HS FOOTBALL: Heading full steam ahead into the home stretch of regular season

Good morning, everyone and please bear with me this week! Many years ago, before the sun had peaked above the horizon, my alarm sounded and I rose from beneath layers of blankets. A mid-November Arctic freeze engulfed the state and even the windows were covered in a...
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HS FOOTBALL: More exciting action among big schools; Western Wayne reveling in best start

Good Thursday to you all! We are back at the high school football season and we are heading into the final stretch of the regular season. It is Week 7 and we have some pretty important games, especially in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division II and among the...
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AOW EXTRAS: Scranton Prep’s Matt Gilmartin

The senior running back had 228 yards on 46 carries and two touchdowns and a 20-yard reception on 4th-and-19 on the game-winning drive to help No. 2 Scranton Prep stay undefeated with a 35-34 win over No. 5 Valley View. Other sports you play: I played basketball until...
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HS FOOTBALL: A community needs your hearts; Week 6 offers start to LFC Division II season

Fans, this is a struggle. Lakeland is my community. It's where my daughters call home. And it's hurting. ... Really bad. Yes, there are very caring people there who will stay strong, but trust me, they are suffering and in pain. It's going to need a collective effort...
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HS FOOTBALL: More excitement among the big schools; Battle for the Bell is upon us

Good Thursday to everyone! WOW! I walked out of Scranton Memorial Stadium last Friday night shaking my head and appreciating what I had just covered. The showdown between Scranton and North Pocono gave high school football another jolt of energy this season. It was...
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He feels your pain

He feels your pain

Rep. Tom Marino’s 10th District seat is so heavily gerrymandered, a drug mule could get elected if he or she had an “R” next to their name. Still, 2018 likely won’t be a cakewalk for the incumbent should he choose to run.

The sower

The sower

Our own Tom Marino had tongues wagging nationwide following a Washington Post and CBS 60 Minutes story over the weekend. It seems the 10th District representative (and Trump Administration "drug czar"-in-waiting) was a central character in a behind-the-scenes push to...

Review: “Blade Runner’

Review: “Blade Runner’

Tamara and Rebecca tackle the long-awaited sequel to the sci-fi/noir classic, "Blade Runner." Tamara's Take Denis Villeneuve, I have a complicated love-hate relationship with you. Sometimes, you’re capable of making a movie in two hours or less, with complex...

Marino withdraws again from drug czar consideration

Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2017 U.S. Rep. Tom Marino had to go. With President Donald Trump promising to...

Helping the truly needy

Helping the truly needy

Trump warns the "political ingrates" in storm-torn Puerto Rico that the country can't waste too much money or time rebuilding the territory. After all, he and congress need to get on the stick and deliver ungodly huge tax cuts for billionaires.

Tom Marino, Big Pharma’s Dream Drug Czar

Tom Marino, Big Pharma’s Dream Drug Czar

I'm on vacation this week, but after sitting through  "60 Minutes" Sunday night, I felt compelled to type a bunch of words destined to be lost in the twisted din of daily politics in the Trump Era. These days, scandal is the  natural state of the nation. So much is...

HS TENNIS: District 2 Doubles Tournament Draw

HS TENNIS: District 2 Doubles Tournament Draw

Folks, due to circumstances beyond my control, time is extremely short and valuable here Sunday. However, I felt it is important to post the District 2 Doubles Tournament draw courtesy of piaad2.org and Mike Ognosky. I am keeping my fingers crossed that my...

The hourglass

The hourglass

Congress' failure to reauthorize funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (or CHIP) places the health of millions of poor kids at...

Nobody here but us chickens

Nobody here but us chickens

Freed from the prospect of running for re-election, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is finally telling the world what he (and allegedly many of his Republican colleagues) really think of the current White House occupant. One might be tempted to pat the senator on the back...

Squish

Squish

The state legislature is further proof that the GOP is basically incapable of good governance. The state House, headed by Speaker Mike Turzai (a probable gubernatorial candidate), has taken Pennsylvania to the brink of budgetary Armageddon by refusing to consider new...

Award Chase: Always the bridesmaid

Each Wednesday through the week of the 2018 Academy Award nominations on Jan. 23, Take 2 is handicapping the Oscar rush with The Award Chase. Thirteen – that's the number of times British cinematographer Roger Deakins has been nominated for an Academy Award. That's 13...

The newsie

The newsie

Scranton's mayor has issued a campaign flyer disguised as a newspaper. Turns out that things in the Electric City are pretty swell under his leadership!

Arthur Treacher – in his own words

Arthur Treacher – in his own words

Arthur Treacher, actor of stage and screen, penned an article that appeared in the July 18, 1958 edition of the Scranton Times. Treacher was in the area appearing in a play at the Pocono Playhouse.  You can read more about Treacher his appearance locally and how a...

HS TENNIS: 2017 District 2 Singles Tournament Draw

HS TENNIS: 2017 District 2 Singles Tournament Draw

Hello everyone! Folks, it was a long and hot October day at Kirby Park, but somehow Mike Ognosky and I managed to make it to Dunmore High School for the 2017 District 2 Singles Tournament Draw. This was easy picking the No. 1 seeds. In the District 2-4 Class 3A...