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Letter to the Editor: Republicans won’t give a break to ‘the working man’

I cannot believe how stupid this country is getting about politics. We keep voting in these phonies who vote against the working man all the time.The Republican-led House of Representatives recently passed a bill to give the rich a $269 billion tax cut. All the Republicans voted for it and all the Democrats voted against it.They claim there isn’t enough money to help the poor people who need help because they don’t make enough to support their families from t...

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Holy Redeemer volleyball sweeps into state quarterfinals

DALLAS — Each time, Adam Zipko got closer.The Holy Redeemer senior saw the pass go in the air as Schuylkill Valley attacker Frank Melvin soared to make contact. Finally Zipko got his hands on it – smashing it back on the Panthers’ half of the court.There’s no better feeling than a little bragging rights in blocking a future Division I athlete.Zipko’s block sparked Redeemer, which scored the last four points of the second set and j...

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Penguins captain Kostopoulos will return for 2015-16

When Tom Kostopoulos cleaned out his locker on May 15, days after the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins playoff run concluded, he was faced with uncertainty.Kostopoulos didn’t know if he would return for a 17th season of pro hockey, but if he did it would only be with the Penguins.Two weeks later and Kostopoulos decided he’s ready to come back. On Wednesday he inked one-year AHL deal with the Penguins for what will be his ninth season with the team.&#...

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Crestwood falls to Radnor in PIAA boys lacrosse opener

DALLAS TWP. — Finally, the Crestwood Comets broke through a defense that appeared to be as easy to penetrate as a steel wall.Andrew Bobynskyj took a quick pass, immediately whirled around and fired Crestwood’s first-ever state playoff goal into the net.It turned out to be much too little, and way too late.Despite a sparkling goaltending effort from Bailey Bauman, Crestwood couldn’t withstand a constant barrage of shots from heavily hyped and ...

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Wyoming Seminary girls lacrosse overpowered by Radnor at states

DALLAS TWP. — Overmatched is a harsh word in sports. But is one Wyoming Seminary girls lacrosse coach Catie Kersey was not afraid to use liberally Wednesday.This Radnor team, one noticeably stronger and faster for 50 minutes, seemed to be in a different league than the Blue Knights.Ranked third in Pennsylvania by LaxPower, Radnor’s dominance over the Blue Knights felt like a fait accompli, the running clock just a formality. The Raiders cruised to a 17-1 vict...

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Salena Diaz: Wilkes University’s Founders Gala puts college within reach for first-generation students

To me, college always had seemed like an idea that existed in the distant future – an incredibly stressful idea for someone who would be the first one in her family to go to college. However, as time went by, the distant future became the present.I couldn’t avoid the college application process any longer and decided to go to Wilkes University for something called Instant Decision Day. The event allows prospective students to spend the day doing various activities on ca...

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Figueroa leads RailRiders past PawSox

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Wednesday’s RailRiders game at Pawtucket was supposed to be about the second rehab appearance for Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka.Instead, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre second baseman Cole Figueroa outshined the right-hander who is recovering from right forearm soreness and wrist tendinitis.Figueroa had a career day going 5 for 5 with 5 runs batted in and finishing a triple shy of the cycle tying the franchise record for hits in a game, while Tanaka las...

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Sabres interviewing ex-Penguins boss Bylsma

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma interviewed for the Buffalo Sabres’ vacancy Wednesday.A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press the talks took place in Buffalo and included Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have declined to discuss their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.Bylsma spent five-plu...

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FIFA hammered by U.S.-based corruption probe

ZURICH — The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged.

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Criminal probe arrives at Blatter’s door

ZURICH — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor.Now comes the biggest challenge of his 17-year rule of FIFA: dealing with the U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption among soccer officials, including some who were sipping drinks with Blatter in the hours and days before being arrested on Wednesday morning in Zurich.Despite the corruption scandals that have scarred FIFA for years, the Teflon-...

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