HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS TRACK AND FIELD: 2019 Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches’ All-Star Teams

As the spring sports season enters its final week, ON THE BLOG begins to put a bow on the 2018-19 scholastic sports year. Today, the Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches' All-Star Teams are released. Western Wayne coach Justin Collins organizes a meeting of the coaches...

Wade, Didi team up for ‘extraordinary’ play

Didi Gregorius ranges up the middle to field a ground ball by Malquin Canelo in the third inning. Gregorius would spin and throw to first in time to get the Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter, but that wasn't even the most impressive defensive play he was a part of Friday...
DNI pick a new low in Trumpian hypocrisy

DNI pick a new low in Trumpian hypocrisy

Impeached President Donald J.Trump routinely tacks "acting" to his appointees to avoid the tedious Senate confirmation process enshrined in the Constitution. Senate Republicans who fell in line to acquit the most woefully unqualified president in American history...

Saluting the flag

Saluting the flag

Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti has proposed a contest to design the city's aged (and frankly ugly) flag. Councilman Pat Rogan opposes the idea, saying it would be a waste of time and money. He is aware that this is Scranton we're talking about, right?

Our motto …

Our motto …

Taking a page from the Catholic Church and USA Gymnastics, Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy to shield itself from a crush of lawsuits alleging cases sexual assault over a period of decades.

The burglars

The burglars

Attorney General Bill Barr finds it difficult to "commit crime" (so to speak) when his partner in crime keeps tweeting the quiet parts out loud.

Brad’s ‘Death Star’ misfires bigly

Brad’s ‘Death Star’ misfires bigly

The latest target of Brad Parscale billion-dollar 'Death Star' of disinformation was his own foot. The Trump 2020 campaign manager posted a photo of Air Force One being cheered by delirious throngs of Cult 45 faithful at the Daytona 500. Impeached President Donald...

Stiff sentences

Stiff sentences

Former Scranton Mayor and current federal felon Bill Courtright could face up to 30 years in federal prison if the judge overseeing his trial accepts the prosecution's recommended sentence guidelines. Perhaps Courtright should give U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr a...

The latest on one of the region’s mystery PACs

The latest on one of the region’s mystery PACs

Time to check in on one of my favorite secret political action committees. I'm talking about PA/FWD PAC, which I've also seen referred to as Pennsylvania Forward. Former Luzerne County Democratic Party chairman Michael DeCosmo started it long ago. It takes donations...

Be mine

Be mine

Scranton's own Joe Biden finds himself looking for a little Democratic Party love this Valentine's Day.

Exposure levels

Exposure levels

In the wake of a school closure and student reassignments due to lead- and asbestos-exposure fears, the Scranton School District faces legal challenges.

Acquittal on 5th Ave.

Acquittal on 5th Ave.

The nonsensical and dissembling reasoning offered by Republican Senators for acquitting Donald Trump, following an impeachment trial where no additional witnesses or documents were summoned or subpoenaed, is rooted in the fact that they are are, frankly, scared...

Lawyers, lungs and money

Lawyers, lungs and money

Take a deep breath, Scranton taxpayers. Time to cough up the cost of chronic corruption. The inevitable feeding frenzy of lawyers suing the Scranton School District for knowingly exposing students, faculty and staff to asbestos and lead contamination has begun. A...

A bug’s life

A bug’s life

Pennsylvania's bloated, expensive legislature is an evergreen topic for editorial writers and political cartoonists. There's rarely a better time to address the subject than when the governor introduces his budget proposals, an occasion usually accompanied by...

Writing on the wall

Writing on the wall

One of the dumber arguments advanced by various Republican Senators in their headlong rush to let Trump off the impeachment hook was that, all evidence to the contrary, he would learn and grow as a result of the experience; that he would be chastened and somehow...

DeSarno ‘self-audit’ is ‘post-decisional,’ and public

DeSarno ‘self-audit’ is ‘post-decisional,’ and public

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Mayor Cognetti directed the legal department to release DeSarno's "self-audit" today.  Two days after Christmas, the outgoing administration of Mayor Until January Wayne Evans denied a Times-Tribune request for former Scranton Fire Chief Pat...

The five ‘R’s

The five ‘R’s

Parents, teachers and maintenance workers are understandably upset over the lack of information they received about asbestos contamination at Northeast Intermediate School, as well as other old facilities run by the Scranton School District.

Iowa meltdown

Iowa meltdown

Calling this week's Democratic Caucuses in Iowa a "fiasco" is an insult to fiascos.

Shark-infested waters

Shark-infested waters

Democratic U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright is facing a surge in anonymously sourced dark-money ad spending. Republicans believe Cartwright is vulnerable in the newly redrawn 8th District, and are betting big he can be unseated.