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Warren County prosecutors: Phillipsburg wrestlers face no criminal charges in incident with dummy

mcall.com — Warren County prosecutors said Thursday that no criminal charges would be filed against a group of Phillipsburg High School wrestlers who posed with a black wrestling dummy hanging by a rope around its neck. The prosecutor's office, along with Phillipsburg police, conducted an investigation to determine if criminal charges were merited when the group posed in a photo in February that went viral and sparked outrage.
Prosecutor: No criminal charges in incident with Phillipsburgh H.S. wrestlers who posed with dummy: bit.ly/1gMx73J

Attorney: Costco developers aren't required to pay traffic fees

mcall.com — It turns out that the developers planning to bring Costco, Whole Foods and other stores to Lower Macungie won't have to pay the township nearly $3 million or more in traffic impact fees. The township's solicitor told commissioners Thursday night that those fees, designed to help finance future transportation improvements in Lower Macungie, won't be required as part of the Hamilton Crossings shopping center's land development approval.
Attorney: Lehigh Valley Costco developers won't have to pay traffic fees: bit.ly/1hQIGri

Allentown-suburbs sewer fee settlement nearly finalized

mcall.com — A settlement in a sewer billing dispute between Allentown and suburban communities is close to being finalized after two of the parties involved were expected to sign off on it Thursday night. Lower Macungie commissioners unanimously approved the agreement, which calls for the city to return about $2.1 million to suburban users of its treatment plant for fees assessed between 2009 and 2013.

Palisades coach Poratta sues PIAA over sanctions

Teen urinates in Portland water reservoir

mcall.com — Portland, Ore. will flush down millions of gallons from the city reservoir after security cameras caught a teen urinating into the tank. (April 16) Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in an open reservoir early on Wednesday morning, city water officials said.
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Lowhill man accused of beating wife rejects deal, requests trial

mcall.com — A Lowhill Township man accused of beating his wife to death rejected a plea deal Thursday that called for a minimum sentence of just four years in prison, saying he wants a trial. It's a big gamble for James F. Albright, who could face decades more, and even life behind bars, if he's convicted at trial.
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Groller's Corner Blog

blogs.mcall.com — Wednesday's softball recap and standings update: Big wins by Parkland and Northampton With each day we're starting to get more clarity on the local softball landscape. It is clear to me by now that Parkland is the team to beat in the LVC, but Northampton, even without Marly Laubach, is a very good team that just might return to the league playoffs.

Groller's Corner Blog

blogs.mcall.com — My time on a Bethlehem sidewalk, and a Wednesday I won't soon forget In his famous ESPYs speech in 1993, the late Jim Valvano talked about what constitutes a good, full day and he talked about the need to experience a variety of emotions in any given day.