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Afternoon update: Remembering 9/11


September 11. 2013 4:39PM

By - jsoprano@civitasmedia.com




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Today’s a somber day, of course, being the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


It’s a day I remember as if it were yesterday, as I am sure many of you do to.


I was actually driving to the Martz bus terminal for a trip in to Manhattan when I first heard the reports of a plane flying into the World Trade Center. I imagine few of us will ever forget where we were when we first heard the terrible news.


We will have a complete coverage of today’s memorial ceremonies, both local and national, in Thursday’s edition.


And we will have plenty of other good stuff online tonight and in tomorrow’s paper.


Here is a brief sampling.


Gadgets, gadgets and more gadgets. It’s the second week of September, and that can only mean one thing — my neighbor has had his Halloween decorations up for over a week now.


It also means that it’s time for stories about what are going to be hot gifts this holiday season. We will have the first such story on tomorrow’s business page with a look at the electronics that will be out this holiday season.


Smartphones, tablets, video game consoles. It’s all covered.


Personally, I’ve had my eye on that new Galaxy phone for quite some time now. I’m just worried about causing a scene in the airport when I travel.


Stopping bullying. Staff writer Bill O’Boyle will have coverage of the anti-bullying event at Greater Nanticoke Area.


Nationally known speaker John Halligan, whose son committed suicide at the age of 13, addressed hundreds of students. According to Bill, he detailed the story of physical and cyber bullying his son went through before taking his own life.


A tale of two districts. Staff writer Mark Guydish will have a pair of stories on area school districts with decidedly different results in dealing with their teacher unions.


Mark will take a look at the details of the recently signed Wilkes-Barre Area contract. One of the things he will focus on are the health-care savings. He says they are pretty substantial.


He will also have a report on the ongoing Wyoming Area strike. Some of the district’s high school seniors, concerned about the strike impacting their college careers, joined the teachers on the picket line on Wednesday.


Borbon guilty. Staff writer Sheena Delazio reports from the Luzerne County Courthouse that Juan Borbon was found guilty in the machete attack outside of GAR High School last year.


Keeping checking Sheena’s breaking news item for more details as they become available.


Well that’s it for today.


As always, if you have a complaint, comment, question or are still thinking about making me that cake mentioned in yesterday’s update, call me at 570-829-7164 or email me at jsoprano@timesleader.com


Have a good night.




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