Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 7:00 am by Peter Smith
lincoln-s-journey-to-the-second-inaugural One-hundred fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address -- or was it sermon? It was an intricate piece of theological parsing of the Civil War with its incredible carnage. I wrote about the speech and its religious significance here. As the experts have said, this was not merely a political speech with a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:19 pm by Barbara Vancheri
will-oscars-revert-to-just-5-best-picture-nominees  By the time the next Oscar season rolls around, we could be looking at just five best picture contenders rather than a potential six, seven, eight, nine or 10. The Hollywood Reporter says that many Academy members are acknowledging that the increase in the number of top nominees has failed. When the expansion was announced in June 2009, it ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
brewed-on-grant-shovel-camEagle cam is back! I hope those little eaglets have better weather to look forward to.  Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 8:14 pm by Barbara Vancheri
joseph-gordon-levitt-as-snowden-in-oliver-stone-movie Christmas could be crowded. As previously announced, "Concussion" with Will Smith will open that day and so, too, will "Snowden." Directed by Oliver Stone, it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as whistle-blower Edward Snowden. This is the first look at Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, before the man became synonymous with leaking classified ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 4:30 pm by Peter Smith
quakers-cite-progress-against-mountaintop-removal-mining When they held a national gathering last summer at Cal U of Pa., dozens of Quakers took a sidetrip to Pittsburgh to protest at various PNC Bank locations. Members of the Earth Quaker Action Team have for years sought to get the bank to stop financing mountaintop-removal coal mining operations in the Appalachian coalfields.  Now it turns out ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 2:09 pm by Scott Mervis
jimmy-buffett-might-skip-pittsburgh-for-first-time-in-25-yearsNot only has Pittsburgh frozen over, but it could be that hell has frozen over too. This would be the first sign: JIMMY BUFFETT IS NOT COMING TO PITTSBURGH THIS SUMMER. Yes, NOT. Mr. Margaritaville has been as regular here as potholes and pierogies, but the 2015 itinerary is out and Pittsburgh didn't make the list. It's a shocking turn of events, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 2:04 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
lovejoy-returns-to-penguins-with-more-confidences-03-03-15 "I may have gone soft," Ben Lovejoy admitted. No, he's not referring to his level of play. He's talking about the weather. Having spent parts of three seasons in Southern California, Lovejoy saw more rock stars than rock salt. Yesterday, just over two year after being traded by the Penguins to the Ducks, Lovejoy was dealt back to the Penguins just ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:33 am by Doug Oster
free-tickets-to-duquesne-light-home-and-garden-to-see-doug-plus-free-rare-tomato-seeds 'White Pumpkin' tomato.'Lost Marbles' tomato. I've got 20 pairs of tickets for every day of the Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show at the Convention Center. The catch is you need to use them to see me when I appear.Take a look at the schedule below, figure out what day you can come and then send me an email and I'll take care of the tickets. My ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 6:47 am by
sestak-to-make-it-officialFormer Congressman Joe Sestak is looking for a rematch in 2016; he'll announce on Wednesday that he's seeking the Democratic nomination to try to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey....Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6471-sestak-to-make-senate-campaign-official Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 6:44 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-03-03-15Penguins -Ian Cole and Ben Lovejoy (right) are in. Robert Bortuzzo and Simon Despres are out. -"The Penguins have as good of a chance as any team in the Eastern Conference." - Jim Rutherford. -"I talked to Ian on a couple of occasions this year and his goal was to be a top-four player here and get those type of minutes. The feeling was if we ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 02 March 2015 6:51 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
rutherford-penguins-sought-experience-on-defense-03-02-15Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford (right) spoke with media this afternoon about two trades he made today. Defenseman Simon Despres was traded to the Ducks for defenseman Ben Lovejoy while defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round draft pick in 2016 were traded to the Blues for defenseman Ian Cole. Here is the transcript: Opening ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
buzzfeedBuzzfeed's picture of the dress was all anyone was talking about on the internet and elsewhere last Friday. Was it white and gold? Or was it blue and black? If only they had funny cats that changed colors!     Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 02 March 2015 5:26 pm by Mike White
piaa-denies-chartiers-valley-request-to-move-game-for-mcconnells-wpial-championship-notesA look back at the WPIAL basketball championships, and a look ahead to the state playoffs Chartiers Valley boys basketball coach Tim McConnell will have to miss his son's Senior Day with the University of Arizona team. There is a PIAA playoff game to be played. Chartiers Valley is scheduled to play Mt. Lebanon in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round game ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 02 March 2015 4:00 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
penguins-add-lovjeoy-cole-deal-away-despres-bortuzzo-03-02-15 The Penguins' defense has undergone a facelift. In a stunning trade, former Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy has been reacquired from the Ducks in exchange for defenseman Simon Despres (above). Loveoy, 31, has one year remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.1 million and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the 2016 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 02 March 2015 11:16 am by Jacob Quinn Sanders
send-us-your-photos-of-syria-mosque-or-other-pittsburgh-places-that-are-no-longer-thereEnrico Caruso performed there. So did Jascha Heifetz. And Frank Sinatra. And Bob Dylan, the Ramones, Jane’s Addiction and Biz Markie. But the Syria Mosque has been nothing but a UPMC parking lot in Oakland since 1991. It opened in 1916, the year German zeppelins first bombed Paris during World War I.   While it stood, nine board members of ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 02 March 2015 6:12 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-03-02-15Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. Evgeni Malkin (above, with Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson) took one of Derrick Pouliot's sticks and scored two goals. -The Columbus Dispatch's recap. “You have to stay out of the box against Pittsburgh, especially when guys are tired.” - Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen. -The ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 01 March 2015 3:53 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
Published on Sunday, 01 March 2015 1:34 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-03-01-14A preview of the Blue Jackets. When and where: 5 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center. TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio. Record: 26-31-4, 56 points. The Blue Jackets are in 56 place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division. Leading Scorer: Left winger Nick Foligno (right), 55 points (23 goals, 32 assists). Last Game: 2-0 home loss to the Devils ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 01 March 2015 12:08 pm by Barbara Vancheri
moviegoers-happy-to-focus-on-will-smith-con-artist-movie Will Smith is back, baby, and while “Focus” didn’t earn Fourth of July numbers, it was the top movie for the weekend and garnered good to mixed reviews. (Above Smith with co-star Margot Robbie.)   The bloom is somewhat off the “Fifty Shades of Grey” rose (count me among the “Saturday Night Live” viewers who found the faux Islamic State ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 01 March 2015 6:03 am by Doug Oster
washington-county-spring-garden-seminar-stars-mrs-know-it-all-on-march-7Denise Schreiber is Allegheny County's greenhouse manager and Mrs. Know-It All on The Organic Gardeners Radio Show.The time if right to start thinking about this year's garden and there's no better way than attending the annual Washington County Master Gardener's Spring Gardening Seminar. This year's keynote speaker is my friend Denise Schreiber, ... Read More and Comment