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Letter to the Editor: Columbus Day unfitting as paid holiday for Wilkes-Barre’s employees

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The city of Wilkes-Barre should establish Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday by getting rid of Columbus Day.If Christopher Columbus were alive today, he would be in a federal prison and on death row. There is an abundance of historical eyewitness evidence, and Columbus’ own diary, which supports a legal conclusion that Columbus tortured, murdered and enslaved thousands of Native Americans.Columbus was witnessed to have buried alive many of these peaceful and loving natives simply because they became exhausted from their enslaved labor. Columbus’ diary proves that he supervised the selling of Native American girls, as young as 9 years old, into sexual slavery.


A day in the life of Mo’ne Davis, reluctant cover girl

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — At first, she tried to disguise herself by wearing a hoodie, but her hazel eyes and iconic braids were a dead giveaway.She has her own escort now, a driver who ferries her around the Little League complex in a golf cart. It’s the only way she can move about without being mobbed.Sometimes she just wants to watch some of the other players play, but even that is difficult when you’re the cover girl, Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to...

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Hazleton man charged with stealing friend’s wallet

SUGAR NOTCH — Police on Wednesday charged a man from Hazleton with setting up his friend to steal his wallet when the two agreed to meet at a tavern to socialize.Robert John Cool, 27, of North Church Street, was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on charges of robbery, theft, simple assault and harassment. He was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.Court records say Cool has been...

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Lehighton man killed in Foster Township crash

FOSTER TWP. — State police at Hazleton said a man from Lehighton died at the scene of a two vehicle head-on crash on state Route 940 early Thursday morning.State police identified the man as 34-year-old Jamin Zimmerman.Zimmerman, driving a 1999 Plymouth Breeze, was traveling west on Route 940 when he crossed into the on-coming lane colliding head-on with a 2012 Mack truck tractor, driven by David Kleppinger, of Palmerton, at about 4:34 a.m., state ...

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Kale, yeah!

Summer isn’t the usual time to think about soup. But why not have some now, especially when you get a cool spell like we’ve had recently. Soup is hearty and and delicious and good for a few meals, if you make a big pot of the stuff.The good thing about black-eyed peas and kale soup is, because it is essentially vegetable soup, you can use any varieties of vegetables or pasta, rice or quinoa. If you like a little meat in your soup, you can add sausage, ham, chicken or be...

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Pennsylvania American Water announces $1.6 million county upgrade

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania American Water has announced water main replacement projects in seven Luzerne County communities to improve reliability for customers, reduce service disruptions and increase water flows for firefighting.The cost of the water system improvements is approximately $1.6 million.“These projects will replace parts of our water infrastructure dating back to the late 1800s,” said Anthony Gangemi, PAWC superintendent of field operati...

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Traffic moving smoothly after overnight roadwork to I-81 on-ramp

PennDOT traffic cameras show no bottlenecks after emergency road repairs were made overnight to an I-81 on-ramp from Route 315 in Pittston.Traffic is moving somewhat slower in the area and has been reduced to one lane as crews set up a crane for more construction planned for tonight, PennDOT District 4 spokesman Mike Taluto said.PennDOT crews had closed the bridge from 7 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. this morning, meaning early-morning commuters heading for the interstate li...

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Plains Township police seek sign thief

PLAINS TWP. — Township police late Tuesday night released a surveillance picture of a man who allegedly stole a Citgo sign from Donna’s Convenience Store on South River Street on Aug. 18.Police said the man exited the store after purchasing items and then put a Citgo sign inside his vehicle and drove away. The vehicle is a maroon, two-door S-10 Chevrolet Blazer with primer on the rear driver’s side.Estimated value of the sign is $800 to...

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State police fire marshal investigating blaze in Wyoming

WYOMING — A state police fire marshal is investigating a blaze that heavily damaged a building on Englewood Terrace early Wednesday morning.Firefighters from several West Side departments responded to the blaze just after 3 a.m.A couple residing in the house and their two dogs escaped without injury.WNEP-TV reported firefighters believe the blaze started in a garage and spread to a pool house.

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Gunfire in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — City police officers investigated gunfire finding several shell casings in the area of South Grant and Reese streets at about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday.No injuries were reported.

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Rain likely tonight with possible thunderstorms

There’s a lingering chance of rain for the rest of the week, with a few possible thunderstorms scattered about and persistent cloudy skies until Sunday.The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance for rain today and a possible thunderstorm overnight. high temperatures could reach 83 degrees today with winds between 5 and 7 mph.Rain is likely again Thursday, and the weather service says be on the lookout for thunderstorms into the evening. The chance fo...

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Regional fuel prices continue months-long downward trend

Little by little, gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have been dwindling downward since May, and they continued that trend overnight.The AAA Fuel Gauge Report shows unleaded gasoline prices averaged statewide dropped by about one cent from $3.50 per gallon to $3.49.In the northeast region, that is Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Scranton, the price for the same gas fell by fractions of a penny, still about seven cents less than the statewide average at $3.42 per gallon....

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Times Leader editor responds to Citizens’ Voice attack ad

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 ...

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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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Redevelopment Authority talks marketing Wilkes-Barre’s Market Street Square

WEST PITTSTON — The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority met with two representatives of Hinerfeld Commercial Real Estate Tuesday about marketing the Market Street Square property.But the board members held off on voting to approve an exclusive listing contract with the firm because two members were absent.The vote was tabled until next month’s meeting so they could be present.Only Carol Keup, Judith Barr and Mark Rabo were present. Attorney Jose...

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William C. Kashatus: Little League World Series brings out best and worst

Mo’ne Davis is a breath of fresh air for Little League Baseball’s World Series. It’s not only because the ace of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons is first girl to hurl a shutout in the history of the tournament, either.After defeating Nashville, Tennessee, 4-0, in the first round, sportswriters asked about her game plan. “It’s not just about me,” she said with a maturity beyond her years. “It’s about the whole team.”...

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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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