Detroit museum festival showcases art, culture of India
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is continuing a yearlong celebration of the "Arts of Asia" with a two-day event to showcase the art and culture of India.
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Canadian cannabis business giant has bought Pennsylvania-based hemp company AgriNextUSA as part of a plan to build up its hemp reach in the U.S.
READING, Pa. (AP) — An effort is underway to try to maintain local control of the company that publishes the Reading Eagle newspaper, following its filing for bankruptcy...
READING, Pa. (AP) — The family-owned company that has published the Reading Eagle newspaper for more than 150 years is filing for bankruptcy protection and seeking a buyer.
Pennsylvania drug gang blamed for homicides; 8 indicted
READING, Pa. (AP) — Eight high-level members of a drug gang blamed for as many as eight homicides in one Pennsylvania community have been indicted on federal drug-trafficking and weapons offenses,...
WEST READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania councilman wearing a ski mask stole more than $16,000 in prescription opioids from a drug store in the town he serves, prosecutors said.
Defendant ordered to juvenile court in crash that killed 2
READING, Pa. (AP) — An 18-year-old charged in juvenile court with vehicular homicide in an eastern Pennsylvania crash that killed two high school students has been ordered to a juvenile detention...
Names of 2 killed when car hits tree released
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two men killed when a car crashed into a tree in eastern Pennsylvania.
State police in Berks County a car heading east on...
Car slams into tree, killing 2 men; cause probed
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State police say a car crashed into a tree in eastern Pennsylvania, killing two men.
Police in Berks County say crews were dispatched shortly before midnight Friday...
Woman returns Maryland library book that’s 73 years overdue
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A library book more than 70 years overdue has finally found its way home to a library in Silver Spring, Maryland.
News outlets report 75-year-old Mora Gregg was cleaning her apartment in Toronto, Canada, last month when she discovered "The Postman," a children's book about the journey of a girl's letter. Stamped inside the yellowed book are the words, "Property of Silver Spring Library."
EnerSys: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot
READING, Pa. (AP) _ EnerSys (ENS) on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $48.4 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.
On a per-share basis, the Reading, Pennsylvania-based company said it had profit of $1.12. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.17 per share.
The maker of industrial batteries posted revenue of $680 million in the period.
Dozens of vehicles in pileup after Pennsylvania snow squall
READING, Pa. (AP) — More than two dozen vehicles have been involved in a chain-reaction crash on a central Pennsylvania highway after a snow squall caused whiteout conditions.
About 27 vehicles were involved in the crash just after 1 p.m. Wednesday on Route 222, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of Philadelphia, Wyomissing Police Chief Jeffrey Biehl said. Some cars, however, were just stuck at the crash site and not damaged. Biehl said all vehicles were cleared by 4 p.m.
‘Virginia Festival of the Book’ to offer over 100 programs
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The annual "Virginia Festival of the Book" will feature writers on racism, climate change, crime and the opioid crisis.
The schedule for the March 20-24 festival includes more than 100 programs that are free and open to the public. The program of Virginia Humanities is celebrating its 25th year of bringing writers and readers together to promote books, reading, literacy and literary culture.
Prosecutors: Plea deal would spare murder suspect’s life
READING, Pa. (AP) — A man charged in the death of a Verizon store employee that allegedly was linked to armed robberies of cellphone stores has reached a plea deal that could spare him from a potential death sentence.
Vaughn Felix's agreement with Northampton County prosecutors was revealed during a pre-trial conference Friday. It calls for him to cooperate with authorities in their case against his co-defendant, Gregory Lewis Jr.
Philadelphia campaign targets homeless, seeks public’s help
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With panhandling and homelessness ramping up on the sidewalks of Philadelphia's Center City, a homeless advocacy group and a business improvement district have teamed up in an outreach effort, and are asking the public to get involved.
The information campaign launched Tuesday highlighting five formerly homeless Philadelphians. Reading "Your story doesn't have to end here. I know because mine didn't," the ads give information on where to get meals, services and housing.
Police identify 3 fatally shot on Pennsylvania city street
READING, Pa. (AP) — Police have identified three males who were fatally shot on a Pennsylvania city street.
Reading police say 18-year-old Marli Alonso; 19-year-old Joel Cintron; and 20-year-old Omar Harris were gunned down around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Police say Alonso and Cintron were found dead at the scene on the opposite side of the street.
Oprah Winfrey praises Toni Morrison at Manhattan dinner gala
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey was in town to praise one of her idols, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.
"It's impossible to actually imagine the American literary landscape without a Toni Morrison," Winfrey said Tuesday night during a dinner gala in downtown Manhattan hosted by the Center for Fiction, which named Morrison the winner of a lifetime achievement award. "She is our conscience, she is our seer, she is our truth-teller."
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Reading grants announced for Tennessee 2019 program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has awarded $8.9 million for next year's summer reading program.
The state Education Department said Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the 218 public school recipients on Thursday. The funds go toward tuition-free, monthlong literacy camps for 8,910 students in need statewide.
Next summer will be the fourth year of the grant program, known as Read to be Ready Summer Grants.
Man continues wife’s mission to develop young readers
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Every year, Larry Hutchinson of Council Bluffs delivers hundreds of dictionaries to third-graders in several Iowa schools.
He delivered some to Titan Hill Intermediate School in October. He also took some to two schools in nearby Omaha, Nebraska, and schools in the West Harrison, Adair-Casey and Charter Oak-Ute Community School Districts.
He has done it all but two years since his wife, Nancy, passed away in 2006.
Penn National eyes turnpike site for 3rd Pennsylvania casino
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania-based casino operator is giving details about a mini-casino it's planning on 36 acres of vacant land along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a short drive from Reading and Philadelphia's suburbs.
Penn National Gaming applied late last month with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to build the 80,000 square-foot Hollywood Casino Morgantown, featuring 750 slot machines, 30 table games and sports betting.
EnerSys: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot
READING, Pa. (AP) _ EnerSys (ENS) on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $47.4 million.
On a per-share basis, the Reading, Pennsylvania-based company said it had net income of $1.11. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $1.17 per share.
The maker of industrial batteries posted revenue of $660.5 million in the period.
Stillwater’s 130-year-old women’s reading club may soon end
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — The Stillwater Woman's Reading Club gathered at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Oct. 1 to eat ginger cake and listen to a program about how the new St. Croix River bridge was built.
The women, 14 in all, were carrying out a tradition that is 132 years old.
The Woman's Reading Club has met the first Monday of the month from September through May since 1886. Club members discuss books, listen to lectures and socialize.
Allentown diocese settles lawsuit over priest groping claim
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Reading man and the Allentown Roman Catholic Diocese have settled his lawsuit over allegations a priest groped him in 1989, when he was a 12-year-old altar boy.
The Morning Call of Allentown said Friday the diocese confirmed the settlement but had no other comment.
The man's lawyer isn't disclosing the amount but describes his client as "ecstatic."
Rowling, Tolkien, Austen novels vie for bragging rights
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The results are in for an impassioned national election that put the popularity of candidates Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling on the line.
The effort to discover America's best-loved novel — and promote reading — ends with the winner announced on Tuesday's 8 p.m. EDT finale (check local listings) of PBS' "The Great American Read." The series profiled the contenders and let bookworms, famous and not, advocate for their pick.
Study: No gains for North Carolina 3rd grade literacy effort
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Researchers say North Carolina's Read to Achieve literacy program has had no gains with five years of test scores showing little benefit.
Man, woman killed in crash
SHOEMAKERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Pennsylvania man and woman died after their vehicle struck a car stopped at a light.
The Reading Eagle reports that state police in Berks County say the crash occurred Friday afternoon on Route 61 in Shoemakersville.
Officials: 2 slain by man on run after credit union robbery
CORNWALL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities allege that two men found shot to death near a crashed car in eastern Pennsylvania this year were killed by a man on the run after a credit union robbery.
Gilberto Torres-Reyes is charged in Lebanon County with criminal homicide in the deaths of Alexis Rafael Perez-Garcia, 27, and Jelson Dejesus-Ortiz, 34, who were found with gunshot wounds April 9 outside a car on Route 72 in Cornwall, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Reading.
U-Haul rams car with 4-year-old inside after parking dispute
KENHORST, Pa. (AP) — Police in Berks County are searching for the driver of a U-Haul truck who rammed an SUV with a 4-year-old inside after a parking dispute.
The incident happened late last month in Kenhorst Borough, outside Reading.
Police tell WFMZ News the dispute began when a woman parked her car close to the SUV at a storage facility.
Woman charged in slaying of woman found dumped in rural area
READING, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing another woman whose body was found a year ago dumped off a rural road in eastern Pennsylvania.
Twenty-five-year-old Carmen Morales-Feliciano is charged in Berks County with first- and third-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Madison Walb.
Her 22-year-old brother, Christopher, and another man still being sought are charged with abuse of a corpse, evidence-tampering and conspiracy.
Pennsylvania game officials probe deer deaths in 2 counties
READING, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating reports of dozens of dead deer in two counties.
Commission officials say game wardens have been confirming the reports and taking viable samples of the dead deer for laboratory testing.
Previous deer die-offs were caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease. The commission suspects the recent deaths may be linked to another EHD outbreak.
14th suspect in teen’s machete slaying pleads not guilty
NEW YORK (AP) — The 14th suspect arrested in the brutal gang-related slaying of a teenager outside a New York City deli has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
Twenty-year-old Frederick Then, of Reading, Pennsylvania, entered the plea at his arraignment Monday in connection with the June 20 machete death of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz.
He was ordered held without bail and is due back in court Oct. 25.
Arkansas school literacy club motivates young readers
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Valley View Junior High School students are learning to lead — by the book.
Student volunteers read children's books to the elementary school students to excite and motivate the younger students about reading.
14th suspect arrested in teen’s machete killing
NEW YORK (AP) — Police have arrested a 14th suspect in the brutal gang-related slaying of a teenager outside a New York City deli.
Twenty-year-old Frederick Then, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was arrested Sunday on murder, manslaughter and other charges in the June 20 machete death of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz.
Information on Then's attorney wasn't immediately available.
Man gets prison for drunkenly shooting at nonexistent clowns
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who admitted he drunkenly fired a shotgun inside his apartment because he feared there were clowns inside could spend the next five years in prison.
Prosecutor says abuse allegations against priest were false
READING, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors in Pennsylvania say child sexual abuse allegations against a Florida priest who also has served in the Allentown diocese have been deemed to be false.
The Berks County district attorney's office said Wednesday the purported victim told investigators she was not sexually abused by Rev. David C. Gillis, and there was no evidence to substantiate allegations against him.
James Patterson donates $2 million to classroom libraries
NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson is on Round IV of his donations to classroom libraries.
The best-selling novelist told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was acting on his pledge to give $2 million in 2018, the fourth year of his "Patterson Pledge" campaign. Grants of $500 are being distributed to 4,000 teachers from around the country, to be matched by 500 "Bonus Points" from Scholastic Book Clubs.
Former mayor found guilty in federal corruption trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Pennsylvania mayor who prosecutors said sold off the powers of his office for campaign contributions was found guilty Thursday evening in a federal corruption trial.
Jurors in Philadelphia came back with a verdict against former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer after less than three hours of deliberations, the Reading Eagle reported .
Ex-mayor takes stand to deny wrongdoing in corruption trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former eastern Pennsylvania mayor has taken the stand in his federal corruption trial to deny wrongdoing.
Former Reading mayor Vaughn Spencer is accused of trading city contracts for campaign donations and bribing a former councilman to try and repeal an anti-pay-to-play ordinance.
He faces nine counts of bribery, one count of honest services fraud and one count of conspiracy.
Execution no longer sought in 2004 witness slaying
READING, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are no longer seeking execution of a man convicted in the shooting death of a murder witness in a fast-food drive-thru in eastern Pennsylvania more than a decade ago but acquitted of involvement in the original slaying.
Man acquitted of 1 slaying but convicted of killing witness
READING, Pa. (AP) — A man was convicted on Tuesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a witness in a fast-food drive-thru more than a decade ago but was acquitted of involvement in the original slaying.
Jury selection begins for corruption trial of former mayor
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jury selection has begun for the federal corruption trial of a former eastern Pennsylvania mayor accused of trading city contracts for campaign donations and bribing a former councilman to try and repeal an anti-pay-to-play ordinance.
Former Reading mayor Vaughn Spencer faces nine counts of bribery, one count of honest services fraud and one count of conspiracy.
Closing arguments slated in 2004 murder, witness killing
READING, Pa. (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled Monday in the death penalty trial of a man accused of involvement in a 2004 home invasion slaying and then assassinating a witness in a fast-food drive-thru a week and a half later
Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up their cases Friday in the trial of 35-year-old Norman Vega Jr, The Reading Eagle reported .
From Reese Witherspoon to SJP, the rise of celeb book clubs
NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon remembers a summer a few years back when it seemed everybody was reading "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.
"Everyone had that book. If we had people over, or went on vacation poolside, people had that book wrinkled and curled up. I read it with my wife and we read every chapter together and we'd be like, '(Gasps) This is great!' It was the world's smallest book club," he laughed.
Death penalty trial opens in 2004 slaying, witness murder
READING, Pa. (AP) — A death penalty trial has begun for a man accused of having killed another man in a 2004 home invasion and then assassinated a witness in a fast-food drive-thru a week and a half later.
EnerSys: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot
READING, Pa. (AP) _ EnerSys (ENS) on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $45.9 million.
The Reading, Pennsylvania-based company said it had profit of $1.08 per share. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs and costs related to mergers and acquisitions, were $1.17 per share.
The maker of industrial batteries posted revenue of $670.9 million in the period.
For the current quarter ending in October, EnerSys expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.14 to $1.18.
Teen pleads to lesser charges in shooting outside game
YORK, Pa. (AP) — A teenager accused of endangering thousands by shooting two men outside a high school football game in central Pennsylvania almost two years ago has been freed after pleading guilty to lesser charges.
Now-17-year-old Stephon Brown of Reading pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a firearm by a minor, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He was sentenced to about a year but credited for 663 days served and ordered released.
KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — State police say a firefighter was injured battling a blaze that broke out after a man allegedly splashed himself with gasoline and told his wife to leave the house.
Police said the woman fled her Maxatawney Township home shortly before noon Saturday and called 911.
State police in Reading were told that the man splashed himself with gasoline and was seen carrying propane tanks into the residence.
SINKING SPRING, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a three-vehicle crash in eastern Pennsylvania killed two people and injured three others, including a state trooper who was responding to a call of an officer being assaulted.
Officials said the crash in South Heidelberg Township occurred shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday and involved the state police sport utility vehicle, another SUV and a car.