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Execution, venue could complicate Frein case

WILKES-BARRE — Amid a sea of publicity, can accused cop-killer Eric Frein get a fair trial in Pike County?And if Frein were to be convicted and sentenced to death in the Sept. 12 shooting death of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson, how likely is it Frein actually would die at the hands of a state executioner?Experts differ on the answer to the first question.Experts and statistics make it pretty clear Frein stands a better chance of living out...

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Berwick secures home field with win

BERWICK — Andrew Force showed the ability to catch the ball anywhere within his reach on the final three Berwick offensive plays of the first half.When Force pulled in three passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns during that stretch, the Bulldogs pulled away in what turned into a 56-6 rout of visiting Hazleton Area to secure a home field in next week’s District 2 Class 3A playoff opener.The Bulldogs finished the regular season at 8-2 with the Senior Night vi...

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$1.2 million grant will fund street improvements at Keystone College

LA PLUME — Keystone College has received a $1.2 million Multimodal Transportation Fund Investment grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for major improvements to its campus entrance and for new street lighting, landscaping and sidewalks along College Avenue in the front of campus.The project includes realigning the main entrance to campus as it connects to State Highway 6 and 11, a major thoroughfare, which runs adjacent to the college. The road entering ca...

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Demolition of former First Hospital building on Dana Street to begin Monday

WILKES-BARRE — The City of Wilkes-Barre will begin tearing down the former First Hospital building on Dana Street on Monday, the city has announced.The building, once a psychiatric hospital, has been vacant since 2002, when the former owner, Wyoming Valley Health Care Systems, moved the psychiatric hospital to Wyoming Avenue in Kingston.Brdaric Excavating will be performing the demolition, which is expected to continue through mid-November, city spokeswoman Liza Pr...

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Friday night’s H.S. football scores

Friday nigh’s High School Football ScoreboardCoughlin 28, Tunkhannock 9 - FINALDallas 27, Lake-Lehman 26 - FINALHanover Area 38, Nanticoke 21 - FINALGAR 46, Meyers 19 - FINALCrestwood 50, Pottsville 20 - FINALWyoming Valley West 35, Williamsport 25 - FINALBerwick 56, Hazleton Area 6 - FINAL

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‘Boolesque’ provides night of sexy and spooky Halloween fun

If you’ve never thought of Halloween as a particularly sexy holiday, the trick is on you. Evidently, you’ve been missing out on a lot of fun all these years.Brooke Burke, creator and producer of Jim Thorpe Burlesque, Limited, said she thinks the ghoulish holiday can be a real sensual treat.“It’s very sexy by virtue of the fact that on one day of the year you can be someone else, anyone you want to be,” she said. “You can embrace any pe...

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Revenues for fines collected same three years straight in Wilkes-Barre budget

WILKES-BARRE — For the third consecutive year, the city has budgeted the same amount for code enforcement violations, plugging in $41,800 for the revenue line item.The figure amounts to only a fraction of the overall $44.36 million balanced budget proposed by Mayor Thomas Leighton for 2015.But it raises questions about how realistic are the numbers in his spending plan that does not raise property taxes and what efforts the city makes to collect the fines, a City H...

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Wyoming Valley West superintendent’s son lacks state certification for new post

KINGSTON — Charles Suppon Jr., appointed by the Wyoming Valley West School Board Wednesday as middle school assistant principal, does not have principal certification, according to the state.Department of education spokesman Timothy Eller said via email Friday that Suppon Jr., the son of district Superintendent Charles Suppon, has five state certifications:• Instructional II Elementary for kindergarten through sixth grade;• Special Education ...

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Area XC runners set for states

The 2014 PIAA Cross Country Championships kick off today at the Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey with 42 Wyoming Valley Conference runners looking to earn a state medal. The first race kicks at 9:30 a.m. with the Class A girls race and concludes in the afternoon when the Class 3A boys take off at 1:15 p.m.Here is the entire list of WVC participants for today’s races with the scheduled time each race will start.Girls Class 1A ( 9:30 a.m.)...

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Analysts: Frein arrest not expected to make a difference in governor’s race

WILKES-BARRE — The arrest of accused killer Eric Frein won’t spell victory of Gov. Tom Corbett, according to three political analysts contacted Friday.Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, they say, will win on Tuesday, making Corbett the first governor in state history to lose a re-election bid. For months unbiased polls have had Wolf leading.“In terms of the overall race, I think the apprehension of Frein will have a very limited impact,” said Chris B...

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