Published on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 8:59 am by Doug Oster
the-last-roseThe last rose bloom of the seasonf rom 'New Dawn.'. Photo by Doug Oster Last winter laid waste to climbing rose which had thrived on an arbor for 15 years. I replaced it with 'New Dawn' an heirloom climber with a long bloom season of fragrant flowers. Eventually it should reach nearly 20 feet high and seven to 10 wide. This season it started to ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 6:00 am by Stephen J. Nesbitt
by-the-numbers-how-wvu-stacks-up-statistically-in-fbs-week-9 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Through four week of Big 12 play, let's take a look at how West Virginia (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) stacks up statistically with its Division I counterparts. What you'll find below are the national rankings for West Virginia on all three sides of the ball — offense, defense and special teams. The easiest way to split it this was "GAIN" ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 4:30 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-10-22-14Penguins -“I like being on this side." - Steve Downie (right) on the Penguins-Flyers rivalry. -"It's going to mean a little more coming back and being a Flyer again. It's something I'm anxious to be part of again, like earlier in my career." - Flyers forward R.J. Umberger, a native of Plum (No, really!) on the Penguins-Flyers rivalry. -When is ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 9:22 pm by Dan Gigler
the-bad-jersey-boysYou see them at every game, and they take many forms. The hipster ironically wearing a Bubby Brister jersey. The terrible counterfeit Ben Roethlisberger knock-off. The guy too cheap to replace his beat-to-hell Kordell Stewart jersey. Or the girl who had huge hopes when she plunked down for Rashard Mendenhall's #34.  Bad jerseys one and ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 8:30 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
switching-wings-not-an-issue-for-dupuis-10-21-14  While the Penguins are off to a good start this season with a 3-1-0, there have been some growing pains. With a new coaching staff, several new players and some returning players working their way back from injuries, it hasn't been entirely smooth for the Penguins so far in 2014-15. In addition to returning from a severe knee injury which ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
brewed-on-grant-corbett-adsA new ad by Tom Corbett claims Tom Wolf plans to raise taxes on the middle class. It shows several sarcastic people saying things like, "it's about time somebody did" and "we have way too much money." The real truth is, Wolf plans to only raise taxes on individuals making $70,000 to $90,000. I think it is safe to say Corbett is getting ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:31 pm by Stephen J. Nesbitt
holgorsen-presser-fresh-off-upset-of-baylor-wvu-gets-back-to-work MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen joined the media corps Tuesday for his weekly news conference. The Mountaineers upset No. 4 Baylor, 41-27, Saturday to rise to No. 22 in the AP poll. Here's a brief synopsis: • OPENING STATEMENT | Took it a little easier Sunday. "I think we're at that point in the season where we ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:46 am by
3-things-for-a-tuesdayPennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCafferyWhile you guys were watching Da Beard execute the slowest interception return ever, things – three of them, specifically – continued to roll in Harrisburg and beyond.McCaffery suspended from state's high court. Perhaps the only thing surprising about the suspension, with pay, of Justice Seamus...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:50 am by Doug Oster
leaves-equal-compost-don-t-throw-them-awayFall leaves are a great resource for the garden. Photos by Doug Oster A soft breeze is all it takes to separate deep red maple leaves from a tree. When it falls to the ground it will eventually decompose and feed that tree, it's the cycle of life and something gardeners can mimic in their own gardens. Maple leaves will decompose quicker than oak.In ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:42 am by Barbara Vancheri
matthew-mcconaughey-on-marriage-fatherhood-and-romcoms    Matthew McConaughey, who will return to the big screen with "Interstellar," acknowledges he’s vain — if other men looked like him, they might be, too — and says, “I think vanity is a good thing. It’s done more good things for me than it has not.”   In an interview with GQ’s Brett Martin, he talked about a range of subjects. ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 8:00 am by Sara Bauknecht
fashion-world-takes-to-twitter-to-remember-oscar-de-la-renta On Monday night it wasn't Oscar de la Renta's clothes that were trending. News of the fashion designer's death was a top topic on Twitter and other social media platforms.  Messages from those who knew him, as well as from those who admired him from afar, regaled readers with quotes, photos and tales from the 82-year-old's personal and ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 5:51 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-10-21-14Penguins -So far, so good for Christian Ehrhoff (above). -Welcome back Robert Bortuzzo ... to practice. -Andrew Ebbett and Scott Harrington were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. -EN Says: With neither player appearing in a game and the rest of the Penguins' roster getting healthier than it was during training camp, there really wasn't any ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
hands-upYou have a much better chance of being shot by a policeman than contracting ebola. Just sayin'.  Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 11:25 pm by Sara Bauknecht
renowned-fashion-designer-oscar-de-la-renta-dies A somber spirit enveloped the global style community Monday with the news that famed designer Oscar de la Renta had died. He was 82 years old. As recently as last month he was showing his latest collection to the industry's who's who at New York Fashion Week and also made headlines as the man behind Amal Clooney's wedding gown when she married George ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 5:55 pm by Sam Werner
fun-with-math-standard-deviation-and-james-connerThis was originally going to be part of my Virginia Tech breakdown post (which is still coming later tonight or possibly tomorrow morning), but I ended diving into it deeper than I thought I would, so I thought I would break it out into it's own post. James Conner looked a lot better in Pitt's 21-16 win against Virginia Tech Thursday night than he did ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 4:34 pm by
new-ads-rehash-secret-issuesWe're two weeks away from Election Eve – which should absolutely be a holiday on par with Christmas Eve– and The Battling Toms are lining up their best shots at each other – and emptying the wallets of their respective campaign funds. Two new ads hit YouTube – and, presumably, televisions near you – on Monday. Let's take a look at what each of ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 2:29 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
playing-on-second-line-has-been-awesome-for-sutter-10-20-14 Last season, anytime center Brandon Sutter generated some chemistry with a new winger, an injury or some other factor would force a change in linemates for him. As a result, the third line failed to contribute much sustained offense in 2013-14. This season, injuries have in part made it necessary for Sutter to man the second line with Pascal Dupuis ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 1:57 pm by Sam Werner
my-2014-ap-ballot-week-8Each week, I'll go through my AP Top 25 ballot and give a few thoughts on how I voted and how it compares to the overall poll results. No major shake-ups at the top of the poll this week. The one game that was supposed to provide some sort of separation (Florida State/Notre Dame) didn't really, since the Seminoles and Irish basically went toe-to-toe ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 1:29 pm by Scott Mervis
for-those-about-to-rock-goes-to-woodstock Is there a better field trip for students of the For Those About to Rock Academy than the hallowed grounds of Woodstock? That’s where the young rockers of the Ambridge-based academy headed Sunday with teachers/organizers David and Joey Granati and Cathy Stewart. As part of a Bethel Woods Center for the Arts outreach program, 25 students (most ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 10:17 am by Doug Oster
bugbane-provides-an-annual-surprise-of-fragrant-beautiful-white-bloomsBugbane produces white spires which are aromatic. Photos by Doug Oster This plant grows in a neglected woodland bed, a testament to the toughness of bugbane. There are things in the garden which surprise that shouldn't. Cimicifuga or bugbane has been blooming yearly in my garden for 15 years, but it's planted in an out of the way place. It grows in ... Read More and Comment