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2008-07-16 09:01:00

By Andrew M. Seder, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 16--P LAINS TWP. -- As the sun set over the Susquehanna Tuesday night, more than 5,000 people took in Project Sunrise at Pocono Downs. The new "permanent" 300,000-square-foot Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs opened its doors for a sneak peek to a select few (thousand), offering food and drink samples, a chance to give the 2,500 slot machines a workout and the first glimpse of the region's new crown jewel. When visitors walk in...

2008-07-16 09:00:00

By Jerry Lynott, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 16--PLAINS TWP. -- Mid-July and Mill Creek is dry. It's plain to see now that the trees that bordered the creek have been cut down to provide a clear view of the new $208 million casino at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for motorists traveling Interstate 81. Timbering crews have been working on the several-acre tract of land between state Route 315 and the interstate in preparation of the casino opening Thursday. The property is...

2008-07-16 09:00:34

By Bill O'Boyle and Andrew M. Seder, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 16--U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski's re-election campaign has surpassed the $2 million mark, according to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission. Kanjorski, the 12-term incumbent Democrat in the 11th Congressional District, added nearly $500,000 to his campaign war chest in the last three months, bringing his total to more than $2.1 million. His opponent, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, has just over...

2008-07-13 09:00:29

By Sherry Long, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 13--NANTICOKE -- Milton borough in Northumberland County voted Wednesday during its council meeting to lend the city of Nanticoke one of its fire trucks, a pumper engine, until the city can purchase a permanent one. Nanticoke City Administrator Kenneth Johnson is also one of Milton's council members. He abstained and declared a conflict of interest when the Milton council voted. Milton has several other fire trucks and two other...

2008-07-13 09:00:15

By Jerry Lynott, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 13--When BabyAge.com coaxes customers to say "Cheese" after shopping for diapers or infant clothing, one might think the company has added a baby picture service to its list of online offerings. Not quite. Instead it wants you to check out the cheeses, desserts and other delicacies at fellow etailer Igourmet.com. That's what it did with a Father's Day e-mail sent to customers last month. West Pittston-based Igourmet...

2008-07-12 09:00:40

By Bill O'Boyle, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 12--The proposed Coal Street Park revitalization project will receive $1 million in federal funds, U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey announced Friday. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved federal funding for several Pennsylvania transportation and housing projects in the Fiscal Year 2009 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The bill heads to the Senate floor and must be approved by...

2008-07-11 12:00:38

By Mary Therese Biebel, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 11--Whenever you hear the words "giant doin' cartwheels," or "a statue wearin' high heels," does the sentence "Look at all the happy creatures dancin' on the lawn?" jump into your mind? How about "big wheel keep on turnin,' Proud Mary keep on burnin'? " If your immediate response to those lyrics is to chant "Rollin,' rollin,' rollin' on the river," you might want to sing along with Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The...

2008-07-11 12:00:37

By Mary Therese Biebel, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 11--Imagine 16 old-lady investors, with walkers, visiting their Broadway buddy to take advantage of his gigolo services -- and you get an idea of one of the big dance numbers in Corner Bistro's version of "The Producers." "They almost do a tap routine with the walkers," cast member Rob Misko said. "They're sitting on the back of them, and they do fan-kicks. "You know how the Rockettes fall down like dominoes? One old lady...

2008-07-10 09:01:29

By Sherry Long, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 10--NANTICOKE -- The only time Betty Friday receives a cooked meal during the week is when she visits the Nanticoke Senior Citizens Center at Main and Market streets for lunch. It's also a place where she plays cards and spends time with friends. But Friday and other city residents are worried those meals and good times could be coming to an end. The center, operated by the Luzerne County Area Agency on Aging, soon will move...

2008-07-10 09:01:18

By Rory Sweeney, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 10--Gov. Ed Rendell signed three bills on Wednesday that provide potentially $1.2 billion for water infrastructure upgrades and $650 million for alternative energy projects. The Alternative Energy Investment Act, House Bill 1 of the Special Session on Energy, was the product of Rendell's statewide tour that began early last year to garner support for his Energy Independence Initiative. He had been campaigning for an $850 million...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'