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Afternoon Update: Might be time to throw in the towel


September 12. 2013 3:50PM

By - jsoprano@civitasmedia.com




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It’s Thursday afternoon, the day when I put together our high school football picks graphic.


It’s also the day when I tabulate my separate competition with staff writer Sheena Delazio. In case you forgot, Sheena was bumped from the picks chart that runs in each Friday’s edition during football season.


So I offered her the challenge of picking against me with the reward of being returned to the chart next season if she could beat me. Let’s just say that maybe Sheena shouldn’t have to wait till next year to replace me.


After recording an impressive 22-3 record last week, Sheena’s season total is at 33-7.


My record isn’t quite as good. I’m hesitant to post it, but it will be in tomorrow’s paper any. I stand at 26-14.


But it’s early.


Check out Friday’s paper for the all of our experts (OK, that may be an exaggeration) picks.


And don’t forget about our weekly Penn State preview page, either.


Drug tampering investigated. Staff writer Ed Lewis tells us that the FBI are investigating a complaint that a bottle of children’s chewable Advil purchased at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on East Northampton Street was tampered with.


Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower said in an email the pharmacy is cooperating with authorities. She did not respond to an inquiry if the East Northampton Street location removed the remaining children’s chewable Advil bottles from shelves. A check of the shelves on Thursday showed no chewable Advil tablets in the children’s medicine aisle.


Sherman Hills shooting news. Ed also tells us that three men jailed on simple assault charges are being investigated for the shooting of two girls at Sherman Hills last month.


That news came as Luzerne County assistant district attorney Brian Coleman was arguing against a reduction of bail for Taleek Sistrunk and Trevor Whitaker. Jevaun Brown was not at the hearing.


We will have the complete story later today and in tomorrow’s paper.


Two-wheeled transportation. The Guide will feature a cover story near and dear to my own heart — cycling.


Features writer Mary Therese Biebel takes a look at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA’s Sunday bike ride series.


Ah, what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in September than on a nice bike ride. (Well, watching football is a lot of fun, too. But you can DVR those games and watch them after you ride.)


That’s it for today. Keep you eye on www.timesleader.com for breaking news throughout the day.


And as always, if you have a complaint, comment or question, call me at 570-829-7164 or email me at jsoprano@timesleader.com.


Thanks for reading and have a good night




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