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...
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...

Back from the grave

Back from the grave

Scott Township Supervisor and current GOP nominee for Lackawanna County commissioner Mike Gianetta found himself in hot water recently when old postings to his Facebook page were described by his opponent as sexist, racist and antisemitic. (You can read today's...

Trump’s ‘Perfect’ lie no defense against true patriot

Trump’s ‘Perfect’ lie no defense against true patriot

Donald Trump lies so reflexively, it's hard to choose which lies to pay attention to and which to dismiss as more extemporaneous excrement spewing from the sewer of his tiny mind. Sometimes, it takes a while for the news to catch up with the president's runaway mouth....

Tough crowd, Donald

Tough crowd, Donald

Trump got a taste of the country he has helped divide Monday night. The crowd at the Nationals' World Series game gave him a collective Bronx cheer when he and his posse of GOP enablers flashed up on the Jumbotron. The reaction shouldn't have come as a surprise, given...

His flying monkeys

His flying monkeys

As if the GOP's laughable (if not legally suspect) efforts to interrupt the impeachment inquiry against Dear Leader aren't bad enough, there's the suggestion that they are happening with the blessings (if not participation) of Trump himself. How is this -- an effort...

Brian Craig was necessary

Brian Craig was necessary

"Attention must be paid." -- from Death of a Salesman (1949) I didn't know Brian Craig well, but that wasn't necessary to know how necessary he was to those who knew him best. I met him a few years ago and instantly liked him, as most people did. He was kind and funny...

The piper’s due?

The piper’s due?

Keystone Landfill apparently is willing to play rough with Dunmore in its bid to secure a nearly half-century extension on its lifespan. The borough might just now be realizing that there were strings attached to the financial benefits landfill owner Louis DeNaples...

Auditor general endorses Cognetti in mayor’s race

Auditor general endorses Cognetti in mayor’s race

It's a bit unusual for a top state official to endorse in a Scranton mayor race, but you can understand state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale endorsing in this one. DePasquale, a Democrat, today endorsed former Scranton School Director Paige Cognetti, the Democrat...

Gas card scandal shows value of local newspaper

Gas card scandal shows value of local newspaper

Scranton City Council and Mayor Until January Wayne Evans are at a crossroads and running on fumes. What little credibility either has left in the tank depends on whether they move forward or keep idling until the last of it evaporates. An investigation into the use...

Hard time on easement bills

Hard time on easement bills

If there's anything more boring than poring over legal bills associated with the $195 million sale of the Scranton Sewer Authority system, I'd rather be doing that. Math has never been my friend. In my Sunday column, I raised an obvious question: How could a small...

The veto pen

The veto pen

Dunmore businessman Louis DeNaples' push for a 40-plus-year expansion of his Keystone Landfill hit a bump in the road this week. While Borough Mayor Timothy Burke's surprise veto of an unpopular ordinance -- one that doesn't recognize landfills as "structures" subject...

Trump stars in revenge porn massacre

Trump stars in revenge porn massacre

Just watched the video of President Trump shooting, stabbing and bludgeoning "enemies of the people" in the "Church of Fake News." The White House claims Trump hasn't seen the ultra-violent clip and doesn't condone it. That's like saying Rudy Giuliani doesn't know any...