57:44 +0000 Pittston YMCA Operating During Appeal Process
PITTSTON — The Pittston YMCA day care has appealed the state Department of Welfare’s decision to revoke its license. It means the day care can continue operating while the appeals process goes forward. The appeal process could take several months. The state pulled the license because of violations including improper supervision. In July, a 6-year-old […]

PITTSTON — The Pittston YMCA day care has appealed the state Department of Welfare’s decision to revoke its license.

It means the day care can continue operating while the appeals process goes forward.

The appeal process could take several months.

The state pulled the license because of violations including improper supervision.

In July, a 6-year-old child was left alone in a van unattended.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:49:54 +0000 Board Member Sentenced For DUI
HONESDALE — A Western Wayne school board member will spend some time in jail for driving under the influence. Andrew Gaudenzi of Waymart was sentenced Thursday for a crash back in January along Gravity Plains Road in Waymart. He pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced today to 30 days to six months in jail.

HONESDALE — A Western Wayne school board member will spend some time in jail for driving under the influence.

Andrew Gaudenzi of Waymart was sentenced Thursday for a crash back in January along Gravity Plains Road in Waymart.

He pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced today to 30 days to six months in jail.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:43:56 +0000 Part-time Officer Hit With Assault Charges
SCRANTON — A part-time sheriff’s deputy in Lackawanna County was charged this week with assault and burglary. Court papers show that Crystal Matos of Moscow, who is also a part time officer in Old Forge, broke into her ex-boyfriend’s house in Scranton Saturday night and assaulted his current girlfriend while they were both sleeping. Matos […]

SCRANTON — A part-time sheriff’s deputy in Lackawanna County was charged this week with assault and burglary.

Court papers show that Crystal Matos of Moscow, who is also a part time officer in Old Forge, broke into her ex-boyfriend’s house in Scranton Saturday night and assaulted his current girlfriend while they were both sleeping.

Matos is free on bail and has been suspended from the Old Forge police department.

There is no word on her status with the county.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:47:23 +0000 35-Year Prison Term For Murder-For-Hire Plot
SCRANTON — A man convicted in a murder-for-hire plot was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in federal prison. Gary Williams, 46, of Scranton was convicted in 2013 of being involved in a plan to kill a man’s ex-wife. Federal prosecutors accused Williams of plotting with Edward McLaughlin to shoot and kill McLaughlin’s ex-wife who lives […]

SCRANTON — A man convicted in a murder-for-hire plot was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in federal prison.

Gary Williams, 46, of Scranton was convicted in 2013 of being involved in a plan to kill a man’s ex-wife.

Federal prosecutors accused Williams of plotting with Edward McLaughlin to shoot and kill McLaughlin’s ex-wife who lives in our area.

McLaughlin allegedly shipped a rifle from his home in Florida to Williams’ home in Scranton.

The plot was never carried out because Williams’ girlfriend at the time   found out and told authorities.

McLaughlin pleaded guilty last year to his role in the plot. He is awaiting sentencing.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:52:47 +0000 Flames Force Eight From Double-Block Home
Sunbury's Asst. Fire Chief says 8 people are displaced after house on Line Street in Sunbury catches fire http://t.co/yQg297owAr— Kristina Papa (@_KristinaPapa) August 28, 2014 SUNBURY — At least eight people were driven out by fire Thursday morning in Sunbury. It started around 10:30 a.m. in a double-block home on Line Street. The assistant fire […]

SUNBURY — At least eight people were driven out by fire Thursday morning in Sunbury.

It started around 10:30 a.m. in a double-block home on Line Street.

The assistant fire chief believes it started on the second floor.

Eight people lived in the place. The building has a single home on one side and two apartments on the other.

A fire marshal will investigate the cause. The assistant fire chief said it does not appear to be suspicious.

Below is helmet cam video shot by firefighter Anthony Bendele while fighting the blaze.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:54:29 +0000 Police: Woman Threw Baby Against Wall
POTTSVILLE — A woman from Pottsville is in jail after police say she physically abused her own baby by throwing him against a wall. At last check, that 2-month-old boy was in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown. Police say medical tests shows that the baby has skull fractures, a blood clot, and […]

POTTSVILLE — A woman from Pottsville is in jail after police say she physically abused her own baby by throwing him against a wall.

At last check, that 2-month-old boy was in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown.

Police say medical tests shows that the baby has skull fractures, a blood clot, and several bruises.

Police say it all happened when the teenage mother said she became frustrated with her son.

Larisa Zimmerman, 18, of Pottsville is locked up charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She’s is accused of abusing her 2-month-old son early Tuesday morning inside her apartment in Pottsville.

“I hope she gets what she deserves, you know? She shouldn’t have done what she did. She should have asked for help,” said Pottsville resident Melissa Williams.

According to a report by the Pottsville police, Zimmeran was in her apartment when she says she became frustrated. She admitted to police that she threw her 2-month-old baby against a wall.

“That’s just wrong. If she was so frustrated why don’t you just go walk away?”

That police report also states that when Zimmerman threw the infant, he hit his head and fell to the floor.

She told police the baby became limp and made strange noises.

“He was innocent. He couldn’t fight back.”

People who live at the Market Square apartments in Pottsville say they’re disgusted.

“Don’t hit somebody that can’t hit back. Or don’t hit nobody, actually,” said Francis Gessner.

“He needs to be in a better place with someone who can take care of him.”

“No, it’s not an excuse. People just don’t take the time to stop and think. That’s what it seems like,” said John Gentile.

Larisa Zimmerman was taken to the Schuylkill County prison, unable to post $50,000 bail.

Zimmerman is scheduled to be back in court on September 2.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:37:06 +0000 Guilty Plea To Federal Charges By Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — A fire chief in Luzerne County has agreed to plead guilty to federal theft charges and will resign from his position. John Yuknavich, 51, is accused of failing to deposit thousands of dollars for the fire department and keeping it for himself. The silence continues at the Wilkes-Barre Township volunteer fire department. […]

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — A fire chief in Luzerne County has agreed to plead guilty to federal theft charges and will resign from his position.

John Yuknavich, 51, is accused of failing to deposit thousands of dollars for the fire department and keeping it for himself.

The silence continues at the Wilkes-Barre Township volunteer fire department. No one is answering questions or returning phone calls, after prosecutors announced Chief John Yuknavich has been hit with federal

“Everybody in the township donates to the money and he just pretty much robbed everybody,” said Wilkes-Barre Township resident Bobbi Jo LaPointe.

Federal investigators took over the theft case from county prosecutors saying Yuknavich was responsible for depositing donations into bank accounts.

The chief was also in charge of accepting state aid and $3,500 payments from Wilkes-Barre Township every month to help with the mortgage and bills.

According to prosecutors, Yuknavich pocketed more than $40,000 for himself, upsetting township residents.

“Our safety rests in their hands, and now you don’t know who to trust,” LaPointe said.

As part of the guilty plea, Yuknavich must pay back $45,000 to the volunteer fire department and also resign as fire chief.

Carl Rensa lives next door to Yuknavich, calling him a good fire chief and a caring neighbor.

“We’re lucky to have a guy like that,” Rensa said. “Hey, he’s not the only one. You know that yourself. You see how many people are in trouble, with the fire departments and everybody else.”

Luzerne County prosecutors say they intend to withdraw their case now that the feds have filed charges.

We’ve tried contacting Wilkes-Barre Township officials but it’s still unclear when the chief will step down, who will be in charge next, and if Yuknavich could face any prison time.

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:06:15 +0000 Super 16 Football Rankings 2014
Super 16 Weekly Rankings RANK TEAM RECORD PRE-SEASONRANK 1 - 0-0 - 2 - 0-0 - 3 Wyoming Valley West 0-0 - 4 Loyalsock 0-0 - 5 Delaware Valley 0-0 - 6 Selinsgrove 0-0 - 7 North Schuylkill 0-0 - 8 South Williamsport 0-0 - 9 Southern Columbia 0-0 - 10 Mount Carmel 0-0 - […]

Super 16 Weekly Rankings

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3 Wyoming Valley West 0-0 -
4 Loyalsock
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5 Delaware Valley
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6 Selinsgrove
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7 North Schuylkill
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8 South Williamsport 0-0 -
9 Southern Columbia
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10 Mount Carmel 0-0 -
11 Troy 0-0 -
12 Northwest 0-0 -
13 Lake Lehman
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14 Scranton
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15 Schuylkill Haven
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16 Jersey Shore 0-0 -

 

 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:49:54 +0000 Thief Caught on Camera Stealing TV’s from Walmart
TAYLOR — Police in Lackawanna County need your help to find a television thief. Authorities said the man has stolen several TV’s from Walmart in Taylor, hitting the place at least four times since July.  Officers said the man removes the security device from the 48″ to 60″ television takes it out of the store. […]

TAYLOR — Police in Lackawanna County need your help to find a television thief.

Authorities said the man has stolen several TV’s from Walmart in Taylor, hitting the place at least four times since July.  Officers said the man removes the security device from the 48″ to 60″ television takes it out of the store.

Authorities say the TV’s are worth about $3,000.

If you know this man, call police in Lackawanna County.


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 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:56:07 GMT2014-08-28T23:56:07Z Mass murderer to accept fate at hearing?
p Is he ready to die or will Michael Ballard try to have his death sentenced overturned?br/br/The admitted mass murderer will be back in court Friday to tell a judge if he wants to appeal or accept his fate.br/br/The last death row inmate executed in Pennsylvania was Gary Heidnik in 1999.br/br/He gave up the right to appeal but attorneys against capitol punishment filed appeals on his behalf.br/br/Michael Ballard has also said that he does not want to appeal and now the Northampton County DA wants to be sure that's Ballard's decision.br/br/Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli knows the petition hearing against Michael Ballard will be interesting.br/br/#8220;You never know what to expect,#8221; said Morganelli.br/br/Morganelli asked the court for the hearing after Ballard wrote a letter to the United States Supreme Court in June saying he didn't want to appeal his conviction anymore and he wanted to die.br/br/#8220;Mr. Ballard has to now inform the judge tomorrow of what he wants to do. And obviously this is a death penalty case, so judge Giordano has to first inquire as to whether Mr. Ballard is still competent to make those decisions," said Morganelli.br/br/Ballard was sentenced to death after the 2010 murders of four people in Northampton Borough.br/br/Ballard pleaded guilty to the crimes but since then a law firm out of Philadelphia assigned themselves as Ballard's legal counsel. That act is something Ballard denies giving them permission to do.br/br/"We still have to battle lawyers who are fighting causes rather than representing clients,#8221; said Morganelli.br/br/All of Michael Ballard's appeals have been ruled on in the Commonwealth and U.S. Supreme Courts.br/br/He can still file a post conviction relief act petition and DA Morganelli wants to hear if Michael Ballard plans to do that sooner rather than later.br/br/ #8220;I haven#8217;t waited for him to decide a year from now. I forced the issue, forced his hand to come into the court and say what he wants to do,#8221; said Morganelli.br/br/Legally Ballard has until June 2015 to file his final appeal so as long as his execution date is before then he could appeal up to the last minute. br/br/Governor Corbett hasn't signed Ballard's death warrant yet but he's expected to do so in the next 60 days./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=wHsnjC1g5Pk:chQJqMGQ6SU:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=wHsnjC1g5Pk:chQJqMGQ6SU:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=wHsnjC1g5Pk:chQJqMGQ6SU:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=wHsnjC1g5Pk:chQJqMGQ6SU:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=wHsnjC1g5Pk:chQJqMGQ6SU:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=wHsnjC1g5Pk:chQJqMGQ6SU:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=wHsnjC1g5Pk:chQJqMGQ6SU:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/wHsnjC1g5Pk" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:46:46 GMT2014-08-28T23:46:46Z New tricolor state line unveiled
p Officials aren't drawing a line in the sand they're drawing it on a bridge over the Delaware River.br/br/A new tri-color state line was unveiled today on the walkway for the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge.br/br/The bridge connects part of Bucks County with New Jersey.br/br/The idea for the state line was first proposed by a 12-year-old Lambertville student.br/br/It's a fresh update for the centuries-old structure.br/br/The original wooden bridge was first declared "ready for crossing" nearly 200 years ago./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=o-EuNiv4akU:E79EFyGlsj4:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=o-EuNiv4akU:E79EFyGlsj4:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=o-EuNiv4akU:E79EFyGlsj4:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=o-EuNiv4akU:E79EFyGlsj4:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=o-EuNiv4akU:E79EFyGlsj4:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=o-EuNiv4akU:E79EFyGlsj4:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=o-EuNiv4akU:E79EFyGlsj4:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/o-EuNiv4akU" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:42:19 GMT2014-08-28T23:42:19Z 'Frustrated' teen mom accused of throwing infant against wall
p A Schuylkill County teen mother is facing charges after police said she admitted throwing her newborn son against a wall./pp Emergency crews responded early Tuesday morning to the 200 block of North 12th Street in Pottsville for the report of an "unknown problem; person down."/pp When EMTs arrived on the scene around 3:45 a.m., they found Larisa Zimmerman, 18, holding her two-month-old baby boy. He was unconscious, officials said./pp According to a news release from the Pottsville police, the EMTs said they saw apparent bruising to the baby's left forearm and left side of his forehead./pp The baby was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown for treatment./pp Police said medical testing showed the infant had evidence of new and old fractures, a subdural hematoma and several bruises. He was listed in critical condition./pp During a police interview, Zimmerman told officers she had become "frustrated" with her child and she had thrown him against a wall of her apartment during the early morning hours Tuesday./pp When she did this, the back of the baby's head hit the wall, he fell to the floor and then "went limp and made strange noises," police said. Zimmerman did not tell the EMTs what happened before she called 911./pp LVH doctors told police the baby's injuries were consistent with those that would occur from the actions Zimmerman described to police./pp Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She was committed to the Schuylkill County Prison after being unable to post $50,000 bail./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=0PGnmMNRh20:J8jcbz7NvFA:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=0PGnmMNRh20:J8jcbz7NvFA:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=0PGnmMNRh20:J8jcbz7NvFA:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=0PGnmMNRh20:J8jcbz7NvFA:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=0PGnmMNRh20:J8jcbz7NvFA:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=0PGnmMNRh20:J8jcbz7NvFA:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=0PGnmMNRh20:J8jcbz7NvFA:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/0PGnmMNRh20" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:03:47 GMT2014-08-28T22:03:47Z NTSB takes over probe of plane crash in Amity
p A pilot is in serious condition after his plane crashed Wednesday afternoon in Amity Township, officials said./pp John Bertagna was flying a small aircraft with passenger Steven Bosshard, of Manasquan, New Jersey, when the crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. on Bertagna's private grass airstrip off of Amity Park Road, officials said./pp "It was a huge ball of flames and an enormous plume of black smoke," said Karen LeBlanc, president of the Amity Township Athletic Club, which directly neighbors the airstrip./pp Emergency responders rushed to the scene, controlling the fire and transporting Bertagna and Bosshard to Reading Hospital./pp Police said Bertagna had "visible injuries" while Bosshard suffered "unknown injuries."/pp The two were both conscious when emergency personnel arrived on scene, witnesses said. On Thursday, Bosshard was listed in good condition./pp LeBlanc said she had watched the plane flying overhead earlier that day. She and neighbors described Bertagna as a skilled pilot who flew planes while in the Marines and for commercial airlines./pp "He's always flown... they've always flown on that airstrip," said LeBlanc, noting that the property has been in Bertagna's family for generations./pp Neighbors said the crashed plane was only about a month old./pp On Thursday morning, officials with the Federal Aviation Administration were called to investigate. An FAA spokesman told 69 News that the case was being turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board./pp An NTSB representative could not be reached Thursday./pp Right now, officials have not identified what type the now-destroyed aircraft was./pp Meanwhile, neighbors are concerned for Bertagna./pp "He is a real good guy," said John Fry./pp "We're very concerned for his well-being," said LeBlanc./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=QGOwpNr6thk:XRUxafYjO_g:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=QGOwpNr6thk:XRUxafYjO_g:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=QGOwpNr6thk:XRUxafYjO_g:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=QGOwpNr6thk:XRUxafYjO_g:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=QGOwpNr6thk:XRUxafYjO_g:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=QGOwpNr6thk:XRUxafYjO_g:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=QGOwpNr6thk:XRUxafYjO_g:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/QGOwpNr6thk" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:55:51 GMT2014-08-28T21:55:51Z New Holland woman ordered to trial for allegedly discarding stillborn baby
p A Lancaster County woman has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly putting her stillborn baby in the trash./pp Marie Lavaud appeared before a district judge in New Holland for her preliminary hearing Thursday morning. She's charged with two misdemeanors -- abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child./pp Lavaud said she delivered the stillborn baby girl inside her home on July 23 and placed it in a freezer./pp A week later, police, responding to the home for the report of a psychiatric/emotional issue, found the baby's body inside a trash bag they removed from the front porch of the home./pp An autopsy failed to determine whether the baby was born alive and how she died, according to the Lancaster County coroner, who estimated the baby to be between 28 and 34 weeks gestation at the time she was delivered./pp Lavaud is due back in court for a formal arraignment on Sept. 26. In the meantime, she remains incarcerated in the Lancaster County Prison./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=InPaWYNfueY:7ayFOC7FsZ0:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=InPaWYNfueY:7ayFOC7FsZ0:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=InPaWYNfueY:7ayFOC7FsZ0:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=InPaWYNfueY:7ayFOC7FsZ0:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=InPaWYNfueY:7ayFOC7FsZ0:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=InPaWYNfueY:7ayFOC7FsZ0:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=InPaWYNfueY:7ayFOC7FsZ0:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/InPaWYNfueY" height="1" width="1"/

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 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:07:43 -0400 Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/obama-says-does-not-yet-military-strategy-islamic-000743670.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/xv8OMYLnW.IddhlIGr03vw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-29T000743Z_2_LYNXMPEA7R11A_RTROPTP_2_SYRIA-CRISIS-OBAMA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="U.S. President Obama addresses reporters ahead of national security council meeting at the White House in Washington" align="left" title="U.S. President Obama addresses reporters ahead of national security council meeting at the White House in Washington" border="0" //aBy Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not be made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group. Obama#039;s comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism from Republicans and a clarification from White House spokesman Josh Earnest./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:06:11 -0400 Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset
BOSTON (AP) — An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:58:38 -0400 No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting by 9-year-old girl
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/arizona-investigating-fatal-gun-range-shooting-9-old-204331949.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/nRwQYDWjuKZ8gY_ctmLehw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-28T235838Z_2_LYNXMPEA7R10L_RTROPTP_2_USA-SHOOTING-ARIZONA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills" align="left" title="Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills" border="0" //aBy Alexia Shurmur WHITE HILLS Ariz. (Reuters) - County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was quot;being viewed as an industrial accident.quot; But state occupational health and safety officials were conducting their own probe of the Monday morning incident that was captured on video at a gun range that caters in part to tourists visiting nearby Las Vegas. The shooting at the Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, near the Nevada border, has touched off debate over shooting ranges offering machine guns to casual visitors and the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:57:09 -0400 U.S. openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine
By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday openly accused Russia of sending combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to tighten economic sanctions, but Washington stopped short of calling Moscow's intensified support for separatist forces an invasion. President Barack Obama again ruled out U.S.
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:52:25 -0400 California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

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 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:52:34 -0400 Bank of America seeks to void verdict in $1.27 billion 'Hustle' case
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/bank-america-seeks-void-verdict-1-27-billion-220727795--sector.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/gzoUtJQ_joLPYRrLLvdLzw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-28T225234Z_1006950002_LYNXMPEA7R12V_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-BANK-OF-AMERICA-FRAUD.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A Bank Of America sign is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York" align="left" title="A Bank Of America sign is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York" border="0" //aBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp on Thursday asked a federal judge to throw out a jury verdict finding it liable for fraud over defective mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit that resulted in a $1.27 billion penalty. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan to rule for it as a matter of law or order a new trial, arguing that the evidence at trial did not support the jury#039;s October 2013 verdict. Bank of America said prosecutors were required at trial to prove that loans originated by Countrywide Financial Corp in a process called quot;Hustlequot; that were then sold to government mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not as good as the lender represented. Attorney Preet Bharara, whose office brought the case in 2012, declined comment./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:49:53 -0400 U.S. second-quarter growth strengthens
Gross domestic product expanded at a 4.2 percent annual rate instead of the previously reported 4.0 percent pace, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. Both business spending and exports were revised higher, while a buildup in business inventories was smaller than previously estimated - a mix of growth that provides a stronger underpinning for the remainder of the year. "The economy is in good shape and getting better," said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisers in Holland, Pennsylvania.
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:55:24 -0400 Wall Street loses ground on Ukraine worry
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/u-futures-fall-ukraine-fears-return-forefront-113820846--sector.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/soOn2S9Rrcd90.BJgowYJw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-28T133351Z_2_LYNXMPEA7R0JL_RTROPTP_2_MARKETS-STOCKS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange" align="left" title="Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange" border="0" //aUkraine#039;s security and defense council said the border town of Novoazovsk and other areas of Ukraine#039;s south-east had fallen under the control of Russian forces, together with rebels. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was investigating media reports that several U.S./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:09:16 -0400 Pending home sales point to stronger market
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/pending-home-sales-rise-sharply-point-stronger-market-140322930--sector.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/X58fmkTwvt5FesB2l5rbTQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-28T140322Z_1_LYNXMPEA7R0OV_RTROPTP_2_USA-ECONOMY-HOUSING.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A real estate sales sign sits outside of a house for sale in Phoenix, Arizona" align="left" title="A real estate sales sign sits outside of a house for sale in Phoenix, Arizona" border="0" //aAmericans signed more contracts in July to buy previously-owned homes than in any month in almost a year, suggesting the housing market was pulling out of its slump more quickly than expected. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) said on Thursday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, rose 3.3 percent to 105.9, the highest level since August 2013./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:07:36 -0400 Vanishing euro zone inflation seen intensifying ECB policy headache
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/vanishing-euro-zone-inflation-seen-intensifying-ecb-policy-230736206--business.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/jisSFzeBmjFA7nwMamhSng--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-28T230736Z_1_LYNXMPEA7R13T_RTROPTP_2_ECB-RATES.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="General view of headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt" align="left" title="General view of headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt" border="0" //aBy Martin Santa and Eva Taylor BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - If euro zone inflation falls deeper into the #039;danger zone#039; as expected on Friday, it will at the very least complicate the European Central Bank#039;s plans to wait and see whether its recent policy move to ignite the euro zone economy will work. Together with updated projections from ECB staff, the data is likely to lead to a lively discussion at the ECB#039;s Sept. 4 policy meeting about whether to accelerate existing policy measures because of the danger of deflation. New action is unlikely though not impossible, according to ECB sources, who told Reuters the ECB is unlikely to act at next week#039;s meeting unless the inflation figures show the euro zone sinking significantly toward deflation./pbr clear="all"/

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