Our Opinion: Lapses in tax collection drain confidence of Luzerne County’s dutiful payers

Perhaps the most maddening part of paying a tax is when the payer (which includes most, but apparently not all, of us) senses something about the setup smells rotten.A great stench arose this week in Luzerne County.Two separate revelations made clear that not everyone is contributing his or her fair share, which puts a greater burden on those who dutifully write their checks.In the first instance, a prominent Wilkes-Barre property – the Stegmaier Buildin...

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The Music Box Theater is going for the laughs with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

SWOYERSVILLE - Brothels, slaves and pirates, along with slapstick kicks, mistaken identity and satire are ingredients for a great comedy — “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.”

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Trial scheduled for inmate charged with killing correctional officer from Nanticoke

WILKES-BARRE — A federal inmate facing the death penalty for the killing of a correctional officer from Nanticoke in 2013 is scheduled to go to trial next year.U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo in a directive to federal prosecutors and lawyers defending Jessie Con-Ui scheduled the trial to begin July 11, 2016.Caputo scheduled the trial after a conference call with prosecutors and Con-Ui lawyers on Thursday.Con-Ui, 38, was indicted by a federal grand ...

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Now playing on the big screen

In theaters:CHAPPIE — In the future, a mechanized police force keeps the streets safe and deals with lawbreakers, but, the people fight back. When one police droid is stolen and given new programming, he acquires the ability to feel and think for himself. While the robot, dubbed “Chappie” puzzles out human behavior, the authorities begin to see him as a danger to mankind. They will stop at nothing to ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind. ...

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Local animal activists want all animals out of the circus

WILKES-BARRE — Silvie Pomicter, President of Voice of the Animals Friday said her organization intends to keep protesting and educating patrons about circus animal cruelty until all animals are removed from circuses and resting in wildlife sanctuaries.Ringling Bros. recently reported they will be retiring their elephants by 2018.“We hope Ringling is sincere and not just playing the public,” Pomicter said. “If they were serious they would retire th...

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Gas prices on the rise

WILKES-BARRE — Gas prices are going up again, according to Triple A Mid-Atlantic.In the Wilkes-Barre area, the gas average is at $2.60 per gallon today, up 2 cents overnight and up 11 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.45 today, up a penny overnight.The Pennsylvania gas average is at $2.61 today, up 2 cents overnight and up 11 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.47 today, up 2 cents overnight.The national gas average is $2.46 today, unchanged ov...

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Curley, Schultz wait for higher court rulings

STATE COLLEGE — Will Tim Curley and Gary Schultz ever have a day in court? Right now, that question is in the hands of state judges.The Dauphin County Court cases against the former Penn State executives accused of perjury and conspiracy in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case have been dragging on for years. The current legal troubles for Curley and Schultz started after they testified to the grand jury and were initially charged in 2011.On Wednesda...

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Reads Listings: March 6 to 12, 2015

THIS WEEK: March 6 to 12, 2015History Book Group, a discussion of “No God But God” by Reza Aslan. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. March 12. 570-829-4210.FUTUREWriting Workshop, themed informal writing classes, sponsored by the Campion Literary Society. Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 3:30 t...

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‘Sesame Street Live’ teaches children about true friendship

WILKES-BARRE — Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover and others will visit the area and are hoping to make some new friends this weekend.“Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend” is coming to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township. Many may think of a cute, cuddly, blue character who loves devouring cookies, but Cookie Monster is really a trained dancer underneath that furry facade.Danny Dwaine Wells makes his stage d...

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Outdoors Listings: March 6 to 12, 2015

THIS WEEK: March 6 to 12, 2015Full Moon Hike. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 6:30 p.m. March 6. 570-967-7275.Birding Field Trip to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area to observe thousands of snow geese, tundra swans and other waterfowl, raptors and songbirds. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 a.m. March 7. $5. Sponsored b...

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