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LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014

  GREAT WEATHER HELPED DRAW 1.1 MILLION PEOPLE TO MUSIKFEST IN BETHLEHEM FROM AUGUST 1 THROUGH THE 10TH.  THAT'S ABOUT 15 PERCENT HIGHER THAN IN 2013.  MUSIKFEST SAYS VISITORS CAME TO BETHLEHEM FROM 43 STATES AS WELL AS AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE AND ENGLAND.  SANDS STEEL STAGE ATTENDANCE TOTALED JUST BELOW 47,000, UP FROM 41,000 A YEAR AGO. 


  ATTENDANCE WAS UP AT MUSIKFEST IN BETHLEHEM, BUT SO WERE THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS.  34 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AT THE 2013 MUSIKFEST AND POLICE SAY 41 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AT THIS YEAR'S EVENT, 19 OF THEM FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS, SIX FOR UNDERAGE DRINKING AND ANOTHER SIX FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT.  20 OF THE ARRESTS HAPPENED ON MAIN STREET, WHICH IS THE SAME NUMBER FROM 2013.  THERE WERE THREE SHOOTING INCIDENTS NEAR MUSIKFEST, BUT POLICE CHIEF MARK DiLUZIO SAYS THEY MIGHT NOT NECESSARILY BE MUSIKFEST-RELATED.


  THE PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS ENDORSING A POTENTIAL SETTLEMENT THAT WOULD END A LAWSUIT OVER THE USE OF A $60 MILLIION FINE CONNECTED TO THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL.  THE TRUSTEES VOTED 19-8 WEDNESDAY TO SUPPORT THE SETTLEMENT, WHICH WOULD KEEP ALL THE MONEY IN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE BOARD SAYS IT REMAINS COMMITTED TO COMPLYING WITH THE CONSENT DECREE, WHICH ALSO INCLUDED A BAN ON POSTSEASON PLAY AND A LOSS OF FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIPS.


  A CHILD IS DEAD AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A JEEP IN LEHIGH COUNTY.  21-MONTH-OLD FARRAH MUNZO WAS HIT BY A JEEP CHEROKEE OUTSIDE HER HOUSE ON MOUNTAIN ROAD IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  SHE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WHERE SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.  33-YEAR-OLD DANIEL WATT WAS BEHIND THE WHEEL AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH, HOWEVER THEY'RE NOT RELEASING ANY MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACCIDENT AT THIS TIME.


  A BETHLEHEM MAN IS CHARGED WITH BREAKING MORE THAN TWO DOZEN WINDOWS, FOUR GLASS DOORS AND WINDOWS OF THREE CHURCH VEHICLES AT THE CENTRAL ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH ON EATON AVENUE IN BETHLEHEM.  20-YEAR-OLD JORDAN CHAVEZ TOLD POLICE HE WAS ANGRY AT HIS COUSIN EARLY MONDAY MORNING AND WAS DRIVING BY THE CHURCH WHEN HE DECIDED TO SMASH THE WINDOWS.  CHAVEZ ADMITTED TO POLICE MONDAY NIGHT THAT HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE.


  THE ALLENTOWN PARKING AUTHORITY IS REVEALING PLANS FOR A NEW PARKING GARAGE, WHICH WOULD BE LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF SIXTH AND WALNUT STREETS.  SKETCH PLANS HAVE BEEN REVIEWED AND CONSTRUCTION CREWS HOPE TO START WORK BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND TO HAVE THE GARAGE OPEN BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR.


  REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE ARE TOURING PHILADELPHIA AGAIN TODAY.  COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARRIVED WEDNESDAY FOR A TWO-DAY VISIT TO ASSESS THE CITY'S ABILITY TO HOST THE 2016 CONVENTION.  EX-PHILADELPHIA MAYOR AND FORMER GOVERNOR ED RENDELL LIKES HIS HOMETOWN'S CHANCES.  "I THINK OUR BIG COMPETITION IS COLUMBUS.  IT'S A GREAT CITY THAT'S REALLY COME ON IN RECENT YEARS AND OHIO IS A SWING STATE," RENDELL SAYS.  PHILADELPHIA IS ONE OF FIVE CITIES IN THE RUNNING TO HOST THE CONVENTION.  BIRMINGHAM, BROOKLYN, COLUMBUS AND PHOENIX ARE ALL TRYING TO LURE THE CONVENTION IN TWO YEARS.  A DECISION IS EXPECTED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.


  PENNSYLVANIA'S GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES ARE GEARING UP FOR THEIR DEBATES.  REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT AND DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE TOM WOLF SAY THEY'LL FACE-OFF IN THREE EVENING DEBATES.  THE FIRST WILL BE AT THE STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DINNER IN HERSHEY ON SEPTEMBER 22.  THE SECOND WILL BE HELD AT KYW-TV STUDIOS IN PHILADELPHIA ON OCTOBER 1 AND THE THIRD WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 8 AT THE WTAE-TV STUDIOS NEAR PITTSBURGH.


  THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION IS GOING TO BE PRODUCING THE GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOOR SHOW FOR 2015.  NRA OFFICIALS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT WEDNESDAY, SAYING THE SHOW IS STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGES BUT WILL TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 7-15.  THE SHOW WILL BE SPONSORED BY THE OUTDOOR CHANNEL AND THE NRA WILL BOOK EXHIBITORS, GET SPONSORS, SELL TICKETS AND PUT ON THE EVENT.  THE NRA IS IN THE PROCESS OF FINALIZING AN AGREEMENT FOR THE SHOW WITH THE FARM SHOW COMPLEX.


  STATE LAWMAKERS ARE TACKLING THE ISSUE OF DRONES AND HUNTING.  A SENATE BILL, WHICH PASSED EARLIER THIS SUMMER, WOULD STOP PEOPLE FROM USING DRONES TO INTENTIONALLY DRIVE OR DISTURB WILDLIFE WHILE OTHERS ARE LEGALLY HUNTING.  THE STATE GAME COMMISSION IS IN FAVOR OF THE MEASURE, SAYING DRONES ARE THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT PENNSYLVANIA HUNTING IS ALL ABOUT.  THE BILL IS CURRENTLY WAITING TO BE TAKEN UP IN THE HOUSE.


  TONY STEWART DIDN'T DRIVE LAST WEEKEND'S NASCAR RACE AT WATKINS GLEN AND LOCAL RACING WRITER AND LONGTIME TRACK ANNOUNCER ERNIE SAXTON DOUBTS STEWART WILL DRIVE THIS WEEKEND AFTER HITTING AND KILLING DIRT TRACK DRIVER KEVIN WARD JR. ON AUGUST 9 IN NEW YORK.  "THE RESULT IS HE'LL HAVE A LOT OF SPONSORS UPSET BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE THE EXPOSURE OF BEING PART OF A CHASE TEAM," SAXTON SAYS.  HE SAYS STEWART IS BALANCING WHAT MIGHT BE APPROPRIATE IN THE PUBLIC EYE WITH HIS RESPONSIBILITIES AS A TEAM OWNER WHO EMPLOYEES HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND HAS TO KEEP HIS SPONSORS HAPPY AS WELL.


  NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE WILL HOLD A SUMMIT NEXT MONTH TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ATLANTIC CITY.  IT WILL BE A BIPARTISAN SUMMIT OF STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS WHO WILL GATHER ON SEPTEMBER 8, TWO DAYS BEFORE THE CITY'S NEWEST CASINO IS EXPECTED TO CLOSE ITS DOORS.  REVEL IS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE SEPTEMBER 10, LEAVING MORE THAN 3000 EMPLOYEES WITHOUT JOBS.


  IF YOUR PET IS SPECIAL TO YOU, PHILADELPHIA MAY NOT BE THE BEST PLACE TO BE.  WALLETHUB RANKED THE NATION'S 100 LARGEST CITIES IN IS 2014 BEST AND WORST CITIES FOR PET LOVERS AND PHILADELPHIA RANKS NUMBER 94.  THE STUDY LOOKED AT FACTORS INCLUDING THE COST OF VETERINARY CARE AND THE NUMBER OF DOG PARKS AND PET-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS.  NUMBER ONE ON THE LIST IS CINCINNATI.

 

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