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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Letter to the Editor: Wilkes-Barre’s Democrats urged to participate in upcoming primary, picking likely mayor

The upcoming primary is of significant importance to Wilkes-Barre’s registered Democrats.There are four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor. Just looking at the census data, the majority population in Wilkes-Barre makes up approximately 75 percent, while the racial minority population makes up approximately 25 percent. Whenever there’s a close divide among the majority population, the minority vote looms even larger and more significant.Mos...

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Joseph Rogan: Charter schools not performing as planned in Pennsylvania; should we scrap them?

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently voted to “improve” charter schools. House Bill 530 requires academic performance measures and expects charter schools to implement truancy regulations. It also reduces lunch money payments by $27 million since cyber charter schools do not provide lunches.

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Letter to the Editor: Pun-prone writer reflects on his school daze

Gina Barreca, columnist for the Hartford Courant, recently wrote that she had two rotten teachers during her school years.Fortunately, most all of my teachers were top-shelf and none were rotten. However, at times they confused me. The mathematics teacher said that pie are squared, but I know pies are round; while the chemistry teacher told me to get lost, the English teacher told me to find myself.Bob SingerWilkes-Barre

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Letter to the Editor: Give credit to Wilkes-Barre mom for striving to turn around her life

First, we want to thank Times Leader writer Bill O’Boyle so much for the wonderful column on Stephanie Randall (“A story of missteps, support, faith,” Feb. 28).Stephanie deserves tons of credit for turning around her life and taking care of her children.As far as her church members insulting her, that church does not merit her being a member.It broke our hearts to read the original story, but there are many, many good people out there who res...

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Blaum continues family’s swimming tradition

Donna Blaum, daughter of Paul Blaum, a former District 2 swimming champion from Bishop Hoban H.S., won three gold medals at the Georgia State swimming championships held at Georgia Tech University.Blaum, who is a sophomore at Fayette School, finished first in the 50 (22.98), 100 butterfly (54.10) and swam on the first-place 400 free medeley (3:31.45). Her times in the 50 free and the 100 butterfly made her an automatic All American in 2015.

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For Murray, true success comes in the postseason

One of the first things Matt Murray did after he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012 was go to a Pirates game.The Pirates won that day, he said - although he doesn’t remember if it was a shutout, and during the game Murray bought himself a black and gold Pittsburgh hat, which he still wears today.Right away, Murray was invested in the organization, and the place, that made him a pro.“I felt it was the right thing to do,” Murray sai...

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Several new initiatives by the state Fish and Boat Commission to increase license sales will be put to the test this season

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway has a lot on the line this season.Not that Arway is taking a risk, but rather he’s convinced the PFBC to take a different approach on some popular fronts and with the opening day of trout season a few weeks away, he will see if the moves pay off.Arway was one of the featured speakers on Thursday during a public meeting hosted by state Rep. Gerald Mullery (D-Nanticoke) at Luzerne County Community Co...

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2015 WVC baseball capsules

WVC BASEBALL PREVIEWDIVISION 1Coughlin2014 WVC Record/Finish: 9-6, fourth place; Lost in district quarterfinalsState classification: 3ACoach: Moe RodzinakHome field: Hilldale Park, North Main Street, Plains Township

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