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The numbers behind Penn State’s 535 percent tuition hike over 3 decades

Pennsylvania’s auditor general on Thursday released a report on his findings and called the tuition growth ‘outrageous.’

Bethlehem school board backs lowest average tax hike in years

But Lehigh County residents will feel a lot more pain due to a state calculation change.

Bethlehem Area School District tax bills will rise 1.24 percent on average,&nbs…

Warren Hills Regional High School graduation 2017 (PHOTOS)

Students celebrated during a commencement ceremony at the school in Washington Township, Warren County.

Warren Hills Regional High School held its commencement Friday night …

Belvidere High School graduation 2017 (PHOTOS)

The Class of 2017 celebrated during a commencement ceremony at the school.

Belvidere High School held its commencement Thursday night at the school.
Check out the celebratio…

Lehigh Valley student science whizzes look to improve the world

Two local students just competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles and one placed in his category.

Visiting his grandparents in India, Neil D…

Saucon Valley High School graduation 2017 (PHOTOS)

Students celebrated their commencement at the high school in Lower Saucon Township.

Saucon Valley High School held its commencement Friday night at the school in Lower Sauco…

College student facing trial for allegedly threatening to kill 2 with knife

The Muhlenberg student reportedly told his friend, ‘If you tell anyone about this I will cut your heart and kill you.’

Muhlenberg College student accused of pulling a knife and threatening to kill two women is now facing possible trial in his case.

Harrison Callahan was in court Friday for his preliminary hearing on charges of simple assault and two counts each of harassment and making terroristic threats. 

The 19-year-old Callahan waived the charges, sending them to Lehigh County Court. Callahan, who lives in Chester County, remains free on $15,000 unsecured bail.

Following the hearing, Callahan’s attorney, Maureen Coggins, declined to comment about the allegations against him.

College student reportedly tells friend, ‘I will cut your heart and kill you’

A woman reported that while she was in Callahan’s room the night of Jan. 28, he became agitated over a text message she received that he was able to see. Callahan began punching his desk in his room, and then displayed a knife with a blade about five inches long, city police said.

While holding the knife, Callahan said he wanted to strangle a second woman, a victim who was involved in a disciplinary hearing involving Callahan, police said.

Callahan said he wanted to kill the second woman if he ever saw her again, according to police.

The woman in Callahan’s room told officers she tried to calm him down because she feared he would hurt her, police said.

At one point, Callahan reportedly pointed the knife to the woman’s throat and told her, “If you tell anyone about this I will cut your heart and kill you.”

Callahan put the knife away, and the woman’s friends came into his room to get her, police said. Both victims reported the incident to campus security on Jan. 30, police said.

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1st-grade teacher retiring from the same classroom she attended

After 34 years in education, Belvidere teacher Terri Hummer says goodbye to Third Street School.

Teacher. Mentor. Icon. Queen. Colonel. Tornado. 
All are titles that T…

D&L corridor becomes the Smithsonian’s newest affiliate

It’s the first national heritage area to join the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex.

Those who preserve the historic path used to transport coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia will now be able to draw on the resources of the world’s largest museum and research complex.

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor on Saturday formally announced its affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute.

The announcement took place with local and state dignitaries in attendance at the National Canal Museum in Easton’s Hugh Moore Park, with which the D&L recently merged.

It is the first national heritage area — different from national parks in that they are “large lived-in landscapes” — to gain the affiliate distinction. The D&L corridor includes the 165-mile trail that passes through the Lehigh Valley, following the path of the Lehigh Canal.

Lehigh River bridge to connect 58 miles of trail

Becoming an affiliate means access to the resources of the Smithsonian and its 200-plus other affiliated organizations.

“We facilitate the loan of artifacts that complement an exhibition or mark a ‘coming home’ for a cultural icon in an Affiliate neighborhood,” the Smithsonian website says. “We share our people, whose speaking engagements inspire families to make unexpected discoveries. And we connect Affiliates with each other to broaden perspectives through distance learning programs and traveling exhibits.”

There are two other Smithsonian affiliates in the Lehigh Valley, both in Bethlehem: Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites and the National Museum of Industrial History.

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Middle school leaders honored by peers, mentors (PHOTOS)

The students are involved with Easton Area’s Medici program and conflict resolution group.

Some Easton Area Middle School students got their due Friday.

The school’s Medici Group of Emerging Leaders held their annual recognition ceremony at the Acopian Room of the State Theatre.

The event was held to recognize dozens of students who belong to the Medici group and the school’s conflict resolution program.

The Medici group was started six years ago to help students with certain challenges seek to make the most of their lives — students who may not necessarily be at the top of their class, but whose teachers have identified qualities and characteristics that give them the potential to be leaders.

The program pairs students with community mentors and is named for the Medici family in Florence, Italy, that helped spur the Renaissance.

The conflict resolution group meets regularly during the year and relies on assistance from local attorneys and the Northampton County Bar Association.

Attorney Theresa Hogan, an Easton Area High School alumnus, was guest speaker Friday.

Seventh-grader Suzanne Schleig was recognized with the Michaelangelo Award. A three-year Medici member, Suzanne was honored for her ideas for service for her schoolmates.

Special recognition also was given to attorney Roseann Joseph. Joseph, whose sister Charlene Symia is principal of Easton Area Middle School and the Medici founder, was given the groups’ first Cosimo Award for her mentorship with both Medici and the conflict resolution program.

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