Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Grim Reaper stalks Pa. nursing homes

Monday, May 18, 2020 by BRUCE FRASSINELLI in Opinion

The state Health Department is coming under increased criticism for its bungled handling to the COVID-19 pandemic at nursing homes, Nearly 70 percent of all deaths in the state attributed to the coronavirus have occurred at these and other elder-care facilities.

Legislators and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro are weighing in, too. The situation has become so alarming that Shapiro last week announced his office has opened criminal investigations into several long-term facilities, although he did not indicate which are involved.

Ex-Allentown mayor denied release from prison

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by BRUCE FRASSINELLI in Local News

A federal appeals court has denied the request of former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski to be released from the Danbury, Connecticut, prison on humanitarian grounds.

Pawlowski, 54, had petitioned the court to gain a temporary release because the coronavirus epidemic has infected inmates and employees at the federal facility. In his appeal, Pawlowski’s attorney Jack McMahon said his client has a weakened immune system and just one lung, and he had been treated for a heart problem while in prison.

Knowles blasts Dems

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by BRUCE FRASSINELLI in Local News

House reduction fails

State Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Schuylkill-Carbon, called out House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, Wednesday for the failure of Knowles’ House-reduction bill last week.

Knowles has been on the forefront of an effort to reduce the size of the state House of Representatives from its current 203 members to 151. The original bill left the 50-member state Senate intact.

Last week, three Republicans joined with all 14 Democrats on the House Rules Committee to amend Knowles’ original bill to include a reduction in the number of senators from 50 to 38.

CCasinos frustrated with underage gamblers

Monday, February 6, 2017 by BRUCE FRASSINELLI in Opinion

Underage youngsters are about 15 percent more likely to become addicted gamblers than the general population, according to a survey on compulsive gambling.

As a result, it is not surprising that teens and 20-year-olds are constantly testing the local casinos’ security systems with sophisticated fake IDs.

The Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, for example, was fined $36,000 recently after patrons under 21 were caught gambling on the casino floor in three separate incidents.