Luzerne County IT director announces resignation during budget hearing

After arguing his office is significantly short-staffed, Luzerne County Information Technology Mauro DiMauro announced his resignation during Tuesday’s 2022 budget work session.

PSU notebook: Jordan Stout wins Big Ten punter of the year award

There wasn’t exactly a ton of national attention two weeks ago when Penn State and Rutgers faced off. As it turned out, one of the most interesting battles came on special teams.

Long-time Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry hired as head coach at Virginia Tech

In the middle of one of college football’s wildest coaching carousels in history, James Franklin stayed put. But his closest and longest-tenured assistant did not.

Irish moving on after Kelly hits LSU

LSU flew newly hired coach Brian Kelly on a private jet to Baton Rouge, where he was greeted Tuesday by fans, dignitaries and the Golden Band from Tigerland after agreeing to a 10-year contract worth $95 million plus incentives.

Washington beats Wilson, Seahawks 17-15 for 3rd win in a row

LANDOVER, Md. — Kendall Fuller intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass on a last-minute 2-point conversion attempt, and Washington held on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 17-15 Monday night for the team’s third consecutive victory.

Washington hires Fresno State’s Kalen DeBoer as head coach

Washington hired Fresno State’s Kalen DeBoer on Monday to lead the Huskies, handing a program that has struggled offensively to a coach with a track record of productive and creative offenses.

Lincoln Riley eager to return USC Trojans to winning ways

LOS ANGELES — Standing on the top rim of the venerable Coliseum on a 76-degree autumn Monday, Lincoln Riley took a glance behind him at the Los Angeles panorama stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Hollywood sign to the gleaming downtown skyscrapers.

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    Nicholas Goldberg: Are the school districts that ‘defunded the police’ already regretting it?

    The idea of “abolishing” or “defunding” the police has always struck me as risky, to say the least, and not very well thought through. It has the potential to cause at least as many problems as it solves.

    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.

    University of Scranton presents Noel Night Concert

    Continuing a time-honored holiday tradition, Performance Music at The University of Scranton will present its 54th annual Noel Night concert on Saturday, Dec. 4. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the University’s Houlihan-McLean Center (Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue). Doors will open at 7:20 p.m., and there will be an organ prelude beginning at 7:25 p.m.

    Entrepreneur with local ties encourages us to Feel the Brrrn

    Jimmy T. Martin is a businessman who always lives life at full throttle. I love hearing the success stories of young entrepreneurs. I ran into my friend Jim Martin at a recent business event, and he told me a little about his son Jimmy’s new business venture. It really piqued my interest, and I decided to give Jimmy a call to learn more.

    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.