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LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

  AN ALLENTOWN FIREFIGHTER IS EXPECTED TO BE OK AFTER BEING INJURED IN A MEMORIAL DAY FIRE AT RDM ENTERPRISES ON NORTH IRVING STREET.  THE FIRE BEGAN AROUND 4 O'CLOCK MONDAY AFTERNOON AT THE BUSINESS, WHICH MAKE ACCESSORIES FOR STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.  THERE'S NO WORD YET ON WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE.  THE COMPANY'S OWNER SAYS THE BUILDING WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY HAVE TO BE TORN DOWN.


  A BETHLEHEM MAN WAS KILLED SUNDAY AFTERNOON WHEN HE CRASHED HIS CAR DURING A RACE IN MARYLAND.  48-YEAR-OLD LAMONT AKINS WAS RACING AT THE MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR AFTER CROSSING THE FINISH LINE.  HE HIT A BARRIER AND WAS THEN THROWN FROM THE CAR.  AKINS WAS DECLARED DEAD AT THE TRACK.


  AN ELDERLY HELLERTOWN MAN IS DEAD AFTER A MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT.  89-YEAR-OLD WALTER KING WAS KILLED WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR AND STRUCK A UTILITY POLE OFF OF HICKORY HILL ROAD IN LOWER SAUCON TOWNSHIP JUST BEFORE 10 O'CLOCK.  KING WAS DECLARED DEAD ABOUT EIGHT HOURS LATER.


  HORROR STORIES COMING OUT OF VA HOSPITALS ARE NOT BEING REPEATED HERE IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY ACCORDING TO VETERAN PAUL FISKE.  "THE V.A. CLINIC THAT WE HAVE OVER ON HAMILTON BOULEVARD IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE REGION," FISKE SAYS.  FISKE SAYS THE LOCAL VA HAS BEEN HELPING HIM FOR 44 YEARS AND HE HAS NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE TREATMENT AND SERVICES HE RECEIVES THERE.


  THE 40TH ANNUAL BOUTIQUE AT THE RINK BEGINS THIS AFTERNOON AT THE BETHLEHEM ICE RINK ON ILLICK'S MILL ROAD.  FRANCIE DeSALVIO SAYS THE ANNUAL SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS.  "THIS EVENT OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS HAS RAISED MORE THAN $2.3 MILLION," DeSALVIO SAYS.  THAT MONEY GOES TO ST. LUKE'S HOSPICE, ST. LUKE'S CANCER CENTER AND THE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY OF THE GREATER LEHIGH VALLEY.  DeSALVIO SAYS SHOPPERS CAN FIND EVERYTHING FROM NEW OR GENTLY USED SPORTING GOODS TO CLOTHING TO CHILDREN'S TOYS.  FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO SEW, RECYCLING IS ALWAYS AN OPTION AS WELL.  "WE GET WEDDING GOWNS AND THEY'RE VERY POPULAR FOR PEOPLE TO BUY THEM, TAKE THEM APART AND MAKE CHRISTENING GOWNS OUT OF," DeSALVIO SAYS.  TONIGHT IS PREMIERE NIGHT.  A $10 DONATION GETS SHOPPERS THE FIRST CRACK AT 20,000 SQUARE FEET FULL OF DONATED ITEMS.  BOUTIQUE AT THE RINK CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY.


  A CLOSED-DOOR AUCTION IS SCHEDULED TUESDAY TO DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF PHILADELPHIA'S TWO LARGEST NEWSPAPERS  THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER AND PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS ARE BEING SOLD FOR THE FIFTH TIME SINCE 2006.  POWERFUL BUSINESSMEN GEORGE NORCROSS AND LEWIS KATZ LED THE LATEST $55 MILLION PURCHASE IN 2012.  BUT THEY BEGAN FEUDING OVER MANAGEMENT ISSUES AND ARE NOW LOCKED IN A BATTLE TO BUY EACH OTHER OUT.  BOTH HAVE PLEDGED OPENING BIDS OF $77 MILLION, ENOUGH TO REPAY THEIR PARTNERS.  NORCROSS OWNS JUST OVER 50 PERCENT OF THE COMPANY.  KATZ IS BIDDING WITH INVESTOR H.F. "GERRY" LENFEST, A WEALTHY CITY PHILANTHROPIST.  NORCROSS SAYS HE WOULD STEER COVERAGE TOWARD "HYPER-LOCAL" NEWS AND SPORTS.  KATZ SUPPORTS THE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING FAVORED BY CURRENT INQUIRER EDITOR BILL MARIMOW.


  A GROUP HAS RETURNED LOST PURPLE HEART MEDALS BELONGING TO THREE WORLD WAR II VETERANS FROM NEW JERSEY.  PURPLE HEARTS REUNITED ON MONDAY PRESENTED TO THE TOWN OF KEARNY THE MEDAL THAT BELONGED TO ARMY PVT. WILFRED WARHURST JR.  THE RESIDENT DIED FROM WOUNDS SUSTAINED IN THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE.  HIS MEDAL WAS FOUND IN A PARKING LOT IN PENNSBURG 20 YEARS AGO.  BERNARDSVILLE GOT A LOST PURPLE HEART THAT WAS EARNED BY MARINE CPL. DOMINIC ORLANDO, WHO WAS WOUNDED TWICE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC.  THE GROUP IN HARRINGTON PARK PRESENTED THE PURPLE HEART FOUND 30 YEARS AGO IN AN APARTMENT TO A COUSIN OF NAVY FIREMAN GEORGE GREER JR., WHO DIED WHEN HIS SHIP WAS ATTACKED OFF OKINAWA.
 

  PHILLIES PITCHER CLIFF LEE HAD HOPED TO BE READY TO RETURN AFTER SPENDING 15 DAYS ON THE DISABLED LIST.  THAT APPARENTLY WON'T BE HAPPENING.  "THEY DID A COUPLE TESTS AND I CAN STILL FEEL IT A LITTLE BIT SO THEY JUST DECIDED TO LET ME WAIT AND WHEN I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS, I'LL START THROWING," LEE SAYS.  HE SAYS HE NOW HAS NO IDEA WHEN HE'LL RETURN FROM THE DISABLED LIST.

 

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