A new report that showed Allentown with the commonwealth's highest percentage of children with elevated levels of lead in their system is a concern according to Lehigh Valley Health Network Dr. Elaine Donoghue. "We know that lead can be damaging the brain, especially the developing brain. That's why we're especially concerned with young children and pregnant women," Donoghue says. She says it's important to keep the lead out of your child's system to begin with because it's difficult to get it out once it's there. She says if your home has lead-based paint, it's important to remove it as safely as possible because chipped, dusty paint are primary causes of higher than desirable lead levels.
The Philadelphia 76ers are paying tribute to the late Darryl Dawkins tonight when they play against Brooklyn. A halftime ceremony will feature former teammates Bobby Jones and World B. Free and the first 15,000 fans to enter the arena will get Darryl Dawkins posters. Dawkins, who lived here in the Lehigh Valley and coached both the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs and at L-TRI-C, died August 27 of a heart attack.
The City of Allentown has a limited amount of free radon test kits for Lehigh Valley residents. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon, however about 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have radon at elevated levels. Radon is colorless, odorless gas that is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the leading cause among non-smokers. The Allentown Health Bureau is offering free test kits. To get a kit, go to Allentown City Hall or the Health Bureau's office at 245 North 6th Street. Call 610-437-7759 to find out if kits are still available.
Pennsylvania is getting bad grades on its anti-tobacco efforts. The American Lung Association has released its State of Tobacco Control report and gives the commonwealth a 'F' for its anti-smoking and pro-quitting efforts. Pennsylvania currently spends almost $17 million on anti-smoking programs but the Lung Association wants it increased to $140 million. The state also got 'F's' for tobacco taxes and quitting resources, but received a 'C' for air quality.
The state is alerting people who took loans out on their car titles with three lending businesses. Sovereign Lending Solutions, Car Loan LLC and Autoloans LLC were all told to stop operating in the state, but ignored the orders. The state is now shutting them down and says the companies can no longer take money from Pennsylvanians or repossess their cars. PennDOT is trying to get in touch with anyone who used the companies.
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is getting into the broadcasting industry. Only one month after leaving his mayoral post, Nutter has accepted a job to become a commentator on cable channel CNN. Nutter also has accepted a teaching position recently at Columbia University in New York City.
Two Atlantic City businesses are the victims of hacking. Landry's Inc., which owns the Golden Nugget Casino and the Rainforest Cafe, says customers' credit card information was stolen between May 2014 and December 2015. The locations are two of many Landry's properties in New Jersey and throughout the country that were affected by the breach. The company says hackers installed a program on credit card systems in order to steal the information. Landry's is urging anyone who has been to their affected locations in the last couple years to review their credit card statements for any unauthorized activity.