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Telephone interview with Marky Ramone

Interviewing Marky Ramone: Hey! Ho! Here's what you should know about punk founders' drummer

mcall.com — Ask Marky Ramone, drummer for punk rock's founding fathers The Ramones for 15 years and the last surviving member of its classic lineup, to reveal the biggest surprise in his new autobiography, and he laughingly says, "That we weren't real brothers." That's true.
Jan 30, 2015

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Starbucks coming to downtown Allentown

mcall.com — Allentown's arena zone has exploded with so many new restaurants - from the higher-end Dime to the workaday Johnny's Bagels -- you might be forgiven for thinking it already has a Starbucks. It doesn't. But it will. A Starbucks is set to open at Two City Center at the corner of Seventh and Hamilton streets in May, officials with City Center Investment Corp.

PA Treasurer Rob McCord to resign

mcall.com — HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord will resign effective Feb. 12. His resignation means newly installed Gov. Tom Wolf will get to name his replacement who would have to be confirmed by the Senate. McCord, 55, was is in the midst of his second and final term as treasurer.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @sesack: Federal probe of PA Treasury Rob McCord helps get embattled PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane off front pages: mcall.com/news/nationwor…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @Marywilson: Investigation into McCord being run out of FBI's Harrisburg office, reports @sesack mcall.com/news/nationwor…

Jan 29, 2015

"It's been [going on] a while," a source told The Morning Call, declining to elaborate further." Via @sesack: mcall.com/news/nationwor…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @mcall: Pa. Treasurer McCord, a former Democratic candidate for governor, resigned Thursday amid an FBI probe. mcall.com/news/nationwor…

Palisades beats Wilson to clinch first district berth since 1997

mcall.com — When a 35-25 Palisades lead was quickly sliced to 35-34 with four minutes left Thursday night at Wilson, somewhere in the back of some minds there was the temptation to think, "Here we go ... same old Pirates." But these are not the same old Pirates.

Format explained for first Eastern Pennsylvania Conference basketball

mcall.com — @KeithGrollerFinal score: Palisades 49, Wilson 42. Pirates headed to districts. Big turnaround for program that lost 85 straight not long ago #lvvarsity The Morning Call kgroller​@mcall.com If the idea to go to an eight-team tournament was to keep more teams in the hunt longer for a postseason berth, the leaders of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference are getting what they want.

Jessica Padgett murder stepfather Gregory Graf

mcall.com — Within hours after Jessica Padgett disappeared, more than 100 volunteers started combing through Northampton, handing out fliers with a photo of the mother of three and searching the streets for clues on her whereabouts.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @mcall: Friends, family try to make sense of Jessica Padgett's murder as case against stepfather travels through courts. mcall.com/news/breaking/…

Actor John C. Reilly spotted at Quakertown hotel

mcall.com — Academy Award-nominated actor John C. Reilly, who performed in a low key concert of old country, folk, gospel and blues-tinged songs at Sellersville Theatre Wednesday night, was apparently just as easy-going when he was staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Quakertown.
Jan 29, 2015

John C. Reilly stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Quakertown.mcall.com/entertainment/…

James Franklin to speak at scholar-athlete dinner

mcall.com — For the second time in three years, the Penn State football coach will speak at the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Dinner. In 2013, it was Bill O'Brien, and this year it'll be James Franklin.

Groller-Zambelli High School Basketball Picks of the Week

Revenge porn website operator targeted by authorities

mcall.com — If you can't resist posing for nude photos, here's another reminder why you should resist the temptation to share them. Many women who were duped into sharing intimate images found them posted online without their permission, authorities allege.
Jan 29, 2015

Women duped into sharing nude photos that were posted online, feds allege bit.ly/1CDmquE fb.me/7no2VuzaK

Ebony Jones to face trial in Bethlehem Marvine-Pembroke killing

mcall.com — A woman charged with killing her estranged boyfriend at her Bethlehem home told police she "had to do it" because he was going to hurt her, according to testimony at a Northampton County court hearing. Ebony Jones, 31, is charged with a single count of homicide in the death of Ismail Bonets, who was killed Nov.

Penn State coach Franklin spoke to alleged victim in Vanderbilt rape case

articles.mcall.com — Penn State coach James Franklin called allegations "untrue" that he acted improperly with regard to a rape case involving former Vanderbilt football players. Franklin issued a statement late Tuesday in response to a motion filed by one of the former players charged last summer with rape.
Jan 29, 2015

Defense claim: football coach asked Vanderbilt rape victim to “get 15 pretty girls together” to help recruiting articles.mcall.com/2014-04-30/spo…

Dancing With the Stars Fundraising

mcall.com — I’m so stiff these days from snow-shoveling and falling on the ice that I can’t imagine myself twirling around the State Theatre stage, but as some of you know, I’ve agreed to participate in Dancing With the Lehigh Valley Stars, a Freddy Awards fundraiser that’s taking place Friday, April 24.

Tom Wolf drilling lease moratorium in parks

mcall.com — HARRISBURG -Gov. Tom Wolf plans to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by his predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep below Pennsylvania's state parks and forests, his office said Wednesday.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @timelywriter: MORE: Wolf to restore ban on new natural gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania state parks, forests. Via @AP: bit.ly/1CgnCFG #shalegas

Jan 28, 2015

RT @timelywriter: MORE: Wolf to restore ban on new natural gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania state parks, forests. Via @AP: bit.ly/1CgnCFG #shalegas

Jan 28, 2015

RT @timelywriter: MORE: Wolf to restore ban on new natural gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania state parks, forests. Via @AP: bit.ly/1CgnCFG #shalegas

Jan 28, 2015

MORE: Wolf to restore ban on new natural gas drilling leases on Pennsylvania state parks, forests. Via @AP: bit.ly/1CgnCFG #shalegas

Actor John C. Reilly is unassuming -- and good -- in musical performance at Sellersville Theater. Review

Double the Funny: SteelStacks Improv Comedy Fest expands for its second year

mcall.com — ArtsQuest's first SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival last year was by all measures a success. But there was one disappointment. There wasn't enough of it. So when organizers sought submissions for the second festival, it found a solution. Nearly 100 improv troupes applied - nearly twice as many as for the 2014 festival.

Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week

mcall.com — Here are the Top 3 Concerts of the Coming Week: What happens to a 1980s singer after his wonderful but underappreciated pop-rock songs stop being hits? If you're Marshall Crenshaw, you continue to make wonderful music that's even less appreciated.

Def Leppard at Allentown Fair, Billy Joel at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, New Kids on the Block at Sands Bethlehem Event Center and Rush at Wells Fargo Center among more than 70 new shows - The Morning Call

mcall.com — Welscome to Lehigh Valley Music's Ticket Box, listing new shows on sale. Def Leppard at Allentown Fair, Billy Joel at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, New Kids on the Bloc at Sands Bethlehem Event Center and Rush at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center are among more than 70 new shows for which we have information.