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Area residents would welcome higher wages at McDonald’s

Ed Olivera said he would be willing to pay more to take his family to McDonald’s if employees made more money.Standing outside McDonald’s in Edwardsville, he said not only did the restaurant offer a place for a meal, but an opportunity for his 2-year-old to play, tire herself out and fall asleep immediately after she gets home.“Of course, I would pay more,” said Olivera. “These employees are as hard working as anyone else.”

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Penn State looking for ‘solidified’ positions in spring

Back to normal? Not yet. Not at Penn State.But compared to the past three springs in Happy Valley, this one is pretty close to the status quo.With the Nittany Lions expecting to field a 2015 roster that’s getting closer to the regular 85-scholarship limit, the coaching staff has dialed up the contact during spring ball.“I think there will be more contact this spring,” Lions coach James Franklin said last week. “I actually want to be mor...

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Virtual Dissection Table now available to Misericordia University students

DALLAS — Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table is a new educational tool now available to Misericordia University health and pre-med students.The six-foot-long computerized-table, similar to a operating table, provides students with a visual enhancement to learn human anatomy and pathological cases. Leamor Kahanov, dean of the College of Health Sciences, said new case studies can be uploaded by instructors.T...

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Lawyers for inmate accused in Nanticoke correctional officer’s slaying say government hasn’t turned over prison staff misconduct records

Was convicted killer and drug dealer Jessie Con-Ui “an otherwise quiet and respectful inmate” prior to the 2013 slaying of corrections officer Eric Williams of Nanticoke at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex?Did alleged widespread abuse by staff at the prison near Waymart play a role prior to Williams’ brutal stabbing death, of which Con-Ui stands accused?Attorneys for Con-Ui raised those possibilities in federal court documents filed Tuesday, in whi...

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Eric Williams Race for Justice to benefit scholarship fund in Nanticoke correctional officer’s memory

While lawyers battle over documents in the case against Eric Williams’ alleged killer, supporters of a scholarship fund created in his memory are organizing a charitable run to help raise money and awareness for the cause.The Eric Williams Race for Justice, a four-mile relay run, will begin 9 a.m. May 16 at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke.The Eric Williams Scholarship Fund was created shortly after Williams’ death on Feb. 25, 2013, and has award...

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Local Schedule

Thursday, April 2HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL(4:15 p.m.)Berwick at TunkhannockCoughlin at Hazleton AreaCrestwood at Pittston AreaGAR at Hanover AreaMeyers at NorthwestHIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL(4:15 p.m.)Berwick at Pittston AreaHazleton Area at CoughlinHonesdale at Lake-LehmanScranton at Crestwood...

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Prisoner allegedly smuggled drugs into Luzerne County jail with help of woman

WILKES-BARRE — An inmate in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and a woman on the outside coordinated a delivery of almost 80 strips of prescription drugs through the prison’s delivery entrance.That inmate is facing charges, and charges are also pending for the woman and another inmate that police say received contraband.Inmate Steven Potter, 27, faces a single felony contraband charge after prison officials determined that he was coordinating with a wo...

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King’s College second in state to get endorsement of new STEM program

WILKES-BARRE — King’s College is now only the second institution of higher education to offer a state-approved “endorsement program” in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teaching.“We just nailed down dates for the kickoff of the first class,” King’s Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program Director Deb Carr said. “The practicum course starts Aug. 10.”STEM programs in public schools are booming across...

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In Focus: Retiree’s egg-shaped stone sculpture graces landscape near Ricketts Glen

FAIRMOUNT TWP. — It sits in Mike Giamber’s yard on Goss Road, just off Route 118.“It” is an egg-shaped fieldstone sculpture that took Giamber most of a year to build. It can’t be seen from the highway — you have to drive up Goss Road and get to Giamber’s house to view the 7-1/2-foot, 4-ton beauty.”I can see it,” Giamber said when asked why he built it. “It’s pleasant to look at.”A...

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Sugar Notch man pleads guilty to Wendy’s robbery

WILKES-BARRE — A man formerly from Sugar Notch pleaded guilty Wednesday in Luzerne County Court for his role in a robbery at Wendy’s Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre Township more than two years ago.Aaron Flowers, 26, last known address as Main Street, pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery.Flowers is the second suspect in the robbery to plead guilty.Kristopher Rasmussen, 29, of Melbourne, Florida, pleaded guilty on March 18 to two counts of robbery....

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