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...
Wrasslin’

Wrasslin’

Trump hasn't made it easy for his enablers on Capital Hill. As sworn testimony from career diplomats and national security officials rolls in regarding his "perfect" attempt to shake down Ukraine and its new president over the phone, Trumpers like Rep. Jim Jordan...

Bustin’ rocks

Bustin’ rocks

This cartoon idea popped into my head back in January, when the FBI paid Roger Stone an early-morning visit at his Florida digs. I filed it away for a later date, which, as it happened, came yesterday.

Trump is a cheap, dumb thug, and other old news

Trump is a cheap, dumb thug, and other old news

Today, the world witnessed in real time the President of the United States committing a crime. Marie Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, was already a sympathetic witness as she testified Friday before the House Intelligence Committee about a...

Up and over

Up and over

Dunmore accountant Janet Brier's successful write-in campaign for Dunmore Borough Council last week was quite the accomplishment. Riding a wave of popular resistance toward Keystone Landfill's expansion plans, Brier managed to convince 2,323 Dunmoreans to write in her...

Wedded to racism

Wedded to racism

Trump advisor and hardline anti-immigration agitator Stephen Miller is getting married! This in and of itself is not particularly newsworthy, but makes for a handy metaphor in light of a recent email dump that shows Miller pushing far-right and white-nationalist ideas...

Trump learns how deep the ‘Deep State’ runs

Trump learns how deep the ‘Deep State’ runs

This morning, William B. Taylor Jr., acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, began a parade of professionals called to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on national TV. The...

Doctors’ orders

Doctors’ orders

The Pennsylvania Medical Association -- the well-funded organization representing the interests of doctors statewide -- has come out with both barrels blazing against Senate Bill 25, a measure that would allow advanced-degree nurses to operate a practice not under the...

Traditions!

Traditions!

The tradition of using the levers of political power to hire and promote friends and family members runs deep in Northeastern Pennsylvania. So deep, in fact, that the locals call it "NEPAtism." Scranton School Director-elect Tara Yanni's behind-the-scenes efforts to...

A few leftovers before we see the election results

A few leftovers before we see the election results

--- In a Scranton mayor's race that only exists because a corrupt ex-mayor resigned mid-term for the first time in the city's 153-year history, historical connections had to come up. We all know about how Paige Cognetti could become the city's first woman mayor, but...

Get out and vote!

Get out and vote!

It's election day -- a unique one locally, given the multi-candidate race to fill out the remainder of Bill Courtright's term as Scranton mayor. In addition to the two parties' nominees, there are five independent candidates, all of whom offer differing visions for...

Cognetti leads her own poll

Cognetti leads her own poll

The Times-Tribune has a policy against reporting the results of candidate-sponsored polls in physical copies of the newspaper or on the newspaper's main website, but the editors don't mind if I do it in my blog. So here goes. Paige Cognetti released a poll Saturday...

The Other Big Race on Tuesday

The Other Big Race on Tuesday

I've been so focused on the Scranton mayoral race, I almost forgot we are electing two -- and maybe three -- (I screwed up the basic math in the original post) new Lackawanna County commissioners on Tuesday. Like the Scranton School Board race, voters did the heavy...

Wildfire threats

Wildfire threats

It's fairly apparent that Donald Trump has little use for -- or at least little understanding of -- the U.S. Constitution. His open disdain for the document has brought us to this current point in history, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic majority...

Polluting democracy

Polluting democracy

Election-year political advertising reportedly is worth roughly $275 million for social media behemoth Facebook. That sounds like a lot -- and, to be fair, it is a lot -- but it's a small portion of the billions the company rakes in via other methods of exploiting and...