Female lawyers' wardrobes still an issue. Really.

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Amanda Hess has an interesting piece on Slate looking at an issue that I kind of can't believe is still an issue: Female lawyers who dress too 'sexy' are apparently a 'huge problem' in the courtroom.

The latest reminder for women law students to dress more conservatively (apparently the "Grace van Owen blouse" is the fashion standard?) came from Loyola Law School, Hess writes, with the school's externship director sending a memo to students about the "embarrassing" situation: "I really don't need to mention that cleavage and stiletto heels are not appropriate lawyer wear outside of ridiculous lawyer TV shows), do I?"

But Hess raises an interesting advantage women lawyers might have; men are still confined to wearing a traditional suit and tie ensemble, but

...while a bold fashion choice was a risky move, it "could draw attention to you and away from your opponent" in a positive way.


It would be great if this weren't an issue at all, because what you're wearing hardly reflects on your abilities as a lawyer (or a journalist, or a banker or any other job) but, I'd love to hear from some female lawyers in Pittsburgh about their experiences: Have you ever been told your choice of attire is not attorney-appropriate, either directly or indirectly?


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Empty Netter Assists - 03-24-14

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-Dave Molinari's recap from yesterday's game. "We definitely built ourselves a nice cushion, but we still want to finish first in the conference. First in the league, too. Obviously, this loss doesn't help that." - Brandon Sutter.

-The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's recap. “They’re a team that maybe will make an extra pass, looking for a guy at the back door, that sort of thing. Less is more sometimes. Just try to take away the cross-ice stuff where the goalie doesn’t really have a chance.” - Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on the Penguins.

-The Associated Press' recap. "The first 20 minutes we backed them off with speed. We had some opportunities and needed to have more of a drive and shoot mentality." - Dan Bylsma.


-Fleury stretched out for this puck:

-Rob Scuderi moving a puck up ice:

-Crosby and James Neal had a chat:

-St. Louis captain David Backes put Deryk Engelland into orbit:

-Craig Adams and St. Louis' Maxim Lapierre had issues:

-Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-"Both teams, for not playing each other [often], they don't seem to like each other too much." - Crosby on the Penguins and Blues.

-Chuck Kobasew scored two goals, including one in overtime, and recorded an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 win against the Albany Devils. Beau Bennett netted assists on a conditioning assignment. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 19 saves in the victory.

-So far, so good for Kobasew in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled goaltender Eric Hartzell from the Wheeling Nailers.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Andrew Hutchinson. A free agent signing in the 2010 season, Hutchinson's Penguins career amounted to five games and one assist in 2010-11. One of two Penguins players born in Illinois (Ed Olczyk was the other), Hutchinson left as a free agent during the 2011 offseason and joined Barys Astana of Russia's KHL. He currently plays for Zug of Switzerland's NLA.

-Happy 34th birthday to former Penguins forward Ramzi Abid (right). Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline from the Coyotes along with Dan Focht and Guillaume Lefebvre in exchange for Jan Hrdina and Francois Leroux, Abid, the first NHL player of Middle Eastern descent, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2002-03 by playing in three games for the Penguins and failing to record a point. During 2003-04, injuries limited him to 16 games and five points. After spending the 2004-05 lockout with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Abid joined the Thrashers as a free agent. Abid, the first player on the franchise's all-time roster in alphabetical order, appeared in 19 games for the team and scored five points. He is currently a member of Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg of Germany's DEL.

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Pat Price. Acquired at the 1981 trade deadline from the Oilers in exchange for Pat Hughes, Price spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1980-81 by playing in 13 games for the Penguins and recording 10 assists. In five postseason games that spring, he scored two points. Price's only full season in Pittsburgh was 1981-82. He saw action in 77 games and scored 38 points. He appeared in five playoff games that season and failed to record a point. After 38 games and 12 points in 1982-83, Price was claimed off waivers by the Nordiques.  In 128 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 60 points and recorded 459 penalty minutes.

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Philippe Boucher. Acquired early in the 2008-09 season in a trade which sent defenseman Darryl Sydor to the Stars, Boucher's Penguins career amounted to 25 games and six points that regular season. In nine postseason games that spring, he scored four points and even netted the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, a 3-2 home win against the Hurricanes. After winning a Stanley Cup title with the Penguins, he retired in the 2009 offseason.

-After the Jump:  The Canucks lose Henrik Sedin to an injury.

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Gwar frontman Dave Brockie had strong Pittsburgh connections

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It looked like another death hoax on a Monday morning, but the reports are true.

Dave Brockie, frontman for the band GWAR, was found dead in his home Sunday evening, at age 50.

His manager Jack Flanagan said in a statement: "It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014.  His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified.   A full autopsy will be performed.  He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963."

A police spokesperson told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that they did not suspect foul play.

Brockie, who founded the theatrical metal band in 1984, worked under the stage name of Oderus Urungus. GWAR, which released its 13th album in 2013 and recently toured Japan, was known for its over-the-top stage antics, employing fake blood and costumes that took Kiss to the next level.

GWAR's last trip to Pittsburgh was Sept. 14 at Mr. Smalls, where the band has played numerous times.

Among the first to break the news Monday morning was Darkness singer David Draiman, who tweeted "SADDENED TO HEAR, RIP; Gwar Frontman Dave Brockie A.K.A. Oderus Urungus Dead At 50."

Gwar bassist Mike Bishop told Style Weekly, "Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known. He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art. His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."

GWAR was the first national client for Pittsburgh sound and lighting engineer Scott Warner, who told us Monday: "It was an honor to have spent 5 years with Dave and Gwar. Dave amazed me with his quick wit which sometimes made me cringe. I know I'll never work with someone like him ever again."

Warner hooked up with GWAR in 1993 when he was doing sound for Pittsburgh band The Cynics at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.

"The house engineer at the venue was the sound engineer for a band named Testament. We had met at City Limits a few months back. After the show he said I was a good sound engineer and wanted my card. I told him I'd rather do lights and he offered me an audition for his other client GWAR. I was so excited, since I loved them. A few months later I drove to Richmond and the gig was mine for five years. When I left to move on to Everclear, Dave was pleading with me not to go. He was tearing up. That memory is really in my mind today."

Warner says Everclear was a better opportunity at the time. 

"I felt I had done all I could with Gwar. I told Dave he needed to find a young lighting guy who was hungry and showed the same excitement I had years ago. It was a mixture of the same clubs and no budget for more lights. Plus with all of the blood, I had to keep my lights behind the band. The shows were beginning to look the same."


Spahr Schmitt, who managed record store Brave New World and played in the bands Necropolis and Hi-Watt Hex, booked the first GWAR show here in 1988 at City Limits in Penn Hills after first hearing about their “outrageous stage show.”

The band, which hadn’t even released its first album yet, showed up in an old school bus missing one essential drum.

“As they were loading in, somebody realized that they’d forgotten their 50-gallon drum of fake blood back in Virginia. Dave said, ‘No worries, just go get these five ingredients, and off a couple guys went.’ ”

Only about 60 people showed up that night, Mr. Schmitt said, “But it was one of the greatest shows that ever played that City Limits venue. Just outrageous. Band members brawling in the audience, fake blood flying everywhere. I remember kids who went to that show having a pseudo-blood-tie-dyed effect on the clothes that they wore to the gig and complaining that the blood didn’t wash off of their skin and hair for several days.”

After paying for the sound equipment, there was only about $60 left to pay the band. “I very shamefully offered it to Dave, who put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘No problem, man, thanks’ and even gave me a GWAR T-shirt for my trouble. He was an awesome guy.”


Overlord Brom of the local metal band Dethlehem said, "We opened for them in 2012 at Smalls. Had a short but awesome convo backstage in which he complimented me on wearing a real metal helmet while playing drums... Something I will always remember."

Brockie was also a friend of Autumn Cook, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh grad and special effects artist who appeared on Season 4 of the Syfy show "Face Off." She posted on her Facebook page Monday, "I love him more than you will ever understand."

Updated: Monday, 2:37 p.m.

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Jeff Tweedy to open Three Rivers Arts Festival lineup

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Jeff-Tweedy-561530-1-402The music lineup for the 2014 Three Rivers Arts Festival is being announced throughout the day March 24 on sponsor station WYEP (91.3 FM).

The festival is bringing back some major acts from previous while adding some fresh faces. All concerts are all free at Point State Park, running June 6-15. We'll keep a rolling blog here as they are announced.

Friday, June 6: Jeff Tweedy: This will be the first solo trip here for the frontman of Wilco and the former co-leader of Uncle Tupelo.

Sat., June 7: Sam Bush: Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist who made his name in the band New Grass Revival in the ‘70s and ’80s.

Sunday, June 8: Trampled by Turtles: Indie-folk band from Duluth, Minn., that has played Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. It is also WYEP Day with Colonizing the Cosmos, townsppl, Brooke Annibale.

Mon., June 9: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Tues., June 10: Kaiser Chiefs: Pittsburgh debut for the British post-punk revival band about to release its fifth album.

Wednesday, June 11: Amos Lee: Singer-songwriter from Philadelphia who combines rock, folk and soul.

Thursday, June 12: The Smithereens: Veteran New Jersey rock band, known for such songs as "A Girl Like You" and "Blood and Roses," was here last summer to open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.


Fri., June 13: Curtis Harding: Former CeeLo Green backup singer also plays in the garage-soul band Night Sun.


Sat., June 14: Lucinda Williams: Queen of Alt-Country returns to the festival for the first time since 2001.

Sunday, June 15: Jake Bugg: Young British singer-songwriter and "next Dylan" type who has worked with Rick Rubin.

Updated: Monday 2:49 p.m. 

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AnchorVan in Pittsburgh

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The AnchorVan, a news-food truck and mobile marketing machine for the digital, Blu-ray and DVD release of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” is coming to Pittsburgh today.

It will allow visitors to test their Teleprompter skills like Ron Burgundy and score some of Champ Kind’s Whammy! Chicken (“of the cave”).

It will be in town on Monday, March 24:

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – University of Pittsburgh

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Market Square

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Jerome Bettis Grille

The sequel is now available on digital and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD April 1.  The Blu-ray combo pack includes three versions — the original theatrical version, the unrated version and the super-sized R-rated version with 763 new jokes and four hours of bonus features.

See for more about tour stops.


Photos by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Paramount Pictures/AP Images, from Austin, Texas stop. 


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