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County defeats City in annual Dream Game

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PECKVILLE – County line play on both sides of the ball dominated the 80th annual Dream Game.The County used a steady ground game, most of it between the tackles, to defeat the City 14-7 at Henzes Memorial Stadium in a game that was scoreless at halftime.Quinn Karam of Abington Heights and Jake Manetti of Old Forge ran for touchdowns and the County defense held the City to negative rushing yards in the all-star game for recent graduates from Lackawanna Football Conference teams.


Luzerne County assessment appeal deadline is Friday

LUZERNE COUNTY — Luzerne County Assessment Director Anthony Alu reminds property owners that Friday is the deadline to file assessment appeals.Assessment reductions granted through appeals will take effect in 2015 municipal, county and school tax bills. The office will accept applications postmarked up to Aug. 1, Alu said.Appeals filed after Friday will be heard at a later date and apply to 2016 tax bills.Alu said his office has received a rush of filing...

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PLCB votes to lower fee for gaming licenses

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board voted unanimously Wednesday to reduce the fee for a Tavern Gaming License from $2,000 to $500.The decision drops the fee to the lowest amount allowed by a recent legislative change, a PLCB news release said. The new fee structure will apply to new applicants for the license, as well as the three applicants who have not yet paid the fee.In order to be considered for the license, an applicant must submit the applicat...

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Indians trade pitcher Justin Masterson to Cardinals

CLEVELAND — Justin Masterson began the season as the Indians’ ace. He’ll end it with a different team in a different league.Cleveland traded the disappointing Masterson on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals, a deal that will allow the Indians to get something in return for the 29-year-old righty who was in his final year under contract.“I was surprised,” Masterson said. “It’s bittersweet. I’m sad to leave the fellas and t...

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Nationals end Marlins’ six-game winning streak, 4-3

MIAMI — Tanner Roark won his fourth consecutive start and the Washington Nationals averted a series sweep by snapping the Miami Marlins’ six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Wednesday.For the fourth start in a row, Roark (11-6) allowed one run in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.74.Drew Storen allowed two runs in the ninth before retiring Reid Johnson on a forceout with two on for the final out to earn his first save since August 2013. Manager Matt ...

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Letter to the Editor: Ukrainians know truth behind brutal Russian aggression

The violence and loss of life in eastern Ukraine is deeply saddening.Russia has consistently attempted to deny the Ukrainian people the right of self-determination and even recognize that such a country existed, particularly during the days of Soviet communism.Today the world sees what Ukrainians have been reporting about the Russian government’s lies and evil ways. Russia claims Ukraine started the current turmoil, but who invaded Crimea, Luhansk, Slovyansk and Do...

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Swoyersville advances to American Legion winners bracket final

BOYERTOWN — Facing North Parkland’s best hitter and with a runner on third in the fourth inning, Swoyersville’s Bill Gregory chose to attack the hitter rather than work around him.Gregory says he not the kind of pitcher who considers issuing an intentional walk.“I don’t think like that,” he said. “My mindset is to go after the hitter, and hopefully my stuff is good enough to beat him.”Gregory tossed a five-hit sh...

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Less zone-read for RG3 under Redskins coach Jay Gruden

RICHMOND, Va. — Robert Griffin III faked the handoff to Alfred Morris and took off down the left sideline, showing the burst of speed that helped him become the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.The crowd loved it. They haven’t seen much of the zone-read during the first few days of Washington Redskins training camp, but here was proof that it’s still a potent part of the playbook.Except that it wasn’t.It was actually a b...

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Eugene Monroe anchors Joe Flacco’s blind side as Ravens LT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Eugene Monroe is right where he wants to be: anchoring the left side of the Baltimore Ravens offensive line.The Ravens hope he stays there a long time, as evidenced by the five-year, $37.5 million contract they gave him in March.The bar at left tackle is high in Baltimore, given that the team’s first-ever draft pick was tackle Jonathan Ogden, now a member of the Hall of Fame. Since Ogden’s retirement after the 2007 season, however, t...

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Miami Dolphins’ credo on T-shirts after bullying scandal

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins, rocked by a bullying scandal last season, are now wearing T-shirts bearing a credo of togetherness that was coined by the players.One by one some of the members of the offense and defense removed their shoulder pads Wednesday and changed into the new gray shirt. On the back was a list of 10 sayings bordered by the words “I am a Miami Dolphin” that encompass their approach to the upcoming season.Among the sayings that br...

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Tiger Woods hopeful of more good memories at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. After that, he heads to Valhalla Golf Club for the PGA Championship, where he won in 2000 on his way to an unprecedented sweep of the majors.At stake is a chance to extend a season already cut short by back surgery.

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A lineout left two runners on base in the second inning. A grounder left two more on in the third. The potential tying run was thrown out trying to come home on an errant pitch. And finally, the tying runs were stranded when the RailRiders made two straight outs in the ninth inning. It was that kind of day for the RailRiders in their 3-1 loss to Gwinnett, where the carrot dangled in front of them all day but they couldn’t quite take a bite.

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Arizona’s Patrick Peterson relishes being highest-paid CB

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Patrick Peterson is the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.Just ask him.Not only did he tweet out the terms of his new contract — five years, $70 million, $48 million guaranteed — he referred to himself as the highest-paid at his position at least five times in the Arizona Cardinals news conference announcing the new deal on Wednesday — twice before he was ever asked a question.He’s long maintained he’s the...

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Aggressive play rewarded modified Stableford event

RENO, Nev. — The 16th edition of Reno’s PGA Tour event has a new sponsor, a new name, no defending champ and a modified Stableford scoring format that encourages aggressive play up and down the edge of the Sierra Nevada.Defending champion Gary Woodland is playing in the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio that features the world’s top 75 players. Still, the Barracuda Championship has one of its best fields.

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Letter to the Editor: Know the rights of people with disabilities and follow ADA’s mandates

July is truly the month of independence for all. Most everyone celebrated the Fourth of July and our country’s anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This year also marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.However, it was not until many years later that the civil rights of our country’s larg...

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Letter to the Editor: Blaming President Obama has become common refrain

For some reason, or maybe none, the words to “Put the blame on Mame, boys” from the play “Auntie Mame” were running through my mind just after I woke. The same morning, there was a special television report about an airplane possibly having been shot down.Soon the phrase “the blame game” was bantered about. Lately, everything has been President Obama’s fault in some people’s points of view.Do not be surprised if a bill soon...

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Nadal to miss two events because of right wrist

Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.He said in a statement issued by the Toronto tournament that he injured himself Tuesday.In a posting on Facebook, Nadal said he is “disappointed” that he can’t ...

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