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Fifth grade teachers Brad Holmes of Montoursville, left, and Karen Fausnaught of Jersey Shore, right, make ice cream using liquid nitrogen during Pennslyvania College of Technology's Science Festival at Penn College in Williamsport on Thursday morning. 
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Apple juice spaghetti noodles to grand slam physics on tap

Over 1,600 fifth-grade students received a hands-on experience with robots, soda caviar and the physics of baseball at a science festival Thursday at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Students from across the region bustled through the campus to learn about science, technology, ...

‘Shattered’: Sunday boasts new high temp

Sunday saw a record high temperature of 69 degrees, shattering the previous record of 60 for that day set in 1997, said meteorologist Craig Evanego, of the National Weather Service in State College. However, Saturday’s high of 61 didn’t quite make the cut, with the current record being 66 ...

Black officers historic part of city police department

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette offers the next installment in a weekly history series that tells the stories of those who came before us. This week we pay homage to Black History Month with a story on black police officers here.) Black police officers have served the city of ...

A thorough compilation of the history of the Williamsport Bureau of Police was conducted by retired police captain and former District Judge James G. Carn. Searching through library and police records for almost three years, Carn provided a glimpse at the lives of the men who wore the badge ...

Guidelines seek to aggressively detain immigrants

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly. The memos dated Friday seek to implement President ...

3 city cops start today

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The U.S. Senate voted 57-43 to pass a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security ...

City mulls moving cameras to streets

Few arrests by city police directly linked to surveillance camera use in four parks over the past four years is leading the city administration and some on City Council to contemplate relocating the spyware to residential streets. “My understanding, there’s been fewer than five arrests ...

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President Donald Trump, second from right, and first lady Melania Trump, third from left, wave to the crowd following the “Make America Great Again Rally” Saturday at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Fla.

President rallies supporters with promises, insults

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Just four weeks into his administration, President Donald Trump appeared at a campaign rally that mirrored the months leading up to Election Day, complete with promises to repeal the health care law, insults for the news media and a playlist highlighted by the Rolling ...

Meetings on aging stormwater system to be held Monday

The Williamsport Sanitary Authority is holding two public meetings Monday on the need for the authority to begin to replace an aging stormwater system throughout the city and how that is expected to impact customers with new fees. “Stormwater services and infrastructure are critical to ...

Governor could secure minimum wage hike — with big concessions

HARRISBURG — Years of pressure by Pennsylvania Democrats could yield a state minimum wage increase this year, although it likely will require substantial concessions in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing hiking the hourly minimum from $7.25 to $12. ...

Convicted cop asks for pension

A pension forfeiture hearing will be set by the city Police Pension Board for former city police officer Thomas H. Ungard Jr., who was convicted of tampering with public records and obstruction of justice while he was a city officer. Under the state Pension Forfeiture Act, if a conviction ...

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Hugheville attorney and county judge candidate Mary Kilgus stands with her daughter and fellow attorney, Schawnne Kilgus, right, at a news conference in front of the Lycoming County Courthouse Friday morning.

Candidate calls investigation ‘attempt to discredit’ her

Judge candidate, Mary Kilgus, called out her opponent District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt for a “witch hunt” investigation into her office. Standing on the front steps of the Lycoming County Courthouse, which houses Linhardt’s office, Kilgus accused him of launching an investigation ...

Council backs pursuit of grant for Park Avenue

City Council has authorized the administration to pursue a $30,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development as part of a plan to redevelop Park Avenue between Hepburn and Campbell streets. The city has invested $25,000, UPMC Susquehanna has committed $25,000 and ...

Oklahoma AG gets OK to lead EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels. In ...

Feds weighed National Guard for immigrant raids

The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. Staffers in the U.S. Department of ...

2 connected to ’16 boating death charged

Two South Williamsport people were charged this week in connection with last summer’s fatal boat accident that claimed the life of 41-year-old Sean M. Lowmiller, who drowned after jumping into the Susquehanna River off a moving boat, according to court records. Alicia Deitrick, 41, of 260 ...

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New city police hires taking the oath of office Thursday at City Council meeting, left to right, are Thaddaeus Paul Trafford, 25, Addison Timothy Gingrich, 24, and Gino Vincent Caschera, 22.

New police hires are welcomed

The city police added three new hires to the department complement Thursday night, an occasion for City Council to congratulate an increasingly younger and enthusiastic department. Thaddaeus Paul Trafford, 25, Addison Timothy Gingrich, 24, and Gino Vincent Caschera, 22, took the oath of ...

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State police work at the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred on Lycoming Mall Drive, just east of Montoursville, about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. A 29-year-old city man was struck by a hit-run pickup truck and died within an hour. The driver later surrendered, but no charges have yet been filed as the investigation continues.

Pedestrian dies after being struck

A city man was struck and killed early Thursday morning as he and another man were crossing Lycoming Mall Drive at Fairfield Road, just east of Montoursville, in Fairfield Township, according to state police. Cheney Ray Orwig, 29, was rushed to the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional ...

Wolf’s state police fee plan fraction of local police cost

HARRISBURG (AP) — The fee that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf wants municipalities to start paying for full-time state police coverage is a fraction of what other cities and towns pay for their local police departments, according to an Associated Press analysis of state data. The analysis found ...

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference Thursday in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Trump raps ‘criminal’ leaks, media, judges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaks are real. But the news about them is fake. The White House is a fine-tuned machine. Russia is a ruse. For its stunning moments and memorable one-liners, Donald Trump’s first solo news conference as president has no rivals in recent memory. For all the trappings ...