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Luzerne County Council chairmanship up for grabs

Luzerne County Councilman Rick Morelli said he supports another colleague filling the chairmanship role in 2015, but it’s unclear which council member could muster up majority support.“I’m definitely in favor of opening it up and giving it to someone else,” Morelli said.The county’s home rule charter requires council to meet the first Monday of January in the even-numbered year following a council election to organize and select a chair and ...

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Service at Trucksville Methodist Church helps those coping with grief

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Except when it isn’t.Although the hustle and bustle of the holiday, buying of presents, decorating of trees and preparing of holiday treats make it seem as if the whole world shares in the joy that defines the season, those who have experienced grief or loss often feel displaced amid the joy of others.The recent Trucksville United Methodist Church Holiday Remembrance Service provided a safe haven for those gathered to...

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Gap between rich, poor schools doubled in 4 years

HARRISBURG — The gap between what wealthy districts and poor districts spend to educate children has widened dramatically in the four years since GOP Gov. Tom Corbett took office, amid deep budget-balancing cuts in state aid under Republican-controlled Harrisburg and long-delayed pension obligation payments coming due.Gaps that existed when Corbett took office have now more than doubled, according to an Associated Press analysis of state data on spending, income and attendanc...

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Another strong finish for Lions’ Lewis

Eugene Lewis beat his man to the spot on the goal line slant. The Boston College defender got a few fingertips on the pass anyway.That’s how the last two months had gone for the former Wyoming Valley Conference star. Just a fraction off here and there, costing him some big plays.Only this time, Lewis’ fortunes turned around.Keeping his eye on the ball the whole time, the Penn State wideout watched as the tipped pass floated up in the air, following...

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Arizona police officer killed; suspect dead

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 24-year-old police officer died after being shot by a domestic violence suspect who then killed himself Saturday afternoon in Arizona.Officer Tyler J. Stewart, 24, died at Flagstaff Medical Center, police said. Stewart is the second Flagstaff police officer ever to be killed in the line of duty. On June 21, 2000, Officer Jeff Moritz, 30, was killed after he pulled over a teenager as the teen drove around his neighborhood in a truck playing loud rap m...

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State police investigating early-morning Christmas Eve shooting

SLOCUM TWP. — State police are investigating a shooting that resulted in one man being injured.State police in Shickshinny received a report of gun shots in the area of 1175 Blue Ridge Trail in Wapwallopen at 1:29 a.m. on December 24. Police found Dillon Tyler Gommer, 20, who had sustained gunshot wounds.Gommer was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital for treatment of his wounds. The severity of his injuries, or how many gunshot wounds he sustained, was...

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Jet carrying 162 lost over stormy Indonesian waters

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Aircraft and ships that spent several hours searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.Aircraft searching for AirAsia Flight 8501 called off the effort for the night and will resume at Monday morning, said Achmad Toha of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. Some ships were contin...

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Cloudy skies, cooler temperatures expected this week

It’s shaping up to be a quiet week as the Wyoming Valley enters the last few days of 2014.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 47 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Most areas are seeing some light rain this morning as the sun rises.Showers will be possible mainly before 11 a.m. today, with less than a tenth of an inch of rain expected. Today’s high will be in the upper 30s.Cloudy skies will st...

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4-year-old cancer survivor has a tale to share

Amelia Nankivell is a four-year old girl who loves her big brother, Disney and anything pink.She wants to be a mermaid when she grows up and has the tenacity and determination to make it happen.But on Easter Sunday Amelia had a headache that wouldn’t go away. She was taken to a doctor, then to Geisinger Wyoming Valley and before the week was over, Amelia and her mom were off to Danville, in an ambulance, to begin the fight of their lives.

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Letter to the Editor: For public safety in Luzerne County, adopt a new system of local policing

I read with great interest the opinion column on Dec. 10 by Gerald Cross (“Local police forces struggling”), regarding the dilemma of local police departments. Then, on the next day, the Times Leader’s editorial view (“Police costs handcuffing communities”) on pretty much the same issue/problem.They have hit the nail on the head. State policymakers do need to get involved. Transferring the problem to the state police is not the answer, as it takes thei...

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