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  1. Sunken anchorsRead the original story

    Thursday Feb 19 | Times News

    This week's announcement of the closing of Kmart at Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, marks the loss of the shopping destination's final original anchor. The mall was opened by Crown American, Johnstown developer, in October 1980, boasting anchors Sears, Hess's and Kmart, among many other stores.

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  2. Man with bodies buried in his yard gets...Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 18 | Times News

    Hugo Selenski is led into the Luzerne County Courthouse, Wilkes-Barre, Wednesday, for the second day of the penalty phase in his double murder trial. A jury spared the life of Selenski, convicted of strangling pharmacist Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend, Tammy Fassett, during a robbery at the pharmacist's home in 2002 and burying their bodies in his yard, granting a defense request to show mercy despite the brutal nature of the crimes.

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  3. Selenski convicted of strangling,...Read the original story

    Wednesday Feb 11 | Times News

    A jury on Wednesday convicted a man of strangling a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend, whose bodies were found in his yard, as part of a plot to rob him of the proceeds of an illegal drug ring, a victory for prosecutors who had failed to put him away on two earlier homicide charges. Hugo Selenski, 41, faces a potential death sentence after a jury concluded he killed Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett in 2002 and buried their bodies behind his house.

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  4. Lower Towamensing Supervisors mull...Read the original story

    Wednesday Feb 11 | Times News

    Several residents, as well as others from neighboring Towamensing Township, voiced their opposition toward the project to the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday. The proposed 114-mile pipeline would cut through Lower Towamensing, Towamensing, Penn Forest and Kidder townships on its way from Wilkes-Barre to New Jersey.

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  5. DeservingRead the original story

    Wednesday Feb 11 | Times News

    Almost 100,000 veterans are cared for at Veterans Affairs facilities around the country, and the volunteers there are seen as a priceless asset by the veterans. It's almost impossible to calculate the exact number of man hours that the 140,000 volunteers give in the caring and sharing they provide for patients, but they are certainly appreciated by the families of veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  6. Prosecution rests in Selenski murder...Read the original story

    Thursday Feb 5 | Times News

    A man charged with killing a Pennsylvania pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend used plastic ties to restrain a jeweler during a 2003 home invasion and robbery in Saylorsburg the same kind he had used to strangle his victims months earlier, prosecutors said Wednesday. Hugo Selenski is on trial in the slayings of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett, who prosecutors say were killed as part of a plot to rob the pharmacist of proceeds from an illegal prescription drug ring.

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  7. Pipeline challenge moves to FacebookRead the original story

    Jan 20, 2015 | Times News

    A network of community groups along the path of a proposed 108-mile natural gas pipeline have united in opposition to the project via a Facebook page, Stop The PennEast Pipeline. Since it was created in August, the page, which can be found at , has tallied over 1,900 likes.

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  8. Pipeline route changes in CarbonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 16, 2015 | Times News

    A route change announced this week for PennEast Pipeline Company's proposed 108-mile natural gas pipeline isn't the first adjustment and won't be the last. The pipeline is slated to go through Lower Towamensing, Towamensing, Penn Forest and Kidder townships on its way from Wilkes-Barre to New Jersey.

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  9. PennEast pipeline changes route through CarbonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 15, 2015 | Times News

    According to the company's website, "After feedback and numerous conversations with various stakeholders, on-the-ground surveys and additional computer analysis, PennEast engineers continue to evaluate all route options and have refined the preferred alternative route." According to the new map, the route is still going through the western part of Carbon County, but has shifted eastward.

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  10. Pipeline testimony to beginRead the original story

    Jan 14, 2015 | Times News

    Residents can give official testimony about the proposed PennEast pipeline at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Penn's Peak. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold five public listening sessions in late January and early February to gather testimony in an effort to formulate an environmental-impact statement on the pipeline.

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  11. Carbon County crash kills oneRead the original story

    Jan 11, 2015 | Times News

    A fatal crash in Carbon County killed one person on Sunday, according to a report by the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.

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  12. Pa. barber, 100, has a new resolution:...Read the original story

    Jan 1, 2015 | Times News

    Barber Zelino "Zel" Vici, 100 and still going strong, decided he wouldn't retire at the end of 2014 after all. Earlier in the year, as his centennial approached, Vici said he'd bow out of the haircutting business at the end of the year.

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  13. Coaldale man faces child porn chargesRead the original story

    Dec 30, 2014 | Times News

    A Coaldale man faces charges of possessing child pornography and trying to get a minor to perform sexual acts, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Robert Rang, 25, appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick in Wilkes-Barre and was ordered to remain in prison pending a Jan. 6 detention hearing.

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  14. Heritage Hill resident celebrates 93...Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2014 | Times News

    She graduated from G.A.R. High School, Wilkes-Barre in 1939. She retired from 20 years of service from the Carbon County Court House as secretary to District Attorney George Kerestes, District Attorney John Deutsch and Judge Richard Webb.

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  15. Red Cross shifts regionsRead the original story

    Dec 6, 2014 | Times News

    The American Red Cross eliminated its Northeastern Pennsylvania region as part of its second national restructuring in less than three years, shifting Lackawanna and surrounding counties into a newly configured Eastern Pennsylvania region based in Philadelphia. Primary chapter offices in Scranton and Stroudsburg will stay open, as will smaller facilities in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Tunkhannock.

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  16. Quilts bring warmth, comfortRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 6, 2014 | Times News

    Marie Schriever's husband, John, had to be at Geisinger's for an early procedure. As president of the Pocono Chapter of Quilts for Kids, she figured she'd save gas and deliver quilts to the Janet Weis Children's Unit while they were there.

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  17. Pa. court denies access to records of...Read the original story

    Dec 3, 2014 | Times News

    A Pennsylvania appeals court says media organizations can't get access to documents they've sought about how PPL crews responded to an October 2011 snowstorm that left hundreds of thousands without power. A Commonwealth Court judge on Wednesday overturned an Office of Open Records decision, saying that both the Public Utility Code and the Right-to-Know Law provide the legal basis for the Public Utility Commission to withhold the records.

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  18. Payroll boss fired after vacation...Read the original story

    Dec 2, 2014 | Times News

    Officials in a northeastern Pennsylvania county say they've fired an employee who went on vacation and held up paychecks for about 1,200 government workers. Budget and policy analyst Jason Parrish was fired Monday after Luzerne County officials say he failed to approve an electronic transfer required for employees to get paid on Black Friday.

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  19. Police: Boyfriend stabbed over...Read the original story

    Nov 28, 2014 | Times News

    Police say a northeast Pennsylvania woman chased her boyfriend around a dining room and stabbed him in the chest because he started eating Thanksgiving dinner while she slept off a bender. Police say Jacklyn Blake confessed Thursday to officers responding to her Wilkes-Barre home.

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  20. Nearly 300 want answersRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2014 | Times News

    It was a night of mixed opinions Tuesday at the Aquashicola Fire Company for the last of four PennEast Pipeline Company "open houses." The 250- to 300-person crowd, made up of everyone from landowners to laborers jockeying for a future construction contract, was looking to get answers and support their views on a proposed 108-mile natural gas pipeline that would cut through Towamensing, Lower Towamensing, Penn Forest and Kidder townships on its way from Wilkes-Barre to New Jersey.

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