Published on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:16 am by Doug Oster
heirloom-iris-reveals-a-family-s-legacyThis beautiful heirloom iris has a story to tell. Photo by Doug Oster Soft blue iris petals cling to drops of rain on a spring morning in the garden. The variety was a gift to me from Bernice Born, who inherited the plant from her mother, who got it from her mother. Passing on plants to family and friends is one of the magical parts of gardening. I ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:06 am by Mike White
maverick-rowan-might-be-coming-back-to-lincoln-parkMaverick Rowan scored more than 1,000 points in his freshman and sophomore years at Lincoln Park before leaving for a school in Florida last year.  Next season, Rowan might be playing at Lincoln Park again. Rowan is considering coming back to play his senior season at Lincoln Park, a charter school in Beaver County that plays in the WPIAL. He ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 8:00 am by Sara Bauknecht
style-week-pittsburgh-unveils-schedule-of-fashion-focused-events The countdown is on to Style Week Pittsburgh, which will return for its third year of fashion-focused events to be held Aug. 12-16. Wadria Taylor founded the annual event with a mission to bring to the city fashion shows and networking events that would spotlight designers, stylists, fashion photographers and other industry insiders from Pittsburgh ... Read More and Comment
Published on Monday, 25 May 2015 2:40 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-rutherford-turning-to-youth-05-25-15Penguins -“We feel we have some younger players who have developed pretty well. Hopefully, we can plug in some younger players instead of going the free-agent route.” - Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford (above) on how he'll address the Penguins' roster this offseason. -Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward and picnic jug enthusiast ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 24 May 2015 1:42 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-penguins-looking-for-a-first-rounder-05-24-15Penguins -Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is looking for a first-round pick in next month's draft. -Happy 27th birthday to former Penguins forward Zach Sill. A free agent signing in 2011, Sill spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 2013-14 by appearing in 20 games and failed to score a point. This past ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 24 May 2015 12:13 pm by Barbara Vancheri
tomorrowland-is-no-1 A win is still a win, and that’s what “Tomorrowland” starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson (above) can claim this Memorial Day holiday. It’s been a weekend marked by ideal weather in some parts of the country and drenching storms elsewhere, neither driving moviegoers to the theaters.    Rentrak will update these numbers on Monday ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 23 May 2015 2:48 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-05-23-15Penguins -“I’m growing as a player. Every year in Pittsburgh, I got better and better. I learned a lot in Pittsburgh. I’ll never forget my years in Pittsburgh. I wouldn’t be the same player today if I didn’t go through Pittsburgh and all the lessons I learned over there." - Ducks defenseman Simon Despres (above) on his time with the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 22 May 2015 3:11 pm by Natalie Bencivenga
setting-the-seen-dream-cream-kicks-off-the-summerWhat better way to kick of the summer season (and Memorial Day weekend!) than with ice cream that can make dreams come true? Enjoy this week's edition of Setting the SEEN, where we chat with Thomisan Jamison, creator and "head cone" of Dream Cream on Liberty Ave. in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Learn about more fun things to do with friends and loved ones all ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 22 May 2015 12:11 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-sabres-to-interview-bylsma-05-22-15Penguins -The Sabres have received permission from the Penguins to interview former head coach Dan Byslma (above) for their vacant coaching position. -After the Jump: Simon Despres helps the Ducks claim Game 3. Playoff StuffRangers - Lightning -“The past two games, we got away from our game. I mean, we won the Presidents’ Trophy this year by ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 1:20 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-babcock-joins-maple-leafs-05-21-14Penguins -“I guess I'm pinching myself a lot. I was just trying to play and not think about that other stuff. It's all sinking in now that I've had time to reflect.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Matt Murray (above) on his fantastic rookie season. -Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Neaton. A seventh-round pick in 1990, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:04 pm by
crystal-ball-says-we-re-leaning-towards-toomeyUnderwhelmed by the effort thus far of Democrats to win back the U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Toomey? You're not alone.The University of Virginia has released the latest edition of Sabato's Crystal Ball, and Kyle Klondik, the project's managing editor, isn't especially impressed either – he's moved Pennsylvania from a tossup in the 2016 Senate...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:12 am by Mike White
piaa-to-examine-six-classes-further-east-west-basketball-brackets-voted-downThe PIAA board of directors met today and the news on the six classification idea for football is that there is no news. The PIAA is considering changing football from four to six classifications. There were basically eight proposals to consider. The PIAA could have picked one of the proposals and passed it on a first reading basis today. The proposal ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 6:57 pm by Barbara Vancheri
don-draper-withdrawal-ease-it-with-these-jon-hamm-movies Going through Don Draper withdrawal? What will we do this Sunday at 10 p.m.?   Short of rewatching every episode of “Mad Men,” which probably isn’t a bad idea, I cannot help you there but I can recommend a couple of movies starring actor Jon Hamm.    “Million Dollar Arm” (2014) — Hamm plays real-life sports agent J.B. Bernstein, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:33 am by Mike White
central-catholic-1979-a-team-to-remember-with-two-gms-and-a-football-hall-of-famerThe Central Catholic baseball team has made it to tonight's WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals, which puts the Vikings one win away from making it to a WPIAL championship for the first time since 1979. It turns out that '79 baseball team is one for the ages. Not so much for what it accomplished, but for who was on the team. Think of it: One high school ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:57 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-05-20-15Penguins -Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Riley Holzapfel has joined Karlskrona of Sweden's SHL. -Happy 69th birthday to former Penguins general manager, head coach and Hockey Hall of Fame member Craig Patrick (above). One of the most important figures in the history of the Penguins, Patrick served as the team's general manager from ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:24 pm by Rob Rogers
profilingIt's interesting how the police and the media didn't call the Texas biker gangs "thugs" or describe their brawl as a "riot" even though far more people died there than in Ferguson and Baltimore combined. I guess there are different standards when the offenders are white.    Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 7:50 pm by
primary-day-election-fun-elsewhereThe Primary Election fun isn't limited to races we chose to highlight tonight, of course. Let's take a look around the region to see what's going on elsewhere. Remember: all results at this point are unofficial.Bellevue and Wilkinsburg liquor referendumsThere will be booze in these two Allegheny County boroughs, after residents in each locale...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 6:30 pm by
a-rough-night-for-fitzgeraldWe have to wonder what Rich Fitzgerald is thinking tonight.As previously mentioned, Mr. Fitzgerald's Enemy No. 1, County Controller Chelsa Wagner, won the nomination and will likely retain her seat in the fall.But that wasn't the only slap at the county executive tonight. East End voters gave the late Barbara Daly Danko a final win in her county...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 6:18 pm by
a-big-night-for-dem-incumbentsAllegheny County is stuck at about 97 percent of its votes tallied, but that's enough for us ... and the races we checked on earlier all held up. And remember: barring very unusual circumstances, a Democratic primary win mostly likely means a win in the fall.Chelsa Wagner won the Democratic nomination to retain her seat as Allegheny County...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 5:19 pm by
early-returns-contain-few-surprisesNot quite half of the Allegheny County votes are tallied, but that's enough to take an early look at what's going on on the Democratic side of our chosen races.So far, the tightest race is between Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner and her challenger, Mark Patrick Flaherty; Ms. Wagner has a 6-point lead on Mr. Flaherty so far.The city...Read ... Read More and Comment