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Gov’t: Get air bags fixed

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DETROIT — A potential crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed.The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are inflated in crashes.Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem and there have been multiple injuries. They also say more than 20 million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with the faulty air bags.


Kingston police officer charged with drunken driving after ATV crash

KINGSTON — State police at Wyoming on Monday filed drunken-driving charges against a Kingston police officer, alleging he was intoxicated when he crashed an ATV on Zerby Avenue last month.John Sosnoski, 24, of Ashley, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and summary counts of speeding and operation of ATV on streets. The charges were filed with District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston, according to online court records.State police allege Sosno...

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Cartwright: Sherman Hills on right path

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Rep Matt Cartwright Monday said recruitment posters hung up in New York City to attract tenants to Sherman Hills have been removed.Cartwright, D-Moosic, said the new owners of Sherman Hills — Treetop Developments of Teaneck, New Jersey — have curtailed the past practice after it was learned that the former owner — Sherman Hills Realty LLC of Brooklyn — had hung the posters throughout the Big Apple.“The prior owners ...

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Differences clear between candidates in race for 120th Legislative District in Luzerne County

Reluctant to get rid of the shoes he’d worn for most of his campaign, Aaron Kaufer found a place for them when he switched to a new pair of brown oxfords to finish his run for the state House.He featured the tattered shoes in a direct mail piece and kept them as a reminder of the legwork he’s put in during the campaign over the past few months. The old lace-ups, split open on the side and with a hole in the sole, are symbolic not only to Kaufer and but also of the many ...

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey: Ebola testing medical preparedness

EAST STROUDSBURG — “Absolute preparedness.”That is what Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, called for Monday in wake of the ongoing Ebola situation in the United States.Officials at the Pocono Medical Center insist that Northeastern Pennsylvania is prepared for the disease. Casey, who held a press conference at the Pocono Medical Center was joined by hospital executives.“Whether it’s Ebola today or whether it’s another challenge &#...

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Plymouth man pleads guilty to fatal road rage incident

WILKES-BARRE — Lorenzo Burgos Jr. had options facing a criminal homicide trial in Luzerne County Court for a road rage incident that cost a man his life in Plymouth last year.But facing the unknown, Burgos pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. Judge Tina Polachek Gartley then sentenced Burgos to 10 to 20 years.Burgos, 23, of Third Street, Plymouth faced:• Life in prison if convicted of...

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Luzerne County insurance broker selection debated

A recommendation to keep Bethlehem-based Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley LP as Luzerne County’s insurance broker has prompted council debate because two other companies with local offices applied for the work, including one that would charge less.Brown & Brown would charge $85,000 next year, or $25,000 less than its current receipt of $110,000.The other proposals, according to information supplied to council:• Pittston-based Joyce Insurance Group wo...

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Burke is W-B’s newest paramedic

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas Leighton swears in Peter Burke as the newest paramedic to the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department Monday morning at city hall. Shown are Heidi Burke, holding Hunter, 2; Hannah, 4, and Hope, 6, holding the bible for her father.

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Public meeting will look at emergency preparedness exercise at Salem Township nuke plant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will host a public meeting Friday to discuss preliminary findings of an “emergency preparedness exercise” this week at the nuclear power plant near Berwick.FEMA will evaluate the exercise, most of which will be conducted this evening at and around PPL’s Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Salem Township, to assess the ability of state agencies to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.“These drill...

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Six in running for director of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

A firm hired to find a new director for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport has interviewed six candidates this week and soon plans to narrow down that list and do a second round of interviews, Lackawanna County Solicitor Donald Frederickson said Monday.He said the airport board expects to hire Barry Centini’s replacement at the Nov. 20 meeting.Centini, 65, of Plains Township, who has worked at the airport for 43 years, the last 25 as director, announce...

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Strategic Early Warning Network moves Wilkes-Barre office, but not focus

BETHLEHEM — Relocating their office, but not their attention, the Strategic Early Warning Network has moved its Wilkes-Barre office, which serves Northeastern Pennsylvania, to Bethlehem.Since 2010, the Strategic Early Warning Network, a manufacturing retention program, maintained an office at 22 E. Union St., Suite 200, in Wilkes-Barre. SEWN is a statewide agency administered by Steel Valley Authority and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.The agency...

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WVC FIELD HOCKEY: A golden goal for Coughlin

KINGSTON — Coughlin and Wyoming Valley West each made their first venture into overtime when the teams met Monday night to decide the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey title.Coughlin left wing Kyra Wozniak made sure it did not last long.Wozniak got to the left post to knock in a bouncing ball 1:23 into the extra session and lift Coughlin to a 2-1 victory at Wyoming Seminary’s Nesbitt Stadium.The game, which was necessary after both ...

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Larry Johnson ‘at peace’ with decision to leave Penn State

Other than his family, few people knew that Larry Johnson had already made up his mind. He was leaving Penn State.From outside the program, it had appeared that the revered defensive line coach had made the switch instantaneously. One day he was with the Nittany Lions, the next he was set to join rival Ohio State.But what wasn’t immediately clear was that Johnson wasn’t going to return to the Lions’ staff, even before he got a job offer from Buckeyes co...

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Madness begins: Forty teams vying for D2 soccer gold

You’ve heard about March Madness when every basketball team has a chance at postseason glory.Welcome to Off-the-wall October, the District 2 boys soccer equivalent of the famed hoops fascination.That’s right, for the next two weeks every boys soccer team has a shot at claiming D2 gold as all 40 clubs from the district are in the playoffs this season.There’s sure to be upsets and a Cinderella or two along the way, with more drama than expected...

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Penn Staters in the NFL: Robinson gets first touchdown

For the second week in a row, a former Penn Stater scored his first NFL touchdown.Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson pulled in his first touchdown pass Sunday on a nifty catch-and-run for a 31-yard score against the Cleveland Browns.Robinson was targeted by quarterback Blake Bortles seven times in the game. He finished with four catches for 60 yards and the one score in the Jaguars’ 24-6 victory.The former Penn State star ...

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Redeemer volleyball earns decisive sweep

Facing one of the top contenders to the throne this year, the Holy Redeemer girls volleyball team came through once again.The Royals moved closer to another unbeaten regular season with an impressive 25-10, 25-10, 25-15 sweep of a successful Crestwood squad on Monday. It was the 139th consecutive WVC win for Redeemer.Lauren Slavoski provided 24 kills, five service points and four digs while Kassie Schinski added 10 digs, nine service points and five kills....

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Rest or rust? Royals, Giants set for World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout.“I can’t believe that just happened, dude,” pitcher James Shields razzed.It’ll be more frustrating than funny if those are the same awkward swings the R...

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Royals, fans bond over improbable postseason run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The game had been over for hours. Kauffman Stadium had gone dark. The roars of a sold-out crowd, which had rooted the Kansas City Royals to a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels, had drifted away into the cool night air.A few miles away, at a bar and grill called McFadden’s, the party was just beginning.Greg Holland had showed up, the All-Star closer watching with a grin as highlights of the game played on television. Salvador Perez and ...

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