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PPL profit drops, Allentown-based company lowers 2008 earnings forecast

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 17:36:21 UTC

2008-08-01T18:28:15Z

PPL Corp. today reported a drop in both second-quarter and first-half earnings this year compared to the same periods in 2007. Second-quarter earnings fell 50 cents per share compared with 88 cents a year ago. For the first six months of 2008, the Allentown-based company reported earnings of $1.19 per share, down 22 cents from a share a year ago....

PPL Corp. today reported a drop in both second-quarter and first-half earnings this year compared to the same periods in 2007.

Second-quarter earnings fell 50 cents per share compared with 88 cents a year ago. For the first six months of 2008, the Allentown-based company reported earnings of $1.19 per share, down 22 cents from a share a year ago.

"They've been aggressive as far as their earnings the past two years. This is a little bit of a surprise, but not unexpected," said Dean McDermott, managing director of Dean McDermott & Co. in Bethlehem.

The company attributed the declines in earnings to divestitures of PPL's electricity delivery business in Latin America, including the loss of operating earnings, a 2007 U.S. tax benefit that did not recur this year, rising fuel costs and the loss of synfuel-related earnings.

PPL sells electricity in Pennsylvania and abroad. It employs about 2,700 in the Lehigh Valley.

Looking ahead, PPL also lowered its 2008 forecast of earnings from ongoing operations to $2.25 to $2.35 per share from $2.35 to $2.45 per share.

This didn't surprise McDermott.


"Until we get energy costs and commodities costs under reasonable control, it's going to be a moving target," he said.




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2008-07-18T19:43:00Z

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Get to know Joe of Joe's Steak Shop with 'Five Questions'

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 10:00:00 UTC

2008-07-15T10:15:16Z

Joe's Steak Shop is undeniably a Phillipsburg institution, and Joe Attinello says his family passed down to him an appreciation for quality that he passes along to his customers. The family-run business originated in 1938 and, although it had a few locations over the years, has remained an important part of South Main Street. Attinello and his sister Jody...

(image) Joe Attinello of Joe's Steak Shop in Phillipsburg cooks up some of the eatery's famous steaks.
Joe's Steak Shop is undeniably a Phillipsburg institution, and Joe Attinello says his family passed down to him an appreciation for quality that he passes along to his customers.

The family-run business originated in 1938 and, although it had a few locations over the years, has remained an important part of South Main Street. Attinello and his sister Jody St. Luce handle daily operations. Their father, also named Joe, is retired.

Whether it's the family's special steak sauce or the popular Cruise nights, the shop has an appeal that draws throngs of people to the downtown area.

In this week's edition of Five Questions, Phillipsburg reporter Andrea Eilenberger talks with Attinello about the shop's history and the secret to its success.

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Rescuers called to I-78 crash, near toll plaza

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 02:17:26 UTC

2008-08-04T14:04:40Z

Police and rescuers were called tonight to a wreck on Interstate 78, just east of the toll plaza in Williams Township. The wreck happened about 9 p.m. and involved a tractor-trailer and pickup truck, according to emergency broadcast reports. Scanner reports indicated the pickup was under the rig on the highway's westbound side. Keep posted to www.lehighvalleylive.com for further...

(image) A vehicle fire resulted when a pickup truck collided with a tractor trailer on Rt. 78 in Williams Twp. and was pinned between the cement barrier and the larger truck.

Police and rescuers were called tonight to a wreck on Interstate 78, just east of the toll plaza in Williams Township.

The wreck happened about 9 p.m. and involved a tractor-trailer and pickup truck, according to emergency broadcast reports. Scanner reports indicated the pickup was under the rig on the highway's westbound side.

Keep posted to www.lehighvalleylive.com for further updates.




Police search for Jeep in hit-and-run crash on College Hill

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 18:55:38 UTC

2008-07-31T15:06:38Z

Police are looking for a dark green or blue Jeep Cherokee that struck a tan Honda this morning at Burke and Cattell streets in Easton. The woman in the Honda was stopped at a red light on Cattell Street when the Jeep rear-ended her vehicle, pushing her into a pickup truck, police said. The woman, whose name was not released,... Police are looking for a dark green or blue Jeep Cherokee that struck a tan Honda this morning at Burke and Cattell streets in Easton. The woman in the Honda was stopped at a red light on Cattell Street when the Jeep rear-ended her vehicle, pushing her into a pickup truck, police said. The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to an area hospital for a bump on the head, police said. The Jeep, which might have New Jersey registration, continued on Cattell Street toward Forks Township after the crash, which happened shortly before 10 this morning. Police are asking anyone with information on the offending vehicle to contact the Northampton County dispatch center at 610-330-2200. Hit-and-run crash [...]



Bangor police: "It was a drive-by shooting"

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:59:33 UTC

2008-07-14T18:33:52Z

Bangor police are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened Saturday afternoon at a house on the first block of North Sixth Street, Chief Glenn Kerrigan said. Kerrigan said at about 3:30 p.m. people inside the house at 65 N. Sixth St. summoned police after having multiple shots fired into their house. "People inside the house heard what they thought were...

Bangor police are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened Saturday afternoon at a house on the first block of North Sixth Street, Chief Glenn Kerrigan said.

Kerrigan said at about 3:30 p.m. people inside the house at 65 N. Sixth St. summoned police after having multiple shots fired into their house.

"People inside the house heard what they thought were fireworks," Kerrigan said.

Kerrigan said the people inside the house realized the sounds were gunshots when one of them had glass and plaster land on them. Kerrigan said none of the three people inside the house was injured.

Kerrigan would not comment on whether the shooting was random or if the people were targeted, only saying that it was "under investigation." Kerrigan said no arrests have been made.




Nighttime road work on Tatamy Road in Palmer Township, other restrictions in Northampton, Lehigh counties

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:56:09 UTC

2008-07-14T18:00:00Z

Nighttime road work tonight through Wednesday morning could slow traffic on Tatamy Road at Northwood Avenue, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Easton Suburban Water Authority will restrict traffic from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. both nights to install a water main. There will be lane restrictions with flagging.

Nighttime road work tonight through Wednesday morning could slow traffic on Tatamy Road at Northwood Avenue, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Easton Suburban Water Authority will restrict traffic from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. both nights to install a water main. There will be lane restrictions with flagging.

Work is also scheduled to commence today in the following areas:

--Route 611 (North Delaware Drive) between Richmond and Jacktown roads in Upper Mount Bethel Township until 2 o'clock this afternoon and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday

--Route 611 (South Delaware Drive) between Royal Manor and Cedarville roads in Wiliams Township until 2 o'clock this afternoon and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday

--Route 378 between Route 22 and the Northampton County line in Bethlehem from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday

--Daniels Road between Routes 191 and 248 in Lower Nazareth Township until 2 o'clock this afternoon

--Main Street between Washington Street and Shimersville Road in Freemansburg
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Friday

--Route 512 (Moorestown Drive) between Community and Bushkill drives in Moore Township from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Friday




Children learn about aviation at day camp in Alexandria Township

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:40:25 UTC

2008-07-14T17:46:42Z

(image) Michael Fox, 11, of Harmony Township, shows how the flight of an airplane is controlled.



Easton boy testifies that mom forced him to keep hands in boiling water

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 16:07:37 UTC

2008-07-17T14:57:59Z

All charges were sent to Northampton County Court against a woman accused of putting her 11-year-old son's hands in boiling water.

(image) Yanira Arias-Ortiz is headed to Northampton County Court on charges she forced her 11-year-old son to put his hands in a pot of boiling water.

An 11-year-old Easton boy testified in district court this morning that his mother plunged his hands into a pot of boiling water while interrogating him.

Police allege Yanira Arias-Ortiz of the 400 block of Wilkes-Barre Street abused the boy on May 30 while questioning him about whether he told a Children and Youth caseworker that his father, Juan Ortiz, lived with them.

Charges were pending against Ortiz for allegedly beating the boy with a wooden railing, and a condition of his bail was that he not live at the family home. Since the charges against Arias-Ortiz, she also is forbidden to have contact with her son.

The boy testified he repeatedly tried to remove his hands from the scalding water, but his mother forced them back into the pot. He said the water hurt, but did not burn him.

"I kept on taking them out ... every time I took them out, she kept on telling me to put them back in," the boy said.
The boy went on to say Arias-Ortiz forced his hands back into the water multiple times and was blocking his path, so he could not leave.

During the incident, Arias-Ortiz told the boy lie about his father being at the house.

"She told me to lie in court ... that my dad didn't break my hands, that I broke them riding my bike when I fell," the boy said.
District Judge Daniel Corpora held the following charges to county court: aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and intimidation of a witness of victim. A count of solicitation to commit perjury was added. She remains free on 10 percent of $25,000 bail.




Easton Area School Board poised to vote in superintendent, fill temporary board vacancy

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 14:41:54 UTC

2008-07-14T15:00:46Z

Easton Area School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 o'clock this evening to interview candidates for the temporary board vacancy left by Tim Reilly's deployment to Iraq. The board also is expected to vote on whether to appoint acting Superintendent Susan McGinley to the permanent position. The meeting will be in the board room of the Education...

(image) Susan McGinley

Easton Area School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 o'clock this evening to interview candidates for the temporary board vacancy left by Tim Reilly's deployment to Iraq.

The board also is expected to vote on whether to appoint acting Superintendent Susan McGinley to the permanent position.

The meeting will be in the board room of the Education Center.




Two charged with trespassing at Eastern Industries Quarry on Route 611

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 14:00:54 UTC

2008-07-14T14:27:29Z

Two people were cited for trespassing at Eastern Industries Quarry on Route 611 Sunday afternoon. Pennsylvania State Police at Belfast charged Luis A. Olveda Jr., no age given, of Clifton, N.J., and Luis F. Rodriguez, no age given, of Easton, after they were allegedly caught in the quarry in Lower Mount Bethel Township about 4:30 p.m. Last year in the...

Two people were cited for trespassing at Eastern Industries Quarry on Route 611 Sunday afternoon.

Pennsylvania State Police at Belfast charged Luis A. Olveda Jr., no age given, of Clifton, N.J., and Luis F. Rodriguez, no age given, of Easton, after they were allegedly caught in the quarry in Lower Mount Bethel Township about 4:30 p.m.

Last year in the United States, 31 people died while trespassing at mines and quarries, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Pennsylvania DEP and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration have joined forces with other state agencies and members of the mining community to alert the community to the dangers of abandoned and active mines through a campaign called "Stay Out, Stay Alive."

Last month, 10 teenagers were cited for criminal trespass after police said they were swimming and fishing in the quarry.




Road work could slow traffic in Warren, Hunterdon counties

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 13:37:14 UTC

2008-07-14T13:59:10Z

Road work has closed some lanes and could cause delays today in the following areas, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation: --Interstate 80 East between mile posts 8 and 13 in Knowlton and Hope townships: the right shoulder is closed for guard rail repairs until 5 o'clock this evening. --Interstate 80 West in the same area: the left...

Road work has closed some lanes and could cause delays today in the following areas, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation:

--Interstate 80 East between mile posts 8 and 13 in Knowlton and Hope townships: the right shoulder is closed for guard rail repairs until 5 o'clock this evening.

--Interstate 80 West in the same area: the left and center lanes are closed for milling until 7 o'clock this evening.

--Interstate 80 West between the Delaware Water Gap rest area and the toll bridge: the left lane is closed until 3 o'clock this afternoon.

--Interstate 80 West, exit 12, Route 521/Hope-Blairstown Road in Hope Township: the ramp is closed until 5 o'clock this evening.

--Route 57 West, east of Route 637/Liberty Road in Greenwich Township: alternate lanes are closed for bridge work until 3 o'clock this afternoon.

--Route 202 North in Raritan Township: various lanes will be closed for milling and paving from 7 o'clock this evening to 6 o'clock Tuesday morning.




Plans for Billy's Downtown Diner in Easton hit snags

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 12:24:13 UTC

2008-07-14T12:51:46Z

Fans of Billy's Downtown Diner in Bethlehem are eagerly awaiting the opening of his new restaurant in Easton. But in his Around Town blog, Managing Editor Jim Deegan says Billy Kounoupis' plans are being hampered by problems with the former Perkins building on South Third Street, where he wants to locate the new family-friendly establishment.

(image) Billy Kounoupis poses in Billy's Downtown Diner in Bethlehem.

Fans of Billy's Downtown Diner in Bethlehem are eagerly awaiting the opening of his new restaurant in Easton.

But in his Around Town blog, Managing Editor Jim Deegan says Billy Kounoupis' plans are being hampered by problems with the former Perkins building on South Third Street, where he wants to locate the new family-friendly establishment.

In April, a few weeks after he announced plans to open a new restaurant in Downtown Easton, Kounoupis shared his excitement about bringing his unique and delectable fare to a new corner of the Lehigh Valley.

Kounoupis says he has been touched by the outpouring of support as he tries to smooth out some of the unexpected glitches before settlement.




Wind Gap crash fatal to Palmerton motorcyclist

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 01:17:04 UTC

2008-07-14T01:24:09Z

A 43-year-old Palmerton woman died Saturday following a motorcycle wreck in the 900 block of Broadway in Wind Gap, police said. Susan Tangaro of 430 Lonesome Lane was pronounced dead at 8:24 p.m. at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, according to a statement released by Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. The wreck occurred at 7:27 p.m. when Tangaro was traveling...

A 43-year-old Palmerton woman died Saturday following a motorcycle wreck in the 900 block of Broadway in Wind Gap, police said.

Susan Tangaro of 430 Lonesome Lane was pronounced dead at 8:24 p.m. at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, according to a statement released by Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

The wreck occurred at 7:27 p.m. when Tangaro was traveling north on Broadway and struck a culvert, Grim said. Grim ruled Tangaro's death an accident due to "blunt force injuries." Firefighter Jeff Yob said Tangaro was not wearing a helmet.




Heritage Day fireworks still a go despite weather

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 01:00:33 UTC

2008-07-14T01:16:35Z

Tonight's fireworks to culminate Easton's Heritage Day festival are still a go, Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said this evening. Panto said city officials plan to set off the fireworks after the storms pass through the area. He said the storms appear to be moving relatively quickly and should not interfere with the celebration. Easton police also have said the...

(image) Adam Howard, left, and Octavio Cayetano Jr. carrying a drum, both of Easton, lead the children portraying "redcoats" into Centre Square for the Treaty of Easton pageant, part of Heritage Day festivities.
(image) Vincent Bruneo of Easton organizes the children playing Indians during today's Treaty of Easton Pageant performance in Centre Square.
Tonight's fireworks to culminate Easton's Heritage Day festival are still a go, Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said this evening.

Panto said city officials plan to set off the fireworks after the storms pass through the area. He said the storms appear to be moving relatively quickly and should not interfere with the celebration.

Easton police also have said the fireworks still are scheduled as planned, according to Northampton County emergency radio reports.