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PennDOT to re-issue faulty driver’s licenses

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania driver’s licences issued since November do not stand up to scrutiny under a black light.“PennDOT will be mailing replacement driver’s licenses to affected drivers at no cost to the drivers,” said Kurt J. Myers, deputy secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “When they receive the replacement license, they should destroy the original license.”PennDOT l...

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Sunny skies to start the weekend, snow expected by Sunday

Frigid temperatures will start the weekend, and snow will end it.Just how much snow the Wyoming Valley will receive, however, is still not clear.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 8 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly sunny skies kicked off the last day of the work and school week.Sunny skies are predicted to stick around today, with a high near 21 degrees. Clear skies will follow tonight, with the...

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Average gas prices for Feb. 27

Gas prices continued their ascent across the board overnight.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following figures for today’s average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.49 today, up a penny overnight and up 4 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.35 today, up 3 cents overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average at $2.50 today, up a penny overnight and up 7 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.34 to...

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Traffic report for Feb. 27

There are some areas of minor and heavy traffic that could add a few minutes to the morning commute.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 315 and 115 are also traffic-free.The North Cross Valley Expressway is also free of traffic, but some congestion could be encountered on the off-ramps.A mixture of minor and heavy traffic is reported on Mundy Street near the Wyoming Valley Mall. Downtown, minor traffic is report...

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New report gives details on pediatric heart surgery

They are among the most complex procedures done on the most vital organ of some of the most vulnerable among us: Heart surgery on infants and children, rare enough that you can still count on one hand the number of hospitals in Pennsylvania that do them, including Geisinger Children’s Hospital.A new report details, for the first time, how many have been done in the state and how successful nine complicated “benchmark” procedures were at each facility — thoug...

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Looking for something out of this world to do with the kids? Check out the Jewish Community Center’s Purim celebration.

WILKES-BARRE —The Jewish Community Center is aiming for the stars this year as members gear up for the annual Purim celebration.Get those space ships and rockets ready and join in an out-of-this-world way to mark the Hebrew holiday that commemorates Esther’s deliverance of the Jews in Persia from a massacre plotted by Haman.The holiday is customarily celebrated with a reading from the Book of Ruth, a festive dinner, a children’s festival and gestures of...

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Backwards Bob brings its own style to Monster Jam

The first time you see the Monster truck, Backwards Bob, zooming — tail-lights first — around an arena, you might imagine its driver is constantly looking over his shoulder.After all, that’s what you do when you back your car out of the driveway, right?But when you think about it, you realize all the designers had to do is turn around the body of the truck. Then the driver inside can face the direction he’s going while appearing to drive in revers...

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Now playing on the big screen

In theaters (some starting Friday):FOCUS — Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran con artist, takes a novice, Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved; when Jess gets uncomfortably close, Nicky ends their relationship. Three years later, Nicky is in Buenos Aires working a very dangerous scheme when Jess — now an accomplished femme fatale — unexpectedly shows up. Her appeara...

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Outdoors Listings: Feb. 27 to March 5, 2015

THIS WEEK: Feb. 27 to March 5, 2015Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing. Free use of equipment on the trails of Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. There must be at least four inches of snow on the ground for skis and six inches for snowshoes. Brief instructions upon request; first come, first served. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28. 570-403-2006.Retain the Rain, a workshop in water ...

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Concert Listings: Feb. 27 to March 5, 2015

THIS WEEK: Feb. 27 to March 5, 2015Mike Lewis, the Americana singer-songwriter in a coffeehouse-style concert. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 State St., Nanticoke. 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27. Free. Broadcast live on WVHO-FM (94.5). 570-735-1760.Classical Recital, with violinist John Michael Vaida and pianist Rick Hoffenberg performing classical music by 19th- and 20th-century composers that reflect a “song and danc...

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