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By - jsoprano@civitasmedia.com



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In case you haven't heard, President Barack Obama is in town.
President Obama will be delivering a speech at Lackawanna College on making a college education more affordable.
If you wonder what the president is going to say this afternoon at the old Scranton CYC, you can get a pretty good idea by reading what he said yesterday in New York.
He will be pitching a college rating system that will judge colleges on the affordability and perhaps be used to allocate federal financial aid.
When I heard he had a new college rating system to pitch, I was really hoping he had a sensible plan for a college football playoff system. No such luck.
Staff writers Andrew Seder and Roger DuPuis and photographer Aimee Dilger will have complete coverage of the speech as it happens. Keep checking back at www.timesleader.com throughout the night for updates.
Speaking of college football, you won't want to miss our annual Penn State preview package in Sunday's paper.
Staff writers Derek Levarse and Paul Sokoloski take an in-depth look at the Nittany Lions and their upcoming season. The Nittany Lions kick off their season against Syracuse next Saturday at MetLife Stadium.
Finally, the return of college football. I can't wait.
You probably don't want to miss Plymouth's annual Kielbasa Festival, either. Our old friend Bill O'Boyle sure didn't.
Bill has already been to the festival, filed his story and is set to return. I would say Bill is like a kid on Christmas morning when the Kielbasa Festival rolls around, but I would be hard pressed to find a child who enjoys Christmas as much as Bill enjoys the festival.
At any rate, we will have complete coverage in Saturday's edition.
I'm not quite sure what Jen Learn-Andes has been doing all day, but I can't find a story on the Luzerne County controller anywhere on the budget.
How does she expect us to survive the day without an update on the on-going saga of replacing Walter Griffith — for three months? I guess we will just have to wait for the book to come out.
Jen does have a story on layoffs at the Luzerne County Election Office.
Yesterday I told you that the college kids returned to town. Well, it didn't take long for one of them to be robbed.
According to staff writer Ed Lewis' story, city police say a 20-year old King's student was beaten and robbed by a group of young men in the area of Madison and East North streets about 12:30 a.m. Friday.
As someone who often finds himself strolling down North Main Street after my shift has ended for the night, I am a bit concerned.
And, of course, the senior citizen show continues at PNC Field. Future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter will be in uniform again tonight, rehabbing with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Tickets are no longer available online, but you can try giving the RailRiders office a call to see if any remain.
Well that's it for today. It's been a fun first week of the Afternoon Update for me. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. And I remind everyone to email Weekender staff writer and TL copy editor Sara Pokorny updates from Sunday's episode of Breaking Bad. She is really looking forward to it.
And as always, if you have a complaint, comment or question, call me at 570-829-7164 or email me at jsoprano@timesleader.com.
Have a great weekend.

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