Bethlehem Press

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sick state: Flu widespread in Pa.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

It looks like Pennsylvania is a little under the weather.

According to the Department of Health, the state is experiencing widespread flu activity.

“According to the data posted on health.pa.gov, Pennsylvania’s current influenza activity code is “widespread,” meaning the outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenzalike illness and recent laboratory-confirmed influenza occurred in at least half of the regions of the state,” said Diane Lesher, BSN, RN, director of Emergency Services at St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses.

Witnessing terror in Las Vegas

Friday, October 6, 2017 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

Bethlehem woman was at a casino resort when shooting happened

Jennifer Miller was just looking to have a good time at a Las Vegas show with her sister-in-law Charlene Gibson.

Unfortunately, that show was in proximity to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where on Sunday night, Stephen Paddock shot and killed dozens of concertgoers at a country music festival across from the hotel.

Overworked, underpaid Report details problems of child welfare workers

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

A lengthy report from the state Auditor General on the child welfare system is calling out numerous pitfalls in the relevant agencies that can have deadly results.

“In 2016, 46 children died and 79 nearly died in Pennsylvania from abuse and neglect. Of those 125 children, nearly half of their families were already in the child-welfare system. Pennsylvania’s child-welfare system is broken.

“This is not hyperbole or exaggeration,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in the report that concluded a yearlong study of the state’s child welfare system.

Groups pushing for fair political districts in Pa.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

In a partnered effort between the League of Women Voters and Fair Districts PA, a citizens’ group discussed gerrymandering Saturday at the Stroud Community Library.

Frederick “Fritz” Walker told the group that Pennsylvania’s practices are in desperate need of a change.

“We are, according to this analysis, the worst state for gerrymandering of our congressional districts,” Walker said.

He was referencing the state’s score of 11 for the Efficiency Gap Standard, which determines if a party had a systemic advantage by evaluating and analyzing votes.

Groups pushing for fair political districts in Pa.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

In a partnered effort between the League of Women Voters and Fair Districts PA, a citizens’ group discussed gerrymandering Saturday at the Stroud Community Library.

Frederick “Fritz” Walker told the group that Pennsylvania’s practices are in desperate need of a change.

“We are, according to this analysis, the worst state for gerrymandering of our congressional districts,” Walker said.

He was referencing the state’s score of 11 for the Efficiency Gap Standard, which determines if a party had a systemic advantage by evaluating and analyzing votes.

‘Our voices will be heard’

Monday, January 30, 2017 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

Women’s marches around the world drew record numbers and support, but local attendees say they are ever vigilant for a rocky road ahead.

Initial reports indicate more than 3 million people attended protests held around the globe for women’s rights – Washington, D.C., estimates peg the city’s gathering at more than 500,000 people.

On Monday, President Donald Trump enacted an executive order halting funding to international health organizations that include abortion as a family planning option.

More snow, longer winter season likely

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

AccuWeather is reporting that the upcoming winter season may produce more snow and ice than last year, and extend further into the spring.

“Last year, this area had about 36 inches. This year should be a little bit more than that, around 40 inches,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Pastelok said in regard to the upcoming season’s snow measurements.