Consumer Watchdog: Be wary of scams while planning summer getaways

It’s difficult for me to believe that just weeks ago this area was covered in a sea of snow, with backhoes and salt trucks creeping around the streets trying to dig everyone out and make the roads just passable. The temperatures last Sunday climbing near the 80-degree mark was really a respite from the wintry […]

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Shapiro: Organized crime ring fraudulently obtained PA license plates

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced criminal charges against a dozen people accused of taking part in a major organized crime ring that fraudulently obtained more than 1,000 Pennsylvania license plates and used them to fuel a massive criminal enterprise involving automobiles in multiple states. According to the AG’s office, by illegally renting […]

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Beyond the Byline: Lessons learned from Coach Mergo

WILKES-BARRE — We’ve all had people like this in our lives — people who may have scared the hell out of us one minute and made us laugh uncontrollably the next minute. And these same people, as it turns out, may have taught us more than we ever could have imagined. There have been several […]

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Feet to the Fire: Give credit to McDonald’s employees

WILKES-BARRE — He was not done in by Chicken McNuggets and french fries. Make no mistake about it, the crazy man who shot an innocent senior citizen was caught because of alert, quick-thinking McDonald’s employees — a special part of the American workforce that is all too often maligned, ridiculed and abused. Despite making far […]

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Wolf urges use of online registration as primary deadline nears

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés remind Pennsylvanians that Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the May primary election. Citizens are reminded of the availability of Online Voter Registration as a convenient option to register. “Our secure online voter registration, which has been used by more […]

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Consumer Watchdog: Stay smart and avoid scholarship scams

For students preparing for higher education, there’s nothing more stressful than figuring out how to pay that tuition bill. In addition to loans and grants, seeking scholarships can be a competitive and time-consuming process. There are thousands of scholarships available for students from all walks of life pursuing every field of study. Scholarships can be […]

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Beyond the Byline: Current Junior Leadership class perfect example for group

WILKES-BARRE — Sometimes things do come full circle. Back in 1987-88, I entered the Leadership Wilkes-Barre class with as much skepticism as one could muster. To be honest, my pre-conceived notion — based on little actual knowledge — was that it was going to be a waste of my time. Some 30 years later, I […]

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Capitol Roundup: Barletta pushes infrastructure investment

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta this week repeated his calls for a long-term transportation infrastructure bill, arguing that private industry and local governments need a reliable funding source to plan projects and hire workers. Barletta, R-Hazleton, made that case during a hearing held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and […]

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Consumer Watchdog: Keep a watchful eye for tax scams, even as season ends

Tax season may be coming to a close, but you should still be wary of predators lurking at this time of year. The IRS recently said it would begin using private debt collectors to collect years of unpaid taxes. It plans to start sending out letters this week, according to a press release. The private […]

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Beyond the Byline: Flipping cards and rocks for bases

WILKES-BARRE — There’s been a lot going on in recent days — a record-breaking snowfall, the NCAA Final Four and the last go-round of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in town. Lost in the shuffle, sadly, was Opening Day of Major League Baseball. I never thought I would see the day when […]

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