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Ed Piskor's 'Hip Hop Family Tree' nominated for two Eisner Awards

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edpiskorPG0416PG"Hip Hop Family Tree," the roots-of-the genre series by Munhall-based comic-book artist/writer Ed Piskor (right), has been nominated for two Will Eisner Awards: best reality-based work and best lettering.

Winners of the annual awards, considered the Oscars of the comics world and named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, will be revealed at a July 25 ceremony during Comic-Con International in San Diego.

"Hip Hop Family Tree" (Fantagraphics) a New York Times graphic books best-seller, tells of the early days of hip hop and the charismatic artists who shaped it, such as DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, with Russell Simmons, Debbie Harry and Keith Haring among the names making appearances along the way.

For a full list of 2014 nominees, visit the Comic-Con website's Eisner section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Duquesne lands Butler transfer, former recruiting target Rene Castro

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Duquesne has secured the commitment of Butler transfer Rene Castro, a 6-foot-2 freshman point guard. Castro will sit out the 2014-15 season due to transfer restrictions and have three years of eligibility remaining.

Castro, a Worchester, Mass., product, took an official visit to the Bluff in October 2012 and was strongly considering Pitt and George Washington at the point. Butler came on late in the process and earned Castro's commitment.

The Bulldogs lost head coach Brad Stevens to the Boston Celtics, assistant coach Matthew Graves -- Castro's lead recruiter -- to South Alabama, and Castro, a former three-star recruit, wasn't used much in a disappointing 14-17 season. Castro averaged 3.3 points and 8.8 minutes per game as a freshman.

Castro announced Feb. 15 he intended to transfer, but he didn't take any additional visits. He spoke with a few schools, including Duquesne and George Washington, and informed Duquesne coach Jim Ferry of his decision Wednesday morning. He will practice with the team starting this summer but will not play or travel until the 2015-16 season.

Castro was the 2012 Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year and averaged 19 points a game as a high school senior at Worcester Academy.

NOTE: Duquesne will host guard Jordan Stevens, a potential junior-college transfer from Southeastern Community College, for an official visit next week. Stevens is described as a combo guard that can play the point, has good size at 6-foot-1, and is a prolific scorer. He averaged 19 points per game last season.

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About the Blue Jackets - Game 1 - 04-16-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Blue Jackets.

When and where: 7:30 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market); Fox Sports Ohio (Columbus market); NBC Sports Network (Rest of the United States); CBC.

Leading regular season scorer: Ryan Johansen 63 points (33 goals, 30 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 road win against the Panthers, Saturday. Johansen had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets.

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 home loss, March 28. Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (39-18-5, 2.37 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Sergei Bobrovsky (32-20-5, 2.38 GAA, .922 SV%) for the Blue Jackets.

Injuries: For the Penguins, Center Marcel Goc (ankle) is out. Right wingers Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), centers Evgeni Malkin (foot), Joe Vitale ("mid body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) are on injured reserve. For the Blue Jackets, defenseman Ryan Murray (knee) is probable. left wingers Nick Foligno ("lower body"), R.J. Umberger ("upper body") are doubtful. Right winger Nathan Horton (abdominal) is out.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 19 Beau Bennett
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 22 Lee Stempniak
49 Brian Gibbons - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

7 Paul Martin - 44 Brooks Orpik
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
2 Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta

-The Blue Jackets primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

38 Boone Jenner - 19 Ryan Johansen - 5 Jack Skille
11 Matt Calvert - 17 Brandon Dubinsky - 13 Cam Atkinson
24 Derek MacKenzie - 42 Artem Anisimov - 14 Blake Comeau
26 Corey Tropp - 55 Mark Letestu - 40 Jared Boll

51 Fedor Tyutin - 7 Jack Johnson (above)
27 Ryan Murray - 21 James Wisniewski
6 Nikita Nikitin - 58 David Savard

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Blue Jackets, this happened:

-If they play, defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Olli Maatta, centers Brian Gibbons, Jayson Megna and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff will make their NHL postseason debuts.

-Malkin has 97 career postseason points.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

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Lightning - Canadiens preview - 04-16-14

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Lightning vs. Canadiens

Lightning Leading Regular Season Scorer: Ondrej Palat, 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists).

Canadiens Leading Regular Season Scorer: Thomas Vanek, 68 points (27 goals, 41 assists).

Lightning Expected Starting Goaltender: Anders Lindback, 8-12-2, 2.90 GAA, .891 SV%.

Canadiens Expected Starting Goaltender: Carey Price, 34-20-5, 2.32 GAA, .927 SV%.

Lightning Regular Season Statistics

Canadiens Regular Season Statistics

Lightning Injuries: Center Valtteri Filppula ("lower body") and left winger Ondrej Palat ("upper body") are questionable. Goaltender Ben Bishop (elbow) is out. Defensemen Brian Lee (knee) and Mattias Ohlund (knee) are on injured reserve.

Canadiens Injuries: Center Lars Eller (illness) is probable. Left winger Brandon Prust ("upper body") is questionable. Center Alex Galchenyuk ("lower body") and left winger Travis Moen (concussion) are on injured reserve.

Lightning with Stanley Cup bling: Valtteri Filppula (above), C.

Canadiens with Stanley Cup bling: Brian Gionta, RW; Travis Moen, LW; George Parros, RW.

Something worthwhile about the Lightning: The Lightning scored 10 short-handed goals this season, most among any team in the postseason.

Something worthwhile about the Canadiens: The Canadiens blocked 688 shots this past regular season, most in the NHL among any team in the postseason.

Something useless about the Lightning that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The first home postseason goal in Lightning history was scored by former Penguins right winger Petr Klima in Game 3 of a 1996 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Something useless about the Canadiens that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The last Canadiens goaltender to stop a postseason penalty shot was Andy Moog. He stopped Penguins right winger Aleksey Morozov in Game 1 of a 1998 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Former Penguins on the Lightning: Ryan Malone, LW.

Former Penguins on the Canadiens: Marc Bergevin, general manager; Jean-Jacques Daigneault, assistant coach; Douglas Murray, D; Michel Therrien, head coach.

Who needs to be the difference for the Lightning: Victor Hedman, Eric Brewer, Matt Carle, Sami Salo. With the Lightning dealing a questionable goaltending situation thanks to the health of Bishop, the Lightning's blue line needs to reign in the Canadien's fleet crew of skilled forwards.

Who needs to be the difference for the Canadiens: Carey Price (right). He will be facing a pretty skilled group of forwards for the Lightning. He needs to steal goals.

Best Lightning YouTube Video We Could Find: Lightning left winger Alexander Selivanov scoring an overtime goal in a 4-3 win against the Flyers in Game 3 of a 1996 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:

Best Canadiens YouTube Video We Could Find: Canadiens right winger Russ Courtnall scoring the series-clinching goal in overtime of a 3-2 win against the Hartford Whalers in Game 7 of a 1992 Adams Division semifinal:

EN Prediction: Everything depends on Bishop's health. If he's not available, this will be a brief series. Canadiens 4-2.

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

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Heirloom bulbs are perfect for an old house

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blog best pickwick'Pickwick' crocus was released the same year my house was built. It's fun to grow things from that era. Photos by Doug Oster

blog sidways pickwickWhen I discovered 'Pickwick' crocus was released in 1939, the same year my house was built, I had to grow it.

It doesn't hurt that it's one of the most beautiful flowers in the early spring garden. 'Pickwick' is also readily available at local nurseries in the fall. Like all things in the garden it's ephemeral, often only lasting a few short days when temperatures rise.

I'm always adding bulbs from the pre-war and WWII era. I think it's interesting to plant things which were grown when my house was new. To me the bulbs compliment my old Tudor house. When they bloom, I'm the only one who knows about the connection, unless I happen to have a visitor. Then they'll have to endure the history tour. Good friends don't mind, others might get a little annoyed, but that's the requirement for seeing the spring garden.

One of the coolest bulb catalogs is Old House Gardens, run by Scott Kunst. His catalog is a wealth of information and heirloom treasures which will fill your garden with character and beauty. I can shop by date on the web site, which is perfect for what I'm doing. 'White Triumphator' is a beautiful tulip from 1942 which fits the bill for my spring garden.

Even though we are inundated each season with new improved varieties each season, cultivars which stand the test of time are always a must for my garden.

There are plenty of spring planted bulbs in the Old House Gardens catalog too that work for me. 'Kidd's Climax' dahlia from 1940 produces large pink and yellow blossoms. Dahlias are the queen of the summer garden. Often times people don't plant them because the don't want to lift the tubers at the end of the season. It's a easy garden job, and once you've figured it out you'll be storing lots of bulbs and tubers like I do. I'll cover how to save them at the end of the season.

I also have my eye on 'Blue Rhythm' iris from 1945. It won the 1950 Dykes Medal, the highest honor an iris can win. The blossoms are bluish purple and offer a lemony fragrance.

Growing plants from the same era as my house was built is fun twist to gardening. Old House Gardens has bulbs dating back to the 1500's, maybe even earlier. You can certainly find something which will work in your garden.

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