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2008-07-27 09:00:23

By Tom Venesky, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 27--KINGSTON TOWNSHIP -- On the surface, the crib-like structures don't look like much -- nothing more than a series of two-by-two hemlock boards nailed together to form a pyramid shape. But below the surface -- underneath the water, the structures called porcupine four-by-four cribs provide crucial habitat for fish on the mostly barren bottom of Frances Slocum Lake. On Thursday, 20 members of the Nanticoke Conservation Club...

2008-07-24 09:00:33

By Andrew M. Seder, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 24--WILKES-BARRE -- Presidential hopeful John McCain, making a campaign stop at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, credited President George W. Bush's lifting of a ban on offshore drilling for the recent drop in oil prices and said Congress needs to do the same. Talking to the approximately 800 in attendance at the town hall meeting, the Republican senator said "Americans are hurting very badly" and...

2008-07-23 12:00:43

By Joe Korba, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 23--The challenge to be named the best pizza in the area is heating up this summer. The Times Leader challenged local pizza joints to battle it out on the Internet, launching an online poll for best pizza in the area about two weeks ago. The poll was the idea of The Times Leader's digital sales specialist, Erica Calvert. Fourteen restaurants signed up to participate. John Baldino, The Times Leader's vice president of digital and...

2008-07-21 08:45:00

By Andrew M. Seder, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 21--Some people are trying to get ahead of the curve and are filling their home heating oil tanks now, before the high price for heating oil gets out of reach. Others are going to sweat it out through the summer and hope the prices fall. But a higher number than usual is on the fence and ordering partial fill-ups. Who's right? Who's wrong? "Who knows?" asked Ken Santarelli, of Santarelli & Sons Oil Co. in Peckville....

2008-07-20 09:00:38

By Rory Sweeney, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 20--Checking the shelf life of the potassium iodide pills would be right up there with mowing the lawn on the priority list of people within the 10-mile emergency zone of the Susquehanna nuclear plant. But if people did notice -- or there was a catastrophic incident -- they might be concerned. According to the stamped date, the pills expired in August of last year. Not to worry, though. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

2008-07-20 09:00:31

By Ron Bartizek, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 20--Significant creations by local artisans add to the appreciation of local history and heritage designed into the new Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino, which opened Thursday. When visitors enter the newest building in Northeastern Pennsylvania, their eyes are drawn to a symbol of one of the region's oldest industries, coal mining. A sculpture celebrating the demanding labor required to extract coal from the earth and process...

2008-07-19 09:00:00

By Rory Sweeney, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 19--Many of the county's popular and successful drop-off recycling programs might disappear if state legislators do not pass a bill that would allow counties to fund the programs. For years, counties assessed per-ton fees on trash collected within their borders, which helped fund recycling programs. But a 2005 court decision ruled that none of the state's three laws regulating recycling gives counties the authority to assess that...

2008-07-18 12:00:51

By Mary Therese Biebel, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 18--When slick-talking con man Harold Hill pulls into town, he makes a pool hall sound as if it's just about the worst thing that could happen to the conscientious and clean-livin' folk of River City. As he explains in one of the early scenes in "The Music Man," which opens this weekend at Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville, a pool hall will tempt the youth to "fritter" -- and, heaven knows, you don't want that....

2008-07-18 09:00:00

By Mark Guydish, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 18--Efforts to start a charter high school in Butler Township are alive and well with the awarding of a $43,400 federal planning grant to Valley Academy Charter School. The funds are funneled through the state Department of Education and can be used to "assist the planning, development and completion of unique, high quality and innovative charter schools," according to a state press release. In all, 13 grants of up to $50,000 were...

2008-07-16 09:01:20

By Ron Bartizek, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 16--WILKES-BARRE -- The Commonwealth Medical College will move closer to reality Thursday -- and a stride southward -- when it opens an administrative office in the Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald building at 15 S. Franklin St. The opening also will be a step toward fulfilling commitments college officials made to serve the entire Northeastern Pennsylvania region and to focus on community health. For now it will be a base from...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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