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
Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 10:30 am by Seth Rorabaugh
free-agency-chat-07-01-15 The NHL's free agency signing period opens at noon (EDT) today. We will be hosting a chat for it beginning at approximately 11:50 a.m. Feel free to participate in the chat below: Live Blog NHL free agency chat   window.cilAsyncInit = function() ;(function() var e = document.createElement('script');e.async = true;var domain = ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 7:51 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-blue-jackets-trade-for-saad-07-01-15Penguins -Free agency day is here. -Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Scott Munroe has joined the OHL's Moncton Wildcats as a goaltending coach. -Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Paul Crowder has joined Amiens of France's Ligue Magnus. -Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Eastwood. A free agent signing in ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
el-yinzeroMayor Peduto has a 37-point plan to attract immigrants to the city. I hope it works. Pittsburgh is woefully lacking in Latinos. The problem is, Latinos generally go to places where their culture already exists and Spanish can be heard on every corner. We are not that place yet.  Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 5:07 pm by Craig Meyer
duquesne-jim-ferry-agree-to-contract-extension Duquesne men's basketball coach Jim Ferry has been granted a contract extension, university president Charles Dougherty announced Tuesday. Terms of the extension were not disclosed. Though he declined to say how long his contract now runs, Ferry said “we’re going to be here for a while.” Ferry has compiled a 33-58 record in his three years at the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 6:54 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-cole-gets-paid-06-30-15Penguins -Penguins defenseman Ian Cole (right) got paid. -“I wanted to go nowhere else and, fortunately for me, they wanted me to come back, too.” - Cole. -Don't expect the Penguins to re-sign any of their pending unrestricted free agents prior to the start of the free agent signing period Wednesday. -The Penguins extended qualifying offers to ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 29 June 2015 5:56 pm by Craig Meyer
duquesne-releases-2015-non-conference-schedule (Photo: Matt Freed / Post-Gazette) Duquesne released its 2015 non-conference schedule Monday, a slate of games that features three matchups against teams from Power Five conferences. The most notable of those will come Dec. 4 at Consol Energy Center when the Dukes play Pitt in the City Game, a series in which the Panthers have won the past 14 ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
piece-of-cakeThe Supreme Court has made it official. As some had expected, they ruled in favor of upholding gay marriages from one state to another. This ruling, along with the precious ruling on DOMA, has pretty much settles the argument in terms of the law. Will it quiet the intolerant bigots out there who want to deny some people the right to legally marry the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 29 June 2015 5:13 pm by Craig Meyer
mountaineers-underdogs-in-four-of-five-golden-nugget-games (Photo: Getty) Last week, the Golden Nugget became the first Las Vegas sportsbook to open betting on individual college football games for the 2015 season. Five of those games involve West Virginia, with the Mountaineers opening as an underdog in four of those matchups. Those select games are: Oct. 3 at Oklahoma (+10) Oct. 10 vs. Oklahoma ... Read More and Comment