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Afternoon Update: Hooray for the French

September 18. 2013 3:50PM

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My faith in humanity may have just been restored.

And by all people — the French.

According to an Associated Press report, France is moving to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 in an effort to protect girls from being sexualized.

Anyone who enters a child in such a pageant could face up to two years in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros. Read the complete story in Thursday’s Times Leader.

Now if they could just do something about Honey Bo Bo.

DIALING CHANGES. I may never hear from my mother again.

Staff writer Andrew Seder will have a story in Thursday’s paper reminding us that starting Saturday you will have to dial seven digits plus the area code to make a call in the 570 area code.

Knowing the trouble my mother has working the television, I can only assume it will be quite some time before she figures out how to call me. And I am assuming she won’t be the only person in the Wyoming Valley struggling with the switch.

If you know of anyone experiencing problems with the new system, drop me a line at (Anyone other than my mother, of course.)

FIGHTING FOR THEIR HOMES. Staff writer Jen Learn-Andes will have a report from Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas where property owners begged Judge Michael T. Vough to get their properties removed from tomorrow’s back-tax auction.

Many filed court papers detailing long lists of personal problems that kept them from paying their taxes.

READY FOR RIED’S RETURN? Andy Reid will bring his 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs to Philadelphia tomorrow to face Chip Kelly’s Eagles. We will have a complete preview in Thursday’s edition.

And speaking of football, staff writer John Erzar will give you all the latest news from the high school gridiron, including his player of the week and team rankings.

And, of course, there will be tons of other good stuff in tomorrow’s paper. Be sure to pick it up.

As always, if you have a complaint, comment or question, give me a call at 829-7164… wait better make that 570-829-7164 or send me an email at

Thanks for reading.

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