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Clouds won’t bring rain to region until Sunday night

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Temperatures are expected to get awfully cold tonight possibly dipping into the low 40s, but after that the thermometer is expected to swing up to balmy levels at least for another week.This morning, patches of fog throughout the region are expected to clear up before 10 a.m. for a mostly sunny day with a high near 73 degrees according to the National Weather Service.In his morning forecast, WNEP-TV meteorologist Joe Snedeker said a rainy front is making its way southward from Canada, but he expected it will break up before reaching the Pennsylvania state line.“Once this thing gets closer to us, these (rain clouds) are going to stretch out, fizzle out and be gone,” Snedeker said.

 

Our Opinion: An open letter to Wilkes-Barre’s new police chief

Dear Robert Hughes,We sincerely wish you well.As you assume command of Wilkes-Barre’s police department, you face an uphill battle. Heading our city’s police force today requires a mix of intelligence, due diligence and doggedness. It’s a thankless and tough job.Taming violent crime in and near the Sherman Hills apartment complex, of course, needs to be one of your top priorities. It’s unclear if the much-ballyhooed task force is making...

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WVC FOOTBALL: Lehman preps for Old Forge; Aigeldinger honored

If timing is really everything, then Lake-Lehman and Old Forge have bad timing.The two playoff contenders lock up in a crucial battle on Friday night at Lake-Lehman. The problem is the focus that night will be about 10 miles away when Berwick travels to Wyoming Valley West.Perhaps a dimmer spotlight will benefit Lehman (2-1). The Black Knights have lost four straight to Old Forge (3-0) and have had some of their worst offensive performances against the Blue Devils. Lehma...

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Zettel hits the national stage

Anthony Zettel plays defensive tackle at 282 pounds, often giving up 20 pounds to the linemen he’s up against.Hey, that’s nothing. Try playing defensive tackle at 250 pounds.“That’s what I weighed,” Zettel said of his freshman year back in 2011. “It was rough on my body, let’s just say that.”The Michigan native had redshirted that season, but took his lumps on the scout team, going up against guys like future NFL...

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Lehman field hockey knocks off Sem

DALLAS — There isn’t anything Sarah Sabaluski wouldn’t do for her Lake-Lehman field hockey team.She’s got the bruises on her knees to prove it.So in one of the biggest games of the season, the sophomore half back came through with the game-winning goal, courtesy of Kate Supey, to give the Black Knights a 2-1 win over Wyoming Seminary on Wednesday afternoon.“I kind of just had so much adrenaline because I had the ball and I normall...

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Vikings put Peterson on leave

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.This time, he could be gone for the season.“We made a mistake,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said, “and we needed to get this right.”

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Elk have long history in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania bull elk get so big they even impress someone who comes from a top trophy elk state like Montana.Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist Jeremy Banfield came to the state last year after working as a biologist in Montana. During a program on Pennsylvania elk conducted Tuesday night at the PGC’s Northeast Region Office, Banfield spoke about the history of the state’s elk herd, management and his first impression.“We have some amazing bull...

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Dallas girls soccer wins battle of unbeatens

DALLAS — Dallas stayed undefeated early in the 2014 girls soccer season as the Mountaineers took down Pittston Area 6-1 on Wednesday. Both teams came into the match without a loss and looking to continue their success. Dallas was on the offensive for most of the first half, spending most of their time on Pittston Area’s side of the field. The Patriots played tough the whole match, taking a 1-1 tie into halftime, but they could only hold off the Mountaineers for so long...

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Winston benched one half for ‘vulgar’ remark

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline.The decision was announced Wednesday in a joint statement by Florida State interim President Dr. Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox. Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus Tuesday and sh...

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Nanticoke volleyball prevails in five games

Nanticoke rallied for a tense 3-2 match win over North Pocono on Wednesday in WVC girls volleyball play. The Trojans won 17-25, 25-20, 6-25, 25-23, 15-13.Jenna Lipowski had 30 assists, served up 10 aces and had for digs for Nanticoke. Deanna Thomas had nine kills and had 16 digs in the victory. Celeste Deslich killed eight points and had six digs for Nanticoke and Abby Zykoski finished with seven kills and nine digs in the win.Wyoming Area 3, Lake-Lehman 0...

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Pegulas’ bid to buy Bills approved

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Terry and Kim Pegula are one big step closer to owning the Buffalo Bills.The husband-and-wife team that owns the NHL Buffalo Sabres had its NFL-record $1.4 billion purchase agreement to buy the Bills approved unanimously by the league’s finance committee on Wednesday.“This is a very big step,” NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman said after announcing the results of the committee’s vote, which took place at the leag...

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Panthers remove Hardy from active roster

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers finally made a decision on Greg Hardy: the Pro Bowl defensive end will not play anymore games for Carolina until his domestic violence case is resolved.The team removed Hardy from its active roster Wednesday, ending three weeks of indecision regarding his playing status. He played Week 1, sat out Week 2 and there was uncertainty about this week.So the Panthers placed Hardy on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list just hours ...

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Falcons, Bucs both eager to get back on field

ATLANTA — The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons.Ditto for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Both teams are eager to get back on the field Thursday night after the way they played the last time out.The Falcons (1-1) were mauled at Cincinnati, losing 24-10 in a game that really wasn’t that close. The Bucs (0-2) lost at home to St. Louis, failing to take advantage of an opponent down to its third-string quarterback because of injuries....

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Best bets for Week 3 NFL games

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were supposed to be vastly improved this year. The standings show a big, fat zero in the win column.Yes, the talent base looks good on both sides of the ball. New coach Lovie Smith was a winner in Chicago and has brought a freshness to the environment in Tampa.Yet his team lost two straight at home, both in close calls, but still defeats. Next up is Thursday night’s trip to Atlanta.“That wasn’t a part of the master pl...

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R&A set for vote on women members

The “Home of Golf” is about to find out if its doors are open to women.On the same day Scotland votes on whether to become independent, a historic sporting decision will be made inside arguably the most famous building in golf.The Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, an all-male bastion since its founding 260 years ago, votes Thursday whether to admit women members. For the first time, the R&A is allowing its 2,500 worldwide members to vote by proxy....

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Nostalgia in the air for Miami-Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Whenever they run into each other at a function for Heisman Trophy winners, Mike Rozier reminds Gino Torretta of their schools’ shared history.“If you guys wouldn’t have beaten us,” the 1983 winner for Nebraska tells the 1992 winner for Miami, “you wouldn’t have went on the run you had. We put the Miami program on the map.”Miami, in turn, did the same for Tom Osborne’s dominant Nebraska teams of the mi...

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NFL, union agree to new drug policy

NEW YORK — The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month.And of more immediate impact — this weekend — the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players’ union agreed to Wednesday will allow the Broncos’ Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field.Welker, Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey had been suspended fo...

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Red-hot Bucs batter Boston

PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco, Neil Walker and Ike Davis all homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Wednesday night to maintain their grip on the second National League wild card spot.Polanco and Walker hit solo shots off Boston starter Clay Buchholz (8-9) and Davis drilled a three-run blast to center off reliever Steven Wright. The Pirates have won 10 of 12 and improved to a season-high 11 games over .500 (81-70).Francisco Liriano (6-10) ...

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