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Manhunt, tension go on

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CANADENSIS — The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents for over 24 hours but leaving neighbors with few answers about what’s going on just outside their front doors.With a helicopter flying overhead, law enforcement officers wearing bulletproof vests and armed with rifles continued their hunt for Eric Frein, 31, now on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.


George Spohr: NEPA Haunts is your one-stop guide to Halloween attractions

I spent three years as business editor of the Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson Valley. I quickly became friends with one of the features writers, Sandy Tomcho, who annually reviewed haunted attractions for the newspaper.Sandy suggested I tag along on one of her review trips.Until that point, I’d only visited low-budget haunted houses or haunted hayrides. Seeing professionally produced haunted attractions was a revelation, and I was instantly hooked. I...

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Is that gas pump giving you what it’s supposed to?

WILKES-BARRE — If your gas-pumping goal is to fill the tank as fast as possible and be on your way, you might want to consider slowing things down to avoid being overcharged.Christopher Wilkinson, of Wilkes-Barre, recently posted a Facebook video that shows him holding the nozzle of a gasoline pump at a Sunoco station while the pump’s digital display of gallons pumped slowly increased — along with the cost — even though no gas was being pumped into his vehic...

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Building spree breaks post-recession blues as new businesses open in Wyoming Valley

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Post-recession growth is evident in Wilkes-Barre Township’s commercial hub and surrounding areas as new commercial construction projects are on the rise.Driving through the township’s commercial district surrounding the Wyoming Valley Mall, can speak volumes. National and regional businesses are popping up in shopping plazas, as new restaurants and hotels are being built.The recent spike is strengthening the township’s position...

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Coupons are a source of free money

I hope to dismiss a myth this week. I have heard references that people do not have the time to cut coupons and derogatory comments about people using coupons. Think of it this way: If a dollar were in a sales insert, would you take the time to cut it out?That is, basically, what manufacturers and stores are doing by offering coupons on specific products. The money you save by combining coupons with sale prices can save you several dollars you can stash away in a savings account....

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Walk benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

MOOSIC — Over 1,000 people gathered at PNC Field Saturday night for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.During the two-mile walk, participants carried illuminated lanterns — white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to honor the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.Event organizer Gregory Seitter, senior marketing manager for the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the society, said the goal for the walk was to raise $109,000. The...

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HUNLOCK CREEK: New bakery offers Delicious Obsessions

HUNLOCK CREEK — A little sugar and spice can make everything seem nice, or so that is what Denee Nichols, owner of a new bakery, Delicious Obsessions in Hunlock Creek, is dishing out.With a motto of “Keep calm and buy a cupcake,” her sweet thinking could be her recipe to success with the opening of her bakery on Hunlock Harveyville Road on Oct. 1, with a grand opening planned for Oct. 4.Nichols, a recent graduate of Luzerne County Community College̵...

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Letter to the Editor: State’s prison guards imperiled by ‘poor decisions’ of department leadership

As corrections officers who deal with more than 40,000 inmates in Pennsylvania state prisons, we accept the danger of our work. It comes with the job.What we cannot accept is when our officers are savagely injured by inmates due to a series of poor decisions made by our leadership at the Department of Corrections. That was the case during a recent attack at the State Correctional Institution in Coal Township when an inmate with a documented history of violence against officers near...

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History on display at Pittston Riverfest

PITTSTON — The communities surrounding the Pittston area share a very “rich and diverse history,” according to members of the Greater Pittston Cultural Coalition.To honor that history volunteers from the coalition and other local organizations and businesses sponsored the eighth annual Pittston Riverfest on Saturday at the city’s Riverfront Park.Visitors to the event were able to to do a host of activities, including:• Visit with ...

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Mohegan Sun Arena hosts first gun show

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Three Winchester lever-action rifles at the end of a rack of guns caught the eye of Tom Olaviany.The Harding man checked the attached tags listing the make, model, price and manufacture date, adding that the last bit of data was a nice touch by the local dealer Nimrod Haven from Hanover Township.“I collect mainly Winchesters,” Olaviany said.On Saturday afternoon, he came to the first ever gun show at the Mohegan Sun Arena ...

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Letter to the Editor: Ray Rice episode a wake-up call on domestic violence awareness

Over the past eight months, we have been following the “alleged assault” that NFL player Ray Rice perpetrated on his then-fiancee, now wife, Janay Palmer, in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino. Watching the video was horrific, as he dragged his unconscious fiancee out of the elevator with no compassion or concern for Janay.He presented as a man with absolutely no emotional feeling for what he had done. As this event continues to develop, it has become clear there ar...

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Meyers falls to Trail

WILKES-BARRE — As impressive as Meyers’ opening drive was Saturday night, it came with a price.“When you lose your stud player on the first play, that hurts,” Meyers coach Corry Hanson said. “He tweaked his knee on that first carry. He was done for the first half. He tried to play a little defense in the second half, but then I decided not to use him.”Without running back Mark Robinson, one of the top rushers in the Wyoming Valley Conf...

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Lady Colonels earn comeback win in soccer

GLENSIDE — Shelby Trumbo scored two goals in helping Wilkes comeback from a deficit, as the Lady Colonels won 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Arcadia.Trumbo scored the first goal of the game at the 5:54 minute on a breakaway. Kim Canfield scored :26 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1. Just 29 seconds into the second half Wilkes’ Micaela Oliverio scored on a shot from the eighteen into the right corner off of a feed from Elena Denger to tie the game at 2-2. At ...

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4,500 runners ‘Race For the Cure’

SCRANTON — Less than 48 hours after Wyoming Avenue in Scranton was engulfed with over a thousand State Troopers and others marching in a funeral dirge for fallen State Trooper, Cpl. Bryon Dickson, over 4,500 runners and walkers trekked up that same avenue, participating in the Scranton Race for the Cure, an event that raises funds to fight breast cancer.Matt Kravitz ran to victory in the 5K Run, breaking the tape in 16 minutes and 50 seconds. The 16-year-old from Moscow outra...

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Hun Raiders topple Seminary

KINGSTON — There were about seven minutes left in the first quarter of the Saturday matchup between the Wyoming Seminary Blue Knights and the Hun Raiders (N.J.); Raider kicker, Daniel Seelagy, booted an extra point up and over the net behind the goal post and on to the street adjacent to Nesbitt Stadium.A black SUV stopped as the ball blocked its path. A man got out of the car and proceeded to scoop the ball up and try and get back into the vehicle with it. Before he could ge...

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Dowrey makes first start on Lions’ O-line

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State had used the same 22 starters for each of the first three games. On Saturday, the Lions made their first change.Redshirt sophomore Derek Dowrey started at right guard in place of classmate Brian Gaia. Dowrey had been the first-team left guard since the start of spring ball, but an apparent wrist injury in training camp had kept him on the sideline for much of the first three weeks.Dowrey played a bit on special teams this season but hadn&...

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Mucha leads Dallas to win

LEHMAN TWP. — A year ago at this time, Justin Mucha was a struggling quarterback on a struggling football team.The Dallas senior has no desire to return to that position.“No. No, no, no,” Mucha said. “We were kind of a young team and didn’t have a quarterback that grew up or anything. So I just went there right off the bat. It was struggle. I didn’t really like it. But I’m happy I’m at receiver now.”So are ...

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Last camp for Kostopoulos?

Tom Kostopoulos walked into the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room on Saturday and took his seat between Zach Sill ad Rob Scuderi. Being in an NHL training camp is nothing new for Kostopoulos, as he embarks on his 15th season of pro hockey.But this year something is different. With an AHL deal signed months ago, Kostopoulos has no pressure to compete for a job on Pittsburgh’s roster. He knows where he will be when the season starts and he knows the role that is expected....

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