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Hamels, 3 Phils relievers combine to no-hit Braves

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ATLANTA — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter.Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.It was all the more unusual in that Hamels left the game with his bid intact after six innings. He was fine with the decision, too, having already thrown 108 pitches at a hot afternoon at Turner Field.


Friend carries on Larksville benefit after passing of organizer

If a person or an event needed a hand, Sandie Reese was there to lend it.When the Larksville Volunteer Fire Co. canceled its bazaar last year, she started the Larksville Fall Festival to raise money for the fire company.After Reese’s death from a heart attack on Feb. 16, Swoyersville Councilman Chris Concert, a good friend who volunteered with her, vowed to continue the festival in her honor.Sandie’s Fall Festival, billed as a bigger and better eve...

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Labor Day picnic revives old tradition

WILKES-BARRE — On a day when many have off from work and school, the Rev. Shawn Walker was among those who came to Kirby Park Monday to celebrate the nation’s workforce.The day-long celebration featured fun and activities for the entire family, along with live entertainment, but it also had a serious side.Walker, pastor at the First Baptist Church of Wilkes-Barre and a member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Board of Education, was among those to spea...

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Two hospitalized following Route 309 crash

TRUCKSVILLE — Kingston Township police say two people have been hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash on Memorial Highway (state Route 309) this afternoon.An earlier report that a coroner had been called to the scene was incorrect.The crash occurred just after 4:30 p.m. at the intersection with the driveways for Sheetz and Pendragon Square.The driver of an SUV and a motorcycle driver were taken to hospitals. The motorcycle driver was in very serious...

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Good things come to those who wait. After waiting out a rain delay that lasted two hours, ten minutes on Sunday and forced the game’s continuation Monday morning, the RailRiders pulled out a 2-1 victory over Lehigh Valley, then posted a 4-1 victory in the ensuing seven-inning game. That did more than just give the RailRiders a feel-good finish to the 2014 season, it allowed them to pass Lehigh Valley for fifth place in the International League North Division. It also gave the RailRiders...

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RailRiders take two, ride out of last place

MOOSIC — Don’t try to convince Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders catcher Austin Romine the final games of a lost Triple-A season were a lost cause.Don’t tell that to the RailRiders pitching staff, either.Romine rifled a home run off the top of the center field wall Monday as the RailRiders finished their 2014 season with two victories over Lehigh Valley, 2-1 in the completion of a suspended game and a 4-1 victory in the ensuing regular seven-inning game ...

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Trucksville church group will light watch fires for veterans

In war, watch fires were lit on hilltops and at the mouths of rivers after a battle, so those separated from their units could find their way back.On Sept. 19, the “Remembering Our Veterans Memorial” group from Back Mountain Harvest Assembly of God Church, Carverton Road, Trucksville, will light a watch fire to spiritually guide home, remember and honor all the POW/MIA from America’s wars and conflicts, said John Tasco, who represents the group.The ligh...

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Wilkes-Barre police investigating early morning shooting

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating an early-morning shooting that sent one person to the hospital.Police responded to North Meade Street just before 4 a.m. this morning for a report of a gunshot victim in a vehicle.Police say that one person was transported to a local medical facility for non life-threatening injuriesThe investigation of the shooting is ongoingCheck back with The Times Leader for updates.

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Hazleton police investigating the deaths of two

HAZLETON — Police are investigating the deaths of two individuals in a Hazleton home.Police were dispatched to the 800 block of James Street at around 8 p.m. on Sunday for a report of two unresponsive people. The individuals have not been identified at this time, or how they died.Police say that the investigation is ongoing, and that they do not believe it was a random act of violence.

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Rain could damper Labor Day plans, last until the midweek

Happy Labor Day!Rain could threaten Labor Day plans today, and the threat will stick around up until the midweek.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 69 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Overcast skies lingered over the Wyoming Valley this morning, along with a mixture of fog and mist in some areas.Isolated showers will be possible this morning, along with areas of fog before 11 a.m. After noon today, the...

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Letter to the Editor: Tunkhannock rector responds to discussion about God and sex

I read Pastor Dan Nichols’ illuminating words about God and sex, and I would like to offer my thoughts.I do not believe God created sex. I do believe God created humans in the image and likeness of God, a God who is compassionate, loving, unbounded by human interpretations.Nor do I believe God is male, but one who gave life to this planet (and possibly others) in the fullness of God’s being, which encompasses female and male.Nor do I believe that s...

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Luzerne County juggling union negotiations

Employees in three of Luzerne County government’s 10 unions are still working under collective bargaining agreements that expired at the end of 2013, and negotiations are about to begin on three more contracts expiring the end of this year.The status of negotiations for contracts that already expired, according to county Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik:• Leaders of the residual union continue meeting with the administration to discuss opti...

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2014 Tennis Capsules

Another season of high school tennis kicks into full gear this week and this season could be full of surprises. Last year’s 3A WVC champions, Crestwood, lost all seven starters from last year’s 12-4 team. Despite losing last year’s District II 2A singles champion, Nathalie Joanlanne, Wyoming Seminary is still eyeing a return to the District II finals.For schools like Hazleton Area and Hanover Area, just getting enough girls on the squad has been tough. Both teams ...

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Once plentiful across Pennsylvania, passenger pigeons died out 100 years ago today

Its features don’t stand out and it may not appear as impressive as some of the other hundreds of mounted birds on display at the Everhart Museum in Scranton.But it could be the most important.On the top shelf of a glass display cabinet sits a mounted specimen of a male passenger pigeon. Museum curator Nezka Pfeifer said there aren’t any records about where the bird was collected, but she estimated it’s well over 100 years old.

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area trucking firms can’t fill all driver seats

One of the hottest jobs in the otherwise stagnant Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region – where the unemployment rate is the highest among Pennsylvania’s large labor markets – does not require a college degree, pays above average wages and has desperate employers offering sign-on bonuses of $4,000 or more.That’s because there’s more work available than there are people to do it, said Doug Barbacci, president of Calex Integrated Supply Chain Solutions in Pittsto...

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Letter to the Editor: Enough with the nagging about Americans’ diets; I’ll eat what I please

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am getting tired of both area newspapers printing letters and op-eds telling me what I should not eat or drink.PETA tells me not to drink milk or eat dairy because the poor cows are unhappy; someone else tells me not to eat meat, that I am ruining the planet! Then Mrs. Obama telling us we are all fat. Am I going to eat celery and carrots all day, or maybe grass?Why can’t these busybodies mind their own business? I do not ...

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NFL Notebook: 49er McDonald accused of domestic violence

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scr...

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Federer advances in 4 sets at US Open

NEW YORK — Roger Federer regrouped after a fortuitously timed rain delay to move on at the U.S. Open in four sets.The second-seeded Federer was a game from losing the first set to Marcel Granollers in the third round Sunday when play was stopped because of lightning.After they returned to the court two hours later, Granollers won the set, but Federer dominated the rest of the way in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory.Drenched with sweat on a humid night, Feder...

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