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- DCNR report quantifies Marcellus impacts on public lands
A state report released Thursday concluded shale gas exploration and production on state lands "is neither benign nor catastrophic."
The report represents the first comprehensive effort by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to stu
- Ukraine: 3 killed as hundreds storm Black Sea base
Three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior minister said Thursday.
A crowd of around 300 men armed with Molotov cocktails attacked the base, in the south-east part of the country late Wednesday, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement.
- Tunkhannock wrapping up demolitions of flood-damaged homes
With a mighty sweep, the house on McCord Street in Tunkhannock came toppling down Wednesday, marking a new chapter in the rippling after-effects of record flooding in September 2011.
The four homes near Swale Brook were among five in the borough purchase
- Regional briefs, April 17, 2014
Trail names new curriculum head
FACTORYVILLE - The Lackawanna Trail School Board accepted the resignation Monday night of curriculum director Janice Joyce effective June 30, and has named elementary center Principal Tonia Stoker as her replacement.
- Attorney sentenced to one year in prison for tax evasion
She was applauded and vilified for representing children in child custody disputes, but in the end it was Danielle Ross' dishonesty about her income that led a judge to sentence her Wednesday to one year in prison.
The sentence, imposed by Senior U.S. Di
- SWB RailRiders Game Report
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- WBS PENGUINS: Conner excited as playoffs near
WILKES-BARRE — Chris Conner’s first game in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in nearly five months is going to be a huge one.He wouldn’t have it any other way.“I’m looking forward to it,” Conner said. “I want to play games that mean something. Obviously th
- LOCAL COLLEGE: Sherman lifts Lackawanna to DH split
Ron Sherman had two hits and three RBIs to lead Lackawanna College to a 6-3 win over Monroe Community College in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Wednesday. Monroe won the nightcap, 12-1.In the opener, Lackawanna trailed 3-1 but scored one run in
- Keyser Avenue Kwit Mart robbed at knifepoint
A man walked into a city store early Wednesday, pointed a large knife at the clerk and demanded money, Scranton police said.
Police were called to Joe's Kwik Mart, 701 N. Keyser Ave., about 2 a.m., after the robber made ran off with cash and cigarettes,
- District and Union settle in Old Forge
OLD FORGE - The Old Forge School District and its teachers came to a settlement agreement Wednesday night, allowing the contract negotiation process to continue.
Members of the school board approved a settlement agreement between the district and the Old
- Two new electronic security systems in place at Lakeland schools
SCOTT TWP. - Two new electronic security systems are in place at all three schools in the Lakeland School District - measures officials hope will make the buildings more secure.
Anyone entering one of the district's schools must now present a driver's li
- Multiple crashes of vehicles, including a acid-carrying truck, shut down I-380
COVINGTON TWP. - A rollover of a tanker carrying sulfuric acid was just one of multiple, unrelated car wrecks on the slick pavement of area highways Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
The series of crashes in the snowy conditions closed stretches of
- Community events list, 4/17/14
Bunny event: Dalton Lions Club Breakfast with Bunny/Easter egg hunt, Saturday, breakfast, 9-11 a.m., fire hall, donation accepted; hunt, noon, park (across from fire hall), Bunny photos.
Bake sale: Dalton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary bake sale a
- Abington Heights juggles rising benefit expenses with class sizes
CLARKS SUMMIT - Despite cutting its payroll by about $145,000, the Abington Heights School District paid about $1 million more in instructional costs so far in 2013-14 compared to this point in the previous school year.
The increase, fueled by surging pe
- Moosic police serve search warrant on home of Moosic man accused of animal abuse
MOOSIC - Moosic police officers wearing gray hazmat suits and purple respirators removed boxes Wednesday evening from the home of a borough man awaiting trial for animal abuse.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Ossont confirmed the officers were at 816
- Ford dealership in talks to relocate
Gibbons Ford could relocate from Main Street in Dickson City to a much larger property on Viewmont Drive.
Officials with the family-owned dealership presented a preliminary sketch to the Dickson City Planning Commission at a meeting Tuesday night.
- Dunmore School Board will combine middle and high school
DUNMORE - Dunmore Middle School and Dunmore High School will be no longer be separate schools starting in 2014-15.
The school board on Wednesday unanimously agreed to reconfigure the schools into the combined Dunmore Junior/Senior High School to give the
- Scranton council backs hiring of engineer, financial adviser
Scranton City Council on Wednesday approved the administration's rehiring of CECO Associates of Scranton as city engineer for two more years, even though the firm's proposal was the second lowest dollar amount submitted.
Council voted 2-1-1 to adopt a r
- Marriage License Bureau sets evening hours
More time to get marriage license
SCRANTON - The Lackawanna County Marriage License Bureau will have evening hours on the second Thursday of each month through September, Register of Wills Fran Kovaleski said.
The bureau, located on the fourth floor of t
- Police: woman threatens ex, admits to dealing drugs in abusive texts
Threatening texts lead to arrest
SCRANTON - Police arrested a woman Monday after her ex-boyfriend received threatening and obscene texts from her phone.
Officers charged Heta Ann Simko, 33, who goes by "Twila," with making terroristic threats and harass
SUV strikes pump house, utility pole
ARCHBALD - A woman driving a sport utility vehicle on Kennedy Drive in Archbald left the road, struck a pump house and a utility pole Tuesday.
The woman, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries, borough Polic
- Lockdown ends at city school, no weapons found
Report of gun causes lockdown
SCRANTON - South Scranton Intermediate School was in lockdown for several hours Wednesday after city police received an anonymous tip that a student brought a gun to school, city Police Chief Carl Graziano said.
- Carbondale Area approves requests for facility use
C'dale Area OKs facility requests
CARBONDALE - The Carbondale Area school board approved requests for various organizations to use its facilities during Wednesday's meeting.
The Bob McDonald Scholarship Committee was granted permission to use the Andrew
BARRETT, LINDA J., Scranton, private. Arrangements: Eagen-Hughes Funeral Home, 2908 Birney Ave., Scranton, PA 18505.
BUCKLAND, MAXINE H., Harrisburg, today, 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 201 10th St., Honesdale, by the Rev. Michael Lyle. Interme
- H.S. TRACK: Mid Valley and Lakeland remain undefeated and headed for showdown
Victories set up Division III showdown.Mid Valley and Lakeland remained on a collision course in the Lackawanna Track Conference Division III.On Wednesday, Mid Valley defeated Dunmore, 76-74, and Lakeland beat Holy Cross, 114-35, as both teams remained un
- H.S. ROUNDUP: Delaware Valley teams have big Wednesday, post wins in baseball, softball, tennis and lacrosse
Jonathan Portugal had two hits, drove in a run and scored once to lead Delaware Valley to a 5-1 win over Honesdale to a Lackawanna Division II baseball win.Dakota Amant allowed one run and struck out 10 in a complete-game victory.Gus Martin homered for Ho
- Boxing to return to Mohegan Sun
Professional boxing’s return to Wilkes-Barre — Plains Twp. to be exact — will be a nationally televised world title eliminator serving as the co-main event.Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs) will meet in an IBF light hea
- RailRiders fall to Buffalo
Playing their first game since Sunday afternoon, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders had a hard time getting into any sort of rhythm on a frigid Wednesday evening in Buffalo.Bisons starting pitcher Marcus Stroman threw 5⅓ innings and had nine strikeouts
- H.S. TRACK: Lakeland turns up the speed in win over Holy Cross
SCOTT TWP. — Lakeland’s girls track and field team withstood the frigid air by turning up the heat in the hurdles and the sprints.On a day with temperatures more typical for January, the Lady Chiefs got their usual standout effort from Cassidy Jenkins and
- Schwartz says she can "get things done"
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz touted her "ability to get things done" and promised Wednesday she would focus that ability on completing Scranton's long-awaited passenger train to New York City.
The passenger railroad was the first t
Wyoming County Court notes appear weekly in The Times-Tribune.
-âDiane Smith, trustee; the late Dorothy L. Callaghan, aka Dorothy Callaghan, and J. Brian Callaghan, to Kendra Realty LLC, property in Nicholson Twp. for $138,500
- Lackawanna County Court Notes 4-15-2014
-âEric P. Havirlak and Jennifer Marie Steedle, both of Taylor.
-âDavid Kaleokoa Failing and Michelle Anne Hetzel, both of Throop.
-âJustin Daniel Lyle and Hilary Lydon Kane, both of South Abington Twp.
-âJesse Michael Bacchiocch
- Tax-advantaged savings accounts for disabled discussed
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey expressed hope Wednesday for quick Congressional passage of a bill to offer tax-advantaged savings accounts to people with disabilities.
"We are not there yet, but we are very close," Mr. Casey told about 50 people who turned out at t
- HS FOOTBALL: Pottsville to join Anthracite Football League
The future landscape of high school football in Schuylkill County changed dramatically Wednesday night.
The Pottsville Area School Board, at its regular monthly meeting, unanimously approved the Crimson Tide joining the Anthracite Football League, starti
- Former Lackawanna guardian ad litem sentenced to a year in prison
She was applauded and vilified for representing children in child custody disputes, but in the end it was Danielle Ross’ dishonesty about her income that led a judge to sentence her Wednesday to one year in prison.
The sentence, imposed by Senior U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo, was within federal sentencing guidelines, which called for 10 to 16 months in prison. But it was much harsher than the probationary term Mrs. Ross sought for her guilty plea to a tax evasion charge.
- New owners for Zummo's as founder focuses on roasting
Destination eatery and coffeehouse Zummo's Cafe is under new ownership as founder and coffee expert Mary Tellie concentrates on wholesaling, roasting and education.
Dallas couple, Jason Berndt and Robin Davis, long-time customers of Zummo's, purchased t
- URS issues notice of layoffs in NEPA
Employees and clients of United Rehabilitation Services in Hazleton were summoned to the facility's lunchroom Wednesday afternoon and told that the agency would shut its doors in June.
The announcement left some in tears, said employee Trish Pollack.
- W-B Parking Authority releases subpoena
A copy of the subpoena sent to the Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority spells out the information a federal grand jury wants. Murray Ufberg, the authority's solicitor, provided a copy of the subpoena to local media Wednesday afternoon.
- Tiger triplets: cuteness cubed
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers - Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude.
The two female cubs have prominent black stripes and tawny white coats, while the male is nea
- Why do we need calcium?
Calcium is vital for your health, but do you really need dairy to get it? Here's a guide to what you should know about this element.
-âWhy do you need calcium?
Calcium is famous for helping to build and maintain strong bones, but it also plays a role i
- Bathing aids for the aged
Q: I would appreciate suggestions for how to help an aging and ailing parent to bathe.
A: Until you step in to help, you may not even be aware of all the obstacles that can make bathing difficult for someone who is older or ailing. Arthritis, mental conf
- T. rex gets new home at Smithsonian
WASHINGTON - More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex - the king - is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana.
Paleontologists and curators unveiled parts of a nearly complet
- Sweet diabetes news
NEW YORK - In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.
Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than
- Constitution about rights, not democracy
WASHINGTON - In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is "basically about" one word - "democracy" - that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence.
Democracy is America's way of allocatin
- Letters to the Editor - 4/17/2014
Big lift for many opposed by GOP
Editor: Oklahoma is run by Republicans. Gov. Mary Fallin is a Republican and the Legislature is Republican, as well. On Monday the governor signed into law a measure that makes it illegal for towns and other local bodies
- Pressure rises for fair tax on natural gas
Republican lawmakers who hold majorities in both houses of the state Legislature have defied the public will by refusing to establish a fair tax on natural gas extraction.
With the gas industry thriving while returning far less money to the Pennsylvania
- Comply with mercury rule
Part of the reason that coal-generated electricity has been so cheap for so long is that the government never has assessed a cost on the industry for the horrendous air pollution that it creates. It's why some parts of Northeast Pennsylvania still look l
- Mericle character letters released
Attorneys for wealthy developer Robert K. Mericle filed 295 pages of character letters in federal court on Wednesday to support Mericle’s bid for leniency for his role in the Luzerne County kids-for-cash scandal.
- W-B police investigating gunshots in city
WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating gunshots that struck two cars in the city's North End section Wednesday afternoon. Officers responded at 2:34 p.m. for a report of shots fired on the 400 block of North Washington Street. Police removed a bullet shot through a car's windshield.
- Hot Shot 4/17/14
Terra Legg, Blakely, submitted this image. Legg titled it “Spring Love.”
- Weekend: Places to go and things to do in Northeast Pennsylvania
CLUBSAMERICAN LEGION POST 665, Dickson City: Friday, Marilyn Kennedy.ARLO'S TAVERN, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Friday, Zack Savage; Saturday, Dem Guyz; Sunday, Joe Statuto.BACKYARD ALE HOUSE, 523 Linden St.: Friday, Music for Models. BAR LOUIE, Mohegan
- Were you spotted at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ home opener?JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
- Fine Food & Wine fundraiser offers taste of region's best
Spending a night out on the town wining and dining rarely includes a chance for guests to watch a meal’s preparation and question the chefs about it.Next week though, An Evening of Fine Food and Wine will let them do just that.An annual fundraiser for Scr
- Best Bets
TODAY: Happy birthday: Rock 107 34th Birthday Bash, with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, doors open 7 p.m., the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, $15. Visit rock107.com.FRIDAY: Family fun: Ringling Bros. Presents Super Circus Heroes, 3 and 7 p.m.
- Three charged in attempted carjacking in Colonial Heights
Colonial Heights police have arrested three men in connection with an attempted carjacking of a pizza delivery driver.
The three men - Devonte A. Jones, 21, of Colonial Heights; Kenny R. Williams, 20, of Petersburg; and Garon C, Nedrick, 22, of Peter
- Movie times: April 17, 2014
Cinemark 20 and XD, Scranton: Bears (G): 7, 9:10; A Haunted House 2 (R): 8, 10:20; Heaven Is for Real (PG): 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55; Transcendence (PG-13): 9; in XD: 8; Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13): 12:05, 2:05, 3:20, 5:25, 6:45, 8:45, 10:0
- Datebook: Your guide to area meetings and events
TodayPennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees: meeting, 12:30 p.m., Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Route 6, Dickson City.UpcomingAmerican Red Cross Wyoming Valley Chapter: Adult CPR/AED, Saturday, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED, Sat
- Who's New
MOSES TAYLOR HOSPITALCALLEJAS: A daughter, April 12, to Al and Maribeth Conniff Callejas, Archbald.DUBAS: A son, April 12, to Chris and Jena Kitch Dubas, Moscow.KAPSCHULL: A son, April 11, to Jarrod and Juli Fabbri Kapschull, Scranton.NATI: A son, April 1
- URS anticipates closing in June
United Rehabilitation Services Inc. announced Wednesday it expects to end operations at its three locations, including one in Hazleton, in June because of funding cuts and other contributors to its financial woes.
URS, which was founded in 1958 to foster
- Today’s grandparentWhy I am no ‘snow bird’ Hint: It’s the grandkids
It was a very long winter and winter can be tough on grandparents.We were often called into service when the weather forced schools to begin late or let out early.Often, during those shortened days, Grandpa’s car became the school bus, while the grandpar
- Man shot and killed in Petersburg
A 40-year-old man was shot and killed in Petersburg Tuesday night, according to police.
Ronald Glover Sr., died Tuesday evening at Southside Regional Medical Center from gunshot wounds he suffered earlier in the day, police said.
Police responded to a c
- Hundreds missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters.
- Getting Baked
Cooking with cannabis
- Guide to the High Life
For the first time in ages, you are not afraid that the police will come and kick down your door because you might have a little bit of weed inside.
- High Times
The winners and losers in Maryland’s pot debate in 2014
- Police: Man pilfered home of Dunmore police chief's parents
DUNMORE - With assistance from the GPS tracker on an iPhone, Dunmore police arrested an Olyphant man who allegedly broke into the home of the borough police chief's parents.
- There’s plenty to celebrate on the Old 97's 20th birthday
Back in the 1990s, when major labels would still propose multi-album deals to relative unknowns, Rhett Miller and the Old 97's sat in the offices...
- Lockdown ends at city school, no weapons found
SCRANTON - The lockdown of South Scranton Intermediate School has been cleared and no weapons were found.
- Sports Week Ahead April 16-22
- Column Helper
Sometimes I haz a busy Weekend with many Obligations, and I get a li’l bit behind on my Deadlines.
- Detroit's 'grand bargain' in Lansing's hands now
Deal to save DIA art could be a grand illusion.
- Film Review: Dom Hemingway
Director Richard Shepard finds Richard E. Grant and lots more
- Road closures across the region
Dunmore – Motorists are urged to use caution this morning as they head out for their morning commute. PennDOT is receiving reports of isolated pockets of ice on roadways and various roads have been closed as a result.
- United Rehabilitation Services closing
United Rehabilitation Services Inc. announced Wednesday it is closing in June because of cuts in funding. The service offers programs for 300 clients in the region. The operation, which is based in Wilkes-Barre, issued the following statement.
- Memorial Hospital and Guthrie sign affiliation agreement
- Traffic Alert: I-81 lane closed for repairs
The right lane of Interstate 81 southbound is closed at Exit 164 (Nanticoke) for emergency bridge repairs caused by a hole in the bridge that goes completely through the structure. PennDOT was alerted to the 8 inch by 10 inch patch around 9 a.m.
- Raises planned for nonunion county employees
Citing stagnant wages and abysmal morale, Luzerne County court administrators have declared they will be doling out more than $133,000 in pay raises to nonunion employees who haven’t seen increases in years.
- FBI and State Police search Clerk of Courts office
FBI agents and Pennsylvania State Police troopers searched Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr.'s office Wednesday morning as part of the investigation into alleged misappropriation of public money.
After obtaining a search warrant, 12 people spent
- Former Dinwiddie deputy faces sex charges
DINWIDDIE - A former Dinwiddie County sheriff's deputy, a past candidate for sheriff, has been indicted on five charges of rape and other crimes.
A Dinwiddie County grand jury indicted Darryl E. Hayes on Tuesday on two counts of rape, two counts of i
- USGS Water Levels for NEPA
Monitor water levels throughout Northeastern Pa. counties
- Scratch ’N’ Sniff Product Reviews
your intrepid City Paper staff offers reviews that are as fragrant as they are flagrant, and super-helpful too!
- Putting the High in High Art
Sometimes, at its best, a little toke can wake you up to the splendor that surrounds you every day.
- Baltimore’s Biggest Hits
Ten artists to toke to
- City Paper 420 Dj Mix
DJ James Nasty spins a Weed-centric Baltimore club mix, recorded live
- USGS Water Levels for NEPA
- Defending your mental environment in the age of ads
Learning to view campaign ads critically rather than passively is the antidote to mass-media manipulation
- Win tickets to An evening with Patti and Mandy
- Hit or Miss Eats at Kogi Korean Grill
I’ve never been much of a gambler in the traditional sense. I hate scratch-offs (they make my nails dirty), I’ve never understood over/under...
- Cocktails in Loopland: George’s Keep adds serious drinks to Eilan
If you’re one of the well-to-do Eilan dwellers who ably shells out the $1,500 a month for a studio or $3K for a two bed/2.5 bath apartment...
- Flavor File: Block party at Dorcol, Bar America reopens and Easter brunch options
Bar America opened this past Friday under new ownership. Brian Correa, grandson and nephew to former owners Joe, Martin and Angie Ramirez, took...
- Police Brief, 4/16/14
State police at Towanda said a 30-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by someone known to her between 1992-1997 in Columbia Cross Roads.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.
State police at Towanda said charges were f
- Honor Flight trip flies veterans to Washington
On Saturday, April 12, 2014, 52 World War II veterans and 26 Korean War veterans and their guardians boarded a flight at Binghamton Regional Airport and flew to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials and witness the changing of the guard at Arlington Na
- Record Store Day Celebrates Vinyl and Independent Stores
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of physical mediums past, vinyl has seen a strong resurgence in the 21st century. Billboard reports that in...
- Alamo Colleges Barely Passed Its Own Accountability Test
After months of passionate protest, petitions and public forums, faculty, students and administration of the five Alamo Community Colleges let out...
- Shamokin Area School District to get fit with $1.1 million grant
COAL TOWNSHIP - Shamokin Area School District is the recipient of a $1.1 million federal grant to radically overhaul its physical education program in hopes of boosting the health and wellness of its student population.
Shamokin Area's award of $1,105,09
- ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Documents a Cult Director’s Ambitious Failure
We’ve all seen David Lynch’s 1984 film, Dune. For kids of the ’80s and ’90s, it was a staple in Dad’s VHS library. As an adult looking back on it, or as a...
- Shooting range zoning hearing continued
West Hazleton Zoning Hearing Board needs more time to resolve jurisdictional issues that were raised over a businessman's proposal for operating an indoor shooting range on Lehigh Valley Drive.
A nearly three-hour zoning hearing held Tuesday over a speci
- Two people in critical condition after a crash in North Manheim Township
Two of three people injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning are in critical condition in North Manheim Township.
"It was a violent crash," Pottsville fire Chief Todd March said.
A supervisor at the Schuylkill County Communications Center said a ca
- Skin Deeper: Scarlett Johansson as predator in ‘Under the Skin’
One of the first images in Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is a tiny white dot at the center of a black screen. At what are we looking? An eclipse? The sun...
- The savvy pot shopper
Your dealer should absolutely be able to answer these questions.
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