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 54: Flynn falls for sucker punch

Coronavirus Diaries Day 54: Flynn falls for sucker punch

If Marty Flynn wants to be taken seriously as a legislator, his skin has to be thicker than his head.  The Democratic state representative for the 113th District is licking self-inflicted wounds after typing tough on Facebook on Saturday. Jabbed by three apparently...

Under the dome

Under the dome

Given its expense, size, and inclination to cater to itself and the well-heeled special interests that shower its members with gifts and campaign funds, the Pennsylvania Legislature sometimes feels like a pandemic without end.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 52: Free Speech for the Dumb

Coronavirus Diaries Day 52: Free Speech for the Dumb

Believe it or not, I used to believe a lot of dumb things. The less I knew about a given topic, the more sure I was that I knew more about it than any so-called "expert."  I was a passively paranoid conspiracy theorist always on alert for the next clandestine plot...

Honestly, Abe …

Honestly, Abe …

Trump is an epic crybaby, and his performance this week at the Lincoln Memorial -- where he whined about being treated worse than Honest Abe despite accomplishing more in his first two years in office than any previous president -- is the most recent case in point....

The gang’s all here

The gang’s all here

Anti-social-distancing protests were staged in numerous state capitals, featuring small groups of largely Trump supporters, some of whom were heavily armed (presumably to shoot the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, but likely to intimidate the...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 49: Scar Tissue

Coronavirus Diaries Day 49: Scar Tissue

Thick skins are made of scar tissue. God knows I've earned mine over 20-plus years in this job. Some people are powerfully allergic to honesty, and the common reaction is to vent their spleens in emails, antisocial media posts and anonymous, grammatically-challenged...

The coast is clear, folks!

The coast is clear, folks!

At the same time his own White House is predicting 3,000 COVID19-related deaths per day nationwide within the coming month, Trump desperately wants the economy, including here in Pennsylvania, to reopen for business.

The more things change?

The more things change?

The financially beleaguered Scranton School District faces yet another challenge as tax revenue is projected to plunge by roughly $5 million due to the pandemic's constriction of the economy. That much is new. What's not is the way the school board dropped the ball by...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 47: May the Fourth Be With You (At Home)

Coronavirus Diaries Day 47: May the Fourth Be With You (At Home)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had to leave the house every day... Today is "Star Wars Day," the unofficial holiday celebrated by fans of the most profitable franchise in film history. It's an occasion to say, "May the Fourth Be With You" as if the pun...

A day like any other

A day like any other

"What day is it again?" It's become an increasingly common wonderment during the pandemic. Working from home seems to have the strange effect of robbing the individual days of their context during the course of a week.

Distressed status, sweet distressed status

Distressed status, sweet distressed status

Scranton was on the verge of leaving Act 47 distressed-city status when it, like everywhere else, was hit by the pandemic and its associated economic stress. Now, Mayor Paige Cognetti and others say, is not the time for the city to leave the place it has called "home"...

Height advantage

Height advantage

The Small Business Administration's initial rollout of the $349 million Paycheck Protection Program hit the wall when the pot of cash was almost immediately drained. Turns out that that business interests like Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Shake Shack, Potbelly and the Los...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 42: Pumped up

Coronavirus Diaries Day 42: Pumped up

As I noted in today's column (read it here if you're a subscriber), I hadn't bought gas for three weeks. My pandemic-induced personal petroleum embargo ended this afternoon.  I buy my Marlboros at a drive-through smoke shop in South Scranton. Window business is...

Farewell to ‘the Muni’

Farewell to ‘the Muni’

For 60 years, the Scranton Municipal Golf Course offered working-class folks the opportunity to play a round and learn the game. In the face of increasing costs, competition and the coronavirus outbreak, however, it is no more.

Economics lesson

Economics lesson

School districts and teachers are scrambling to offer online-lesson services to students during the coronavirus-related lock-down of facilities across Lackawanna County and beyond. A major obstacle to these efforts is the digital divide that separates families who...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 40: In a Fog

Coronavirus Diaries Day 40: In a Fog

For days, a primer on how to keep your eyeglasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask has been among the most-read stories at thetimes-tribune.com. If you haven't already seen it, read it here.  Fogging is clearly a widespread nuisance afflicting the far-sighted...