Published on Monday, 27 April 2015 9:08 am by Doug Oster
western-pa-mushroom-club-offers-events-and-free-walks Foraging for mushrooms needs to be done with experts, especially if you're a novice. Wild mushrooms can be dangerous and even deadly. That's why I always recommend tagging along with my friends from the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. Here's a list of walks and meetings with the club for the month of May 2015: WALK:  Saturday, May 2, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 27 April 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
pension-sharkPennsylvania is suffering under the crushing weight of its own oversized state pension. Pension reform is badly needed but politicians in Harrisburg are not reacting with enough panic over the matter.      Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 26 April 2015 2:31 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
exit-interview-roundup-04-26-15The Penguins held season-ending interviews with media today. Here's a round up: Injuries: Defenseman Kris Letang (right) discussed his a concussion he suffered March 29 when he was hit by Coyotes forward Shane Doan: “I'm better. We always have to go through a protocol. I skated a few times early in the morning. I'm better. … I was not going to play ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 26 April 2015 12:12 pm by Barbara Vancheri
furious-7-keeps-pedal-to-metal-avengers-in-the-wings    “Furious 7” holds onto the top spot for the fourth — and final — weekend in a row. That’s because “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be No. 1  at this time next week, with the only question being how much it will make.   The seventh movie in the “Fast & Furious” series picked up an additional $18 million, bringing its ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 26 April 2015 10:25 am by Scott Mervis
todd-rundgren-goes-global-to-mixed-reviews-at-stage-aeWhile the Mavericks were rocking the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Todd Rundgren was getting mixed results at the sold-out Stage AE on his "Gobal" tour: Here are two different takes on the show: Ben Alper: "Having never heard or seen Todd Rundgren before, I went to the show with a somewhat open mind, albeit expecting to recognize some songs from ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 26 April 2015 10:07 am by Scott Mervis
the-mavericks-take-homestead-crowd-to-roots-rock-heavenIt's funny how Nashville keeps lavishing bro-country types with awards when one of the best bands in the land resides right in their midst.The Mavericks -- that name should be country enough to get attention -- returned to the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Saturday night to throw the sold-out crowd back into a state of roots-rock ecstasy.Touring on ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 26 April 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
drone-killingsPresident Obama apologized for the two innocent hostages that were accidentally killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. Who is going to apologize for the hundreds of accidental deaths from guns every year?  Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 26 April 2015 9:12 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-04-26-15Playoff StuffPenguins - Rangers -The Penguins will keep Mike Johnston (right) and Jim Rutherford. -Where do the Penguins go now? Calder Cup -Matt Murray made 27 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-0 shutout against the Syracuse Crunch in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 26 April 2015 6:08 am by Doug Oster
join-doug-on-a-trip-of-a-lifetime-to-see-the-gardens-of-parisI shot this from the top of Notre Dame the last time I was in Paris. Photo by Doug Oster I've been taking gardeners all over the world for the last two years. London, Italy and the Netherlands were amazing places to see and experience with other gardeners. In August I'm headed to Paris and would love for you to come along. This is the first trip ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 25 April 2015 5:41 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-recapping-penguins-rangers-game-5-04-25-15Playoffs StuffPenguins-Rangers -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. "As a hockey player, you're never ready to go back home in the summer. It's tough right now." - Maxim Lapierre. -The New York Daily News' recap. "No one in here wanted to get on a plane and go to Pittsburgh again.” - Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. -Newsday's recap. ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 25 April 2015 1:01 am by Seth Rorabaugh
pengins-rangers-game-5-postgame-04-25-15POSTGAME   "We played a good team and we hung in there. Made it close. At the end of the day … we still lost." - Marc-Andre Fleury. --- -There will be days, weeks, months to sort through the big picture of the Pittsburgh Penguins as an organization. For now, we'll primarily look at the 20 players who suited up for this 2-1 overtime loss to ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 8:01 pm by Sam Werner
notes-and-quotes-from-scott-barnes-introductory-press-conferencePitt officially hired Scott Barnes as its new athletic director Friday, ending a four-month search to replace the fired Steve Pederson. Here's my story from today's PG on the impressive resume Barnes brings to Pitt, and here are a few notes from the afternoon... - As far as the search process goes, interim AD Randy Juhl (who chaired the search ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 6:09 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
penguins-rangers-game-5-chat-04-24-15PREGAME -At the start of his media availability following today's morning skate, Mike Johnston was asked if he had any reservations about playing a young defensemen who hasn't been in a game in several weeks and throwing him into the fire of an elimination game. Johnston coyly asked, "Who would that young defenseman be?" The reporter and Johnston ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 2:40 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-rangers-game-5-04-24-15  A preview of the Rangers. When and where: 7:08 p.m., EDT. Madison Square Garden. TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), MSG (New York market), NBC Sports (rest of the United States), Sportsnet, TVA. Leading postseason scorer: Left winger Rick Nash, 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists). Last Game: 2-1 overtime road win against the Penguins in Game 4 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 1:52 pm by
casey-s-ready-for-hillarySen. Bob Casey alerted his supporters Friday that he's lined up behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's newly oficial bid for the Democratic nomination for president.   In an email blast, he stated that from the time they served together in teh Senate, he's know her as "a strong advocate for the middle class.''Eight years ago, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 1:26 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
gill-combative-but-popular-04-24-15 Over the course of 1,108 career games, Hal Gill made his fair share of enemies. That was only natural for his role as a large (6-foot-4, 243 pounds), physical defenseman who was expected to clear away trespassing forwards trying to make life miserable for his goaltender. His battles with pesky Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom (above, with Marc-Andre ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 1:26 pm by
mpf-up-with-first-television-adsMark Patrick Flaherty is up with the first ad of the county controller's race.  It's a mainly positive spot, extollinging his record as the former controller, and spotlighting the fact that he declined to take a pay raise during his eight years in office.  If you've been following the race _ Show of hands? Anyone? _ you know that ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 9:35 am by Mike White
top-aau-basketball-tournament-in-town-this-weekendSome top high school basketball players around the country and more than 200 college coaches will be in the Pittsburgh area this weekend for a big AAU tournament. The Highmark Pittsburgh Jam Fest will be at a number of different schools tonight through Sunday. The event is run by Hoopgroup, a New Jersey-based company that stages top AAU tournaments, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 24 April 2015 8:50 am by Natalie Bencivenga
settingtheseen-let-them-eat-cakeOn this week's episode of Setting the SEEN, I checked out Bella Christie's and Lil Z's Sweet Boutique in Aspinwall with my co-host Sara Bauknecht, style editor, to learn from the pros how to decorate a cake. Why you ask? Bella Christie's is gearing up to participate in a cake-off this Saturday at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District ... Read More and Comment