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Times Leader editor responds to Citizens’ Voice attack ad

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In its latest attack ad, The Citizens’ Voice tells readers they can get “more breaking news online” by switching. As I write this column at 11 a.m. Monday, we’ve had five breaking-news updates today. They’ve had none.I can’t think of a single instance over the past half a year where readers would have received more local news from their website than ours.A few blocks down from our office off Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, the Voice is focusing its resources on legacy features like comic strips, advice columns, and national and world news. Those are important to traditional newspaper readers, and it’s why we carry a baseline amount of that content in print.


2014 county finances on track, Lawton insists

Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton publicly vowed Tuesday to close out the year spending less than the county brings in.He even upped it up a notch, projecting the county will end up with $742,000 in the bank after factoring in unbudgeted revenue from mortgage foreclosures.Council members have been eager for a financial status since an audit released in April concluded the county spent $7.4 million more than it collected in 2012. A report card on 2013 won’t be re...

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Witness: ‘She didn’t want to die’

WILKES-BARRE — Testimony from murder victim Shantique “Teeka” Goodson’s girlfriend led off an afternoon full of tears and aggressive cross examination Tuesday in the criminal homicide trial of Kenneth Malik Evans.From the witness stand at the Luzerne County Courthouse, Tiara McDuffie described a tense drive to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after Goodson had been fatally shot nine months ago.“She said she was scared, she loved her family, lov...

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ADA Melnick addresses Luzerne County prison visit allegations

WILKES-BARRE — Assistant District Attorney Michael Melnick has confirmed in a radio interview that his visits to a Luzerne County prison inmate with whom he was in a relationship are “under review,” but insisted they only discussed civil matters on which Melnick was advising the woman.“It was all business,” Melnick told WILK radio host Steve Corbett Monday afternoon, clarifying that he was not representing Terri Hettesheimer, but rather giving her advi...

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Lottery Numbers for Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Midday Drawing:Daily Number: 0-9-4Big Four: 0-9-9-5Quinto: 7-4-9-8-3Treasure Hunt: 08-09-12-13-22Evening DrawingDaily Number: 8-6-8Big Four: 0-4-3-2Quinto: 7-4-6-4-2Cash 5: 08-18-19-27-36Mega Millions22 - 39 - 56 - 67 - 71Mega Ball15No player matched all five numbers in Tuesday’s “Cash 5” jackpot...

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Woman with child in tow arrested on drug charges

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:• Police arrested Stephanie N. Wilk, 29, West Main Street, Plymouth, on drug offenses when she was allegedly found with heroin while she had custody of a child inside an apartment building at Sherman Hills on Sunday.Police said Wilk was found with a child who was crying in a stairwell of Building 304 at about 7:50 p.m. Wilk told officers she did not reside in the apartment complex.As Wilk retrieved ...

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House Appropriations Committee to meet in Wyoming County

WYOMING COUNTY — At state Rep. Karen Boback’s invitation and with the help of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce and the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. William Adolph, R-Delaware County, will visit the Tunkhannock region to see how funding for state programs impact the area.The committee also will learn more about the Northeast region’s contributions to the state economy.The commit...

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Steamtown to host Railfest on Labor Day weekend

SCRANTON — Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton will be the place to create family memories on Aug. 30 and 31, as the National Park Service joins with partners to host Railfest 2014.The annual event is a celebration of railroading past, present and future, with visiting equipment, displays, children’s programs, special tours and shop demonstrations and, of course, train rides on both days of the event.The fun begins that Saturday at 10 a.m. w...

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Legendary voice, Don Pardo, dead at 96

NEW YORK (AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded “Saturday Night Live.”Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer whose resonant voice-over style was celebrated for its majesty and power, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96.

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Wyoming Valley East Mountain Inn to bunk with Holiday Inn

PLAINS TWP. — The East Mountain Inn and Suites terminated its franchise agreement with Best Western Plus for a new agreement with Holiday Inn.“The image of the upscale Holiday Inn fits better with what the East Mountain Inn and Suites can offer guests,” said Pat Kobela, business development and director of sales.The re-branding of the facility off Route 115 coincides with the renovation of the hotel creating a fresh atmosphere for guests, Kobela said....

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Governor won’t seek removal of county prosecutor

FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the county prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police.St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s deep family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial. McCullouch’s father, mother, brothe...

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A century ago today, tornado devastated area

Joseph Griffiths didn’t like what he was seeing from the window of the Laurel Silk Mill 100 years ago on this date.Before his eyes, the late August afternoon seemed to be turning into night.What was hitting the community was one of its worst-ever disasters. Within minutes, six people would be dead, about 55 injured and approximately 130 homes, businesses, churches and industrial buildings damaged or destroyed.The day’s shift had ended, but a steady...

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Streaking RailRiders win on walk-off triple

MOOSIC — The season isn’t over yet.The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders have been emphatically making that known recently.Even though they are 7.5 games out of a wild card spot in the International League, the RailRiders are making some noise by playing great baseball of late and playing the role of spoiler.That stretch continued on Tuesday night at PNC Field as they won their fifth straight game topping I.L. North Division leader Syracuse – ...

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Local Roundup Golden, Gilroy led Wyoming Sem

Wyoming Seminary 173, Meyers 204, GAR 222Wyoming Seminary’s Andrew Golden and Liam Gilroy shared medalist honors as each shot a 42 at par-33 Hollenback as on Tuesday.Daniel Rogers (44) and Ahki Khakar (45) rounded out the Blue Knights’ scoring.Lee Falzone led Meyers with a 48. Andy Hossage had a 49 followed by Glen Elsworth (53) and Billy Nelson (54).Sean Paul Williamson paced GAR with a 51. Eric Krzywicki (52), Angelo N...

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Steelers bringing back Keisel

PITTSBURGH — Da Beard is on his way back to ‘Da Burgh.The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel to bolster a reconfigured line that has struggled to produce much of anything in the first two weeks of the preseason.Keisel posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday “I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the (at)steelers. Time to get to work!!”The Steelers decided not to re-sign Keisel in the offs...

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Ohio State: Injured QB Miller done for the season

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season, dealing a severe blow to the fifth-ranked Buckeyes’ national title hopes.Ohio State confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder and will need surgery. The two-time Big Ten player of the year left practice in pain Monday after making a short throw.“My goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller sai...

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Colleges add luxury touches to new stadiums

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of renovation and construction.There are blueprints for Kyle Field at Texas A&M, in the midst of a $420 million redevelopment. There’s a model of TFC Bank Stadium at Minnesota, the recent replacement for the Metrodome as home of the Golden Go...

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Former Penn State LB, Shaw, has ALS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has ALS.In a 25-second video posted Tuesday on the Tennessee Titans’ web site, the 30-year-old Shaw reveals he was recently diagnosed with ALS and pours a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness to battle the disease.Shaw then challenges “the Tennessee Titans organization, James Franklin and the Penn State football team and my...

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