Published on Sunday, 14 September 2014 2:22 pm by Barbara Vancheri
benedict-cumberbatch-movie-wins-people-s-choice-award-in-toronto    “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the real-life mathematician who helped to break the German Enigma codes during World War II, won the People’s Choice Award today at the Toronto International Film Festival. Its cast also includes Keira Knightley (above).   It will be screened for free at 6 p.m. at the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 14 September 2014 2:21 pm by Mike White
steel-valley-s-murray-already-over-2-000-don-t-forget-the-patNotes, anecdotes and thoughts after the third week of the high school football season. At this pace, Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray will one day end up as one of the leading rushers in WPIAL history. Murray is only a sophomore, but he surpassed 2,000 career yards rushing in a victory against Sto-Rox Friday. A 5-foot-10, 180-pound halfback, Murray has ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:34 am by Barbara Vancheri
despite-violence-against-women-no-good-deed-does-well-at-box-office “No Good Deed,” which has brutal violence against women at a time when the spotlight is focused on that issue due to the NFL, was No. 1 at the box office with an estimated $24.5 million.    Idris Elba plays an escaped prisoner, with a history of violence against women, who shows up on the doorstep of an Atlanta family and charms and ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 14 September 2014 10:50 am by Barbara Vancheri
disney-world-to-give-visitors-more-anna-elsa-frozen The world has yet to tire of “Frozen” — it may never — and Disney World is planning a “Frozen” attraction at Epcot Center.    Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced on Friday that the entertainment giant is starting construction on a new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. No opening date was ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 14 September 2014 6:00 am by Doug Oster
dispatches-from-italy-the-best-lunch-ever Even though I saw two amazing gardens today, the religious experience I had at lunch was so powerful, I’m compelled to write about it. It began the day before as I sat on a bench in the shadow of an ancient villa with Anna Maria Massimi who is guiding a tour in concert with ours. As I explained my love of Italian cheeses and meats to her, she ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 14 September 2014 3:34 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-09-14-14Penguins -A goal by forward prospect Jean-Sebastien Dea with 18 seconds remaining in regulation gave the Penguins a 4-3 win against the Senators in a rookie tournament game in London, Ont. -Highlights: -Forward prospect Anton Zlobin has a knack for scoring goals when they matter most. -Former Penguins forward Troy Loney has found success in ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 13 September 2014 8:33 pm by Stephen J. Nesbitt
west-virginia-silences-doubters-with-dramatic-rivalry-win-vs-maryland  COLLEGE PARK, Md. — West Virginia's resurgence was never going to be believable until after the Maryland game, right? A surprisingly close finish against Alabama was nice. A shutout of Towson was, well, appreciated. But this was the real barometer, the first rematch of a 2013 opponent, and this is the first one that really said ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 13 September 2014 5:15 pm by Sam Werner
final-thoughts-pitt-42-florida-international-25MIAMI, Fla. — Pitt overcame a brutally ugly start to win 42-25 on the road against FIU Saturday. It certainly wasn't pretty, and raised some concerns for the Panthers, but 3-0 is 3-0. Here are a couple of quick thoughts on the win... The first quarter was a disaster: The most concerning part about Pitt falling behind 16-0 in the first quarter is that ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 13 September 2014 3:07 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-09-13-14Penguins -According to his agent, Allan Walsh, former Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun (right) has rejected contract offers and training camp invitations from various NHL teams. -The Penguins will participate in a rookie tournament in London, Ont. beginning today. -Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins forward Scott Gruhl. A free agent signing ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 13 September 2014 1:48 pm by Stephen J. Nesbitt
halftime-west-virginia-28-maryland-20   COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It's a wet and wild day here at Byrd Stadium. It is halftime of a rather important football match between West Virginia (1-1) and Maryland (2-0), a game, I’ll remind you, the Mountaineers lost 37-0 last year. Yet the scoreboard now reads: WVU 28, Terps 20. Quarterback Clint Trickett has completed 20 of 26 passes for 307 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 13 September 2014 11:18 am by Sam Werner
game-day-pitt-at-fiu MIAMI, Fla. — Pitt will look to extend its record to 3-0 for the first time since 2009 at noon today against Florida International. Really, this game will likely be a test of the Panthers' mental focus, facing another vastly overmatched opponent. Here are a few quick notes to get your game day started... - Here's a link to my preview story from ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 13 September 2014 6:00 am by Doug Oster
dispatches-from-italy-a-love-story-blooms-in-the-gardens-of-villa-cicogna-mozzoni It’s obvious at first meeting that Jacopo Cicogna Mozzoni and Silvia Casarotto are in love. Not only with each other but with Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, built before 1440 by Jacopo's ancestors. The affable couple openly spar in public with good-natured barbs, but also share soft kisses. Our group of travelers hang on each word as they tell stories about ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 13 September 2014 1:59 am by Stephen J. Nesbitt
gameday-west-virginia-1-1-at-maryland-0-2 COLLEGE PARK, Md. — If West Virginia's players had forgotten the lyrics to the Star-Spangled Banner, they'll have them memorized after today's game. The Terrapins unveil their all-America everything jerseys today in hopes that they might ride a patriotic tide to a second win in a row against the Mountaineers, who they spanked, 37-0, in Baltimore last ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 12 September 2014 7:00 pm by
toomey-seeks-student-protectionSen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.,  was joined District Attorney Stephen Zappala and Allison Hall, the director of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape at a Courthouse news conference calling for enactment of legislation designed to chiled students from sexual predators in schools.The proposed law, The Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 12 September 2014 6:51 pm by Mike White
live-friday-blog-penn-hills-at-central-valleyLive blog from Friday's Penn Hills at Central Valley game. For score updates, look to the right-hand column for @PGVarsityXtra tweets. If you have a score, tweet it with #WPIAL or send to @PGVarsityXtra. FINAL: CENTRAL VALLEY 35, PENN HILLS 14 Jordan Whitehead rushes 13 times for 161 yards and Chris Callaghan completes 11 of 21 for 155 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 12 September 2014 12:00 pm by Sara Bauknecht
this-week-in-pittsburgh-society-society-hot-parties-and-a-live-new-york-fashion-week-reportGreetings from the Big Apple! In this week's "Setting the SEEN," style editor Sara Bauknecht reports from inside the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and shares with SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga fashion trends she can try at some of Pittsburgh's hot parties ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 12 September 2014 10:51 am by Mike White
a-dozen-predictions-to-go-for-week-3Program note: Tonight's Live Blog will come from Penn Hills at Central Valley. Look to the right of this blog for score updates from other games. Follow @PGVarsityXtra on Twitter for score updates. You can tweet scores or photos to @PGVarsityXtra. For now, it's time for "a dozen predictions to go:" (Last week: 8-4. Season: 16-8, .750 pct.) CLASS ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 12 September 2014 9:44 am by Natalie Bencivenga
setting-the-seen-heads-to-mercedes-benz-fashion-weekCheck out this week's "Setting the SEEN" as Sara heads to fashion week in New York City. We dish on all the Pittsburgh designers (including one of my fave shoe designers, Walnut Street's Emy Mack) and talk about trends to wear on the red carpet for all the big fall events coming up! #wheresNataliePG Follow us on Twitter! @NBSeen and ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 12 September 2014 6:00 am by Doug Oster
dispatches-from-italy-the-stunning-topiary-gardens-of-villa-del-balbianello "It's great to be king," Joseph DiLuccia of Bangor, Pa said while over looking Villa del Balbianello in Lenno, Italy on Lake Como. It wasn’t actually a king who built this place in the 1700's, but Cardinal Durini who wanted a quiet summer residence. He couldn't have picked a better place. Our group felt like kings when we pulled up to the villa in ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 12 September 2014 3:04 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-09-12-14Penguins -The NHL has adopted several new rule changes for the upcoming season. They include: Outlawing the "spinorama" move in shootouts and penalty shots. The trapezoid behind the cage where goaltenders are allowed to play the puck will be expanded by two feet on both sides of the net. A new game misconduct penalty was created which includes ... Read More and Comment