Light snow for next few hours

WILKES-BARRE — The National Weather Services predicts that for the next 6 hours Northeast Pennsylvania will see light snow after 11 a.m.It will be cloudy with temperatures warming into the low to middle 20s. Snowfall of less than half an inch through 1:30 p.m.PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits on Several Area RoadwaysDue to the winter storm gripping the region, PennDOT is temporarily reducing the speed limit on several roadways in the region.PennDOT...

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SAG Awards win sends ‘Birdman’ Oscar hopes soaring

LOS ANGELES — Oscar hopes for “Birdman” got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner “Boyhood.”Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. Both guilds are seen a...

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You, too, can visit cemeteries of Paris

Where are all the obelisks?That’s what local historian Tony Brooks wondered as he toured cemeteries on a recent trip to Paris.After all, he said, the Luxor Obelisk on Place de la Concorde has become a famous attraction since Egypt gave it to King Louis-Phillippe in the 1800s. So Brooks thought the 254-ton monument would have influenced graveside designs in France.But no, what he found in France were many graves covered with mini-chapels. Some are big eno...

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Wolf meets with PennDOT officials about storm

YORK — With the second of two weekend storms poised to hit York County, Governor Tom Wolf on Sunday met with PennDOT officials in Yocumtown to make sure crews had enough salt and the plow trucks were in good shape.Speaking to reporters as a light rain fell in the PennDOT stockpile parking lot just off Interstate 83, Wolf outlined a storm heading to York Sunday night and another, larger storm moving from the south on Tuesday.“We don’t know how big a deal...

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Nor’easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

NEW YORK (AP) — Northeast residents are girding for a “crippling and potentially historic” storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow.The National Weather Service said the nor’easter would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding starting Monday and through Tuesday. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston.T...

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Out on a limb: Radicals, socialists and communists. Oh my!

Was great-grandfather a radical?That’s a question any genealogist researching coal mining ancestors might want to look into.If an ancestor worked in or around the region’s coal mines in the 1920s and 1930s, a tumultuous time in area history no less than national history, he might well have been touched in some way by socialist or communist politics, even though not a member of either of those parties.These two organizations were “marginalized...

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Looking back, and ahead, as Hugo Selenski trial enters second week

As Hugo Selenski’s capital murder trial enters its second week, a single witness could dominate today’s proceedings, but no one has publicly said who that might be.A gag order prevents attorneys on either side from disclosing specifics, but Luzerne County Judge Fred A. Pierantoni III advised the court on Friday that the next witness is likely to testify for a full day.Selenski, 41, is charged in the May 3, 2002, flex-tie strangulation murders of Michael J. Ke...

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Luzerne County down to one Valley Crest purchase offer

Luzerne County is down to one purchase offer for the former Valley Crest nursing home property in Plains Township because one prospective buyer dropped out and the remaining one is interested in only part of the county-owned property.The status of purchase offers was included in an administration briefing up for discussion at Tuesday’s council work session.The lone proposal on the table is from Tamburro R.E. Development and Management, LLC, which is owned by Robert...

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Can Wilkes-Barre Area borrow big without voter approval? Maybe

WILKES-BARRE — Although Wilkes-Barre Area School Board is moving forward on what could become Luzerne County’s largest public school construction project ever, the board promised to keep any 2015-16 tax increase under a state limit of 2.7 percent. And Solicitor Ray Wendolowski said the district could probably stay under the annual limit throughout the project.Considering that upgrading the three-high-school system has been estimated at a cost as high as $234 million, is...

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Prosection intends to paint ugly picture of Hernandez

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. He and his fiancee had started a family, living in a mansion in the Boston suburbs with their 8-month-old daughter.This week, prosecutors will paint a different picture of Hernandez: they will portray him as a killer who orchestrated the shooting of semiprofession...

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