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Allentown developers proposed the 15-story Five City Center.

mcall.com — For the past two years Allentown's downtown arena zone has seen one giant project after another, but developers Wednesday upped the ante. City Center Investment Corp. unveiled a 15-story office complex that is to include an 800-space parking deck and 200 upscale apartments spanning an entire block of Walnut Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

Ten charged in alleged PennDOT kickback scheme

mcall.com — Ten PennDOT employees and contractors were charged Wednesday with a widespread overbilling scheme that cost Pennsylvania taxpayers at least $1.2 million, according the state attorney general's office. Prosecutors allege two former managers in PennDOT's District 6, which includes Philadelphia and four suburban counties, took kickbacks from highway inspectors in exchange for allowing the contractors to submit fraudulent time sheets and mileage reports.

Jeff Daniels postpones musical performance at Mauch Chunk Opera House

mcall.com — Jeff Daniels, who on Sunday concluded his role as news anchor Will McAvoy on HBO's drama "The Newsroom," apparently is still more an actor than a musical performer. Daniels has postponed a Jan. 20 musical performance at Mauch chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe after apparently "getting a movie offer he couldn't refuse," the venue's Dan Hugos said.

What Is It? - The Morning Call

mcall.com — Today's "What Is It? isn't the most difficult item I've presented, but I wouldn't have known what it's used for. The winning answer will have to be very specific about the purpose of this thing. The first person to post the correct response on the Comments will qualify for fabulous prizes.

REVIEW: The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere finds right balance with Christmas show at Penn's Peak

mcall.com — The biggest hurdle to a contemporary music act making a Christmas show work is balance. Too much Christmas, particularly if it's not done well, and the audience wonders why they came. Too little Christmas and they wonder why it's a holiday show at all.
Dec 17, 2014

REVIEW: 1960s hitmaker finds right balance with Christmas show at @pennspeak: bit.ly/1AF54dy

Police: Woman busted for shoplifting, leaves daughter behind as she tries to flee

mcall.com — A Macungie woman was charged Tuesday with shoplifting from the Lower Macungie Walmart and then leaving her 6-year-old daughter behind as she tried to flee, according to court records. Judith Ann Blank, 42, ran through the store's crowded parking lot at 5:35 p.m.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @mcall: Police: Woman busted for shoplifting at Walmart, leaves 6-year-old behind as she tries to flee mcall.com/news/breaking/… pic.twitter.com/LllInyfuaG

Magician Chris Angel to make another earlier appearance -- for lunch

mcall.com — Magician Criss Angel, who will perform two shows at Easton's State Theatre on Jan. 20, will perform another trick at a different area venue a day earlier. He'll make some food disappear. Angel, whose A&E Channel show "Mindfreak" is the most successful television magic show in history, will be at Billy's Downtown Diner for lunch on Jan.
Dec 17, 2014

Before shows at @StateTheatrePA, magician @CrissAngel to make food disappear at Valley restaurant: bit.ly/1zrOiQY

Northampton County hit by rafts of retirements

mcall.com — With murder trials, million-dollar civil suits and nasty custody hearings, there's no shortage of human drama in the Northampton County Court system, but Court Administrator Jill Cicero isn't used to seeing it play out in her office. "I don't often see a longtime worker holding a retirement letter in her hand with tears in her eyes," Cicero said.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @mcall: Record No. of Northampton County workers retiring in light of increasing health care costs, other benefits changes. mcall.com/news/local/mc-…

Philly DA Williams charges lawmakers in sting

mcall.com — PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams charged two state representatives from Philadelphia with accepting bribes as part of an ongoing corruption sting that Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to prosecute after she took office last year. State Rep. Ron Waters, 64, and Vanessa L.
Dec 16, 2014

Philly DA Seth Williams charges two more lawmakers in corruption case AG Kathleen Kane called racist and unwinnable: mcall.com/news/breaking/…

Dec 16, 2014

RT @mcall: Philly DA Seth Williams charges state lawmakers in sting case AG Kathleen Kane declined to prosecute mcall.com/news/breaking/…

Bill White's Pet of the Week: Pistachio

mcall.com — Each week, Morning Call columnist Bill White will visit one of the Lehigh Valley's animal shelters and give you an up-close look at one of the pets they have for adoption. The shelter workers will give you information about the animals, and you'll see Bill interact with the dogs and cats so you can decide if this is the pet for you.

North Whitehall Christmas display saved by good friends

mcall.com — My column last Sunday was about a 16-year-old boy who inspired his friends and family by conquering grief and illness to put up a great Christmas display as a tribute to his late father, who died Oct. 1. As we talked about the display and the kindness shown to him and his family, Michael Hertzog said something I wanted to highlight today.

Christmas Light judging

mcall.com — Tonight is our last official night of Christmas Light judging, although I'll still be out on the road on my own the next couple of days and nights to doublecheck directions and addresses.

Stay a step ahead of package thieves

mcall.com — As online shopping grows, so does the opportunity for thieves to swipe packages left at your doorstep. Here are tips for how to prevent that from happening. The Better Business Bureau warns that package delivery thieves have been known to follow delivery trucks around town.

Craig Ferguson, late night host, to perform at Sands Bethlehem Event Center

mcall.com — Late night talks show host Craig Ferguson will perform at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, it was just announced. Ferguson, who recently announced he'll leave his job as host of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" after 10 years, will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 11.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces Class of 2015. See how good our predictions were

mcall.com — Green Day, Lou Reed and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Stevie Ray Vaughn are among the 2015 inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the hall announced this morning. Just as Lehigh Valley Music said they should be. Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, Chic, War and The Spinners aren't getting in this year.

'The Newsroom' series finale has critical role for Martin guitar

mcall.com — HBO's critically acclaimed drama series "The Newsroom," which for three seasons chronicled the behind-the-scenes operations and decisions of the fictional Atlantis Cable News television network and won lead actor Jeff Daniels an Emmy, came to a close Sunday with its series finale. And the Nazaeth-based C.F.

Montgomery County shooting spree started by military veteran

mcall.com — A military veteran diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder killed his ex-wife in Lower Salford Township, the start of a shooting rampage Monday in Montgomery County that claimed at least four other lives, according to neighbors of the dead woman and news reports.
Dec 15, 2014

RT @mcall: Neighbors: Military veteran diagnosed with PTSD killed ex-wife, triggering Montgomery County shooting rampage. mcall.com/news/breaking/…

Dec 15, 2014

RT @mcall: Neighbors: Military veteran diagnosed with PTSD killed ex-wife, triggering Montgomery County shooting rampage. mcall.com/news/breaking/…

Dec 15, 2014

RT @mcall: Neighbors: Military veteran diagnosed with PTSD killed ex-wife, triggering Montgomery County shooting rampage. mcall.com/news/breaking/…

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Sportscaster Don Tollefson withdraws guilty plea in alleged charity scam

mcall.com — Don Tollefson, the longtime Philadelphia TV sportscaster, on Monday withdrew his guilty plea on charges he stole money that people contributed to his charity causes, saying the "prayed on it" and now realizes he's innocent. Tollefson, who appeared in Bucks County Court on Monday, said he intends to proceed to trial without an attorney.
Dec 16, 2014

Former sportscaster Don Tollefson says after praying, he won't plead guilty in fraud case cause he's innocent bit.ly/138Z2qk @mcall

Dec 15, 2014

RT @mcall: Sportscaster Don Tollefson withdraws guilty plea in alleged charity scam. mcall.com/news/breaking/… pic.twitter.com/HVBfFRb6MC

Manhunt for Montgomery County shooting spree suspect expands to Doylestown

mcall.com — The search for alleged shooter Bradley Stone has spread to Bucks County. Around 8:30 p.m. Monday, a Bucks County emergency dispatcher confirmed police are in Doylestown Township. The dispatcher could not give any other details. Doylestown Hospital is also on "heightened alert because of an incident" but officials would not give any other details.
Dec 15, 2014

RT @JPalochko: More details on Bradley Stone possibly being in Doylestown Township, Bucks County tonight. #montcoshooting mcall.com/news/breaking/…