Published on Monday, 22 December 2014 10:20 am by Elizabeth Bloom
papal-christmas-eve-mass-on-youtubeIn case you missed it: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's music director, Manfred Honeck, will be conducting at the Papal Christmas Eve Mass on Wednesday. According to the PSO, a live broadcast of the event starts at 3:20 p.m. EST. You can check it out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTCU9qgzHi0 Happy holidays to ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 22 December 2014 9:23 am by Doug Oster
last-minute-gifts-for-gardeners  Click on the photo to see a bigger version. Post-Gazette graphic By Doug Oster / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   The Gardener's Garden is one of the most amazing coffee table books I've ever seen. Basically it chronicle's every great garden in the world. I've spent many hours enjoying the text and photos. This book has also given me many ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 22 December 2014 5:38 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-22-14Penguins -Derrick Pouliot (above) joined Mario Lemieux in some pretty elite and random company. -Two former Penguins have helped Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad become a goal-scorer. -“We’re lucky we get to play them again on Monday." - Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson on a rematch with the Penguins following Saturday's fight-filled ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 22 December 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
big-eyesThere is a new Tim Burton movie about the painter who created all those kitchy paintings of big-eyed kids. Can't wait to see it.  Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 21 December 2014 9:25 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
crosby-moves-up-12-21-14 Sidney Crosby's insurance goal in the third period of Saturday's 3-1 home win against the Panthers was primarily significant because it snapped an slump of eight games without a goal. Of completely lesser significance was where that goal put Crosby in the context of history. That was his 805th point and it put him into the top 150 scorers in NHL ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 21 December 2014 7:13 pm by Doug Oster
lake-como-hike-reveals-many-types-of-beauty  Silvia Givera winds up, underhand, to throw a tennis ball to her dog, Diego, are on the banks of Lake Como in Lenno, Italy.Photos by Doug Oster By Doug Oster / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette LENNO, Italy — Silvia Givera is standing on the picturesque bank of Lake Como. She winds up, underhand, to throw a tennis ball to her dog Diego. The dog stands ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 21 December 2014 12:00 pm by Barbara Vancheri
final-hobbit-easiily-wins-box-office    “The Hobbit” easily won the battle of the box office, grossing more than $90 million in North America since its Wednesday release.    Its Friday through Sunday estimated take easily put it ahead of the third “Night at the Museum” comedy.    Here are the early figures courtesy of Rentrak:    1. “The ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 21 December 2014 4:01 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-21-14Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “When your goalie’s bringing that sense of calm, it allows guys to be patient, not force things.” - Sidney Crosby on Marc-Andre Fleury. -The Miami Herald's recap. “They’re a good team, but if we play like that every night, we’re going to win more than we lose. I’m really happy with our ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 21 December 2014 12:26 am by Seth Rorabaugh
panthers-at-penguins-12-20-14 -Aside from a little fray known as the 1996 Eastern Conference Final, the Penguins and Panthers don't have much of a history as rivals. They've mostly played an endless of string of ho-hum meaningless regular season games with little impact on anything of consequence in the 20-plus years the Panthers have been in existence. -That was not the case ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 20 December 2014 9:31 pm by Rob Rogers
movie-reviewSony is letting the terrorists win. Well, at the very least, Sony is letting the terrorists tell us what movies we can watch.  Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 20 December 2014 2:42 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-panthers-12-20-14A preview of the Panthers. When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center. TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Florida. Record: 14-8-8, 36 points. The Panthers are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Leading Scorer: Center Nick Bjugstad, 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists). Last Game: 2-1 road shootout win against the Flyers, Thursday. Goaltender ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 20 December 2014 10:59 am by Sam Werner
report-narduzzi-interviews-with-pittPitt has begun identifying lead candidates for its vacant head coaching position, and one of them appears to be Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. According to a report on MLive.com, Narduzzi interviewed with Pitt on Friday after interviewing with Colorado State earlier in the week. I was able to confirm last night that Narduzzi was a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 20 December 2014 6:27 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-20-14Penguins -It wasn't Jussi Jokinen's (above) decision to leave the Penguins. -Olli Maatta was diagnosed with the mumps. -Jeff Zatkoff, who was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, still wants to be part of the Penguins' future. -What exactly happened with the Penguins' visit to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC? -Mike Johnston ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 December 2014 5:46 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
penguins-spoof-christmas-vacation-12-19-14After a rough week-plus of illnesses and injuries, the Penguins need a little holiday cheer. They provided it with this brilliant spoof of "Christmas Vacation:" Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 December 2014 2:31 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
zatkoff-still-wants-to-be-part-of-penguins-future-12-19-14The last time Jeff Zatkoff was promoted, it was because former goaltender Tomas Vokoun suffered a blood clot. Earlier this week, Zatkoff earned a promotion when goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Thomas Greiss were each tested for mumps. Suffice it to say, Zatkoff has been the beneficiary of circumstances which are bizarre compared to those typically ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 December 2014 1:41 pm by Sam Werner
fleck-fuente-ink-extensionsIn two moves tangentially related to the Pitt coaching search over the past few days, Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck and Memphis coach Justin Fuente both signed extensions to stay with their respective schools.Now, what exactly does this mean for Pitt?At face value, it seems to indicate that both Fleck and Fuente are not considered candidates, at ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 December 2014 9:16 am by Natalie Bencivenga
setting-the-seen-snow-dayThe holidays are quickly approaching, but have you been able to just take a moment and enjoy all the wonderful things to do downtown? From ice skating to shopping the holiday market, see what Sara and I did on our "snow day." (And check out some tasty treats we picked up along the way!) Until next time...we'lll be seeing you! Follow ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 December 2014 6:07 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-19-14Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “The way we’re playing, we’re not giving other teams too much. It’s been making my job a little easier.” - Marc-Andre Fleury (above, catching up with old teammate Maxime Talbot) on recording his career-best sixth shutout of the season. -The Denver Post's recap. "I felt good, I felt ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 December 2014 12:19 am by Seth Rorabaugh
avalanche-at-penguins-12-19-14 -For a game with 13 former first-round picks on the ice, including quite a few No. one, two and three overall picks, there' weren't a tone offensive fireworks. Sure, there were lots and lots of shots but only one goal. That was scored by Blake Comeau and gave the Penguins a 1-0 win against the Avalanche tonight. -In essence, this game came down to ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 December 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
cold-war-embargoNormalizing relations with Cuba is way overdue. Fifty years of cold war embargo have not done a thing but hurt the people.  Read More and Comment