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Letter to the Editor: Tunkhannock rector responds to discussion about God and sex

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I read Pastor Dan Nichols’ illuminating words about God and sex, and I would like to offer my thoughts.I do not believe God created sex. I do believe God created humans in the image and likeness of God, a God who is compassionate, loving, unbounded by human interpretations.Nor do I believe God is male, but one who gave life to this planet (and possibly others) in the fullness of God’s being, which encompasses female and male.Nor do I believe that sexuality is limited to female-male relationships, which denies a God who is capable of creating all of us in the embrace of divine love. Who am I to know the mind of God and speak as if I knew exactly what God means about human relationships?


Luzerne County juggling union negotiations

Employees in three of Luzerne County government’s 10 unions are still working under collective bargaining agreements that expired at the end of 2013, and negotiations are about to begin on three more contracts expiring the end of this year.The status of negotiations for contracts that already expired, according to county Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik:• Leaders of the residual union continue meeting with the administration to discuss opti...

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2014 Tennis Capsules

Another season of high school tennis kicks into full gear this week and this season could be full of surprises. Last year’s 3A WVC champions, Crestwood, lost all seven starters from last year’s 12-4 team. Despite losing last year’s District II 2A singles champion, Nathalie Joanlanne, Wyoming Seminary is still eyeing a return to the District II finals.For schools like Hazleton Area and Hanover Area, just getting enough girls on the squad has been tough. Both teams ...

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Once plentiful across Pennsylvania, passenger pigeons died out 100 years ago today

Its features don’t stand out and it may not appear as impressive as some of the other hundreds of mounted birds on display at the Everhart Museum in Scranton.But it could be the most important.On the top shelf of a glass display cabinet sits a mounted specimen of a male passenger pigeon. Museum curator Nezka Pfeifer said there aren’t any records about where the bird was collected, but she estimated it’s well over 100 years old.

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area trucking firms can’t fill all driver seats

One of the hottest jobs in the otherwise stagnant Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region – where the unemployment rate is the highest among Pennsylvania’s large labor markets – does not require a college degree, pays above average wages and has desperate employers offering sign-on bonuses of $4,000 or more.That’s because there’s more work available than there are people to do it, said Doug Barbacci, president of Calex Integrated Supply Chain Solutions in Pittsto...

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Letter to the Editor: Enough with the nagging about Americans’ diets; I’ll eat what I please

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am getting tired of both area newspapers printing letters and op-eds telling me what I should not eat or drink.PETA tells me not to drink milk or eat dairy because the poor cows are unhappy; someone else tells me not to eat meat, that I am ruining the planet! Then Mrs. Obama telling us we are all fat. Am I going to eat celery and carrots all day, or maybe grass?Why can’t these busybodies mind their own business? I do not ...

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NFL Notebook: 49er McDonald accused of domestic violence

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scr...

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Federer advances in 4 sets at US Open

NEW YORK — Roger Federer regrouped after a fortuitously timed rain delay to move on at the U.S. Open in four sets.The second-seeded Federer was a game from losing the first set to Marcel Granollers in the third round Sunday when play was stopped because of lightning.After they returned to the court two hours later, Granollers won the set, but Federer dominated the rest of the way in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory.Drenched with sweat on a humid night, Feder...

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Stewart’s return to race track ends early

HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart’s return to the track has ended only a little over halfway through his race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Stewart hit the wall for the second time after his right front tire blew out on lap 172, ending his night. Stewart drove his battered car to the garage and then exited without speaking to reporters.His crew chief Chad Johnston said the 14 team was disappointed, but will now start focusing on next weekend’s race in Richmond, V...

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Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

BILBAO, Spain — They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.Instead, the Americans were the ones on the ropes for nearly three quarters.“I guess we felt like last night’s game was pretty easy and tonight was going to be the same way, but Turkey came out and they gave us their punch from the beginning,” forward James Harden said. “We took it and we were sluggish. That second ha...

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RG3 statue, boats on water at Baylor’s new stadium

WACO, Texas — RG3 in bronze and boats on the water at Baylor.Before the 10th-ranked Bears played their first game at McLane Stadium on Sunday night, a 9 1/2-foot bronze statue of Robert Griffin III was unveiled.The statue of Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner is in a plaza between the stadium and the Brazos River, where some fans arrived by boat for the game — and others dived in for relief from temperatures in the mid-90s. That plaza is at the end of ...

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Wozniacki ousts Sharapova in US Open quarters

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn’t keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years — and get back in the headlines for reasons other than her personal life.&#...

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Trap issues suspend RailRiders game

MOOSIC — A struggle with the tarp ultimately forced the suspension of Sunday’s next-to-last game of the season for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.But for Danny Burawa, a return to Triple-A proved no trouble at all.Recalled from Double-A Trenton earlier Sunday morning, Burawa struck six of the nine batters he faced during a dominant relief performance that helped the RailRiders forge a 1-1 tie with Lehigh Valley.“It’s great to be b...

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Monarchs on the path of success

The King’s College football team is coming off its best season in seven years.With many of the key pieces returning to the 2014 edition of the Monarchs, it would be easy for King’s to be confident and looking for a more productive season.Sure there are plenty of reasons for the squad to be excited when the campaign gets underway as the team ended last season winning six of its last seven games, but coach Jeff Knarr is making sure his team doesn’t get to...

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Former Drums resident, Casey Eichfeld, chasing Olympic glory

Casey Eichfeld is the only man to represent the United States in the Olympics in both singles and doubles canoes.When the 2016 Olympics arrive, Eichfeld would like to become the first to do both events in the same Olympic Games.“With rule changes, allowing us multiple disciplines, I was actually striving for racing two classes in this last Olympics in London,” Eichfeld said of the 2012 Games where he placed 14th in singles. “In 2016, I’m striving ...

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Through war, flame and flood, Misericordia reaches 90

DALLAS TWP. — Sister Jean Messaros laughs when you ask how long she’s worked at Misericordia University.“Longer than God,” she quips — which, while funny coming from a member of the school’s founding religious Sisters of Mercy, is presumably false. The school is geared up to celebrate its 90th anniversary, and although Sister Jean demurs when asked her age, she clearly wasn’t here in 1924.

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Summer results in slowdown for SPCA of Luzerne County

WILKES-BARRE — As the Wyoming Valley pulls out of the dog days of summer, so is the SPCA of Luzerne County.The summer tends to be a slow time for the animal shelter as families flock for fun in the sun and other outdoor activities.“Adoptions are probably not as lively during the summer months,” said Cindy Starke, shelter manager.Starke noted that it is hard to put exact reasons as to why trends happen the way they do at the shelter. She specu...

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Philanthropic vet aids ailing animals, gratis

WILKES-BARRE — Dr. Inayatullah Kathio’s mission to give back started when he was a child.Kathio recalled receiving a smallpox vaccination from the American Red Cross as a child that saved his life. He also remembered the massive libraries provided by the Pakistan American Cultural Center in his native land.Kathio, of Yatesville and operates veterinary clinics in Wilkes-Barre and Pittston. That mission and generosity recently saved the lives of two animals....

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