Capitol Roundup: Pa. attorney general announces new consumer protection unit

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced this week he is creating a Consumer Financial Protection Unit to better protect consumers from financial scams, and is appointing an experienced consumer protection attorney to lead the initiative. Shapiro announced the appointment of Nicholas Smyth, who helped create the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as assistant […]

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Remember When: A walking tour of summers past in the Wilkes-Barre area

“So, what do you think?” gushed my buddy Alner, exiting his car and displaying a nice new pair of sport shoes. “They look nice and comfy,” I nodded. “Have any walking tours planned?” “Nah,” he said. “Wouldn’t want to mess them up with …” Evidently my grin tipped him off, because with a cry of […]

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Beyond the Byline: They taught their children well

WILKES-BARRE — When I saw the picture, I stared at it for several minutes. I knew most of the names of the people in the group — they were all teachers I had in high school. And the first thing that came to mind was that here were the very people who shaped not only […]

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Amish Cook: Food from the grill tastes tastes good and keeps kitchen cool

Grilling night is always a treat at our house. Every week or two, my husband Daniel will say, “Why don’t we grill tonight for supper?” His motivation gives me the needed boost to dig some items out of the freezer. It is especially a blessing on hot summer days when the house is toasty warm […]

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Wilkes-Barre Twp. offering summer camps

WILKES-BARRE TWP.: Wilkes-Barre Township Settlement Camp girls and boys day- and overnight- camp applications are available for the rustic Wilkes-Barre Township Settlement Camp, Thornhurst. The boys overnight camp will be held 10 a.m., July 10, through 9 a.m., July 15. Girls overnight camp will be held 10 a.m., July 16, through 9 a.m., July 21. […]

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Remember When: First Buck Rogers novellas set in Northeastern Pennsylvania

An America defeated and over-run by evil forces! Brave patriots clustering in the forests, awaiting the moment to emerge and drive out the invaders! A bold leader who comes out of nowhere to rally the rebels to victory and romance a beautiful lady warrior! Sound like the plot of some movie you’ve seen? Actually it’s […]

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Beyond the Byline: Red, white and blue forever

WILKES-BARRE — I want to go back to those days — you know, when everybody in the neighborhood, the town and the country bled red, white and blue. Back when being a patriot was part of our DNA. It was the way we were brought up. It was a way of life. Just about every […]

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Beyond the Byline: Life or death? Speech or silence? Latter decision is easy

WILKES-BARRE — It was pretty sickening sitting in a federal courtroom for two days this week. Having to look at the autopsy photos of Eric Williams’ lifeless body — the stab wounds, the bruises, the swelling, the blood. All a result of the brutal and senseless beating given him by convicted murderer Jessie Con-ui. What […]

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AG calls for necessary funding to end backlog of untested rape kits

WILKES-BARRE — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week commended a statewide police accreditation commission for following a recommendation from his 2016 special report on untested rape kits. The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association’s Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program commissioners now mandates that local law enforcement agencies must comply with the requirements of the Sexual Assault […]

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Feet to the Flood: Memories of mud and stink

WILKES-BARRE — It sure doesn’t seem like it has been 45 years since Hurricane Agnes swept away most of the memories I had of life before June 23, 1972. One look in the mirror and that reality becomes a bit more believable. The mid 1960s to that fateful June day in 1972 really are difficult […]

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