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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Dear reader:

I am concerned about Lily.

Last month, Sesame Street, the beloved children’s program responsible for lessons on topics such as numbers, letters and rubber duckies, revealed to online viewers one of its cast members, a deep fuchsia plush muppet with long hair named Lily, was dealing with homelessness.

Lily, who is described as about 7 years old, and her family lost their apartment and moved in with Lily’s teacher and friend Miss Sofia.

In several...

South Whitehall Township police welcome another K-9 partner

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have approved purchase of a third dog for the police K-9 program at a cost of $20,000.

This is the price of the canine, one year of training and outfitting the officer’s vehicle.

Ranger, a 12-month-old female Dutch Shepherd, will begin training this month.

Chief Glen Dorney reports Ranger is certified in narcotics detection and patrol work.

Her handler is Officer Matthew Carney.

She joins Kyra and Drax who came from Holland to...

Thomas Capehart announces candidacy for county judge

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Tom Capehart, a partner in an Allentown law firm, has announced his candidacy for judge on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

An attorney who has practiced law for almost 30 years, Capehart says he would bring to the bench extensive experience and a broad breadth of legal knowledge to serve Lehigh County.

Capehart, a registered Republican, says he is running as a further extension of his longtime commitment to community service.

“My active involvement in our...

Morffi Marks seeks seat on Court of Common Pleas

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks has announced she will run for Court of Common Pleas judge.

“I have been blessed to have spent a large portion of my career being the voice for child victims,” Morffi Marks said in a news release.

“Now, I want to take my courtroom experience as a prosecutor in handling the toughest cases while staying fair and impartial, and provide a court where justice is both served and the rights of all are protected....

Coroner Grim resigns

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Scott Grim has announced he is stepping down as Lehigh County’s coroner effective Feb. 28.

After 26 years investigating the cause and manner of hundreds of deaths within his jurisdiction, Grim is looking forward to his new job with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Grim will be investigating violent deaths, working with other coroners, law enforcement and district attorneys to develop programs to reduce the number of these type of deaths.

According to the Pa....

Plumbers pooh-pooh rule change

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

A change brought on by the recent adoption of the 2015 edition of the International Building Code caused several plumbers to speak out against a portion of it at the Jan. 2 commissioners’ meeting.

The code, which is updated periodically, replaces the 2012 edition previously in use at South Whitehall.

Attorney Joseph Zator explained it is a three-year process for the code to be updated, accepted by the state, and made available to municipalities.

Plumbers objected to the...