Trump’s taxes, Cult 45 and the rule of law

Trump’s taxes, Cult 45 and the rule of law

The devil really is in the details, which is why Donald Trump is so desperate to keep his tax records way down in a hole. Many times, the president has promised to release the records when a marathon audit of his taxes is complete. Trump has provided zero proof he is...
Help wanted: ‘prison of the stars’ is hiring

Help wanted: ‘prison of the stars’ is hiring

Driving to work this morning, I heard an employment ad that sold its sponsor short. United States Penitentiary Canaan is hiring, but the spot made no mention of the Waymart facility’s new celebrity inmate. Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort landed at USP...
Scranton City Council talks trash tonight

Scranton City Council talks trash tonight

It’s Earth Day, so it seems natural to talk trash. At its Monday caucus, Scranton City Council will hear from Northeast Revenue Service, the firm that apparently has had little success collecting almost $17 million in delinquent garbage fees. An ongoing...
Redaction is the new black

Redaction is the new black

Lackawanna County has asked for 30-day extensions on my Right-to-Know Law requests for the costs of renovations at the county building, so I’m stuck reading the redacted Mueller Report. What the 400-plus-page report says seems to depend on who’s reading...
All hail the snot otter!

All hail the snot otter!

Unless you live under a rock in a very clean stream, you’ve heard by now that Pennsylvania has an official amphibian. The House voted 191-6 Tuesday to declare the Eastern hellbender king of the state’s river monsters. North America’s largest...