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Letter to the Editor: Cat sanctuaries, not killing, the answer to feral cat troubles

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I’m writing in response to an area radio show host’s view on feral cats. His opinion that they should all be put to death is beyond cruel.These poor, defenseless creatures didn’t fall from the sky. The reason they are here, through no fault of their own, is because a neglectful human neglected their kitten by not having it spayed or neutered, then let it loose to multiply. The end result is that innumerable cats are left to fend for themselves.This is why I think cat sanctuaries solve the problem.I know there are some of these, but we need more.Angie MislivetsHanover Township

 

Wilkes-Barre fire calls down, medical and false alarms up

WILKES-BARRE — The number of fire calls in the city has dropped 20 percent since 2010, but other calls have steadily risen.Those changing trends, according to Fire Chief Jay Delaney, indicate a changing role for firefighters as they respond to a number of other calls.“We are more emergency responders than we are anything,” Delaney said about firefighters. “I want the public to understand that the firefighter doesn’t just put fires out.”...

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Impact of juvenile justice scandal still being felt

The juvenile justice scandal that made Luzerne County infamous continues to reverberate through the courts years after the two judges at the center of the storm went to jail.Last week, the state Supreme Court announced new requirements for Masters and hearing officers involved in juvenile hearings, declaring it the “58th step taken to protect juvenile rights.”In unrelated action, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, introduced a bill that would eliminate the dete...

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Wilkes-Barre woman missing, mother tells police

WILKES-BARRE — A mentally-challenged Wilkes-Barre woman reported missing on Saturday night still was not found Sunday night.City police said the mother of Shaqon Davis, who lives in the 400 block of South Franklin Street, reported that her daughter is mentally challenged, was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and was not heard from since. Police said a check of the area was fruitless.The mother also reported that Shaqon was not familiar with the immediate area...

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4 children, 1 adult killed in Monroe County crash

EFFORT — Four children killed in a multi-vehicle crash were not in booster seats or wearing seatbelts when the car in which they were traveling caused a high-speed, four-car crash, police said Sunday.The Saturday afternoon crash in Monroe County killed five, including the 23-year-old woman driving the car in which the children were riding, the Pennsylvania State Police said. Three other people went to hospitals.Police did not disclose the identities of the children...

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Forty Fort’s Denison House travels back to 18th century

FORTY FORT — It may be 2014, but in part of Forty Fort on Sunday, it was 1790.And it was harvest time at the Denison House, the home built by Col. Nathan Denison, one of the most important figures in Wyoming Valley history. He served as a colonel in the militia in the Revolutionary War. He was second in command at the Battle of Wyoming on July 3, 1778, and he signed the papers of capitulation of the Wyoming patriot forces to the British after that battle to guarantee the safe...

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Letter to the Editor: Keystone XL Pipeline holdup has gone on far too long

It is simply ridiculous for the Obama administration to continue dragging its feet on approving the Keystone XL Pipeline.We have waited five years for this important addition to our nation’s energy infrastructure. That’s long enough.Keystone XL would be an extremely safe way – pipelines have a 99.999 percent success rate – to connect U.S. consumers and businesses to the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world. Those reserves are not control...

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Field hockey teams raise eating disorder awareness

The Pittston Area and Wyoming Area field hockey teams will meet up again for the fifth annual “I Am Beautiful” charity field hockey game. The event was started by Mallory Yozwiak and Gabby Vaxmonsky in 2010 to promote awareness and raise money for eating disorders. Mallory’s younger sister, Meredith, a former PA field hockey player, suffered with an eating disorder and in support of her, the games were initiated.The game is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Buck...

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Faster pace biggest change with Penguins camp

One of the biggest changes with the new coaching staff in Pittsburgh after the first three days of training camp is the fast-pace of practices. It’s an aspect that the players seem to like so far, even the scrimmages which are dictated by a whistle to signal line changes.“It’s different,” said forward Andrew Ebbett after Sunday’s scrimmage. “The practices are shorter than usual but a lot more high tempo, and the scrimmages keep you on your toes. ...

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A Hull of a game for Penn State ‘D’

STATE COLLEGE — Sensing a chance to keep things interesting, the University of Massachusetts Minutemen went outside the box.And in less than a minute, their hopes of an upset went straight to Hull.Mike Hull, that is.Penn State’s leading linebacker not only caught up to a quick pass to wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, he jarred the ball loose.And it jolted the sluggish Lions from their sleepy haze.“When you have an opponent li...

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Golf postseason getting underway

The high school golf season always seems to fly by.While every other PIAA sport is nearing the midway point of the season, golfers are gearing up for the stretch run as the postseason gets underway.For the 17 Wyoming Valley Conference teams, the postseason starts today with the Pre-District Tournament being held at Fox Hill Country Club and continues later this week with the WVC Team Championships at the same location on Thursday.

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The youth movement at Lake-Lehman

Surely, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year at Lake-Lehman.In an offseason in which the Black Knights girls soccer team were one of two hit hard by graduation, the likelihood of Lake-Lehman being one of two undefeated Wyoming Valley Conference teams remaining was minuscule. Particularly for a team that lost more than three-fourths of its production from the past four season. Particularly for a team that starts five freshmen.“With the way we started practice, ...

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Large cast leads PSU over UMass

Mark Whipple sighed.In the first year of his second stint as UMass coach, Whipple had nearly led the struggling Minutemen to upset wins over Colorado and Vanderbilt in the last two weeks.Saturday at Penn State? Not so much.“This was certainly our worst day,” Whipple groaned after a 48-7 loss to the Nittany Lions. “I don’t really know what happened. We played scared and frightened from the first snap.“We couldn’t h...

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Eagles brawl in comeback victory

PHILADELPHIA — A rookie’s breakthrough. An exiled receiver’s return. A brawl.Oh yeah, and another comeback win.Nothing normal seems to happen this season for the Philadelphia Eagles.Jordan Matthews, the draft pick who replaced DeSean Jackson, and veteran Jeremy Maclin lifted the Eagles past the star receiver’s new team Sunday. Philadelphia again stormed from behind to win, beating the Washington Redskins 37-34 as Mathews caught two touc...

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Survive and advance in college football, sort of

Breaking down the ballots for the AP Top 25 and wrapping up college football’s fourth weekend.SURVIVE AND ADVANCENow that college football has a bracket — albeit a very small one for the four-team playoff — the mantra of the NCAA basketball tournament is seeping its way into fall Saturdays: Survive and advance.It’s not quite that simple, but it was certainly an appropriate way to look at what No. 1 Florida State and No....

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Seahawks hold off Broncos

SEATTLE — Peyton Manning did all he could in the final minute of regulation to get the Denver Broncos to overtime.Russell Wilson made certain he never saw the ball in the extra session and ensured the Super Bowl rematch went in favor of the defending champion Seahawks.Marshawn Lynch scored on a 6-yard TD run on the first possession of overtime and the Seahawks beat the Broncos 26-20 on Sunday in a showdown that lived up to expectations.Seattle (2-1) blew...

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Logano wins at New Hampshire in 2nd Chase race

LOUDON, N.H. — Joey Logano pulled away on the restart to win a green-white-checkered finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.Logano and Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski have both advanced to the next round. Four drivers will be eliminated after every third race, and a win guarantees a driver an automatic berth into the next round. The first cutoff race is next week at Dover International Sp...

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West Pittston High graduates recall school days with song, cheers

WEST PITTSTON — Thomas Wierbowski, class of ‘64, tried to quiet the loud murmur of voices on the school’s front steps.It was hard to get the attention of the more the 100 people, many attired in green and white, who stood in rows on the stairs but kept talking and laughing.“This is worse than seventh grade,” Wierbowski said loudly, and laughter erupted.Then, “Where are all the cheerleaders?” he called out, and a cheer ...

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