Kiwanis wrestling event starts today

The middle of the holiday week means it’s time for the 37th annual Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament, which begins today at Tunkhannock Area High School with 26 teams battling it out in the biggest high school tournament in District 2.The two-day event will consist of 17 teams from D2 making up more than half of the field. Half of the Wyoming Valley Conference schools will be on hand and will offer a little glimpse of the upcoming WVC Tournament, which will be held Jan. 9-10. Th...

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Report finds teacher pay rises too slowly

A recent study by a group advocating for tougher teacher training requirements contends that, despite being virtually guaranteed annual raises for many years in their professional careers, most teachers see their pay rise far more slowly than those in other professions.The National Council on Teacher Quality looked at contracts for more than 100 large school districts nationwide to produce “Smart Money: What teachers make, how long it takes and what it buys them.”...

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Our Opinion: Share your ideas for improving area communities and quality of life

Would it be a good idea to …… spotlight one of your bright ideas in this space?We think so. In the new year, we’d love to hear from you and other Times Leader readers – via email or old-fashioned letter – with suggestions on how to improve aspects of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s neighborhoods, its public services, its future prospects, its collective quality of life.Each Monday we typically print an editorial posing ...

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Charles Zogby: Time for Tom Wolf to end ‘blame game’ and govern Pennsylvania

No amount of feigned astonishment at a pending $1.9 billion budget deficit will erase the fact that this situation has existed for years and will only worsen without needed reforms.When Gov. Tom Corbett took office, he faced a $4.2 billion deficit – largely based on the use of one-time federal stimulus money to fund operational expenses. This was one-time money and yet it had been plugged into programs such as the education budget as if it would always be there.Rat...

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Ravens rally, earn playoff spot

BALTIMORE — Baltimore earned a spot in the postseason Sunday, rallying to defeat the Cleveland Browns 20-10 while getting an assist halfway across the country.Down 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left.Flacco’s 2-yard TD throw to Kamar Aiken clinched it.Cowboys 44, Redskins 17LANDOVER, Md. — DeMarc...

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Sanchez, special teams lead Eagles over Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Philadelphia Eagles can only wonder what might have been this season. They led the NFC East with four games to go and blew it.The New York Giants head into the offseason simply wondering what’s going to happen after missing the playoffs for the third straight year.Mark Sanchez threw two touchdowns and the Eagles’ special teams scored their seventh TD of the season in a 34-26 victory over the Giants on Sunday, in what could ha...

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Another strong finish for Lions’ Lewis

Eugene Lewis beat his man to the spot on the goal line slant. The Boston College defender got a few fingertips on the pass anyway.That’s how the last two months had gone for the former Wyoming Valley Conference star. Just a fraction off here and there, costing him some big plays.Only this time, Lewis’ fortunes turned around.Keeping his eye on the ball the whole time, the Penn State wideout watched as the tipped pass floated up in the air, following...

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Wilkes’ Rea smells the roses

WILKES-BARRE — Guesseppe Rea and Tyrone Klump both entered college out of powerful District 11 with Rea wrestling at Stroudsburg and Klump being one of the best wrestlers in the Pennsylvania for Nazareth.Despite being around the same weight and knowing each other, they never wrestled each other competitively while in high school. Now, even though at different levels in college, they met on Sunday in the finals of the 82nd Wilkes Open, also known as the Rose Bowl of Wrestling....

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Harbaugh, 49ers agree to part ways

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will not return for the final season of his $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011.The announcement came Sunday after a 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals and following a 8-8 season in which San Francisco had hoped to establish some momentum in the new $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium.Instead, the 49ers saw thousands of empty seats at most games. San Francisco was eliminated from pla...

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Letter to the Editor: Pin nation’s poor performance on congressional stonewalling, not president, writer says

In response to the letter to the editor titled “Obama rules like emperor” (Nov. 29), my first thought was that the writer appeared to be an advocate of Fox.What would this writer say about our previous president who had the country involved in two wars without financial approval by either chamber of Congress?I cannot understand how a person can think that the president makes all the choices. Haven’t the last six years taught us better? What two branches...

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