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New poll: Wolf edges ahead

Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in Pittsburgh Aug. 8, 2014. (John Heller/Post-Gazette)

Gov. Tom Corbett has been on the offensive lately in his race to fend off a challenge from York businessman Tom Wolf, but a new poll from Franklin and Marshall College shows the incumbent's efforts are going unnoticed.

Mr. Wolf, the Democratic...

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Three of Pittsburgh's nicest gardens showcased on PTL with Doug

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog schenley goldfinchThe garden at Schenley Plaza is a haven for wildlife. Gardeners leave the coneflowers standing to help feed the goldfinches. It's wonderful to listen and watch the birds enjoy the seeds. Photo by Doug Oster

Today on PTL I shared the stage with Angela Yuele from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
We talked about three of the conservancy’s gardens. The All America Selections Display Garden at Schenley Plaza, Mellon Square Park and featured the gardens at Highland Park.
You can learn all about the gardens here.
Here’s a plant list of what’s growing at Schenley Plaza in the AAS Display Garden.
Blanket Flower ‘Mesa Yellow’ and ‘Arizona Apricot.’
Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Fire,”Profusion Double Hot Cherry,’ ‘Zahara Starlight Rose,’ ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon,’ ‘Double Zahara Cherry.’
Vinca ‘Jams ‘N Jellies Blackberry.’
Gaura ‘Sparkle White.’
Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Red’ and ‘Summer Jewel Pink.’
Coneflower ‘Cheyenne Spririt’ and ‘PowWow Wild Berry.’
Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet.’
Geranium ‘Pinto Premium White to Rose.’
Marigold ‘Moonsong Deep Orange.’
Ornamental pepper ‘Black Olive’ and ‘NuMex Easter.’
African daisy ‘Alka Daisy White.’

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Vacation post - 08-28-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-Happy 82nd birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets forward Andy Bathgate (right). An all-star and former Hart Trophy winner with the Rangers, Bathgate was claimed by the Penguins in the 1967 expansion draft from the Red Wings, Bathgate spent two seasons with the Penguins. In 74 games with the expansion club in 1967-68, Bathgate led the team with 39 assists, 59 points and four game-winning goals. During that season, Bathgate scored the franchise's first goal in a season-opening 2-1 loss to the Canadiens, Oct. 11, 1967. A week later, in a 3-3 tie against the North Stars, Bathgate recorded the first hat trick in franchise history. In the 1968 offseason, Bathgate was loaned to the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League. After two seasons in Vancouver, Bathgate returned to the Penguins in 1970-71 and appeared in 76 games and recorded 44 points. He retired in the 1971 offseason. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978, Bathgate appeared in 150 games for the Penguins and recorded 103 points, 82nd-most in franchise history. Bathgate currently owns and operates a driving range in Mississauga, Ont.

-Happy 46th birthday to current Penguins assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald.

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Hating Obama

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Some people despise Obama so much they would like to see him impeached or at least sued (Hey, Boehner, what happened to that lawsuit?) But as much as they want him out of office, they still complain about him taking a vacation even though Obama has taken a lot less vacation than W or Reagan. 

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Atlantic 10 releases 18-game conference schedule

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

Duquesne will open its 2015 Atlantic 10 season with a nationally televised visit to Dayton, which made a surprise run to the Elite Eight in March. The full 18-game conference schedule was released Wednesday afternoon.

The Dukes will play three times at Consol Energy Center, their home across the road from home, hosting Pitt Dec. 5, VCU Jan. 17 and Dayton Feb. 21. Those games as well as at least three other Atlantic 10 games will be televised.

Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, George Mason, George Washington, Saint Louis and conference newcomer Davidson will all visit Palumbo Center. In total, six of the seven Atlantic 10 teams that reached the NCAA postseason this spring will visit Pittsburgh.

Duquesne’s five home-and-home series of the conference season are against Davidson, Dayton, George Washington, St. Bonaventure and Saint Louis. The Dukes shocked the 10th-ranked Billikens, 71-64, in late February.

For the full schedule, check here.

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