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NY governor: Doc with Ebola had limited contacts before symptoms appeared

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NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the New York doctor who has tested positive for Ebola “obviously felt he wasn’t symptomatic” when he went out “in a limited way.”Cuomo made his comments on NBC’s Today show Friday after being asked whether Dr. Craig Spencer acted responsibly, even though he rode the subway, bowled and rode a cab.Spencer recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa.The governor said Spencer had been taking his temperature twice a day and took himself to a hospital as soon as he had a fever. As a doctor, Cuomo said Spencer knew you’re not contagious until you’re symptomatic.

 

Sunshine wraps up soggy week

After three damp and chilly days, sunshine is breaking through in the region bringing warmer temperatures with it.A circling storm system that had stalled over the Atlantic east of Pennsylvania finally started to break up and move on, WNEP-TV meteorologist Noreen Clark said during her morning forecast.The weather should start to feel like the beginning of October instead of the end of the month, Clark said.Clouds are expected to continue clearing throughout th...

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Police: man was robbed on the River Common

A man reportedly was robbed Thursday night near the River Common park in downtown Wilkes-Barre, city police said.Around 10 p.m., police were called to the scene along North River Street for reports of a man shouting that he had been robbed.According to a police report, four males held down the victim, a 50-year-old man, and searched his pockets stealing cash, a Pennsylvania drivers license and an Access food assistance card, police said.The story started aroun...

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Reads Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Poetry Reading, by Amye Archer from her latest edition “Bangs,” about sex, love, divorce and the hair bands of the 1980s. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Free. 570-969-1040.Adult Book Group, a discussion of “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta, about what would happen if The Rapture actually took place and millions of people disappeared from ...

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Exhibits Listings: Oct. 17 to 23, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Chicks with Balls, paintings by award-winning, nationally known artist Judy Takacs depicting strength, courage and success of unsung heroines in everyday life. Opens Friday, Oct. 24 with a reception 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Through Dec. 9 with hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 570-740-0727.

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Kids Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Bring your creation representing a children’s book or book character to the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top, by Friday, Oct. 24. Pumpkins will be on display through Friday, Oct. 31 with patrons voting on their favorite. Winner receives a gift certificate to Target. 570-474-9313.

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Oct. 24 to 30 The Guide Listings: Buys

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Fall Craft Show, with more than 100 crafters. Columbia Montour Area Vo-Tech School, 5050 Sweppenheiser Drive, Bloomsburg. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. 570-784-8040.Flea Market, Craft and Vendor Sale, with lunch and a Welsh-cookie sale. Eastern Star Building, 15 Foster St., Dallas. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. 570-675-4893.Fall Repurpose Sale, with new and gently used items, $3 fill-a-bag book sale, food and baked goo...

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Outdoors listings: Oct. 24 to Oct. 30

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Live Bats: Fact or Fiction, a talk on these nocturnal mammals with Susan Gallagher of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. 570-675-9900.Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park Boat Launch, Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. Sunday...

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Stage Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014The Addams Family, a new musical based on the macabre TV family who are put to the test when outsiders come to dinner. Presented by Phoenix Theatrics at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. $12. 570-457-3589.Slapstick Sonata, a theater piece with visual poetry meeting physical comedy with a dash of contemporary circus, set to the music of Moz...

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Events Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Horror Film Fest, a screening of the teen vampire movie “The Lost Boys” (1987). Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. 570-821-1959.Hallo-Fun, Halloween family fun with selected “Hallo-riffic” amusement rides, games and trick-or-treat stations. Knoebels Amusement Park, Route 487, Elysburg. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oc...

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Concert Listings: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014

THIS WEEK: Oct. 24 to 30, 2014Mike Lewis, the Americana singer-songwriter. Voice of Hope Christian Coffee House, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 E. State St., Nanticoke. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Free. Broadcast live on WVHO-FM (94.5). 570-735-1760.In Recital, a concert by organist Timothy E. Smith. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. F...

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Study: Beef up Luzerne County 911 staff

A new independent study backs up complaints that Luzerne County’s 911 center is understaffed, recommending the addition of 15 full-time employees.The center is currently budgeted for 77 full-time employees, and the proposed 2015 budget did not increase that amount.County 911 Executive Director Fred Rosencrans sought the study, which was completed by MCM Consulting Group, Inc., after the center was criticized for dispatching emergency crews to the wrong location in ...

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More NEPA grandparents parenting again

WILKES-BARRE — Gerri Mikelski is part of a growing trend in Luzerne County and across the country —she is raising her granddaughter.But Mikelski, 64, of Pittston, was quick to refer to Judith Mikelski, 10, as her daughter. Mikelski said she has been raising Judith since she was about 9 months old and legally adopted the child as her daughter about seven years ago.“Both parents were on drugs and weren’t taking care of her,” Mikelski said. She...

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Luzerne man charged in home invasion

LUZERNE — A borough man has been charged in connection with a Willard Street home invasion earlier this week.Joshua Tyler Rose, 19, was arrested shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, borough police said.Police said a Willard Street resident heard a knock on his front door at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday and, when he answered, an unknown male, about 6 feet tall and wearing a white hoodie said, “I’m from Hazleton, I’m looking for Pringle Street.”...

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Cartwright screens promotional video of Wilkes-Barre to be seen by the world

WILKES-BARRE — The 24 views on YouTube of U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s video about the city late Thursday afternoon were just what he wanted.The Democrat from Moosic featured Wilkes-Barre in his latest video of cities in the 17th Congressional District that he represents as a means to bring attention and business to the county seat of Luzerne County.“What we need to do is spread the word about Wilkes-Barre and that’s what we’re up to today,&#...

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All 3 suspects in Pittston stabbing now in custody

PITTSTON — With cooperation from the U.S Marshal’s Service and the Luzerne County Probation Office, Pittston City police now have the two remaining suspects wanted in the Oct. 17 stabbing incident on Tomato Fest Drive in custody.Police said Luiyomal Pagan-Ardono, 23, of Scranton, turned himself in at the Luzerne County Probation office, and Bobby Jo Engle, 18, of Pittston, turned herself in at the Pittston City police station.Police had captured Luiyomal Paga...

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Isis Ann Brown pleads guilty in death of aunt

WILKES-BARRE — Isis Ann Brown pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree homicide Thursday in the death of her 78-year-old aunt, Dorothy Koreny of Hanover Township.Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough sentenced Brown to 10 to 20 years in state prison followed by 10 years’ probation, with credit for 209 days already served. She also must make restitution of $8,465 and continue mental health treatment.Vough said he believes mental illness factored heavily...

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Six people charged with trafficking heroin from New Jersey to Luzerne County

SCRANTON — Six people were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they were moving heroin from New Jersey into Luzerne County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.One of the six could face life in prison if convicted.Desmond Mercer, 26, known as “Dez,” of Edwardsville, has an extensive criminal record on drug related offenses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to court records. Mercer has two drug-related cases pending in Luzerne ...

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