Times Leader P.M. Update: 6/23/21

Kevin Carroll is here with your P.M. Update, including: United Way of Wyoming Valley has announced the recipients of its three community service awards for 2021, Alabama will bring their “50th Anniversary Tour” to the Mohegan Sun Arena next month, and a Kingston man is accused of running over his girlfriend with his pickup truck.


RailRiders pound out 14 runs on 17 hits, beat IronPigs for eighth straight win

Hoy Park has done it all this season for the RailRiders, climbing to the top of several league in multiple offensive categories.

Penn State’s Barron, College Football Playoff presidents OK expansion evaluation

DALLAS — The 11 university presidents and chancellors who oversee the College Football Playoff on Tuesday authorized a continued evaluation of a proposed 12-team playoff that, if adopted, could still be another five years away.

Supreme Court win for college athletes in compensation case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday the NCAA can’t limit education-related benefits — like computers and paid internships — that colleges can offer their sports stars, a victory for athletes that could help open the door to further easing in the decades-old fight over paying student-athletes.

Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib on Monday became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

H.S. Softball: Roster selected for Saturday’s annual senior game

After a one-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the top senior softball players from the Wyoming Valley Conference will be back on the field one more time.

Head games: Ben Simmons’ future uncertain after playoff flop

PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons backed his way to the basket, spun around Danilo Gallinari for the easy look at the net — an uncontested layup, a dunk — and he passed. Passed the ball. Passed on the shot. Passed on the chance to tie the game.

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    Our View: Agnes changed the region forever

    This is the reality of the 1972 Agnes flood: Only about half the people living in Luzerne County today — if it’s even that many — were alive when the Susquehanna River breached the levees and altered nearly every aspect of the valley for all time.

    EMT students graduate from Luzerne County Community College

    Students in the Luzerne County Community College Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program from the Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently completed their coursework.

    A “dangerous desert”? Mom didn’t think so

    It’s cool, creamy, sinfully sweet, and for me the key ingredient is sentimentality. I haven’t made mom’s peanut butter/marshmallow (and chocolate) fudge for many years, yet it forever remains the reason I started cooking.

    W-B Academy announces fourth quarter honor roll

    Wilkes-Barre Academy has announced the fourth quarter honor roll for 2020-2021.

    ‘We just try to go above and beyond’

    KINGSTON — After 21 years in business together, and a whole slew of awards on his wall, Dr. Aaron Haydu had a pretty simple theory as to how he and his partner, Dr. Richard Cohen, have maintained a level of success and support from their patients.

    Rethinking tequila

    LONDON — Love it or hate it, tequila conjures up strong feelings in many drinkers.

    Liz Weston: Should you save less for retirement?

    Gwen Merz was fresh out of college in 2014, working an information technology job she hated, when she decided early retirement was the answer. She socked away every dollar she could, saving as much as 70% of her income so that she could quit when she was 35.

    Edwardsville police searching for Wilkes-Barre man on firearm offenses

    EDWARDSVILLE — Borough police say they are searching for Alkarem Muhammad Ezell, 29, on firearm offenses stemming from a reported domestic disturbance earlier this month.

    Police: Kingston man runs over girlfriend

    PLAINS TWP. — A Kingston man is facing charges after township police say he ran over his girlfriend with his Ford F250 pickup truck Monday.

    Police: Three men stole $4,200 worth of electrical wire from Lowe’s

    WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police say three “hard working men” stole $4,200 worth of electrical wire from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Arena Hub Plaza.

    Cirko pleads guilty to bomb threat charge in supermarket spitting incident

    WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Township woman accused of spitting and coughing on food items inside Gerrity’s Supermarket during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony bomb threat charge.

    Hanover Township police charge Nanticoke man for Lee Park stabbing

    HANOVER TWP. — Township police say they charged a Nanticoke man with stabbing another person on Lee Park Avenue last week.