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...
Coronavirus Diaries Day 142: My brother the teacher

Coronavirus Diaries Day 142: My brother the teacher

My 50-year-old kid brother is a public school teacher in a suburb of Pittsburgh, a football town with a coronavirus problem. The next victim of the pandemic may be the Steelers' 2020 season, which accounts for at least a third of the southwestern Pennsylvania economy....

Coronavirus Diaries Day 141: Greetings from Thighland

Coronavirus Diaries Day 141: Greetings from Thighland

The president has gone to Thighland in his mind. I hope the Yo-Semites welcome him with the requisite Yo-Semnities. Team Trump's exhaustive labor to paint Joe Biden as a doddering relic is undermined hourly by the obvious and ongoing mental decline of the embattled...

Obama endorses Cartwright for Congress

Obama endorses Cartwright for Congress

President Barack Obama previously signaled he will get involved in the upcoming election, but today he actually did something. Obama endorsed more than 200 candidates nationwide. The people he endorsed include U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, the Moosic Democrat and 8th...

All downhill from here on

All downhill from here on

Local governments everywhere are feeling the pandemic's pinch on tax revenue. Nowhere is the pain more acute than in the Scranton School District, where revenue projections are calling into question the district's ability to make payroll by year's end.

Let’s take a vote, guys

Let’s take a vote, guys

Yesterday morning, the nation was greeted with the sobering news that its annual GDP had shrunk by a whopping 32.9 percent, or twice the rate of contraction seen during the Great Depression. This might explain why Trump took to Twitter to further his baseless attacks...

Pork rides, again!

Pork rides, again!

Pork-barrel spending is a deathless bipartisan tradition in congress, with the senate Republican pandemic stimulus bill being the latest example. It's hard to square $30 billion in spending on battleships and aircraft with the economic needs of folks facing a loss of...

Stop, go, I dunno …

Stop, go, I dunno …

Given that Pennsylvania is home to a whopping 500 school districts ranging from from small, rural operations to those in the inner cities, it's hard to find a one-size-fits-all answer regarding fall attendance plans during a pandemic. Still, many district...

Sleepless in Pennsylvania

Sleepless in Pennsylvania

Democrat Joe Biden is up double-digits in polling against incumbent Donald Trump. Still, Democrats who were left shell-shocked by Hillary Clinton's electoral-college collapse in 2016 aren't sleeping easy.

Meanwhile, down in Bloomsburg …

Meanwhile, down in Bloomsburg …

The Bloomsburg Fair dunked itself in hot water this week. A Facebook post on the Fair's homepage showed a man dressed as a woman and identified as Dr. Rachel Levine -- the current state secretary of health and point person for Pennsylvania's response to the COVID-19...

Top House Republicans rally around Bognet

Top House Republicans rally around Bognet

U.S House Republican leaders have rallied around their 8th Congressional District candidate Jim Bognet in the one way that really counts besides votes. Money. Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Whip Steve Scalise and Deputy Whip Tom Cole all chipped in to...

Flagging courage

Flagging courage

Dickson City's recently announced policy regarding what flags can be flown at the borough building is designed to provide an end run around requests to fly the gay-pride flag. They apparently don't want to risk upsetting homophobes.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 123: Trump gets testy

Coronavirus Diaries Day 123: Trump gets testy

If you didn't catch Chris Wallace's hour-plus interview with the president on "Fox 'News' Sunday," there are plenty of snippets available around the web. Sitting through the whole, grueling exercise in real journalism on a fake news network is like watching a creepy...