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Coal to Wilkes-Barre’s vague city building code. City Councilwoman Maureen Lavelle is trying to resolve an issue on Spring Street where, she alleges, a property owner is using a loophole in the definition of “primary residence” to avoid having to pay a contractor to renovate the property. While that property owner may or may not be in the wrong, that it’s up for debate is a testament to a building code that needs to be strengthened.

Diamonds to Luzerne County Community College and Misericordia University. The Wyoming Valley institutions signed a pact that will make it easier to transfer credits between the two. It’s a smart move aimed at keeping college kids in the area, and it’s unique in that it goes both ways. So if a Misericordia student decides she, or he, would prefer an associate’s degree, credits will transfer to LCCC.

Coal to the messy situation surrounding Southside Bistro in Wilkes-Barre. While the building’s owner threatens legal action against a restaurant owner who apparently skipped town, customers who had gift certificates have become unwitting victims. It’s absurd that the landlord thinks gift certificate holders will get satisfaction by suing the restaurant owner. The ordeal leaves a bad taste in our mouths.

Diamonds to Chris Borton, CEO of the Borton-Lawson engineering and architecture firm. The Forty Fort resident was in attendance at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this week, a guest of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta. The Wyoming Valley should be proud that one of its own sat amid the most powerful people in the country. A hearty congratulations to Borton.

Coal to the Wyoming Valley West School District. It’s quite the head-scratcher that district leaders would allow school to open when the heat wasn’t working and the temperature outside was 9 degrees when they routinely close school for flurries. Only after our reporter called, based on a student who let us know they were in a classroom that was “freezing,” did the district send students home early.

Diamonds to Hanada Taha, an educator from Bahrain who spoke this week with students at Wilkes University. Taha spoke about empowerment and how Arab women can better themselves. She said she broke down her own prejudices on what an Arab woman could achieve, becoming acting dean of Bahrain Teachers College of Bahrain University. Her words were inspiring, as is her life story. When she was 10, a stray bomb landed in her home, killing her father. She turned her grief into a lifelong desire for education — something from which 40 people at Wilkes got to benefit personally.

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