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"Setting the Seen" Video Blog: Wild Week of Fun and Fashion!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Enjoy my latest video with Style Editor, Sara Backnecht, as we discuss all-things Pittsburgh, from social events to fashion trends! Happy Friday!

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If you are free on Saturday night, I will be a guest on the John McIntire Show at the Cabaret Theater. We will be talking about the changing social scene here in Pittsburgh. It will be a fun night! For more information: CLICK HERE

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Blues Challengers vying for shot at Memphis

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

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Fourteen acts will have 20 minutes to make it to Memphis on Saturday.

The bands/solo artists will hit the stage April 5 for 10th annual Blues Challenge, presented by the Blues Society of Western PA at the Tonidale in Oakdale.

Each will play a 20-minute set, and one band and one solo artist or duo will be chosen to represent the society at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. It begins at 1:30 p.m. A dinner buffet will be available during the break early in the evening, and there will be an after party/jam with last year's winner, Billy the Kid and the Regulators, at 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12; $10 for society members; $6 students. The Tonidale is at 7011 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale. Go to bswpa.com

Here is the list of contenders:

1. Mia Z
2. Jimmy Adler and Charlie Barath
3. Chris Yakopcic
4. Bo Hog Brothers
5. Pet Cro
6. Melinda
7. Scott Albert Project
8. Blues Devils
9. Ms. Freddye Band
10. Paul the Resonator
11. Bottom Shelf Blues Band
12. Eugene Morgan
13. Gordon James Band
14. Ruby Red and the Dirty Devils

 

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Cable, Walker-Kimbrough to have historical meeting in Final Four

Written by Mike White on .

Much was made last week of how former Pittsburgh-area high school basketball players were showing up at many places in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Arizona's Sean and Dayton's Archie Miller (Blackhawk) were the first brothers to coach in the Sweet 16 the same year. Arizona's T.J. McConnell (Chartiers Valley) and Iowa State's DeAndre Kane (Schenley) were two point guards in the Sweet 16 who attended high schools 12 miles apart. Kentucky coach John Calipari (Moon) was another former WPIAL player who had a team in the Sweet 16.

Well now there is a rather notable happening involving two former WPIAL girls players in the NCAA women's Final Four. In fact, Madison Cable and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough might very well be making history.

Cable is a redshirt sophomore for Notre Dame. Walker-Kimbrough is a freshman for the University of Maryland women's team. Their teams will meet in the Final Four Sunday.

There are no records, or rosters, to prove it. But I'd be willing to bet that this is the first time two former WPIAL players have met in the women's Final 4. In fact, I wonder if it has ever happened with two former WPIAL boys players. And for a remember when moment? Check the picture below. It's when Cable and Walker-Kimbrough were on the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 team in 2011. Cable, then a senior, is in the middle. Walker-Kimbrough, only a sophomore at the time, is on the far right. I wonder if that photo shoot was the last time they were together?

Fabulous 5

Neither Cable or Walker-Kimbrough start, but both play key roles for their teams.

Walker-Kimbrough had been selected the ACC freshman of the week earlier this season. She is Madison CableMaryland's third-leading scorer, averaging 9.6 points a game. She plays 17 minutes a game and also averages 2.9 rebounds. She shoots 48 percent from the floor and has 23 3-pointers.

Cable plays 14 minutes a game. She is averaging 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds a game. She is shooting an impressive 52 percent from the field and 47 percent from 3-point range for the undefeated Fighting Irish. She has the best 3-point shooting percentage on the team.

Walker-Kimbrough and Cable were both former Post-Gazette Players of the Year and both former P-G Athletes of the Year.

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An in-your-face atheist remembered

Written by Peter Smith on .

kagin blowdryerHe was as blunt and mocking as he could be, arranging mock communion services and dressing up as a monk armed with a blow-dryer to de-baptize people rejecting their childhood faith.

Yet Edwin Kagin, the national legal director of American Atheists of the "in-your-face" wing of atheism, gained respected from the faithful who knew him and often opposed him.

The Kentucky attorney, who represented atheists in church-state conflicts and helped establish summer camps for disbelieving kids, died recently at age 73. My long-time colleague Andrew Wolfson writes a vivid portrait of him in the obituary here.

 

"I thought he was a very sincere person and a patriotic man. We we just disagreed on one big issue," said one Baptist minister and state representative whose legislation, requiring the state of Kentucky to give credit to Almighty God for its homeland security, was challenged unsuccessfully by Kagin.

Kagin, a military veteran, was as fervent an advocate for the second amendment as the first. I talked with him several times over the years. He believed strongly in the right to mock. He was fond of quoting the Treaty of Tripoli as hard evidence that the nation's founders rejected the notion of America as a Christian nation. He also regularly quoted James Madison on why he fought so doggedly against such things as the homeland security clause or a cross memorial at Ground Zero. Allow a small precedent to get established, he said, and bigger ones follow:

"... it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties," Madison said. ... "The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much soon to forget it."

I spoke with him a couple of years ago for a story on how the non-religious memorialize the dead. Given the growing numbers of people with no religious affiliation -- ranging from hard-core atheists to spiritual-but-not-religious types -- this is a phenomenon worth paying attention to.

Mr. Kagin had lost his wife and fellow atheist, Helen, in 2010, and he proudly talked about how he and other loved ones organized a memorial tribute service without a shred of prayer or hope for the afterlife. If anything, he said, secularists have a complete sense of closure upon the death of a loved one.

 

"it's been a process of grief" over the loss of Helen, he told me. "There's not been a day that goes by" without thinking of her.

But "we know nothing lasts forever," he said. "Everything ends. We don’t look for some false sense of being reunited, which is just wish-fulfillment thinking."

But disbelieving in the spiritual realm, he said, didn't preclude a sense of awe. Science, he said, shows that people are the sum total of elements that existed for eons before they were formed and will persist for eons afterward.

"We come from starstuff," Mr. Kagin said. "There's no telling where we've been. When we're dead, there's no telling where those atoms go."

In Mr. Kagin's case, they'll probably stay in close proximity to a courthouse door, vigilant against any experiment on their liberties.

Image is from this ABC profile.

 

 

 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-04-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Welcome back Paul Martin.

-The Winnipeg Free Press' recap. The Jets were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

-The Associated Press' recap. The Penguins clinch the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division title.

-Highlights:

-Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby having a moment:

-Dan Bylsma holds court at the bench:

-Tanner Glass had a nice screen set up in front of Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec (right) and Tobias Enstrom:

-Crosby speaks:

-Martin speaks:

-"That number doesn't really carry that much significance. But just playing your whole career for one team has been pretty cool." - Brooks Orpik on playing in his 700th career game.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Needham. A sixth-round pick in 1989, Needham spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. Recalled by the Penguins from Muskegon of the IHL during the 1992 playoffs, appreared in five games for the Penguins during that Stanley Cup run and scored a goal as the franchise won its second championship. Needham formed the short-lived "Muskegon Line" with Jock Callendar and Dave Michayluk. Needham spent the bulk of the 1992-93 season in Pittsburgh and recorded 13 points in 56 games. During that spring's postseason, he saw action in nine games and scored one goal. The following season, he appeared in 25 games and scored one goal for the Penguins before being traded to the Stars in exchange for Jim McKenzie. In 81 regular season games with the Penguins, Needham recorded 14 points. In 14 postseason games, he scored two goals.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Lasse Pirjeta. Acquired at the 2004 trade deadline in a deal which sent Brian Holzinger to the Blue Jackets, Pirjeta spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. Pirjeta finished 2003-04 by playing in 13 games and scoring 12 points for the Penguins. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Pirjeta appeared in 25 games for the Penguins in 2005-06 and scored seven points. Midway through the season, he was assigned to Kloten of the NLA in Switzerland. In 38 games with the Penguins, he recorded 19 points.

-After the Jump: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has some tough love for prospect J.T. Miller.

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