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Pa. newspaper: We ‘bungled’ letter calling for Obama’s execution

SUNBURY — A Pennsylvania newspaper has apologized for printing a Memorial Day letter to the editor that called for a “regime change” and the execution of President Obama.The letter, which appeared in the Daily Item of Sunbury, lamented the fall of Ramadi to ISIS militants in Iraq and criticized Obama’s handling the situation.At the end of the letter, Lewisburg resident W. Richard Stover wrote: “To the families of those fallen heros whose blo...

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Average gas prices for May 28

The local gas average dropped by a penny overnight, while other averages held steady.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following figures for today’s average gas prices:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.79 today, down a penny overnight and down 2 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.24 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average at $2.85 today, unchanged overnight and up a penny in the last week. Diesel at $3.25 today, unchanged over...

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Planning a roadtrip with the grandkids is easy

Many grandparents will hit the road with grandchildren this summer. If you’re thinking of a similar trip, here are five ideas to consider:1. Choosing a destination. Would the kids like to see the Liberty Bell or send selfies with the Statue of Liberty as backdrop? Maybe a sandy beach or cozy mountain cabin are more up their alley? Get input from the kids on a destination that intrigues them.Depending on the number and ages of the grandkids coming along, be sure it ...

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Chance of rain, thunderstorms to linger throughout the weekend

Sunshine should wrap up the rest of the week, but the chance for rain will return this weekend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 66 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, with mostly clear skies kicking off the day.There will be a slight chance of showers between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. today, along with a slight chance of thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Partly sunny skies are expected otherwise, and today’s high will be n...

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Traffic report for May 28

Commuters heading into downtown could run into some spotty areas of heavy congestion this morning.Otherwise, it should be a smooth ride into work.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81 and 476 this morning. Minor congestion is reported on Route 315 near Fox Hill Road, while Route 115 is free of any major traffic.The North Cross Valley Expressway is also reporting no traffic issues, but some congestion could be encountered on the off-ramps....

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Life Deconstructed: Be the person you want your child to be

I was running/trotting along the dike tonight, trying to ignore the fact there’s no Porta-Potti for miles, and primarily minding my own business. Basically, because I couldn’t breathe. I passed a group of women who weren’t getting much accomplished in the way of exercise, unless you counted the calisthenics they were illustrating with their mouths: Yakety yak. While swishing by, I managed to ascertain they were verbally tearing apart another acquaintance; some unlucky sap to...

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Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber to honor Leighton, Nocito, Maday

WILKES-BARRE — And the awards go to — Mayor Thomas M. Leighton, John Maday and Lori Nocito.The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce will honor the community leaders during the Celebration of Community Leadership held at 4:30 p.m. June 23 at the F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.Leighton will receive the “I Believe Stewardship Award” for his downtown revitalization efforts.“This is a tremend...

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Letter to the Editor: Republicans won’t give a break to ‘the working man’

I cannot believe how stupid this country is getting about politics. We keep voting in these phonies who vote against the working man all the time.The Republican-led House of Representatives recently passed a bill to give the rich a $269 billion tax cut. All the Republicans voted for it and all the Democrats voted against it.They claim there isn’t enough money to help the poor people who need help because they don’t make enough to support their families from t...

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Holy Redeemer volleyball sweeps into state quarterfinals

DALLAS — Each time, Adam Zipko got closer.The Holy Redeemer senior saw the pass go in the air as Schuylkill Valley attacker Frank Melvin soared to make contact. Finally Zipko got his hands on it – smashing it back on the Panthers’ half of the court.There’s no better feeling than a little bragging rights in blocking a future Division I athlete.Zipko’s block sparked Redeemer, which scored the last four points of the second set and j...

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Penguins captain Kostopoulos will return for 2015-16

When Tom Kostopoulos cleaned out his locker on May 15, days after the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff run concluded, he was faced with uncertainty.Kostopoulos didn’t know if he would return for a 17th season of pro hockey, but if he did it would only be with the Penguins.Two weeks later and Kostopoulos decided he’s ready to come back. On Wednesday he inked one-year AHL deal with the Penguins for what will be his ninth season with the team.&#...

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