Here's what's trending for May 17.

Despite being implicated but not charged in a FBI investigation in a City Hall pay-to-play contracting practices, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski turned aside six Democrat challengers to win Tuesday's primary. The mayor hopes those six Democrats rally behind him now.  "I'm hoping that we will rebuild those friendship bonds, we'll come together unified as a party and really put up a good front come November," Pawlowski says.  Pawlowski will take on Republican Nat Hyman, who easily defeated Luiz Garcia Tuesday.  "I think this is running a $100 million business and I think voters will have to look at what my opponent has done and what I've done in my life and decide who is best to be the next CEO of Allentown, which is running the city of Allentown as mayor," Hyman says.

In the Lehigh County Executive race, Democrat Phillips Armstrong ran unopposed but on the Republican side, Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne turned aside County Controller Glenn Eckhart.  Osborne earned 57 percent of the vote.  The winner of the Armstrong/Osborne race this November will replace Tom Muller who did not seek re-election.

A Lehigh County teen who killed her mother with the help of her adult boyfriend wants to appeal.  A year after pleading guilty to the 2015 murder of Cheryl Silvonek, Jamie Silvonek's lawyer says the now 16-year-old never belonged in adult court and wants a lesser sentence for her.  In a Philadelphia court Tuesday, John Waldron said the Upper Macungie teen was blinded with love for her 20-year-old boyfriend Caleb Barnes and didn't believe their talk of killing her mother would ever come true.

A former bookkeeper at a Plainfield Township real estate agency is charged with stealing more than $11,000 from her employer.  47-year-old Sherrie Ann Walsh, of Saylorsburg, allegedly took the money from Parkhill Realty and investigators say she has admitted to doing so.  Walsh is free on $35,000 bail.

The next time you're flying out of Lehigh Valley International Airport you'll have a way to keep your kids busy.  LVIA unveiled its new Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital play area Tuesday.  Airport officials say they hope the play area near gate 6B will make traveling more enjoyable for parents.  Officials say the play area is also educational with a lesson in healthy-living, a vegetable cart and turning blocks.

Bill Cosby is not planning to testify at his sexual assault trial next month.  That's what he told Michael Smerconish in an interview that aired Tuesday.  Cosby also said during the interview he believes racism is a reason for the allegations that have been made against him.

A judge has rejected a motion to overturn Eric Frein's death sentence.  Frein's the gunman who killed a State Police corporal and wounded another trooper outside their pike county barracks.  Michael Weinstein, one of the attorneys for the 34-year-old, says the ruling by a Pike County judge was anticipated and that the case will likely eventually wind up before the state Supreme Court.  The defense motion was the first since Frein was convicted last month in the 2014 murder of Cpl. Bryon Dickson outside the Blooming Grove barracks. Trooper Alex Douglass was also wounded by Frein, who was caught after a 48-day manhunt.  Frein's attorneys argued that emotional testimony by Dickson's widow unfairly overrode any "logical reasoned moral decision the jury could make" to spare Frein's life.

Some property owners in New Jersey will have to wait several more months to get some tax relief.  The Chris Christie administration will delay payments on a property tax relief program as part of a plan to close a $527 million budget shortfall.  Officials say payments in the Homestead Benefit program will be delayed by two months, pushing them into the next fiscal year which begins July 1st.  The program is designed to soften the property tax bite for elderly and disabled homeowners.

The Philadelphia 76ers are getting another high NBA draft choice.  The 76ers were awarded the third overall pick in this year's draft at last night's draft lottery.  It's the fourth straight year the Sixers will get to pick in the top three.  The Boston Celtics got the number-one pick, while the Los Angeles Lakers will pick number two.

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