Tamaqua Area reverses decision on masks

TAMAQUA (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district that openly flouted a statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools has reversed course and said it will require universal masking for students and others inside school buildings.


US seeks answers to why Europe keeps winning Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — The Americans bring the type of credentials that make them favorites in just about every Ryder Cup, and this year is no different.

SEC officials under microscope after mistakes

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach was still being asked his thoughts Wednesday about the bizarre punt play in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to Memphis, and two apparent mistakes — one of them acknowledged — by SEC officials.

CFP expansion stalls as commissioners sort through issues

A plan to expand the College Football Playoff stalled Wednesday when the college sports administrators who oversee the postseason system were unable to reach consensus on whether to grow the postseason format from four to 12 teams.

NHL camps open as teams take stock of unvaccinated players

Tyler Bertuzzi is the only unvaccinated Detroit Red Wings player going into training camp and faces the potential of missing all of his team’s games in Canada this season as a result, general manager Steve Yzerman said Wednesday.

Penn State’s Franklin: ‘I felt like we were fighting more than Auburn’ in Saturday’s win

James Franklin practically spiked his headset at the final whistle. A long week and a long, humid night at Beaver Stadium led to a quick burst of emotion for the Penn State coach after Saturday’s win over Auburn.

Local roundup: Nevel honored before hard-fought Berwick-DelVal volleyball match

In a battle of unbeaten girls volleyball teams, Berwick took Delaware Valley to a fifth set before falling 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 16-25, 15-9 on Tuesday.

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    Our View: House should vote on infrastructure bill, put unrelated legislative goals aside

    The limbo surrounding the fate of the Firefighters’ Memorial Bridge between Pittston and West Pittston is far from accidental and very much a cautionary tale about our local and national infrastructure.

    ‘Feel free to make it again’

    “Why am I thinking about peaches?” I asked myself as I drove home from an interview on a recent evening. “Hmm. Why am I actually smelling peaches? It’s a heavenly aroma, but why …”

    A fund for Billie Jo

    Ask Billie Jo Walker about her typical day, and she’ll tell you she wakes up in the morning “and my husband, God love him, he takes me off of my machine and writes down my numbers — temperature, weight, blood pressure — and then he’ll reconnect me in the night time.”

    Actors Circle to present comedic thriller ‘Deathtrap’

    Actors Circle board of directors are pleased to announce their upcoming 40th season.

    Greg Barrouk joins Lewith & Freeman as director of commercial real estate

    KINGSTON — Virginia Rose, CEO of Lewith & Freeman, announced Monday that Greg Barrouk has joined their Kingston office as the director of commercial real estate services.

    Carnival CEO discusses cruise lines, the pandemic, politics

    Carnival Corp., once a $21 billion company, saw revenue plunge to zero overnight last year when the pandemic shut down the cruise industry.

    Liz Weston: How to negotiate your way to a richer life

    Negotiating is an important personal finance skill that can help you earn more and pay less. Whether you’re discussing a job offer, dickering at a car dealership or just trying to work out a budget with your significant other, the ability to bargain effectively can have a huge impact.

    Court Briefs

    Corruption charges withdrawn

    Drug sweep nets $1 million in cocaine, fentanyl and four arrests

    WILKES-BARRE — Four locations in Wilkes-Barre were hit by drug agents early Wednesday morning as a result of an eight-month investigation into the trafficking of cocaine and fentanyl. At a press conference, Mayor George Brown called it one of the largest drug busts in the history of the city.

    Drug sweep nets $1 million in cocaine, fentanyl and four arrests

    WILKES-BARRE — Four locations in Wilkes-Barre were hit by drug agents early Wednesday morning as a result of an eight-month investigation into the trafficking of cocaine and fentanyl.

    Two federal inmates charged with pandemic unemployment fraud

    SCRANTON — Two federal inmates from Luzerne County were indicted by a federal grand jury with pandemic unemployment assistance fraud, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler.

    Earth Conservancy athletic fields damaged by vehicles

    HANOVER TWP. — An athletic field used by the Hanover Area Youth Soccer Club was vandalized by off-roaders, said Terry Ostrowski, chief executive officer and president of Earth Conservancy.