Temporary service disruption expected for American Water Customers in parts of Swoyersville, Luzerne

SCRANTON — Pennsylvania American Water customers in parts of Swoyersville and Luzerne might experience temporary service disruptions as crews make repairs to a broken 12-inch water main along Main Street in Swoyersville.Customers might experience no water, low pressure, or cloudy water as crews make repairs. There is currently no estimate for repairs.Customers in the following areas might experience no water, low pressure or cloudy water while the work is being com...

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Our Opinion: Is The Mall at Steamtown worth saving?

The holiday shopping season will be a pitiful one for The Mall at Steamtown. While the Scranton shopping center wasn’t in great shape this time last year, it’s in even worse shape this year.The Bon-Ton is gone. So is Express. The food court – half-full last year – is a quarter-full now. Even the movie theater is on its way out.It begs the question: Is Steamtown worth saving?This summer, we were told things were looking up. A foreclosure...

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Politicos: If Leighton runs, his record as Wilkes-Barre mayor has pluses, minuses

WILKES-BARRE — If Mayor Thomas Leighton decides to run again next year, his record would and should be the focus of the campaign, said a political blogger and the head of the county Republican Party.Leighton has said he’s not yet made a decision on whether to seek a fourth consecutive four-year term and will confer with his family before making an announcement in February.But councilman Tony George, said he’s in the race and that he will be going agains...

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Facial burns reported in Plymouth fire

PLYMOUTH — Firefighters from several West Side fire departments are battling a blaze at a double-block house on Lee Street in Plymouth.One person was taken to a hospital for facial burn injuries.Firefighters responded to 597 Lee Street just before noon. Crews are still dousing the residence with water. There’s extensive fire damage to the second floor of the house, where firefighters are concentrating their efforts.Check back with The Times Leader ...

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Our Opinion: Hunt for trooper’s alleged killer raises prickly questions about the costs of justice for all

Now that Eric Frein has been caught and the costs of the manhunt tabulated, it’s time to reflect on the resources that went into his capture.The seven-week pursuit of the alleged state trooper killer cost more than $11 million, according to a financial breakdown released by state police earlier this month. Local, state and federal law-enforcement officers combed the Poconos night and day. Their ranks numbered 1,000 at a time. They deployed snipers, infrared devices and even c...

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Leo Glodzik seeks to leave Luzerne County for holiday visits

WILKES-BARRE —Leo Glodzik III, confined under bail conditions to not leave Luzerne County, is seeking permission to visit out-of-state family for the holidays.Glodzik, 43, of Wilkes-Barre, will miss visiting his family on Thanksgiving as Judge Lesa Gelb scheduled a hearing on the request for Dec. 4.Glodzik, through his attorney Joseph Sklarosky Sr., filed a petition in county court Monday seeking permission to visit his three children in New Jersey and his mother i...

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PENN STATERS IN THE NFL: Gould goes from place kicker to pitchman

Chicago Bears place kicker Robbie Gould hasn’t seen much action in the last few weeks.The former Penn Stater missed his only field goal attempt Sunday in the Bears’ 21-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While he converted three extra point attempts, the missed 54-yarder was just his second attempt in five games.But that doesn’t mean Gould didn’t get plenty of TV time, or at least more than most NFL place kickers. He appeare...

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GAMING BLOG: Review — “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”

“Another year, another ‘Call of Duty’.”That’s probably what a lot of gamers are saying as crowds of gamers flock to “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” Admittedly, I would have been a part of the former prior to this year. The series had gotten noticeably stale, and needed a breath of fresh air to get itself back on track.This is anything but “just another year” for the series. “Advanced Warfare” mixes thing...

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Seinfeld adds second show to Kirby appearance

WILKES-BARRE — With one show already sold out, comedian Jerry Seinfeld has agreed to add a second show to his Feb. 19th visit to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.Often called America’s premier comedian, Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine on the Kirby stage for two shows — 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. ...

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Temperatures to cool; snow expected by the midweek

Enjoy today’s warm weather — colder temperatures are on their way back to the Wyoming Valley.It also looks like the region is in for its first snowfall of the season this week.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 62 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Overcast skies ushered in the new week, along with some sprinkles.Cloudy skies will give way to mostly sunny skies today, with scattered showers p...

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