LONG POND (AP) — The Latest from the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway: IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is apparently being taken by helicopter for medical treatment following a first-lap accident at Pocono Raceway. The Canadian driver was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay when the two cars slightly touched. That caused Hunter-Reay’s car to careen into the wall and Wickens’ car was pulled along for the ride. Wickens launched over Hunter-Reay’s car and sailed into the…"Wickens apparently airlifted out after Pocono Raceway wreck"
UNION TWP. — Crews from multiple fire departments were called to fight a smoky second-alarm blaze on the second floor of Northwest Area Middle and High School Saturday afternoon. It was not immediately known how the fire will affect the start of the new school year. Classes are set to begin on Aug. 27, although staff in-service days are scheduled to be held on Thursday and Friday. Check back for updates, and see Sunday’s Times…"Two-alarm fire damages Northwest Area High School"
SCRANTON — The Diocese of Scranton on Friday afternoon released the following statement regarding Bishop Emeritus James C. Timlin, 91, whose name figured prominently in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on clergy sex abuse in six dioceses, which was made public on Tuesday: Following the release of the Grand Jury report, Bishop Bambera has instructed the Diocese’s Independent Review Board to conduct a formal assessment of Bishop Emeritus James Timlin’s handling of previous allegations of…"Diocese: Timlin’s actions, status under review"
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has called the sex abuse described in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania “criminal and morally reprehensible.” In a statement released late Thursday, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said “those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and faith.” He said that victims should know that Pope Francis is on their side. The Vatican on its website also posted a joint statement by the president of the…"Vatican: Pa. abuse ‘criminal and morally reprehensible’"
Editor’s Note: This is a new Cannabis Care blog featuring Abbe Kruger, CEO of Justice Grown, PA, the dispensary permit holder for Luzerne County. It will appear at timesleader.com and at www.cannabiscarepa.org. * * * The experience opening one of the first operational dispensaries in Pennsylvania has exceeded my expectations in multiple respects. I expected resistance from those who were foreign to cannabis or fearful of the outdated belief that it would lead to drug…"Cannabis Care Blog: Finding acceptance, relief among new patients"
LUZERNE — The use of medical marijuana to treat people with autism will be the topic of a free public event Friday at The Graham Academy High School. Erica Daniels, a medical marijuana activist, author and the mother of a child with autism, will be the featured speaker at the event set for 4 p.m. The Graham school is at 469 Miller St. in Luzerne. Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act lists autism as one of the…"Medical marijuana as autism treatment is topic of Friday program"
While some politicians continue to oppose legalization of recreational marijuana, one of Pennsylvania’s top state-level officials continues to suggest reasons for embracing pot. In fact, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale now has more than a half-billion reasons. DePasquale recently released a report suggesting that Pennsylvania could take in at least $581 million in annual revenue by regulating and taxing recreational pot. That’s nearly triple the estimate DePasquale initially made when he first issued a public…"Auditor General eyeing pot tax windfall"
Adam Cottle considers himself an activist. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alleges that he is a criminal. Cottle made headlines earlier this year after a profane social media tirade against West Pittston police led to his arrest on an outstanding felony drug trafficking charge in Lehman Township. The drug was marijuana. Cottle, 31, doesn’t dispute his possession and use of marijuana, which led to additional charges after he was arrested in March on the warrant. He…"Time to Toke: Recreational marijuana battle pits advocates against law, government"
Editor’s Note: This is the first of an occasional series on the push for recreational marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania. It kicks off with four days of coverage, starting today, that will look at the regulatory, financial, legal and health issues under discussion in Harrisburg and elsewhere. Adam Cottle considers himself an activist. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania alleges that he is a criminal. Cottle made headlines earlier this year after a profane social media tirade against…"Time to Toke: Recreational marijuana battle pits advocates against law, government"
LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump said Friday that he’s inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation’s legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with more than two dozen states that have legalized pot in some form, creating a two-tiered enforcement…"Trump signals support for legislation easing US ban on pot"