AOW EXTRAS: Abington Heights’ Jackson Danzig

Jackson Danzig had a pretty good game Friday against Martin Luther King. He scored 25 points, with a bunch of them coming late in the Comets' double-overtime PIAA playoff victory. That was the game that earned Athlete of the Week honors. Perhaps he was feeling pumped...
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There’s a blizzard, but you really just want to know when baseball will start

A major snowstorm three weeks before the baseball season starts -- it's not what you want. Just ask Scranton Prep senior catcher Kyler McAllister: Well... looks like baseball isn't starting for another month — Kyler McAllister (@McAllister_107) March 14, 2017 Even...
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In a hole

Pennsylvania’s corporate income tax is among the highest in the nation. Given the continued existence of the so-called “Delaware Loophole,” however, it is a distinction largely without meaning. The loophole allows many large corporations to avoid paying state income...
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Free speech for all or none

Freedom of speech does not grant the right to shout down opposing voices or stifle offensive ideas, a lesson clearly lost on some college campuses in the Trump era. Violent clashes have erupted at alleged institutions of higher learning as protesters seek to block...
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Scranton rally shows shrinking Trump support

During his campaign, Donald Trump drew thousands of wildly enthusiastic supporters to rallies in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Crowds lined up hours before events to cheer The Donald, boo Hillary and hiss at the press. On Saturday, about About 50 people — some from out...
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2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 4 Jordan Montgomery

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 4 Jordan Montgomery

(Jordan Montgomery made his Triple-A debut last Aug. 2 but was the RailRiders' ace when they won the National Championship Game on Sept. 20. He figured to open this season as their No. 1 again but will New York come calling first? Jason Farmer / Times-Tribune...

HS SPORTS: The sun is out and competition is on the horizon

HS SPORTS: The sun is out and competition is on the horizon

I couldn't believe it myself! The sun came out. I don't know about you, but it brought me out of the doldrums, for a day at least. I almost -- and I stress ALMOST -- did some physical activity this morning. But before I could head to the gym, I remembered the advice...

Lie down with dogs

Lie down with dogs

Disgraced former state Treasurer Rob McCord cast a harsh and unforgiving light on the state of pay-to-play politics here in the Keystone State during recent court testimony (find out more about it here). His dogs-and-fleas metaphor comes off as an attempt to paint...

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 5 James Kaprielian

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 5 James Kaprielian

(James Kaprielian's 2016 season ended before it really began thanks to an elbow injury. Now healthy, he appears ready for a breakthrough season that's been a year in the making. Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com) Today, we enter the final stretch of the Top 15 prospects who...

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 6 Chance Adams

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 6 Chance Adams

(Chance Adams is on the verge of making it to the big leagues less than two years after getting drafted. On Saturday, the Yankees honored Adams with the Kevin Lawn Award as the organization's minor league "Pitcher of the Year." Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com) After two...

When Fake News Junkies Attack (UPDATE)

When Fake News Junkies Attack (UPDATE)

The fake and the furious are busy today. Update at bottom. In my Sunday column, I committed a cardinal sin in the post-fact Trump era -- calling out a "journalist" who lies for a living on at least three fake news sites. Amanda Shea used a photo stolen from The...

AOW EXTRA: Michael Bruno, West Scranton diver

AOW EXTRA: Michael Bruno, West Scranton diver

OK, fans, this is unusual for me to be doing the Athlete of the Week interview, but circumstances beyond our control dictated I jump into action. Late Saturday night, I tried to reach West Scranton's Michael Bruno, who won his second straight sixth-place medal at the...

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 7 Jonathan Holder

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 7 Jonathan Holder

(Jonathan Holder's first professional season as a reliever started in Tampa and ended in New York, where he can expect to pitch at even more in 2017. L.E. Miller/New York Daily News) Opening Day for the Yankees is less than a week away and there's still seven...

The big dig II

The big dig II

Communities and counties throughout NE Pennsylvania are facing huge snow-removal costs and awaiting word whether the region will qualify for federal aid.

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 8 Ben Heller

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 8 Ben Heller

(He wasn't the biggest name the Yankees acquired in the Andrew Miller trade last summer, but Ben Heller was the first to make it to the big leagues.  John Rieger/USA TODAY Sports) On Thursday, we took a look at Justus Sheffield, who came to the Yankees in the Andrew...

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 9 Jorge Mateo

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 9 Jorge Mateo

(Despite a turbulent 2016, the Yankees still thought enough of Jorge Mateo to add him to their 40-man roster and protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Our list of the Top 15 prospects who could contribute to the Yankees this season continues...

HS BASKETBALL: Leaving a lasting memory

HS BASKETBALL: Leaving a lasting memory

Sometimes, when you come across a post on Facebook or Twitter, it can just rip at your heart. When Bryan Weber posted a link to an obituary from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral home it struck a chord. It was a notice for Andy Warner. Through the years, this job...

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 10 Dustin Fowler

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 10 Dustin Fowler

(Dustin Fowler's rapid rise through the Yankees' farm system should continue with the RailRiders in 2017. But will that rise go beyond Scranton/Wilkes-Barre? Reinhold Matay / USA TODAY Sports) Our countdown of the top 15 prospects who could help the Yankees this...

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 11 Justus Sheffield

2017 Yankees Top Prospects: No. 11 Justus Sheffield

(When the season begins in two weeks, Justus Sheffield will only be 20 years old. The Yankees won't rush him by any means, but can he force them to make some decisions with some early-season success? Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com) We're moving right along in our countdown of...

Seat of power

Seat of power

And then there was one. Jim Mulligan stands alone in the race for the GOP nomination to serve as Scranton's mayor after his two challengers -- Bob Bolus and Giovanni Piccolino -- were forced to withdraw due to flawed candidate petitions. (The drawing plays off a local...

Three players elected 2017 captains

Three players elected 2017 captains

There really wasn't much suspense about who the favorites to be the Nittany Lions' captains this season might be, and the program put any potential questions to rest today when the players elected three of them to lead them in the fall. Senior linebacker Jason Cabinda...