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Football & Thanksgiving: An American Tradition

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN -- In Schuylkill County, nothing goes better with Thanksgiving than football. Newswatch 16's Chase Senior shows us the holiday happenings at Wednesday night's Schuylkill League all-star game.
Football and Thanksgiving. For many of us, it's an American staple that goes together like turkey and gravy. After devouring hefty plates, many families sit down, relax, and take in some football. At Schuylkill Haven High School, players who took the field in the North vs. South all-star game on Thanksgiving eve say football on turkey day is a tradition.

Festivities, Times Tower Lighting, Gathering of Friends in Downtown Scranton on Thanksgiving Eve


SCRANTON -- The day before Thanksgiving was a big day for the city of Scranton that continued into the night.
First, the annual lighting of the Times Tower drew a large crowd as always.
And with this being Thanksgiving Eve, folks were partying it up in the downtown. Bars in Scranton were filled with fun seekers.
At Ale Mary’s, the crowd was already getting rowdy.

North Korean defector had parasitic worms doctor had only seen in medical textbooks


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Parasitic worms and a chronic liver infection identified in a North Korean soldier who dramatically defected are providing clues into health conditions inside the secretive rogue state, experts said Wednesday.
The soldier was shot up to five times November 13 while making a run for the South Korean side of the border through the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, according to dramatic security video released this week.

Ohio mom finds out she was switched at birth, reunites with biological family


MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio - An Ohio mom was reunited with her biological family after finding out she had been switched at birth and raised by another family.
Tatiyana Muradyan, who goes by Tania, tells WJW she always thought something was different growing up in the Republic of Moldova, a small country between Romania and Ukraine.
She says people in her village would say things like, “You don’t look like your family.”
Her parents, Vera and Nikolay Lashtur, told her to ignore the rumors and in 1999, when Tania was 21 years old, the family immigrated to the United States.

Couple charged after Indiana boy allegedly shot with airsoft gun, forced to eat feces


LOGANSPORT, Ind. – An Indiana couple faces numerous battery and neglect charges for incidents involving a 13-year-old boy, the Pharos-Tribune reports.
Carl Alvin Knipe Sr., 32, is accused of injuring the boy when he shot him with an airsoft gun on November 20. He also put feces on the teen and forced him to eat it, according to court documents.
Knipe’s wife Casey, 33, is accused of knowingly putting the boy in a dangerous situation and not intervening or notifying police.

State Supreme Court Rules Truck Illegally Seized in Deadly Hit and Run

WILKES-BARRE -- Pennsylvania's Supreme Court handed a victory on Wednesday to a defendant in a deadly hit and run.
The court ruled police in Wilkes-Barre should not have seized Daniel Loughnane's truck without a warrant.
Prosecutors believe Loughnane hit and killed a woman on Hazle Street in Wilkes-Barre on July 24, 2012.
The victim, Rebecca McCallick, 19, was standing in the road outside of her apartment when she was hit.
There's no word if or when Loughnane might go on trial in Luzerne County. He is out of jail on bail.

Family Moves into New Home for Thanksgiving Thanks to Habitat for Humanity


EAST STROUDSBURG -- A family from Monroe County will spend this Thanksgiving in their own home.
Kelly Smith and her three children are getting a house in East Stroudsburg with help from Habitat for Humanity.
To get the house in the Poconos, Smith had to put in 250 hours of "sweat equity," and she'll have to make payments on a 30-year interest-free mortgage.

Day Before Thanksgiving Big for Pizza Sales


MOOSIC -- With all the cooking being done on Thanksgiving, many people are letting someone else do it for them the night before.
Workers at Dino and Francesco's Restaurant in Moosic tell Newswatch 16 this is one of their busiest nights of the year.
Because of that, the manager says they brought in more servers and cooks.
"Busy, so we prepare like it's a Friday night. Bring in as much staff as we possibly can and just get ready to do what we normally do," said manager Christy Seaman.
Dino and Francesco's expects to sell several hundred pizzas Wednesday night.

Meals, Flu Shots Given out at Family to Family Distribution


SCRANTON -- There's something new this year at an annual Thanksgiving food giveaway in Scranton, free flu shots.
Walgreens offered the vaccines to people picking up a basket from the Family to Family giveaway at the Scranton Cultural Center.
The organization estimates that 3,000 baskets, filled with turkeys, canned goods, and more, were handed out this year.
Recipients had to show proof of income at the door.
Some people came from as far as an hour away for the generous gift.


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