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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:04:30 +0000 What Color is This Dress? The Internet Can’t Seem to Agree
There’s an intense debate that is quickly taking over the Internet — and if you haven’t heard about “the dress,” you will soon. Tumblr user swiked uploaded a photo of a dress on Wednesday and asked: “Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends […]
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:26:15 +0000 Monster Jam Coming to Mohegan Sun Arena
A car crushing show that entertains nearly four million people around the world every year has roared back into our area. “Monster Jam” opens Friday night in Wilkes-Barre. For more information about “Monster Jam” at Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend, head here.
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:45:34 +0000 HTGAWM: The Women of WNEP Deliberate – Season One Finale
The first season of ABC’s hit show “How To Get Away With Murder” has concluded, and what an ending it was. We found out who killed Lila, only to be left with even more questions that will have to wait for season two. This week some WNEP employees gathered to watch the finale at the […]
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:31:30 +0000 Talkback Feedback: Hoodie Hoo Day
Every year, right around this time, folks yell “Hoodie Hoo.” But some people don’t think that tradition has a place in a newscast. In Talkback Feedback, Newswatch 16 shows you why it does!
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:19:39 +0000 Man Killed After Car Hits Tree
TERRY TOWNSHIP — According to state police, Eric Hercenberg, 57, of New Albany died when the car he was driving hit a tree in Bradford County. Troopers said Hercenberg lost control of his car on North Street Road around 4 p.m. Officials say that car  went off the road and hit two trees. State police […]
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:02:59 +0000 To Privatize Or Not To Privatize?
Lawmakers in Harrisburg took a step in privatizing Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor and wine stores. Thursday the State House voted 114 to 87 to get the state out of the business of selling booze. This is the second time in two years the legislature has debated this on-going issue. To privatize or not to privatize? The […]
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:57:25 +0000 Dist. 4 Swimming Championships
The PIAA District 4 Swimming Championships took place at Williamsport H.S. on Thursday night. Olivia Fravel won the girls 100 free for Selinsgrove. James Orzolek won the boys 100 free for Bloomsburg. Hanna Everhart won the girls 500 free for Bloomsburg. Adon Shapiro won the boys 500 free for Lewisburg. Caitlin Foley edged out Sydney […]
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:55:35 +0000 Does It Really Work? Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Kurt Aaron tested out the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker to find out, “Does It Really Work?” The maker claims it will cook everything at once in five minutes or less.  It works by putting everything in layers, closing the lid, and cooking everything at the same time.  The layers are removable for easy cleaning […]
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:31:28 +0000 Video Vault: When the Internet Was New
With all the talk about faster internet, it’s easy to forget what it was like back in the days of dial-up when it first came about. Freshen your memory with look in the video vault from 1995 and WNEP’s first web page.  
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:31:57 +0000 Talkback 16: Problems with Pipes and Pensions
In Thursday’s Talkback 16, callers speak out about an investigation into Scranton pensions, a proposed landfill expansion, and problems with frozen pipes.
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:13:48 +0000 Riverside Teachers Plan to Strike Monday
TAYLOR — Teachers in the Riverside School District in Lackawanna County gave notice Thursday that they will be going on strike come Monday. The strike notice comes about a month after teachers announced their intention to walkout. Riverside’s teachers’ union actually set this strike date on Super Bowl Sunday. Union officials told Newswatch 16 they […]
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:55:48 +0000 Runaway Rail Car Rolls Through Scranton
SCRANTON —  Investigators are looking into what led to a runaway train car that finally stopped in Scranton late Thursday afternoon. Officials with the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Company said the train car was in Archbald, loaded with lumber, when it rolled away, likely from a faulty handbrake. Train workers said they alerted the 911 center and […]
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:15:55 +0000 Police Concerned Bank Robber May Strike Again
OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP — Police in central Pennsylvania are asking bank employees and customers to be on alert. Officers are looking for a man they believe may be linked to two armed robberies and to “what appeared to be” an attempted bank robbery this week. Old Lycoming Township Police say it took less than a […]
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:09:47 +0000 Wilkes-Barre Cop Under Investigation for Domestic Violence
WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre police officer was put on administrative leave with pay while he’s being investigated for domestic violence. This isn’t the first time the officer’s behavior has come into question. Wilkes-Barre police Sergeant Al Rodriguez’s wife dialed 911 Wednesday night after she says her husband came home, went on a rampage, and hit […]
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:01:56 +0000 High-speed Chase for Llamas on the Loose
(CNN) — Picture a mix of your favorite movie car chase and a trip to the zoo. Two llamas were on the loose in Sun City, Arizona, Thursday, with TV cameras following them as law enforcement closed in. Of course, it didn’t take long before Twitter joined in the hunt. #Llamas became a trending topic […]
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:01:22 +0000 Businesses React to Net Neutrality Ruling
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to make sure all websites and services load at the same speed on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Inside igourmet in West Pittston, employees are hard at work packing gourmet foods to be sent all across the country. “We don`t have any sales people here per se, our website is […]
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:49:53 +0000 Power to Save: Resort Guests Giving Back to the Poconos
SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — An extra $2 per stay will give guests at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Monroe County the Power to Save. The money will be used to help save the environment in the upper Delaware River valley region in the Poconos. The beauty of the Poconos is what brings many visitors to […]
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:27:29 +0000 High Demand for Pellets in the Poconos
STROUD TOWNSHIP — Many people in the Poconos have been turning to wood pellet stoves and wood stoves to keep warm this winter, and to help keep heating costs down. Now, people are searching all over Monroe County for a place to buy pellets, as the supplies are running low. Getting warm this winter has […]
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:10:15 +0000 New Guidelines: How Much Coffee Is Too Much?
CLARKS SUMMIT — For a lot of people, a day doesn’t get started without a cup of joe in the morning. But the question is how much coffee is too much? Newswatch 16 stopped at Duffy’s Coffee House in Clarks Summit to find out exactly how much coffee people drink. “I drink about three or […]
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:55:38 +0000 Hill Section Neighbors Eyeing Empty Lots
SCRANTON — A community group in Scranton is looking to buy up blighted properties in their neighborhood. Volunteers want to take on the responsibility to clean them, and hopefully turn them into something good for the Hill section. Scranton’s Hill section is known for its historic houses but it has plenty of vacant properties, too. […]

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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:22:44 GMT2015-02-27T13:22:44Z Olympus faces two lawsuits in California superbug infection
p A Lehigh Valley-based company is facing two lawsuits fin connection with its medical scope involved in the superbug infection./pp Olympus Corp. of the Americas, which has its U.S. headquarters in Center Valley, makes the difficult-to-clean duodenoscope involved in an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as CRE./pp The Los Angeles Times reports attorney Pete Kaufman filed suit Monday on behalf of 18-year-old Aaron Young, who remains hospitalized after becoming infected./pp The Los Angeles County Superior Court lawsuit claims negligence and fraud by Olympus./pp The company has since released new procedures for cleaning its scopes./pp Young remains hospitalized and Olympus has declined to comment on the lawsuit./pp On Wednesday, Kaufman filed a second suit on behalf of the family of Antonia Torres Cerda. The 48-year-old Corcoran woman died in November after allegedly becoming infected following a liver transplant./pp Her family is suing the equipment maker for wrongful death, negligence and fraud. The claim seeks punitive and exemplary damages of an unspecified amount, the Fresno Bee reported./pp The hospital has said seven patients were infected with CRE after being examined with the scopes, and infections contributed to deaths of two of those patients. As many as 179 other patients may have been exposed from Oct. 3 to Jan. 28./pp CRE, which stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, is highly resistant to antibiotics and can kill up to 50 percent of infected patients./pp An email seeking comment from Olympus was not immediately returned Thursday. Olympus is a unit of the Japanese electronics giant./pp UCLA and the University of California regents may be added as defendants after more investigation, Kaufman said. More patient lawsuits are expected./pp UCLA has declined to comment on specific patients, citing confidentiality laws./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=5beWn6BLUag:jMkJT5lfphg: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=5beWn6BLUag:jMkJT5lfphg: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=5beWn6BLUag:jMkJT5lfphg:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=5beWn6BLUag:jMkJT5lfphg:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=5beWn6BLUag:jMkJT5lfphg:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=5beWn6BLUag:jMkJT5lfphg:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=5beWn6BLUag:jMkJT5lfphg:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/5beWn6BLUag" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:19:11 GMT2015-02-27T13:19:11Z Woman attacked by ex-boyfriend speaks of her ordeal
p A Lehigh County woman is sharing her story after surviving a brutal attack from her boyfriend.br/br/Jacquelyn Leibenguth sat down exclusively with 69 News Thursday inside Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, where she's recovering from a collapsed lung, two broken ribs, a fractured collar bone, and a deep gash.br/br/They're the painful reminders of what happened inside her Whitehall Township home early Monday morning.br/br/It was around 3 a.m. when police said Jerome Nichols broke into her twin home in the 2100 block of Main Street, and shoved a knife into Leibenguth's shoulder.br/br/Leibenguth said she had a feeling Nichols had been in her room before she woke up. Soon after realizing the lights had been turned on, she watched Nichols calmly walk toward her with a knife.br/br/"I believe he said 'don#8217;t make a sound or I'll stab you#8230;He points the knife there {shoulder} and says take off your clothes," Leibenguth said. "I said 'Jerome, why?' Instantly, boom, boom."br/br/Instantly, she heard and saw blood erupting from her shoulder.br/br/But she immediately thought of her 18-year-old son, who was asleep three doors down.br/br/"I was terrified he was going after my son," Leibenguth said.br/br/The attack came just two weeks after Leibenguth and Nichols broke up, ending a two-year relationship.br/br/"I loved the guy in the beginning," Leibenguth said.br/br/But over time, that passion faded and she saw another side of Nichols. A few months ago, she was shocked to see the man she first described as always smiling, go into an intense rage.br/br/"I could see the hate in his eyes," Leibenguth said.br/br/Despite such tantrums though, she said he never threatened her or laid a hand on her.br/br/Though, she said he had a tough time separating from the relationship.br/br/"I didn't think I was in an abusive relationship with Jerome," Leibenguth said.br/br/Though pained both physically and emotionally, Leibenguth said she harbors very little anger.br/br/But, part of her wishes he was still around so she could have the last word.br/br/"I can't yell at him for what he did to my car and my property," Leibenguth said.br/br/In the midst of his rage, he also trashed her car and her home.br/br/After running from police, and stabbing a Catasauqua officer, Nichols was shot and killed by officers.br/br/"I'm hurt that it had to go down that way," Leibenguth said.br/br/Leibenguth does not have medical insurance and is unable to work through her recovery.br/br/Friends and family have set up a a href="http://www.gofundme.com/n5ynng" target="_blank"GoFundMe/a account to help cover medical expenses and bills that are piling up while she's out of a job./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=hMmQszrDbCQ:DMagXr0vElw: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=hMmQszrDbCQ:DMagXr0vElw: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=hMmQszrDbCQ:DMagXr0vElw:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=hMmQszrDbCQ:DMagXr0vElw:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=hMmQszrDbCQ:DMagXr0vElw:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=hMmQszrDbCQ:DMagXr0vElw:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=hMmQszrDbCQ:DMagXr0vElw:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/hMmQszrDbCQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:34:37 GMT2015-02-27T12:34:37Z Kids who kill: The evolution of juvenile justice system
p Sun., Feb. 26, 1995, was the start of a week that many Lehigh Valley residents remember./pp It began with the murders of Dennis and Brenda Freeman and their 11-year-old son, Eric, inside the family's home in of Salisbury Township, Lehigh County./pp Their other sons, Bryan, 17, and David, 16, and the boys' cousin, Nelson "Benny" Birdwell, 18, were nowhere to be found. The teens identified with the blossoming neo-Nazi movement and were considered immediate suspects./pp All three were arrested at the home of a skinhead associate in Michigan on March 1.#160;#160;#160;/pp "It was massive media coverage of the skinhead murders, it was called," said Katherine Ramsland, a forensic psychologist./pp "I can remember at the time, when we would go to the news conferences, the coroner having difficulty even speaking about what happened in that home," recalled WFMZ's Nancy Werteen./pp But four days later, before anyone could come to terms with the Freeman family massacre, Jeffrey Howorth, who could have been described as "the boy next door," gunned down his parents, George and Susan, inside their home in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County./pp Howorth, then 16, was later arrested in Missouri.#160;#160;#160;/pp "Police say they suspect Jeffrey because of notes found in his bedroom," Werteen reported in 1995./pp Two families. Two unspeakable, but very similar crimes, but their journeys through the adult criminal justice system would be very different.#160;#160;#160;/pp Bryan Freeman said, although he didn#8217;t kill his mother, he pleaded guilty to her murder.#160;#160;/pp His brother, David, pleaded guilty to bludgeoning his father with a baseball bat./pp Benny Birdwell went on trial for the murder of all three of the Freemans, but he was only convicted of killing Dennis./pp Jeffrey Howorth's defense team successfully got him a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict.#160;#160;/pp "One jury says, 'Hey, these are bad kids. Let#8217;s put them away forever,' and the other jury looked at the other defendant and says, 'Wow. He wouldn't have done something like this. I mean he is such a nice kid. He wouldn't have done something like this if he weren't crazy,'" said Charles Banta, an attorney./pp Howorth has been in the state hospital system for 20 years; the Freemans and Birdwell were automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole.#160;/pp Over the last 20 years, the headlines describing the crimes have faded, but the laws that govern kids like them have continued to change./pp Howorth is regularly evaluated for transfer to residential care, and changes in the law regarding kids who kill could one day set the Freeman brothers free./pp "They would be a danger to the public, to public safety," said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin./pp The documentary, "Kids Who Kill: The Evolution of the Juvenile Justice System," examines the changes in the system over the last two decades./pp It also features Bryan Freeman, who talks candidly about who he was then and who he is now./pp "I never thought about the consequences of anything I did at that age. I was impulsive. I didn#8217;t care about the future," said Freeman./pp Freeman said he is talking about what happened in the hopes that it will help families, legislators and lawmakers resolve the issue of how to deal with kids who kill./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=YeR9Cmh1cwY:g1daA2soLd4: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=YeR9Cmh1cwY:g1daA2soLd4: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=YeR9Cmh1cwY:g1daA2soLd4:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=YeR9Cmh1cwY:g1daA2soLd4:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=YeR9Cmh1cwY:g1daA2soLd4:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=YeR9Cmh1cwY:g1daA2soLd4:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=YeR9Cmh1cwY:g1daA2soLd4:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/YeR9Cmh1cwY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:13:14 GMT2015-02-27T12:13:14Z Quakertown school custodian not happy with treatment of support staff
p Victor Bartholomew of Milford Township wants the a href="http://www.qcsd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1" target="_blank"Quakertown Community School District/a to value support staff more./pp Bartholomew, a custodian for the school district, addressed the school board Thursday evening, calling the treatment of support staff, such as the custodians and cafeteria employees, a "terrible injustice."#160;/pp "If it were not for these district employees, our schools would never have opened on time and never run efficiently on a daily basis," he said./pp He urged the board to restore support staff wages./pp "These support staff employees embody the true spirit of professionalism," Bartholomew said./pp He asked the board who among the administration would take a reduction in salary./pp "How many people in this administration would take a substantial pay cut and continue to do the same excellent job day in and day out," he said./pp Bartholomew also asked the board to think about the role support staff play in the lives of students./pp "Our district needs to put the purr into Panther pride," he said. "Our support staff already have it."/pp The school board did not offer any comments./pp In other business, the board discussed inviting members of the community to participate in board discussions. Those invited would represent different communities./pp Board President Paul Stepanoff recommended a regular practice where a member of a specific community receives an invitation to participate in board discussions./pp Board member Ronald Jackson disagreed slightly with Stepanoff./pp "I think that's a little unnecessary," he said./pp Jackson suggested instead the board extend an invitation only if an important issue or topic surfaces./pp Also during the meeting, members of Quakertown Community High School Technology Student Association presented the board with an overview of the organization./pp "I do believe it is a group organization we need to support," board member Robert Smith said./pp Board member Stephen Ripper asked the group to contact him regarding setting up a budget./pp Stepanoff instructed the group to provide the board with a dollar amount needed for funding purposes and an explanation of what members hope to accomplish./pp "A blank check should be written for these kids," Bartholomew said at the end of the meeting./pp The board also unanimously approved the redistricting plan and school calendar for the 2015-16 academic year./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=60bbGi8tzP0:m8V6naOkfno: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=60bbGi8tzP0:m8V6naOkfno: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=60bbGi8tzP0:m8V6naOkfno:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=60bbGi8tzP0:m8V6naOkfno:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=60bbGi8tzP0:m8V6naOkfno:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=60bbGi8tzP0:m8V6naOkfno:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=60bbGi8tzP0:m8V6naOkfno:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/60bbGi8tzP0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:04:27 GMT2015-02-27T12:04:27Z Cleveland Elementary students go back to school Friday
p School officials unveiled plans Wednesday to begin to bus students of the fire-damaged Cleveland Elementary School to other schools starting Friday morning./pp Under the plan, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students would attend class at Mosser Elementary School, while the 4th and 5th graders would attend Roosevelt Elementary School./pp Students in grades 1 through 3 would be picked at The Salvation Army Community Center at 144 North 8th Street, at 8:30 a.m. and dropped off there at 3:45 p.m./pp Students in grades 4 and 5 would be picked up at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 417 North 7th Street, at 8:30 a.m. and dropped off there at 3:45 p.m./pp "Roosevelt and Mosser were the two that we could identify that could possibly make some adjustments," Allentown School District Superintendent Russ Mayo told families Wednesday. They gathered for a community meeting at the church./pp School officials estimate it could take up to six to eight weeks to repair the fire and smoke damage and reopen Cleveland Elementary School. Students should be at their assigned pick up locations by 8:25 am, school officials said on flyers distributed at the meeting./pp Kindergarten will continue at the Lincoln Early Childhood Center, but students would be picked up and dropped off at the Salvation Army Community Center, at their normal times. Parents can also choose to drive their children to school. Students will have the same teacher and all food services will be provided as normal./pp The relocated classes will be held in spaces at the schools including auditoriums and gymnasiums, according to Mayo./pp "If we need dividers we will use dividers, we will do whatever we can to create classroom space," he said./pp "We understand this is a hardship and terrible inconvenience but we, of course, have no control over it," he said. "It's very important they understand that we understand and that we are with them."/pp The plan was met with mixed reaction from families./pp "I am very confused by it all. I don't know how smoothly this transition is going to go for the next eight weeks," said parent Yahaira Aviles Washington. She is asking for school supply donations that can be dropped off at the district administration building./pp Items needed include: paper, pencils, folders, hand sanitizer, tissues, notebooks, journals, and other basic school supplies. For more information on donating, contact Aviles at 484-387-3160./pp "I'm really pleased with the efforts that they're making. I was surprised to see that they had it set up so fast," said Akilah Morgan, an older sister of a student. "I feel like the schools are doing the best that they can in the time that they're given with so many students."/pp Parent Milagros Canales said, "The reason why I'm not happy is that there are other schools closer in the vicinity."/pp She said she plans to drive her son to school and will not send him to the bus pick-up location./pp "I can't send my son where I'm not comfortable, I don't know anybody," Canales said./pp A fire was reported around 7:10 a.m. Tuesday at the school, located at 424 N. Ninth Street./pp A preliminary finding from the Allentown Fire Department shows the blaze began in the teacher preparation room on the second floor, which received significant damage./pp Fire officials say the fire was likely caused by an electrical problem, and was accidental in nature./pp "A lot of melted items. Papers in there and a refrigerator, but frankly, I couldn't tell what it was because it was so melted," Mayo said Tuesday. The hallway and surrounding rooms on the second floor suffered significant smoke damage. Mayo said the fire is not related to a gas leak at the school Monday./pp The district is planning to seek a waiver from the Pennsylvania Department of Education so Cleveland Elementary School students don't have to make up the days they've missed this week.br/#160;/pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=zPviGrwkjqk:EavFyu1tXBM: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=zPviGrwkjqk:EavFyu1tXBM: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=zPviGrwkjqk:EavFyu1tXBM:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=zPviGrwkjqk:EavFyu1tXBM:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=zPviGrwkjqk:EavFyu1tXBM:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=zPviGrwkjqk:EavFyu1tXBM:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=zPviGrwkjqk:EavFyu1tXBM:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/zPviGrwkjqk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/

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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:32:22 -0500 Former Gov. Rick Perry: Obama has made the world less safe
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/rick-perry-tells-cpac-obama-made-world-less-151545999--election.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/B7WjHrPHw6SNHgv0XwVFLw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/3619070258ba56096f0f6a706700bc5b.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)" align="left" title="Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)" border="0" //aOXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday blasted President Barack Obama#039;s record on foreign policy, calling for a harder-line approach in the Middle East and accusing the administration of quot;making grave calculations that make the world less safe.quot;/pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:31:54 -0500 Stock market slips after weaker-than-expected growth in US
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/stock-market-slips-weaker-expected-growth-us-151526613.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/xIHrofD8zxaTug7LVvJlYg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/741d698258e557096f0f6a706700d739.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock indexes edged slightly lower in early trading Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, after the U.S. economy slowed more sharply than expected in the final three months of 2014. Utilities stocks were among the biggest decliners. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)" align="left" title="FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock indexes edged slightly lower in early trading Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, after the U.S. economy slowed more sharply than expected in the final three months of 2014. Utilities stocks were among the biggest decliners. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)" border="0" //aU.S. financial markets were essentially flat in morning trading Friday, as investors weighed a mix of U.S. economic data and the latest corporate earnings. Health care stocks were among the biggest decliners./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:31:22 -0500 House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-prepare-pass-homeland-security-funding-080933043--politics.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ZEfl674Aa1Lt6vJr18TxQA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/c09f77aa55ed49096f0f6a7067000516.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., holds up a copy of the Constitution while talking to reporters as House Republicans emerge from a closed-door meeting on how to deal with the impasse over the Homeland Security budget, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. GOP lawmakers have been trying to block President Barack Obama#039;s executive actions on immigration through the funding for the DHS which expires Friday night. Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday night to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)" align="left" title="Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., holds up a copy of the Constitution while talking to reporters as House Republicans emerge from a closed-door meeting on how to deal with the impasse over the Homeland Security budget, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. GOP lawmakers have been trying to block President Barack Obama#039;s executive actions on immigration through the funding for the DHS which expires Friday night. Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday night to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)" border="0" //aWASHINGTON (AP) — Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:25:15 -0500 EU, others: Catch plans for Bluefin tuna threaten recovery
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/eu-others-catch-plans-bluefin-tuna-threaten-recovery-112333968.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/Gs1YiUHoXcoVIt.E4.zytA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/d9117d57585f55096f0f6a706700daeb.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - In this April 27, 2011 file photo, Atlantic bluefin tuna are corralled by fishing nets during the opening of the season for tuna fishing off the coast of Barbate, Cadiz province, southern Spain. Documents revealed on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, show that Turkey is planning to catch up to 73 percent more Bluefin tuna than under an internationally agreed plan to limit the Atlantic Tuna catch. During an intense meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, the European Union, Japan and others nations were angry at Turkey for announcing its unilateral intention to increase their own quotas. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this April 27, 2011 file photo, Atlantic bluefin tuna are corralled by fishing nets during the opening of the season for tuna fishing off the coast of Barbate, Cadiz province, southern Spain. Documents revealed on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, show that Turkey is planning to catch up to 73 percent more Bluefin tuna than under an internationally agreed plan to limit the Atlantic Tuna catch. During an intense meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, the European Union, Japan and others nations were angry at Turkey for announcing its unilateral intention to increase their own quotas. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)" border="0" //aBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union, Japan and other nations hunting for the eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna are fearful that Turkey#039;s unilateral decision to exceed catch limits agreed last year is threatening the stock recovery and the organization regulating its conservation./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:24:56 -0500 Bombings, mortar fire kill 10 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings and mortar strikes in and near the Iraqi capital killed 10 people on Friday as Baghdad police discovered six bodies with gunshot wounds, officials said.

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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:14:38 -0500 U.S. economy slowed in the fourth quarter, but growth outlook still favorable
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/u-fourth-quarter-growth-rate-revised-down-2-133324000--business.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/Y_MQuduJIq7ft6vpPq4oZg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-02-27T133324Z_1_LYNXMPEB1Q0J7_RTROPTP_2_USA-PORTS-WEST.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Freighters and cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a back-log of over 30 container ships sit anchored outside the Port in Los Angeles" align="left" title="Freighters and cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a back-log of over 30 container ships sit anchored outside the Port in Los Angeles" border="0" //aBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter as businesses slowed their pace of stock accumulation and the trade deficit widened, but the underlying fundamentals remained solid. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual pace, revised down from the 2.6 percent pace estimated last month, the Commerce Department said on Friday. With consumer spending accelerating at its quickest pace since the first quarter of 2006 and sturdy gains in other measures of domestic demand, the slowdown in growth is likely to be temporary. quot;There is every reason to believe that domestic demand will grow at a rapid clip over the first half of this year too,quot; said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics in Toronto./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:21:18 -0500 Wall St. flat as mixed data provides scant incentives
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/futures-flat-ahead-gdp-consumer-sentiment-124628162--sector.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/URKOCVCozLxpDMxr6enLdw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-02-27T143208Z_2_LYNXMPEB1Q0HO_RTROPTP_2_MARKETS-STOCKS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York" align="left" title="Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York" border="0" //aI would argue it is still on solid footing, it is just we are in a bit of an ebb and the market is kind of ebbing with it a little bit,quot; said Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Wealth Management in Philadelphia. The Dow and Nasdaq were on track for a fourth straight week of gains, while the Samp;P was flat for the week. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 16.95 points, or 0.09 percent, to 18,197.47, the Samp;P 500 gained 0.57 points, or 0.03 percent, to 2,111.31 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.57 points, or 0.05 percent, to 4,985.32./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:04:06 -0500 Buffett, a cheerleader for America, takes his checkbook abroad
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/buffett-cheerleader-america-takes-checkbook-abroad-074418668--finance.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/pOT_J0E0u03MgkpgRqp8mw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-02-27T080406Z_1006950002_LYNXMPEB1Q07K_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-BERKSHIRE-BUFFETT.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Financial investor Warren Buffett is acknowledged during an announcement ceremony at Northwestern University in Evanston" align="left" title="Financial investor Warren Buffett is acknowledged during an announcement ceremony at Northwestern University in Evanston" border="0" //aBy Luciana Lopez and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett, in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders last year, called America quot;the mother lode of opportunity.quot; This year, his 50th at Berkshire#039;s helm, the world#039;s third-richest person could write something quite different. When Buffett releases this year#039;s letter on Saturday, he may point to opportunities outside of the United States, after he recently decided to buy a German motorcycle accessories retailer and said he may shop more in that country. In his letter, eagerly awaited on Wall Street for Buffett#039;s candid thoughts on investing, business and life, the 84-year-old Buffett may detail his vision for Berkshire in the decades to come, including after he is gone. quot;Warren Buffett recognizes that global investing is going to be an important part of the future,quot; said Michael Yoshikami, chief executive of Destination Wealth Management in Walnut Creek, California and a longtime Berkshire shareholder./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:39:06 -0500 Fiat Chrysler says recalling 467,500 SUVs worldwide
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/fiat-chrysler-says-recalling-467-500-suvs-worldwide-145428684--finance.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/y1ASqR3xEBLseFuRDrk0ig--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-02-27T145428Z_1006950001_LYNXMPEB1Q0MJ_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-FIAT-CHRYSLER-RECALL.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A 2011 all-new production Jeep Grand Cherokee sits inside the atrium of the new body shop at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit," align="left" title="A 2011 all-new production Jeep Grand Cherokee sits inside the atrium of the new body shop at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit," border="0" //aFiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it will recall about 467,500 SUVs worldwide in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause the engine to either stall or not start. The U.S. arm of Fiat Chrysler said it wasn#039;t aware of any crashes or injuries linked to this issue. The vehicles affected are the Dodge Durango from model years 2012 and 2013 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel versions from 2011 model year sold outside North America. The recall is related to one last September in North America for 230,760 Grand Cherokee and Durango SUVs with gasoline engines, both from the 2011 model year./pbr clear="all"/
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:16:41 -0500 Fed's Dudley: Risk of raising rates too soon higher than waiting longer
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/feds-dudley-risk-raising-rates-too-soon-higher-151641490--business.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/8VRSjczxgICTIddHl7SyMw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2015-02-27T151641Z_1_LYNXMPEB1Q0NK_RTROPTP_2_USA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="William Dudley, President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, speaks at Brooklyn College in the Brooklyn borough of New York" align="left" title="William Dudley, President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, speaks at Brooklyn College in the Brooklyn borough of New York" border="0" //aNew York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley, a permanent voter on the Fed#039;s policy setting committee, urged caution on the issue of when the central bank should lift rates, which it is expected to do later this year. The former Goldman Sachs economist said he did not agree with the notion that a central bank should follow a simple policy rule, as some conservative economists and lawmakers have argued./pbr clear="all"/

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