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State police investigating strong armed robbery in Bear Creek Township

BEAR CREEK TWP. — State police are investigating a strong armed robbery that happened at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Exxon on Bear Creek Boulevard.Police say that a male suspect entered the mini mart. The suspect kept his hand under his shirt and allegedly demanded cash from the register and change box. The suspect then allegedly demanded approximately 6 cartons of Newport cigarettes. The man then fled the store to a vehicle parked on Route 115, and fled. The acto...

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Being uncomfortable for the sake of fashion: I can’t see doing that

I’ve come to the conclusion that eyeglasses are much like girdles: They’re NOT supposed to be comfortable.They are, simply put, a necessary evil that you have to get used to.After wearing contact lenses exclusively for a long time, I finally reached the point, er, age about two years when it was time to bring back the spectacles.After much groaning, I looked at the frames available after my eye exam, and I was pleasantly surprised. When I first sta...

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Oh watt fun it is to ride around this record-breaking house

Santa won’t need Rudolph’s nose to find this house.With 601,736 lights, the Gay family of Union Vale, New York has reclaimed the record for the largest residential holiday light display in the world.With a total of 35 miles of outside wire, the ERDAJT Holiday Light Display consists of nine stars, eight leaping circles, 49 wire-framed animals, 81 fence trees and tons of other display elements that are all synchronized to music.The family previously ...

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Letter to the Editor: Wilkes-Barre benefits from top-notch fire department and emergency responders

Reporter Ron Bartizek’s article Monday about the Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department’s improved ISO rating does a good job of explaining the hard-earned honor recently bestowed, and I’m writing to congratulate Mayor Tom Leighton, Chief Jay Delaney, my former colleagues on the department, and the city at large.

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Letter to the Editor: Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s tax on natural gas would spell trouble for state’s economy

Consumers are finally catching a break now that fuel prices have dropped to their lowest numbers in years. And, with the holidays just around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better.Nonetheless, I fear the pain-at-the-pump relief we are getting will be short-lived if Gov.-elect Tom Wolf moves forward with his plans to enact a severance tax on the natural gas many use to heat their homes.Make no mistake, Pennsylvanians will bear the brunt of any new energy taxes. ...

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AP sources: Cops’ killer angry at chokehold death

NEW YORK — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of ...

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Letter to the Editor: Tax on natural gas drilling needed to put Pennsylvania on solid footing

Well, our outgoing governor will be leaving us with a $2 billion deficit on top of a decimated educational system. We’ve gone from the top 10 of job-creating states to dead last.Let’s hope we remember these facts when it comes time for a vote on a severance tax on natural gas drillers.We’ve already been seeing the expensive TV ads about how much the drillers are paying in taxes. One claimed to have paid more than $400,000 in per-well taxes. $400,000? Wh...

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Letter to the Editor: Catch rebroadcasts of CAN DO’s Community Christmas event on WYLN

Once more we were reminded of the abundance of musical talent possessed by students within our area schools. Once more we celebrated the arts as more than 200 students sang and played the songs of the holiday season at the 22nd annual CAN DO Community Christmas.For the second year, the event was held at Christ Lutheran Church in Hazleton, which was a fantastic venue.

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Letter to the Editor: Taser seen as the latest tool of intimidation in America

On the front page of the Times Leader, on Dec. 11, there is a picture of a police officer holding a Taser.Quoting from the relevant part of Ecclesiastes 1:9, it states, there is nothing knew under the sun. Regretfully, in the Southern states, prior to the Civil War, a leather whip was used to keep the slaves in check. At the sight of one, a slave reacted with fear and intimidation.It seems now we have the electronic whip, the Taser, that makes the same cracking noise whe...

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Making the Team

Throughout their careers, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin players had to prove themselves at various levels and tryout for a team or two. Not every tryout went their way and the experience often provided a learning lesson that would be applied throughout their careers. Each week we’ll ask a Penguin player to look back at some of their tryouts over the years and what they learned from the experience.Player: Nick D’AgostinoAge:...

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