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Joe of all trades

Joe Padula is what you call a stat-stuffer.

He's one of those basketball players who does a little bit of everything on the court. A key factor on any team.

Padula is a senior at East High School on a team with balance that is 9-6 overall, 1-1 in the South-Central League.

The Eagles have a some experience, some height, some speed. It's ...Read more

Free tax prep services offered throughout area

The AARP Foundation and the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) are sponsoring free tax preparation services from a number of area sites.

CEO, the lead agency designated by the Internal Revenue Service for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Luzerne County, offers free help to people who make $54,000 or less a year ...Read more

Find charity, volunteer events in the San Fernando Valley area, Jan. 22-29

EVENTS -- California Highway Patrol Senior Volunteer Program: Ages 55 and older are invited to apply to assist CHP uniformed and non-uniformed staff. Applications at CHP, West Valley Area, 5825 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills. Harry Peck, 818-888-0980.

ProCare Hospice seeking volunteers: Training provided for volunteers to work with patients ...Read more

A whole new Y: Tamaqua site reopens with new offerings

TAMAQUA -- The sound of metal on metal clinked rhythmically as weights were hoisted into the air and then placed back to the ground repeatedly. A steady chorus of swooshes came from the belts on treadmills and other exercise equipment in constant motion, too.

The Tamaqua YMCA, however, is so much more than a gym, according to staff and ...Read more

Abortion takes center stage at Friendship Square

Protesters gathered Saturday afternoon in Moscow's Friendship Square to share their right to life message and mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

A group of counter protesters also gathered across the street.

Moscow Right to Life President Sam Paul estimated approximately 350 people ...Read more

Accelerated STEM program expanding

TRAVERSE CITY -- Incoming freshman at Traverse City West Senior High School soon will have an opportunity to steer into accelerated science, math and technology coursework.

Traverse City Area Public Schools' enhanced science, math and technology program -- Sci-Ma-Tech -- will expand beyond its current home at Traverse City Central High ...Read more

Scranton Primary expanding with mental health services, other initiatives

SCRANTON -- The city's federally qualified health center has plans to address a serious shortage in mental and behavioral health services.

The Clinics at Scranton Primary Health Care Center on Wyoming Avenue plans to begin construction on roughly 5,000 square feet of unused space on its top floor by the summer.

The plan is to dedicate ...Read more

Wet, then dry, then wet again

VALDOSTA -- South Georgia's upcoming week will be much warmer than last week, but will also be wetter.

Following a week in which temperatures dropped to the pipe-freezing low 20s, the region should see highs ranging from the low 60s to the mid-70s this week, with a strong chance of rain Monday, according to the National Weather Service's ...Read more

US strongly supports Southern Gas Corridor -- State Department

The United States strongly supports the Southern Gas Corridor project, which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, a senior US State Department official told Trend.

The country welcomes the opportunity to continue to participate in the annual Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council Meeting, to be held in Baku Feb.15, noted ...Read more

Jim Kelly on Josh Rosen not wanting to play for the Browns: 'I get it'

Last month, when UCLA's Josh Rosen essentially confirmed reports that he doesn't want to play for the Cleveland Browns -- "I'd rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher one at the wrong team," he said -- he became the latest college quarterback to try to manipulate his landing spot in the NFL Draft.

In 2004, Eli Manning ...Read more

Lucknow: What students bring to school? The list will shock you!

Razor, trimmer, shaving foam, cigarette, lighter, chisel blade, i-pod, mobile phone, ultra slim laptop, porn magazine and gutkha pouch.

Nothing seems unusual in the list, until you are told that the seized articles have been found in bags of students of prominent schools in Lucknow.

Random surprise checks were carried in a few schools on ...Read more

Railway board starts work on proposal to convert Mumbai's CSMT to rail museum

The Railway Board has set the ball rolling on its planned conversion of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSMT) into a transport museum -- it is working on drafting a proposal for the project. The project will also include undertaking restoration of the UNESCO-declared heritage building.

While the work is likely to be carried out in stages,...Read more

48 years after Steve Owens, agent Jack Mills has another OU Heisman-winning client

Steve Owens won the 1969 Heisman Trophy and hired an OU graduate as his agent.

Baker Mayfield won the 2017 Heisman Trophy and did the same.

Literally. The same agent.

Fifty years after he entered the sports representation business, 80-year-old Jack Mills remains on the job, with his Boulder, Colorado-based Ascent Sports Management.

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Updating business plan annually keeps focus on growth

Ashley Bures Henderson's main goals in 2018 for her business, Cotton Belles Boutique and Co., are to be more active on social media and to create a website.

Henderson, 30, is one of many business owners re-evaluating her business plan for the new year and brainstorming goals for 2018.

Not all business owners go over their progress yearly ...Read more

Future of pill-induced abortion: Women can already receive pills by mail in 4 states, what's next?

A teenager whose mother had trouble getting her to an abortion clinic during normal business hours.

A busy professional who couldn't leave work until 4 p.m.

A mother with young children, no child care and no car.

All of these Maine women recently had abortions in the privacy of their own homes, without having to step foot in an abortion ...Read more

When food stamps pass as tickets to better health

Rebeca Gonzalez grew up eating artichokes from her grandmother's farm in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala. But for years after immigrating to the U.S., she did not feed them to her own kids because the spiky, fibrous vegetables were too expensive on this side of the border.

When she prepared meals at her family's home in Garden Grove, ...Read more

Poor people locked up longer than the rich, violating Constitution in Dallas, lawsuit alleges

The day that Dallas County leaders have been dreading for years finally arrived on Sunday: four nonprofits filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging the jail's cash bail system unfairly harms poor people and violates the Texas and U.S. constitutions.

The lawsuit, which officials feared due to its potentially hefty price tag, alleges ...Read more

BRIEF: Bohemia man charged in TD Bank robbery, police say

A Bohemia man was arrested Sunday morning after police say he robbed a bank in Smithtown.

Suffolk police said John Scrofani Jr., 31, entered the TD Bank at 714 Rte. 347 at 10:57 a.m. and presented a note to a teller demanding cash. The teller complied and Scrofani Jr. fled, police said.

Police did not say how much money was stolen.

Fourth...Read more

Worcester ready to buy St. Vincent Hospital land next to senior center

WORCESTER -- City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. is seeking authorization for the city to purchase St. Vincnet Hospital property next to the Worcester Senior Center, including the parking lot for the center and the adjacent Anderson Building on Winthrop Street.

Mr. Augustus recommends the city spend $385,000 for the acquisition.

The money ...Read more

Trang Moreland and family take 5,000 notebooks to children in her Vietnamese hometown

As she has done in each of her 25 years in the United States, Trang Moreland, of Dennison, returned recently to her hometown in Vietnam to give notebooks to children at her former school, located in Binh Chanh, a suburb of Ho Chi Minh City in the southern part of the country.

The charitable effort grew from her own experience of not having ...Read more