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Swoyersville WWII veteran remembers those he left behind

SWOYERSVILLE — Just over 70 years ago, Daniel Chipego suffered frostbite and a bayonet wound while fighting Germans in France and Belgium before returning to battle and suffering shrapnel wounds when his plane was shot down over Germany.Two months ago, Chipego and three other World War II veterans returned to the small French and Belgian villages they liberated during World War II, as well as to the drop zone near the Rhine River, where Chipego safely landed via parachute on ...

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Pitching propels WVC squads into D2 baseball finals

Three Wyoming Valley Conference baseball teams have reached this point. And they all did it without allowing a single run between them in the postseason.Not too bad of an entrance to the biggest day on the local baseball calendar — today’s four-game District 2 championship celebration at PNC Field in Moosic.Wyoming Valley West had a bye into the Class 4A semifinals, where the Spartans hammered Wallenpaupack 14-0 in five innings. Billy Gregory and Tyler Yankos...

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Conquering addiction: Luzerne County Drug Court a path to recovery

WILKES-BARRE — Friday mornings find a team of concerned members of the Luzerne County Drug Court gathered on the third floor of the Penn Place building seeking solutions.The team oversees more than 50 participants of the program who have been charged with nonviolent offenses that were related to drug or alcohol addiction. Each participant is required to be considered “high risk/high need.”More often than not, solutions do not involve simply keeping thos...

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Luzerne County’s first Muslim cemetery still in limbo

Plans for Luzerne County’s first Muslim cemetery are on hold due to a court challenge.The Islamic Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania obtained approval from the county Zoning Hearing Board to build the cemetery in Larksville in September. It also would be the first new cemetery in the county in decades.However, construction can’t proceed because neighboring property owners Melissa and Tammy Keefe are challenging the zoning ruling, a review of court recor...

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John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, die in New Jersey

TRENTON, New Jersey — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.Nash and Alicia Nash, 82, of Princeton Township, were killed in a taxi crash Saturday, state police said. A colleague who had received an award with Nash in Norway earlier in the week said they had just flown home and the couple had ...

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Conquering addiction: Examining the link between drugs and crime

WILKES-BARRE — In light of recent drug-related crime, some Wyoming Valley residents believe there is a simple solution: Solve the drug problem and the crime problem will take care of itself.Can that be the solution?The answer is simple, says Nick Colangelo, CEO of Clearbrook Foundation, but also exceedingly complex.Colangelo, who has worked in the field of drug and alcohol services for 40 years, and has been associated with Clearbrook treatment facilitie...

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One dead in Shickshinny cycle crash

SHICKSHINNY — State police have reported that a crash near Shickshinny Sunday morning resulted in the death of a motorcycle operator.According to a police report, emergency crews responded to the report of a collision of a sedan and a motorcycle at 10:30 a.m. “just south of Shickshinny Borough.”The name of the victim was not released. The report did not include the condition of the sedan driver.Police said further details will be released as ...

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RailRiders drop slugfest to Durham

MOOSIC — In a act of patriotism, the RailRiders worse special stars and stripes jerseys for Sunday’s game in observance of Memorial Day.It’s the first of three times this season that Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will don the American Flag-themed tops.The RailRiders may be hesitant to wear the festive shirts again with the mixed performances they had on Sunday.While the special uniforms may have helped SWB produce its season-high in runs, the pitchin...

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Attempted burglaries reported in Wilkes-Barre neighborhood

WILKES-BARRE — Police reported four attempted burglaries at residences in the city’s North End early Sunday.Three attempts were reported in the 600 block of North Franklin Street. A 20-inch, pink Mongoose BMX-style bicycle with flowers and rusty chrome rims was reported stolen from one of the residences.The fourth attempt occurred on West Elm Street just before 2 a.m., police said. The resident told police a loud noise woke him up and he discovered a window w...

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Pen Argyle’s Aldo Ray lifts ‘Haunts’ from b-movie to must-see killer thriller

In his heyday, Pen Argyl native Aldo Ray worked alongside some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.But by 1977 when he made the low-budget “Haunts” (1977, Synergy, PG, $10), he was down on his luck. Only 51 at the time, the beefy actor looks a good two decades older.At first glance, “Haunts” seems like a simple slasher movie. A handful of women are being killed by a masked murderer in a...

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