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Afternoon Update: MLK, Five Things and the football picks

August 29. 2013 4:04PM

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Former college basketball coach George Raveling has a significant piece of history in his possession.

And it’s nothing from his days running basketball programs at Washington State, Iowa or USC.

No, what Raveling has goes well beyond the hardcourt. Raveling has the only copy of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Raveling, who went to St. Michael’s School for Boys near Tunkhannock, was a volunteer at the March on Washington and was handed the copy of the speech by Dr. King himself.

Staff writer Ed Lewis will have the story in Friday’s Times Leader.

In case you are considering making an offer to the former coach for the historic document, he has already reportedly turned down $3.5 million.

Page designer/copy editor Rich Sheposh returns to the front page tomorrow with what was always a popular feature.

Rich will be reviving his “Five Things” column, telling you five things you will absolutely want to do this weekend. OK, you may not want to actually do all five of the things, but I can guarantee you will get more than a few chuckles out of reading the column.

Staff writer Andrew Seder tells us that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is going into the restaurant business. Well, not actually. But the airport board did agree to to acquire the 8,196-square-foot building that once housed a Damon’s Restaurant and most recently a Midtown Sports Bar and Grill for $50,000.

Not a bad deal considering an independent appraisal of the facility showed the value of the building and its contents to be $262,500.

In sports, staff writer John Erzar will have a complete preview of all tomorrow night’s high school football games. And, of course, the ever popular staff predictions will return.

Unfortunately, one of our favorite prognosticators was bumped from the chart to make run for someone else. Sadly, poor Sheena Delazio won’t be making picks in the paper this year. (Seems the pesky content coordinator is throwing his weight around.)

But don’t fret, I will post Sheena’s picks here each Thursday and let you know how her record stacks up against the rest of the pickers. And if she manages to better me at season’s end, not only will I gladly give her my spot in the chart next year, I will also wear a “Sheena knows more about football than me” shirt in the newsroom for an entire week.

So let’s start, here are Sheena’s picks for this week:

  • Abington Heights 27, Pittston Area 10
  • Coughlin 32, Tunkhannock 21
  • Berwick 30, Crestwood 20
  • Wyoming Valley West 21, Dallas 7
  • Lakeland 24, GAR 0
  • Mid Valley 38, Hanover 14
  • Meyers 27, Holy Cross 14
  • Lackawanna Trail 21, Nanticoke 7
  • Lake-Lehman 17, Old Forge 0
  • Scranton 24, Hazleton Area 21
  • Central Mountain 27, Williamsport 14
  • Scranton Prep 28, Wyoming Area 21
  • Northwest 32, Holy Redeemer 14
  • Syracuse 23, Penn State 20
  • Notre Dame 31, Temple 7

For my picks, you will have to get a copy of Friday’s Times Leader.

That’s it for today.

As always, if you have a comment, complaint or question, give me a call at 570-829-7164 or email me at

Have a good night.

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