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Hazleton police investigating report of shots fired outside lounge, two men detained

HAZLETON — Police said two men were detained after shots were fired outside the Xtacy Hookah Lounge early Saturday morning.There were no reports of injuries and the names of the men were not released.Earlier this month a 27-year-old Hazleton man was shot several times outside the lounge, police said.In the most recent case, police said they were dispatched to the lounge at 35 E. Diamond Ave. at 4:05 a.m. for a report of shots fired.

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A favorite TV actress is ready for her comeback

Sarah Jessica Parker is poised to return to series TV after a long absence.That’s the good news.There’s more good news: The series is on HBO, home of her long-running hit “Sex and the City.”The bad news? This means that our beloved SJP, who will always be known as Carrie Bradshaw, probably has pulled the plug on the long-rumored third film to that series.Parker had said in prior interviews that she felt there was more to tell...

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George Spohr: Millennials fuel a readership renaissance for the Times Leader

The New York Post recently published an article showing TV usage had fallen 10.6 percent between September and January in my peer group of so-called millennials – those ages 18 to 34.That’s more than twice the rate it had been falling as recently as 2012.The kicker is that more video is being consumed than ever before. Now, it’s being done on phones, tablets and laptops using Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus.There are a lot of simi...

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Allie Barber’s marks milestones for Pittston Area

WILKES-BARRE — The 1,000th point of Allie Barber’s career came on her signature move, a darting drive to the basket followed by a jump-stop layup.Which was only fitting.Because Pittston Area not only stopped a string of girls basketball misery in the district playoffs, the Patriots jumped straight into history.Barber scored 13 points Friday, Liz Waleski added 14 and Pittston Area won its first-ever girls district basketball title by dominating Hazl...

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Holy Redeemer girls fall to Dunmore in 2A finals

WILKES-BARRE — Dunmore’s bench was already hopping. By the time Maddie Martin opened the fourth quarter with a go-ahead layup, it was a full-on party.For Holy Redeemer, it was very much unfamiliar territory.Facing a rare late deficit in Friday’s District 2 finals, the top-seeded Royals couldn’t regain their stride. And for just the second time all season, they fell.Dunmore hit 16 free throws down the stretch to thwart any Redeemer comeb...

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Letter to the Editor: Websites and ‘God’s mercy’ can aid people coping with abortion-related issues, writer says

Concerning columnist Steve Corbett’s commentary regarding Father Leo McKernan and the recent happenings at a CCD class for sixth-graders, I watched the movie shown to the children.I was expecting really gruesome stuff, but saw only blood on the doctor’s gloves. Yes, it was scary. But I think sixth-graders see worse stuff than that on cellphones, computers and TV at this point!

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Letter to the Editor: President Barack Obama courts enemies of Israel, which is flirting with disaster

I am not sure which is more disturbing: watching and hearing a president of the United States weaken America, or seeing the president throw another country to the wolves. Both are just jaw-dropping.We have Christians being exterminated at a high rate in other countries, and this nation’s leader either ignores or blames the past. This is very alarming. I never thought I would see a day that you would have an administration that would blame terrorism on economics and lack of jo...

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Dallas takes early D2 tourney lead

WILKES-BARRE — Dallas coach Romayne Mosier let out a big unnerving sigh at the announcements of the boys standings.“Not enough,” she muttered to herself.After the first day of competition at the District 2 Class 2A swimming championships, her Mountaineers hold a slight two-point lead over Scranton Prep Friday at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center pool. Dallas tops the district with 163, followed by Prep (161) and Tunkhannock (107).

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Zawatski achieves elusive feat at 3A swim championships

WILKES-BARRE — With so many accolades to Ed Zawatski’s name, there was always one feat that eluded the Wyoming Valley West senior in his four-year swimming career – the 50 yard freestyle record.Zawatski took the Holy Grail by breaking the 50 free record at the District 2-4 Class 3A regionals Friday at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center pool. Zawatski took out Jamie Grennan’s seven-year record by clocking a 20.36 second finish in the sprints....

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Five alive for 3A regional wrestling gold

BETHLEHEM — Derek Spachman has been wrestling a long time and hasn’t quite got the best results.Now, as a senior at Hazleton Area everything it starting to click at the right time.Spachman won two matches on Friday night at the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament and is one of five Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers to reach today’s semifinals, which begin at 11 a.m. Semifinal winners move on to the finals, which are set for 5 p.m. and will be run s...

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