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Diamond winners write their own rules

BERWICK — The general rule for running in the (9 mile) Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving is to not go out too hard at the start so as to save yourself for the infamous hill, a 1.7 mile grueling, uphill trek, you encounter just after two miles into the race.Nick Hilton and Karaleigh Foster threw that strategy out the window, running hard right from the start, en route to wins in the 105th running of the race yesterday.Hilton, 25, of Flagstaff, Arizona and formerl...

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PSU seniors have walked a long path

Mike Hull was the first one to join up. Boy was he ever.The son and nephew of Penn State football lettermen, Hull needed little time to decide where he was going to play in college. On Nov. 25, 2008 — more than 15 months before he could sign his letter of intent — Hull pledged to Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions.Hull was rated by one recruiting service as the nation’s top middle linebacker prospect. He was ultimately the first of 20 players to sign on ...

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Tigers want to go out winners

WILKES-BARRE — Tunkhannock senior Brian Beauchemin glanced briefly over his right shoulder at an unfamiliar sight.“It’s good to have 50 kids,” he said.Beauchemin and his other Tunkhannock teammates never had that luxury all season. Now they do as part of the Green team that will play the Red team in the annual UNICO All-Star Football Classic on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Lake-Lehman High School, with all proceeds going to local chari...

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WB Police: Stabbing sends one to hospital

WILKES-BARRE — City police say one suspect is in custody Thursday after an early-evening stabbing sent one person to the hospital.Police and emergency personnel responded around 6 p.m. to the incident at 119 Madison Street. The stabbing was the result of domestic violence, according to police.One person sustained an injury that was not life-threatening, and was taken to the hospital by ambulance, police said.Police said further details would soon be made...

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Lottery Numbers for Wednesday, Nov. 26 and Thursday, Nov. 27

Wednesday, Nov. 26:MIDDAY DRAWINGDaily Number - 9-5-8Big Four - 2-6-8-8Quinto - 7-7-8-3-3Treasure Hunt01-18-23-29-30EVENING DRAWINGDaily Number - 6-3-5Big Four - 5-2-4-4Quinto - 3-4-7-9-9Cash 502-09-17-18-29Powerball16-17-22-46-54Power Ball35Thursday,...

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Thanksgiving shoppers take advantage of early bird deals

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Rearrange your calendar. The turkey and cranberry sauce will have to wait.“Black Friday is now Black Thursday,” said Cassie Zapotocky.Stores in Northeastern Pennsylvania joined retailers around the country Thursday in opening their doors extra early for shoppers seeking Black Friday deals.The Zapotocky clan of White Haven said Thursday they pushed back their Thanksgiving celebration a day in order to take advantage of earl...

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US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving with a traditional meal.Here’s a look at how Americans are celebrating:A MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY SUCCESSHeavy security including bomb-sniffing dogs a...

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Northwest Area seeking ways to cut deficit

UNION TWP. — The Northwest Area School District is facing a larger deficit in the 2015-16 budget than the $523,929 shortfall that exists in the current spending plan, which could result in another increase in taxes for real estate owners.The larger deficit was announced at a budget committee meeting on Tuesday night.In 2014-15, the school board enacted a 6 percent increase.The board discussed a series of potential cost-cutting measures in attempt to bala...

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Help available to figure out Medicare puzzle

This also is the “open enrollment” period for insurance plans that complement Medicare, and as with the Affordable Care Act, may people are confused by the options.“They just don’t understand it; if they’re just going on Medicare there’s so many things to think about,” said Frank Rollman, a volunteer counselor with the APPRISE program run out of local Area Agency on Aging office.

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Obamacare open enrollment still presents challenges to some

EDWARDSVILLE – The Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, can help people avoid crushing medical bills, but only if they sign up. Enrollment is open now until Feb. 15, with coverage starting as soon as Jan. 1 for those who commit to a plan by Dec. 15.Not everyone thinks the program is accurately named, said Joan Durst, a financial counselor with Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.“A lot of people don’t feel it’s affordable” after hearing...

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