Wizards of Winter to kick off holiday season at Kirby Center

WILKES-BARRE — Think of it as Trans-Siberian Orchestra in a more intimate setting.The Wizards of Winter will bring their heavy metal, progressive rock vibe and heartwarming sounds of the season to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 27th at 8 p.m.Featuring four original members of TSO, the 11-piece ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyb...

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New injection can rid that pesky double chin

Even as a pigtailed child, Ashley Gallagher was self-conscious about a certain fullness in her face. “I was cute as button - and there was my double chin,” she said.As an adult, she faithfully performed facial exercises purported to tighten the area under the chin. She stood ramrod-straight, head held high, to make the bulge less apparent. Nothing worked.By middle age, Gallagher, 51, was avoiding mirrors and considering liposuction, but she worried about the ...

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Accused Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man whose social media presence was being scrutinized by federal authorities was one of two suspects in a shooting at a Texas cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and the Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack.An audio statement on the extremist group’s Al Bayan radio station said “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out Sunday’s attack in the Dallas suburb of Garland. It ...

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PennDOT crews out in force to address pothole concerns

HARRISBURG — Following a colder-than-average winter and weeks of dramatic temperature swings, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation acting Secretary Leslie S. Richards Monday advised Pennsylvanians that PennDOT crews are aggressively tackling the growing number or potholes appearing on state-owned roadways.“We’ve had a rough couple of winters, including repeated rounds of freeze/thaw cycles,” Richards said. “Our road crews are out there working as ...

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Remembering their ‘first patients’

SCRANTON — The first time his class met for anatomy lab, Dr. Max Vogel said, “all 100 of us joined hands for a moment of silence.”During that quiet reflection, Vogel said, he realized the enormous gift several donors had given by entrusting their bodies, after death, to The Commonwealth Medical College.“For me, that was my point of no return,” he said, explaining he no longer had any doubts about devoting his life to medicine.

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Wilkes-Barre Township police blotter

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department reported the following:• An employee at Five Guys Burgers, 280 Mundy St., reported his LG G3 Droid cell phone and $30 in his wallet were stolen on Sunday.• Township police arrested Nicholas McEwen, 31, of Nanticoke, on three counts of corruption of minors and a single count of retail theft after he assisted a 13-year-old boy from Nanticoke and two 14-year-old boys from Ashley with stealing ...

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To your health: Help Mom celebrate more Mother’s Days

Flowers, candy, a heartfelt card, brunch or breakfast in bed – these are all gifts moms will likely receive on Mother’s Day to let them know how special they are. But what if you could give her a gift that not only made her feel special, but helped her live a long, healthy life full of future Mother’s Days?Since Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, is a day you celebrate the special women in your life, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk about how important ...

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Fight in Hazleton over money involved threat with gun

HAZLETON — City police said a man threatened another man with a gun during an argument about money in the area of Carson and 12th streets on Saturday.The victim claimed he was approached by two men who argued with him about owing them money. The victim told the suspect they were mistaking him for someone else. During an argument, one of the men brandished a handgun and threatened to shoot someone.Police described the man with the handgun as Hispanic and about 5 fee...

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Hanover Township police blotter

HANOVER TWP. — The Hanover Township Police Department reported the following:• Township police reported four large trash bags were dumped on Luzerne Street and five large trash bags were dumped behind Saint Mary’s Monument on South Main Street on Saturday. All the trash bags contained garden hoses, white plastic sheeting and other debris.• Township police charged Lezah Davis, 27, of Graham Avenue, with unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving wit...

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Rain showers could linger into the latter part of the week

Showers could dampen the Wyoming Valley into Wednesday night, but it does not look to be a complete wash out.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 67 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, with partly cloudy skies kicking off the day.Clouds will move into the region today, with a slight chance of showers before 9 a.m. and then after 2 p.m. Today’s high will be near 80 degrees.Showers will become likely af...

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