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Letter to the Editor: Tunkhannock rector responds to discussion about God and sex

I read Pastor Dan Nichols’ illuminating words about God and sex, and I would like to offer my thoughts.I do not believe God created sex. I do believe God created humans in the image and likeness of God, a God who is compassionate, loving, unbounded by human interpretations.Nor do I believe God is male, but one who gave life to this planet (and possibly others) in the fullness of God’s being, which encompasses female and male.Nor do I believe that s...

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Luzerne County juggling union negotiations

Employees in three of Luzerne County government’s 10 unions are still working under collective bargaining agreements that expired at the end of 2013, and negotiations are about to begin on three more contracts expiring the end of this year.The status of negotiations for contracts that already expired, according to county Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik:• Leaders of the residual union continue meeting with the administration to discuss opti...

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2014 Tennis Capsules

Another season of high school tennis kicks into full gear this week and this season could be full of surprises. Last year’s 3A WVC champions, Crestwood, lost all seven starters from last year’s 12-4 team. Despite losing last year’s District II 2A singles champion, Nathalie Joanlanne, Wyoming Seminary is still eyeing a return to the District II finals.For schools like Hazleton Area and Hanover Area, just getting enough girls on the squad has been tough. Both teams ...

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Once plentiful across Pennsylvania, passenger pigeons died out 100 years ago today

Its features don’t stand out and it may not appear as impressive as some of the other hundreds of mounted birds on display at the Everhart Museum in Scranton.But it could be the most important.On the top shelf of a glass display cabinet sits a mounted specimen of a male passenger pigeon. Museum curator Nezka Pfeifer said there aren’t any records about where the bird was collected, but she estimated it’s well over 100 years old.

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area trucking firms can’t fill all driver seats

One of the hottest jobs in the otherwise stagnant Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region – where the unemployment rate is the highest among Pennsylvania’s large labor markets – does not require a college degree, pays above average wages and has desperate employers offering sign-on bonuses of $4,000 or more.That’s because there’s more work available than there are people to do it, said Doug Barbacci, president of Calex Integrated Supply Chain Solutions in Pittsto...

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Letter to the Editor: Enough with the nagging about Americans’ diets; I’ll eat what I please

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am getting tired of both area newspapers printing letters and op-eds telling me what I should not eat or drink.PETA tells me not to drink milk or eat dairy because the poor cows are unhappy; someone else tells me not to eat meat, that I am ruining the planet! Then Mrs. Obama telling us we are all fat. Am I going to eat celery and carrots all day, or maybe grass?Why can’t these busybodies mind their own business? I do not ...

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NFL Notebook: 49er McDonald accused of domestic violence

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scr...

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Federer advances in 4 sets at US Open

NEW YORK — Roger Federer regrouped after a fortuitously timed rain delay to move on at the U.S. Open in four sets.The second-seeded Federer was a game from losing the first set to Marcel Granollers in the third round Sunday when play was stopped because of lightning.After they returned to the court two hours later, Granollers won the set, but Federer dominated the rest of the way in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory.Drenched with sweat on a humid night, Feder...

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Stewart’s return to race track ends early

HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart’s return to the track has ended only a little over halfway through his race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Stewart hit the wall for the second time after his right front tire blew out on lap 172, ending his night. Stewart drove his battered car to the garage and then exited without speaking to reporters.His crew chief Chad Johnston said the 14 team was disappointed, but will now start focusing on next weekend’s race in Richmond, V...

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Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

BILBAO, Spain — They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.Instead, the Americans were the ones on the ropes for nearly three quarters.“I guess we felt like last night’s game was pretty easy and tonight was going to be the same way, but Turkey came out and they gave us their punch from the beginning,” forward James Harden said. “We took it and we were sluggish. That second ha...

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