Published on Saturday, 31 January 2015 12:00 am by Peter Smith
one-degree-of-thomas-mertonOn today's centenary of the birth of Thomas Merton, the vastly influential Roman Catholic monk and author, it's worth remembering that he didn't just write classic books and think provocative thoughts. He also kept remarkable company. Amazingly so, for a cloistered monk who spent his last years as a hermit -- if you can call him that for all the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 30 January 2015 8:44 pm by Dan Gigler
remembering-aunt-agnes  For a nonagenarian diehard Steelers fan, it was a fitting exit for a life well-lived and full of love for her favorite team. "Aunt" Agnes Falls in a 2008 photo. Four weeks ago when the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs, they didn’t just lose the game, but also a matriarch of their fan base: Ninety-six-year old “Aunt” Agnes (Tinnick) ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 30 January 2015 6:30 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
penguins-at-devils-01-30-15PREGAME -You may remember that game more for when Letang was struck in the head by Montreal's Max Pacioretty. -Kunitz played in his 700th career game. -Game summary. -Event summary. Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 30 January 2015 4:10 pm by
breaking-mccord-admits-to-strong-arming-donors-resigns-immediatelyNow we know.State Treasurer Rob McCord will plead guilty to federal charges related to strong-arming potential campaign donors and resign his post effective immediately, according to a video statement the Philadelphia resident released today.A statement from Mr. McCord's attorneys, at Welsh & Recker in...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 30 January 2015 4:29 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-devils-01-30-15A preview of the Devils. When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Prudential Center. TV: Root Sports, MSG Plus, TVA. Record: 18-22-8, 44 points. The Devils are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division. Leading Scorer: Center Adam Henrique, 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists). Last Game: 2-1 home shootout win to the Maple Leafs Monday. ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:20 am by
romney-won-t-reprise-presidential-run-in-2016Mitt Romney (Associated Press photo)Your move, Jeb Bush....Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6438-romney-won-t-reprise-presidential-run-in-2016 Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 30 January 2015 9:13 am by
protect-our-parks-group-1st-to-get-citizen-sponsored-ordinance-to-allegheny-county-councilMembers of Protect Our Parks presents Allegheny County Council with a petition to stop drilling in Deer Lakes Park last summer. The group is the first to get county council to consider citizen-sponsored legislation. (Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)By Molly BornWhile news that Chelsa Wagner might take four county-appointed authorities to court...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 30 January 2015 6:22 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-01-30-15Penguins -The Penguins stink at the Prudential Center. -Sidney Crosby has to make nice with Maxim Lapierre (above) now. -The Capitals' Braden Holtby became the 13th different goaltender to record multiple shutouts in a single season against the Penguins. -Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Adam Payerl was given clearance to return to the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:14 pm by Craig Meyer
revitalized-pryor-sparks-robert-morris-in-87-65-win Rodney Pryor tried to deny it for the longest time, but he finally came to grips with an unflattering truth earlier this month – his play had hit a metaphorical wall. After a blazing start to his Division I career at Robert Morris, the junior college transfer went through a five-game stretch in late December and early January in which he made just ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 6:36 pm by Dan Gigler
you-talking-about"You talk like a Steelers fan, Dude." According to an analysis released this morning by cyber security firm Proofpoint, the Steelers fans are the fifth-most active fan base in the NFL when it comes to social media, but also have another somewhat dubious distinction -- they are also the most vulgar, at least of this year's playoff teams.  Per ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 5:42 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
holtby-doubles-up-01-29-14 Washington's Braden Holtby (above, with Alex Ovechkin) joined a somewhat exclusive group of goaltenders last night with his 4-0 shutout of the Penguins. It was his second shutout this season of the Penguins and he became the 13th different goaltender to blank the Penguins multiple times in a regular season series. With two more Penguins-Capitals ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 30 January 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
drone-adviceDrunk dialing is out. Drunk droning is in! Some guy got drunk and decided it would be a good idea to fly a drone over the White House fence. The Secret Service, already embarrassed by lapses in security, was not happy.  Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 2:45 pm by Peter Smith
francis-against-fracking   This has been percolating in alternative media some time, but it's getting new attention as Pope Francis prepares an encyclical on the environment, which is expected to address human-caused climate change. In 2013, two of Francis' fellow Argentinians, also environmental activists involved in a documentary, had a lengthy audience with the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 2:30 pm by Scott Mervis
it-s-a-red-slumber-party-in-gory-new-dethlehem-video It starts off all cute and dreamy, but, look out, the new video from Dethlehem turns into the stomach-turning bloodbath you'd expect from Pittsburgh's metal knights. The video, for the song "Mystic Island" from the new album "Destroyers of the Realm," has four fangirls swooning for the boys of Dethlehem, and then turning the place into a red slumber ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:37 am by Doug Oster
growing-succulents-in-cool-containers-winter-garden-funI planted this faux moss purse last year with Kristine and it's still thriving. Photo by Doug Oster Here's this week's segment on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live. I talk with Kristine about planting succulents in cool looking containers I got at Chapon's Greenhouse in Baldwin. I’ve fallen under the spell of succulents. Although they look formidable, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 1:07 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-01-29-14Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “We had a few opportunities. But we need to create more if we want to win a game.” - Sidney Crosby. -The Washington Post's recap. “When you get down four goals, you get really frustrated. Whether they just lost their tempers or were down enough, I don’t know. I don’t agree with some of the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:14 am by Barbara Vancheri
tim-mcgraw-to-perform-at-oscars Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, Feb. 22, live on ABC.   “We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate  Oscar ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 9:28 am by
zotter-announces-pittsburgh-council-candidacyRandy ZotterBy Robert ZulloLongtime North Side community activist Randy Zotter formally announced his entry today into what could be a crowded race for the District 1 City Council seat currently held by incumbent Darlene Harris.Mr. Zotter, a carpenter from the Mexican War Streets, has also served as director of the Northside Community ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 7:51 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
Published on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 6:01 pm by Elizabeth Bloom
liner-notes-vol-xivSnow got you down? Pick yourself up with music news, reviews and more:  From Unique at Penn: Vladimir Jurowski thumbs through an Ormandy score http://uniqueatpenn.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/vladimir-jurowski-studies-eugene-ormandys-changes-to-a-rachmaninoff-symphony/  From the Washington Post and the New York Times: Anne Midgette pans ... Read More and Comment