News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media No. 1 Kentucky holds off Notre Dame, 68-66 th AP Photos.CLEVELAND — Pushed to the brink, Kentucky's still perfect and still playing. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:35:14 EST A welcome sight I usually wait to hear the spring peepers calling from a marsh to let me know that spring has finally arrived. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:35:11 EST Letter to the Editor: Wilkes-Barre’s Democrats urged to participate in upcoming primary, picking likely mayor The upcoming primary is of significant importance to Wilkes-Barre's registered Democrats. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:30:11 EST Joseph Rogan: Charter schools not performing as planned in Pennsylvania; should we scrap them? The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently voted to “improve” charter schools. House Bill 530 requires academic performance measures and expects charter schools to implement truancy regulations. It also reduces lunch money payments by $27 million since cyber charter schools do not provide lunches. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:25:14 EST Letter to the Editor: Pun-prone writer reflects on his school daze Gina Barreca, columnist for the Hartford Courant, recently wrote that she had two rotten teachers during her school years. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:25:12 EST Letter to the Editor: Give credit to Wilkes-Barre mom for striving to turn around her life First, we want to thank Times Leader writer Bill O'Boyle so much for the wonderful column on Stephanie Randall (“A story of missteps, support, faith,” Feb. 28).Stephanie deserves tons of credit for turning around her life and taking care of her children. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:10:23 EST Blaum continues family’s swimming tradition Donna Blaum, daughter of Paul Blaum, a former District 2 swimming champion from Bishop Hoban H.S., won three gold medals at the Georgia State swimming championships held at Georgia Tech University. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:10:21 EST For Murray, true success comes in the postseason One of the first things Matt Murray did after he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012 was go to a Pirates game.The Pirates won that day, he said - although he doesn't remember if it was a shutout, and during the game Murray bought himself a black and gold Pittsburgh hat, which he still wears today. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:10:20 EST Several new initiatives by the state Fish and Boat Commission to increase license sales will be put to the test this season Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway has a lot on the line this season.Not that Arway is taking a risk, but rather he's convinced the PFBC to take a different approach on some popular fronts and with the opening day of trout season a few weeks away, he will see if the moves pay off. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:10:18 EST 2015 WVC baseball capsules WVC BASEBALL PREVIEWDIVISION 1Coughlin2014 WVC Record/Finish: 9-6, fourth place; Lost in district quarterfinals Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:10:16 EST A season of change for Wyoming Valley Conference baseball A parking lot. An elementary school playground. The track by the high school. Berwick has had to get a little creative with its venues to prepare for the start of baseball season. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:10:14 EST Penguins fall flat against Lehigh Valley ALLENTOWN, PA – Several times throughout the season when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had a slow start, goaltender Matt Murray was there to bail them out. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:10:11 EST Making the Team Throughout their careers, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin players had to prove themselves at various levels and tryout for a team or two. Not every tryout went their way and the experience often provided a learning lesson that would be applied throughout their careers. Each week we'll ask a Penguin player to look back at some of their... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:30:19 EST Caught on Camera While the winter may have been bleak and cold, there was color to be found. These male cardinals can brighten up any drab, winter day. With spring approaching, we figured one look back at some of the sights of winter couldn't hurt. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:25:19 EST Baylor women ready for rematch with top-seeded Notre Dame OKLAHOMA CITY — Baylor point guard Niya Johnson has had a year to think about a season-ending loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament.She hasn't forgotten the frustration of that Elite Eight loss to the Fighting Irish. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:25:16 EST