Runway recap: Pittsburgh Fashion Week moves to Macy's Ross Park Mall for Day 4

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After three days of designer showcases at Highmark StadiumPittsburgh Fashion Week moved the catwalk to Macy's at Ross Park Mall for Day 4.

Macy's has been a longtime partner for Pittsburgh Fashion Week, with events traditionally being held at the department store chain's Downtown Pittsburgh location. But due to that store's closure, the Ross Park Mall one became the site for this year's shopping party and style show.

20150924bwFashionMag02-1A corner of the second floor women's department was sectioned off for the festivities. Guests were greeted by a velvet rope, lucite chairs and a sleek black elevated runway splashed with red and white lights. TV personality Anji Corley and Glitzburgh blogger Ashley Boynes-Shuck, one of this year's Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame inductees, (pictured at right, from right to left) got the party started by inviting the crowd to stand up and do a few dance moves to raise the energy.

The fashion show featured Docherty models dressed in several Macy's lines, including Tommy HilfigerI.N.C. International ConceptsJessica Simpson and Levi's, among others. The selected styles did a nice job of highlighting trends for the season and getting the audience into the shopping spirit. (Stylebook overheard several women seated nearby commenting about their favorite looks from the show and snapping cell phone photos of them.) The hosts also were great at keeping the crowd engaged throughout the roughly hour-long presentation.

But the fun didn't end on the runway. The night also included mini manicures and makeovers, a photo booth and mocktails and light bites from Savoy in the Strip District. Guests also got the chance to learn about Macy's new My Stylist program, which can help shoppers with everything from finding a gift to putting together a figure-flattering outfit for a special occasion. One member of the audience even won a $100 Macy's gift card. Pittsburgh Fashion Week's student designers also were there with some of their designs, which will be on the runway at tonight's Back to Basics student fashion show at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown.

One way to tell a good fashion show is by how entertained the crowd is. In this case, most seats were filled, people were smiling and a couple dozen shoppers passing by at the time of the event stopped to take in the stylish sights.

The final event of Pittsburgh Fashion Week -- the student fashion show -- takes place tonight at 7 p.m. Learn more about it here(Photos by Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)




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Empty Netter Assists - Penguins host Blue Jackets - 09-26-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-The Penguins host the Blue Jackets today. The lineup for the Penguins:

Forwards - Josh Archibald, Sidney Crosby (right), Matt Cullen, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Phil Kessel, Tom Kuhnhackl, Chris Kunitz, Matia Marcantuoni, Bryan Rust, Tom Sestito, Daniel Sprong, Oskar Sundqvist, Scott Wilson.

Defensemen - Adam Clendening, Ian Cole, Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta, Steve Olesky, Derrick Pouliot, David Warofsky.

Goaltenders - Matt Murray, Jeff Zatkoff.

The Blue Jackets:

Forwards - Cam Atkinson, Jared Boll, Rene Bourque, Michael Chaput, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno, Brett Gallant, Alexander Hannikainen, Scott Hartnell, Boone Jenner, Ryan Johansen, William Karlsson, Kerby Rychel, Brandon Saad, Alexander Wennberg.

Defensemen - Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jack Johnson, Dean Kukan, Ryan Murray, Dalton Prout, David Savard, Fedor Tyutin, Oleg Yevenko.

Goaltenders - Sergei Bobrovsky, Joonas Korpisalo.

-Which line should left winger David Perron play on?

-What's different for defenseman Cole as he enters his first full season with the Penguins?

-Can center Oskar Sundqvist claim a roster spot?

-The Penguins assigned defenseman Harrison Ruopp to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-EN Says: Ruopp was never going crack this NHL lineup. Coming off a 2014-15 which he spent most of the season in the ECHL, Ruopp still needs to prove himself at the AHL level let alone the NHL. A physical, nasty presence, Ruopp projects as a  bottom-pairing defenseman at the NHL level.


-Coach Mike Johnston speaks:


-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. A first-round pick in 2000, Orpik has spent parts of 11 seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2002-03, Orpik appeared in seven games and was held without a point. His first full season in the NHL was 2003-04. He played in 79 games, scored 10 points and led the team with 127 penalty minutes. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Orpik played in 64 games, netted nine points and once again led the team with 124 penalty minutes. The 2006-07 season saw Orpik appear in 70 games and record six assists. Oprik played in five postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. In 2007-08, Orpik dressed for 78 games and scored 11 points. In that spring's postseason, he appeared in all 20 games and recorded two assists. After re-signing in the offseason, Orpik played in 79 games in 2008-09 and netted 19 points. In the playoffs, Orpik played in 24 games, contributed four assists and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history. In 2009-09, Orpik appeared in 73 games and scored a career-high 25 points. During that postseason, he recorded two assists in 13 games. Orpik appeared in 63 games in 2010-11 and contributed 13 points. In that spring's postseason, he recorded three assists. During 2011-12, Orpik appeared in 73 games and collected 18 points. In the 2012 postseason, he played in six games and failed to record a point. In a lockout-shortened 2012-13, Orpik saw action in 46 games and recorded eight points. During that spring's postseason, he appeared in 12 games and scored two points, including a series-clinching overtime goal in a 4-3 win against the Islanders in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference seminal series. In 2013-14, Orpik appeared in 72 games and netted 13 points. During that spring's postseason, he played in five games and scored two points. After the season, he joined the Capitals as a free agent. Orpik appeared in 703 regular season games with the Penguins, fifth-most in franchise history, and scored 132 points (66th-most), and has 734 penalty minutes (ninth-most). In 92 postseason games, he recorded 15 points.

-Happy 36th birthday to current Penguins forward Chris Kunitz. Acquired midway through the 2008-09 season along with Eric Tangradi in a deal which sent Ryan Whitney to the Ducks, Kunitz has spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. He finished the 2008-09 campaign by appearing in 20 games and scoring 18 points. In that spring's postseason, Kunitz saw action in all 24 games, scored 14 points and helped the franchise win the Stanley Cup for the third time. Injuries limited Kunitz to 50 games and 32 points in 2009-10. During the 2010 playoffs, Kunitz played in 13 games and scored 11 points. In 2010-11, Kunitz appeared in 66 games and scored 48 points. During that postseason, he contributed one goal. The 2011-12 campaign saw Kunitz appear in all 82 games and set career-highs in goals (26) and points (61). In that postseason, he scored six points in six games. During a lockout-shortened 2012-13, Kunitz played in all 48 games and scored 52 points while also being named a first-team all-star.  In that spring's postseason, he played in 15 games and scored 10 points. In 2013-14, Kunitz played in 78 games and scored 68 points. during that postseason, he played in 13 games and netted eight points. Last season, Kunitz appeared in 74 games and scored 40 points. In the 2015 playoffs, Kunitz appeared in five games and scored three points. Having played in 418 regular season games with the Penguins, Kunitz has scored 319 points, 21st-most in franchise history. In 76 postseason games, he has scored 53 points.

-After the Jump: More developments in the Patrick Kane story.

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Friday night live blog - Steel Valley beats Seton-LaSalle 27-21

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from the Post-Gazette Game of the Week - Steel Valley vs. Seton-LaSalle. Follow along and look to the right of this blog for updates and notes from other games around the area, by way of @PGVarsityXtra Twitter account. If you have a game score, note or photo, tweet with #wpial and tag @PGVarsityXtra


DeWayne Murray runs for 196 on 22 attempts.

9:36 Pass intercepted by Kennedy Smith with 1:57 left.

9:34 Fourth and 7 for Seton at Steel Valley 48.

9:29 Pass interf. SV on first down. Can't cover Ford with one.

9:27 Seton clinging to life. SV misses 25 FG. Seton takes over at 20 with 3:53 left.

9:21 After punting from end zone, SV takes over at the Seton 21.

9:20 Almost a safety for Steel Valley.

9:16 Steel Valley got to 10. Big holding penalty. Turn over on downs. Murray around 175 yards now. 

End of third quarter and Steel Valley still leads 27-21


30-yard run by Lionel Deanes on option pitch play. This one living up to billing.

Paris Ford rather demonstrative on field. Just sayin.


Seton really having trouble with speed now. DeWayne Murray goes 47 yds. for TD. 


TD on first possession of second half. Seton now having trouble with Steel Valley speed. TD is 10 yd pass from Edwards to Elisha Hughes.

8:39 Second half under way. Nothing like trying to cover game and take notes in press box where they won't leave lights on.

Surprising, isn't it? Quaker Valley trailing Aliquippa by only 8-6 in second quarter. And this game at The Pit.


Since that 35-yard touchdown run by Paris Ford on Seton's first possession, Steel Valley defense has done a swell job. Seton-LaSalle has 60 yards rushing in first half. 25 only after Ford's run.

Seton-LaSalle had 65 yards throwing.

For Steel Valley, DeWayne Murray has 64 yards rushing and Ironmen have 116 as a team. Edwards has thrown for 57.


DeWayne Murray 34-yard run sets up his own TD - a 1-yard run. PAT good and we're tied.  

8:03 Running out of room for Steel Valley penalties. Now with eight.

Wow. NA handing it to Upper St. Clair 17-0

7:59 Steel Valley now with seven penalties.

7:58 Seton-LaSalle holds. incomplete pass on fourth down. SL ball at 3.

7:55 Paris Ford is now lighting it up defensively. Two big hits on goal line stand for Seton.

7:53 Like this Steel Valley QB Tre Earl Edwards. Handful with his running. Not bad arm either.

7:46 Steel Valley on move. Murray coming alive some.


Helped by a pass interference penalty on Steel Valley, Seton scores on 12 yd run by Lionel Deanes. Liam Sweeney runs for two point conversion. Paris Ford with big 34-yard catch in drive.


Cameron Brookins takes short pass 42 yards for TD. Kick good. Steel Valley takes lead.

Friday night lights and sunset in Western Pa.

Seton sunset

7:22 Steel Valley drive ends with INT by Rico Popa.

7:20 Already four penalties on Steel Valley.

7:16 Oh there he goes. 2-yard gain for Murray.

7:14 Second possession now for Steel Valley. DeWayne Murray hasn't carried yet.

7:07 Three and out for Steel Valley.


First attempt, Paris Ford goes 2 yards. Second he goes 35 on end around for TD. Fake point pass no good. 10:03 in first.

6:58 Underway a few minutes early. Seton receive. Steel Valley kicking away from Paris Ford. Smart. 


Seton-LaSalle coach Damon Rosol is a little concerned about Steel Valley's speed. Of course, Seton-LaSalle has a little also. Paris Ford supplies some of it. One of the top junior players in the state, Ford is a big-play receiver and defensive back who already has scholarship offers from Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State and others. You know, this kid could have been in a Central Catholic uniform. He attended Central as a freshman. He is pictured below. Nice midsection, huh?

Paris Ford

Steel Valley has averaged 57 points a game and Seton-LaSalle 47 in the first three weeks. But neither has faced much competition. This is the first test for either.

The game is at Peters Township because Seton-LaSalle doesn't have a home field. The atmosphere certainly isn't the same with these schools that don't have a home field. But Seton lives with it. Program has still excelled.


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Cole prepared for fewer minutes - 09-25-15

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In the late stages of the 2014-15 regular season, injuries and salary cap restraints forced the Penguins to play several games with only five defensemen. 

Ian Cole was one of those five. On the final night of their regular season, Cole ended up leading the team with 27:20 of ice time in what was a 2-0 road win against the Sabres, a game the Penguins had to have in order to qualify for the postseason.

Acquired from the Blues at the trade deadline last season, Cole went from a quiet third-pairing role to minutes-eater in the span of two months. A restricted free agent this past offseason, Cole re-signed with the Penguins on a three-year contract worth a total of $6.3 million.

With everyone on defense healthy - for the time being at least - Cole figures to be either a second- or third-pairing defenseman entering the 2015-16 season. Time - pardon the phrase - will sort that out.


"Ian for us has got to be a good combination of a good defensive, hard-to-play-against defenseman and a guy who can jump into the play," said head coach Mike Johnston. "As I talk to him about it, it's about being physical, being gritty in his own zone. That type of play we need in the backend. Also, he's got really good skating to get up in the play and join the rush. He's a little bit of a blend. The more minutes he gets, the better he is at both things."


Earlier this week, at the team's training camp in Cranberry, Cole talked about entering his first full season with the Penguins.


What are your expectations entering this season now compared to when you joined the team at mid-season?

"Expectation.... I think our team expectation is to win a Stanley Cup [championship]. I don't think that has changed at all from last year. And as far as my personal expectations, it's to do whatever I need to do to help the team win the Stanley Cup. Obviously, we had a lot of injuries at the end of the year. Obviously, that led to a lot of minutes for myself. That was fantastic which actually tends to be the case. The more a player plays, the more he kind of gets into the flow of a game and the better reads, the better plays he makes. I thought that was the case for me. Hopefully, [I] can try to get back into the same role as I finished the season with."

You saw a ton of playing time last season when the injury situation became serious. Is there a double-edge sword of enjoying more minutes versus hoping your team is healthy and not getting as many minutes?

"Like I said, I think that my expectation going in is to do whatever I can to help this team win a Stanley Cup [title]. Regardless of what that is... if it's less minutes, fine. That's no problem with me. It it's more minutes, that's obviously fantastic. I'd love to help out. Obviously, as a player, you want to play as much as possible. I don't think you've ever heard a player complaining about playing too many minutes. Obviously, the more you can play, the better in the flow of a game you are. That would absolutely be great."

What do you know about how the coaches expect you to play now compared to when you first arrived?

"They made it pretty clear to me when I came over how they wanted me to play. I don't think that's changed at all over the course of the summer leading to the season. I think we want to play fast. From our defensive zone out. We want to close fast. We want to close hard. We want to get the puck up to the forwards as quickly as possible. Transition them and get them going. Same thing in the neutral zone. Close fast, create turnovers, get it moving right away. Then, add in some offense. Obviously, we want our net [defense] activating like just about any other team. We need to make sure that's a priority and help our forwards out offensively."

You seemed to have a willingness to shoot the puck last season. Do you have a green light to fire at will or are things more subdued than that?

"Yeah. We're not going to be shooting it into traffic. We're not going to be shooting it into [potential blocked shots]. Obviously, we want to shoot when we have lanes. We want to shoot when it makes sense. We want to shoot when there's traffic at the net. Shots from the point with no traffic out, [there's] almost zero chance of going in. You want to make sure you're taking good shots. But at the same time, no shot is a bad shot. If it's the right situations. Not necessary a formal green light but certainly our mentality as a team and as a [defense] corp. is to try to help out offensively, getting shots on net and creating as much havoc down in the net front as we can."

What's different about being a top-pairing defenseman - as you were used as at times last season - to being a third-pairing defenseman?

"I think that obviously there's a lot more, I'd say importance placed on every play. When you're a first [defensive] pairing, you obviously need to play a very solid game, a very clean game because you're playing against teams' top lines. But at the same time, you're getting back out there, getting back right away, yeah you make one or two or three bad plays a game but you're playing so much that those kind of even out with all the good plays you're making over the course of 25-30 minutes. If you're in a third [defensive] pairing role, you might only have 15-18 minutes. Unfortunately each mistake, each bad play you make kind of gets magnified. You're not playing maybe against the talent but at the same time, each play has maybe a greater importance placed on it. Being aware of that and kind of playing accordingly and making sure you're a smart player and helping your team out. Kind of a quality over quantity thing. "

(Photo: Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)


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Peduto tours Astrobotics offices in the Strip

When he was a little kid, growing up amid the excitement of the space race and the moon landing, Mayor Bill Peduto wanted to be the first "astronaut baseball player."

Turns out, Hizzoner lacked both the math and hitting skills to fulfill that dream and had to settle for a career in politics.

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