NWS issues Winter Weather Advisory, snow will make traveling difficult

A Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service at Binghamton, New York calls for 3 to 5 inches of snow today into Monday.The advisory is in effect from 7 a.m. today to 7 a.m. Monday for Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. It means periods of snow will cause travel difficulties, with slippery walkways and roads and limited visibilities. Use caution while driving.Light snow will spread into the region this morning. The snowfal...

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Mele’s Musings: Bobsledding in a bathtub

I have never engaged in a sport or activity that required the use of a helmet.So it was an unnatural feeling to have this gray sphere snugly nested around my noggin as Pedro and I prepared to hurtle ourselves on the bobsled run at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, New York.Thanks to the New York Olympic Regional Development Authority, which runs the venues from the 1932 and 1980 winter Olympics, the public can enjoy the “Bobsled Experience,” an abbreviated...

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Lottery Numbers for the Week of Feb. 22

Pick Two, middaySunday: 0-5Monday: 2-4Tuesday: 4-8Wednesday: 5-4Thursday: 9-2Friday: 1-9Saturday: 4-2Pick Three, middaySunday: 2-3-6Monday: 9-0-2Tuesday: 2-7-2Wednesday: 8-6-3Thursday: 5-1-4Friday: 7-4-8Saturday: 3-2-5Pick Four, middaySunday: 5-6-9-5...

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Police charge two men with firearms violations after gunfire reported outside lounge in Hazleton

UPDATEHAZLETON — Police said two men face firearms violations after shots were reportedly fired early Saturday morning in the area of Diamond Avenue and Carson Street.Raymond Marquis Williams, 30, and Herman Ayala Jr., 33, were arrested after police stopped a vehicle matching the description of the one that fled the scene after the gunfire.Police Sunday said that the two men were charged and arraigned by District Judge Rick Cronauer in W...

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Letter to the Editor: Ensure pre-kindergarten programs among state’s top priorities, say United Way chiefs

The path to educational success for Pennsylvania’s children begins even before the doors open on the first day of kindergarten.That is why the United Way has been advocating for early learning through our Success by Six initiative. There is already strong agreement across party and geographic lines that expanding access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs is a smart, cost-effective way to ensure all children enter school ready to learn; now the time has come for action....

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Our Opinion: An obituary for February 2015 records cold, hard truths about a nasty month

February 2015 died yesterday after a brief life, noteworthy for one near record-breaking achievement and what seemed like endless brutality.Meteorologists say it was one of the coldest Februaries to ever inhabit Northeastern Pennsylvania.Like the passings of despots and dictators, its demise, after only 28 days, was generally marked among Keystone State residents and their parka-wearing compatriots with relief if not outright glee. No memorial service is planned....

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Letter to the Editor: Half Circle Barbecue near Wilkes-Barre a cherished spot for Florida man

My wife Krissy, and sons, Riley and Andrew, recently visited Wilkes-Barre, from Gainesville, Florida, over the Valentine’s Day weekend. We were visiting my father, Lindsay Trax, and sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and Chris Yanovich.On Valentine’s Day, my wife knew exactly where we would go for lunch: The Half Circle Barbecue. My family has been going there since the 1950s.My mother, Madeline Pifer, started going to the Half Circle around 1957, after MYF mee...

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Letter to the Editor: Luzerne County detectives too highly paid to spend time shepherding prisoners

Luzerne County detectives are highly trained law enforcement officers and receive lucrative salaries as public servants.One would think that escorting prisoners from the prison to the courthouse should be the job of the sheriff’s department. How many times have the same highly trained detectives, seen escorting Hugo Selenski and Paul Weakley, been on the front page of Times Leader? That is a high price to pay for escort service.George J. Kochis...

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Letter to the Editor: Columnist Steve Corbett reminded about duty ‘to speak the truth’

Some comments on Steve Corbett’s column (“Priest apologizes for showing anti-abortion video”) of Feb. 6:First, Mr. Corbett’s piece belonged, not on the front page, but on the Opinion page, for it was highly opinionated. Indicative of his catty tone was his use of quotation marks when referring to the CCD instructor as the “teacher.” Every student of English knows that this punctuation denotes that the word in quotations is not used in its ordinar...

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Letter to the Editor: Knowledgeable 911 dispatchers critical to Luzerne County residents’ safety

Hello, this is 911. What is your emergency?Caller: I need an ambulance at my home at (house number, street name) in the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre.

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