Thursday, June 8, 2023

‘I can taste the air’

NEW YORK — Smoke from Canadian wildfires poured into the U.S. East Coast and Midwest on Wednesday, covering the capitals of both nations in an unhealthy haze, holding up flights at major airports, postponing Major League Baseball games and prompting people to fish out pandemic-era face masks.

Pittston holds its breath, reschedules Art Walk

PITTSTON — The City of Pittston showed little life downtown when the hazardous smoky Canadian air invaded Wyoming Valley on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Ex-Trump aide testifies before grand jury over Mar-a-Lago documents

WASHINGTON — A former top aide to Donald Trump appeared Wednesday in federal court in Miami for testimony to a grand jury investigating potential classified-document mishandling and obstruction at the ex-president’s Palm Beach property, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Geisinger doctor: Increase in health calls related to smoke

The thick haze of smoke from Canadian wildfires covering Luzerne County has led to a noticeable increase in calls from patients with breathing concerns, a Geisinger doctor said Wednesday, but it does not appear to have caused more visits to emergency rooms or other acute care facilities.

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DEP issues ‘Code RED’ air quality alert for NEPA

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a ‘Code RED’ Air Quality Alert for all of Northeastern Pennsylvania as smoke from forest fires in Eastern Canada continues to blanket the region.

Wyoming Valley West postpones graduation

Wyoming Valley West has postponed its high school graduation for one day due to the ongoing smoke conditions, Superintendent Dave Tosh confirmed this afternoon.

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Jokic, Murray record triple-doubles as Nuggets beat Heat for 2-1 lead in NBA Finals

MIAMI — Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray became the first teammates in NBA Finals history to both record triple-doubles, and Denver’s two stars made sure the Nuggets reclaimed the lead in the series by beating the Miami Heat 109-94 in Game 3 on Wednesday night.

H.S. Baseball/Softball: Dallas baseball, Hazleton Area softball face interesting challenges

Dallas baseball plays a team trying to make history. Hazleton Area softball faces a pitcher who already has.

PIAA boys lacrosse: Late first-half flurry powers Marple Newtown past Wyoming Seminary

KINGSTON — By the time the ball made its way to freshman attack Evan Kostack, most of the Marple Newtown goal-producing work was already done.

PIAA boys volleyball: Holy Redeemer’s run ends against unbeaten Dock Mennonite

The last Wyoming Valley Conference squad left standing in boys volleyball had its run ended as Holy Redeemer lost to host Dock Mennonite 3-0 on Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A tournament. The District 1 champ Pioneers stayed undefeated, winning by scores of 25-14, 25-11, 25-21.

RailRiders’ series opener vs. Norfolk postponed because of poor air quality

The announcement officially came almost 10 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. The RailRiders weren’t going to be playing on Tuesday in Moosic.

Game 3 awaits in the NBA Finals, with Heat loose and Nuggets facing adversity

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra has preached about the value of adversity for months, not shying away from saying that it helped the Miami Heat get to these NBA Finals.

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