Chris Kelly Opinion: A plea for proper punishment

Today we learned that an attorney for an Olyphant disciple of Cult 45 who participated in the Jan. 6 domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol is negotiating a guilty plea. That's what guilty defendants do.  Maybe Michael J. Rusyn's taxpayer-funded public defender...
Coronavirus Diaries Day 506: Time to move on. Probably.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 506: Time to move on. Probably.

I've been looking for an opportune time to drop the "Coronavirus Diaries" tag from this blog. Today seems as good as any.  My colleagues and I have been back in the Times Building for a few weeks and today marks the end of a rule requiring us to wear masks when not at...

It’s pretty simple, folks

It’s pretty simple, folks

As in many states, Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled legislature is rolling out a laundry list of changes to election laws that, simply put, would make voting more difficult. By backing Trump's Big Lie about the 2020 election being "stolen" from him due to non-existent...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 492: ‘You will atone’

Coronavirus Diaries Day 492: ‘You will atone’

One of the finest, most prolific character actors in Hollywood history, Ned Beatty is best-known for his legendary roles in two seminal films -- "Deliverance" and "Network."  The former made him the butt of many juvenile jokes. The latter made him a star. Beatty's...

Rain delay

Rain delay

Joe Biden has hit a lot of his targets, pandemic-wise, since moving in to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. His ambitious plan to administer at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 70 percent of Americans by July 4 seems doubtful now, thanks to a notable (and sadly predictable)...