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Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Reading Eagle to chain

May. 22, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the sale of the 150-year-old Reading Eagle to a publisher known for its aggressive cost-cutting. MediaNews Group, better known as Digital First Media, offered $5 million for the assets of the Reading Eagle Co., which filed for bankruptcy...

MediaNews offers to buy Reading Eagle out of bankruptcy

May. 16, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A news media company with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and then cutting jobs has offered to buy the Reading Eagle out of bankruptcy. The Reading Eagle Co. said Thursday that it received two bids to buy its assets, but only one of the bids, from MediaNews Group, was...

Coach accused of raping Special Olympian, threatening him

May. 9, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A former coach for a county Special Olympics soccer team is going to trial on charges of raping a player with intellectual disabilities. The Reading Eagle of Pennsylvania reports Michael Sheldon was ordered held without bail after a preliminary hearing Thursday. He was charged in March...

Campaign consultant in pay-to-play scheme gets 5 years

Apr. 26, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A political consultant who pleaded guilty in a pay-to-play scheme in which two Pennsylvania mayors were convicted has been sentenced to five years in prison. Mike Fleck also received three years of supervised release Friday in federal court in Allentown. The FBI has said Fleck was at...

Ex-mayor gets 8 years in prison for corruption scheme

Apr. 24, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Pennsylvania mayor was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for trading city contracts for campaign contributions in a pay-to-play investigation that's resulted in the convictions of more than a dozen people, including another mayor. "I let ambition take over, and I'm...

The Latest: Ex-mayor gets 8 years in prison for corruption

Apr. 24, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of former Reading, Pennsylvania, Mayor Vaughn Spencer on corruption charges (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The former Democratic mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption. A federal judge Wednesday also ordered...