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...
Trump Airlines

Trump Airlines

Trump and his foot soldiers insist that mail-in ballots are rife with fraud and cannot be trusted. It's a baseless claim, but one that Trump clings to in an effort to delegitimize the general election results before the fact. So when a handful of overseas absentee...

Deadbeat Donald

Deadbeat Donald

The Trump cult is a tough nut to crack. It has stayed true to Dear Leader through thick and thin, whether he shakes down foreign leaders for domestic political purposes, soaks taxpayers for golf trips to his properties, acts like a sexual predator, reportedly calls...

Legislators want to outlaw discrimination based on hair

Legislators want to outlaw discrimination based on hair

A group of black state legislators want to end discrimination based on hairstyle. House Bill 2725 and Senate Bill 964 would amend the state Human Relations Act to prohibit discrimination based on hair texture or hairstyle, including braids, twists, locks,...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 203: Chumps for Trump

Coronavirus Diaries Day 203: Chumps for Trump

In 2016 and 2017, my wife and I paid many thousands of dollars more in income taxes than the alleged billionaire in the White House. If you make minimum wage or more, so did you.  Trump's income tax bill for each of those two years was $750. For decades, he paid no...

Hypocrisy, thy name is ‘Pat’

Hypocrisy, thy name is ‘Pat’

Pennsylvania's junior senator has fallen in line with the rest of his Republican colleagues and pulled a one-eighty on the idea of installing a supreme court justice during a presidential election year. Such a thing was unthinkable in 2016, when Obama had nearly a...

Tell it to their judges

Tell it to their judges

Democrats who sat out the 2016 election because A) they were sure there was no way Donald Trump could be elected, which B) freed them from having to vote for Hillary Clinton, are as much to blame for the unfolding Supreme Court fiasco following the death of Justice...

Sleeping on the job

Sleeping on the job

Scranton Police Department's "Operation Grabbing Straws" resulted in charges against numerous individuals allegedly engaged in making straw purchases of firearms. Meanwhile, the state legislature continues to do little or nothing regarding laws that would make such...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 198: Wasted votes have consequences

Coronavirus Diaries Day 198: Wasted votes have consequences

Watching the sad but uplifting memorial service for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg this morning, my weary mind kept drifting back to the 2000 presidential election.  An old friend and colleague of mine cast a ballot for Ralph Nader, but essentially voted...

Thievery, I tell you!

Thievery, I tell you!

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court split along partisan lines last week and handed a pair of victories to Democrat Joe Biden when it OK'ed a three-day deadline extension for mail-in ballots and the use of drop boxes for ballots. Republicans predictably were less than...

The important issue!

The important issue!

Trump just played the Big 10 Athletic Conference like a cheap violin. The universities and their administrators can and will deny he had anything to do with the decision to start the football season in late October, but that won't stop him or members of his cult...

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...