Thursday, October 6, 2022

Biden pardons thousands for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color.

Pa. Treasurer Garrity calls for end to ‘harsh restrictions’ at Wilkes-Barre VA

Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity, a veteran who served in the Middle East, is calling on the Biden administration to end what she calls “the harsh restrictions in place” at the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Administration Medical Center in Plains Township.

You can’t beat the taste of a farm-fresh tomato

Summer had just turned to autumn when the Times Leader taste testers experienced one of the simple joys of harvest time — juicy tomatoes, simply prepared.

Luzerne Foundation Nonprofit Forum sees $160K awarded

WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne Foundation Wednesday held its ninth Nonprofit Forum, awarding $150,000 in grants to 20 organizations and the Times Leader Media Group added $10,000 from its Book of Dreams Fund, donating four grants of $2,500 each.

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Brown’s 2023 budget in the works, run for 2nd term announced

WILKES-BARRE — What’s included in Mayor George Brown’s 2023 budget won’t be disclosed until next week, but he’s already announced he’ll run again.

Luzerne County names Matthews new coroner

Luzerne County has a new coroner: Jillian Matthews, county Judicial Services and Records Division Head Joan Hoggarth announced Tuesday evening.

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Countdown to opening night: WBS Penguins host students for preseason win

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hershey Bears 3-2 in their preseason opener on Wednesday morning at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Steelers turn to rookie Kenny Pickett to start at QB Sunday in Buffalo

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin never had a definitive timeline on when to hand the keys to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense to Kenny Pickett.

PSU’s Franklin: Defensive end Smith Vilbert won’t play this season

Smith Vilbert opened the year with a breakout performance on New Year’s Day.

Local roundup: Wyoming Valley West girls soccer defeats Dallas

Veronica Warunek scored twice and Wyoming Valley West used a strong first half to take control of a 4-2 victory over Dallas in a WVC girls soccer matchup on Tuesday.

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