How to be an Empress of Emotions: a step by step guide

My daughter calls me the Empress of Emotions.It’s not a compliment, by the way.I have an apparently infuriating proclivity which everyone familial abhors; my own unique brand of psychotherapy I like to call Truth Torture. Sort of like Freudian, but a little less refined. What it entails is swooping down upon family members continuously and demanding: “How are you feeling? What’s wrong? You look sad. Tell me!” Aggravation and annoyance always ensue...

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Quiet weekend ahead for the Wyoming Valley

It looks like the Wyoming Valley will escape any rain or snow throughout the weekend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 33 degrees as of 5:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Overcast skies kicked off the morning.Scattered flurries are possible before 9 a.m. today, followed by mostly cloudy skies for the rest of the day. Today’s high will be near 40 degrees. Scattered flurries will also be possible between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. ...

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Traffic report for December 18

The ride into work and school should be an easy one for commuters in the Wyoming Valley.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 115 and 315 are also free of traffic, along with the North Cross Valley Expressway.Downtown Wilkes-Barre is virtually free of any traffic congestion this morning, along with Wyoming Avenue in Kingston.For up-to-date traffic information, including traffic cams, visit Times Leader’s tra...

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Automotive Today: Luzerne County’s CarBows.com provides one big car accessory

​Sheila Beck of Wapwallopen provides a service for car buyers that clients tell her is “the icing on the cake” when purchasing a vehicle. Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with competitive insurance rates or a long-lasting warranty. Instead, the small business owner hand-crafts colossal bows.Growing up, Beck was fascinated by the homemade bows her mother would assemble for decoration during the holidays. As an adult, she also adopted the pastime.W...

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Wilkes-Barre Area feasibility study unveiled, cost estimates top $100 million

WILKES-BARRE — The four-month study is done, the numbers are in, and no matter what option Wilkes-Barre Area School Board chooses in updating its high school system, the costs will be steep.The choices presented at a public informational meeting Wednesday by representatives from four firms teamed to conduct the feasibility study:• Renovate Meyers High School and bring it up to modern code for $113.2 million; renovate Coughlin for $83.2 million, and renovate G...

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Hazleton’s amended budget holds line on taxes

HAZLETON — The city council approved a second reading of the proposed 2015 budget with amendments holding the real estate property tax at 3.12 mills.A mill is $1 in tax on every $1,000 in assessed value.The budget, with revenue and expenditures of $9.3 million, would also provide for an increase in police protection. The police department budget has an $123,839 available compared to this year.Council members said they hoped this increase would be directe...

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Penn State, Stanford meet again in volleyball semis

OKLAHOMA CITY — Penn State’s bid for a second consecutive national championship runs through top-seeded Stanford.It’s a true matchup of blue bloods —— both schools have won six national titles and are tied for the most NCAA tournament appearances all time with 34.The programs have met several times in big matches, and it has created a friendly rivalry between Penn State coach Russ Rose and Stanford coach John Dunning. Rose defeated Dunning i...

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Mark Elliot: Holiday shoppers, beware fake goods sold online

This holiday season, for the first time ever, shoppers are buying more of their gifts online than in brick-and-mortar stores. Forty-seven percent of Americans are doing their shopping on the Internet, compared to 37 percent who say they still prefer conventional retailers.As consumers move online, the manufacturers and distributors of counterfeit goods follow them. But selling low-quality knock-offs isn’t just a way to make a harmless buck – it actually endangers consum...

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Tigers drop Bulldogs in D-I wrestling opener

BERWICK — Participating in its first Wyoming Valley Conference Division I wrestling dual in three seasons, Tunkhannock had a grand debut defeating Berwick 45-22 on Wednesday night.Jake Richards (126), Dakota Quick (132), Bill Manley (145), Mike Manley (160), Dalton Ray (182) and Sam Rice (220) all won via fall to lead the Tigers to the win.For Berwick, Travis Dent (106) picked up a pin, while Stone Force earned bonus points with a major decision at 285....

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Steelers run defense to face test from Chiefs

PITTSBURGH — The numbers, at least by James Harrison’s impeccably high standards, aren’t good enough. Not by a long shot.Try to offer the occasionally snarly Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker an olive branch about the improvement in the team’s run defense over the last two months and he swats it away.“By no means is it where we would like it to be,” Harrison said.Maybe, but the Steelers (9-5) are closer to respectable than they...

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