Published on Friday, 27 March 2015 8:18 am by Doug Oster
st-patty-s-day-peas-sprout-still-time-to-plantThis tiny pea seed sat in 16 degree temperatures, but still sprouted a few days later. Hurray for spring peas! Photo by Doug Oster It's always a risk planting peas on St. Patrick's Day, but one which usually pays off. I was thrilled to see this little pea seed begin to spout. It got very cold after the holiday, down to 16 degrees in my garden, but the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 27 March 2015 10:39 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-recapping-penguins-hurricanes-03-27-15Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “There’s not enough desperation for the importance of these games, especially when you’re missing guys. We all need to dig down and be a little bit better. We can’t accept an effort like this against a team that’s out of the playoffs.” - Sidney Crosby. -The Raleigh News & Observer's ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 27 March 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
yemenThe Middle East hotbed that seems to be imploding at the moment is the poor country of Yemen. The White House is still calling Yemen a good model for counterterrorism, while at the same time pulling all U.S. personnel out. Hmmm.  Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 6:56 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 6:39 pm by Barbara Vancheri
Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 2:26 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-hurricanes-03-26-15A preview of the Hurricanes. When and where: 7 p.m., EDT, Raleigh Entertainment & Sports ArenaRBC Center PNC Arena. TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Carolina. Record: 26-36-10, 62 points. The Hurricanes are in last in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division. Leading Scorer: Defenseman Justin Faulk, 45 points (14 goals, 31 assists). Last ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:27 am by Barbara Vancheri
michael-keaton-on-snl-april-4   Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton will host “Saturday Night Live” for the third time on April 4.    Keaton received his first Oscar nomination — along with many prizes from his peers and critics — for best picture “Birdman.”    He next will be seen in “Spotlight,” the story of The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:02 am by Doug Oster
tour-the-spring-flower-show-at-phipps-with-dougDon't forget to look up in the Palm Court to see these colorful umbrellas. Photos by Doug Oster There's always something special about the Spring Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This year's theme is Spring Showers and it's a spectacular display filled with amazing combinations of flowers and more. Here's a segment from ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 9:19 am by Mike White
state-basketball-playoffs-might-return-to-east-west-formatA number of times in recent years, two teams from the Philadelphia area have met in a state basketball championship. If the PIAA basketball steering committee has its way, such matchups will be a thing of the past, starting in the 2016-17 season. The PIAA basketball steering committee met Wednesday and voted, 8-5, to adopt a motion where the PIAA ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
candidate-cruzTo the delight of democrats and editorial cartoonists everywhere, Ted Cruz has launched his snowball's chance in hell 2016 Presidential Campaign. It will make this long, drawn-out slugfest a little more interesting ... at least until he drops out and becomes an also-ran.  Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 9:38 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-03-26-15Penguins -Daniel Winnik is Sidney Crosby's latest winger. -“If you look at four or five guys, yeah, we’ve got to get their compete level up. But I was pleased with the response of the other guys.” - Mike Johnston on Tuesday's game against the Blues. -“As a league, we’ve let it slip; we’ve let it go too far and like anything else, it’s hard to take ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 3:22 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
michalek-adjusting-to-blues-03-25-15  "All our Pittsburgh guys had big nights tonight." Those were the words of Blues forward Alexander Steen following Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Penguins in Consol Energy Center. He was right. After falling being 2-0, former Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and forward Marcel Goc scored the Blues' first two goals in order to forge ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 2:12 pm by Scott Mervis
drusky-to-hold-charitable-unity-concert  Drusky Entertainment promised an event that would address issues of race and social justice, and here it is. The promoter, along with Pittsburgh Artists for Social Change, present A Unity Concert to Benefit Afro American Music Institute on April 23 at Altar Bar in the Strip with: *Revered Deryck Tines and the Lincoln Larimer Senior Gospel ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:03 am by Doug Oster
arugula-is-my-garden-obsession-and-the-seeds-have-sproutedArugula sprouts easily inside and then will thrive outside in cold weather. Photos by Doug Oster My obsession with arugula began in 2006 on a magical trip to Italy to celebrate 25 years of marriage. Sitting on the patio of a small family run trattoria, my wife and I were served antipasto salad which included fresh rocket. We didn't know what rocket ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:40 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-03-25-15Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “We’re trending in the right direction. But that’s a game I think we feel we could have won. That’s a point we let slip away.” - Ben Lovejoy. -The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's recap. “The good thing is we didn’t really change anything. We didn’t give up too much before [falling behind]. There ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
brewed-on-grant-dreary-cityAs if this would be a surprise to anyone living here, Pittsburgh has been named one of the Dreariest Cities in the country. Then again, we don't suffer the unbearable heat or drought conditions that less dreary cities have to deal with.  Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 5:59 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
blues-at-pengins-03-24-15PREGAME 11:00: On the ensuing faceoff, Adams and Ott drop the gloves. After they size each other up, they lock up. Adams slips at first then recovers. He connects on a few rights. Ott lands a few rights. They eventually slip tot he ice in front of the benches and the linesment step in. We understand while Ott wants to fight. He needs to spark his ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 3:32 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
hitchcock-skating-to-blame-for-decreased-scoring-03-24-15 Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is no stranger to defensive hockey. Having turned the Stars, Flyers, Blue Jackets and Blues into stout defensive squads during his career, Hitchcock is one of the NHL's best coaches because he knows how to prevent goals. Following his team's morning skate, Hitchcock was asked about the lack of scoring in the NHL this ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 2:41 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-blues-03-24-15A preview of the Blues. When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center. TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Midwest, TVA. Record: 45-21-7, 97 points. The Blues are in first place in the Central Division. Leading Scorer: Right winger Vladimir Tarasenko, 70 points (35 goals, 35 assists). Last Game: 2-1 road loss to the Red Wings Sunday. Goaltender Jake ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:35 am by Barbara Vancheri
fifty-shades-of-grey-due-on-dvd-in-early-may-with-extras-unrated-version    If you were too embarrassed or time-crunched to see “Fifty Shades of Grey” in the theater, it will arrive on digital HD May 1 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand on Friday, May 8. In other words, just in time for Mother's Day.   The Blu-ray and digital HD will include an unrated version with an alternate ending along with two hours ... Read More and Comment