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After Newborn Found in Paint Bucket, Mother Faces Murder Charges

WFMZ – . – Pennsylvania State Police have charged an Allentown woman with homicide after a 2017 search of her former North Whitehall Township home turned up her newborn baby in a five-gallon paint bucket.  State police charged Ashley Caraballo, of East Fairview Street, with homicide, concealing the death of a child and abuse of corpse in connection to the death of her newborn son. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 30-year-old Wednesday morning. She’s being held without bail. | go to source

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Bethlehem Protest Ordinance Draws……Protests

WFMZ -Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez indefinitely pulled an ordinance from Bethlehem City Council’s Tuesday night agenda requiring demonstrators to obtain a city permit before engaging in a protest…..The ordinance pulled Tuesday night requires that six or more individuals who wish to stage a protest obtain a city permit five days before it occurs. An exception in the proposed law waives the five-day requirement if the protest is in response to a current event.   Should the law eventually be enacted, those that fall under its guidelines will be required to pay a permit application fee and complete an application. Law enforcement officials will then review the application for any potential issues they believe would likely require a larger police presence. | go to source

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After Tax Increase Approved, Bethlehem Teachers Get Pay Raise

Lehigh Valley Live –  The Bethlehem Area School District teachers got a new four-year contract on Monday. It’s approval comes 12 days before the previous pact was due to expire.  The board voted 8-0 to approve the pact with board member Rogelio Ortiz absent.  Superintendent Joseph Roy noted the contract was approved in a year where the board approved a budget with no tax increase. | go to source

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Allentown is Home to Robot-Human Cohabitation in Amazon Warehouse

Mcall – Amazon employees start their shifts passing through turnstiles and a sign reminding them what they can’t bring with them as they report for work alongside robots.  Cellphones, belts, keys and loose change must be stored away in one of hundreds of lockers by the break area at the West Deptford, New Jersey, fulfillment center. Inside, 7.75-inch-tall robots that can carry up to 1,250 lbs. and have no resemblance to the humanoid robots of science fiction, help them do their jobs. | go to source

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Pot Store to Come to Bethlehem Township….Maybe

WFMZ   –  Bethlehem Township commissioners held a hearing on allowing a medical marijuana dispensary to open in the township.  Justice Grown, which operates a dispensary in Luzerne County and plans to open another in Lackawanna County, wants to open a dispensary at 3650 Nazareth Pike (Linden Street). | go to source

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Perkasie Stunned with Sudden Death of Police Chief

Mcall Online -Condolences flooded Perkasie Borough offices Monday after the sudden death of police Chief Steven Hillias on Sunday. He was 49.  The nature of the medical episode he suffered while off duty had not been determined, but officials said it was unexpected and he had not been battling illness. | go to source

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Bethlehem Super Sells Taxes at School Board Meeting, Card Included

A new addition to Bethlehem Area School District tax bills: What you get for your money – Allentown Morning Call

At a school board committee meeting Monday, Superintendent Joseph Roy held up a card that gives information on how many students Bethlehem Area educates and some highlights of the education the district provides. Copies of that card are going to go out with property tax bills, Roy said….

…On one side, the card says: “Thanks to your tax dollars, BASD educates 13,700 students across our 22 schools. Our students benefit from your support and, in return, they create our future as parents, employers, employees, civic and business leaders.”

It thanks the taxpayer “for your part in building Bethlehem and investing in our future.” | go to source

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Time to Pay the State Police, Small Town Pennsylvania

Lawmakers push for Pennsylvania State Police protection fee – WPMT FOX 43

Some Pennsylvania state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would allow the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) to charge municipalities which rely on their service…..

The winners: Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT, and contractors for PennDOT, according to Governor Tom Wolf….The losers: Municipalities, which haven’t paid in years, that could suddenly be facing a huge expense. | go to source

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Lauren’s Hope is a Blessing for Children with Brain Traumas

Lauren’s Hope: Local nonprofit helps families with brain-injured children – 69News WFMZ-TV

Lauren’s Hope Foundation was created 11 years ago by Ann Flood, of Moore Township, whose daughter Lauren was born with a brain injury that contributed to her death. Lauren died in her sleep a few days before Christmas.

“Despite all the chaos and sadness and confusion and anger, I felt this peace and I knew she was going to be okay, but I also knew in that moment that it wasn’t going to be the end of Lauren’s story,” said Ann Flood, director of Lauren’s Hope Foundation. “I knew that I was going to take everything I’ve learned having Lauren in my life for the four-and-a-half years, her care, her therapy, the research that I have done. I was going to take what I’ve learned and I was going to help other families. | go to source

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The Coplay-Northampton Connection Broken by a 3-Year Bridge Rebuild

Coplay-Northampton bridge to close soon for three years – WFMZ Allentown

Some people in the Lehigh Valley are preparing to find a new way to get around town after learning a popular bridge will be closing down for years.

The Coplay-Northampton Bridge crosses the Lehigh River and is the most convenient way to travel back and forth between the two municipalities. | go to source

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Family Loses Home After Spontaneous Combustion Ignites Palmer Township Fire

Spontaneous combustion caused Palmer Township fire which displaced family of five – 69News WFMZ-TV

Spontaneous combustion caused a fire which displaced a family of five early Sunday morning.

The house fire on the 3700 block of Timberlane Drive in Palmer Township, Northampton County was ruled accidental, according to the office of Deputy Chief Jim Alercia. | go to source

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Don’t Worry Students, Those Bus Pass Deals Won’t End with the Summer

Discount student bus passes will continue over the summer in Allentown, Bethlehem – lehighvalleylive.com

The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority’s $1 student passes are sold at district schools and offices during the school year.

LANTA Executive Director Owen O’Neil said the school’s chose whether to make the passes available during summer break, and continue selling them out of the district locations. | go to source

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Artificial Intelligence to Reach Human-Level Intelligence by 2040 – AiThority

One group of intrepids is wagering that the year 2040 won’t just be the year I finally get that prostate exam, it will be the year that AI will become human.  I 

Wire – Artificial Intelligence to Reach Human-Level Intelligence by 2040 – AiThority

From AiThority –

NEORIS, a digital transformation service provider that accelerates the digital capabilities of global enterprises, unveiled its most recent analysis entitled Artificial Intelligence: Rethinking Humanity’s Evolution. The comprehensive assessment cites the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and presents a compelling thesis, by 2040 the world will see an AI-triggered transcendental shift on humanity’s evolution.

Since AI’s inception in 1956, in the form of “a machine that could think,” AI continues to evolve and impact society, businesses and humanity. Its cognitive tools have systematically reshaped how people and companies interact and possesses the power to radically transform business exchanges and human capabilities. | go to source

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Pakistan Finally Reveals Total Loans Accepted From China Under IMF Pressure – EurAsian Times

In the backdrop of the major escalation by the US against China in the trade war through the Huawai freeze-out, there’s this news of Pakistan having to come clean on the amount of loans it has received from China.   

Wire – Pakistan Finally Reveals Total Loans Accepted From China Under IMF Pressure – EurAsian Times

From Eurasian Times –

Under pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Islamabad has disclosed every type of loan that Islamabad has received from its strategic ally, China.  Foreign loan disbursements in Jul-Apr of the current financial year showed loans for the Karachi Nuclear Power Plants, known as K2 and K3, and China SAFE deposits as part of federal debt obligations.

Earlier, the $2 billion worth of China SAFE deposits, which Islamabad had received in July 2018, were shown on the books of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). SAFE is an acronym for the State Administration of Foreign Exchange managed by the Chinese central bank. | go to source

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New Jersey Man with Ties to Hamas Accused of Plotting to Bomb Trump Tower

Depending on the media outlet, the headline will refer to the accused wanna-be Orange bomber as a New Jersey man or a Muslim extremist, or, if you’re really pushing it, just Muslim.  Here’s how Reuters chose to go with this

Wire – New Jersey man charged with threatening to bomb Trump Tower

From Reuters –

A 20-year-old New Jersey man accused of threatening on social media to “shoot everybody” at a pro-Israel march and bomb the Trump Tower skyscraper in New York City was arrested on Wednesday on a string of federal charges, prosecutors said.

Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge, was taken into custody on charges of attempting to provide material support to Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip and which the United States designates as a terrorist organization, making false statements and transmitting threats over interstate commerce, according to federal prosecutors. | go to source

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Rightzilla – Obama Judges Kill Americans’ Privacy to Help Democratic House Harass Trump – Human Events

There;s a lot of fire in this rightzilla of the day, with the recent decision by “Obama Judges” to rule in favor of the US House’s efforts to get Donny boy’s tax records.  It’s always good if you  can work the word kill into a zilla.
From Human Event –
Two Obama appointees just greenlit two of the most invasive Congressional subpoenas for private financial information in American history.
The two subpoenas from the House often came without House approval, but instead with written memorandums by self-serving chairmen. They compelled invasive disclosure of intimate information from accountants and banks concerning the private records of private people from a time period Trump was neither a candidate nor the President. Their orders eviscerate and endanger privacy for all Americans……

The judges’ mutual refusal to stay their judgment pending appeal further reflects the partisan motivation behind their conduct. Anyone think they would have approved Congressional subpoenas into Obama’s still-sealed educational records? Anyone think they would have approved Senatorial subpoenas into Biden’s family finances that concern the large sums of money foreign countries and their agents paid his family during his Vice Presidency under Obama? Anyone think they would have approved wide-scale subpoenas into the activities of the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State? | go to source

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British Empire Gets UN Hack

From The NY Times –

The United Nations General Assembly dealt Britain an embarrassing defeat on Wednesday in a protracted dispute over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, demanding that the British surrender the archipelago — home to an important American military base — to Mauritius, a former British colony. | go to source

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Taiwan Plays War Games with the Dragon

from The Japan News –

Taiwan’s Navy held a major live-fire exercise Wednesday off the island’s east coast in an area increasingly threatened by Chinese ships and planes.  The drills are part of annual Han Kuang exercises that simulate an attack by China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary. | go to source

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Superconducting at Record Fire Levels, Baby

From Science Alert –

Scientists in Germany have hit a new superconductivity milestone – achieving a resistance-free electrical current at the highest temperature yet: just 250 Kelvin, or -23 degrees Celsius (-9.4 degrees Fahrenheit).  The work was led by Mikhail Eremets, a physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry….. | go to source