Report: Bon-Ton headed for closure

Bon-Ton Stores Inc., a department-store chain founded at the tail end of the 19th century, appears poised to close all of its 267 stores, according to published reports.  The only bidders competing at the Monday start of the bankrupt chain’s court-supervised auction were liquidators, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Bon-Ton, which has […]

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CEO: Starbucks to train workers on ‘unconscious bias’

PHILADELPHIA — Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing. Johnson, who has called the arrests “reprehensible,” arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the […]

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How not to run out of money in retirement

Americans aren’t terrific at saving for retirement. Many are even worse when it comes to figuring out how much to spend once they get there. An actuary who’s studied the issue for three decades recently proposed a relatively straightforward strategy that can help. In its simplest form, the “Spend Safely in Retirement ” plan suggests […]

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Made in China 2025 plan irking Beijing’s trading partners

BEIJING — U.S. officials have a name for their frustration with Beijing’s technology ambitions: “Made in China 2025.” Issued in 2015, it calls for China to develop its own global competitors in fields from information technology to electric cars to pharmaceuticals. The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office cited “Made in China 2025” in announcing last week […]

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Is Facebook really changing? Or just trimming its data haul?

Lost amid a flurry of Facebook announcements about privacy settings and data access is a much more fundamental question: Is Facebook really changing its relationship with users, or just tinkering around the edges of a deeper problem — its insatiable appetite for the data it uses to sell ads? CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is scheduled […]

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Kirby Center’s lower level renamed Mohegan Sun Pocono Parlor

WILKES-BARRE — Mohegan Sun Pocono and the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts have announced a new partnership — the lower level of the Kirby Center will now be called The Mohegan Sun Pocono Parlor. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Kirby, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. “The Kirby Center is one […]

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Irem Temple group releases information on directors

WILKES-BARRE — The Irem Temple Restoration Project recently released biographical information on its directors, who are committed to preserving the Irem Temple building and repurposing it in a way that will drive economic growth, a press release says. Construction started on the North Franklin Street building in 1907, and it was dedicated in 1908. It […]

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Mericle Construction receives top honor from manufacturing firm

WILKES-BARRE — Mericle Construction Inc., a builder of industrial and office space headquartered in Plains Township, has been named the North American Volume Builder of the Year by Butler Manufacturing. The award celebrates the builder that completes the most sales of Butler buildings during the calendar year. The award was presented to Mericle President Robert […]

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Advertiser spotlight: Personal relationships set Medicine Shoppe apart

DALLAS — How many pharmacies call their patients on their birthdays? The Medicine Shoppe, located at 26 Dallas Village, does that and more. Owner Gary Karwaski graduated from pharmacy school at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 1977, and worked in an independent pharmacy and a chain before moving up in management, becoming a […]

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Advanced driver aids aren’t just for luxury cars

Automakers have come a long way from safety features such as seat belts and air bags that are meant to prevent injuries in a crash. Today, manufacturers are adding advanced driver aids that can fend off an accident in the first place. And there’s a good chance that your next new car will have them. […]

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