I’m not going to lie to you – this isn’t easy. This week, the final City Slang local music column will be published in the Metro Times (on hardcore band Final Assault), and I have just submitted a cover feature on the women of Detroit hip-hop, to be published next week (8/6). This blog that you’re reading now will be my last one as a regular MT contributor. I have a lot to look forward to. I’m going to be an associate editor at Yellow Scene Magazine in Colorado, a tremendous publication in a beautiful part of the country. But leaving Detroit will be incredibly difficult for me. I love the place. It’s been (amazingly) six and a half years since I arrived, a couple of cases in hand and not much of a plan in mind. I just knew, after three separate research trips for books and a magazine article, that I felt at home here. Metro Times offered me freelance work almost immediately, as did a new website called Metromix (whatever happened to that?) When I arrived here, I had been working as a writer in the UK for nine years, but the help and encouragement I received […]
Footage from the Gathering of the Juggalos set to clips of Morgan Freeman’s narration from March of the Penguins? Kind of forced, but also kind of beautiful. As the AV Club reports: The oft-sought voiceover champion lends a touch of gravitas to the festival proceedings. Unfortunate scenes of barely clad people having various liquids dumped onto them now carries a quiet dignity as it’s all part of nature’s majestic plan that keeps the world spinning through this elegantly designed and truly wondrous universe. Also, the video is NSFW as there are boobs in it. Watch the clip below:
It seems like the polar vortex will never end: the weather phenomenon that brought us the most brutal winter on record this winter is to blame for this summer’s chillier-than usual temperatures as well. A couple of bands, though, made lemonade out of lemons (or snow cones out of snow?) by using the icy landscape to film music videos. 800beloved shot the video for “Tidal” in some sand dunes near Empire, Mich., and this week Turn to Crime debuted the video for “Can’t Stop,” the title track of their recently-released album. Even more piles of ice and snow might be the last thing Detroiters want to see right now, but the footage makes for some good visuals that mesh well with the song. Watch the video below:
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr transferred oversight of the the city’s water department Tuesday to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in an order intended to refocus “efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills,” Orr’s office said today. “This order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the mayor,” Orr said in a statement released Tuesday. “As the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department works to operate more efficiently and communicate more effectively with customers, it is important to ensure there are clear lines of management and accountability.” Duggan will have the authority to manage DWSD and make appointments to the utility’s board, according to a news release. In a statement issued Tuesday, the mayor said he welcomed Orr’s order, adding that officials will develop a plan that “allows those who truly need to access to financial help … to do so with shorter wait times.” “We need to change a number of things in the way we have approached the delinquent payment issues and I expect us to have a new plan shortly,” Duggan said. “There are funds available to support those who cannot afford their bills — we need to do a much better job in […]
Rovers Scooter Club, a local gang dedicated to celebrating and riding motor scooters, will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this week with a very special ride. Motor City Shakedown, the annual birthday party for the club, will commence this Friday, August 1 at New Way Bar. DJ Grover from Cincinnati will be spinning northern soul, reggae, and ska, according to club member Michael Palazzola. Saturday will feature a ride from Ferndale to Detroit, starting at noon at M-Brew. Palazzola says this is where most bikes will congregate before taking the ride to the city and folks will be prepping by getting some grub starting at 10 a.m. Detroit’s Tangent Gallery will host the after party, a special event that will feature performances by several bands as well as Satori Circus. That portion of the event will commence at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. It’s free to riders, but the public is welcome to join the party with the mere cost of a door charge. Come midnight, the club will raffle off a vintage Lambretta LI 150. Sunday morning will end the weekend of festivities, with brunch taking place at the Bosco in Ferndale.
MMI students chosen for leadership seminar
Two MMI Preparatory School students are attending the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership World Leadership Congress in Chicago this week. Luke Yamulla and Victoria Kline, both rising juniors, were selected to represent this region of Pennsylvania at the annual
WYLN-TV 35 official TV sponsor of Funfest parade
Funfest announced that WYLN-TV 35 Hazleton is once again the official TV station of the Funfest parade in 2014. The local TV station continues its long standing status with exclusive rights for the broadcast of the parade. Those wishing to participate in
Miller-Keystone lists blood drive schedule for August
Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced its upcoming blood drives for August. Individuals registering to donate at these, or any MKBC community blood drives or MKBC donor centers during the month of August can enter for the chance to win a $100 gas gif
Frontier names new VP, GM of state operations
Frontier Communications Corp. announced that Elena Kilpatrick has been promoted to vice president and general manager of its Pennsylvania operations. She will oversee field operations, residential and commercial sales, and every aspect of the customer exp
Nationally renowned Geisinger CEO to resign in 2015
Glenn Steele, M.D., who pushed to the national forefront his value-based healthcare model and expanded Geisinger Health System’s footprint, will resign as chief executive officer in June. The Geisinger Health System Foundation Board of Directors launched
Grove Theatre will offer fall youth workshop
Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola, will hold open registration for its fall workshop performance of “A Monster Ate My Homework: The Musical.” A special registration meeting will be held Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. At that time select mem
Workshop will be held Fri. on gardening in extreme weather
“Vegetable Gardening in Extreme Weather” will be the topic of a special workshop Friday at the Downtown Hazleton Farmers’ Market. Mary Ann Miller from the Penn State Master Gardener Extension, Luzerne County, will be the guest speaker. The free program wi
Meeting set to discuss Stockton water options
State and local officials will meet next week to discuss ways to help residents in Stockton No. 6 and Stockton No. 8, where a state agency said water from an unregulated system is unsafe to use. “We’re trying to get a meeting set up with DEP (Department o
Sound Off 7/30/2014
I'd just like to make a remark on the post office situation. If they are so short on money and having financial problems, why do they have to give the employees a two-hour lunch break? I have worked at several places and I have not got more than a h
Relay celebrates life
On Friday, Tioga County's Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society kicked off at the high school grounds in Owego, N.Y. The walk, which welcomed teams to camp under the stars, drew cancer survivors and their supporters for an emotional
Bequest used to replace windows, pave parking lot at Lourdes
COAL TOWNSHIP - A $500,000 bequest is being used to make some much-needed improvements to the building and grounds at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School this summer.
New energy-efficient windows have been installed in 30 classrooms, replacing those from
Lt. Gov.: Pensions, property taxes reform linked
Pennsylvania will solve two of its biggest problems, pensions and property taxes, by acting on them together, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley said Tuesday. “These two issues are directly connected. If you do pension reform, it will absolutely affect property taxes,”
County extends $750,000 loan to Rest Haven
Schuylkill County officials will soon decide Rest Haven’s future after lending the nursing facility another $750,000 from the county general fund. The county commissioners held a special meeting Wednesday to approve the loan and a $99,825 allocation to Re
County soldiers die in Civil War when novel plan goes awry
One hundred and fifty years ago today, a group of Schuylkill County coal miners nearly brought an early end to the Civil War. It’s no exaggeration. The miners came from towns and patches all across the county, and they almost changed history. Their story
Turkey Hill robbery suspect faces additional charges
SHENANDOAH — Borough police will file additional charges against a borough man already in prison for an armed robbery at the Turkey Hill Minit Market on South Main Street last week. The latest set of charges against Joseph W. Kakol, 36, whose last known a
Police: Man threatened, beat girlfriend with gun
A Hazle Township man beat his girlfriend with a gun and threatened her life during a Sunday morning drive, police say. Juan Martinez, 26, was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. His b
Fern Glen woman receives master’s from Penn State
Andrea M. Stroup, daughter of James and Natalie Stroup, Fern Glen, received her Master of Public Health degree from Penn State University, Hershey campus, College of Medicine, on May 18. At Penn State, Andrea held an internship with the Health and Wellnes
Our great experience at Hazleton’s hospital
Editor, Thank you, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton. I recently had to take my husband to the emergency room at the hospital. After a C-T scan diagnosis, he had to have life-threatening emergency surgery. Knowing that the hospital has had its critics in th
County council won’t transfer former bank
Despite an intensive lobbying campaign against putting the former Security Savings Bank in Hazleton up for public sale, Luzerne County officials plan to do just that. Extensive debate over whether to give the property at 25-31 W. Broad St. to the City of
Police, July 30
Hazleton incidents Hazleton police issued press releases alleging the following. Anyone with information can contact police at 570-459-4940 or dial 911. ■ Pantry Quik on East Diamond Avenue was burglarized at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. Someone smashed the e
Kickoff begins for Battle of the Crater commemoration
Today marks 150 years since the Battle of the Crater began in Petersburg.
The city and Petersburg National Battlefield are hosting events commemorating the battle starting today and going through this weekend.
Chris Bryce, chief of interpretation and v
New Lakers coach sees a positive future for the team
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggli
Rams learning from Sam
ST. LOUIS - To guard against another bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp.
Such guidance could be valuable for the St. Louis Rams, even if by all accounts they have welcomed Michael Sam into the fold.
Regional Briefs 7/30/2014
Raceway traffic expected Sunday LONG POND — Traffic patterns will shift near Pocono Raceway in Monroe County before and after the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR race Sunday.
Lackawanna County Court Notes 7/30/2014
MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Jacob Richard Nykaza and Lisa Marie Alimenti, both of Philadelphia. ■ Justin Timothy Wilkie and Alexis Schemel, both of Jermyn. ■ David Adam Schwartz and Shana Alexandra Celli, both of Eynon. ■ Ryan John Kelley and Ana Maria Davenport,
House bill seeks Marcellus lease hearing
HARRISBURG — Citizens would have a say in the leasing of new state forest and park land for drilling under a House bill in the spotlight this week.
Homicide charge held for trial
A Dallas man accused of intentionally running over and killing Russell Fauver will head to trial following a preliminary hearing held Monday in Montrose District Court.
US sues Pennsylvania over police fitness tests
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.
Armed robbery reported in Scranton
SCRANTON — A city man told police a man with a gun robbed him shortly after visiting an ATM on Mulberry Street early Tuesday, Scranton police said.
Purse stolen from car parked in Scranton
SCRANTON — A city woman believes her purse was stolen from her car while it was parked in the Salvation Army’s parking lot with the window down, Scranton police said.
MOSES TAYLOR HOSPITAL BISHOP: A son, July 25, to Richard Malone and Roxanne Bishop, Carbondale. KELLEY: A son, July 26, to Andrew Steven Kelley and Johna Laurelle Marvin, Hallstead. PAGNOTTI: A daughter, July 25, to Joseph Pagnotti and Christine Calachino
Letters to the Editor 7/30/2014
Sever tax myths Editor: I have heard increasing talk that oil and gas companies are threatening to “leave the region” if a severance tax is introduced. This strikes me as completely unrealistic. First, I question where they would be relocating to. New Yor
Bigotry pours forth in outrageous claim
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Semitism is getting the better of him. Once again, the Turkish prime minister has trotted out the Hitler analogy in relation to Israel and what it has done in Gaza. “They curse Hitler morning and night,” he said of the Israelis
Healthier cookie back at bazaar
A special “pop-up” bakery entirely supplied by volunteers will be back again at this year’s Country Bazaar for Our Lady of the Snows and St. Benedict’s parish in the Abingtons.
Hahn banks on terroir
In its premium line, Hahn Family Wines focuses on its region, the Santa Lucia Highlands, rather than itself.
SWB RAILRIDERS GAME REPORT 7/29/2014
Gwinnett RailRiders ab r h bi ab r h bi Constanza lf 4 2 1 0 Pirela 2b 5 1 3 1 Pastornicky 2b 5 2 4 3 Refsnyder rf 4 1 2 1 Cnningham cf 3 0 1 0 Garcia lf 4 0 1 0 Trdoslavich 1b 5 0 2 2 Roller 1b 4 0 2 0 Bethancourt c 4 1 1 0 Romine dh 3 1 1 0 Boggs rf 3 0
Late Gwinnett rally spoils RailRiders' break
MOOSIC — For Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, a team battling for its playoff life with just over a month left in the season, getting as many breaks as possible fall its way is key.
Little League: Merrifield lifts West Scranton
Winning pitcher Cayden Merrifield had two hits, including a double, to lead West Scranton to an 8-5 win over Moosic in a District 17/32 City-County Little League Tournament baseball game Tuesday.
POCONO: Toyota puts winning streak on line at Long Pond
David Wilson admits it.
Had he been in Las Vegas last week, Wilson, the president of Toyota Racing Development, probably would have bet the mortgage that Kyle Larson would win at Eldora Speedway, simply because of the young Chevrolet driver’s background and prowess for racing on dirt.
Judge denies motion to dismiss banking charges
A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss charges against a Scranton woman accused of illegally structuring bank withdrawals to avoid reporting requirements. Ann Pelicci and her husband, Leroy, now deceased, were indicted on March 1.
More charges filed against accused contractor
Lackawanna County Detectives filed additional charges Tuesday against a Taylor contractor, after news reports of his arrest last week led authorities to 14 additional fraud victims.
Five gas wells leaked methane for years
Five natural gas wells in Bradford County have leaked methane for years because of persistent casing and cement problems, according to state Department of Environmental Protection records.
Gas field illnesses probed
Environmental groups are rounding up stories of sickness in the shale fields, following reports of inaction by the state Department of Health.
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Scary sneak peekat Scranton futureEditor: It’s the fourth year of Mayor Bill Courtright’s administration, and he again finds himself in court:Visiting Judge: “Mr. Mayor, I have bad news for you.” The police union has sued, requiring you to move police hea