Thursday, August 18, 2022

Active shooter training conducted at Rice Elementary School

RICE TWP. — The “Bubba” exercise went fast. Real local police officers rapidly swept through the hall of Rice Elementary School, checking rooms until gunfire rang out and a crowd ran screaming from a room they hadn’t reached. In a blur the training officers recognized the “shooter” had tried to escape by running with the crowd, and more shots were fired as he slumped to the floor.

Oz, in Avenue Diner visit, predicts GOP to retake Congress in November

WYOMING — Dr. Mehmet Oz Thursday told a crowd gathered at the Avenue Diner in Wyoming Borough that Pennsylvania and the country are not headed in the right direction, but after the November mid-term elections, when he predicts the Republican Party will control of Congress, “we again will elevate our nation.”

Superintendent: Hanover Area restricting cell phones to lockers

HANOVER TWP. — Hanover Area School District will require all student cell phones and personal electronic devices such as smart watches and computer pads be turned off and left in lockers during the school day this year, Superintendent Nathan Barrett announced Wednesday during a community meeting about the start of school and changes being made. The meeting was held via Zoom.

Kids-for-cash judges ordered to pay more than $200M

Two former Luzerne County judges who orchestrated a scheme to send children to for-profit jails in exchange for kickbacks were ordered to pay more than $200 million to hundreds of people they victimized in one of the worst judicial scandals in U.S. history.

Biden will visit Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 30

WILKES-BARRE — President Joe Biden will travel to Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Aug. 30, a rescheduling of a trip that was canceled in July when he tested positive for COVID-19.

PennDOT unveils Sans Souci plans

HANOVER TWP. — A project that would see the reconstruction of a four-mile stretch of the Sans Souci Parkway was unveiled to the public at a PennDOT open house held Tuesday at the Hanover Area School District.

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LeBron James sticking with Lakers on 2-year, $97.1 million deal

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent announced Wednesday.

Local roundup: RailRiders trio head to Yankees following historic comeback

Less than 24 hours after being part of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre baseball history, three RailRiders players were suiting up in the Bronx.

RailRiders erase nine-run deficit en route to biggest comeback win in franchise history

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders completed the biggest comeback in franchise history on Tuesday night, rallying from a 9-0 deficit to beat the St. Paul Saints 10-9 on Tuesday night at CHS Field.

Little League World Series is back with four more teams

The Little League World Series is back to its old self, and more.

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