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Luzerne County down to one Valley Crest purchase offer

Luzerne County is down to one purchase offer for the former Valley Crest nursing home property in Plains Township because one prospective buyer dropped out and the remaining one is interested in only part of the county-owned property.The status of purchase offers was included in an administration briefing up for discussion at Tuesday’s council work session.The lone proposal on the table is from Tamburro R.E. Development and Management, LLC, which is owned by Robert...

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Can Wilkes-Barre Area borrow big without voter approval? Maybe

WILKES-BARRE — Although Wilkes-Barre Area School Board is moving forward on what could become Luzerne County’s largest public school construction project ever, the board promised to keep any 2015-16 tax increase under a state limit of 2.7 percent. And Solicitor Ray Wendolowski said the district could probably stay under the annual limit throughout the project.Considering that upgrading the three-high-school system has been estimated at a cost as high as $234 million, is...

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Prosection intends to paint ugly picture of Hernandez

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. He and his fiancee had started a family, living in a mansion in the Boston suburbs with their 8-month-old daughter.This week, prosecutors will paint a different picture of Hernandez: they will portray him as a killer who orchestrated the shooting of semiprofession...

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Super trash talk about to heat up

Richard Sherman gave Tom Brady an earful and trolled him on Twitter a few years ago.Now the All-Pro cornerback says the star quarterback isn’t really a choir boy.Sherman vs. Brady. Jeremy Lane vs. Rob Gronkowksi. Doug Baldwin vs. the world.This Super Bowl between the New England Patriots (14-4) and Seattle Seahawks (14-4) will feature some epic yapping from some of the best trash-talkers in the NFL.“I think people get a skewed view of To...

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Letter to the Editor: Make area physicians aware of Breast-feeding Education, Support and Training (BEST) program

Has your physician’s office been “BEST” trained?Members of the Luzerne County Breastfeeding Coalition are participating as trainers for the “BEST” (Breast-feeding Education, Support and Training) program. A physician/provider and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant can come directly to the practice for the presentation. Or presentations may be scheduled on site at grand rounds, monthly meetings and staff meetings.

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Comeback sends Krygious to quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia — He upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, and followed up Sunday by beating the guy who ousted Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Next up for Nick Kyrgios is a quarterfinal against Andy Murray at Melbourne Park.It’s about to get very noisy on Rod Laver Arena.The 19-year-old Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6, becoming the first Australian man to reach the last eigh...

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Heart attack claims “Mr. Cub”

The lawyer for the family of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks said Sunday that the legendary player died Friday after suffering a heart attack, just a week short of his 84th birthday.A public service for Banks likely will be Wednesday at Daley Plaza, sources said.Banks passed away Friday at 83 after a storied 19-year playing career and 40-plus years as an ambassador for baseball and the city of Chicago. At a news conference Sunday, his widow, Liz, spoke briefly and introdu...

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Penn State still strapped by sanctions

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — It’s become a game of sorts as Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour sits in her office on the ground floor of Bryce Jordan Center, plugging in sources of revenue and trying to figure out what Penn State’s athletic budget can do without.Like running a household, there are ways to make ends meet, and it helps to have more money coming in than going out. But Penn State is missing millions in revenue, denied its share of Big Ten bowl payou...

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Pro Bowl worth the wait for Sproles

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Darren Sproles started practice Friday with a video camera strapped to his chest. Midway through the session, the Eagles running back wanted to take it off.Never mind that he was practicing for the Pro Bowl, an exhibition in which the only football activity less intense than the game is the practice leading up to it.Sproles wanted to be at his best. To approach practice any other way would go against what made Sproles a Pro Bowler in the first p...

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Seahawks may lose Lynch pin of success

RENTON, Wash. — For all the importance placed around finding the right quarterback, the trade that brought Marshawn Lynch to Seattle part way through the 2010 season could be considered the most important transaction Pete Carroll made in the makeover of the Seahawks.Lynch brought more than just skills as a running back. Lynch provided the Seahawks an attitude that spread through the locker room.“I kind of love his act,” Seattle general manager John Schn...

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