Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 8:40 am by Jon Schmitz
campaign-ad-s-false-claim-about-gasoline-tax-increase State Rep. Harry Readshaw is taking heat for a campaign ad that denounces the state’s new transportation funding bill. The ad says Mr. Readshaw opposed Gov. Tom Corbett’s “massive gas tax increase” that pays for Philadelphia transit. In truth, the gasoline tax restructuring that was part of the bill is paying for road and bridge improvements. Under ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:01 pm by Barbara Vancheri
foxcatcher-gets-november-date Sony Pictures Classics will release “Foxcatcher” on Nov. 14. The movie, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It was filmed in Western Pennsylvania in 2012. Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”) directs the movie about John du Pont, great-great-grandson of E.I. du Pont, the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 6:26 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
johnson-i-haven-t-had-a-pittsburgh-guy-around-me-04-22-14 Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has made some history in his team's first round series with the Penguins when he tied an NHL record for consecutive games with a goal by defensemen to start a postseason. What has made Johnson's goals unique is that they've all come from a relatively close distance from the cage. When asked about his short ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 5:33 pm by John Hayes
post-gazette-trout-photo-contestSubmit your trout photos at fishingreport@post-gazette.com. Include name, age (for minors), town, trout species, where caught, bait, optional details of the catch and the photographer's name and town. MacKenzie Crispin, 11, of Latrobe, caught her trout on a live minnow April 19 at Twin Lakes, Greensburg.   15-inch tiger trout caught on the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 5:12 pm by Mike White
more-on-johnson-and-pitt-norwin-s-hit-parade-other-notesItems that fell off the laptop Our Lady of the Sacred Heart basketball player Cameron Johnson signed with Pitt yesterday. It was a move that surprised many because Pitt didn't start recruiting Johnson much until a month ago. Also, Johnson was offered scholarships mostly from mid-major schools. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon offered Johnson a scholarship ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 4:03 pm by A Pittsblogher
unusual-frames-of-pittsburgh-in-colorHere is the latest entry in the  'Oh, Pittsburgh, you are so awesome' series: A video from Brandon Roudebush. In this video, according to the description, Brandon sought "to create a bright and vibrant depiction of the area and focus on a few of the culturally significant locations of the city, including the Strip District, Point State Park, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
brewed-on-grant-discriminating-upmcThe fight between UPMC and Highmark is still going strong but UPMC's nasty attack ads have faded. For some reason, they stopped distorting the truth as if their life depended on it.  Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 1:38 pm by Elizabeth Bloom
senior-leadership-changes-at-pittsburgh-operaPittsburgh Opera just announced a new director of development. More from the press release: Pittsburgh, PA... Pittsburgh Opera announces a change in senior leadership with the appointment of Cynthia N. McCormick to the position of Director of Development and External Relations, effective June 1, 2014. Ms. McCormick steps into the position held by John ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:57 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
umberger-not-just-happy-to-be-here-04-22-14  Every NHL team's media guide has a section towards the back labeled simply, "Playoffs." Some teams such as the "Original" Six franchises have to cram in upwards of a century of data into this section. Prior to this season, the Blue Jackets had all of four games to chronicle. In 2009, the Blue Jackets, under head coach Ken Hitchcock reached ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:32 pm by Sam Werner
predicting-the-fall-depth-chart-offensePitt wrapped up its 2014 spring practices last week, which means it's time to start looking ahead to fall camp, which will kick off at the beginning of August. While that's still a few months away, it's never too early to start taking a look at what the two-deep will likely look like when the Panthers do get going in preparation for the 2014 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:53 am by Doug Oster
praying-mantis-egg-case-found-on-earth-dayThis praying mantis egg case was found during Earth Day planting at the Fort Pitt Blockhouse in Point State Park. Post-Gazette photo by Bob Donaldson Interim Penn State Master Gardener Coordinator Philip Bauerle found this Praying Mantis egg case among the branches of a foethergilla shrub along the fence of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse during the Earth ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:29 am by Diana Nelson Jones
get-a-piece-of-august-wilson-s-birthday-cake    August Wilson would have been 69 on Sunday, which would be young enough for him to still be, a realization that makes his age at death a hard fact to swallow considering how much writing there remains in a gifted 60 year old. He died in 2005 in Seattle, the home he had adopted after a childhood and young manhood in ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 8:47 am by Doug Oster
happy-earth-dayHaving an organic lawn isn't hard, gardeners just need to look at their cultural practices differently. Happy Earth Day! One way to help the planet is to stop using all the chemicals on the lawn. Home gardeners use more fertilizers and herbicides overall than commercial farmers. Nothing can outgrow grass when it's happy, the trick is getting the pH ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 9:30 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-04-22-14Playoff StuffPenguins - Blue Jackets -Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. “It wasn’t the start we wanted. But we sort of put it behind us and looked forward to the next 55 minutes.” - Lee Stempniak (above, with Kris Letang). -The Columbus Dispatch's recap. “They put their skates on one foot at a time, just like we do. They’re nothing ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 5:12 pm by Rob Rogers
cliven-bundyFox News wants us to believe he is some sort of hero, but the truth is, Cliven Bundy should go to jail. This nut-job Nevada rancher is using words like "freedom" and "patriotism" to justify the fact that he's spent decades letting his cattle graze illegally on government land. He's no patriot, he's just a common crook.  Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 6:00 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 5:01 pm by Mike White
olsh-s-johnson-signs-with-pittSo is WPIAL Class A Section 1 the new hotbed for Pitt basketball recruits? It sounds strange, doesn't it? But hey, the six-team section in the WPIAL's smallest classification had two Pitt recruits this season. In a move that surprised many, Cam Johnson of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Coraopolis signed with Pitt today. Johnson had some scholarship ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 4:00 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-blue-jackets-game-3-04-21-14A preview of the Blue Jackets. When and where: 7 p.m., EDT. Nationwide Arena. TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), Fox Sports Ohio (Columbus market), NBC Sports (Rest of the United States), CBC, RDS. Leading postseason scorer: Jack Johnson, 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist). Last Game: 4-3 overtime road win in Game 2, Saturday. Matt Calvert had two ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 3:00 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
foligno-eager-to-return-for-blue-jackets-04-21-14 Entering this postseason, Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno was one of the few players on this team's roster with any sort of playoff experience. Furthermore, he was one of even fewer members of Columbus' squad with any sort of postseason experience against the Penguins. As a member of the Senators, he fell to the Penguins in the 2008 and 2010 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 4:20 pm by Ethan Magoc
when-you-re-walking-you-realize-there-s-so-much-in-pittsburghTwo Point Park University freshmen woke up on Friday before dawn to properly capture Pittsburgh in its morning glory with a camera and smartphones in hand. Now that winter has finally loosened its grip, the day was promising to reveal Pittsburgh wide awake: sunny day, slightly chilly air. Good morning, Pittsburgh! Victoria Mikula and Jake Owens, both ... Read More and Comment