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Four pressing questions ahead of Tuesday’s Oscar nominations

NEW YORK — Oscar nominations balloting might be finished but Hollywood’s “Me Too” moment has kept right on going. When Academy Awards nominations are announced Tuesday morning, it might be a brief, celebratory reprieve for an industry inflamed by sexual harassment scandals and gender equality protests. Or it might just add more fuel to the […]

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College Life: Snow days hamper productive energy early in the semester

Boy, Mother Nature really messed me up this week. I know I complain a lot, and I had a particularly lazy break, but I really was ready to go back to school. I took the obligatory screenshot of my schedule for easy access during the beginning of the semester, and looking over it, I got […]

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Game Night raises funds, awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters

PLAINS TWP. — Angela Michael, of Jackson Township, approached the easel and worked fast, drawing a squiggly sort of square with a Florida panhandle toward the south to represent the United States. Then she drew a musical staff under the map of the country. Get it? Get it? By the time the rapid-fire artist — […]

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Actors Circle brings Sherlock Holmes melodrama to stage in Scranton

They’ve got heroes and villains. Suspense and romance. Even a boat chase on the River Thames, complete with a man overboard. “The bad guys get on a boat, and we get on a boat with the police and chase them down the Thames and shoot one of them,” director Lou Bisignani said, describing a high-action […]

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Retired plumber uses cold to create colorful ‘gumdrops’

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Russ Opp has found a way to while away the hours during subzero temperatures in Gillette. And he’s been spreading the results around the community. The 64-year-old retired plumber and businessman spent those bone-chilling cold days that started the new year manufacturing frozen “gumdrops” with a friend. The colored balls are made […]

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‘Murder, She Wrote’ star Angela Lansbury, 92, schools young actors

PASADENA, Calif. — Angela Lansbury has words of wisdom for young actors. Lansbury, 92, who plays crusty Aunt March in PBS’ new adaptation of “Little Women,” advised newcomers to learn everything possible about the character they’re playing and “don’t just go out there and spout words.” Actors who fail to approach their work thoughtfully will […]

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Cooking On Deadline

This year, I’m looking to shake up the Super Bowl gathering a bit. Normally, a pot of chili anchors our party, but this year I’m thinking fajitas. They are customizable, have lots of visual appeal, and will definitely fuel the armchair athletes as they offer their unsolicited advice to the television. Fajitas are surprisingly easy […]

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Amish Cook: Enjoy a pot of hot soup to battle bitter cold temperatures

We are talking about some spine-chilling weather lately! The way it sounds, many of you have also been having exceptionally cold temperatures. I felt sorry for those who really got hit with snow, ice and freezing temperatures, and on top of everything else had their electricity go out. I hope and pray that it won’t […]

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Super Bowl snacks: Baked potato skins and onion kale dip

I’m not really sure why, but when sports fans assemble in front of their TVs to watch the Super Bowl, major sustenance seems to be required. The big game clearly inspires its viewers to go big. This recipe is made to order for the occasion. In fact, it’s two recipes. The first is for potato […]

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Wilkes-Barre native Bryn Mesko trains for ultramarathon Run Across Haiti

One Saturday last November, Wilkes-Barre native Bryn Mesko ran the 13.1 miles of the Philadelphia Half-Marathon. The next day, did she rest? Put her feet up? No, she got up early and ran the 26.2 miles of the full Philadelphia Marathon. All that running might sound excessive, but it’s helping Mesko prepare for an eight-day […]

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