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14-year-old business owner becomes first big donor to Wyoming Valley West foundation
PLYMOUTH — When Alec Ryncavage begins his four-year stint at Wyoming Valley West High School Wednesday, he may walk with a bit of a swagger, induced by the business cards already in his wallet, or the mega-bucks he expects to add shortly.
The Plymouth 14-year-old begins his freshman year not only with his own tech start-up (A.R. Enterprises) humming away in an office in Kingston, but also with his first product expected to hit the direct-to-buyer market by November and be on the shelves of retail stores by December.
The big biz breakthrough: A USB stick drive pre-loaded with anti-virus software.
Highmark agrees to preemie’s flight home from Portugal
A tiny little girl may be making a very big trip across the ocean this month, much to her parents’ relief.
Hayden Spratt, who was born prematurely in Portugal in May while her parents were vacationing there, will be flown home to the United States on a special flight, after Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield agreed Tuesday to pay for the transportation following an earlier refusal.
“That is great news,” said dad Fred Spratt, a New Jersey resident who first became a subscriber of the former Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania — which had been headquartered in Wilkes-Barre — while working for the Kingston-based Denisco Kindler group. He now is employed by ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions.
Pope enables priests to forgive abortions during Holy Year
WILKES-BARRE — Pope Francis recently announced that priests will have discretion during the Roman Catholic Church’s Holy Year to formally forgive women who have abortions.
Rev. Shane Kirby, of the Scranton Diocese, said the move is nothing new for some priests in parts of the world, including locally.
From Dec. 8 to Nov. 26, during the Holy Year or “Jubilee” on the theme of mercy announced by Pope Francis in March, all priests will be able to forgive abortions, the pope said in a letter published on Tuesday by the Vatican.
Kirby explained that priests have always had the ability to absolve the sin of abortions. In church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication from the church.
Life-saving medication reversing drug overdoses, saving lives in Luzerne County
Nine drug users on the brink of death were brought back to life in Luzerne County since state and local police departments late last year were approved to carry life-saving drug kits.
In a news release touting the success of the legislation, known as Act 189 or David’s Law, the Wolf Administration announced the reversal of 289 heroin and opioid overdoses statewide as a direct result of law enforcement being armed with naloxone.
While the state’s numbers reflect county lives saved by law enforcement, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, at an overdose awareness event Sunday, said the total number of successful overdose reversals by local first responders was 17.
Any number of lives spared from drug addition is a positive for users and their families, said Michael Donahue, drug and alcohol program administrator for Luzerne and Wyoming counties.
Judge won’t allow 5-year-old’s prior sexual history at child-rape trial
WILKES-BARRE — Evidence of a 5-year-old’s alleged prior sexual conduct will not be admitted in court.
A judge denied, among other motions, accused child rapist William Charles Wunner’s request to introduce at trial evidence of his alleged victim’s sexual history, according to court papers.
Wunner, 29, of Wilkes-Barre, filed court papers earlier this year seeking to admit evidence the 5-year-old girl had engaged in sexual activity which her mother “did nothing about.”
Wunner is charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age and indecent exposure.