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Faust’s great career closes earlier than expected

HERSHEY — For four years Zac Faust helped transform the GAR wrestling program from having just a handful of wrestlers on the team to a squad that’s a force in tournaments.So even though his career ended abruptly and unexpectedly on Thursday in the PIAA Class 2A Championships during his first appearance at the event, he’s not leaving the program with any lack of accomplishments.Faust wasn’t expected to lose two matches on Thursday. In fact, many fo...

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Philadelphia police officer shot in head, killed

PHILADELPHIA — City officials say an officer was killed in the line of duty after being shot in the head while trying to stop a robbery at a video game store.Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Officer Robert Wilson III was killed Thursday. Nutter says Wilson was an eight-year veteran.Police say two suspects are in custody, and that one was wounded after the late afternoon confrontation inside a GameStop store at a North Philadelphia strip mall.Police...

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Harrison Ford suffers ‘moderate injuries’ after crashing vintage warplane in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course Thursday, an official said. He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital.The actor’s single-engine plane went down at about 2:30 p.m. in LA’s Venice area, authorities said.The pilot was breathing and conscious when he was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in fair to moderate condition, Los Angeles fire officials said.Fire officials w...

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WVC boys basketball stars selected

The Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball coaches selected their all-star teams this past weekend for all three divisions.Crestwood senior guard Cole Wasco was named the Division I MVP. GAR guard Seth Callahan and Nanticoke guard Scott Stout were selected co-MVPs of Division II. Holy Redeemer guard Darius Washington and Meyers guard Shahee Aurelus were chosen as co-MVPs in Division III.The Times Leader All-WVC team will be announced at a future date.Wasco ...

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Four of 7 reach 2A quarters

HERSHEY — Entering Thursday’s first round of the Class 2A PIAA Championships, the seven Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers combined for no victories in Hershey throughout their careers.That didn’t seem to phase any of them, as four wrestlers won their first match on Thursday to reach Friday’s quarterfinals, and nerves didn’t appear to be present either.“Just one match at a time,” said Meyers’ 182-pound winner TJ Cistrunk. ...

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Solicitor: Those getting multiple homestead exemptions expected to repay Luzerne County government

Luzerne County property owners who wrongly received homestead tax breaks on multiple properties will be expected to repay the county, Solicitor C. David Pedri said Thursday.Records show former county controller Walter Griffith and county Council members Eileen Sorokas and Harry Haas received county and school property tax reductions on more than one property, even though the homestead break is only for one primary, owner-occupied residence.County Controller Michelle Bedn...

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Major survey shows most Americans support same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON — In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clear majority of Americans.That dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey, a comprehensive and widely respected survey that has measured trends on a huge array of American attitudes for more than four decades.Support for a right of same-sex couples to marry ha...

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Juror deadlock thwarts trial of Edwardsville man accused of threatening borough police officer

WILKES-BARRE — A deadlocked jury forced a mistrial Wednesday in the case of an Edwardsville man accused of threatening to kill a police officer.Fred Polisky, 69, will once again face a misdemeanor count of terroristic threats when the matter is called before Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley some time in April, court papers indicate.Polisky remains free on bail.According to court documents, jurors began deliberations Tuesday afternoon and delive...

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Frost blamed for heave, creating sidewalk hazard on Wilkes-Barre Public Square

WILKES-BARRE — As far as upheavals go, this one should work itself out.A long stretch of the concrete sidewalk running from North Main to East Market streets on the northeast section of Public Square, sticks up from the adjacent slabs poured more than a year ago as part of the city’s downtown Streetscape project. The culprit is frost heave, occurring when moisture in the soil freezes and expands, lifting up the concrete on top of it.Mayor Thomas Leighton Thur...

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Luzerne County Court records show defense bills for Hugo Selenski approaching $500,000

WILKES-BARRE — Hugo Selenski's lawyers were each awarded hefty pay raises two weeks into jury selection.Attorneys Bernard Brown and Edward Rymsza were each to earn $2,500 a week during the duration of Selenski's trial, according to a court order filed Oct. 9, 2014.But on Jan. 15, Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni III modified their pay to $3,200 per week, $700 more than the October directive....

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