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Vietnam veterans honored at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

PLAINS TWP. — J.R. Richards remembers coming back from Vietnam not to a warm welcome and shows of appreciation, but to anti-war protesters, who believed the war there was wrong.Richards, wounded in the conflict, was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his military service.“We were risking our lives to serve our country,” said Richards, a U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam “two years, six days and five months.”&#...

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Veteran designation on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses loosely audited

PITTSBURGH — The telephone operator told Ben Keen he would not need his military discharge papers to obtain the new veteran’s designation on his driver’s license.To be cautious, Keen brought them Downtown to the driver’s services center. The proof was still deemed unnecessary.“I was really surprised,” Keen said. “They said, ‘No, you just gotta come here and check the box.’ I said, ‘Well, I’m bringing my DD...

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Keystone State Games leader, longtime Wilkes-Barre Area school board member Owen Costello dies at 69

Owen James Costello, longtime community leader and former Wilkes-Barre Area school director who served as president and CEO of Keystone State Games for more than three decades, died Saturday.He was 69.According to his obituary, Costello — known affectionately as Jim — moved from Elizabethtown to Wilkes-Barre in 1964 as a student, ultimately receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from what is now Wilkes-University.Formerly executive direct...

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In Focus: We still have much to learn from Judge Max Rosenn

WILKES-BARRE — Every chance I get I still watch reruns of “Leave It To Beaver.” There’s nothing like those life lessons learned from the Cleaver family of Mayfield.I have always proposed that every family be court-ordered to watch “Beaver” with their children. They will learn manners, respect, honesty, integrity, fairness, humility and loyalty. These values are essential to being a good human being — one who is less likely to build a meth l...

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West Hazleton’s Brandi Naprava bound for D.C. after Scripps Regional Spelling Bee victory

PLAINS TOWNSHIP — West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School sixth-grader Brandi Naprava won the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on Sunday, sponsored by Times Leader.After they both misspelled a word in the 13th round, Naprava knocked out eighth-grader Kaitlyn Beiler, of Freeland, by correctly spelling “flamenco.”Sixth-grader Bryan Landron from Heights Terrace Elementary/Middle School finished in third during the contest, which was held at the Woodlands Inn a...

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Karissa M. Dennis

Karissa Marie Dennis, daughter of Bill and Debbie Dennis, Edwardsville, is celebrating her 16th birthday today, March 30. Karissa is a granddaughter of Theresa Dennis, Hanover Township, and Dolly Schaffer, Berwick. She is a great-granddaughter of Mary Jane Morio, Wilkes-Barre; the late Bill Morio; the late Mr. and Mrs. David Sims; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Perlowski. Karissa has a sister, Madison, 12.

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Hazleton police searching for missing juvenile

HAZLETON — Police are looking for a girl who was reported missing early Sunday morning.Police say that Ashley Baiza, 15, was reported missing shortly before 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. Baize is described as a Hispanic female standing at 5’3 tall, weighs 99 pounds and has long black hair and brown eyes.Anyone with information regarding Baiza’s whereabouts is asked to call the Hazleton City Police Department at 570-459-4940.

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Arab summit: Yemen airstrikes to go on until rebels withdraw

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen will continue until Shiite rebels there “withdraw and surrender their weapons,” a summit of Arab leaders decided Sunday, as they also agreed in principle to forming a joint military force.The decision by the Arab League puts it on a path to more aggressively challenge Shiite power Iran, which is backing the Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis.A Saudi-led coalition began bombing Yemen on Thursday, s...

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Utility found ‘hazardous situation’ months before NYC blast

NEW YORK (AP) — More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan’s East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to the company.On Aug. 6, a meter reader at the restaurant detected the smell of gas and reported it, said Consolidated Edison spokesman Allan Drury. A gas crew dispatched to the site found multiple...

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Why this twenty-something entrepreneur is hiring bridesmaids

Looking for a new career, or at least a few extra bucks? How does getting paid to be a bridesmaid sound? If you think it would be awesome — and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t, since most women do it for free, anyway — New Yorker Jen Glantz just might have a job for you. The innovative entrepreneur is looking for women in Northeastern Pennsylvania — along with anywhere else in the country — to join her buzzed-about company, Bridesmaid for Hire.

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