Letter to the Editor: Hooray to Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton’s team for ‘holding the line on municipal costs’

I recently received my 2015 Wilkes-Barre City property tax bill and was pleasantly surprised to observe that it was the third consecutive year with not a penny increase!Congratulations to Mayor Tom Leighton and his administration for accomplishing this. Holding the line on municipal costs is unheard of these days – with the headwinds of contractual benefit obligations. As a property owner in New Jersey (work-related) and Wilkes-Barre (to keep close with family and friends), I...

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Ice fishing derby draws crowd

FRANKLIN TWP. — Paige Holgate forgot all about how cold it was when she saw the flag of her tip-up spring into the air.Holgate, 9, was fishing in Sunday’s Ice Fishing Derby hosted by the Nanticoke Conservation Club at Frances Slocum State Park. Despite a thermometer reading of 5 degrees when anglers lined up to register at 7 a.m., the derby attracted 123 ice fishermen who scattered across the lake. While the wind and cold presented a harsh landscape, it made the ice ple...

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George Spohr: Why do we allow such awful comments on the Times Leader’s website?

Every day – sometimes multiple times a day – the newsroom is contacted by someone who wants us to delete a comment made by a reader on timesleader.com.Some of those comments are lies. Some are vulgar. Some are offensive.And all, unfortunately, are fair game.Online comments are the bane of many news organizations. As champions of free speech, most journalists probably would argue that anyone should be allowed to say anything at any time. As is so of...

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Letter to the Editor: Writer steamed about ‘commonly accepted methods’ for killing lobsters and other crustaceans

This is in response to the article in the Jan. 7 Life section titled “It doesn’t get much fresher: A novice TL cook faces a lobster challenge.”I read this article with utter disgust at the detail and almost giddiness that writer Mary Therese Biebel used in describing the boiling to death of a live creature. Plunging the lobster head-first into boiling water, it lurched backwards, recoiling from the heat and thrashing its tail against the metal pot while she held d...

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins squander two-goal lead, lose 6-2 to Lehigh Valley

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — During a 15-minute stretch in Saturday’s game against Lehigh Valley, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins limited the Phantoms to just two shots.And both were goals.That was typical of the kind of night it was for the Penguins, who squandered an early two-goal lead and watched the Phantoms score six unanswered in a 6-2 loss. The loss drops the Penguins to two points behind Hershey for first place in the East Division, and the Phantoms now tr...

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10 ads that everyone will be talking about

NEW YORK — It’s almost show time.When the Super Bowl kicks off today, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, advertisers are hoping to have the ad everyone will be talking about Monday morning.Here are 10 Super Bowl ads to watch out for:Budweiser “Lost Dog”

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UPDATE: Kingston announces parking ban for Monday

KINGSTON — With 8 to 12 inches of snow expected to fall on the region in the next two days, Kingston Borough is taking measures to ensure a safe and speedy cleanup.The borough announced Saturday evening that there will be a parking ban in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday on all borough streets. Parking will not be allowed on the even side of the street during the ban. Parking will be allowed on the odd side of the street.

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Sheary’s offense thriving in Pens system

Conor Sheary’s team-leading 13 goals this season are the result of a balancing act.Only halfway through his rookie season, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins winger has seemingly learned how to utilize his raw offensive talent while at the same time playing with the responsible, defensive tone that head coach John Hynes’ system requires.Heading into Friday, Sheary has found a way to play both roles while producing 13 goals in 35 games.“You ha...

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Damian Clark paces Coughlin past Tunkhannock

TUNKHANNOCK — Damian Clark scored 22 points and Jose Rivera added 17 as Coughlin defeated Tunkhannock 66-58 Saturday afternoon in Wyoming Valley Conference Division I boys basketball.Tony Maloney netted 25 for Tunkhannock.Meyers 66, MMI Prep 51Ryan Wasley had 26 points and Shahee Aurelus added 20 as Meyers took control in the second half for the victory.Cory Rogers and Ed Herbener scored 15 each for MMI, which led 30-29 at hal...

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Times Leader’s Super Bowl picks

Super Bowl XLIX kicks off today when the New England Patriots square off against the Seattle Seahawks at 6:30 p.m. on NBC. The Seahawks are looking to defend their title, while the Patriots are out for their fourth Super Bowl title.So which team is going to win?Super Bowl picksFrank Aigeldinger, Crestwood all-state running back - Seahawks 21-17Mike O’Brien, Wi...

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