Cops: Woman with history of thefts steals hair highlights

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Yes, You Really Are More Cranky In The Summer, According To Science

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Summer is unbearable. The fiery rays of the sun, those sweat-soaked shirts and the chafing between your legs all make it hard to be chipper on those 100-degree days.

Man who jumped from ambulance, ran naked to river turns up

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A Palmer Township man who jumped out of an ambulance on Friday afternoon in Freemansburg and shed his hospital gown while running toward the Lehigh River has turned up in Warren County, police report. Trevor Atkinson, who is in his mid 20s, was being taken just before 1:30 p.m. from St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem Township to another hospital when he bolted along Freemansburg Avenue near the baseball fields, Freemansburg police Chief Jonathan Itterly said.

Another teachers union agrees to short contract amid uncertainty

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Recognizing Pennsylvania's rocky state finances and legislative uncertainty, Bethlehem Area School District teachers have inked a new two-year contract. The school board approved the agreement at Monday night's special board meeting where directors also passed the 2017-18 budget.

Rep. Charlie Dent and local organizations discuss importance of arts and humanities funding

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In her 19 years of working for Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, Mary Wright has seen the visible impact the arts and humanities can have on a child. Wright teaches local kids how to develop and write their own plays through Touchstone Theatre's Young Playwrights' Lab.

Bethlehem school board backs lowest average tax hike in years

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Bethlehem Area School District tax bills will rise 1.24 percent on average, a tax hike that the superintendent says is the lowest in 25 years. But the news is not good for the 20 percent of district residents in Lehigh County, who are seeing an almost 6.7 percent tax hike largely due to a state calculation change.

Val Kilmer’s passion project is a one-man Mark Twain show

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Kilmer's portrayal of Twain focuses on the author's harsh criticism of Christian Science's founder and it's great Have you ever seen a movie so good that it makes you want to see another one just like it? That was my reaction to “Cinema Twain,” a 90-minute film for which Val Kilmer served the director, writer and star. As he later explained during a Q&A session with audience members at Arts Quest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this was a passion project of his stretching back to the beginning of last decade.

Tonight’s Barenaked Ladies concert at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks moved inside Musikfest Cafe

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Tonight's concert by Canadian alt-rockers Barenaked Ladies, scheduled for Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem, has been moved inside Musikfest Caf at ArtsQuest Center, it was just announced. The National Weather Service is forecasting the potential for severe weather throughout the late afternoon and evening.

How these Pa. lawmakers plan to bring fairness to elections

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State Rep. Steve Samuelson has introduced House Bill 722 to change the legislative redistricting process. “If you have a competitive district, the person elected to that seat is more likely to be responsive to the entire community, not just one extreme or the other,” says Samuelson, D-Northampton.

Lehigh Valley area church events: In Your Congregation

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BREAKFAST FORUM, 9 a.m. Sunday, June 18 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. Annette Carpien presents “Inviting Vegan Foods and Products into Our Lives.”

What’s eating this reader’s petunias?

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Q: I have been having a real problem with petunias the last couple of years and was so disappointed that I didn't plant any last year other than one of the superbells , and I lost that one also. It seems no matter what I do, whether I plant them in hanging baskets or in the ground, or I buy new potting soil or scrub all my pots, my petunias are devoured by worms that turn the color of the flower they are feasting on.

Big weekend for Lehigh Valley theater

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Mrs. Johnstone played by Heather Reese holds her son with nurses played by Cindy Ernst, center, and Mary Catherine Bracali in 'Blood Brothers'at Pennsylvania Playhouse in Bethlehem. Mrs. Johnstone played by Heather Reese holds her son with nurses played by Cindy Ernst, center, and Mary Catherine Bracali in 'Blood Brothers'at Pennsylvania Playhouse in Bethlehem.

Drugs spotted outside McDonald’s lead to $28K in heroin, cops say

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A Bethlehem man was spotted by city police allegedly holding and examining a bag of heroin Wednesday afternoon outside a McDonald's on South Side. Police trailed 35-year-old Pedro Antonio Ortiz from the restaurant at 442 Wyandotte St. to a suspected drug deal about 3 p.m. near Dakotah and Hoch streets, according to court records.

Ex-Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, Emmy-winning comedian Judy…

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Henry Rollins, the former front man for the hardcore punk band Black Flag who has reinvented himself as a rock raconteur, spoken-word artist and actor, will perform at Musikfest Caf at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, it was announced. Rollins, hailed as a punk rock icon for his years as lead vocalist of Black Flag and Rollins Band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept 10. Tickets will be $29 and $34.

Child porn suspect is 1st arrest announced by new Bethlehem Internet squad

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The new Bethlehem police Internet Crimes Against Children unit aims to effectively respond to and combat online internet enticement of children by sexual predators, the proliferation of child exploitation, child obscenity and child pornography. Investigators assigned to the unit will target individuals who traffic or engage in the business of child victimization, exploitation and pornography, police Chief Mark DiLuzio said June 15, 2017.

‘Acts of kindness’ requested to honor Summit police detective killed in crash

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SUMMIT — After city police Detective Matthew Tarentino died in a car crash last month , leaders from Summit and his hometown of Somerville told story after story of his dedicated service to the two communities. Now Summit police Chief Robert Weck is urging residents to carry on Tarentino's service through random acts of kindness.

Barenaked Ladies singer Ed Robertson recalls seeing Hitchcock film at …

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Canadian rock band The Barenaked Ladies has never performed on Bethlehem's SteelStacks campus, where it has a show at 7:30 p.m. Monday that kicks off the paid-ticket Yuengling Summer Concert Series at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. It seems that when Barenaked Ladies — best known for its late 1990s hits “One Week,” “It's All Been Done” and “Pinch Me” – played Sands Bethlehem Event Center in 2013, Robertson spent some of his off time exploring Bethlehem and stumbled on SteelStacks.

Review: ‘Twelveness’ by Crowded Kitchen Players is absorbing

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Syd Stauffer is Gertrud Schoenberg , Stephanie Gawalas Walsh is Ginger Rogers, Robert Salsburg is Arnold Schoenberg and Ryan MacNamara is George Gershwin in 'Twelveness,' written by Charlie Barnett and presented by Crowded Kitchen Players at the Ice House in Bethlehem. Syd Stauffer is Gertrud Schoenberg , Stephanie Gawalas Walsh is Ginger Rogers, Robert Salsburg is Arnold Schoenberg and Ryan MacNamara is George Gershwin in 'Twelveness,' written by Charlie Barnett and presented by Crowded Kitchen Players at the Ice House in Bethlehem.

Family: Meet ‘Have You Seen My Lunchbox’ author in Emmaus

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A page of Steve Light's latest book, 'Have you Seen My Lunchbox?' Candlewick Press / Contributed photo “Have You Seen My Dragon” author and illustrator Steve Light will hold a story time Saturday to share his latest book, “Have You Seen My Lunchbox,” a colorful seek-and-find board book for ages 2-5 years. One small boy's things are all over the place, and it's almost time for school.

Classical: Techne Music Festival in its fifth year at Moravian College

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The Diaz Trio is the guest artist of the Techne Music Festival at Moravian College. The group performs the festival's closing concert June 25. Techne Music / Contributed photo The Diaz Trio is the guest artist of the Techne Music Festival at Moravian College.

Driver flees 3-car crash in traffic on Route 22, cops say

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A Pennsylvania State Police vehicle is stopped due to a crash about 2:40 p.m. June 13, 2017, on the right, westbound shoulder of Route 22, just east of Route 512 in Bethlehem Township. A three-vehicle crash on the eastbound side about an hour later about Route 512 led to one driver suffering a minor injury and receiving a citation, according to state police.

Bethlehem kindergartners make stunning strides in reading

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When Bethlehem Area School District's top leaders set a goal of having all students reading on grade level by the end of third grade, they knew they needed to start with their youngest students. Now, two years into universal full-day kindergarten and intensive literacy training for teachers and principals, administrators are floored by the results they're seeing.

Successful Aging Expo: Free day of talks, health screenings in Bethlehem

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The Morning Call will host its first Successful Aging Expo, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The Morning Call will host its first Successful Aging Expo, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

Bethlehem police looking for witnesses to officer-involved crash

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Bethlehem police are looking for witnesses to an officer-involved crash Sunday night in the west side of the city. A marked Bethlehem police vehicle was involved in a crash with a sedan about 10 p.m. at Union Boulevard and Eighth Avenue.

Valley Preferred Cycling Center kicks off concert series, looking to do more and bigger shows

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Lehigh Valley classic rock and party band Wicked Beaver was playing the first show in a new series of summer concerts at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, the velodrome in Upper Macungie Township, on Friday, but the velodrome's Tyler Trumbauer was thinking of the possibilities. “We're trying to show people this facility can have more than bicycling,” said Trumbauer, the velodrome's public relations and communications assistant.

Lehigh Valley well represented at Tony Awards

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Santo Loquasto, a veteran costume and scene designer who grew up in Easton, has a chance to win more Tony Awards. Loquasto has been nominated for two 2017 Tony Awards: Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Costume Design of a Musical for his work on “Hello, Dolly!” Born in Wilkes-Barre, Loquasto has been a prolific contributor to Broadway for more than four decades.

Bethlehem’s SouthSide Film Festival: A cinematic celebration

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Nazareth native Kate Micucci stars in 'Unleashed' as Emma, a woman looking for love whose pets escape and are transformed into full-grown men, played by Justin Chatwin and Steve Howey. The film screens Tuesday as the SouthSide Film Festival opener.

PAL, restaurants continue fundraising for family of detective killed in crash

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SUMMIT — The city's Police Athletic League is teaming up with two restaurants in the continuing effort to raise funds for the family of the late police Detective Matthew Tarentino. Piattino Bistro and the Office Tavern and Grill will donate 15 percent of all their sales from June 15 to Tarentino's family.

Review: ‘Blood Brothers’ is superb at Pa. Playhouse

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Mrs. Johnstone, played by Heather Reese, with Danny Wayne, played by Brett Oliveira, in 'Blood Brothers' at the Pennsylvania Playhouse in Bethlehem through June 18. Mrs. Johnstone, played by Heather Reese, with Danny Wayne, played by Brett Oliveira, in 'Blood Brothers' at the Pennsylvania Playhouse in Bethlehem through June 18. “Blood Brothers” reveals its ending in the opening scene, but it keeps you wondering how it will get there. This British musical, which opened on Broadway in 1993 after a successful run on London's West End, has a story almost like a fairy tale.

Lehigh Valley Flag Day concerts honor the red, white and blue

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Flag Day , that red, white and blue celebration marking the adoption of the flag of the United States, is a cause for patriotic celebration. The way we do it best is through music, and there's a lot of it coming your way.