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Stephen Colbert on eating dogs — It turns out that NRA lobbyists weren't the only ones working to encourage the state House to duck from voting on a bill that would have banned pigeon shoots, "hunting" tethered animals and raising dogs and cats for human consumption.

Variable electric rates were costly for thousands of people last winter. — It's going to start feeling like winter this weekend. If that prompts you to look for your hat and gloves, you also should look at your electric bill and contract. Thousands of people got burned last winter because they didn't know, or maybe didn't care, they were paying uncapped variable rates to competitive electricity suppliers that compete with utilities like PPL.
Oct 30, 2014

Do you know if you're paying a variable electric rate? Check before winter or you could regret it

Eric Hutchinson at Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, Powerhouse 2014, Wells Fargo Center, Chrissy Hynde, Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Echosmith, Barbary, Grand Slambovians, Allentown, Top 5 Concerts of the Week - The Morning Call — Here are the Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week: Two years ago, singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson came through Philadelphia with his Almost Solo Tour, playing stripped-down versions of songs from his then-new disc, "Moving Up, Living Down," such as the insanely catchy "Watching You Watch Him," as well as his best-known hits, "Rock and Roll" and "OK, It's Alright with Me."

One Direction at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, Frank Caliendo and Hannibal Buress at sands Bethlehem Event Center, Winter Jam at Reading's Santander Arena among more than 50 new shows: Ticket box - The Morning Call — Welcome to Lehigh Valley Music's Ticket Box, listing new shows on sale. A secon One Direction at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelpha, Frank Caliendo and Hannibal Buress at Sands Bethlehem Event Center and Winter Jam at Reading's Santander Arena are among more than 450 shows for which we have new information.

Concert review: Hallelujah for Puddles the Clown — Major League Baseball ought to have Puddles the Clown sing the National Anthem at the World Series. He'd have the crowd roaring in praise. "Oh Say Can You see" were the first words the audience at the Musikfest Café in Bethlehem heard lastnight from the mouth of this six-foot plus bald man with clown makeup, gold cap on his head, white satin clown suit, and waving a tiny American flag.

Allentown plans solutions for flood-prone West End — Long-suffering victims of flooding in Allentown's West End Theatre District may get some relief under a plan presented by city consultants. Engineers have recommended several changes including the lowering of Albright Street and a possible secondary storm sewer line through the area in hopes of easing the flood-prone section of the city, officials told a group of about 15 residents gathered at the West End Youth Center Wednesday night.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @emilyopilo: How to fix Allentown's flood-prone west end? City officials have a few ideas…

Oct 30, 2014

How to fix Allentown's flood-prone west end? City officials have a few ideas…

Oct 29, 2014

How to fix the flood-prone West End? Allentown has some ideas (with video)…

Bethlehem police charge Lehigh student with entering home while wearing Teletubbies costume — Bethlehem police said a Lehigh University student's apparent craving for Chinese food while dressed in a Teletubbie outfit has landed him in hot water. Terez Sharek Owens, 20, who lives in the 400 block of Birkel Avenue, was charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

Allen and Dieruff make academic strides — Chris Smith and Melissa Roehrich won't be barking out the signals on Saturday when Allen meets Dieruff for the 58 t h time in football at J. Birney Crum Stadium. They won't be in the pregame huddle; they won't going over the Xs and Os in the locker room and they won't be delivering any pep talks at halftime.

Lehigh football freshman Tyler Cavenas is making an impact on the defensive line — Lehigh football coach Andy Coen remembered that Tyler Cavenas had to reschedule his official visit to campus last year because he was participating in the Mahanoy Area High School musical. "I think it was 'Guys and Dolls,' " Coen said.

Groller-Zambelli High School Football Picks of the Week — Groller-Zambelli High School Football Picks of the Week
Oct 29, 2014

VIDEO: The Groller-Zambelli Challenge and HS football hits Week 10. Mike & me take a look at key matchups. #lvvarsity…

Former Easton Area School District teacher pleads guilty to stealing from her church — A former Easton Area School District teacher who stole more than $300,000 from her church pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony theft charge. Ann Marie Ballentine, who taught middle school special education when she was arrested in January, faces nine to 16 months at minimum in prison under standard sentencing guidelines.

Man shot by police officers had self-inflicted cut, knife embedded in neck — A Wilson man who authorities say died after cutting his own neck and being shot by police after an early-morning chase Friday through several communities had a folding knife embedded in his throat, according to court records.

Funding needed for winter homeless shelter in Allentown — A temporary homeless shelter will open in November to house people for the coldest months of the year, Allentown and Lehigh County officials announced Wednesday, although more funding is still needed to make the center fully-operational. Alliance Hall, a multipurpose facility at Sixth and Chew streets in Allentown, will be open from 7 p.m.

Comcast settles lawsuit over overcharging cable TV subscribers — Comcast Corp has reached a $50 million settlement in a decade-old lawsuit accusing it of overcharging cable television subscribers, 1-1/2 years after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a larger version of the class-action case. The preliminary settlement, which requires court approval, calls for Comcast to pay $16.67 million in cash to current and former subscribers in Philadelphia and four nearby counties.

ISIS is prompting moderate Muslims to speak up — One of the main talking points for people who want to tarnish all Muslims with the behavior of violent radicals is that peaceful Muslims don't condemn the violence being committed in the name of their religion. I just saw another Morning Call letter to the editor making this same point in regard to the Islamic State and the horrible beheadings and other atrocities.

In Bethlehem Puerto Rican social club shooting trial, defense rests — The defense rested Wednesday in the trial of two men charged in a fatal 2012 gun battle in Bethlehem without calling the defendants to testify. Javier Rivera-Alvarado and Rene Figueroa elected not to take the witness stand in their own defense, setting the stage for the jury to begin deliberating their fates Thursday after closing arguments and instructions on the law by Northampton County Judge Anthony Beltrami.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @riley_yates: Defense rests in Bethlehem Puerto Rican Club shooting without calling defendants…

ESPN radio of the Lehigh Valley broadcast schedule — If you can't watch it, you can listen to Game 7 of the World Series tonight on ESPN radio fo the Lehigh Valley (AM-1230, 1320).

What Is It? The Answer — We have no winner in last week's "What Is It?" quiz, which isn't surprising, since only one person answered. I did get some Facebook responses, none of which were exactly correct. Here it was mostly crickets, as usual since we switched blog platforms. My Comments have dried up to pretty much nothing.