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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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Local wrestlers head to Virginia Beach for national tournament

More than three dozen wrestlers from Luzerne County schools have taken the more than seven-hour trip to Virginia Beach this weekend.While it would be a nice weekend vacation for most, they’re not there for recreational purposes. They’re bound for one of the biggest high school tournaments in the country, the 26th annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.“It’s a very special thing. It’s...

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Fighting Irish beat Wichita State to reach Elite Eight

CLEVELAND — Notre Dame’s march through March is picking up speed.Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years.The Irish (32-5) shot 75 percent (18 of 24) in the second half, easily pulling away from the seventh-seeded Shockers (30-5) after Wichita State took its first and only lead on a layup by Dariu...

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King’s unveils new athletics logo

Leo the Lion has a new look.King’s publicly released its new athletic logo on Thursday as the school continues a rebranding effort that included a new academic logo in the fall.Designed by Creative Communications Associates, the Monarchs’ updated mark shifts from the old full-body lion leaning against a large ‘K’ to a close-up of the mascot’s face.Like the former logo, Leo still wears his crown and maintains the snarl on his face....

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Valley West volleyball rallies past Coughlin

Wyoming Valley West pulled out the come-from-behind victory after dropping the first two games, beating Coughlin 3-2 on Thursday in boys volleyball play.The Spartans won 18-25, 24-26, 25-15, 25-19, 15-11.For Valley West, Nick Klimchok tallied 17 points and 23 assists, Hunter McGrane nabbed three kills and 10 blocks, and Jordan Ellsworth picked up nine points, three aces, 11 kills and 12 digs.North Pocono 3, Dallas 0The Trojans picke...

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