Our Opinion: Tackle holiday debt and other budget woes with help of Consumer Credit Counseling Service

If you overdid it on holiday spending and dread the arrival of those credit card bills, don’t despair. Help is available.The Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania – a fixture in the region for nearly 37 years – conducts programs for people who want to get, and stay, debt-free. For instance, individuals who made credit card “mistakes” might want to enroll in the agency’s debt management program. Generally, that means roll...

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Letter to the Editor: Writer urges a ‘Tea Party challenger’ to take on U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta

In the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” the Red Queen tells Alice, “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.”If you are a Tea Party conservative, you know just how Alice feels. On Jan. 19, 2011, in a largely symbolic vote, Congressman Lou Barletta said, “I proudly cast a vote in favor of repealing (Obamacare).” The vote was symbolic because everyone knew Democratic Senate leadership would not (and did no...

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Eagles have quarterback questions going into 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez got opposite results with similar performances in a disappointing season.So which quarterback will lead the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015?Foles has one year left on his rookie contract and is 15-4 as a starter under coach Chip Kelly. Sanchez, who will be a free agent after this season, is 3-4, including three straight losses that knocked Philadelphia (9-6) out of the playoff race before Sunday’s season finale at the Ne...

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Gasol leads Bulls past Lakers, 113-93

CHICAGO — Pau Gasol had 23 points and 13 rebounds against his former team and the Chicago Bulls beat Los Angeles 113-93 on Thursday night with Lakers star Kobe Bryant resting his sore body.Jimmy Butler added 21 points, and Derrick Rose had 20 points and six assists to help the Bulls win their season-high fifth straight.With Bryant missing his second straight game, the Lakers were unable to pull off another upset. They stunned Golden State on Tuesday night but came ...

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US women face World Cup hurdle, Galaxy look to fill Donovan hole

The U.S. women will try to give Abby Wambach, 34, a World Cup title before she retires, the Los Angeles Galaxy will try life without Landon Donovan for the first time in a decade and U.S. men’s national team coach Juergen Klinsmann will try not to continue making enemies by speaking his mind and looking for players everywhere but at home (spoiler alert: he looks in Germany a lot).Compelling story lines all for what figures to be a trying 2015 in U.S. soccer. But a year after ...

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Heat ruin LeBron’s return

MIAMI — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wrapped each other in a pregame embrace, chatted and laughed at halftime, then hugged again after the final buzzer.Just like old times.Only this time, just one got to enjoy a victory.James’ return to Miami as an opponent was a success — for the Heat, that is. Wade scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half, Luol Deng had 25 points and dogged James defensively all night, and the Heat beat the Cleveland Ca...

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New OT rule in minor-league hockey generating buzz

DENVER — This rookie just may be called up from the American Hockey League after catching everyone’s attention in an impressive debut.Sorry, though, it’s not the next Sidney Crosby, but a new overtime rule that should allow players like Crosby to showcase their skills even more with the game on the line.The minor-league organization has long been the place to experiment with new directives, just to see how well they work — or don’t work R...

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WVC XC All-Stars Honored

The Wyoming Valley Striders hosted an awards party for the Wyoming Valley Conference Cross Country All-Stars at the Gate of Heaven school earlier this month. Dominic Hockenbury of Lake Lehman was named the Most Outstanding Runner among the boys, while Lindesy Oremus and Ally Rome of Dallas were selected co-Most Outstanding Runners among the girls. The all-stars were selected by the Wyoming Valley Conference coaches.

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Shoop shows way to defensive dominance

One of the first plays the new defensive coordinator at Penn State made was to plop his players in a classroom.Then he took them to school.Bob Shoop is a Yale graduate who was once a head coach at Columbia, so his Ivy League background makes him well-aware of how much the importance of academic success is emphasized at Penn State.But he also insisted his new Nittany Lions became true students of the game of football.“I had knowledge of the gam...

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Top 10 Penguins prospects for 2014-15

Thirty-four players have turned up on the Penguins’ roster in the first 34 games this season.No fewer than 12 of those also have played for their minor league team in Wilkes-Barre in 2014-15.So the Penguins’ 22-7-5 record — good for first place in the Eastern Conference — says a lot not only about their front-line players, but also about the organizational depth that has allowed them to survive a potentially devastating run of injuries and illness...

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