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Utility found ‘hazardous situation’ months before NYC blast

NEW YORK (AP) — More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan’s East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to the company.On Aug. 6, a meter reader at the restaurant detected the smell of gas and reported it, said Consolidated Edison spokesman Allan Drury. A gas crew dispatched to the site found multiple...

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Why this twenty-something entrepreneur is hiring bridesmaids

Looking for a new career, or at least a few extra bucks? How does getting paid to be a bridesmaid sound? If you think it would be awesome — and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t, since most women do it for free, anyway — New Yorker Jen Glantz just might have a job for you. The innovative entrepreneur is looking for women in Northeastern Pennsylvania — along with anywhere else in the country — to join her buzzed-about company, Bridesmaid for Hire.

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Annie’s Mailbox: Denying Dad aisle-walking duty

Dear Annie: A year ago, my husband’s grown daughter announced that she would be getting married this summer. She has lived in another state since her graduation from college five years ago. Despite heated conversations, she decided to marry there, saying her friends’ attendance is more important than having her family there.

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Trooper wounded in barracks ambush hopes to return to force

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania trooper wounded in a deadly ambush outside his barracks last fall says he hopes to eventually return to the state police force.Trooper Alex Douglass, wounded in the Sept. 12 shooting outside the Blooming Grove barracks that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, made his first public remarks Saturday as the borough of Dunmore named a road near the community center after Dickson.“It’s an honor being here today,” Douglass said...

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Warmer temperatures, mixed preciptiation expected this week

Temperatures are expected to warm this week, but rain and snow will also have a presence in the Wyoming Valley.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 19 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly clear skies kicked off the morning for any Sunday-morning early birds.Those clear skies are expected to stick around for today, with a high near 43 degrees.Clouds will move back into the region tonight, along with a ...

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Mele’s Musings: “Fifty Shades of Grey”: A review from a guy’s point of view

As my wife and I sat in the movie theater waiting for “Fifty Shades of Grey” to begin, she squeezed my hand and said:“Are you excited?”“I’m going to be open-minded,” I replied.“Careful,” she teased, “or your brains might fall out.”If only they had. Then my head would have been as vacuous as this movie.To be clear, I am no prude when it comes to sex or nudity.As p...

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On the Books: “Last Policeman” continues solvng mysteries despite apocalypse

In the last 5 to 10 years, dystopian novels have flooded bookstores, particularly in the Young Adult section (think “The Hunger Games” or “Divergent”). Books about the end of the world are hardly new, but it seems to me thay there are more out now than there have been in my lifetime. I even taught a class on dystopian literature to middle schoolers and was shocked to see how many novels exist in this genre that were written in the last decade.There aren̵...

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Traffic report for March 29

Whether it’s a ride into church or maybe an early trek out to breakfast, traffic should not interfere with plans this morning.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380. Routes 315 and 115 are also reporting no traffic congestion.The North Cross Valley Expressway is also free of any congestion, but some could be encountered on the off-ramps.Downtown Wilkes-Barre is virtually free of traffic this morning. Kingston is also free of any ...

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No. 1 Kentucky holds off Notre Dame, 68-66

th AP Photos.CLEVELAND — Pushed to the brink, Kentucky’s still perfect and still playing.Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final.The Wildcats (38-0) advanced to the Final Four in Indianapolis next week, where they will meet Wisconsin.

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A welcome sight

I usually wait to hear the spring peepers calling from a marsh to let me know that spring has finally arrived.But there are other sounds that now catch my ear, and I’m more aware of them after following the bird sightings that are reported in the Outdoors section every Sunday by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society.The weekly list of sightings, which runs under the heading Birders’ Corner, is compiled by members of the GWVAS and provides an interesting ...

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