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Skwierz, Orrson lead the pack

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LAUREL RUN — Jeff Skwierz and Marina Orrson scored impressive wins in the grueling Giants Despair Challenge on Wednesday night, the second of three races of the Valley’s Fastest Man and Woman series.


Royals sweep Berwick in tennis matchup

Holy Redeemer earned a 5-0 sweep of Berwick, winning all five matches in straight sets in high school tennis action on Wednesday.Meghan McGraw, Natalie Coffee and Angela Malinovich recorded wins in singles competition while the teams of Annie Cosgrove/Hannah Thornton and Abby Muth/Danielle Marchese triumphed in doubles.Pittston Area 4, Hanover Area 1Elaina Menichelli and Kari Scull both won tough challenges in singles to help the Patriots defe...

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The T.L. Express

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s five-game winning streak was halted by Syracuse on Wednesday night as the Chiefs opened an eight-run lead to defeat the RailRiders 11-2.The RailRiders still finished the season series with a 10-6 record against the top team in the International League. But the team’s diminishing playoff hopes took another hit as their elimination number in the I.L. North Division fell to three and its elimination number in the race for the league’s wild car...

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Penn State hoping to build O-line chemistry before season opener

Preseason camp is over. Preparation for Central Florida — the planning for the game and the planning just to get to Ireland — is underway.In both regards, Penn State has some hills to climb. The Nittany Lions leave for Dublin in just five days leading up to the Croke Park Classic against the Knights on Aug. 30.Right at the top of the list? Developing the offensive line.James Franklin provided an end-of-camp update on Wednesday and, not surprisingly...

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Chiefs halt RailRiders streak

MOOSIC — The improbable winning streak against the top teams in the International League was bound to end sooner or later for the RailRiders.That came on Wednesday night at PNC Field.Syracuse, the team with the best record in the International League, ended Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s five-game winning streak with an 11-2 victory.The Chiefs jumped out to an 8-0 lead, which proved too much for the streaking RailRiders to overcome.“I don...

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Letter to the Editor: Put all Lackawanna County government offices in downtown Scranton, commissioner says

The Lackawanna County majority commissioners were asked for their thoughts on the Steamtown Mall and the utilization of the mall for government office space.I am opposed to purchasing some or all of the mall. The Steamtown Mall was constructed for retail space, not office space. The cost to renovate would be exorbitant. I also do not believe we should be involved in eliminating the downtown mall. If the county was to own even 25 percent of the mall space, that would mean 25 percent...

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South Main Street on the rebound

WILKES-BARRE — There’s enthusiasm on South Main Street.Just ask Charles Laputka, the attorney who represents the new owner of Hottle’s Restaurant, Gary Houser.“We’re really working hard to get it open by mid to late September,” Laputka said of the once iconic eatery. “Gary is giving the place a makeover. There’s new marble in the bar area and the dining room will be done over.”

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Evans doesn’t take stand

WILKES-BARRE — Shooting victim Shantique “Teeka” Goodson bled to death after a shot to her leg tore her femoral artery, according to testimony from a forensic pathologist given Wednesday in the trial of her alleged shooter.Prosecutors allege Kenneth Malik Evans III, 22, shot Goodson, 27, once in the leg and once in the groin area Nov. 11 as she sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle in a parking lot at the Sherman Hills apartment complex off Coal Street....

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Townhouse linked to “Kids for Cash” out of tax sale

A failed, 37-acre Wright Township townhouse development linked to former attorney Robert Powell and two past judges involved in the “Kids for Cash” scandal won’t be in today’s Luzerne County back-tax auction because the debt was paid.The $71,500 in taxes owed for 2011 through 2013 were covered through a wire transfer Wednesday, according to Northeast Revenue Service LLC, the county’s tax-claim operator.Jill Moran, a former county prothonotar...

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Jury awards $1.5 million in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital death

WILKES-BARRE — The estate of an Inkerman man who died at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital seven years ago has been awarded a $1.5 million jury verdict following a medical negligence trial in Luzerne County Court.Janet A. Struzzeri, administratrix of the estate of her husband, Simon A. Struzzeri, claimed that the hospital’s nurse did not follow hospital policies nor the surgeon’s orders when she administered a medication when it was not indicated, causing her husband&...

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Rolling Mill development moves forward

WILKES-BARRE — About 30 people protested the proposed housing project in the Rolling Mill section of the city, offering testimony, petitions and heartfelt concerns, but the Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved all four changes requested by Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic of Lancaster.As the crowd filtered out of council chambers at City Hall Thursday evening, you could hear cries of “It’s not fair,” and “You live there,” from res...

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Rte. 315 road closures to begin before rush hour Thursday

PITTSTON TWP. — Periodic closures of state Route 315 — each lasting five to 10 minutes — are set to begin at about 2:30 or 3 p.m. Thursday in the area of the Interstate 81 overpass.Closures lasting at least 45 minutes to about one hour should begin sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. and continue at intervals throughout the night, as a huge crane will be positioned on the roadway to remove beams from an interstate bridge, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokes...

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October Night Out on agenda for Crime Watch meeting

NANTICOKE — The Nanticoke Crime Watch will have a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nanticoke Municipal Building, 14 E. Ridge St., Nanticoke.The topic of discussion will be the October Neighborhood Night Out. All concerned residents of Nanticoke are encouraged to attend.

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YMCA pool, aerobics room to be closed for maintenance

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., will be temporarily closing some facilities for maintenance and cleaning.The aerobics room will be closed Saturday through Aug. 31. And the Mericle Pool will be closed Monday through Aug. 31.The Y also announced new Sunday hours; it will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays beginning Sept. 7.

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General Dynamics awarded $8.4 million military contract

SCRANTON — The U.S. Department of the Army has awarded a military contract valued at $8,420,783 to Virginia-based General Dynamics for the manufacture, assembly, and shipment of 23,961 M1 High Fragmentation projectile metal parts, a 105mm high fragmentation round used by artillery systems, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced Wednesday.“General Dynamics’ reputation for producing high-quality defense equipment is well-earned and has provid...

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PAWC announces $1.6M Luzerne County upgrade

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania American Water has announced water main replacement projects in seven Luzerne County communities to improve reliability for customers, reduce service disruptions and increase water flows for firefighting.The cost of the water system improvements is approximately $1.6 million.

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Several thefts reported to Wilkes-Barre police

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating the following reports of theft:• A red and silver vintage 1960s Hollywood Schwinn bicycle with a red seat and red handlebar grips was stolen from a rear yard of a residence on West Hollenback Avenue on Aug. 14.• A boy’s blue Huffy 24-inch mountain bicycle was reported stolen from a rear yard of a residence in the 100 block of Simpson Street on Aug. 17.• A woman from Henry Street reporte...

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Charges filed in several incidents in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — City police issued citations in the following incidents:• Police cited Tayquan Franklin, 29, with disorderly conduct for loud music at 294 Coal St. on Aug. 15.• Flora Wilson, of Kent Lane, Wilkes-Barre, was cited with an open container of alcohol violation at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, when police allege she was urinating in the Wilkes-Barre Cemetery on River Street. Flora told police she was there to visit her father’s grave....

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