Published on Friday, 06 March 2015 6:00 am by Peter Smith
traditional-religions-unaffiliated-predominate-in-pittsburghI find three major takeaways from a new grassroots survey on religion in Pittsburgh and elsewhere. The first is that, for all the colorful diversity of Pittsburgh's religious scene, the traditional faith groups still have the big numbers. The second is that there's a big showing for those with no religious affiliation. The third is that, on political ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 06 March 2015 2:47 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-03-06-15Penguins -Welcome back Ben Lovejoy ... to Anaheim. -"I still don’t understand what happened, but I don’t try to think too much into it. I don’t want to lose much energy trying to think why it happened.” - Ducks defenseman Simon Despres on being traded by the Penguins Monday. -So far, so good with Derrick Pouliot's ongoing stint with the NHL ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 06 March 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
transparencyI agree that Hillary should be held to the same standards as every other Washington politician or presidential candidate. If we want real transparency, lets outlaw secret donations that make it possible to buy elections.  Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 05 March 2015 5:27 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
missing-the-point-03-05-15  (Note: This is an updated version of a post we had Feb. 16.) Last night's 3-1 loss at Colorado snapped a four-game scoring streak for Sidney Crosby. In the process, Crosby recorded his 25th pointless game of the season and tied his single-season career worst for that dubious statistic. The only other time he went 25 games without a point ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 05 March 2015 5:07 pm by Barbara Vancheri
rated-pg-movie-podcastBack on track with a Rated PG movie podcast. I talk about "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," not as good as the original but bolstered by the veterans Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, and "Unfinished Business," an R-rated comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco.   Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 05 March 2015 2:00 pm by Peter Smith
pope-francis-popularity-at-jp2-levels   With his approaching two-year anniversary in office on March 13, Pope Francis has seen his popularity actually grow, at least in the United States. That would bode well for his upcoming trip to Philadelphia and other American cities. Ninety percent of U.S. Catholics and 70 percent of Americans overall view the pope positively, according to ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 05 March 2015 12:45 pm by By Jacob Quinn Sanders
atop-of-pittsburgh-s-triangleTable 54 was the best one. Sit there and from the 62nd floor of the U.S. Steel Building it was easy to look out over Downtown Pittsburgh and see Point State Park, Mount Washington, all three rivers, and the rising hills of the North Side. There were birthdays. Anniversaries. Celebrations of an engagement, a promotion, a graduation. For 30 years the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 05 March 2015 12:39 pm by Scott Mervis
bowie-slammed-for-1974-arena-show-in-tbt-newsclip Bowie ... boring? Those words usually don't go together, but that is how this Civic Arena show from Nov. 19, 1974 is described in a Pittsburgh Press review by Pete Bishop. The glam-rocker had been here on The Diamond Dogs Tour for two nights in June at the Syria Mosque. This return trip, re-branded as The Soul Tour, stripped away the theatrics, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 05 March 2015 2:39 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-recapping-penguins-avalanche-03-05-15Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “We were just flat. It wasn’t pretty there.” - Sidney Crosby (above, with Avalanche defenseman Brad Stuart). -The Denver Post's recap. "He's a little bit more serious than most of the buddies I play against. You usually can talk to your friends, but he's all business on the ice." - ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 05 March 2015 10:22 am by Craig Meyer
duquesne-s-a-10-tournament-seeding-scenario At a time of year where hypotheticals and mock brackets are at the center of most every college basketball conversation, Duquesne is faced with a different reality and has been for some time. The Dukes are 11-17 and with only one game remaining in the regular season, they’re working toward decidedly less grandiose goals. For weeks, players and ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:01 pm by Megan Ryan
robert-morris-advances-in-nec-tournament-with-91-68-win-over-wagner Lucky Jones is playing like his whole basketball career depends on a single win. Because, well, it does. The senior forward tied his career mark for points with 27 in Robert Morris’ 91-68 win over Wagner in the Northeast Conference quarterfinals Wednesday at the Sewall Center. Jones, the last four-year player still on the court, shot 8-for-12 from ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 9:48 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 6:29 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-avalanche-03-04-15A preview of the Avalanche. When and where: 10 p.m, EST, Pepsi Center. TV: Root Sports, Altitude Sports. Record: 27-25-11, 65 points. The Avalanche is in last place in the Central Division. Leading Scorer: Right winger Jarome Iginla, 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists). Last Game: 3-1 home loss to the Wild Saturday. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov (right) ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 5:07 pm by Barbara Vancheri
let-it-snow-movie-has-new-nameSame snow, new title. “Let it Snow” has a new name. The dramedy, filming in Pittsburgh, is now called “Love the Coopers."  The movie follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 05 March 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
o-bomb-aThe Netanyahu speech to congress was an in-your-face rebuke of the Obama administration's talks with Iran. It was the same kind of political circus act that Bibi tried at the UN when he held up a cartoon bomb to illustrate Iran's nuclear threat.    Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 3:51 pm by Barbara Vancheri
redmayne-s-next-transformation    Here are details on one of Eddie Redmayne’s next projects. Redmayne, of course, won the Oscar for best actor for “The Theory of Everything” but his next role will involve a transformation of another kind.    Working Title Films’ “The Danish Girl,” directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 2:48 pm by Barbara Vancheri
plummer-to-leave-hand-and-footprints-at-hollywood-landmark Some news from TCM about Christopher Plummer:    Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor actor Christopher Plummer during a handprint-footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Friday, March 27, as part of the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival.    Plummer has starred in more than 100 films and is an Oscar, Golden ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 12:01 pm by Barbara Vancheri
charitable-donation-could-win-you-an-invite-to-marvel-movie-premiere Wish you could attend a movie premiere? Here's how you could try to WIN a chance to fly to LA and go to "Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron." Here is the press release:   Robert Downey Jr. is offering fans the chance to live out the best night of their life culminating at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, all to support a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 10:23 am by
perry-on-politics-a-scandal-that-may-catch-a-clintonHillary Clinton (Associated Press photo)By James M. PerryHillary Rodham Clinton may finally be in trouble.The basic problem seems to be that she's just too much of everything. Too much money. Too much ego. Too much shaving corners to get her way.The latest example of her imperial tendencies is the business of using her own personal emails, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 1:34 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-03-04-15Penguins -Christian Ehrhoff (above) has had a relapse in concussion-like symptoms. -How will Ian Cole and Ben Lovejoy fit into the Penguins' defense? -"A couple of days ago, I was told I wasn't being traded. I was going to be with Anaheim." - Lovejoy. -Has Marc-Andre Fleury been the Penguins' MVP? -How many draft picks do the Penguins still have ... Read More and Comment