U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey: Scranton police officer and others exhibit law enforcement at its best; tell them ‘thanks’

Every holiday season, law enforcement officers from across Lancaster County enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to go shopping. The kids are given $100 to purchase gifts for their parents, brothers and sisters, and other loved ones. Once all the gifts have been purchased, the kids wrap the gifts and share lunch together at a local church.

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New faces in District 2 Duals

Year two of the wrestling postseason being held at the Kingston Armory begins today with the District 2 Duals Tournament.Both postseason events were a hit last year at the historic venue so it’s time for another go around when the team tournament starts today at 10 a.m. and runs through to the finals, which are set for 6 p.m.Only one team in each classification will advance to the PIAA Team Championships on Feb. 5-7 at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Class 3A winn...

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McGarry scores 30 on night when legend was honored

Tyler McGarry broke out for 30 points to help Pittston Area knock off visiting Wyoming Valley West 78-55 in a WVC Division 1 boys basketball matchup on Friday night.Before the game, the Patriots’ court was renamed in honor of former Boston Celtic and Pittston Area’s first coach and the only coach to lead a basketball team to a District 2 championship, Gene Guarilia.Mike Delaney and Pat Mitchell scored 12 apiece for the Patriots.Sean Judge led the S...

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins stay hot in 5-0 win over Springfield Falcons

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Playing with the same measure of confidence they displayed before the All-Star break, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins picked right up where they left off.The Penguins won their fourth straight game, a 5-0 American Hockey League decision over the slumping Springfield Falcons Friday night at the MassMutual Center.A pair of power-play goals sparked a first-period surge that saw the Penguins vault to a 3-0 lead over the Falcons, who are winless ...

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Letter to the Editor: Tech gadgets distract teens and adults from finding life’s true purpose

In trying to find meaning and purpose in this life we are amusing ourselves to death.Many Americans are searching for purpose – and generally in all the wrong places. In this era of technology and entertainment, people are diverting their attention from the true purpose, which is to serve Jesus Christ. All of this is leading to our society’s moral and spiritual decay.

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Crestwood knocks off Hazleton Area in OT

HAZLETON — Even though Jason Dotzel missed a chance to win the game in regulation, he felt confident going to overtime. So did his Crestwood teammates Friday night.It showed in those extra four minutes.Cole Wasco’s four-point play midway through the extra period triggered an 11-3 run as Crestwood defeated Hazleton Area 63-53 to force a tie atop Division I of Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball.Crestwood (9-1 Div. I, 15-3 overall) and Hazleton...

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Lottery Numbers for Friday, Jan. 30

MIDDAY DRAWINGPick Two - 9-9Pick Three - 0-4-2Pick Four - 0-9-1-3Pick Five - 8-5-9-8-3Treasure Hunt01-12-16-17-22EVENING DRAWINGPick Two - 4-3Pick Three - 9-0-8Pick Four - 4-0-3-8Pick Five - 4-3-3-4-3Cash 501-09-20-33-37Mega Millions18-31-39-45-55Mega Ball6No playe...

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Despres’ OT goal rallies Pens over Devils

NEWARK, N.J. — Defenseman Simon Despres scored 2:21 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied late and beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night.Chris Kunitz tied the game with a power-play goal with 3:11 left in regulation, spoiling a magnificent performance by New Jersey’s Cory Schneider, who made 41 saves.The winning goal came after Schneider made a close-in stop on Brandon Sutton. The Penguins kept the puck in the zone and Despres’ shot...

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Serena vs. Sharapova, what to watch

MELBOURNE, Australia — It’s been five years since Serena Williams won the last of her five Australian Open singles titles. Maria Sharapova’s one and only trophy at Melbourne Park came in 2008 when she defeated Ana Ivanovic.This year’s final at Rod Laver Arena will feature a No. 1 (Williams) against a No. 2 (Sharapova) for the first time at Melbourne Park since 2004, when top-seeded Justin Henin defeated No. 2 Kim Clijsters in an all-Belgium final....

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Why Patriots will win fourth Super Bowl

PHOENIX — Go ahead, pile on the Patriots.Declare the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era over after they split their first four games this season. Call them cheaters when their footballs lose too much air. Predict the Legion of Boom will bring the hammer down on Rob Gronkowski.Then jump on the New England bandwagon.Watch one of the greatest quarterbacks ever lower the pressure on himself with handoffs to big LeGarrette Blount and quick passes to small receivers...

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