In one sense, news that at least 10 percent of the Dunmore School District's employees are related to board members or administrators is akin to news that the sun rose in the east this morning.
The difference, of course, is that nepotism is man-made wher
Back when he was a practicing lawyer, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts courageously upheld constitutional principles by representing, for free, a reviled murderer in Florida.
John Ferguson had killed, execution-style, eight people, after
Marijuana has held an odd place in American culture, especially since the federal government specifically outlawed it in 1937.
That followed the release of the 1936 movie, "Reefer Madness," which today is widely lampooned for its over-the-top depictions
The Senate last week kept the military safe for sexual assailants.
By a 55-45 procedural vote, senators blocked a final vote on New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to place prosecutorial decisions in the hands of professional prosecutors rather t
The collapse of a garage roof in the 400 block of Schultz Court near Vine Street in the Hill Section of Scranton amid the Feb. 15 snowstorm has become an obvious hazard. Something should be done. email@example.com.
No one knows just how the foreclosure action against owners of the Mall at Steamtown will play out. But there is reason to believe that the process will be the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one rather than the end of the story for the str
Having established low expectations, the Scranton School Board regularly manages not to exceed them.
The ham-handed handling of a complaint filed by a district employee against Superintendent Bill King drops the bar even further.
Despite efforts by board
Northeast Pennsylvania has had more trouble than most of the state in recovering from the Great Recession. Unemployment in the region has run nearly a percentage point higher than the state average.
The state average most recently was reported at 6.8 per
Gov. Tom Corbett made a wise decision this week that should inspire him to become even smarter about helping the state's neediest residents.
Mr. Corbett will direct additional money, about $8 million in federal funds, to heating assistance for low-income
The Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American College of Emergency Physicians recently reported that one of the biggest problems faced by hospital emergency rooms is finding beds for psychiatric patients. They found that there are 17 beds per 100,000
Nutrition labels on more than 700,000 packaged food products, along with the ingredients list, are supposed to inform consumers of exactly what they're buying. Finally, that might become the case.
The Food and Drug Administration recently announced the
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta effectively used his war against immigrants to propel himself into Congress, but the wrong-headed ordinances he concocted while mayor of Hazleton properly have died at the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States.
A YouTube video surfaced last week that, if the Supreme Court of the United States were interested in transparency, would have been of interest to no one. Yet the poorly shot, shaky video of a snippet of a Supreme Court argument was a sensation because i
Drug and alcohol addiction and joblessness are among Northeast Pennsylvania's greatest problems. A plan to develop a rehabilitation center at the former Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale would help to address both.
The hospital closed just over tw
Pennsylvania's gambling enterprise was launched a decade ago under the guise of saving the horse-racing industry.
The $3 billion-plus per year gambling industry has indeed revived racing and breeding, with a contribution of about $200 million a year to
As the Luzerne County Council ponders whether to ban smoking on all county property, some members pose the issue as a question of individuals' right to smoke. They should be thinking in terms of public health and economics.
No one disputes that individua
There is no easy or obvious answer to Vladimir Putin's aggression against Ukraine, although the West must strive to "make it costly," as President Obama put it.
Russia is stronger than its neighbors, militarily, but its strength does not extend far beyo
Gambling in Pennsylvania usually entails risk only for the customer. He puts up money; the casinos, the lottery and the state government take it.
But the rollout of the most recent gambling expansion indicates that, for the government, gambling might be
Inflation and vastly improved vehicle fuel economy have eroded the value of the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents a gallon since it last was raised in 1993.
States rely on money from the federal tax to help repair the transportation infrastructure, and