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Letter to the Editor: Former Rep. Joe Sestak outlines right approach for confronting ISIS

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When I read a column recently by former Adm. Joe Sestak about the need to develop a balanced approach to handling ISIS in Iraq, I was compelled by his logic.I commend Sestak, who is also a former U.S. congressman, for the way he discussed the benefits of U.S. surgical airpower along with calling on the Treasury to cut off funding to ISIS.I am an opponent of unwise use of military force, but I agree with Sestak’s ideas on this issue. He certainly brings a lot of logic with experience and knowledge to national security. I read he not only served in the Navy for 31 years, but he also was the director for defense on the National Security Council.

 

Spartans boys soccer still unbeaten

HANOVER TWP. — The Wyoming Valley West boys soccer team remained unbeaten on Tuesday afternoon thanks to a 5-0 shutout win over Hanover Area in a Wyoming Valley Conference divisional crossover match.The Spartans (4-0) got three goals from Hunnter Maxwell and a pair from Mike Bazadona en route to the victory on the road.Lake-Lehman 11, MMI 0The Black Knights had the easy victory on the road as Nick Wnuk and Tanner MacDougall each tallied ...

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PSU solidifies plan for true freshmen

Penn State has played six true freshmen in its first three games. The ideal situation for Nittany Lions coaches is to keep it that way.Like it was under Bill O’Brien, James Franklin’s staff uses green, yellow and red designations for true freshmen when it comes to playing time.Green tags went to FS Marcus Allen, WR Saeed Blacknall, CB Christian Campbell, TE Mike Gesicki, WR Chris Godwin and CB Grant Haley, all of whom have now seen the field. Quarterback Trac...

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Letter to the Editor: Gov. Tom Corbett’s transportation-funding plan broke no-taxes pledge

Contrary to The Times Leader’s editorial “Low gas prices vindicate Gov. Tom Corbett’s transportation-funding strategy” (Sept. 5), the governor is not owed an apology on his transportation bill. Rather, he deserves rebuke for violating his pledge not to raise taxes.In 2010, Gov. Corbett signed the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes. This was politically convenient, as candidate Corbett used this to help defeat his Democratic challenger, Dan Onorato, wh...

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Nittany Lions’ focus remains on offensive line

The adrenaline rush has fully drained away. What’s left for Penn State after Saturday’s surprising rally at Rutgers are the reminders of why it was very nearly a loss.Anyone who saw the game can probably take a guess what the topics of conversation have been in the film room so far this week.“We’ve talked about it ad nauseum,” coach James Franklin said at his weekly press conference. “We’ve got to get the running game going. We&#...

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Redeemer growing up on the court, still perfect

WILKES-BARRE – No one really knew.Not Jack Kablick. Not Courtney Kijek. Not Kassie Schinski.No one in the Holy Redeemer volleyball program could tell how long it was going to take for the young Royals to gel together.Based on one match, the answer is not too long.Junior attacker Lauren Slavoski had a match-high 11 kills and the Royals kept rolling in the Wyoming Valley Conference with a 3-0 victory over Dallas Tuesday night in girls’ vol...

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Dallas Township supervisors hear requests

DALLAS TWP. — The township supervisors heard a number of requests at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.Among those requests were:• American Asphalt, a paving company from Shavertown, requested approval to close Alderson Road for three weeks in 2015 to replace a bridge near the Lake Street power station.• Williams Gas Company has requested permission to survey a parcel of township land for possible drilling in the near future. Supervisor L...

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Future of Hotel Sterling property coming to a vote

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Council on Tuesday discussed options for the former Hotel Sterling property and likely will vote on a plan next week.Council solicitor Dave Pedri provided an overview of the situation with the property, located at Market and River streets. Several years ago, the county loaned CityVest $6 million to rehabilitate and market the property for development, which never came to fruition. The building was condemned and demolished last year.Ped...

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Area suffers high childhood poverty, shrinking middle class, reports say

It was grim news Tuesday as a flurry of reports showed that Luzerne County’s middle class is shrinking while the wealthiest get richer with nearly one third of children under 18 live in poverty.Data show while the unemployment rate has dropped substantially both nationally and locally, the poverty rate has not seen a corresponding drop.If there was a silver lining in the data put out by three different sources, it may be that Luzerne and Lackawanna counties have lo...

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Wilkes-Barre to demolish 3 vacant properties

WILKES-BARRE — The city will spend $34,100 to demolish three vacant buildings paid through the Office of Economic and Community Development budget.The demolitions at 212 Madison St., 60 E. North St. and 69 Kado St. were each put out for bid and the contracts were awarded to Stell Enterprises Inc. of Plains Township.At city council’s work session Tuesday night chairman Bill Barrett asked about recouping money from the property owners and pointed out the that K...

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Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority will provide more information on levee fee

WILKES-BARRE — As officials await a court ruling on the legality of the levee fee, the fee still is in place, and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority will issue the annual bills by Oct. 1.But because the bills lead to so many questions from property owners, the authority’s board decided on Tuesday to include an information sheet with the bills, including such details as what the fee is, how it is determined and how to appeal. It will cost the authority 11 cent...

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Genetti’s video shows alleged shooter in Wilkes-Barre vandalism spree

WILKES-BARRE — A private security camera captured the image of the person police identified as a person of interest in a vandalism spree that damaged the windows of nearly two dozen parked vehicles earlier this month.The image is that a male walking north on North Pennsylvania Avenue by Genetti’s garage, Bruce Hoegg, general manager of the Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, said Tuesday.The male crossed the avenue and walked along the park, Hoegg...

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Search underway for trooper shooting suspect, ‘survivalist’ Eric Frein

According to state police, Eric Matthew Frein is armed and dangerous.According to Frein’s father, a U.S. Army veteran who taught his son how to use a rifle, Frein “doesn’t miss.”And as of Tuesday, Frein, 31, was the target of a massive manhunt as hundreds of law enforcement officers combed the woods of Pennsylvania’s Pocono region in search of the Canadensis man accused in the Friday night slaying of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon K. D...

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Police: Resident, 87, knocked unconscious in Plains Township home invasion

PLAINS TWP. — Two men forced their way past an 87-year-old man’s front door, knocked him out with a chemical-laced cloth and robbed him, township police said.A resident of 2 Birch Ave, in the Birch Hills section of the township, heard a knock on his door this afternoon. When he opened it, he saw two Hispanic men, who pushed past the door. One of the men shoved a cloth in the resident’s face and he was knocked unconscious, police said.Police said the man...

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Teen waives Wilkes-Barre assault charges to court; lawyer expected to file petition to transfer case to juvenile court

WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office is expected to file a petition in an attempt to transfer the assault case against 16-year-old Christopher M. Molinaro to juvenile court.Molinaro, of Hudson Road, was charged Aug. 7 as an adult for the alleged physical and sexual attack on a 14-year-old girl in a wooded area of Miners Mills in July.Molinaro appeared via video conference from the county correctional facility for his preliminary hearing ...

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Trial in DUI-death crash opens with tearful testimony

WILKES-BARRE — A Missouri man unintentionally caused the death of his friend and co-worker Shane Stewart last year, according to a Luzerne County prosecutor speaking at the trial’s start Tuesday.Defense attorney Charles Ross said in his opening statement that Stewart’s own actions were the cause of his death.Patrick Ramirez, 26, and Stewart, 25, also of Missouri, had been drinking heavily for several hours before the incident in a McDonald’s parki...

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Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza deals its final hand

Sept. 16—ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The epic swoon of Atlantic City continued Tuesday as Trump Plaza was put out of its stained-carpet, squeaky-revolving-door, no-room-service-center-of-the-Boardwalk misery as its dedicated hospice workers dealt a final hand of blackjack.“Sit down and play a hand, you won’t get another chance,” said Shelly Orloff, an IBM Mainframe system programmer from Bergen County, around 3 a.m.Gambling operations were stopped...

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This week’s Good Eats!

Editor’s note: Please send news for this space by noon Friday to people@timesleader.com or by mail to Good Eats, The Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. To ensure accuracy, information must be typed or computer generated.THIS WEEK: Sept. 17 to Sept. 23Spaghetti Dinner, 4-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. A variety of pastas and sauces, sa...

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