It’s not clear whether the scheduled auction of the moribund Mall at Steamtown is meant to actually find a new owner, test the market or establish leverage for a negotiated sale. But it in any case, it is a necessary step toward a new course and, ideally, (read more)
Before the FBI discovered that CIA Director David Petraeus had handed over highly classified information to his biographer/mistress, he expressed no sympathy for another CIA operative, John C. Kiriakou, who had received a 30-month prison sentence for disc (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Once in a while, I get a letter from an old friend “vacationing” in sunny Pensacola, Florida. These days, he's known as federal inmate #68385-067, but folks back home remember him as A.J. Munchak. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. The preceding 44 installments passed without much impact here in Our Stiff Neck of the Woods, but this one sees citizens demanding a future that doesn’t double down on the delinquent debts of the past. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The terminally ill Mall at Steamtown encompasses about 600,000 square feet. Philadelphia’s thriving Reading Terminal Market rounds out at 78,000 square feet. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2015:02:04 20:17:28 Volunteer’s tale Editor: I became a volunteer with Compassionate Care Hospice in Old Forge two years ago and it has opened a new door in my life. As I also have become a senior citizen, I view these golden years at a different angle. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A If Tuesday’s Republican romp to control both houses of Congress seems eerily familiar, it’s because we’ve seen this B-movie before. It stars a demonized chief executive whose aloof attitude and disdain for politics makes him vulnerable to haters who would (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A History is littered with cautionary tales of overconfident leaders who underestimated the opposition and got massacred. To a roster that includes Napoleon at Waterloo, Custer at Little Big Horn and Pickett at Gettysburg, we can now add Frank Farina at Jessup Hose Company No. 1 (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The deluded soul who first said children should be seen and not heard never spent a night in a hotel jammed with families. Children live to be seen and heard, especially in public. Kids come with parents, who in the strongest families tend to be adults. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A When Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce President Robert Durkin said back in March that the Mall at Steamtown was doomed as a retail space, he drew the ire of many locals with hope for the mall’s revival as an artisan market. (read more)
Memo to Times-Tribune Circulation Department: Congratulations on that daring decision to sell the newspaper in Canada. Paul Sorvino, the actor/director who used $500,000 of Lackawanna County’s money to make the movie “The Trouble with Cali,” said Wednesda (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A We gather today to celebrate the brief, troubled life of “Cali,” the illegitimate, unloved offspring of a doomed romance between starstruck county commissioners and an ego oversized even by Hollywood standards. (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
Read Roderick’s lips: When you promise you’ll never raise taxes (or promise you’ll cut them), history rides with the revenue enhancers. President Ronald Reagan’s cohorts coined the term “revenue enhancers” after the tax-slashing president had to raise tax (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:06:18 17:26:36 We interrupt this primary election for Lackawanna County commissioner and other offices to bring you a preview of the race for state representative in the 112th Legislative District next year. Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Frank Farina almost certainly (read more)
Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz and Patrick O’Malley fired the first serious shot of the Democratic commissioner election race this week. They aired a commercial. It wasn’t exactly a shot across the bow of the campaigns of their opponents, for (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2012:10:10 19:34:46 What a difference a couple of weeks makes. Two weeks ago, Republicans had six candidates for Lackawanna County commissioner. Now, three remain. With Joe Albert, Gary Propersi and attorney Martin Toth dropping out, Republican voters will choose from among (read more)