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Penn State’s 2014 season opens in just two days. But there are still plenty of questions for the Nittany Lions as they prepare to take on Central Florida in Saturday’s Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland.Join us on this page at 7 p.m. on Thursday to chat with Penn State beat writer Derek Levarse. Ask whatever questions are on your mind about the opener, the team in general or the Big Ten for the new season.On the plus side, there will actually be a game to ...

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Shavertown’s McGrath makes Pittsburgh’s rookie tournament roster

Not long after Shavertown’s Patrick McGrath signed a one-year contract with the Wheeling Nailers in July, he set his sights on another goal.McGrath, who spent his mornings this summer working out with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s strength and conditioning coach Joe Lorincz at the Toyota Sportsplex, hoped for the chance to show his stuff at the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie tournament held each September in Canada.

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Stomach-ripper Emmanuel Paulino gets up to 21 years in prison

WILKES-BARRE — A West Hazleton man who pleaded guilty to tearing a woman’s stomach tissue through her anus will spend up to 21 years behind bars.Emmanuel Paulino, 30, received his sentence Thursday in Luzerne County Court from Judge Fred Pierantoni.“Your actions are unexplainable and have caused damage for years to come,” Pierantoni told Paulino.Paulino will serve between five-and-a-half to 15 years in state prison for one count of aggr...

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Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerard Dessoye won’t talk about possible departure

WILKES-BARRE — City Police Chief Gerard Dessoye declined comment Thursday about a published report that he will be leaving the department to take over as director of security at King’s College.Dessoye’s no comment was issued in the afternoon through city spokeswoman Liza Prokop who was asked to reach out to him earlier in the day.Dessoye, 57, a graduate of King’s College, has been chief since 2004 and with the department for approximately 35 years...

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Salavantis to withdraw Yukanvich charges after federal plea

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis plans to withdraw two theft cases pending against Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Yuknavich, who has reached a separate plea agreement with federal prosecutors.Salavantis confirmed her office’s intentions this afternoon, hours after news broke of Yuknavich’s federal plea, under which he must make $45,000 in restitution and resign his position within 10 days.Federal law prohibits t...

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PSU set to debut new approach on special teams

James Franklin doesn’t know how to describe it. Not exactly. But the Penn State coach knows that something has been missing for the Nittany Lions on special teams.There are several issues to work through as the 2014 season opens. But for Franklin, it all starts with finding a dynamic return man for punts and kicks.“I want to find out who has it,” Franklin said this week. “I can’t tell you what it is. Some guys just have the...

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Police: Woman selling marijuana to pay for new roof, pay bills

BUTLER TWP. — A woman allegedly caught with $5,000 worth of marijuana said she was selling the pot because she needed cash to pay bills and a new roof on her home, according to charges filed.State police at Hazleton said they stopped Jessica Marie Lenning, 27, of Altoona, driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade, for speeding while traveling west on Interstate 80 just before 2 a.m. Thursday.Troopers handcuffed the passenger, Kai Lamar Carter, 28, after a records check show...

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United Way launches ‘Imagination Library’

WILKES-BARRE — The best tool in fighting poverty and crime may lie in books like “Hama Llama and the Bully Goat.”That was the book read to pre-school children Thursday at the Osterhout Free Library, where the United Way of Wyoming Valley announced its affiliation with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.The international program was founded by Parton, the country music icon, based on her belief that literacy is the key in preparing children for a lifet...

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PA Liquor Control Board opens refurbished store in Pittston

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board opened its new, re-branded Fine Wine & Good Spirits store Thursday at the Pittston Crossings Shopping Center on Route 315.Board member Tim Holden welcomed local elected officials, vendors and the public to the grand opening.The new store replaces the original store located at the Pittston Laurel Plaza that closed its doors on Wednesday.“We have been on a plan for two years of re-branding our stores, basically to prov...

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‘If I Stay’ will make you want to leave … the theater

One scene exemplifies my anger with “If I Stay,” the latest teen weepy where Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) recalls her love story as she lingers in a coma after a horrific family car accident. A nurse urges her to fight if she wants to live. Mia, as an apparition, responds, “How do I start fighting? Someone help me!”A good movie would show us how Mia gets the strength to fight. Since “If I Stay” is lazy and pandering, Mia must hear testimoni...

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