Last updated: August 20. 2013 3:42PM - 2475 Views
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Wow, only one afternoon update and already I have received all kinds of … well, let’s just call it constructive criticism.

The biggest complaint seemed to be that my note yesterday lacked some of the humor that it’s predecessor had. That and one reader demanded that I work more references to cactus into the update.

I will have to work on that — the humor, not the cactus. Sorry, Jean.

And with that, we start today’s update on a sad note.

Best-selling author Elmore Leonard has died at 87.

Leonard has written more the 40 novels “populated by pathetic schemers, clever conmen and casual killers,” according to the Associated Press. I’ve read far to few of them, perhaps about six or seven. I will start working on the other 3o plus ones after I finish the biography of George Meade I’m reading.

If you haven’t read any of Elmore’s work, do yourself a favor read one of his books soon.

In honor of Leonard I will try to write today’s update following one of his simple rules of writing — Leave out the parts that people skip.

President Obama is coming to town Friday, if you haven’t heard. Well, he’s coming to Lackawanna College, but that’s close enough. And the good news is he is bringing Scranton’s own Joe Biden with him. The vice president is always good for a laugh or two, at least.

Staff writer Andrew Seder has all the details on the President’s trip, including how you can get tickets.

The school year is approaching so it must be time for some labor unrest at an area school district or two. This year it’s Wyoming Area. The school board meets tonight in what will be the last meeting before the start of an announced teachers’ strike.

The Pittston Dispatch’s Joe Healey will have a report from the meeting.

Of course, it’s Tuesday night and that means the kids from the Weekender are in the office getting the next edition of their paper out. This week’s cover story? Plymouth’s Kielbasa Festival.

Weekender staff writer Sara Pokorny has all the details about this weekend’s event. Somehow she managed to push Bill O’Boyle off the kielbasa beat long enough to write her story. Personally, I’m excited about the reunion of Eddie Day and TNT and the Wazoos on Saturday night.

Well, that’s it for today. I hope I was true to Elmore Leonard’s rule and left out all the parts readers were going to skip anyway.

Have a good night.

And as always, if you have a complaint, question or comment, drop me a line at jsoprano@timesleader.com or call me at 570-829-7164.

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