Published on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:53 am by Seth Rorabaugh
penguins-sign-spaling-07-31-13The Penguins avoided arbitration with restricted free agent forward Nick Spaling (right) and signed him to a two-year contract worth a total of $4.4 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.5 million, Spaling's new contract will have a cap hit of $2.2 million. Appearing in 71 games last season, Spaling, 25, scored 32 points (13 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 31 July 2014 9:58 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-31-14Penguins -The owner of Iceoplex, the Penguins' practice rink, is in some hot water over alleged tax evasion. -The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins released their preseason schedule. -Former Penguins forward Mikael Samuelsson (above) has joined Djurgården of Sweden's SHL. -Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Troy Murray. Acquired at the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 31 July 2014 9:07 am by Doug Oster
faux-spinach-is-beautiful-and-productive-all-summerRed Malabar spinach is beautiful and tasty. Photos by Doug Oster Red Malabar spinach climbs a windmill in the vegetable garden.Anyone who has tried to grow conventional spinach in our climate understands the challenge of harvesting the leaves during the summer. Just a few consecutive hot days will force the plant to bolt and send up seed. When this ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 5:26 pm by
suffer-the-little-children                                                    By James M. Perry "See now that you don't look down on these little ones," the Bible says (Matthew 18:10). "For I tell you that their angels in heaven always ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 3:28 pm by Doug Oster
green-tomato-blues-patience-persistence-and-planning-will-get-resultsHere's a couple tomatoes just starting to blush. They'll be ready in a few days. Photo by Doug Oster As August approaches, gardeners get antsy to taste "real" tomatoes. Everyone knows homegrown tomatoes offer unmatched flavor. I've heard from more than one person this season, "when are my tomatoes going to turn red?" "They'll be ready when they're ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 1:33 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-30-14Penguins -According to The Hockey News, restricted free agent forward Nick Spaling has requested $2.85 million in arbitration. The Penguins have countered with $1.65 million. They are scheduled to have an arbitration hearing tomorrow. -Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Markus Naslund (right). A first-round pick in 1991, Naslund spent ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:36 am by Dan Gigler
archive-noll-assesses-bumper-crop-of-rookies Gene Collier writes today, eloquently as per usual, about Art Rooney Jr.'s memories of the rookie training camps of the legendary 1974 draft class, widely regarded as the greatest ever, which would go on to yield four Hall of Famers in Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster, and another guy worthy of Canton consideration in ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 6:19 pm by Liz Navratil
kids-meet-pittsburgh-police-firefighters-and-medics-in-downtown-eventLaila Tuffiash, 6, of Avalon, laughs as she tries to walk in fireman boots.(Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette) Pittsburgh public safety departments today hosted a kick-off event to the National Night Out, which will happen from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5. Children tried on mini-fire suits and looked at protective suits worn by members of the bomb squad. Some kids ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 5:37 pm by
nyt-cbs-wolf-52-corbett-39A new survey shows Democrat Tom Wolf leading Gov. Tom Corbett but by a clear but somewhat smaller margin than previous post-primary polls.The poll, conducted for CBS and the New York Times by the internet polling firm, YouGov, shows Mr. Wolf leading the incumbent, 52 percent to 39 percent, including respondents who said they were leaning toward...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 3:02 pm by Robert Zullo
mayor-bill-peduto-meets-with-police-to-discuss-search-for-new-chiefMayor Bill Peduto said the first of two meetings with the police bureau's rank and file to solicit input on the search for a new chief was planned to last an hour. Instead, it went for three. "There was a lot of discussion," Mr. Peduto said. "I was surprised by some of the talk because it was very much in line with the comments we've been saying ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:30 pm by Kim Lyons
chalking-up-america-one-share-at-a-timeGrant Gordon and Ezra Gold are traveling the country in a 2001 Toyota Echo that also happens to be a mobile chalkboard. The two are working on a documentary about their experiences with the ChalkCar project, documenting the sharing economy, as part of the Lyft Creatives program. In every city they visit, they couch-surf (crash on couches offered by ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:00 am by Dan Gigler
archive-jack-lambert-s-inauspicious-steelers-camp-debut  Yesterday on the practice fields of Saint Vincent College, all eyes were on Steelers rookie linebacker and first round draft pick Ryan Shazier as he dealt and absorbed NFL-level contact for the first time in a fully padded, full speed backs-on-backers drill and team session with live tackling, and Shazier made quite the first impression ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 2:17 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-29-14Penguins -Today would've been the 79th birthday of former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets forward Billy Harris (right). An all-star with the Maple Leafs, Harris was acquired by the Penguins in a trade which sent Bob Dillabough to the Oakland Seals early in the 1968-69 season. "Hinky" ended his 13-year NHL career by appearing in 54 games for the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 28 July 2014 6:29 pm by
tax-policy-it-dependsThe details of tax policy, more than almost anything else in politics, make people’s eyes glaze over.It’s a shame that the nitty-gritty of taxes is so often ignored, because terms like “job killing tax hikes” remain ubiquitous – and virtually meaningless.So here’s an attempt to have an honest look at the income tax in Pennsylvania....Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 28 July 2014 11:11 am by Barbara Vancheri
new-trailer-images-from-mad-max-fury-road-with-tom-hardy  Just released:  A trailer and some artwork for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” coming out May 15, 2015.    Here is the official early release and images featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult.   From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 28 July 2014 4:44 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-28-140Penguins -Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Garth Snow (right). A free agent signing just prior to the 2000-01 season, Snow's Penguins career amounted to 35 games hat season in which he went 14-15-4 with a 2.98 goals against average, .900 save percentage and three shutouts. Easily the highlight of his season was a 40-save effort in a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 27 July 2014 6:29 pm by Barbara Vancheri
what-movies-open-in-pittsburgh-on-friday-aug-1   If you’ve been wondering when will “Boyhood” open in Pittsburgh, the answer is Friday, Aug. 1, at the Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave. It has been lavished with praise since debuting at the Sundance Film Festival in January.    Here are the movies opening in Pittsburgh on Aug. 1:    “Boyhood” — Shot ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:30 pm by Maria Sciullo
star-trek-parody-has-fun-with-kirk-and-spock  Robb Pearlman wrote a book. Write, write write. It's a "Star Trek" parody: LOL, LOL, LOL. Pearlman, an associate publisher of licensed publishing for New York's Rizzoli Publications (perhaps an overuse of the word "publish," but that is indeed his title), has achieved that rarity in pop culture. He managed to blend iconic themes in a way ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 27 July 2014 11:53 am by Barbara Vancheri
lucy-outmuscles-hercules    The R-rated “Lucy” outmuscled the PG-13 “Hercules” this weekend at the box office. Credit Luc Besson, Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, positive reviews and maybe even early previews for critics, which didn’t happen with the Dwayne Johnson movie which has the benefit of 3-D in some theaters.    I bought a ticket for a 7 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
radioactive-kidsRemember when we were a country of immigrants that offered refuge to those seeking asylum from violence and human rights violations? When did we turn into a xenophobic country that spurns desperate children?  Read More and Comment