Parsons native Tom Wardle is country music’s DJ of the Year

Parsons native Tom Wardle believes that country music isn’t just music, it’s a lifestyle.Small wonder then that he would use the moniker djcowboy as his email address.And it’s no surprise that Wardle would be a disc jockey, working to preserve and promote the contemporary western lifestyle and pure country music genres.Wardle says “If it ain’t traditional, it ain’t country!” And he points out that more than half the co...

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Cherry blossoms are blooming in Philadelphia

There are many ways to celebrate spring in the Philadelphia region. For the last 12 years, the Suburu Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia has given residents a chance to experience Japanese culture as winter finally fades into spring.Philadelphia’s relationship with Japan stretches back to 1926 when 1,600 cherry blossom trees (or sakura) were gifted to the city to celebrate the 150th anniversary of American independence. Those trees were planted in Fairmount Park....

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Slight chance of rain, snow showers expected through the weekend

A chance of rain, and possibly some snow, will plague the weekend for the Wyoming Valley.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 37 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly cloudy skies kicked off the last day of the week.A chance of rain and snow showers is possible before 9 a.m. today, followed by a slight chance of snow showers. Little or no snow accumulation is expected, and today’s high will be near 44 degre...

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Traffic report for March 27

An easy ride into work and school will round out the week for morning commuters in the Wyoming Valley.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 315 and 115 are also free of traffic.The North Cross Valley Expressway is reporting no traffic congestion, but some could be encountered on the off-ramps.Minor traffic is reported on Kidder and Mundy streets near the Wyoming Valley Mall. Wilkes-Barre Boulevard also has some sc...

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THEIR VIEW Universities must confront sex assault

The most common violent crime on many college campuses today is sexual assault.The scope of the problem can include everything from stalking to unwanted advances to rape – often at the hands of an acquaintance.One in five undergraduate women – and 6 percent of undergraduate men – will be a victim of rape or an attempted rape in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Education.It would seem, given the highest rate of sexual assaul...

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DA: Federal probe into missing Wilkes-Barre city fuel concluded, decision coming next week

An resolution is apparently in sight.Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said on Thursday that her office has been informed that a conclusion has been reached by federal investigators into thousands of gallons of fuel missing from Wilkes-Barre city pumps.Salavantis said the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office told her they would like to meet sometime next week. The conversation was preliminary and a meeting location and much of the details have yet ...

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Law enforcement officials tell Mountain Top residents their neighborhoods are safe

WRIGHT TWP. — Despite a bank robbery and some other crimes in the Mountain Top area that made headlines recently, the message from local law enforcement was clear: Mountain Top is a safe community, and it’s up to residents to keep it that way.A few hundreds Mountain Top residents filled much of the Crestwood High School Auditorium on Thursday night for a panel discussion on crime and safety, with four police chiefs from Mountain Top communities, a state trooper, the Luz...

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William Kashatus: Millennials don’t think before they tweet

The Millennial Generation has already been criticized for narcissism, a lack of motivation and ignorance of current events. But recently some millennials have added to the infamy by defaming young females on social media with sexually explicit comments and photographs and rationalizing it as acceptable.It began in January when Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity allegedly posted photos of nude or partly nude women, some asleep or passed out, on an invitation-only Facebook...

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Letter to the Editor: Casinos in Pennsylvania won’t lose out by going entirely smoke-free

In response to the online article “Mohegan Sun Pocono joins call for ‘friendlier casino laws’ in Pennsylvania” (March 18), the American Lung Association reiterates: Every Pennsylvanian – including employees in the casino industry – has the right to have a smoke-free work environment.Casino owners are trying to deem a certain level of secondhand smoke as safe, through implementation of “air-handling systems and smoking-mitigation measures.&#...

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hit the road to face division foes

It doesn’t matter that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ opponents for this weekend are essentially out of playoff contention.The Binghamton Senators and Lehigh Valley Phantoms still have something to play for, and this weekend they’ll be playing to beat the division rival Penguins.For that reason, the Penguins are preparing for two tough matchups on the road, beginning tonight in Binghamton and Saturday in Allentown.“With any team in...

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