Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 1:42 pm by Barbara Vancheri
michael-keaton-astonishing-in-birdman-to-close-new-york-festival  Michael Keaton is about to fly back into the media spotlight in what sounds like a very good way.    The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” will be the closing night selection for the New York Film Festival, Sept. 26-Oct. 12.    The ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 1:35 pm by Sam Werner
pitt-picked-sixth-in-acc-coastal-divisionGREENSBORO, N.C. — Pitt was picked to finish sixth in the ACC's Coastal Division by the league media at the ACC Football Kickoff Monday. The Panthers finished sixth in the division last year with a 3-5 conference record.Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia Tech were all picked to finish ahead of the Panthers, with Virginia bringing ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 1:31 pm by Doug Oster
summer-lilies-thrive-first-calla-stargazer-and-doubles-too'Stargazer' is such a wonderful sight in the summer garden. Photos by Doug Oster I don't know what the summer garden would be without lilies. 'Stargazer' is very common because it's so easy to grow and beautiful. This plant is just a few years old and grows where it doesn't get enough sun, but blooms like a champ. In my garden lilies need staked. It's ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 1:09 pm by Scott Mervis
horse-power-band-of-horses-rides-hard-at-stage-ae The soaring vocals you hear from Ben Bridwell on the Band of Horses records are exactly what you get live, as impressively displayed once again Sunday night at Stage AE. What people might not expect from Band of Horses is how much the band rocks live. And the volume at which it does. It was no surprise that it inserted Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 11:27 am by Stephen J. Nesbitt
big-12-commissioner-bob-bowlsby-transcript-change-is-comingDALLAS — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby kicked off the 2014 Big 12 Media Days with a thorough and rather gloom-and-doom 45-minute session. There are plenty of interesting thoughts to glean, and I'll recap later, but here's the full transcript. It's worth a read. THE MODERATOR: We're going to start off this morning with a State of the Union message ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:19 am by Doug Oster
free-gardening-seminar-with-doug-in-shaler-tuesdayI'll be presenting "Summer Garden Maintenance Tips" at the Shaler Library on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. I'll be answering gardening questions and will have copies of all my books to sign. This is the time of the season to look forward to the fall, planting things now will extend the harvest. I'll also ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 8:00 am by Sara Bauknecht
reflections-pittsburgh-downtown-partnership-project-pop-up-fashion In a couple months I'll have been in Pittsburgh for five years. As a fashion writer, during that time I've heard my fair share of snide remarks regarding the city's allegedly sour style sense. While the Steel City is no Big Apple, its fashion community has been rebounding in recent years and is now home to fledgling designers, beauty brands, fashion ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:34 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-21-14Penguins -Reid McNeill wants to make a statement in training camp.   -Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Lyle Odelein (above). Infamous for his rivalry with former Penguins antagonist Matthew Barnaby - Barnaby said he looked like Cornelius from "Panet of the Apes" while Odelein simply said Barnaby had an ugly wife - Odelein's ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 7:44 am by Jon Schmitz
rail-to-oakland-would-be-problematicIs Oakland ready for the continuous rumble of rail cars? Such a project's cost and logistics do not make it seem feasible. (Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette) Those who think the Port Authority and Allegheny County should pursue a light-rail extension from Downtown to Oakland, rather than the Bus Rapid Transit project that is moving forward, might ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 July 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
pension-magicTom Corbett is trying his hand at a little pension reform magic. He is hoping a little slight of hand will help him in the election. Last I checked, Corbett is no David Copperfield.  Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 7:00 pm by Sam Werner
notes-from-day-one-of-acc-football-kickoffGREENSBORO, N.C. — Day one of the 2014 ACC Football Kickoff is almost in the books. Make sure to pick up tomorrow's P-G (or read online) for full coverage, but here are a few notes to wrap up the day. - Like most players have been this offseason, Pitt safety Ray Vinopal was very complimentary of the Panthers' new strength and conditioning program. He ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 1:52 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
mcneill-i-really-want-to-make-a-statement-come-september-07-20-13  (function(d, s, id) (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Official Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. For better or worse, the Penguins' deep pool of defensive prospects get a lot of attention. And with good reason. Olli Maatta was a first-round pick who was a revelation in his first season in the NHL as a 19-year-old.Philip ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 12:47 pm by Barbara Vancheri
rip-james-garner-who-entertained-tv-movie-audiences-for-decades    James Garner was nominated just once for an Academy Award, for 1985’s “Murphy’s Romance.” Many columnists called his nomination, as Sally Field’s romantic interest in the May-December love story, the biggest surprise of that awards season.    As the book “Inside Oscar” recounts, one writer for the Los Angeles Times wrote ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 11:57 am by Barbara Vancheri
caesar-would-be-proud-as-apes-rule-again    Apes rule. Again.    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, thanks to positive reviews and good word of mouth.   “Apes” is only the second film this summer to top the box office for two consecutive weekends according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst. Until ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 9:47 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-20-13Penguins -The Rangers signed former Penguins forward Lee Stempniak (above) to a one-year contract worth $900,000. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million, Stempniak, 31, appeared in a total of 73 games last season and scored 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists). Acquired at the traded deadline last season, Stempniak played in 21 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
putin-s-dogThe investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 points to one person: Vladimir Putin. He may not have fired the missile launcher, but he supplied it to the separatists in Ukraine. He is behind the unrest there. It is not the Ukrainian people doing it, it is Putin.  Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 19 July 2014 9:24 am by Doug Oster
retired-teacher-creates-special-gardenChuck Morrison of Union Township (near New Castle) sits in his garden with his cat Bastet, named for the Egyptian goddess of the happy winds. Photos by Doug Oster By Doug Oster / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette These poppies and larkspur self sow freely in the garden.“Summertime is good,” says a smiling Chuck Morrison as he looks over the garden from a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 19 July 2014 10:04 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-19-14Penguins -The Penguins re-sign Simon Despres. -The Penguins hired former right winger Mark Recchi (above) as a player development coach. -There is no set timetable for forward prospect Oskar Sundqvist reaching the NHL. -Tom Kuhnhackl hopes to join the other Germans on the Penguins' NHL roster. -Assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 6:27 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
penguins-re-sign-despres-07-18-14 The Penguins have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Simon Despres to a two-year contract worth a total of $1.8 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $840,000, Despres' new deal will have a cap hit of $900,000. Despres, 22, appeared in 34 NHL games last season and recorded five assists. In 36 AHL games, he ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 5:05 pm by John Hayes
hunter-trapper-safety-courses-july-18-update From Pennsylvania Game Commission Compiled by Anna Buttgereit 2014 PENNSYLVANIA HUNTER-TRAPPER EDUCATION COURSES By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete a Hunter-Trapper Education course before they can buy a license. A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America, is awarded ... Read More and Comment