Saturday, April 20, 2024

Supreme Court to hear most significant case on homelessness in decades on Monday

WASHINGTON — The most significant case in decades on homelessness has reached the Supreme Court as record numbers of people in America are without a permanent place to live.

Crestwood High School students celebrate ‘Comets Soar Day’

WRIGHT TWP. — Some wrapped themselves in blankets, others gladly cuddled young goats in their laps to share a little body warmth. Many just joined in any of the numerous physical activities available, from a row of inflatable skill challenge structures (Ax tossing with a Velcro axe, basket shooting, and a squishy variation of wall climbing) to flying discs (“Frisbee” is proprietary), football, and a surreal round of baseball where the bat didn’t quite crack when hitting a — volleyball? Well, at least it’s an easier target.

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center employees voice contract concerns

PLAINS TWP. — Unionized technical employees from Geisinger Wyoming Valley (GWV) Medical Center held a press conference Thursday amid ongoing contract negotiations with Geisinger, adding their voices to a growing number of health care workers nationwide fighting for fair wages and safe working conditions for both staff and patients.

12 jurors picked for Trump’s hush money trial; Selection of alternates ongoing

NEW YORK — A jury of 12 people was seated Thursday in former President Donald Trump’s history-making hush money trial, propelling the proceedings closer to opening statements and the start of weeks of dramatic testimony.

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Wilkes-Barre Area closes on Meyers High School sale, ending a decade-old saga

WILKES-BARRE — In a deal years in the making, Wilkes-Barre Area School District finally closed on the sale of the former Meyers High School building Thursday. District Solicitor Ray Wendolowski said the final step was routine and took “less than 10 minutes,” a quiet ending to a saga rife with emotions, protests and bitter debates.

K-9 law enforcement unit sweeps Luzerne County Correctional Facility

WILKES-BARRE — Law enforcement with K-9 dogs raided the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Thursday as part of an “Operation Clean Sweep,” county Manager Romilda Crocamo informed council.

DEP investigates water surfacing above abandoned mines

Amid growing concerns over orange-tinted water bubbling to the surface at several locations throughout the west side, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said in a statement Thursday that it was unclear at this time if those incidents were caused by the mine subsidence that opened up in Luzerne on April 14 in Toby’s Creek.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers make appearance with local students

Students learned what it takes to join the circus with interactive demos and a Q&A with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performers on Wednesday at Pennsylvania All-Stars in the Gateway Shopping Center in Edwardsville. The performers worked closely to mentor and help local athletes ranging in age from 10-12 perfect their acrobatic skills and learn more about becoming a professional performer.

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The Heat are headed to Boston after ousting the Bulls 112-91 in East play-in finale

MIAMI — The chants started raining down in the fourth quarter. “We want Boston,” the Miami Heat crowd kept shouting, over and over.

H.S. Softball: Honeywell blasts Lake-Lehman to comback win vs. Berwick

LEHMAN TWP. — Berwick center fielder Gabby Starr made two spectacular catches in the fifth inning, robbing Lake-Lehman of hits.

Pereira launches two homers to help RailRiders earn ninth win in last 10 games

The RailRiders had a comfortable lead threatened in the late innings on Thursday night. They responded like the team with the best record in the International League.

H.S. Softball/Baseball: Tunkhannock’s Hannon, Nanticoke Area’s Nice throw no-hitters

Two more no-hitters were thrown in Wyoming Valley Conference softball Thursday.

Philadelphia Eagles want draft picks to play well, do the right thing and retire with the franchise

PHILADELPHIA — Howie Roseman wants Philadelphia Eagles draft prospects to take a lesson out of the recent retirements of franchise stalwarts Jason Kelce and Fletcher Cox.

NHL PLAYOFFS: ‘It’s wide open’ is the theme as the race to the Stanley Cup begins

General manager Don Waddell likes how his Carolina Hurricanes finished the season, winning 16 of their final 21 games. He knows it means nothing now.

Coyotes officially leaving Arizona for Salt Lake City following approval of sale to Utah Jazz owners

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes are officially headed to Salt Lake City.

Butler, Williamson injuries are big storylines for NBA play-in finales

MIAMI — When injuries affect the Miami Heat, coach Erik Spoelstra almost always delivers the same three-word outlook.

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