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Scranton Lives Matter! Ch. 11

January 18, 2021

Oogabooga, my brother, said Earl Schmidt. Timmy Kelly lifted his aviator glasses and looked hard at the reverend. Huh? Earl explained. Black cave men used to say boogabooga. White cave men said oogabooga. Now that’s our battle cry for the civil war, Earl said. Civil war? Earl kept talking. Pay attention, boy. White cave men […]

Scranton Lives Matter Ch. 10

January 15, 2021

Petrified the cops had his house surrounded Gino answered the phone on the first ring. Let me talk to Harry, said Judge Dombroski, who Gino always called Dumbroski. Gino obeyed. After all, the man was a Scranton judge. Escaped federal prisoner and former Scranton Mayor Harry Davies grabbed the phone. You’re free, the judge said. […]

Whose Side Is He On?

January 12, 2021

If I were a congressman I’d be honored to join the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). Hope for a better America is anchored there. But I’m just a senior citizen living in Joe Biden’s childhood hometown, a Scranton voter and loyal progressive who retired after decades of full-time journalism fighting racism, sexism and other rancid forms […]

Scranton Lives Matter! Ch. 9

January 11, 2021

Unloading all 30 rounds from his trusty AR-15 into the big screen TV video replay from the Capitol siege, Earl Schmidt calmly turned and faced the congregation that sat packed into his living room like lead bullets in a dull tactical clip. Two dozen faithful congregants rushed to church within a half hour of Earl […]

Scranton Lives Matter! Ch. 8

January 9, 2021

In a garish courthouse office stinking of cigar smoke and loaded with cheap golf trophies, Republican Trump confidant and Lackawanna County President Judge Stanley “Stash” Dombroski opened former Scranton Mayor Harry Davies’ letter. The judge quickly read the contents then nervously picked up the phone. A woman answered. White House switchboard, how may I help […]

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