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  • Our Opinion: Re-elect Gov. Tom Corbett for concrete way forward

    11/02/2014 9:14:30 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader ^ | October 30, 2014 | Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
    We wanted to like Tom Wolf. With many aspects of the commonwealth struggling under the leadership of Gov. Tom Corbett, we went into our endorsement process – like so many Pennsylvanians – assuming Wolf would come out on top. But when it came time to pit Corbett’s record against Wolf’s rhetoric, we couldn’t bring ourselves to support the Democratic challenger. We don’t know where Wolf stands on too many important issues that affect Northeastern Pennsylvania. From capturing methane gas to restoring rail service from New York City to Scranton, Wolf is the candidate who just won’t commit to a position....
  • Casualty of Coal: One of Two Major Coal-Fired Electric Plants to Close

    04/17/2014 5:41:07 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 23 replies
    SHAMOKIN DAN — The plant in Shamokin Dam once produced enough electricity to power a city three times the size of Scranton. It is 65 years old, but few here thought the facility known as the Sunbury Steam Plant would be forced into retirement. “It’s sad to see it close down,” said Robert Hoffman of Sunbury. “The plant`s been there since I can remember. As a matter of fact when i was in high school we toured that plant.” “Since they put stack reclaimers on it, its been a fairly clean plant,” added Ed Quiggle of Shamokin Dam Sunbury Generation...
  • Moody’s warns of bankruptcy in Scranton as city faces $20 million budget gap ( Penna )

    11/11/2013 3:08:11 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    PA Independent ^ | November 11, 2013 | Eric Boehm
    Scranton could be headed towards another fiscal crisis like the one that resulted in city workers having their pay cut to minimum wage in 2012... Moody’s warned investors that Scranton could be facing the threat of default or bankruptcy thanks to a $20 million budget gap for the fiscal year that begins Jan. 1. The city is supposed to approve a new budget by Nov. 15, which would have to close that deficit to balance the budget. ... A similar crisis hit the city in July 2012, which lead to Mayor Chris Doherty cutting all city workers’ pay to minimum...
  • Scranton police/fire unions get $21M judgment against city; may seize assets

    09/21/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 20 replies
    Scranton Times Tribune ^ | September 20, 2013 | By Jim Lockwood
    Scranton's police and fire unions have received a judgment against the city for the overdue $21 million that the city owes the unions from a landmark arbitration ruling. The money was due July 2, but the city has not yet paid and is still seeking borrowing or selling an asset to honor the bill, Mayor Chris Doherty said. But the judgment means the unions now can seize city assets and sell them to collect what is owed, said city solicitor Paul Kelly and the unions' attorney, Thomas Jennings. "Whenever a judgment is granted, you can go to the sheriff and...
  • William Scranton, Former Pennsylvania Governor, Dies at 96

    07/29/2013 12:40:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 29, 2013 | By Robert D. McFadden
    William W. Scranton, the moderate Republican governor of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967, who lost a run for his party’s presidential nomination in 1964 and later served as the United States representative to the United Nations, died on Sunday in Montecito, Calif. He was 96. The cause was a cerebral hemorrhage, Micheal DeVanney, a family spokesman, said. A descendant of Mayflower colonists and the founders of Scranton, Pa., heir to a fortune in railroads and utilities, the soft-spoken Mr. Scranton was heralded as a “Kennedy Republican” in the early 1960s. His amiable patrician style, and his independence as a fiscal...
  • William Scranton, Former Pennsylvania Governor, Dies at 96

    07/29/2013 10:12:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 29, 2013 | Robert D. McFadden
    William W. Scranton, the moderate Republican governor of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967, who lost a run for his party’s presidential nomination in 1964 and later served as the United States representative to the United Nations, died on Sunday in Montecito, Calif. He was 96.
  • After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar

    01/01/2013 6:58:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | December 29, 2012 | SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar The 1950 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar never made it to James W. Flanagan, general manager of The Scranton Times. He would never need it: he died in December 1949. But on Friday, 63 years after his death, the U.S. Postal Service made a delivery. A mail carrier, with no explanation of where the package had been the last 63 years, handed it to Chris O'Hora at The Times-Tribune's front desk. The calendar, rolled in a long tube, soon made its way to the office of Bobby Lynett, a publisher of The Times-Tribune and...
  • "Son Of A Scranton Man" Lyrics (Son of a Preacher Man Parody)

    08/01/2012 4:39:54 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 1 replies
    Myself | Now | Me
    OBAMA SINGS... Joe the third was a Scranton son When his daddy left there he rode along When they gathered round and started yapping That's when Bidens and Joes were snapping Through the thickets their lips went flapping Then he'd lie and plagiarize And lord knows to my surprise The only one who can ever out me Is the son of a Scranton man The only lib who can never doubt me Is the son of a Scranton man Yes he can, he can, m-m-m yes he can Being gay isn’t always easy No matter how hard I try. When...
  • Scranton, Pa. Mayor Slashes All Public Worker Wages to $7.25 per Hour, City Effectively Bankrupt

    07/10/2012 7:28:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 07/10/2012 | MIKE SHEDLOCK
    Scranton, Pennsylvania's, the state's sixth-most-populous city (population of 76,089 in 2010 census), is down to its last $5,000 and has no way to pay salaries. The mayor wants an immediate tax hike of 29% and 78% over three years. In every sense of the word, Scranton is bankrupt. NPR reports Scranton's Public Workers Now Paid Minimum Wage. The city of Scranton, Pa., sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. Mayor Chris Doherty has reduced everyone's pay — including his own — to the...
  • SCRANTON RUNS OUT OF MONEY, Cuts All City Salaries To Minimum Wage(down to $5K)

    07/10/2012 5:23:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/10/12 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    SCRANTON RUNS OUT OF MONEY, Cuts All City Salaries To Minimum Wage Mike "Mish" Shedlock, Global Economic Trend Analysis|Jul. 10, 2012, 7:11 AM Scranton, Pennsylvania's, the state's sixth-most-populous city (population of 76,089 in 2010 census), is down to its last $5,000 and has no way to pay salaries. The mayor wants an immediate tax hike of 29% and 78% over three years. In every sense of the word, Scranton is bankrupt. NPR reports Scranton's Public Workers Now Paid Minimum Wage
  • Scranton's Public Workers' Pay Cut To Minimum Wage

    07/09/2012 6:54:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Fire Engineering/NPR ^ | 08 July 2012
    SCOTT SIMON: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Scranton, Pennsylvania sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. The mayor has reduced everyone's pay, including his own, to the state's minimum wage, $7.25 an hour. Scranton's mayor says that his city has just run out of money. NPR's Jeff Brady joins us from Philadelphia where he's been following the story. Jeff, thanks for being with us, and explain what's going on? JEFF BRADY: Well, Scranton has had financial troubles for a...
  • Judge: Scranton, must pay employees full wages

    07/09/2012 3:49:08 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 38 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri, Jul 6, 2012
    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ordered the city of Scranton to pay employees full wages, but the mayor says the cash-strapped government can't afford it. Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse on Friday granted an injunction to unions challenging Mayor Chris Doherty's decision to impose minimum wages to nearly 400 employees. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports paychecks containing the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour had already been issued. Doherty says he can't print money and that City Council has to fulfill the obligations of their budget. City Administrator Ryan McGowan says the city would have only $83,000 available...
  • Pennsylvania city workers to take mayor to court over across-the-board minimum wage salaries

    07/09/2012 4:25:02 PM PDT · by Harley · 13 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 09, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Employees of a Pennsylvania city, who have all seen their salaries cut to minimum wage as the mayor grapples with budget problems, are hoping a judge restores their paychecks in full.
  • Catholic Caucus: Anti-abortion advocates protest U of Scranton speaker

    01/30/2012 6:47:11 AM PST · by topher · 1 replies
    The Scranton times Tribune ^ | January 28, 2012 | By David Falchek
    Another showdown between a local Catholic institution and the Bishop of Scranton erupted Saturday, with conservative Catholic groups entering the debate on the side of Bishop Joseph Bambera. The Cardinal Newman Society, a group that scrutinizes Catholic colleges for adherence to doctrine, and the locally based American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, joined forces to protest former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies at the University of Scranton, an institution sponsored by the Society of Jesus. "The Jesuits want to reform the church," shouted James Burke, former board chairman of King's College, Wilkes-Barre, from a flatbed stage parked...
  • Catholic Caucus: Jesuit University of Scranton to Welcome Pro-Abortion Speaker

    01/20/2012 10:41:01 AM PST · by topher · 18 replies
    TFP Student Action [TFP Student Action.org] ^ | January 17, 2012 | William Stover
    While thousands of pro-life Americans prepare to attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the Jesuit University of Scranton, located in Pennsylvania, makes very different preparations. Marjorie Margolies Former Congresswoman and avowed abortion advocate Marjorie Margolies has been invited to give the keynote speech at the University of Scranton’s Ready to Run: Campaign Training for Women program. The event is scheduled on January 28, according to the university’s web site. On January 13, the bishop of Scranton, the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, issued a formal statement and asked that the invitation be withdrawn. But his request was...
  • Only 225 show up for Obama tickets in Scranton

    11/28/2011 9:46:00 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | Nov. 29, 2011 | Michael Sadowski
    When Hillary Clinton was on the campaign trail in 2008 and spoke at Scranton High School, the line to get tickets a few days before her appearance stretched about 1,000 people long. Monday's line to grab the available free tickets to President Barack Obama's speech Wednesday was noticeably shorter — about 225 people were waiting when the doors opened for the distribution. "It's a little disappointing to see that," said Cathy Kneeland, 64, of Scranton, who showed up more than three hours early to stand in line and found herself second. "You would think more people would want to see...
  • My Turn by Roxanne Pauline (AFL Supporting OWS)

    10/23/2011 5:01:22 PM PDT · by RBW in PA · 4 replies
    Pike County Courier ^ | October 20, 2011 | Roxanne Pauline
    A day of action to stand in solidarity Occupy Scranton turns four days old with no intentions of stopping as demonstration turns into full time occupation on Linden Street in Scranton.Members of the Occupy Wall Street- Scranton, PA, started out on Saturday Oct. 15 at noon with a two-day event to help contribute to the Occupy Wall Street day of action and day of solidarity. Over the weekend of marches, speeches, music and over night sleeping happened on the Linden Street side of the Lackawanna Court House. At the end of Sunday’s event the body of Occupy Scranton had a...
  • Police: Cavity Search Produces 50 Bags of Heroin (From ONE woman)

    03/21/2011 7:43:35 AM PDT · by Stoat · 74 replies
    (edit) Authorities say 27-year-old Karin Mackaliunas was detained last weekend following a crash. Scranton police say they found three bags of heroin in her jacket and after being taken to the police station she told investigators she had more hidden in her vagina.A doctor performed a search and recovered 54 bags of heroin, 31 empty bags used to package heroin, prescription pills and $51.22. (edit)
  • Obamacare 'Absolutely' Played Role in Catholic Hospital Sale: Scranton CEO

    10/12/2010 4:16:49 PM PDT · by topher · 4 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | October 12, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Tuesday October 12, 2010 Obamacare 'Absolutely' Played Role in Catholic Hospital Sale: Scranton CEO Catholic Health Association scrambles to defend Obamacare By Kathleen GilbertSCRANTON, Pennsylvania, October 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A potentially explosive scandal has arisen after it became public that the sale of several Catholic hospitals in Pennsylvania was due in part to increased burdens imposed by the federal health reform legislation, according to the hospitals' director. However, that message was quickly combated by the Catholic Health Association (CHA), an organization infamous for its role in helping pass the bill despite U.S. bishops' opposition, which attempted to dismiss the...
  • The President's Nun: Obamacare Scranton Scandal Explodes

    10/11/2010 7:18:48 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 65 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10.11.10 @ 6:09AM | By Jeffrey Lord
    A mushrooming political battle over ObamaCare involving the White House, two incumbent Pennsylvania congressmen, three Catholic hospitals and a nun has just exploded in, of all places, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Charges from the Scranton medical community of intimidation by the Obama White House and its allies are filling the air. All of this just as Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Scranton today to raise money for one of the participants.
  • The President's Nun: Obamacare Scranton Scandal Explodes

    10/11/2010 2:57:46 PM PDT · by jhigh · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 10/11/2010 | Jeffrey Lord
    Can you say "October Surprise"? A mushrooming political battle over ObamaCare involving the White House, two incumbent Pennsylvania congressmen, three Catholic hospitals and a nun has just exploded in, of all places, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Charges from the Scranton medical community of intimidation by the Obama White House and its allies are filling the air. All of this just as Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Scranton today to raise money for one of the participants. There are two issues at the core of the controversy. 1. ObamaCare and the sale of three Scranton-area Catholic hospitals. 2. The re-election prospects of...
  • The President's Nun: Obamacare Scranton Scandal Explodes

    10/11/2010 11:48:49 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    Can you say "October Surprise"? A mushrooming political battle over ObamaCare involving the White House, two incumbent Pennsylvania congressmen, three Catholic hospitals and a nun has just exploded in, of all places, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Charges from the Scranton medical community of intimidation by the Obama White House and its allies are filling the air. All of this just as Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Scranton today to raise money for one of the participants. There are two issues at the core of the controversy. 1. ObamaCare and the sale of three Scranton-area Catholic hospitals. 2. The re-election prospects of...
  • [CATHOLIC / ORTHODOX CAUCUS] Carbondale Church desecrated by theft

    08/06/2010 7:08:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Scranton Times Tribune ^ | 8/6/2010 | JEREMY G. BURTON
    A golden container and the hosts for Holy Communion inside it were stolen during an overnight break-in Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale. Called the ciborium, it was the only thing taken. The theft rendered the building desecrated under Catholicism, in which practitioners believe the hosts change into the body of Jesus Christ. On Wednesday afternoon, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera led a ritual ceremony and celebrated Mass to rededicate and bless St. Rose. Monsignor David L. Tressler, the church's pastor, described the Catholic community as stunned and hurt. There is a "real sense of violation," and it...
  • Wild applause welcomes new Diocese of Scranton bishop at installation Mass

    04/27/2010 9:59:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 305+ views
    Pocono Record ^ | April 27, 2010 | Michael Sadowski
    Irene Bambera, mother of Bishop Joseph Bambera, greets her son following his ordination and installation as the 10th bishop of Scranton at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton on Monday. SCRANTON — For eight months, the 320,000-plus Catholics of the Diocese of Scranton didn't have a local leader. For two months, they knew who that leader would be.Monday, they finally got to greet him.Joseph C. Bambera became the 10th bishop of the 142-year-old Diocese of Scranton — which includes Monroe and Pike counties — at an ordination and installation Mass at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.Flanked by about two dozen current...
  • From the Biden rally (Biden returns to "hometown"; very small crowd)

    04/25/2010 8:53:02 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 376+ views
    The Borys Blog ^ | 4/23/2010 | Borys Krawczeniuk
    Greetings from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport where Vice President Joseph Biden is about to speak. This is one of the smallest crowds I’ve ever seen for someone of his stature. Only about 200 people in a half-filled hangar, most of them local politicians or the politically active or just volunteers for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter’s re-election campaign. His opposition is actually here, too. Veterans who back Rep. Joe Sestak hosted a news conference outside the hangar, criticizing Mr. Specter for running a television commercial that basically says the congressman was fired from his last major naval post. Bill Walsh, 57,...
  • Scranton Diocese Bans Pro-Abort, Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan from Speaking

    03/16/2010 10:04:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 252+ views
    LifeSite ^ | March 15, 2010 | James Tillman
    SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, March 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The Scranton Diocese has banned well-known anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan from speaking at a diocesan church hall, citing her opposition to Church teaching on life and marriage. Sheehan told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that she considers the diocese's action to be "against the teachings of the Prince of Peace." Cindy Sheehan, mother of the deceased Specialist Casey Sheehan, has been a prominent anti-war activist since she camped outside President Bush's ranch in August of 2005.  She had been scheduled to speak at St. John the Evangelist Church hall in Scranton on April 9. According to a statement...
  • Pope gives Catholics in Scranton new bishop

    02/23/2010 10:11:57 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 250+ views
    cna ^ | February 23, 2010
    Bishop-elect Joseph Bambera Vatican City, Feb 23, 2010 / 11:59 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict appointed a replacement today for the diocese left vacant by the unexpected resignation of Bishop Joseph Martino last August. Msgr. Joseph C. Bambera was chosen by the Holy Father to lead the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania as its 10th bishop.The bishop-elect is currently the pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas parish at Archbald and of St. Mary of Czestochowa parish at Eynon. With the Diocese of Scranton vacant, Msgr. Bambera served as a delegate to Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philidelpia and helped run the daily operations...
  • Man arrested and charged for lighting woman on fire

    01/22/2010 8:49:46 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 9 replies · 540+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 1/22/2010 | David Singleton
    A South Scranton man was arrested Thursday after allegedly dousing a woman with lighter fluid, setting her on fire during an argument, and leaving her critically burned, city police said. Randy Barr, 44, told investigators he was angry at Marianne Krug for talking down to him and threatening to poison his dog prior to the early-morning incident in an apartment at 632 Moosic St., police said. Ms. Krug, 44, was taken to Community Medical Center and then airlifted to the Lehigh Valley Hospital burn center in Allentown, where she was listed in critical condition Thursday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said....
  • Medical college letdown after speculation ends on $100 million earmark

    12/22/2009 7:53:54 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 470+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 12/22/09 | SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    The $100 million was too good to be true. On Sunday, The New York Times reported Scranton's Commonwealth Medical College would likely be the recipient of a $100 million earmark in the Senate health care bill. When contacted by a New York Times reporter, Robert D'Alessandri, M.D., the school's dean and president, said such a windfall was news to him. Dr. D'Alessandri told the reporter he doubted the money was for the state's newest medical school - but anything was possible. On Monday, The Associated Press ended the speculation, reporting that the money had been put in the bill at...
  • Scranton lawmaker's restaurant is yrs behind on state loan

    12/11/2009 9:27:36 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 10 replies · 505+ views
    Pocono Record ^ | December 11th 2009
    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania restaurant co-owned by a state legislator has made just one partial payment in the last three years on a decade-old state loan. State Rep. Ken Smith is the co-owner of Smith's Restaurant in Scranton. Records show the business has not a made a full monthly payment on the loan since July 2006. That's two months after Smith won the Democratic nomination in the 112th District. Smith says the restaurant is a victim of the economic downturn. The $125,000 loan at 5 percent interest was made in 1998. The last partial payment was $1,000...
  • Bang the drum slowly (Tea Party Express - Lib editorial)

    09/13/2009 6:00:30 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 37 replies · 1,265+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA) ^ | 9/13/2009 | Chris Kelly
    I spent an hour in an alternate reality on Thursday. In this grim place of long shadows and short tempers, paranoia is the coin of the realm. Fear trumps fact. Anger is virtue. Grievance is universal. Rage is a commodity. Dissent is throatily endorsed, so long as it conforms to majority opinion. The Mob rules here, fella. In this alternate reality, history is malleable. If the record doesn't match the Mob's memory or support its agenda, it must be hammered into shape. Nothing is what it seems, anyway, except of course those things that really are what they seem. In...
  • Bang the Drum Slowly(Barf Alert)

    09/13/2009 3:47:47 PM PDT · by Namyak · 36 replies · 1,507+ views
    The Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | 9-13-09 | Chris Kelly
    I spent an hour in an alternate reality on Thursday. In this grim place of long shadows and short tempers, paranoia is the coin of the realm. Fear trumps fact. Anger is virtue. Grievance is universal. Rage is a commodity. Dissent is throatily endorsed, so long as it conforms to majority opinion. The Mob rules here, fella. In this alternate reality, history is malleable. If the record doesn't match the Mob's memory or support its agenda, it must be hammered into shape. Nothing is what it seems, anyway, except of course those things that really are what they seem. In...
  • Conservatives rally in Courthouse Square 'teaparty' [FR mentioned]

    09/10/2009 11:00:32 PM PDT · by freespirited · 4 replies · 698+ views
    Scranton Times ^ | 09/11/09 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    Attracted by a national bus tour organized by conservative groups, about 500 people on Courthouse Square raged Thursday against President Barack Obama, cheering wildly as speakers accused the president of leading the nation into socialism. The day after Mr. Obama's congressional address on health care reform, the 34-city Tea Party Express rolled into the city where Vice President Joseph Biden once lived, aiming to unravel Mr. Obama's plans for health care reform and much of the rest of his agenda. The tour, accompanied by a CNN bus and national reporters and scheduled to end with a large rally Saturday in...
  • Scranton Mayor Doherty discloses abortion beliefs

    09/06/2009 10:28:17 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 661+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 9/5/09 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    As he considers a run for governor next year, Mayor Chris Doherty says he supports a woman's right to choose an abortion. Mr. Doherty acknowledged his previously undeclared position when a Times-Tribune reporter asked, following a tip that the mayor was expressing his support for abortion rights to Democrats he met with across the state. "I just believe it's a woman's right to choose," Mr. Doherty said. "It's a private matter what they want to do with their lives, and I don't think government or anybody else should interfere with that." Mr. Doherty said he favors reducing the number of...
  • HLI's Euteneuer Blasts Insinuations Against Pro-Life Bishop Martino as "Musings of Sick Media Minds"

    09/05/2009 5:59:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 737+ views
    Life Site News ^ | September 4, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    "The battle for orthodoxy is literally ferocious in today's Church, and it will be the dividing point between the sheep and the goats." FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, September 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Human Life International president Rev. Tom Euteneuer has fired back at Politics Daily writer David Gibson for his column disparaging the pro-life leadership of Scranton's former bishop, Joseph Martino, following his retirement earlier this week.  Euteneuer said that Martino's insistence upon fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and his subsequent early retirement, symbolized if anything that "the battle for orthodoxy is literally ferocious in today's Church, and it will...
  • Pope accepts resignations of both bishops from Diocese of Scranton

    08/31/2009 10:13:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,270+ views
    cna ^ | August 31, 2009
    Bishop John M. Dougherty / Bishop Joseph F. Martino Scranton, Pa., Aug 31, 2009 / 10:32 am (CNA).- At a press conference in Scranton this morning, Bishop Joseph Martino announced that he and auxiliary bishop John Dougherty are stepping down from their posts. Bishop Martino explained that he is resigning because of "crippling physical fatigue," while Bishop Dougherty is retiring upon having reached the age limit.Last week, CNA reported that Bishop Martino, 63, would be resigning from his post in Scranton. The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Martino in accordance with canon 401...
  • Democratic Party chairman of Scranton cited for public drunkenness

    08/29/2009 8:33:59 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 22 replies · 1,502+ views
    The TImes-Tribune (Scranton, PA) ^ | 8/29/09 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    The chairman of the city Democratic Party was charged with public drunkenness after allegedly intervening in a police investigation of an assault at the Parker House bar late Wednesday. "Do you recognize the name? Do you know who I am?" the party chairman, Art Moran, asked Patrolman Robert Hegedus, according to an affidavit filed by the officer. Officer Hegedus, who reported smelling alcohol on Mr. Moran's breath, didn't recognize him and asked, "Should I?" "Remember my name," Mr. Moran replied, the officer reported. Mr. Moran, 47, a former Scranton school director, denied in an interview Friday he tried to intimidate...
  • Bishop of Scranton to step down next week

    08/28/2009 2:03:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 984+ views
    cna ^ | August 28, 2009
    Bishop Joseph F. Martino Scranton, Pa., Aug 28, 2009 / 11:12 am (CNA).- Most Rev. Joseph F. Martino, Bishop of Scranton, will resign as head of the Diocese of Scranton next week, sources within the diocese confirmed to the local press today.The sources did not explain the reason for the 62-year-old bishop’s decision. The sources also did not specify if the Bishop’s resignation was going to be presented or if it had been already submitted and accepted by the Vatican.When asked by CNA to confirm Bishop Martino's resignation, diocesan spokesman William Genello said that the diocese will hold a...
  • DA says police shooting was justified (4 cops, 1 mentally ill woman with knife)

    06/16/2009 11:17:30 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 104 replies · 1,229+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 6/16/2009 | David Singleton
    The four police officers who went to Brenda Williams' apartment the evening of May 28 were ready to wrap up, awaiting only the completion of a citation charging the North Scranton woman with disorderly conduct before calling it a night. Then Ms. Williams emerged from her kitchen holding a knife with a wooden handle and an 8-inch blade, and suddenly everything changed. Within seconds, as the 52-year-old woman ignored commands to drop the weapon as she moved toward one of the officers, three of them fired, fatally wounding Ms. Williams in what Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola ruled Monday...
  • Maryland man sentenced after riding bike 180 miles here for teen sex (to NE PA)

    05/14/2009 4:01:58 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 87 replies · 4,049+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 5/14/09 | Erin L. Nissley
    A man who rode his bicycle 180 miles to have sex with a Scranton teen he met on the Internet will serve one to four years in prison, a judge ruled Wednesday. William Wagner, 26, 414 Battery Drive, Havre de Grace, Md., met the 15-year-old girl through the social networking Web site MySpace. In June, he biked to Scranton to meet the teen. In February, Mr. Wagner pleaded guilty to unlawful contact with a minor. He slept at Pine Brook baseball field, Sanderson Avenue and Green Place, while he was in Scranton. He took the teen to the baseball field...
  • (Deacon) Professor Goes into Schism: More Bad Fruit from Misericordia University

    05/13/2009 8:32:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 721+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | May 13, 2009 | By Deacon Keith Fournier
    SCRANTON (Catholic Online) Dr. James Calderone was a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Diocese is led by Bishop Joseph Martino, a staunch defender of the Catholic Faith and a Pro-Life Hero. Our readers recall Bishop Martino’s regular and persistent pastoral corrections to Senator Bob Casey concerning his repeated failure to defend the Right to Life. They will also recall the Bishop’s strong defense of orthodoxy on Catholic College campuses in his Diocese. The good Bishop has had an ongoing battle with the so called ‘Diversity Institute’ of Misericordia University, a Catholic University in the Diocese. In...
  • Biden’s kin to be guests of Society of Irish Women on St. Pat’s (showdown w/Bishop?)

    02/28/2009 6:20:44 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 528+ views
    The Times Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/28/09 | LAURA LEGERE
    Vice President Joe Biden’s sister and mother will be honored by the Society of Irish Women at its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, a society founder confirmed Friday. Valerie Biden Owens, Mr. Biden’s sister and lifelong campaign manager, will be a principal speaker at the event. Jean Finnegan Biden, Mr. Biden’s mother, will be an honored guest. She will sit at the head table but will not give a speech, said Evie Rafalko McNulty, one of the society’s founders. “Oh, my God, it’s wonderful, because she is Scranton; she’s from Scranton,” Mrs. McNulty said about the confirmation that Mrs. Biden...
  • Bishop asks university to consider closing Diversity Institute

    02/26/2009 9:39:28 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 403+ views
    CNA ^ | February 26, 2009
    Bishop Joseph Martino Scranton, Pa., Feb 26, 2009 / 03:06 am (CNA).- Following controversy over the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University’s hosting of a homosexual activist, Bishop of Scranton Joseph F. Martino has asked the university to seriously consider discontinuing the institute and to explain its efforts to teach Catholic sexual morality.Bishop Martino had warned before Keith Boykin’s appearance that he had “absolute disapproval” for the institute’s invitation to have him speak at its annual dinner and as part of Black History Month. The bishop charged that the university was “seriously failing” to maintain its Catholic identity in the...
  • St. Patrick’s Parade Association will comply with Bishop Martino's abortion-rights ban

    02/22/2009 4:01:31 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 362+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/21/09 | SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    The president of the St. Patrick’s Parade Association expects the group to be in compliance with the demands of Bishop Joseph F. Martino. Though the group’s board must still vote on whom to honor, it is unlikely the group will choose to honor elected officials who support abortion rights, Mike Harrity, president of the association, said Friday. The diocese issued a letter warning Irish-American groups that the bishop may close St. Peter’s Cathedral during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations if pro-choice honorees are selected. “We are fully supporting the bishop’s position,” Mr. Harrity said. Mr. Harrity said he could not recall...
  • Bishop Martino voices ‘absolute disapproval’ for university inviting gay activist

    02/19/2009 9:04:00 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 473+ views
    CNA ^ | February 19, 2009
    Keith Boykin Scranton, Pa., Feb 19, 2009 / 04:06 am (CNA).- Bishop Joseph F. Martino has issued a statement informing Catholics of his diocese that he has “absolute disapproval” of Misericordia University’s hosting of Keith Boykin, described as an activist for positions “disturbingly opposed” to Catholic moral teaching.In the diocese’s statement, Bishop Martino warned that in this instance the university is “seriously failing” to maintain its Catholic identity. The statement noted that all three of Boykin’s books have been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award, which is given by a legal advocacy effort on behalf of homosexual causes.The diocese...
  • Hot Topic: Bishop warns Irish planners in Scranton (pro-choice politicians)

    02/19/2009 8:41:53 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 403+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/19/2009 | LAURA LEGERE
    In a letter to the heads of three local Irish-American organizations, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton has threatened to close St. Peter’s Cathedral during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations if the groups feature elected officials who support abortion rights at their annual events. The letter, which was signed by Auxiliary Bishop John M. Dougherty, reports that Bishop Joseph F. Martino is “determined to prevent scandal,” which would be caused if the organizations “in any way” should “honor pro-abortion officials” by giving them parade or dais positions or opportunities to speak and “the Catholic Church is seen to be involved in...
  • (Great Read) A Bishop in the Tradition of Cardinal O'Connor

    02/09/2009 7:54:14 AM PST · by Publius804 · 11 replies · 584+ views
    insidecatholic.com ^ | 2/09/09 | Deal W. Hudson
    A Bishop in the Tradition of Cardinal O'Connor Recently I've begun to notice a resemblance between Scranton's Bishop Joseph Francis Martino and another Philadelphia-born bishop, John Cardinal O'Connor. Bishop Martino is outspoken, and his direct, almost pugnacious, criticism is reminiscent of the late cardinal of New York. Both Martino and O'Connor attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary before seeking graduate degrees -- Martino at Rome's Gregorian University, in church history; O'Connor at Villanova, in ethics, and Georgetown University, in political science. Pope John Paul II appointed both as bishops -- O'Connor in 1979, Martino in 1996. O'Connor, like Martino, would go...
  • Bishop Martino of Scranton Writes Senator Casey Over Vote Against Mexico City Policy

    02/05/2009 7:33:29 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 14 replies · 1,090+ views
    Diocese of Scranton ^ | 1/30/2009 | Bishop Joseph F. Martino
    Dear Senator Casey: I wish to thank you for voting in favor of the Hatch Amendment to the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reorganization Act of 2009 which would have made unborn children eligible for child health assistance had it passed. I am grateful for what you have done on behalf of children in America who are without health care. It is with deep regret, however, that I learned of your vote against the amendment offered by Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) to the same Children’s Health Insurance Act. Senator Martinez’s amendment would have reinstated the Mexico City Policy. That policy, instituted...
  • School for Deaf closing (Pennsylvania - Fast Eddie)

    02/05/2009 6:15:52 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 68 replies · 1,338+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 2/5/09 | Bill O'Boyle
    Rendell administration contends services can be delivered by other governmental entities for less money. SCRANTON – The state has notified the Scranton School for the Deaf that it will close as of July 1, board members said Wednesday. Funding for the 129-year-old school was not included in the budget proposal announced Wednesday by Gov. Ed Rendell, who unveiled his $29 billion spending plan for 2009-10. Marge Davison Matisko, chairwoman of the schools Board of Trustees, and Trustee Mahmoud Fahmy said the decision was announced late Tuesday night and meetings were held Wednesday with state officials, administrative staff and board members....
  • County bus system manager facing drug charges (shaking down employees for drugs)

    01/29/2009 7:11:22 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 2 replies · 260+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 1/29/09 | Borys Krawczeniuk
    The superintendent of transportation for Lackawanna County was charged Wednesday with pressuring fellow employees into giving him prescription painkillers for more than a year. Anthony T. Koloras harassed, insulted and publicly ridiculed a County of Lackawanna Transit System bus driver and a female employee until they relented, according to court documents. He called the woman “fat” and made fun of her clothing when she refused to comply. “You don’t really need all of it,” Mr. Koloras, told the woman he repeatedly harassed for Vicodin pills, according to the documents. In an interview with county detectives, Mr. Koloras admitted asking people...