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To your health: Why does food cooked outside taste better?

In the Casale household, one of the most reliable signs that spring is here is when Mary tells me it’s time to clean the grill. We have a gas grill built into a nice brick and slate island in the yard and taking it apart for a good cleaning is an awful, dirty, time consuming job. But boy is it worth it! Not much can compare to sinking your teeth into your first meal fresh off the grill. And nothing says spring and relaxation quite like sitting outside under an umbrella with a gentle bre...

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Police: 3 children hurt when waterspout uproots bounce house

MIAMI (AP) — Two of the three children tossed onto a South Florida beach from a bounce house sent flying by a waterspout have been sent home from a hospital with minor injuries, hours after the inflatable was sent airborne above palm trees and a four-lane road, police said.Authorities said the two children were sent home Monday and a third child was in stable condition and being held overnight for observation after the waterspout lifted up the bounce house from the beach....

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Police: Edwardsville woman stole nearly $400 in good from Walmart

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police arrested a woman after they allege she stole $364 worth of merchandise from the Walmart Supercenter in Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace.Police apprehended Shayla Owens, 22, of Edwardsville, in connection with the theft that they say happened on Friday. Police did not indicate what merchandise was allegedly stolen, or exactly when the alleged theft occurred.Owens was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on an unrela...

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Crash involving motorcycle in Wyoming County results in fatality

NOXEN TWP. — A Monroe Township man was killed in a fatal crash involving a motorcycle at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday.Police say that Robert Ray Hughes, 31, was traveling east on a motorcycle on Maple Street in Noxen Township, Wyoming County, and began taking a left curve in the roadway. At this time, police say that Jacklyn Keithline, 21, of Monroe Township, was traveling west on Maple Street taking a right curve.Police say that at that point, Hughes, entered...

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Scattered showers, thunderstorms possible throughout the week

After a sunny Memorial Day weekend, the chance for rain and thunderstorms will return to the Wyoming Valley this week.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 67 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, with partly cloudy skies kicking off the day.Isolated showers will be possible before noon today, followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon hours. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected, but h...

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Traffic report for May 26

The ride into work and school after the Memorial Day weekend should be an easy one this morning.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81 and 476 this morning. Routes 315 and 115 are also free of congestion, along with the North Cross Valley Expressway.Downtown Wilkes-Barre is virtually traffic-free, with no traffic congestion reported. Kingston is also not reporting any traffic congestion.For up-to-date traffic information, including traffic cams, vi...

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Our Opinion: An ode to the outsiders who are saving our bacon

This one’s for the “evil” New Yorkers, Philadelphians and suspect New Jerseyans who frequently get credited for Wilkes-Barre’s abysmal crime rate.A report released Thursday by The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Wilkes University says Luzerne and Lackawanna counties can thank those pesky outsiders with providing the foundation on which our economy is poised to grow.Without that so-called in-migration, our region’s econo...

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Letter to the Editor: Luzerne County Councilman Edward Brominski draws distinction between candidates

I thank all those people who last week supported my candidacy for Luzerne County Council.I also would like all the public to know that Steven A. Urban, Stephen J. Urban and I were the only candidates seeking re-election who did not vote for any new taxes, voted against giving away Moon Lake and 1,200 acres of additional land, yet still kept a $24 million bond of which that land was collateral.Finally, we did not vote to eliminated the Homestead Provision, which cost 87,0...

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WWE Smackdown returns to Mohegan Sun Arena

You could say the appeal of professional wrestling struck early for R-Truth.As a kid, then known as Ron Killings, he would jump off chairs and wrestle with friends on the floor. He even used trees to build his own outdoor wrestling ring where he would imitate the moves of some of his favorite wrestlers like Rick Flair, Terry Gavin and Pat Patterson.So when the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder WWE Superstar sees young fans rapping along to his theme song “What’s Up”...

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Hanover Area baseball upended in 2A championship

MOOSIC — Back-to-back one-run losses in the district finals. For Hanover Area, last year’s game felt like an ending. Monday’s 1-0 loss to Montrose felt more like a beginning.Not that any loss in a District 2 Class 2A championship game is easy to swallow. The Hawkeyes will lament some missed opportunities against Meteors ace Matt Benninger, who pitched a three-hit shutout and also drove in the game’s only run in the bottom of the first.But last Mem...

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