Published on Monday, 06 July 2015 7:09 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-06-15Penguins -Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Greg Crozier. A third-round pick in 1994, Crozier didn't make his NHL debut until he appeared in his only NHL game in the 2000-01 season. He signed with the Bruins in the 2001 offseason. -Happy 71st birthday to former Penguins coach Pierre Creamer. Hired in the 1987 offseason, Creamer coached ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 06 July 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
jurassic-statePennsylvania governor Tom Wolf vetoed a plan to privatize liquor. He says the LCB can make "modifications" that would be better than privatization. Unless I can go to every mini-mart, drug store and grocery and buy wine, beer and alcohol, then it isn't modern enough!  Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 05 July 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
trump-of-julyDonald Trump has been doubling and tripling down on his hateful comments about Mexicans coming across the border. I think he would make a great Xenophobe-in-Chief.  Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 05 July 2015 8:02 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-rutherford-happy-with-offseason-07-04-15Penguins -So far, so good for general manager Jim Rutherford this offseason. -“A lot of people are asking me if I know any of the guys. I played against them so much over the years it seems like I do, even though we haven’t met yet.” - New Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Steve Oleksy. Oleksy previously played for the rival Hershey ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 05 July 2015 5:13 am by Doug Oster
battling-slugs-organically A slug climbs over a garden tomato. Photo by Doug Oster By Doug Oster/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A long brownish-orange slug slowly slides across a cabbage leaf, pausing occasionally to feed on the tender foliage in my garden. Usually they attack under a shroud of darkness, causing gardeners to wonder what’s causing the holes in their plants’ ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 04 July 2015 5:01 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-04-15Penguins -The Penguins re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Reid McNeill (right) to a two-year, two-way contract. Coming off the last year of his entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $575,000, McNeil's new deal will have an identical cap hit. McNeill, 23, appeared in 54 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season and ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 03 July 2015 8:45 am by Natalie Bencivenga
settingtheseen-you-gotta-regattaThis week on Setting the SEEN, Sara and I gear up for the EQT Three Rivers Regatta! There are new surprises in store for this year's festivities, so be sure to check out all the fun in (hopefully) the sun! And until next time...we'll be seeing you! Follow @NBSeen on Twitter and @NatalieBenci on Instagram to keep up with #wheresNataliePG Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 03 July 2015 5:29 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-07-03-15Penguins -“Whichever I play with, they’re great players. I’m real excited. This is a great opportunity.” - New Penguins forward Phil Kessel (right) on the possibility of playing on a line with either center Sidney Crosby or center Evgeni Malkin. -“For Phil, not being the go-to guy, like he was in Toronto, will alleviate some of the pressure on him ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 03 July 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
greek-tragedyI don't claim to understand the complexities of global currency and economics, but Greece has not fared well under the austerity bailout plan constructed for it back in 2010. Now, on the brink of collapse, having defaulted on their IMF loan, Greece faces a tough EU led by a stingy Angela Merkel.  Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 02 July 2015 5:55 pm by Peter Smith
rip-nicholas-winton-holocaust-heroA remarkable era came to an end Wednesday with the death of Nicholas Winton, who rescued hundreds of Czechoslovak Jewish children from death at Nazi hands in the late 1930s and lived long enough to be an enduring witness to what one person can do to resist evil. Mr. Winton died at 106 in his native Britain. Many had signed petitions asking that this ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 02 July 2015 3:44 pm by Barbara Vancheri
Published on Thursday, 02 July 2015 2:05 pm by Craig Meyer
transcript-new-wvu-ad-shane-lyons-discusses-backyard-brawl-big-12-future-plans (Photo: WVU.edu) I met with new West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons for about 45 minutes Monday to talk to him about a range of topics relating to the Mountaineers, their conference and college sports as a whole. Below is a transcript of our conversation, one in which he discusses his vision for the athletic department, his hopes for ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:57 am by Doug Oster
these-plants-repel-bugs Basil is one plant which is purported to repel mosquitoes. Photo by Doug Oster There are lots of plants which are filled with essential oils that help repel things like mosquitoes and other pests. In this week's Pittsburgh Today Live segment, I show many of the varieties which can be planted on the patio to repel bugs. Here's a link to the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 02 July 2015 2:39 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-the-kessel-run-07-02-15Penguins -Welcome to Pittsburgh Phil Kessel. -"Everybody gets a fresh start in a new place." - General manager Jim Rutherford on Kessel. -“This was the best deal we had. This was really about us saying that we’ve got to build this thing the right away, through the draft with prospects.” - Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. -The Penguins are ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
christie-s-launchChris Christie has finally made his presidential bid official. His inflated ego and explosive personality should make for an interesting campaign.  Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 9:33 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
comings-and-goings-07-01-15Here is a round-up of the Penguins' arrivals and departures which don't involve the Phil Kessel deal. Arrivals: Sergei Plotnikov (right), LW/RW The Penguins signed Plotnikov to a one-year entry-level contract worth $925,000 at the NHL level. Plotnikov, 25, played in 56 games last season for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of Russia's KHL and scored 36 points ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 7:30 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
rutherford-giving-kessel-a-fresh-start-07-01-15Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford spoke with Pittsburgh media this afternoon at Consol Energy Center. He discussed the blockbuster trade he made today involving right winger Phil Kessel, center prospect Tyler Biggs, defensive prospect Tim Erixon, and conditional draft picks in exchange for right winger prospect Kasperi Kapanen, center Nick ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 7:05 pm by Barbara Vancheri
no-kong-for-keaton-busy-with-minions-ray-kroc-lots-of-projects  Michael Keaton will not be in "Kong: Skull Island." And neither will J.K. Simmons, recent Oscar winner for "Whiplash."    It turns out they have scheduling conflicts that will prevent them from being part of the Legendary Pictures project, Deadline.com reports. The movie is expected in theaters, in 3-D and IMAX 3-D, in March ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 3:11 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
penguins-swing-blockbuster-trade-for-kessel-07-01-15 On the first day of the free agent signing period, the Penguins made a blockbuster trade. The Penguins acquired all-star right winger Phil Kessel, center prospect Tyler Biggs, defensive prospect Tim Erixon, and conditional draft picks in exchange for right winger prospect Kasperi Kapanen, center Nick Spaling, defensive prospect Scott Harrington, a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:15 am by Craig Meyer
antonio-crawford-enrolled-at-west-virginia (Photo: Miami Herald) Cornerback Antonio Crawford, a transfer from Miami, is officially enrolled at West Virginia, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday. In accordance with NCAA rules, Crawford will sit out next season before becoming eligible for the Mountaineers' 2016 campaign. In late April, Crawford announced that he was headed to Morgantown ... Read More and Comment