Published on Friday, 22 May 2015 3:11 pm by Natalie Bencivenga
setting-the-seen-dream-cream-kicks-off-the-summerWhat better way to kick of the summer season (and Memorial Day weekend!) than with ice cream that can make dreams come true? Enjoy this week's edition of Setting the SEEN, where we chat with Thomisan Jamison, creator and "head cone" of Dream Cream on Liberty Ave. in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Learn about more fun things to do with friends and loved ones all ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 22 May 2015 12:11 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-sabres-to-interview-bylsma-05-22-15Penguins -The Sabres have received permission from the Penguins to interview former head coach Dan Byslma (above) for their vacant coaching position. -After the Jump: Simon Despres helps the Ducks claim Game 3. Playoff StuffRangers - Lightning -“The past two games, we got away from our game. I mean, we won the Presidents’ Trophy this year by ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 1:20 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-babcock-joins-maple-leafs-05-21-14Penguins -“I guess I'm pinching myself a lot. I was just trying to play and not think about that other stuff. It's all sinking in now that I've had time to reflect.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Matt Murray (above) on his fantastic rookie season. -Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Neaton. A seventh-round pick in 1990, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:04 pm by
crystal-ball-says-we-re-leaning-towards-toomeyUnderwhelmed by the effort thus far of Democrats to win back the U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Toomey? You're not alone.The University of Virginia has released the latest edition of Sabato's Crystal Ball, and Kyle Klondik, the project's managing editor, isn't especially impressed either – he's moved Pennsylvania from a tossup in the 2016 Senate...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:12 am by Mike White
piaa-to-examine-six-classes-further-east-west-basketball-brackets-voted-downThe PIAA board of directors met today and the news on the six classification idea for football is that there is no news. The PIAA is considering changing football from four to six classifications. There were basically eight proposals to consider. The PIAA could have picked one of the proposals and passed it on a first reading basis today. The proposal ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 6:57 pm by Barbara Vancheri
don-draper-withdrawal-ease-it-with-these-jon-hamm-movies Going through Don Draper withdrawal? What will we do this Sunday at 10 p.m.?   Short of rewatching every episode of “Mad Men,” which probably isn’t a bad idea, I cannot help you there but I can recommend a couple of movies starring actor Jon Hamm.    “Million Dollar Arm” (2014) — Hamm plays real-life sports agent J.B. Bernstein, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:33 am by Mike White
central-catholic-1979-a-team-to-remember-with-two-gms-and-a-football-hall-of-famerThe Central Catholic baseball team has made it to tonight's WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals, which puts the Vikings one win away from making it to a WPIAL championship for the first time since 1979. It turns out that '79 baseball team is one for the ages. Not so much for what it accomplished, but for who was on the team. Think of it: One high school ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:57 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-05-20-15Penguins -Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Riley Holzapfel has joined Karlskrona of Sweden's SHL. -Happy 69th birthday to former Penguins general manager, head coach and Hockey Hall of Fame member Craig Patrick (above). One of the most important figures in the history of the Penguins, Patrick served as the team's general manager from ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:24 pm by Rob Rogers
profilingIt's interesting how the police and the media didn't call the Texas biker gangs "thugs" or describe their brawl as a "riot" even though far more people died there than in Ferguson and Baltimore combined. I guess there are different standards when the offenders are white.    Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 7:50 pm by
primary-day-election-fun-elsewhereThe Primary Election fun isn't limited to races we chose to highlight tonight, of course. Let's take a look around the region to see what's going on elsewhere. Remember: all results at this point are unofficial.Bellevue and Wilkinsburg liquor referendumsThere will be booze in these two Allegheny County boroughs, after residents in each locale...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 6:30 pm by
a-rough-night-for-fitzgeraldWe have to wonder what Rich Fitzgerald is thinking tonight.As previously mentioned, Mr. Fitzgerald's Enemy No. 1, County Controller Chelsa Wagner, won the nomination and will likely retain her seat in the fall.But that wasn't the only slap at the county executive tonight. East End voters gave the late Barbara Daly Danko a final win in her county...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 6:18 pm by
a-big-night-for-dem-incumbentsAllegheny County is stuck at about 97 percent of its votes tallied, but that's enough for us ... and the races we checked on earlier all held up. And remember: barring very unusual circumstances, a Democratic primary win mostly likely means a win in the fall.Chelsa Wagner won the Democratic nomination to retain her seat as Allegheny County...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 5:19 pm by
early-returns-contain-few-surprisesNot quite half of the Allegheny County votes are tallied, but that's enough to take an early look at what's going on on the Democratic side of our chosen races.So far, the tightest race is between Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner and her challenger, Mark Patrick Flaherty; Ms. Wagner has a 6-point lead on Mr. Flaherty so far.The city...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 2:33 pm by
primary-day-we-re-in-the-home-stretchA sign urging people to vote for the late Barbara Daly Danko for Allegheny County Council stands outside the Darlington Street entrance to the Jewish Community Center which is being used as a polling place for the primary elections, May 19, 2015. (Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette)You've got a little more than an hour to vote -- if you haven't done so...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:15 pm by Mike White
former-wpial-starts-walker-kimbrough-mckay-malone-move-into-national-spotlightEverything from "Where Are They Now" to notes and anecdotes from the high school sports scene. Over the course of the past six days, four former WPIAL athletes either accomplished a notable feat or were given a big honor on the college level. It started last Thursday when Syracuse distance runner Margo Malone won the ACC championship in the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:07 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-05-19-15Penguins -The Penguins have granted the Sharks permission to interview Dan Bylsma (right) for their vacant head coaching position. -What are Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Conor Sheary's hopes at reaching the NHL? -Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Andreas Johansson (right). Acquired early in the 1996-97 season along with Darius ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 8:48 am by Doug Oster
teach-your-children-well-phipps-summer-camps-are-great-for-kids I can't think of a better thing for kids to do this summer than learn about nature at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Phipps Summer Camps: Enrollment Still Open for 2015 Pittsburgh’s premier public garden immerses youth in the natural world.  Pittsburgh, Pa. —Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is still enrolling children ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
mad-menMad Men, perhaps one of the best television dramas ever, addressed tough issues like women's rights, racism, homophobia and war. If it weren't for the amazing '60s-inspired sets and costumes, the show could've been talking about present day. That is what great television can do.  Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 18 May 2015 12:32 pm by Craig Meyer
jim-ferry-discusses-duquesne-s-2015-recruiting-classWednesday marks the final day of the regular signing period for college basketball, but the final two days of that span will come with very little drama for Duquesne. With the signing of Josh Steel nearly a week and a half ago, the Dukes completed their three-player recruiting class for 2015, a group that includes: PF Nakye Sanders, 6-foot-7, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 18 May 2015 10:48 am by
breakfast-sausage-1-thing-to-do-todayVoters leave a polling place in Sheraden in 2013. (Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette)Your friends at Early Returns will have many things -- more than five, we'd guess -- for you to read later today, but for now, we have just one thing for you to consider: Vote.Sure, we already have 92 Republicans jockeying for early position in the 2016 presidential...Read ... Read More and Comment