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Franklin sounds off on clock management

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The questions were over, but James Franklin had a few more things he wanted to say.Unsolicited, the Penn State coach wrapped up Tuesday’s press conference by addressing his staff’s philosophy on the two-minute drill.Not coincidentally, it was in the spotlight at the end of Saturday’s win over UCF.During the Nittany Lions’ decisive field goal drive, Franklin was criticized on the ESPN broadcast for his clock management, namely his conservation of timeouts.First on the list was not using one of his three available timeouts after Christian Hackenberg scrambled for a first down with less than a minute to play.


Nittany Lions adjusting to life back in the US

Penn State’s buses pulled up in Happy Valley a few ticks before 3 a.m. on Sunday. Some 13 hours later, the Nittany Lions were back on the field.The new schedule installed by James Franklin now has the team practicing on Sundays and then taking off on Mondays. In the past, it had been the other way around.And not even a flight back from Ireland was going to change the itinerary as the Lions begin preparations for Saturday’s home opener against Akron....

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey talks ISIS, flood aid, Sherman Hills in Times Leader interview

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on Tuesday said the United States has several options to deal with the terrorist group ISIS other than putting boots on the ground.Casey, D-Scranton, said diplomacy, sanctions and support from our allies are key in dealing with ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — an organization he said is a “very powerful and very real threat.”Casey said the Obama Administration is “in the midst” of ar...

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Goodbye 109th? Not likely, general says

KINGSTON — A U.S. Department of Defense proposal to reduce the National Guard in Pennsylvania — including cuts that likely would close the 109th Field Artillery armories in Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke and Plymouth — faces one mammoth hurdle, according to the man who heads the Guard: It can’t be done without the governor’s consent, and the governor has said no.The proposed cuts aren’t part of any current budget plan, Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig, the sta...

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This week’s Good Eats

Editor’s note: Please send news for this space by noon Friday to people@timesleader.com or by mail to Good Eats, The Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. To ensure accuracy, information must be typed or computer generated.THIS WEEK: Sept. 3 to Sept. 9

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TV show to look at Wolsieffer murder case

WILKES-BARRE — A new look at the story of Betty Wolsieffer’s murder at the hands of her husband Glen, a Wilkes-Barre dentist, will be aired Thursday on the Investigation Discovery Channel.“The Deadly Dentist” episode is the season finale in the ID channel’s series titled “Handsome Devils,” which Investigation Discovery says “exposes the secrets of real life lady-killers — men who will have you on top of the world one minute, and...

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Knights of Columbus hosting Rosary Rally

The Knights of Columbus combined Councils of the Wyoming Valley will host the 38th annual Rosary Rally, Sunday, Sept. 28 at St. Leo/Holy Rosary Parish, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley. A rosary procession with the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima statue will begin at 2 p.m. from St. Leo’s Church parking area. Those not in the procession should go directly to the church by 3 p.m. Marion devotions will take place in the church at 3 p.m., followed by a Mass. This Mass will satisfy Sunday obligation. Refr...

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Oakwood Terrace hosts gazebo concert

Oakwood Terrace memory care community in Moosic recently held its annual gazebo concert. Guests enjoyed entertainment, light refreshments, giveaways and door prizes. Event committee members preparing to serve families and friends, from left: Linda Howey, volunteer; Theresa Janosov, director, food and beverage; Cassandra White and Dan Howey, dietary servers; Janet Zaleski, recreation director; and Janine Starinsky, executive director.

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Jake P. Bonin

Jake Patrick Bonin, son of John and Tara Bonin, Harding, is celebrating his eighth birthday today, Sept. 3. Jake is a grandson of John and Norina Conden, Wyoming, and Larry and Florence Bonin, Swoyersville. He has a brother, Ryan, 9.

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Interdependence Day planned

Interdependence Day 2014 will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Scranton Cultural Center. This year the event will be a panel discussion with the theme ‘Indifference to Interdependence.’ The panel members are the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Diocese of Scranton; the Rev. Tawan Edward Bailey, pastor, Bethel A.M.E Church, Scranton; Rabbi Moshe Saks, Temple Israel, Scranton; and Gary Drapek, executive director, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne counties. They...

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Northeastern Pennsylvania

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Luzerne County and surrounding counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania until 10 p.m.A severe thunderstorm by definition is a thunderstorm that produces one inch hail or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation.They are usually issued for a duration of four to eight hours. They are normally issued well in advance ...

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Consider two-year, four-year college mix to save on higher ed

To reduce the cost of a college education, know the right questions to ask.One way that a student can significantly reduce his or her college costs is by looking carefully at the credit transfer process. Completing the first two years at a community college by taking core curriculum classes can help students earn transferable credits while keeping their cost of tuition low. The majority of these core classes transfer because most of the colleges and universities are evaluated by th...

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Kerri and Nicole Frail combine talents for cookbook

When Wilkes-Barre native Nicole Frail talks about cooking, eating and even cleaning up afterward, she makes it sound so much like a game that you want to grab a spatula or a dish towel and join right in.“It’s such a great time,” she said, describing cooking with her boyfriend, Matthew Magda, as an adventure. “We put on music when we cook and we’re in the top floor of an apartment building so it’s pretty warm all the time. We’re running for ...

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Islamic State video purports beheading of a second US journalist

BEIRUT (AP) — An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.Sotloff, 31, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley....

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Letter to the Editor: Let Burger King have it their way when it comes to taxes

The best government response to the “inversion” of Burger King with Canada’s Tim Hortons Inc. seemingly for the purpose of avoiding U.S. taxes is the opposite of what you might think. Rather than club Burger King over the head with yet more tax avoidance rules, don’t tax Burger King – or its ilk – at all.Why not? Won’t this solution deplete Uncle Sam’s coffers of badly needed revenue from BK? Actually not.The reason why not...

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Times Leader will spend $700K to upgrade its Wilkes-Barre press

WILKES-BARRE — Civitas Media, parent company of The Times Leader Media Group, announced Tuesday an investment of nearly $700,000 in its Market Street production facility. The investment comes in the form of upgrades to The Times Leader's press plant, as well as electrical work at the facility. “We're proud to be the only daily...

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OUR OPINION: Sister Siena Finley started conversation about ethics that community must continue

She carried a moral compass for this community, urging people to choose good ethical behavior.She guided individuals as they grappled with making decisions involving life-and-death matters and far lesser ones. Sister Siena Finley, who died last week at age 92 after nearly three-quarters of a century as a nun, did all that could be expected during her time on Earth to encourage area residents to listen to their better angels.When people failed in their ethical obligations...

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Former inmate targeted residence of other ex-inmate

NANTICOKE — A Nanticoke man suspected Thomas Worthy Painter burglarized his residence because they had served time together in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, according to charges filed.Painter, 19, of Third Street, Glen Lyon, was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief and underage drinking. He was jailed at the c...

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