Diocese releases independent audit findings on abuse policies

SCRANTON — The Diocese of Scranton announced that an independent audit determined full compliance with child sex abuse prevention policies set by the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops.

D2 basketball roundup: North Pocono boys upend Pittston Area in Class 5A quarterfinals

COVINGTON TWP. — North Pocono got the pace it wanted Friday night.

H.S. Girls Basketball: Dunmore withdraws from district tournament; Nanticoke Area advances

Dunmore withdrew from the District 2 girls and boys basketball tournaments and swimming competitions Friday afternoon due to COVID-19 issues, reversing a District 2 decision earlier in the day regarding the girls game with Nanticoke Area later that night.

H.S. Girls Basketball: Crestwood holds off Wyoming Valley West in D2-5A quarterfinals

PLYMOUTH — Crestwood was in the same situation last season as on Thursday night. This time, though, the Comets didn’t falter.

H.S. Basketball: Justice Shoats scores 1,000th point in Holy Redeemer victory

Holy Redeemer junior Justice Shoats scored 25 points in the first half and then hit 1,000 career points with his first bucket after the break to lead the Royals to a 73-54 win over Montrose on Thursday in the District 2 Class 3A quarterfinals.

Northwest girls basketball falls in District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals

CLINTON TWP. — Northwest had no trouble getting shots in Thursday night’s District 2 Class 2A girls basketball quarterfinal at Lackawanna Trail.

Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to new contract for quarterback to return for 2021 season

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is returning for an 18th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is taking a pay cut to do it.

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    Tyler Cowen: When it comes to vaccinations, more is more

    Sins of commission and sins of omission are often treated differently, but it’s not clear they should be. Most of us, for example, would never dream of killing another person. At the same time, about 160,000 people around the world die every day, often of preventable causes. Letting people die — a sin of omission — seems tolerable in a way that killing a person — a sin of commission — does not.

    King’s College prepares to present ‘As You Like It’

    In 71 years King’s College has never missed putting on a Shakespeare production.

    Margaret Briggs Foundation Supports PA 211 NE/Help Line

    Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania (FSA) is pleased to announce the Margaret Briggs Foundation is generously supporting PA 211 NE/ Help Line with a grant in the amount of $25,000.

    Dietrich Theater to showcase Riverdance 25th anniversary gala

    You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. “For the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’March!” as Irish Poet Thomas Augustine Daly says. The Dietrich Theater in historic downtown Tunkhannock invites those who are Irish or Irish at heart to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day with Riverdance.

    Never too late: Pandemic propels older shoppers online

    NEW YORK — In November, Paula Mont did something new: The 86-year-old, who hasn’t left her New Jersey senior living community in nearly a year, went shopping — online.

    MILLENNIAL MONEY5 tips to negotiate pay in a tough economy

    The pandemic-related recession has altered many job descriptions. For Haley Jones, a 24-year-old resident of Michigan, the coronavirus changed the needs of her company, and as she adapted to meet them, her responsibilities were no longer confined to her marketing specialist role.

    Pandemic art sales

    NEW YORK — If you’ve been watching experts and commentators appearing on television from their homes, their increased attention to decor might look familiar: In the early days of lockdown, they, like many of us, sat in front of blank white walls, while now their homes frequently display prominent artwork.

    ‘Where’s the weed, who got my weed?’

    WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a Hanover Township man they say waved a firearm inside a residence yelling, “Where’s the weed, who got my weed?”

    Police: Plains Township man sent pictures of genitals to teen

    FAIRVIEW TWP. — A Plains Township man was charged with corrupting the morals of a teenage girl by sending her pictures of his genitals and taking the teen to his apartment without her parents permission.

    Kingston police arrest man accused of driving stolen vehicle

    KINGSTON — Police recovered a vehicle reported stolen earlier this year and arrested a man they say was the driver.

    Hanover Township police searching for man, charged with child sex offenses

    HANOVER TWP. — Township police said they are searching for Mark Mitchell-Switzer, 30, on charges he sexually assaulted a girl.

    Ratowski charged third time with child sex offense

    NANTICOKE — Luzerne County detectives charged an Edwardsville man for the third time on child sex offenses since late January with the latest criminal filing alleging he rubbed the buttocks of a girl.