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PennDOT stresses Blind Pedestrians Law during safety presentation

EXETER — For blind and visually impaired pedestrians, crossing the street can be a frightening experience, as Linda Slater knows all too well. The Hanover Township resident, who is legally blind in one eye, uses a white cane when she walks around. Many motorists seem not to notice, as she learned when trying to cross […]

Comments - 10:28 pm

Shickshinny man pleads guilty to sexual assault outside tavern

WILKES-BARRE — A Shickshinny man who was accused last January of sexually assaulting a woman pleaded guilty to attempted rape Tuesday. Mark Lee Titus, 49, entered a guilty plea on two felony counts of attempted rape and aggravated assault before Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. Titus was arrested last year after State Police […]

Comments - 8:09 pm - updated: 9:34 pm.

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. Seeking to show action days after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Trump spoke during a White […]

Comments - 5:40 pm

Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entrance from across the parking lot. And each service takes its toll on the young mourners, […]

Comments - 10:33 am

Nonprofit Earth Conservancy outlines progress amid county councilman’s criticism

Luzerne County Councilman Stephen A. Urban publicly criticized the nonprofit Earth Conservancy at two recent council meetings, estimating the tax-exempt organization is still “sitting on” approximately 14,000 acres of land. “A lot of it is not mine-scarred. A lot of it is not being used for anything,” Urban said, urging the county administration to seek […]

Comments - 7:04 pm

Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES — Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering. The Black Eyed Peas singer’s slow, bluesy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday night wasn’t particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the 67th edition of the NBA’s annual […]

Comments - 10:01 am - updated: 10:04 am.

Penn State students raise more than $10M in dance marathon

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — Hundreds of hardy Penn State students have raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon. The $10,151,663.93 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, billed as the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. Money […]

Comments - 5:00 pm

Mom-to-be doesn’t let due date keep her from Spin 4 Life

WILKES-BARRE — Ellen Meehan spent part of her Saturday morning atop an exercise bike at Odyssey Fitness raising money for Candy’s Place at the 17th annual Spin 4 Life. Like many participants, Meehan, of Kingston, is a physical fitness enthusiast who enjoys both working out and spending time with friends. Unlike any of the other […]

Comments - 2:47 pm - updated: 9:14 pm.

Ashley restaurant appeals suspension of liquor license

WILKES-BARRE — A family-owned restaurant in Ashley known for a long list of craft beers and homemade food has filed an appeal over its liquor license suspension. Kelsey’s was cited by the State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement with permitting an alcohol sale to an 18-year-old on Oct. 6, 2016. The restaurant on North […]

Comments - 5:31 pm

Highmark puts tighter restrictions on prescription opioids

Joining a growing movement in fighting the nation’s opioid epidemic, Highmark Inc. announced policy changes and program expansions Thursday, including restricting opioid prescriptions for first-time users to seven days, and keeping track of opioid prescriptions to catch abuse. The same or similar limitations have been adopted by two large national pharmacy benefits management companies, CVS […]

Comments - 10:35 pm

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