Neighbors help during massive senior living center fire in West Chester

Dozens of neighbors rushed to the scene of a massive fire that injured at least 20 people at a Pennsylvania senior living community late Thursday, wrapping elderly people in blankets and transporting them to ambulances. Larry Kingsland, 62, said Friday he and scores of people who live around the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community ferried […]

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Dallas teachers rescind strike order; will now strike Jan. 22

DALLAS — The Dallas Education Association has rescinded its order to strike on Nov. 22. Members of the association are now scheduled to strike on Jan. 22. Check back later for updates on this story.

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Pennsylvania’s October unemployment rate down to 4.7 percent

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point in October to 4.7 percent — its lowest rate in nearly 10 years. The last time the rate was 4.7 percent was in November 2007. The commonwealth’s rate remains higher than that of the United States, which is at 4.1 percent, also down […]

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Activist burns flags in hopes of sparking reflection on racism

WILKES-BARRE — Gene Stilp watched his hard work go up in flames, just as he planned. In a one-man demonstration Thursday outside the Luzerne County Courthouse, the Harrisburg activist burned the Confederate and Nazi flag he’d made the night before. It was the latest stop on the 67-year-old’s tour across the state to raise questions […]

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Fiscally distressed Luzerne County municipalities identified in new report

After crunching fiscal and population data from 2,388 local governments across the state, the nonprofit Pennsylvania Economy League gauged the financial distress of municipalities by categorizing them into one of five levels. The verdict in Luzerne County: A dozen municipalities were in the bottom group of those most distressed, including all four cities — Hazleton, […]

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NJ dive team searches Lake Silkworth for missing man; still no sign of him

LEHMAN TWP. — It’s been a week since Adam Lutz went missing in the area of Lake Silkworth, and there’s still no sign of him. Although it was announced earlier this week the search for the 22-year-old Nanticoke man would be suspended until the weekend, the search began again Thursday morning with the help of […]

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Airport expected to set new record for passengers in 2017

PITTSTON TWP. — Passenger boardings were up again in October and a new record could be set by year’s end at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. But come January when Allegiant Airlines departs, the airport hopes to continue growing its business. Carl Beardsley Jr., the airport’s executive director, said he has been trying to find a […]

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WB Area school-repair bills keep mounting

New wrinkles are emerging in the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board’s efforts to keep the aging high schools safe: diminishing occupancy ratings thanks to loss of emergency exits. This week, Project Manager Gary Salijko from Apollo Group Inc. — the firm retained by the district as construction manager — warned that changes must be made on […]

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Police: Holiday concerts expected to snarl traffic near arena

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A popular holiday rock band is expected to snarl traffic in the area around the Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend. Wilkes-Barre Township Police said the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing two shows at the arena Sunday, with the first at 2:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Significant traffic congestion is […]

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AAA: Record Thanksgiving travel expected locally and nationally

WILKES-BARRE — Thanksgiving is sometimes called Turkey Day, or T-Day, but the “T” could also mean travel due to the many motorists hitting the road for the long holiday weekend. AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts this year’s Thanksgiving holiday travel will break a 12-year record. Locally, 56,000 Wilkes-Barre area residents are expected to travel 50 miles or […]

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