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 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:14:43 +0000 Kyle Larson on the Pole for the Go Bowling 400
Kyle Larson, #42 for Chip Ganassi Racing, is the Polesitter for Sunday’s Go Bowling 400 from Pocono Raceway.  Larson edged Joey Logano for the Pole.

Kyle Larson, #42 for Chip Ganassi Racing, is the Polesitter for Sunday’s Go Bowling 400 from Pocono Raceway.  Larson edged Joey Logano for the Pole.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:26:57 +0000 Racing Legend Brings Big Donation To Food Bank
WRIGHT TOWNSHIP – The “King of NASCAR” signed autographs for dozens of fans during a pit stop in Mountain Top on Friday. During Richard Petty’s visit at the Weis Market in Mountain Top, Smithfield’s “Helping Hungry Homes” program and Weis donated 40,000 pounds of meat, which will go to the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank […]

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP – The “King of NASCAR” signed autographs for dozens of fans during a pit stop in Mountain Top on Friday.

During Richard Petty’s visit at the Weis Market in Mountain Top, Smithfield’s “Helping Hungry Homes” program and Weis donated 40,000 pounds of meat, which will go to the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank in Wilkes-Barre.

“You just think that you`re feeding your family or your family is eating good, and you don`t know the guy right behind you or somewhere down the road that is having a little bit of a struggle,” said Petty. “Instead of trying to send it out of the country, let’s take care of the people here first.”

Workers at the food bank said the donations came in while summertime donations are down.

“It’s all going to be protein items. So it’s going to be an assortment of what Smithfield offers, which are mostly pork products; ham and bacon,” said Gretchen Hunt.

One fan from Wright Township told Newswatch 16 that he waited in line for about seven hours to be the first in line for an autograph.

“I’ve been waiting 40 years to see this guy, Richard Petty the King,” said Jim Boyle.

Petty will be the Grand Marshal of the GoBowling.com 400 at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:07:59 +0000 Hotels Booked for Race Weekend
HAZLE TOWNSHIP — The NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway are always a big draw for this region, and while some like to camp out, others keep the hotels busy. “We are nearly sold out for the weekend, Friday and Saturday. The race is a great asset to northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Genetti president and owner Bill […]

HAZLE TOWNSHIP — The NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway are always a big draw for this region, and while some like to camp out, others keep the hotels busy.

“We are nearly sold out for the weekend, Friday and Saturday. The race is a great asset to northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Genetti president and owner Bill Genetti.

The race also proves a great asset to this Genetti’s Best Western in Hazle Township, where even 30 to 40 minutes from Pocono Raceway, hotel rooms here are filling up fast.

“Well it’s the race weekend, the gun show, and there’s something else I think going on. So we were like ‘uh oh!'”.”

Dennice Perry isn’t here for the race. She’s visiting her grandsons this weekend all the way from Vermont, but she was pretty close to not getting a room.

“Yeah, they had to make arrangements and see what was going on and stuff, so we came back and they had the two rooms for us,” said Dennice Perry, of Vermont.

Here at Genetti’s near Hazleton, employees expect lots more calls and last-minute bookings, but say some started booking rooms as early as a year ago.

“When you have something as positive as the Pocono Raceway working for you, it can only help everything in this area,” said Genetti.

That includes helping race fans to have a good time.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:52:19 +0000 Shut It Down: Judge Orders Carnival To Close Over Lack Of Permits
MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — A carnival controversy in Monroe County headed to court Friday afternoon and a judge ruled the carnival had to shut down because it didn’t have the right kind of permit. Workers are busy taking apart rides, tearing down food stands, and shutting down the carnival on Route 209 near Marshalls Creek […]

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — A carnival controversy in Monroe County headed to court Friday afternoon and a judge ruled the carnival had to shut down because it didn’t have the right kind of permit.

Workers are busy taking apart rides, tearing down food stands, and shutting down the carnival on Route 209 near Marshalls Creek after a county judge ordered it to shut down because of lack of permits.

“70 people out of work for this weekend, all the little children in the area won’t have entertainment for tonight and tomorrow,” said property owner John Petrizzo.

The controversy began early this week when the carnival rides arrived. Middle Smithfield Township claimed this property didn’t have the proper permits for a carnival like this. The zoning officer delivered a cease and desist order a few days ago but the carnival continued to open.

Property owner John Petrizzo defended himself in court and argued the rides and games fell under a permit he already had to run a flea market.

Many people in the area say this space just wasn’t ideal for a carnival of this size.

“Totally crammed, everything’s on top of each other, the exhibits, doesn’t look like more than 100 people could be admitted at one time into the spot,” said Martin Niamiec of Bushkill.

“I think it’s a safety hazard. I think the rides are too close together. I think the area’s congested enough, especially on the weekends with the tourists and the church,” said Tammy Rivera of Bushkill.

S&S Amusements, which owns the rides, sets up carnivals throughout northeastern Pennsylvania and says they don’t usually run into trouble like this.

“I don’t want to go through this. I just want to make a living. That’s what I do. I’ve been doing it for 55 years,” said Steve Swika.

A county judge says the carnival must be gone as soon as possible ending the festivities two days early.

Workers began tearing down these rides almost immediately but the owner of S&S Amusements says it took two days to put all of this up, and will probably take about a day and a half to tear it all down.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:32:21 +0000 Small and Beautiful
We pass them every day, but don’t stop to take a close-up look. Mike Stevens opens the doors to the PhotoLink Library and found pictures of what we never really see.

We pass them every day, but don’t stop to take a close-up look.

Mike Stevens opens the doors to the PhotoLink Library and found pictures of what we never really see.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:31:19 +0000 35th Annual Blueberry Festival Is Underway
MONTROSE — Susquehanna County is feeling rather sweet this weekend. An annual festival centered on blueberries kicked off in Montrose. The village green in Montrose is filled with a certain fruit and a lot of people too! The 35th annual Montrose Blueberry Festival is underway in Susquehanna County. Money raised at the event helps out […]

MONTROSE — Susquehanna County is feeling rather sweet this weekend. An annual festival centered on blueberries kicked off in Montrose.

The village green in Montrose is filled with a certain fruit and a lot of people too! The 35th annual Montrose Blueberry Festival is underway in Susquehanna County.

Money raised at the event helps out the county libraries in Montrose, Susquehanna, Hallstead and Forest City.

“The state cut our funding about five years ago and since that time, this festival has become the largest fundraiser we have,” said librarian Sue Stone.

Organizers say the event brings in about $70,000 every year, which they say is needed for basic library operations.

“Every single dollar of that two-day event goes right to paying salaries, paper towels, buying books and things like that.”

Many people come from all over to taste the blueberries in Montrose.

The berry is added to just about every food group here.

“I did mention the blueberry pizza and you turned around real quick. Yeah, I need to get me some of that.”

But fans of the blueberry ice cream say you just can’t pass it up.

“I heard it’s really good. I’m here to try it, I haven’t had it before, it’s my first time at the festival!”

People who come to the blueberry festival in Montrose say you have to try the blue buckle: a blueberry crisp on the bottom, blueberry ice cream and, of course, blueberry sauce.

“It’s great. It’s blueberry. It’s wonderful. it Has blueberry sauce on it and it taste like summer. But you have to get the cheesecake, have to get it with cheese cake flavoring,” said Winifred and Mary Wetherall of Lakewood.

But if ice cream isn’t your thing, don’t worry there are dozens of other options!

“There’s lots of blueberry jam, blueberry muffins, blueberry pickles and now my ice cream’s melting but that’s OK because now it’s a blueberry smoothie!”

The blueberries will be back from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the village green in Montrose.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:08:31 +0000 Child On Bike Hit By Car
HAZLETON — A child on a bicycle was hit by a car Friday afternoon in Hazleton, according to police. The Hazleton Fire Department Facebook page posted photos from the scene. They were called to the Pine Street playground just after 3 p.m. The child was flown to a hospital. There is no word on the […]

HAZLETON — A child on a bicycle was hit by a car Friday afternoon in Hazleton, according to police.

The Hazleton Fire Department Facebook page posted photos from the scene.

They were called to the Pine Street playground just after 3 p.m.

The child was flown to a hospital. There is no word on the condition of the victim.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:55:39 +0000 Another Home Improvement Contractor Charged
SWOYERSVILLE — Police say they have charged yet another contractor for behaving badly in Luzerne County. The business owner is accused of breaking promises, leaving projects unfinished, and passing bad checks. Police in Swoyersville arrested John Krochmaluk Friday morning at one of his work sites. Even with bad ratings and warnings online, officers say homeowners […]

SWOYERSVILLE — Police say they have charged yet another contractor for behaving badly in Luzerne County.

The business owner is accused of breaking promises, leaving projects unfinished, and passing bad checks.

Police in Swoyersville arrested John Krochmaluk Friday morning at one of his work sites.

Even with bad ratings and warnings online, officers say homeowners keep hiring him.

Still wearing a work shirt with his business logos, Krochmaluk was arrested at one project site in Swoyersville for allegedly failing to finish the job at another a few blocks away.

“Somebody comes and they say ‘hey, I’m going to do this for a low amount of money, you’re going to take it.”

Swoyersville Police Chief David Latoski says it’s not hard to find red flags about Krochmaluk’s business.

Wyoming valley landscaping and masonry has an “F” rating with 12 complaints on the Better Business Bureau’s website.

Krochmaluk is also facing several civil complaints and criminal charges for passing bad checks and not finishing projects.

“I’m hoping they get their money back but I don’t promise anybody anything. I doubt it, but they might get something back,” Chief Latoski said.

Investigators say Krochmaluk’s latest charges are for failing to finish a backyard excavating project that one woman paid $4,300 for.

As he was taken to Luzerne County jail after his arraignment, Krochmaluk said he’s not a bad businessman.

“Are you going to finish those projects and make things right?”

“Absolutely,” Krochmaluk said.

Authorities say more complaints are coming in and anyone who is having trouble with this contractor should call their local police department or the Luzerne County district attorney.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:49:22 +0000 Work To Replace Stolen Wire Underway
DELANO TOWNSHIP — PPL workers were out in Schuylkill County Friday, replacing copper wire swiped from a power line. Authorities say PPL crews discovered about 2,500 to 3,000 feet  of copper wire — $20,000 worth — stolen from a main power line network along Interstate 81 near Mahanoy City. Investigators think it was taken sometime […]

DELANO TOWNSHIP — PPL workers were out in Schuylkill County Friday, replacing copper wire swiped from a power line.

Authorities say PPL crews discovered about 2,500 to 3,000 feet  of copper wire — $20,000 worth — stolen from a main power line network along Interstate 81 near Mahanoy City.

Investigators think it was taken sometime between Tuesday and Thursday.

Anybody with information is asked call state police in Schuykill County.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:41:15 +0000 Drivers Thrilled To See Paving Project In Scranton
SCRANTON — PennDOT has started a project repairing and paving one of the busiest and bumpiest roads in the city of Scranton: Main Avenue. There are going to be delays over the next week or so as work is done but drivers were thrilled seeing the paving start a year earlier than originally planned. First […]

SCRANTON — PennDOT has started a project repairing and paving one of the busiest and bumpiest roads in the city of Scranton: Main Avenue.

There are going to be delays over the next week or so as work is done but drivers were thrilled seeing the paving start a year earlier than originally planned.

First comes the repair work, workers digging down into the really bad spots along Main Avenue in Scranton, and then paving them.

It’s all part of a project that has just begun fixing and paving Main Avenue north and south, the five mile stretch of the street in Scranton.

“I think it’s wonderful. It’s about time they did it. They should have done it a long time ago,” said Helen Mokis of Scranton.

“I think it’s probably a year too late. You should never let anything get this poorly maintained as it is now. It’s ridiculous,” said Ken Rohland of Scranton.

While drivers may have liked to see this sooner, it actually is being done a year earlier than it was supposed to be. PennDOT says this is being paid for by money from the state’s new transportation bill, and more tax from gas, all because this road really needed the work.

On one spot along Main Avenue there are old patches, new patches and new potholes, but now all of this is getting a more permanent fix.

“I think this is terrific because I travel this road many a times and I don’t like the bumps,” said Debra Publik of Scranton.

Work started right near where Debra Publik lives in north Scranton.

“Great, Great!! They’re getting something done in Scranton,” she said.

PennDOT says Main Avenue will be repaired and paved over the next 10 days, making for a much smoother ride.

A final coat of pavement will be put on next year after some smaller projects to fix handicap cutouts and curbs.

For the next week or so, PennDOT is asking for patience along this busy road.

“It needs to be done, let’s face it. It’s going to be a hassle for a while, I believe. We’re going to have to find some shortcuts around it,” Rohland added.

PennDOT says $500,000 from the state transportation bill and those higher gasoline taxes is going to pay for this early paving and repairs to Main Avenue.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:08:19 +0000 Traffic Delays in Danville, Riverside
DANVILLE — Traffic was backed up for several blocks in Danville, as dozens of cars inched along, trying to cross the Danville-Riverside Bridge. “Well, I’m thinking that I’ll be about a half hour, right, to get over the bridge? More than that? When it should be five minutes, not even,” Jenny Newcomb said. The reason […]

DANVILLE — Traffic was backed up for several blocks in Danville, as dozens of cars inched along, trying to cross the Danville-Riverside Bridge.

“Well, I’m thinking that I’ll be about a half hour, right, to get over the bridge? More than that? When it should be five minutes, not even,” Jenny Newcomb said.

The reason for the traffic tie-up? PennDOT is repaving a two-mile section of Route 54 on the other side of the Susquehanna in Riverside. Part of Route 54 is down to one lane. That had traffic backed up in both directions.

“My daughter lives in Riverside and it took her an hour and a half yesterday to get over to Danville to our house,” Bob Bomboy said.

Gretchen Osterman of Bloomsburg wanted to shop at a store in Riverside, but crossing the Danville-Riverside bridge took her a lot longer than she expected.

“It was about 25 minutes, I was surprised. From Danville to Riverside? Yeah. And normally that’s about a five-minute drive, if that? Yeah,” Gretchen Osterman said.

PennDOT is advising people to take alternate routes or take extra time for travel, but most of the people we spoke to say they wish they would have known that before they left this morning.

“We were on 54 and I tried to take a detour and it didn’t really help that much,” Newcomb said.

Earlier this summer, the Danville-Riverside Bridge was congested when a railroad crossing was replaced in Riverside.

But Gretchen Osterman says she is more worried about safety.

“I was more concerned that there weren’t any police outside helping merge traffic correctly. It was a little dangerous on 11 coming across the bridge,” Osterman said.

PennDOT says the temporary inconvenience was necessary to get that two-mile section of Route 54 back in shape.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:52:50 +0000 Work Starts At Ber Vaughn Pool
BRIAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — People who live in Berwick and its surrounding communities may once again have a place to swim. Work started earlier this week on the Ber Vaughn Pool which has been closed for the past two years. Progress is being made on the community-driven project and fundraising efforts are still underway. There […]

BRIAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — People who live in Berwick and its surrounding communities may once again have a place to swim.

Work started earlier this week on the Ber Vaughn Pool which has been closed for the past two years.

Progress is being made on the community-driven project and fundraising efforts are still underway.

There is activity once again at the Ber Vaughn Pool near Berwick but it is not swimming, it is construction.

The pool near Berwick closed two years ago because local government couldn’t afford to fix some plumbing problems, but after a grassroots fundraising effort coordinated by the Berwick Area Pool Authority and the United Way, the pool could reopen as soon as next year.

“We’re having a really wonderful experience with local contractors coming in and donating their time and labor, showing us that these projects can happen in a really wonderful way,” said Berwick Area United Way CEO Ginny Crake.

Crake is coordinating the fundraising project. She says organizers have their hands full.

“We started looking at all of the details of the bath house, the filtration system, the pool itself.”

Many people who live in and around Berwick say are anxious to see the Ber Vaughn Pool reopen.

“The pool was a huge part of our childhood. We would come down and we would swim just all day long and it was fantastic,” said Nick Yankowsky o Nescopeck.

The pool will not be exactly how Yankowsky remembers it. Organizers say once the pool is finished, the pool is going to look a lot different. There’s going to be a splash pad for the little kids to play on and a wall is being taken down. There’s going to be a ramp so people can just walk right into the water.

“I think Berwick and the surrounding region here just needs that for the kids, you know what I mean? It’s just something we really need.”

Crake says the fundraising goal is $1.7 million and so far the community raised 30 percent of that. Checks can be made out to Berwick Area Pool Authority and mailed to:

United Way
139-R East 2nd Street
Berwick, PA, 18603

Organizers hope to reopen the pool by next summer.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:47:13 +0000 Groundbreaking For Intermodal Center
SCRANTON — Officials broke ground Friday on the new intermodal transit center in downtown Scranton. The facility will be built along Lackawanna Avenue near the state office building. The new hub will be home to COLTS buses and private ones, including Martz.

SCRANTON — Officials broke ground Friday on the new intermodal transit center in downtown Scranton.

The facility will be built along Lackawanna Avenue near the state office building.

The new hub will be home to COLTS buses and private ones, including Martz.

intermodal sketch

Artist rendering of intermodal center

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:20:36 +0000 Charges Against Priest Dismissed
SCRANTON — Charges were dismissed in Lackawanna County court against a priest accused of improper acts with a teen girl. In April, Fr. Philip Altavilla who was the pastor at St. Peter’s Cathedral in downtown Scranton was charged with indecent assault and corruption of minors. He was accused of fondling a 13-year-old girl’s feet and […]

SCRANTON — Charges were dismissed in Lackawanna County court against a priest accused of improper acts with a teen girl.

In April, Fr. Philip Altavilla who was the pastor at St. Peter’s Cathedral in downtown Scranton was charged with indecent assault and corruption of minors. He was accused of fondling a 13-year-old girl’s feet and legs, later admitting he had a foot fetish.

The alleged incident happened in 1998. The charges would fit within the statute of limitations that stand today but not the statute that existed in 1998.

“Had we known then what we know now, the charges probably would not have been filed.”

Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola says he won’t fight a judge’s decision to dismiss one of his offices most high-profile cases against Diocese of Scranton priest Philip Altavilla. The charges he faced, indecent assault and corruption of minors, were thrown out because the statute of limitations had run out.

“The victim should know and the public should know that this does not affect the truthfulness of her statement. It doesn’t do that. It just means the statute of limitations has run.”

Altavilla was accused in April when a former parishioner came forward saying Altavilla fondled her feet and legs when she was 13 years old.

The following investigation uncovered much more about Fr. Altavilla. Police found foot fetish pornography and videos depicting rape on his computer.

“Sure it’s a win, it’s a legal win for us but it’s not a win for Fr. Altavilla because his reputation is ruined. You know, you can’t un-ring the bell,” said defense attorney Paul Walker.

Underneath the church bells at Altavilla’s former parish, St. Peter’s Cathedral in downtown Scranton, parishioners had mixed feelings about the case being dismissed.

“This doesn’t really rise up to the level of the bad things that are going on in our community right now. The real abuses, abortion, all the promiscuity that’s going on. So, I don’t know why this really got this big,” said Mildred Decelles of Dunmore.

“I’m sure it’s good for Fr. Altavilla. I’m not sure really how the church is going to look at it. The fact that he admitted to that type of behavior, I’m sure he will probably never be allowed back in,” said Steve Andrichak   of Sterling.

District Attorney Andy Jarbola says his office does not have any plans to file any more charges against Altavilla, but they believe there may be more victims who have not come forward.

Fr. Altavilla is still suspended from the Diocese of Scranton while the church does its own review of his case.

 

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:08:18 +0000 Escaped Inmate Nabbed In Luzerne County
ASHLEY — An escaped inmate was captured Friday morning in Luzerne County. Police report Kevin Kuklinski was found in Ashley. Ashley police say an officer on patrol spotted the escaped inmate, still wearing half of his prison outfit, walking along the street when he was arrested this morning. Officials say that at the time of […]

ASHLEY — An escaped inmate was captured Friday morning in Luzerne County.

Police report Kevin Kuklinski was found in Ashley.

Ashley police say an officer on patrol spotted the escaped inmate, still wearing half of his prison outfit, walking along the street when he was arrested this morning.

Officials say that at the time of the escape, Kuklinski had less than a year to serve in the minimal offenders unit. He was in there because he violated his parole rules.

The inmate escaped from the county minimal offenders building on Water Street in Wilkes-Barre Thursday morning.

Police brought in dogs to search a wooded area of Nesbitt Park while boat crews searched the Susquehanna River.

Kuklinski ‘s now being held in the Luzerne County jail.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:03:20 +0000 Who Knew? Deer Like Belly Rubs
An electric company lineman from Kentucky giving belly rubs to a baby deer. The man who posted the video explained what happened in a Facebook post. He also states, “The momma deer was watching from the hillside. The fawn was following us around the job site, so we carried it up the hillside and he […]

An electric company lineman from Kentucky giving belly rubs to a baby deer.

The man who posted the video explained what happened in a Facebook post. He also states, “The momma deer was watching from the hillside. The fawn was following us around the job site, so we carried it up the hillside and he left with his mother. I assure you she did not reject it.”

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:20:36 +0000 Dominick Sentenced For Bonacci Murder
SCRANTON — A judge sentenced a man to the maximum for his role a murder in Lackawanna County. It has been exactly one year since Jason Dominick and Neil Pal were arrested for Frank Bonacci’s murder. Dominick, who was convicted as the shooter, received the maximum sentence allowed by law, plus some extra time because […]

SCRANTON — A judge sentenced a man to the maximum for his role a murder in Lackawanna County.

It has been exactly one year since Jason Dominick and Neil Pal were arrested for Frank Bonacci’s murder.

Dominick, who was convicted as the shooter, received the maximum sentence allowed by law, plus some extra time because he was on probation when the murder happened last July.

In total, Dominick will spend 42 and half to 85 years behind bars.

“The sad part about it is Frankie’s name will be linked to those people, Jason and Neil’s names forever. That’s the sad part about it. This doesn’t get out of your memory, it stays there.”

Frank Bonacci’s family filled a Lackawanna County courtroom for the second to last time before the end of their son’s murder case.

Bonacci’s convicted killers, Jason Dominick and Neil Pal stood trial separately this year.

Dominick, who was convicted of third degree murder, will spend a total of 42 and a half to 85 years in prison.

“He stands eligible for parole when he’s about 66, historically you do about 65 or 75 percent or your maximum. So, when he gets to the point in time when he’s considered for parole, I would suggest that he’s probably going to be at the end of his natural life,” said Lackawanna County First Assistant District Attorney Gene Talerico.

Dominick’s mother and father pleaded for leniency in court. His father said Jason was a good kid for 97 percent of his life.

Then, the judge gave Dominick the longest sentence allowed by law.

“His mother can wait for that phone to ring for him calling from jail. My phone’s never going to ring, ever,” said Robin Bonacci, mother of the victim.

Dominick also pleaded for leniency, standing by his story that he was just a witness to Bonacci’s murder and was then forced to cover it up.

“I was forced to lie for a malicious killer,” Dominick said in court. “No amount of years will change that I did not kill Frankie. I’m guilty of being a coward.”

“People just make bad choices, and as Jason said, on July 20 he made a bad choice,” said defense attorney Bernie Brown.

Dominick’s defense attorney has not said if he plans to appeal the murder conviction…

Dominick’s co-defendant Neil Pal will have a sentencing hearing at a later date, but Pal was convicted of first degree murder which carries a mandatory life sentence.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:23:50 +0000 Pocono Raceway Gives to WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run
Another big weekend kicks off today in Monroe County as thousands start rolling into the Pocono Raceway.  It`s the last NASCAR race of the summer. Newswatch 16`s Ryan Leckey was at the speedway in Long Pond with a look at what`s on tap this weekend as well as what the raceway is doing to help […]

Another big weekend kicks off today in Monroe County as thousands start rolling into the Pocono Raceway.  It`s the last NASCAR race of the summer.

Newswatch 16`s Ryan Leckey was at the speedway in Long Pond with a look at what`s on tap this weekend as well as what the raceway is doing to help WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run campaign.

For more details on the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway this weekend, click here!

To enter to win a coveted spot in the NYC marathon thanks to Pocono Raceway as part of “WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run Campaign,” head here! Ryan’s Run benefits kids and adults with disabilities at Allied Services. The official campaign kick off is later this month.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:20:54 +0000 Emergency Crews Train For Influx of Race Fans
NASCAR is returning to the Poconos this weekend!  Safety is on the minds of emergency crews with over 100,000 fans are heading to track. Newswatch 16`s Ryan Leckey spoke with some safety officials at the Pocono Raceway in Monroe County about plans to protect the crowd. For more details on the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono […]

NASCAR is returning to the Poconos this weekend!  Safety is on the minds of emergency crews with over 100,000 fans are heading to track.

Newswatch 16`s Ryan Leckey spoke with some safety officials at the Pocono Raceway in Monroe County about plans to protect the crowd.

For more details on the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway this weekend, click here!

To enter to win a coveted spot in the NYC marathon thanks to Pocono Raceway as part of “WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run Campaign,” head here! Ryan’s Run benefits kids and adults with disabilities at Allied Services. The official campaign kick off is later this month.

 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:32:20 +0000 NASCAR Truck Series Driver Talks Weekend Race
NASCAR returns to the Poconos this weekend and with it, more than 100,000 fans are expected to converge on the tricky triangle! Newswatch 16`s Ryan leckey stopped by the Pocono Raceway in Monroe County and spoke with NASCAR truck series driver German Quiroga Jr. about the upcoming race. For more details on the GoBowling.com 400 […]

NASCAR returns to the Poconos this weekend and with it, more than 100,000 fans are expected to converge on the tricky triangle!

Newswatch 16`s Ryan leckey stopped by the Pocono Raceway in Monroe County and spoke with NASCAR truck series driver German Quiroga Jr. about the upcoming race.

For more details on the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway this weekend, click here!

To enter to win a coveted spot in the NYC marathon thanks to Pocono Raceway as part of “WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run Campaign,” head here! Ryan’s Run benefits kids and adults with disabilities at Allied Services. The official campaign kick off is later this month.


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 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:24:21 GMT2014-08-01T23:24:21Z Mother of Sandy Hook victim visits Allentown, talks gun control
p Nicole Hockley says she is doing the work she's doing so no other parents have to stand in her position./pp Hockley, a mother whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, spoke in favor of legislation that supporters say focuses on mental health. to reduce gun violence while in Allentown Friday.br/br/"This is one of my favorite photos of him in his superman outfit because he was my superman," Hockley said, while holding up a picture of her son, to the crowd gathered at the Allentown Police Department station on 10th and Hamilton streets.br/br/Hockley's six year old son Dylan was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012.br/br/"He was just a bundle of joy and real pure love in our family," Hockley said.br/br/Hockley visited Allentown to show support for proposed legislation called the "Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act" which aims to reduce and prevent gun violence.br/br/"It would close the loopholes in the current gun laws by prohibiting the purchase or possession of a firearm by stalkers, domestic abusers, and the severely mentally ill," Hockley said.br/br/"The bill would invest in state and local grants focused on school and community based mental and behavioral health programs, would provide law enforcement additional tools to recognize and respond to mental illness," she went on.br/br/Some local leaders stood by her and also spoke in favor of the legislation.br/br/"Let's at least have the discussion about proper funding for mental health and lets at least have the discussion about how we make sure that those with mental illness don't have access to weapons," Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski said.br/br/"Legislation like this will help us be both protected in serving the public and helping us serve the public in a more efficient manner," said Allentown Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald.br/br/But not everyone is so sure this is the best way to go about gun safety./pp "Generally we say show us enforcement of existing law before you ask us to give up even more rights," Tom Campione, chair of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party's 2nd Amendment committee, said in a phone interview./pp Campione is also the director of legislative affairs for Pennsylvanians for Self Protection.br/br/"We're saying, fix this system so that people are treated fairly, our position is to make a blanket statement and say well just because you went to a counselor that alone is not sufficient reason to take firearms from an individual, where do you draw the line," Campione went on./pp The Promoting Helthy Minds for Safer Communities Act is sponsored by Democrat Congressman Mike Thompson from California, but some local republicans don't seem to disagree with what the bill offers./pp "I certainly agree with the Sandy Hook parents too about the need to make sure that those with serious mental illnesses, even those who have been involuntarily committed and even those who have real signs of mental instability, can't get access to firearms," Representative Charlie Dent said in a phone interview./pp "How can you not talk to parents of Sandy Hook and not feel for them?," Dent went on./pp Friday's visit to Allentown was the first stop for the group Sandy Hook Promise as they spend the next several weeks traveling across the country promoting the legislation./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=Fkw55esfW3c:chAH1GgqH0w: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=Fkw55esfW3c:chAH1GgqH0w: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=Fkw55esfW3c:chAH1GgqH0w:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=Fkw55esfW3c:chAH1GgqH0w:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=Fkw55esfW3c:chAH1GgqH0w:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=Fkw55esfW3c:chAH1GgqH0w:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=Fkw55esfW3c:chAH1GgqH0w: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/Fkw55esfW3c" height="1" width="1"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:09:13 GMT2014-08-01T23:09:13Z Industrial museum offices moving out of Bethlehem
p The embattled National Museum of Industrial History is getting the boot from its office space in Bethlehem.br/br/The museum had been using space in an old bank building on Third Street rent-free for 14 years.br/br/There was always an understanding that the museum would have to leave if a paying tenant was found.br/br/Now museum officials tell us that a micro-distillery is moving in.br/br/So they're moving their offices to the museum's exhibit storage space in Hanover Township./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=e9RpEEZEu28:xtQ7Zqoeri0: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=e9RpEEZEu28:xtQ7Zqoeri0: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=e9RpEEZEu28:xtQ7Zqoeri0:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=e9RpEEZEu28:xtQ7Zqoeri0:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=e9RpEEZEu28:xtQ7Zqoeri0:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=e9RpEEZEu28:xtQ7Zqoeri0:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=e9RpEEZEu28:xtQ7Zqoeri0: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/e9RpEEZEu28" height="1" width="1"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:59:04 GMT2014-08-01T22:59:04Z Musikfest 2014 may be last for Jolly Joe Timmer, some say
p If polka is the rock and roll of your great grandfather, then Jolly Joe Timmer is about as big of a star as it gets out there./pp Timmer is expected to attend Musikfest in Bethlehem, however, the 85-year-old has been battling health issues, and many said they feel this could be his last appearance at Musikfest./pp The local music legend has been broadcasting or leading his polka band for more than 60 years. Timmer even played the first day of the first-ever Musikfest./pp "I'm a Lehigh Valley Legend and national legend and so is Joe Timmer, said Walt Groller, who, with Timmer, is in the National Polka Association Hall of Fame./pp Groller still heads his own polka band, now going on 69 years./pp "He was always a leader. His asset was he was a leader," Groller said of Timmer./pp Timmer has said he was dubbed Jolly Joe by an area disc jockey for his chipper attitude./pp In 1970, Timmer began putting on polka events at Grove in Point Phillips, attracting some of the biggest names in the country./pp In 1992, he bought radio station WGPA and has had his own cable show for years. He even developed his own record label and opened a music store in Bethlehem./pp Groller said it's that tenacity that will enable the polka king to be remembered long after his musical reign goes silent./pp "Always stuck to what he was doing and built up a big clientele in the Lehigh Valley and the area," Groller said./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=VN-jahzQ98I:A8QPiJcerYs: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=VN-jahzQ98I:A8QPiJcerYs: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=VN-jahzQ98I:A8QPiJcerYs:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=VN-jahzQ98I:A8QPiJcerYs:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=VN-jahzQ98I:A8QPiJcerYs:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=VN-jahzQ98I:A8QPiJcerYs:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=VN-jahzQ98I:A8QPiJcerYs: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/VN-jahzQ98I" height="1" width="1"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:50:42 GMT2014-08-01T22:50:42Z Exclusive: Cellmate of woman who died in jail speaks out
p A Reading woman's death at the Berks County Jail sparked outrage and calls to change Pennsylvania's truancy laws./pp Nicole Lord, the woman who shared a jail cell with Eileen Dinino, the woman who died 24 hours into a sentence over unpaid fines, spoke exclusively to 69 News on Friday./pp "I do not think she deserved to be there and I do not think she deserved to die like that either," Lord said./pp Dinino, 55, died 24 hours into her sentence, serving time for her childrens' truancy violations./pp But Lord said Dinino started complaining to the jail staff that she did not feel well about 12 hours before her death./pp "She was like it hurts, it hurts. I cannot breathe," said Lord, who noted that she woke up to Dinino moaning in pain.#160;/pp She said Dinino felt like she could not breathe and had severe chest pains, but after speaking with a CO and nurse, she said Dinino was told to go back to sleep.#160;#160;#160;/pp Dinino continued feeling sick all morning and afternoon, until she was found unresponsive later that afternoon./pp "That was full neglect to me, and I do not think it is right," said Lord./pp We contacted the Berks County Jail. We were told the warden is out and never received any calls back. We are still awaiting the toxicology report./pp State police are also conducting their own investigation into her death./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=xPLWfwvCroQ:kwvKCYFvzUk: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=xPLWfwvCroQ:kwvKCYFvzUk: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=xPLWfwvCroQ:kwvKCYFvzUk:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=xPLWfwvCroQ:kwvKCYFvzUk:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=xPLWfwvCroQ:kwvKCYFvzUk:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=xPLWfwvCroQ:kwvKCYFvzUk:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=xPLWfwvCroQ:kwvKCYFvzUk: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/xPLWfwvCroQ" height="1" width="1"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:21:57 GMT2014-08-01T22:21:57Z Chatty Monks Brewing born of friendship, love of craft
p A group of guys has turned their great friendship into a great beer business./pp a href="http://www.chattymonks.com/" target="_blank"Chatty Monks/a is nestled on Penn Avenue in West Reading, and it's becoming the talk of the town./pp "This is not some kind of big corporate-backed idea that was put together. I mean, we just literally took a passion and put it into business," said Rob Metzger, the visionary and assistant brewer./pp You can call the five owners a beer-loving brethren. They collaborated to make a couple of brews, and they plan to incorporate local products into the new venture./pp "It's just been an incredible adventure, and to actually see it come out and work well and actually be better than we expected is really cool," said Norm Eaton, the head brewer./pp The birth of the brewery began when part of the group started brewing beer together on the weekends. Metzger said they donated some of it to local fundraisers, and the community pushed for them to open a business./pp "We were just asked by people in the community, and they said, 'You have to open a tasting room or something because this place needs something like that,'" Metzger recalled./pp Each of the five guys has different careers, but Eaton handed in his resignation from his state job Thursday. He plans on working full-time at the brewing company./pp Down in his beer bunker, Eaton grinds the grains and whips up more than 20 a href="http://www.chattymonks.com/whats-on-tap/" target="_blank"recipes/a. The unique start-up is small, but the owners have big plans. One idea is to start using local products in the near future./pp "We want to stay true to doing business with local businesses," said Metzger./pp Chatty Monks was contacted by a href="http://www.pennstatehopsfarm.com/" target="_blank"Penn State Hops Farm/a in Bern Township last week. It's only its second year in the hops business, and its first harvest officially started Friday./pp "We're interested in providing a product for our community, which is Berks County and southeastern Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic," said Stephen Meckley, who works on the hops farm./pp The guys at Chatty Monks said they hope to start working together with the hops farm in the future, and come fall, they're looking to contact local farmers to update their food a href="http://www.chattymonks.com/menu/" target="_blank"menu/a./pp "Now that we sort of have our feet under us a little bit, we're looking to see what we can get from Berks County, Lancaster or somewhere around here," said Eaton./pp Business has already been busy, and the owners hope their hobby is destined for greatness./pp "We really are just five guys that really enjoy the art of making beer," said Metzger./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=kVE4gIBB9T4:pv1NDNGG8QE: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=kVE4gIBB9T4:pv1NDNGG8QE: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=kVE4gIBB9T4:pv1NDNGG8QE:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=kVE4gIBB9T4:pv1NDNGG8QE:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=kVE4gIBB9T4:pv1NDNGG8QE:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=kVE4gIBB9T4:pv1NDNGG8QE:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=kVE4gIBB9T4:pv1NDNGG8QE: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/kVE4gIBB9T4" height="1" width="1"/

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 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:02:11 -0400 Met Opera workers say they hope to avert lockout
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/met-opera-workers-hope-avert-lockout-193858059.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/cPdY2MKT9if6SS49mgWsqg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/0d0b1d6401d88f1e5b0f6a706700f801.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Demonstrators play their musical instruments outside Lincoln Center during a protest over a labor dispute with New York#039;s Metropolitan Opera, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in New York. Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout. The company announced late Thursday that the delay was requested by a federal mediator who had arrived just hours earlier to try to resolve the labor standoff. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)" align="left" title="Demonstrators play their musical instruments outside Lincoln Center during a protest over a labor dispute with New York#039;s Metropolitan Opera, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in New York. Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout. The company announced late Thursday that the delay was requested by a federal mediator who had arrived just hours earlier to try to resolve the labor standoff. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)" border="0" //aNEW YORK (AP) — Unionized workers at the Metropolitan Opera said Friday they want to work with management to avoid shutting down one of the world#039;s most prestigious cultural institutions./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:01:50 -0400 Indiana ethics law faulted after official cleared
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Troy Woodruff knew his family's sale of nearly 3 acres of prime land near an Indiana highway project he oversaw as a top state transportation official would raise eyebrows. He did not disclose the sale even though the agency's ethics director recommended he do so.
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:59:53 -0400 Sergio Garcia shoots 61 to take Firestone lead
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/rose-takes-early-lead-woods-takes-step-back-193248104--spt.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/2xHkrwmTG_cVR00Cnx_PFg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/80f5083e0333961e5b0f6a70670066e5.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Sergio Garcia, from Spain, pumps his fist after a birdie on the 18th green dropped him to 11-under par after the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" align="left" title="Sergio Garcia, from Spain, pumps his fist after a birdie on the 18th green dropped him to 11-under par after the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" //aAKRON, Ohio (AP) — Sergio Garcia doesn#039;t know anything about being in a zone. He had no trouble identifying the best round of his career./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:51:11 -0400 Berkshire Hathaway 2Q profit jumps 41 percent
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company on Friday reported a 41 percent jump in its second-quarter profit that was boosted by a paper gain from a stock-swap deal completed earlier this year.
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:46:31 -0400 Records show Arizona inmate was injected 15 times
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona executioners injected Joseph Rudolph Wood with a lethal combination of drugs 15 times during the nearly two hours it took for him to die, according to documents released Friday.

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 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:47:10 -0400 U.S. job growth cools, unemployment rate rises
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/u-job-growth-seen-slowing-remaining-solid-july-050323845--business.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/nC7mA60tWjPE3M8jKSgHpw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-01T101607Z_1006950002_LYNXMPEA7013P_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-USA-ECONOMY.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Workers work on installing the motherboard to a 32-inch TV at Element Electronics in Winnsboro" align="left" title="Workers work on installing the motherboard to a 32-inch TV at Element Electronics in Winnsboro" border="0" //aBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth slowed a bit in July and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose, pointing to slack in the labor market that could give the Federal Reserve room to keep interest rates low for a while. Nonfarm payrolls increased 209,000 last month after surging by 298,000 in June, the Labor Department said on Friday. Although job growth was below expectations, July marked the sixth straight month employment expanded by more than 200,000, a signal of strength last seen in 1997. The one tenth of a percentage point increase in the unemployment rate to 6.2 percent came as more people entered the labor market, an indication of confidence in job prospects./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:41:06 -0400 SP 500 posts biggest weekly decline since 2012
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/futures-sharply-lower-ahead-payroll-report-112326344--finance.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/V3VvirlojEsxW58ePAwkUg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-31T133641Z_2_LYNXMPEA6U0G5_RTROPTP_2_OZABS-UK-MARKETS-GLOBAL.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the market#039;s opening in New York" align="left" title="A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the market#039;s opening in New York" border="0" //aBy Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended lower for a second day and the Samp;P 500 posted its biggest weekly decline since 2012 on Friday as concerns over Argentina#039;s default continued to dog sentiment. Data showing U.S. job growth slowed in July and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose suggested the Federal Reserve has room to keep interest rates low for a while. The jobs growth, which came in below economists#039; forecasts, relieved some investors worried about how soon the Fed could bump up interest rates after data on Thursday showed U.S. labor costs recorded their biggest gain in more than 5-1/2 years in the second quarter. A U.S. judge on Friday criticized Argentina#039;s decision to default and ordered negotiations between the country and holdout investors to continue./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:15:34 -0400 U.S. auto sales fall short of expectations in July
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/chrysler-says-u-auto-sales-rose-20-percent-101854247--business.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/nyqW0BWBsPGJSo4_p2qrFg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-01T101854Z_1_LYNXMPEA701BZ_RTROPTP_2_USA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A Chrysler logo is pictured at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the New York International Auto Show in New York" align="left" title="A Chrysler logo is pictured at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the New York International Auto Show in New York" border="0" //aBy Bernie Woodall, Ben Klayman and Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co and Toyota Motor Corp posted stronger-than-expected growth in U.S. auto sales in July but most manufacturers on Friday reported gains below expectations as several months of strong demand pushed optimism too high. Ford#039;s sales were up 10 percent at 212,236, with Toyota#039;s up 12 percent at 215,802 due to strong demand for their SUVs as well as offering larger discounts. quot;I wouldn#039;t say the industry missed the mark too egregiously.quot; Toyota was the No. 2 seller in July, edging past Ford, which had held that spot for the first half of this year and for 2013 overall. Average industry discounts last month rose slightly to just over $3,000 per vehicle, with Ford incentives averaging close to $3,919./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:16:15 -0400 Microsoft sues Samsung in U.S. over patent royalties
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/microsoft-sues-samsung-u-over-patent-royalties-205138916--finance.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/zyBpNGPkY4I0CstXu7yX9g--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-01T231615Z_2_LYNXMPEA701VV_RTROPTP_2_MICROSOFT-CHINA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A visitor walks past a Microsoft booth at a computer software expo in Beijing" align="left" title="A visitor walks past a Microsoft booth at a computer software expo in Beijing" border="0" //aMicrosoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia#039;s handset business. The Microsoft lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan federal court, seeks monetary recovery from Samsung but does not publicly disclose the amount in dispute. In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard wrote that Microsoft quot;values and respects our partnershipquot; with Samsung, but differs with Samsung over how to interpret the licensing agreement. In a statement, Samsung said it will review the complaint quot;in detailquot; and determine an appropriate response./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:42:34 -0400 Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/argentina-says-no-expectations-fridays-debt-hearing-115121580--sector.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/kNEbS9OJz9gW1x4_R7jfHg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-08-01T234234Z_2_LYNXMPEA701PW_RTROPTP_2_ARGENTINA-DEBT.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Attorney Carmine Boccuzzi, lead lawyer representing Argentina in its ongoing debt talks, arrives at federal court for a hearing in New York" align="left" title="Attorney Carmine Boccuzzi, lead lawyer representing Argentina in its ongoing debt talks, arrives at federal court for a hearing in New York" border="0" //aBy Joseph Ax, Nicholas Brown and Sarah Marsh NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina cannot turn its back on negotiations with holdout creditors after defaulting on its sovereign debt, a U.S. judge instructed on Friday, just as the country#039;s failure to service a June interest payment was declared a quot;credit event.quot; In a stern tone, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York slammed the decision by Latin America#039;s third-biggest economy to defy his order to pay holdout investors in full and instead default on $29 billion in debt. As Griesa was speaking, a 15-member committee facilitated by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) voted unanimously to call the missed coupon payment a quot;credit event.quot; The move triggers a payout process for holders of insurance on Argentine debt, which analysts estimate could amount to roughly $1 billion. Argentina#039;s economy ministry said later in a combative statement that Griesa#039;s attitude sought to favor quot;vulture fundsquot;. It has asked Argentina#039;s securities watchdog to investigate whether the litigation against the nation by holdouts was merely the quot;facade of speculative maneuverquot;./pbr clear="all"/

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