An auction scheduled for next week is the first step on a long road back for the moribund Mall at Steamtown in downtown Scranton. It’s clear that the journey, one way or another, will include retail impresario Al Boscov, who retired recently from day-to-d (read more)
If everything really is bigger in Texas, that maxim also must apply to mistakes. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed a law barring bans of hydraulic fracturing and limiting the control of local governments over the location of oil and gas wells. Texas (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Chrissy and I spent the week before the primary election ridding our home of any regrettable relic that was not me. We moved into the house late in 2008. It’s amazing how much junk two people can pile up in under 10 years. Lackawanna County has been packi (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Editor: A 22-year-old Scranton man who was out on bail for a drunken-driving arrest had a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit when he ran through a stop sign and collided with a woman’s car last month in the city, injuring himself. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2015:05:04 13:37:55 An open letter to Madison Ellen Hall on her first Mother’s Day: Welcome to the world, Ginger Snap. Hah! Get it? You’re tiny and have your Mom’s red hair. You’re a Ginger Snap! See what I did there? (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Jessie and Samantha Latham are like any couple approaching their first wedding anniversary — crazy in love and leaning on each other as they begin to cipher the mysteries of married life. (read more)
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)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Primary elections are funny things. They’re not elections at all. Except when an issue referendum is on the ballot, primaries are for only Republicans and Democrats so they can choose their nominees for an elected office. Because of the Democratic Party’s (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Years ago, Lackawanna County grew famous for costly election contests for county common pleas court judge, but the Abingtons magisterial district judge race could set a standard of its own. (read more)
With 10 days left before the primary election, the candidates for Lackawanna County commissioner are out there campaigning hard, but most political observers tell us incumbents Commissioners Jim Wansacz and Patrick O’Malley remain the favorites. Groundswe (read more)
Jerry Notarianni said something this week that anyone in a position to boost the local economy should keep in mind. During the debate Tuesday among the Democratic candidates for Lackawanna County commissioner, Mr. Notarianni, one of the candidates, said h (read more)
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)