Published on Friday, 19 September 2014 8:58 am by Doug Oster
making-mums-lastOne trick to getting the most from your mums is to choose plants which haven't flowered yet. Photos by Doug Oster The hazy world of "hardy mums" causes both confusion an consternation for gardeners. "Why don't they come back," I'm often asked. First, lets talk hardy. Some mums sold as hardy mums aren't, others are. That's easy, right? I always buy ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 September 2014 12:50 am by Stephen J. Nesbitt
between-the-eers-josh-lambert-and-wvu-s-merry-band-of-specialists MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Saturday was a rollercoaster day for Josh Lambert and West Virginia’s specialists. There was a punt nearly returned for a touchdown, a punt actually returned for a touchdown and a missed field goal before Lambert finally stutter-stepped into a 47-yard game-winner as time expired. So, this seemed like a proper time to get to know ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 September 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
defeating-isisThe House and Senate have voted to approve Obama's controversial plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in an effort to defeat the Islamic State or ISIS. This is remarkable since they haven't been able to pass any other kind of legislation at all.   Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 19 September 2014 1:01 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-09-19-14Penguins -So training camp got off to a great start as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are already injured. -EN Says: We suspect these are "trainingcampitis" injuries. While this franchise's history with reporting injuries is suspect, these appear to be very minor ailments. -The Penguins enter a brave, new world. -"I don't think I've hit my full ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014 3:07 pm by Doug Oster
garden-ideas-from-italy-work-here-tooA view of Villa Carlotta in Lake Como. Photo by Doug Oster In this segment from Pittsburgh Today Live I show how to take some of the things I saw in Italy and use them back home. All gardens inspire, and I've got lots of ideas from my trip.   Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014 1:54 pm by Elizabeth Bloom
pnme-adds-to-the-lime-green-teamThe Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble has grown its ranks with a new education director and a new board member. More from PNME below:  Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) is pleased to announce the addition of two team members as it begins its 40th season of new music in Pittsburgh. Jennie Dorris joins PNME in the newly created position, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:56 am by
education-funding-lies-and-video-tapeWe're not sure whether there's enough time for the campaign of Gov. Tom Corbett to take control of the discussion of education funding, but if the new campaign ad released on Wednesday is any indication, it's certainly going to give it a shot.Mr. Big:What's new: Mr. Corbett seems to have recalled that he's running...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:50 am by Seth Rorabaugh
carcillo-i-don-t-think-i-ve-hit-my-full-potential-yet-09-18-14 Daniel Carcillo is familiar with training camps in Pittsburgh. As a third-round draft pick in 2003, Carcillo attended a handful of them as a prospect before being dealt away by former general manager Ray Shero at the 2007 trade deadline as part of a deal which brought forward/enforcer Georges Laraque to Pittsburgh. After bouncing around with the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:44 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-09-18-14Penguins -"It was a different atmosphere overall in the room when I got here. From day one ... I'm not sure how to describe it, what the difference was but it was a good feeling coming into the room. It was fun to come every day to practice." - Marcel Goc on signing with the Penguins. -The Penguins released forwards Patrick McGrath (professional) and ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 5:35 pm by Sam Werner
post-route-podcast-episode-one POST ROUTE PODCAST: EPISODE 1 They say you are only as good as your podcast. With that in mind, hello and welcome to the inaugural Post Route Podcast, hosted by Post-Gazette college writers Sam Werner (Pitt) and Stephen J. Nesbitt (WVU). The podcast will touch on a little bit of everything college football but center on the Backyard ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 5:32 pm by Stephen J. Nesbitt
post-route-podcast-episode-1 POST ROUTE PODCAST: EPISODE ONE They say you are only as good as your podcast. With that in mind, hello and welcome to the inaugural Post Route Podcast, hosted by Post-Gazette college writers Sam Werner (Pitt) and Stephen J. Nesbitt (WVU). The podcast will touch on a little bit of everything college football but center on the Backyard ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
wife-beaterDomestic violence is not just a problem for the NFL, but it seems to take an NFL scandal to bring attention to it. According to a recent survey reported on in the Washington Post, nearly 30% of women have experienced some form of domestic violence. Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 4:19 pm by Mike White
clairton-s-surreal-statistics-montour-baseball-player-vietmeier-ratesItems that fell off my laptop Clairton's scoring has grabbed the attention of many in the WPIAL this year as the Bears have won their first three games by scores of 70-0, 86-0 and 74-0. Never mind whether you believe the Bears are "running up" the score. We're not here to debate that. But if you think their scores are hard to believe, wait until you ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 1:17 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
goc-xxx During a recent interview at Consol Energy Center, it was pointed out to Penguins center Marcel Goc, a native of Calw, Germany, that it's rare to have multiple Germans players on one NHL team. Eavesdropping right winger Pascal Dupuis interjected, "There's probably a reason for that..." Goc, acquired from the Panthers at the trade deadline last ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:15 am by
dems-timing-of-state-s-loan-to-itself-is-troublingBrother, can you spare $1.5 billion?As it turns out, we can. What that means is another matter.The timing of the Pennsylvania's loan to itself, announced earlier this week by the state treasury , is troubling to some folks in Harrisburg, who say the fact that the state is short on cash this early in the fiscal year portends a rough ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 9:13 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-09-17-14Penguins -Is Brian Dumoulin (right) ready to secure a spot on the NHL roster? -"I want to make sure nobody is going to doubt me." - Kris Letang. -Blake Comeau is looking for a fresh start. -"If you ignore it, then shame on you." - Assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald on the used of advanced statistics. -Matthew Murray made 13 saves for the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 9:47 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
fitzgerald-on-rutherford-analytics-and-johnston-09-16-14Penguins assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald appeared on TSN 1050 in Toronto today. He discussed the state of the franchise after a pretty busy offseason. Here is a partial transcript. On the team's ability to draft and develop prospects: There is a mandate for us. It's to compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out. That's our culture. ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 5:16 pm by Mike White
where-are-they-now-mckeesport-players-make-impact-wpial-notesAn edition of Where Are They Now A handful of former McKeesport High School football players are starting on Division I-A teams from the states of Michigan, Illinois, Texas and California. Delvon Simmons, a junior, starts at defensive tackle for Southern California and had six tackles, including three solo, in the loss to Boston College Saturday. He ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 4:04 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
letang-i-want-to-make-sure-nobody-is-going-to-doubt-me-09-16-14 The most obvious change in Kris Letang this summer was cosmetic. He chopped off much his signature hair which flowed out the back of his helmet. The most important change is his well being. After a difficult 2013-14 campaign which saw him suffer a stroke as well as knee and elbow injuries, Letang will enter the Penguins' training camp with a clean ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 2:15 pm by Doug Oster
the-good-bad-and-ugly-about-the-untended-gardenThis 'Bonfire' begonia as going strong when I left 10 days ago, but without water it's looking pretty tired. A good drink and some fertilizer should bring it back to form. Photos by Doug Oster I doubt there's any saving this torenia. Smaller hanging baskets took the hardest hit without a gardener to tend them.After a whirlwind 10 day trip exploring ... Read More and Comment