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Police: Shooter dead after high school attack in Washington

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MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state say a shooter is dead after attack at a high school north of Seattle.Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said Friday the shooter was a student and could not say if anyone else was wounded.Live video showed students being evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, about 30 miles north of Seattle.Arthur White, who lives across from the school, tells The Daily Herald a large number of police vehicles converged on the scene quickly late Friday morning.Ayn Dietrich, an FBI spokesperson in Seattle, said the agency had personnel on their way to the scene to help authorities with the investigation.

 

Kenneth Evans sentenced to life in prison for first-degree homicide at Sherman Hills, Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Convicted murderer Kenneth Malik Evans III says he’ll be back.Evans claimed Friday in Luzerne County Court that his constitutional rights had been violated during his homicide trial and said he plans to appeal. “The Commonwealth never chose a specific charge,” he told Judge David W. Lupas.Despite his statements, the 22-year-old man, whose court records show addresses in both Edwardsville and Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced to life behin...

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Sweet Valley girl beats scoliosis, looks to give back through blood drive on Sunday

SWEET VALLEY — At 12 years old, Kylie Anne Nevel overcame a battle with juvenile idiopathic scoliosis.Now, she’s looking to give back after her community helped her when she was in need.Kylie is helping to coordinate a community blood drove from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Maple Grove United Methodist Church. The blood drive is being hosted by Geisinger Blood Center. That same church held a blood drive in her honor as she underwent a 12-hour surgery to corre...

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Arby’s in the Wyoming Valley Mall and Kingston re-open this week

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — With a smile on her face and a roast beef sandwich and fries on her tray, Kathleen Marga was happy Friday to see the Arby’s in the Food Court of the Wyoming Valley Mall open again.The mall Arby’s location, along with five others, were unexpectedly closed in July, when owner Dijan Inc. of Clark Summit filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.This week, under new ownership, MRL Ventures LLC, based out of Binghamton, New York, re-opened the location ...

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Frank DiPino Jr.: World powers must work to eradicate Ebola now, before it’s too late

Ebola is a scary virus that causes a terrifying disease. It kills the majority of the people it infects and does it in gruesome fashion. Recently, it has killed one person in the United States and about 4,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea combined.Annual epidemics of seasonal influenza are estimated to kill between 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide. The flu is familiar, Ebola is not.Without a doubt, there are many infectious diseases that are more contagio...

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Luzerne County lawyer tells about challenges of raising grandson at annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren forum

PLAINS TWP. — David Saba was asked to tell his “grandparenting story,” and the 65-year-old attorney did that in great detail in an emotional address, bringing many in the audience to tears.Saba was the keynote speaker at the 8th annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference — “What You Need to Know” — for grandparents, who for various reasons are raising their grandchildren, and for the professionals who work in the field....

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Ladies of St. Martha’s Church hosting bingo

The Ladies Club of St. Martha’s Church, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs, is hosting its annual afghan bingo on Sunday, Oct. 26, in the church hall. Doors open at noon and bingo begins at 2 p.m. In addition to the afghans made by parishioners and friends, there will be door prizes, a sweepstakes table with a variety of prizes and refreshments. Admission is $2. With some of the afghans, from left, are Phyllis Bogetti, Janet Romano and Florence Brozoski.

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Dallas church planning roast beef supper

The Men’s Brotherhood and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Dallas, 474 Yalick Road, Route 118, are holding the second roast beef supper of the fall season on Saturday, Nov. 1. The dinner is served family style and includes mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, fresh rolls, pepper hash and homemade desserts. Take outs are available from 3:30 pm and tables served from 4 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the ...

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In Brief

DALLAS: Church Women United World Community Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 109 Irem Road. The theme is “Through God Our Hands Can Heal” and the guest speaker is the Rev. Kathleen Jamhoury. Merle Davis is the chairperson of the event.Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the business meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. There will be a least coin offering taken. Worship service starts at 1 ...

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Isabella A. DeFinnis

Isabella Alexis DeFinnis, daughter of James and Jodee DeFinnis, Shavertown, is celebrating her ninth birthday today, Oct. 25. Isabella is a granddaughter of John and Janice DeFinnis, Berwick, and Gerald and Kathleen Wargo, Ponce Inlet, Florida. She has two sisters, Nadia, 7, and Mila, 3.

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Corey Jones

Corey Jones, son of D’andra Rasmus and Chris Jones, is celebrating his first birthday today, Oct. 25. Corey is a grandson of Rebecca Rasmus, Nanticoke, and James Gifford and Nora Jones, both of Toms River, New Jersey. He is a great-grandson of Alan and Rita Rasmus, Nanticoke. Corey is a great-great-grandson of Dorothy Rasmus, Nanticoke. He has five sisters, Ali, 18, Tiahma, 10, Julie, 6, Shaylah, 3, and Robbie, 2.

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Madison C. Demchak

Madison Camille Demchak, daughter of Daniel and Ashley Demchak, Stafford, Virginia, is celebrating her third birthday today, Oct. 25. Madison is a granddaughter of James and Camille Brody, Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Daniel and Laura Demchak, both of Hanover Township.

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St. Nicholas Church hosting Forty Hours Devotion

WILKES-BARRE: St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating its annual days of Eucharistic devotion (Forty Hours Devotion) on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 2-4. The public is invited to join in the annual days of prayer and renewal.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin immediately after the noon (Spanish) liturgy on Sunday. The church will be open Monday and Tuesday after the 8 a.m. Mass for prayer and adoration of the Blessed...

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Edwardsville council terminates part-time police officer

EDWARDSVILLE — Borough council terminated a police officer last month citing in a letter refusal to participate in an employment investigation.Council President David Stochla and Solicitor William T. Finnegan Jr. said Charles Benson was fired on Sept. 11.Stochla and Finnegan said they could not provide any details to the reason why Benson was terminated claiming it was a personnel issue.Benson was a part-time police officer hired by Edwardsville in April...

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Our Opinion: Christmas toy drives are overdone; why not try something new this year?

Would it be a good idea to …… cut down on the toy distributions before Christmas and instead encourage more of the region’s good-will groups to supply children with necessities: new socks, underwear and sweatshirts?A letter writer from Nanticoke sent the suggestion to us this summer, asking that we “please pass this idea on to some organizations.”

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Fifth Annual NEPA Scholarship Pageant

On Sunday, four new young women were crowned by the Miss America organization at the Fifth Annual NEPA Scholarship Pageant at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Each new title holder will wear the crown for a year while engaging in local events to help promote their platforms.Courtney Richards, 14, of Dallas, was crowned Miss Luzerene County’s Outstanding Teen 2015. Her talent was Vocal and her platform is Fight Against Hunger.Rebecca Lynn Potts, 22, of Reading...

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Saturday morning series, sequel and alien tale for kids are among this week’s new DVD releases.

“Peewee’s Playhouse,” Grade A: Few Saturday morning programs has resonated so loudly with both young and old. The set—featuring 45 remastered episodes of the series, plus the “Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special”—includes all the wackiness of Pee-wee Herman and his pals: Jambi the Genie, Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Reba the mail lady, Captain Carl, Magic Screen, Conky, Globey, Chairry, Pterri and Randy.Paul Reubens’ childlike ...

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Hazleton’s Joe Maddon opts out, won’t return to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joe Maddon won’t be returning to the Tampa Bay Rays.The Rays announced Friday that Maddon, a Hazleton native, has exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season.Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement: “We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision. As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout major leag...

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