NAME: House Bill 993 would rename the state Department of Public Welfare as the Department of Human Services. The House approved the measure 155-35 and sent it to the governor for signing. A yes vote supported the bill. ✔ Voting yes: Reps. Karen Boback, R (read more)
Pennsylvania’s bloated 253-member Legislature is a study in political paralysis, but that doesn’t mean its leaders can’t achieve some of their own goals. Lawmakers pass bills and adopt policy, but the mechanism of actual governance resides in the executiv (read more)

Chris Kelly Columns
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The Times-Tribune editorial board invited me to its Friday meeting with Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Drillers. His re-election campaign insisted I be uninvited. Why? Because a month ago, I almost went to work for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:06:25 10:25:31 Horrid journalism Editor: On Sept. 11, Sarah Hofius Hall wrote in a Times-Tribune article about the Scranton School Board that solicitor John Minora circulated the new teachers contract and Directors Bob Sheridan, Carol Oleski and I signed it “sight unsee (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Cpl. Bryon Dickson loved the pizza at Maroni’s in West Scranton. His favorite spot in Philly was Bob’s Diner on Ridge Avenue. Strawberry pancakes aren’t on the menu. You have to ask. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “Baby’s heads have no hair; Old men’s heads are just as bare. Between the cradle and the grave; Lies a haircut and a shave.” — Samuel Hoffenstein, (1890-1947) As soon as we could walk, Dad took my brother and me to Jim Bell’s barber shop in a blue-collar neighborhood 20 minutes outside Pittsburgh. As soon as we could walk, Dad took my brother and me to Jim Bell’s barber shop in a blue-collar neighborhood 20 minutes outside Pittsburgh. (read more)
Back when the Times Building had manual elevators, one of the operators wore a “Star Trek” communicator badge. I’d step in and say, “Beam me up to three.” (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Idling at the crossroads on a warm Sunday morning ... Dalton has no traffic lights. Stop signs suffice. I was stuck at one, three blocks from home as hundreds of motorcycles roared by in the 7th annual Sgt. Jan Argonish Ride. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A It’s that time of election year. Pennsylvania’s future leaders have returned to public schools in hundreds of districts shortchanged by the state’s alleged leaders of today. (read more)
Great drama depends upon the suspension of disbelief. The trick is convincing the audience it has been transported to another place where the plots and performances on the stage or screen are as real as the seats beneath them. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Global idea Editor: Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley sent a refreshing letter (Your Opinion, “County Should Buy Globe Store,” Aug. 17). Finally, a politician is thinking outside the box by suggesting the county buy the former department sto (read more)
Pension question Editor: The article regarding the dire financial straits of many local school districts in The Sunday Times on Aug. 17 was eye-opening and alarming. (read more)

Roderick Random Columns
Photo: Matt Rourke/AP, License: N/A Here’s a comparison of the last time a Pennsylvania governor ran for re-election and this year and why Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is really up against it as he tries to rally to win a second term. Upfront, we’ll concede one point — this is likelier to tu (read more)
The only thing more fun than watching Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey O’Brien and Jim Wansacz rip each other in the Democratic primary election three years ago might happen next year. The uneasy alliance known as Wansacz-O’Brien might face a ticket (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Hold on to your heads, rockers, because here comes a bit of a twist. Former Lackawanna County register of wills, former city and county Democratic Party chairman and former county government study commission member Jerry Notarianni is thinking about runni (read more)
Photo: Jack Hanrahan/AP, License: N/A More than 20 years ago, political consultant James Carville coined the phrase “the economy, stupid” to help elect Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton president. Since then, the phrase morphed into “it’s the economy, stupid,” but the meaning remains. You can point (read more)