‘Weird Al’ Yankovic bringing tour to F.M. Kirby Center May 14

WILKES-BARRE — Almost four years after his first foray into unfamiliar concert territory with his highly-acclaimed Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, “Weird Al” Yankovic will be pressing his luck again — this time with The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, which will include a stop at the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday, May 14.

Divergent views for Manfred, Clark point to lengthy lockout for baseball

ARLINGTON, Texas — Hours into Major League Baseball’s first work stoppage in 26 years, Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark presented diametrically opposed views of each side’s negotiating positions that point to a lengthy lockout.

Ex-PSU coach Pry: ‘Honored, humbled’ to be Virginia Tech’s new head coach

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Brent Pry’s voice cracked with emotion as he detailed the career journey he’s been on, one that has brought him back to Blacksburg as Virginia Tech’s head football coach.

Reports: Notre Dame set to promote defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach

In the two days since Brian Kelly stunned Notre Dame by leaving for LSU, the players made their voices heard. The Fighting Irish wanted defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to take over as head coach.

Jahan Dotson earns first-team All-Big Ten recognition on a lean awards day for Penn State’s offense

With one more big game, it’s possible that Jahan Dotson will have delivered the greatest statistical season by a wide receiver in Penn State history.

Misericordia men, King’s women earn wins to open MAC Freedom basketball schedule

Misericordia used a hot-shooting first half to come away with a 93-83 road win over King’s in the MAC Freedom opener for both teams on Wednesday night at Scandlon Gymnasium.

Kelly compares LSU to Broadway, brushes off legacy questions after abrupt exit from Notre Dame

BATON ROUGE, La. — Newly hired LSU coach Brian Kelly’s can accept if his legacy at storied Notre Dame is tarnished by the sudden and unceremonious way in which he walked away from the Fighting Irish.

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    ‘We believe music is a blessing from God’

    From the University of Scranton’s Noel Night to Shavertown United Methodist Church’s Carols By Candlelight to the Arcadia Chorale’s “Angels, Shepherds, and Animals, Oh My!” singers and musicians are preparing a wealth of local Christmas concerts.

    Local man’s hobby lights way into retirement

    Just last week, Richard Holodick said, he drove from his home in Kingston to Drums to deliver two vintage lamps he had refurbished.

    White House holiday decor honors COVID-19 frontline workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Holiday decorations unveiled Monday for Joe and Jill Biden’s first White House Christmas honor frontline workers who persevered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Lawyer: Jussie Smollett ‘a real victim’ of attack in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett “is a real victim” of a “real crime,” his attorney said in opening statements at the ex-“Empire” actor’s trial Monday, rejecting prosecutors’ allegation that he staged a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago after the television studio where he worked didn’t take hate mail he had received seriously.

    Down Pour thriving with help of DCP

    WILKES-BARRE — It takes pressure to form a diamond, and perhaps no one is more aware of that than Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s business owners.

    Downtown College Ambassadors Program returns

    WILKES-BARRE - The Diamond City Partnership is looking to revitalize local businesses, while connecting local colleges and providing students with networking opportunities, on-the-job training and credit for classes.

    Police ask for help on child porn investigation

    WILKES-BARRE — Authorities are requesting the public’s assistance in an ongoing investigation pertaining to a Forty Fort man who was arrested recently on charges of possession and dissemination of child pornography.

    Wyoming County man pleads guilty to sexual assault

    WILKES-BARRE — A Wyoming County man admitted Wednesday he sexually assaulted a girl as they drove away in a vehicle from Movies 14 in Wilkes-Barre more than five years ago.

    Council challenges judge’s denials to withdraw homicide plea

    A Philadelphia man recently sentenced to life in prison after admitting to fatally shooting a 26-year-old woman in Wilkes-Barre has appealed denials by a Luzerne County judge to withdraw the plea agreement.

    Son who killed father in Larksville found dead in prison cell

    A former Larksville resident who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to fatally shooting his father was found dead inside his cell at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill last weekend.

    Suspect in road rage shooting sentenced to state prison

    WILKES-BARRE — A man from Rhode Island charged with discharging a firearm during a road rage incident in Kingston was sentenced to state prison Tuesday.

    Fun with water, followed by Sloppy Joes

    These summer days really are pressing in. I forgot how muggy it could get in Southern Illinois! Thankfully the children don’t seem to mind the heat. It makes for lots of water fun, so why not love hot days? Anything to get them wet and have some outdoor action makes them happy.