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Hazleton’s Joe Maddon opts out, won’t return to Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joe Maddon won’t be returning to the Tampa Bay Rays.The Rays announced Friday that Maddon, a Hazleton native, has exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season.Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement: “We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision. As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout major league baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015.”Maddon has managed the Rays for nine seasons, compiling a 754-705 record. He led took Tampa Bay to the playoffs four times and won the AL pennant in 2008.


Kenneth Evans sentenced to life in prison for first degree homicide

WILKES-BARRE — Kenneth Malik Evans III says he’ll be back.Evans, 22, claimed Friday in Luzerne County Court that his constitutional rights had been violated during his homicide trial and said he plans to appeal.“The Commonwealth never chose a specific charge,” he told Judge David W. Lupas.Despite his statements, the Wilkes-Barre man was sentenced to life behind bars Friday in the November 2013 slaying of Shantique “Teeka” Go...

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NITTANY NOTES: Penn State-Ohio State game guide

Bill O’Brien said after last year’s 63-14 bloodletting in Columbus that the Lions would “remember some things” from the experience.The former Penn State coach may have been referring to Urban Meyer’s second-half replay challenge while up by five or six touchdowns. Or maybe big lineman Joey Bosa smacking fellow freshman Christian Hackenberg after a pre-snap whistle had blown a play dead.O’Brien is gone, but most of his players from last...

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Our Opinion: Diamonds & Coal

Diamonds to area residents who embrace the holiday spirit in late October, flip on their porch lights, load up on snacks and welcome trick-or-treaters. Double diamonds to those who, while acknowledging that lollipops and licorice are nice, realize it’s all about the chocolate. Your house is our favorite stop.

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NY governor: Doc with Ebola had limited contacts before symptoms appeared

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the New York doctor who has tested positive for Ebola “obviously felt he wasn’t symptomatic” when he went out “in a limited way.”Cuomo made his comments on NBC’s Today show Friday after being asked whether Dr. Craig Spencer acted responsibly, even though he rode the subway, bowled and rode a cab.Spencer recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa.The...

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Sunshine wraps up soggy week

After three damp and chilly days, sunshine is breaking through in the region bringing warmer temperatures with it.A circling storm system that had stalled over the Atlantic east of Pennsylvania finally started to break up and move on, WNEP-TV meteorologist Noreen Clark said during her morning forecast.The weather should start to feel like the beginning of October instead of the end of the month, Clark said.Clouds are expected to continue clearing throughout th...

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Police: man was robbed on the River Common

A man reportedly was robbed Thursday night near the River Common park in downtown Wilkes-Barre, city police said.Around 10 p.m., police were called to the scene along North River Street for reports of a man shouting that he had been robbed.According to a police report, four males held down the victim, a 50-year-old man, and searched his pockets stealing cash, a Pennsylvania drivers license and an Access food assistance card, police said.The story started aroun...

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Reads Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Poetry Reading, by Amye Archer from her latest edition “Bangs,” about sex, love, divorce and the hair bands of the 1980s. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Free. 570-969-1040.Adult Book Group, a discussion of “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta, about what would happen if The Rapture actually took place and millions of people disappeared from ...

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Exhibits Listings: Oct. 17 to 23, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Chicks with Balls, paintings by award-winning, nationally known artist Judy Takacs depicting strength, courage and success of unsung heroines in everyday life. Opens Friday, Oct. 24 with a reception 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Through Dec. 9 with hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 570-740-0727.

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Kids Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Bring your creation representing a children’s book or book character to the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top, by Friday, Oct. 24. Pumpkins will be on display through Friday, Oct. 31 with patrons voting on their favorite. Winner receives a gift certificate to Target. 570-474-9313.

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Buys Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014 Fall Craft Show, with more than 100 crafters. Columbia Montour Area Vo-Tech School, 5050 Sweppenheiser Drive, Bloomsburg. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. 570-784-8040. Flea Market, Craft and Vendor Sale, with lunch and a Welsh-cookie sale. Eastern Star Building, 15 Foster St., Dallas. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sa...

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Outdoors listings: Oct. 24 to Oct. 30

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Live Bats: Fact or Fiction, a talk on these nocturnal mammals with Susan Gallagher of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. 570-675-9900.Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park Boat Launch, Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. Sunday...

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Stage Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014The Addams Family, a new musical based on the macabre TV family who are put to the test when outsiders come to dinner. Presented by Phoenix Theatrics at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. $12. 570-457-3589.Slapstick Sonata, a theater piece with visual poetry meeting physical comedy with a dash of contemporary circus, set to the music of Moz...

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Events Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Horror Film Fest, a screening of the teen vampire movie “The Lost Boys” (1987). Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. 570-821-1959.Hallo-Fun, Halloween family fun with selected “Hallo-riffic” amusement rides, games and trick-or-treat stations. Knoebels Amusement Park, Route 487, Elysburg. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oc...

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Concert Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Mike Lewis, the Americana singer-songwriter. Voice of Hope Christian Coffee House, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 E. State St., Nanticoke. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Free. Broadcast live on WVHO-FM (94.5). 570-735-1760.In Recital, a concert by organist Timothy E. Smith. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. F...

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Five Folks enjoying contra dancing

Knowing the next folksy, New England-style contra dance is for Nov. 1 at the Church of Christ Uniting in Kingston, we attended last month’s dance and asked:“Why do you like contra dancing?”***“It’s a lot of fun, good aerobic exercise and it makes me feel joyful.”Jennie Lavis, Plains***“The caller is there to tell you what to do.”Rebecca Madill, 28, Washington, D.C....

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Election Notice: Cutoff date of Oct. 31 set for publication of election-related letters to the editor

The Times Leader will stop publishing letters related to the November election on Oct. 31. Letters received prior to the cutoff date will be printed as space allows. To increase the likelihood of getting your letter published, keep it brief and submit it via email to this address: ttlopinion@civitasmedia.com.

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Cupcake wars is a recipe for success

It’s called a war, but the weapon of choice is a bowl of sweet and gooey cupcake batter that can be fashioned into some creative artillery. As a matter of fact, the better the cupcake looks, the better it tastes, the better your chances of winning.So, let the battle begin in Cupcake Wars.The American Culinary Federation of Professional Chefs of NEPA is hosting its third annual Cupcake Wars on Monday, Oct. 27, at Vanderlyn’s Restaurant, 239 Schulyer Ave., King...

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