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Lottery Numbers for Tuesday, July 29.

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Midday Drawing:Daily Number: 1-4-0Big Four: 1-9-6-5Quinto: 7-0-2-4-5Treasure Hunt: 02-03-08-25-28Evening DrawingDaily Number: 7-4-3Big Four: 2-6-3-1Quinto: 2-8-5-4-2Cash 5: 20-21-25-26-36Mega Millions2 - 8 - 16 - 43 - 74Mega Ball1No player matched all five numbers in Tuesday’s “Cash 5” jackpot drawing. Wednesday’s jackpot will be worth $800,000.Lottery officials reported 108 players matched four numbers, winning $291.50 each; 3,887 players matched three numbers, winning $13.50 each; 52,213 players matched two numbers, winning $1 each.


Travelocity call center to close

HANOVER TWP. — A total of 88 employees formally will lose their jobs when a Travelocity call center closes at the end of next month, although officials with that firm and corporate parent Orbitz Worldwide said an undisclosed number have been offered Orbitz jobs.Orbitz spokesman Tim Enstice said employees have 60 days to determine whether they want to stay. He did not have any indication as to how many employees would carry over, but said keeping the staff would create a ̶...

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Paving juggles bus parking

A construction crew works on paving a section of the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center on South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday afternoon. Officials with the Luzerne County Transportation Authority advised that the paving will continue today and, while LCTA buses will still use the facility for scheduled pick-ups and drop-offs, some buses may not be parked in their regularly assigned stalls and gates. Passengers should look for LCTA personnel for direction as to w...

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For the love of cheese

I am almost always laser focused day in and out, simply because I have to be with all the things life throws my way – but there is one thing that makes my eyes glaze over, that finds me lingering in one spot for far too long and not even realizing it, and forces a good head shake to snap out of it.That would be the cheese shop at Wegmans.Look, I am a huge fan of dairy and actually like to “splurge” on expensive cheeses. It (and a collection of Kate Spad...

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Shuttered Sacred Heart loses bell, other items

WILKES-BARRE — It happened very subtly, but piece by piece the Wilkes-Barre church that sparked a battle all the way to the Vatican is being dismantled.Noreen Foti, who with her husband has spearheaded a lengthy fight to reverse the closing of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, notified The Times Leader the bell at the church had been removed.Diocese of Scranton spokesman Bill Genello confirmed the bell, along with other items, has b...

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Wyoming Homes owner faces more fraud charges

PLAINS TWP. — About 16 alleged fraud victims of Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti hurled remarks at him in a district judge’s courtroom Tuesday, saying he should go to jail if they don’t get refunded their down payments.Outside, they chanted “Wyoming Homes makes owning a home a nightmare.”The crowd may become larger as two law enforcement sources said Tuesday that Valenti could possibly face more charges related to allegedly swindling would-...

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Area jobless rate lowest since October ‘08, but still highest in state

It’s been more than five years since the unemployment rate in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area was below 7 percent, but June’s figure dipped to just below that mark, to 6.9 percent. That was the lowest local jobless rate since October 2008, when it was 6.7 percent, according to a report by the state Department of Labor and Industry.Even though June marked a 12th consecutive monthly decline, the region continued to report the highest jobless rate among 14 large markets in ...

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Luzerne County to explore state takeover of Moon Lake Park

Faced with dwindling funds for capital projects, Luzerne County Council members asked the administration Tuesday to start negotiating a potential state takeover of county-owned Moon Lake Park in Plymouth Township.The request came after the administration presented $20.67 million in suggested projects that exceeded the county’s remaining $16 million in capital funding. The list included $3 million for sewage, road, plumbing and electrical repairs at the 650-acre park....

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‘I did not have sex with him,’ suspended Hanover Area teacher says of teen

WILKES-BARRE — The closest a Hanover Area student got to Edward Evans’ bedroom was the doorway, where the suspended teacher said he retrieved pamphlets with information about confidential medical concerns for his guest.Evans, on trial for institutional sexual assault, testified in his defense Tuesday that he sought the privacy of his home to discuss the student’s concerns on the afternoon of March 10, 2013.“I did not have sex with him,” Evan...

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Environmentalists seek AG probe of health department over natural gas response

Two environmental groups are asking the state attorney general to look into whether the Pennsylvania Department of Health has swept inquiries referencing natural gas development under the rug.The request for an investigation made Tuesday follows documents uncovered by National Public Radio’s StateImpact in June that revealed a 2012 internal memo instructing all inquiries to be forwarded to the department’s bureau of epidemiology if the...

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Surge in special education at WB Area causes new hires

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Area School board made a string of unexpected hires at Tuesday’s meeting, appointing six special education teachers and a speech pathologist to accommodate a program that one board member described as “busting out at the seams.”The board also got an earful from parents frustrated with the decision to stop transporting students to and from day care centers.Board Member Ned Evans used the surge in special education en...

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Bid accepted for sewer line work in Wilkes-Barre Twp.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township council awarded a bid in the amount of $41,4200 to Mutliscape Inc., of Pittston, to replace a sewer line at a special meeting Monday, pending approval of the township engineer.“The line appears to have a belly and needs to be repaired,” said township Administrator Michael Revitt after the meeting.The bid, which was the lowest of two, is to replace roughly 75 yards of a sewer line on Nicholson Street.Upon the engin...

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Route 309 rock cut project, with blasting, on schedule, PennDOT says

Work is progressing on the rock cut project on Route 309 between Wilkes-Barre and Mountain Top and is on schedule to finish in late fall, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said Tuesday.“It’s supposed to be completed by November of this year,” said Mike Taluto.Blasting to cut away rock is continuing along the northbound lane, which has been closed to traffic.Drivers have been using the southbound lanes to travel in both directions...

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Times Leader’s website now faster, easier

If you haven’t visited The Times Leader’s website lately, you should take a look.Just a few days ago, The Times Leader unveiled a significant upgrade to our website, making timesleader.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with the recent redesign of our print edition, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgrade...

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Lions’ Belton eager for the spotlight

CHICAGO — Tacked to the wall in his apartment, Bill Belton has a single sheet of paper. It is, he says without hesitation, the first thing he sees every morning.It’s a simple printout of an ESPN.com mailbag Q-and-A, where the author lists his top five running backs in the Big Ten for 2014.Ameer Abdullah. Melvin Gordon. Venric Mark. Tevin Coleman. Jeremy Langford. For good measure it lists three more names “in the mix” at the bottom.No B...

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Franklin anxious to reunite with family

CHICAGO — Considering that his usual bed this year has been two couches pushed together in his Lasch Building office, James Franklin had some more friendly accommodations at the Hilton Chicago during Big Ten media days.None of that, however, replaces the comforts of an actual home, something he hasn’t had since taking the Penn State job in January.While Franklin hit the ground running in Happy Valley, his wife, Fumi, and his two young daughters, Shola and Add...

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A chance for a trophy

It’s something coveted by many hunters across Pennsylvania, and a select few will find out in two weeks if they were lucky enough to be chosen.The deadline to enter the annual drawing for licenses for Pennsylvania’s 2014 elk hunt is July 31 – about a month earlier than in previous years. The drawing also has been moved to an earlier date, and a new location. It will be held Aug. 16 in Benezette as part of the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo.And as ...

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RailRiders fall just short of catching Gwinnett

MOOSIC — A game of inches began causing miles of frustration for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.A hit-and-run single through a vacated spot scored one run and a double that glanced off a glove led to another.And even one crazy, confusing inning that went their way couldn’t change fate for the RailRiders.Tyler Pastornicky drilled a two-run double in the ninth inning, then Gwinnett held off an exciting RailRiders rally for a 6-5 victory Tuesday...

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