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Gordon riding momentum into Pocono

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LONG POND — Jeff Gordon found himself in a familiar place last Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Twenty years after winning the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race there, Gordon was once again in victory lane at the Brickyard.“When you win at Indianapolis, especially having the kind of year that we’re having where we are up front points it’s a huge momentum boost and confidence booster,” Gordon said during a press conference on Friday.The win last Sunday also extended his points lead to 24 over his Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

 

Senators praise new rules to protect miners from black lung disease

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two United States senators on Friday issued a joint statement praising new rules from the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at protecting the health and safety of coal miners and preventing black lung disease.“I applaud the Department of Labor for taking action to protect our nation’s hardworking coal miners from developing black lung disease,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (H...

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Wilkes-Barre police investigate reported stabbing at Sherman Hills

WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating a reported stabbing tonight at the crime-plagued Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre.A 911 supervisor said the stabbing was reported at 7:30 this evening at Building 320 on North Empire Court. One male was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, the supervisor said.A representative from Sherman Hills ordered members of the news media off the private property shortly after their a...

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Charges against Rev. Philip Altavilla of Scranton dismissed

SCRANTON — A judge dismissed corruption of minors and indecent assault charges against the Rev. Philip Altavilla Friday morning.Attorney Paul Walker said Luzerne County Judge Michael Barrasse threw out the charges because the statute of limitations on them had passed.“We thought we could win on the merits, too,” Walker said, but he added he’ll gladly accept victory based on statute of limitations to keep his client out of court.However,...

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City zoning ordinance may prevent razor wire on prison fence

WILKES-BARRE — An inmate who escaped by scaling a fence absent of razor wire at the minimal offender’s building at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility was captured by Ashley police Friday morning.Kevin Kuklinski, 24, was returned and jailed at the main prison complex.He was the second inmate to escape from the yard in less than five weeks forcing county officials to consider installing razor wire on top of the 10-12 feet high fence.J. Allen Ne...

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Congressman Cartwright introduces bill to force agencies to prepare for extreme weather

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright Friday announced he has introduced a bill to force federal government agencies to better prepare for extreme weather emergencies.In a conference call with reporters, Cartwright, D-Moosic, said he introduced the PREPARE Act after the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported that federal agencies did not have a coherent strategic government-wide approach and systematic method to plan for those disasters. It was the first time in history the GAO include...

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Volunteer wants to ‘bring back Nanticoke pride’

NANTICOKE — As a city resident for 23 years, Lou Gianuzzi wants to “bring back Nanticoke pride.”That’s why Gianuzzi has volunteered nearly 100 hours of his time beautifying Patriot Square Park, an effort that was completed on July 8.“I just want the families and citizens of the community to have a nice place to relax and enjoy themselves” Gianuzzi said.Gianuzzi said that the idea to renovate Patriot Square came on May 10, wh...

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DA appeals judge’s ruling excluding witness testimony in Ovalles homicide case

WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office filed an appeal of a judge’s ruling that excluded the testimony of a witness in the pending homicide trial of Joshua Ovalles.The notice of appeal to the state Superior Court was filed Thursday, saying the order by President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. on July 14 “terminates or substantially handicaps” the prosecution.Burke ruled the prosecution could not use the preliminary hearing t...

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Inmate at SCI Dallas found dead, hanging in cell

DALLAS – An inmate at State Correctional Institution at Dallas was found dead in his cell on Thursday, Superintendent Lawrence Mahally reported in a news release.Mahally said prison staff were conducting a security round on the housing unit when an officer observed inmate Israel Guzman hanging in his cell at approximately 1:30 p.m. Staff immediately responded and provided life-saving measures until facility medical personnel arrived.Guzman was pronounced dead by a ...

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PFA extended for convicted thief

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge Thursday extended a no-contact Protection from Abuse order against Jesse Geasey for 18 months. His ex-wife Sara Miller, 37, obtained a temporary order on June 25 alleging she was in fear of Geasey after cooperating with police investigations on him.Geasey, 34, served 14 months in state prison for his guilty pleas in 2012 to aggravated assault for a box cutter slashing in 2011 and the theft of a skull from a mausoleum in the Hollenback Cem...

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Warrant says tip leads to stolen steel

WILKES-BARRE — Police seized steel beams and sheets stolen from the Sidney Street bridge project, according to a search warrant served on a Plains Township property.The warrant, filed Thursday in Luzerne County Court, was issued Monday by District Judge Joseph Zola of Hazleton for a property on New Street.Seized were five pieces of steel I-beams and two pieces of flat steel, according to the inventory sheet accompanying the warrant.In applying for the wa...

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Concerts on Yahoo make best of industry struggles

LOS ANGELES — Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens.Live Nation’s partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band in mid-July, offers free, high-quality concert footage in a way that helps the companies providing it, since selling ads is more profitable than concert promotion.The deal opens up a new revenue stream for L...

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Porch progresses from grandma’s ‘pride and joy’ to couple’s ‘outdoor room’

Jean Zavacki’s grandmother was a modest Italian woman, but she loved to boast that she had the largest porch on Sanovia Street in Exeter.If she were alive today, she might also be proud of the fact that her granddaughter is still enjoying the porch that she used to play on as a child.“That porch was her pride and joy,” Gary Zavacki, Irene’s husband, said.Jean remembers childhood summers spent on the porch since she and her parents only ...

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The science behind staying fit

Coach Keith Klahold helps Abby Korba of Hanover Area School District do squats on an unbalanced surface, as opposed to the floor, in demonstration on how to increase exercise difficulty. It was part of a “science behind fitness” program, one of many options at Wilkes University’s annual Women Empowered by Science camp for middle school girls. The camp is funded by contributions from UGI and Fairchild Semiconductor

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Tom Hesser Nissan pulls into new home

DUNMORE — After calling Scranton home for the past 11 years, Tom Hesser Nissan recently moved to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Dunmore.With a sleek, modern look, the 29,000-square-foot facility features a five-acre lot, extended hospitality and customer lounge areas, an expanded parts department and a showroom three times the size as that of previous 6,000-square-foot location.Located just off Interstate 81 on the O’Neill Highway, the dealership f...

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McGinty blasts Corbett’s education funding

WILKES-BARRE — Katie McGinty, who lost the gubernatorial nomination and now is supporting fellow Democratic candidate Tom Wolf’s bid, came to Public Square Friday to offer stinging words on Gov. Tom Corbett’s education spending.Reciting the frequent claim that Corbett cut education spending by $1 billion his first year, McGinty said those cuts led to the loss of 23,000 jobs for teachers and other education workers, elimination of school programs from tutoring to s...

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Larson reigns at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND — Rain gave Kyle Larson one pole this season. It nearly took another away Friday afternoon at Pocono Raceway.Larson beat the field — and a heavy downpour only minutes after qualifying ended — to earn the pole the hard way for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup GoBowling.com 400.“It’s great to get my first real pole,” said Larson, a Cup rookie who turned 22 years old on Thursday. “I got the pole at Richmond, but that was d...

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Swoyersville drops first game at state tourney

BOYERTOWN – Andrew Bauer handed Swoyersville’s American Legion baseball team its first loss of the Pennsylvania State Tournament on Friday.Bauer tossed a complete-game victory to lead Boyertown to a 3-1 victory over the Red Dogs. He scattered seven hits and struck out nine while allowing one unearned run.Chris Lupole and Ryan Hogan each finished with two hits for Swoyersville (26-2), who had already qualified for the tournament’s championship game Satur...

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