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...
Politics trumps science

Politics trumps science

There's only one way this country will gain real control over the spread of COVID-19, and that's to put scientists and facts back in the driver's seat and politicians in the trunk. Under Trump, the chances of that happening are precisely zero.

Reverse field play

Reverse field play

The Big 10 athletic conference pulled an abrupt one-eighty yesterday and announced that it would indeed play football this fall rather than wait for the spring and a possible COVID-19 vaccine. Why? Well, my guess is that money is the big driver in decisions like this....

Freedom to spread

Freedom to spread

Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic response took a hit Monday when Federal District Court Judge William Stickman ruled it unconstitutional, finding that it infringed on the right to free assembly, among others. In his decision, it's apparent that Stickman's views of the dangers...

Read us a story!

Read us a story!

The state's Department of Environmental Protection's latest response to Keystone Landfill's 42-year expansion request lists 60 items in need of clarification, not the smallest of which is the landfill's assurance that leachate runoff (water that percolates down...

Distancing

Distancing

Like all Pennsylvania's 502 school districts, Scranton headed back into the new school year dealing with the realities of a nationwide pandemic. Students are expected to where masks and maintain a safe social distance. Administrators of the financially strapped...

But his tapes!

But his tapes!

Bob Woodward has stirred up an issue even more irrelevant than Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in 2016. His decision not to immediately release recorded interviews with Trump -- wherein the president admits he knew the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic...

President Trump endorses Jim Bognet for Congress

President Trump endorses Jim Bognet for Congress

President Donald Trump formally endorsed Republican congressional candidate Jim Bognet last night. Naturally, the president did it on Twitter. He also endorsed several other congressional candidates. This is what Trump said: Jim Bognet (@Bognet4congress) will be a...

And speaking of boat parades …

And speaking of boat parades …

One can only guess why Donald Trump thought it was a good idea to hop on the phone and conduct a series of recorded interviews with author and investigative journalist Bob Woodward, a man who many credit with blowing up Richard Nixon. Even more curious is why he...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 173: ‘Taps’ for Cadet Bone Spurs

Coronavirus Diaries Day 173: ‘Taps’ for Cadet Bone Spurs

Trump said it. Everyone knows it. Some supporters will never admit it. Hardcore Cult 45 members don't care. Honest observers and legions of veterans and active-duty servicepeople know a coward when they see and hear one, even secondhand. Scores of them -- including...

The safe bet

The safe bet

The decision by Dunmore-based First National Community Bank (FNCB) to channel a $50 million pandemic-related, taxpayer-backed loan to Mount Airy Casino and Lodge -- both of which involve members of the DeNaples family -- has raised more than a few eyebrows.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 168: Voting inside the box

Coronavirus Diaries Day 168: Voting inside the box

The majority Democratic Lackawanna County Commissioners voted Wednesday to make casting a ballot in the Nov. 3 presidential election easier and safer during a global infectious disease pandemic.  The minority Republican commissioner voted for Donald Trump. ...

Electoral College cheerleader

Electoral College cheerleader

There's little chance of Trump winning Oregon, Washington or especially California this November. This likely explains why he seems more concerned with the swing-state-rich Big 10's plan to postpone its football season until next spring than with the PAC 12's similar...

Apologies to C.W. McCall …

Apologies to C.W. McCall …

Plans are underway to ship vast quantities of liquefied natural gas from a facility under construction in rural Bradford County to Gibbstown, NJ. While the majority of the plant's LNG would be shipped by rail, truck transportation also is in play. A PennDOT study...