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Griffith mask mandate ‘ridiculous’

WILKES-BARRE – Acting Luzerne County Manager Romilda Crocamo announced on Monday that all visitors to county buildings will be required to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status, and at least one member of County Council has made it clear he will not support the mandate.

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Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul move quickly in NBA free agency

Point guards were the immediate focus when the NBA’s free agency window opened Monday night, with Kyle Lowry headed to the Miami Heat, Lonzo Ball on his way to the Chicago Bulls while Chris Paul and Mike Conley landed lucrative deals to remain with their current teams.

Canada upsets US with 1-0 win in women’s soccer

KASHIMA, Japan — Carli Lloyd, clutch in so many critical moments for the U.S. women’s soccer team, failed to connect against Canada on Monday night and the Americans won’t play for a fifth Olympic gold medal.

Colts’ QB Carson Wentz out 5-12 weeks

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich couldn’t wait to start working with quarterback Carson Wentz on the field.

Texas-born Italian sprints from unknown to Bolt’s successor

TOKYO — The 100 meters at the Olympics is the event that turns sprinters into kings: Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Usain Bolt.

High-jump friends elect double gold over jump-off

TOKYO — The Italian high jumper leaped into his rival’s arms, then belly-flopped onto the hard track, rolled around a few times and screamed.

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    Jay Ambrose: Some bad signs for America in a new way of war

    Something like a new Cold War is getting hotter even if the United States seems in confused retreat. As evidence of aggression vs. acquiescence, listen to what Sen. Ted Cruz. R.-Texas, asked three top security officials at a congressional hearing without getting an answer. He wanted to know why there had been no sanctions against China for massive hacking of tens of thousands of computers likely hurting the U.S. in endless ways.

    Scranton Cultural Center welcomes Dishonest Fiddlers

    The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will host its third free outdoor summer concert with The Dishonest Fiddlers on Aug. 13. The show will take place outside the Scranton Cultural Center at 420 N. Washington Avenue.

    Act Out Theatre Group presents ‘At Home at the Zoo’

    Act Out Theatre Group LLC will present Edward Albee’s “At Home at the Zoo” at the Safari Farm Petting Zoo at 7 p.m., Aug. 5 through 7. The play, featuring a trio of adult actors, is an absurd comedy that focuses on Peter, his life with his wife, and his bizarre encounter with Jerry on a bench near the local zoo.

    Life at Full Throttle: It’s not too late for a summer party

    I can’t believe it’s August. Don’t let the beauty of summer pass you by without an outdoor get-together. It seems like the days are flying by, so better get planning. My motto is the easier the better when it comes to entertaining. The more I can prepare in advance, the more time I can spend with my guests. Less is also more when it comes to hosting parties during the dog days of summer. You don’t need to serve a big meal to satisfy your guests. A well-thought-out charcuterie display, a few dips, and some other small bites can be just as delicious and more fun, enabling guests to graze all night.

    Delivery apps expand reach to meet customer demands

    Spurred by skyrocketing consumer demand during the pandemic, restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats are rapidly expanding their services to grocers, convenience stores, pharmacies, pet stores and even department stores.

    Liz Weston: How to have a retirement worth saving for

    Most advice about retirement planning focuses on how to save enough money to replace your paycheck.

    Woodhouse Spa: An escape from the crazy day-to-day life

    KINGSTON — Everyone deserves to be pampered, right?

    Wilkes-Barre police seeking assistance to identify woman

    WILKES-BARRE — City police are seeking assistance in hopes of identifying a woman captured by a surveillance camera stealing a package from the front porch of a residence on Wood Street near Carey Avenue on Sunday.

    Police: Woman offered to perform sex act to make car theft charges go away

    WEST WYOMING — In custody on allegations she stole a vehicle from an auto repair garage, a woman offered to perform a sex act on the investigating officer to make the charges go away.

    Kingston man charged with threatening woman with firearm

    EDWARDSVILLE — Borough police arrested a man from Kingston after he entered a house and held a firearm to a woman’s head early Sunday morning.

    Police: Man discharges firearm during bar fight

    WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man they say discharged a firearm into the air during a bar fight on North Main Street Friday night.

    Man shot in drive-by shooting

    WILKES-BARRE — City police said a man suffered a gunshot wound in a drive-by shooting on Alexander Street early Saturday morning.

    New Year’s Eve dinner? Combine the Champagne with lobster in a salad

    For years I’ve started New Year’s Eve dinner with a terrific, if time-consuming shrimp bisque from Emeril Lagasse. I’ll share that next week, after I make it for Thursday night’s first course. OK, full disclosure, I was going to write about it today, but forgot to take a picture of the finished dish when I made some a week or two ago.

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