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Empty Netter Assists - 03-04-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Brian Gibbons (above) has found a home as Sidney Crosby's right wing.

-“I played with a guy once who said, ‘Stats are for losers — unless you have them.'" - Matt Niskanen.

-Chuck Kobasew cleared waivers.

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Rob Scuderi speaks:

-Today would've been the 83rd birthday of former Penguins coach "Badger" Bob Johnson. Hired June 12, 1990, Johnson coached the Penguins for one season in 1990-91. He led the team to a 41-33-6 record and the Patrick Division title, the first division title in franchise history. In the 1991 postseason, Johnson guided the franchise to its first Stanley Cup title. In the offseason, Johnson was diagnosed with brain cancer. He passed away Nov. 26, 1991 at the age of 60. Johnson was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

-After the Jump: Welcome back Pekka Rinne and an outdoor game in Minnesota?

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The Gotobeds headed to SXSW with Fear-ful new single

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

gotobedsTexas weather will feel better than it ever has to the Pittsburghers heading to Austin next week for the SXSW music festival.

Garage-pop band The Neighbours will be joining the mighty Cynics for the Get Hip Records showcase at the Lit Lounge on March 14. (The Nox Boys can't get out of school.)

Among others representing Pittsburgh will be Badboxes, Cello Fury, Drowning Clowns, Sharon Needles and The Gotobeds.

It’s the first trip there for The Gotobeds which features two members of defunct punks and SXSW vets Kim Phuc: guitarist Eli Kasan and drummer Tom Payne.

“It’s basically an advertisement for your band, pretty much the whole point of the fest, which is cooler than CMJ or some [b.s.],” the guitarist says. “The idea is you go down when all this scattered media attention has all converged and try to catch the biggest fish.”

The Gotobeds debuted in late 2012 with a cassette and are working on a May/June LP release for 12XU, a label owned by Gerard Cosloy of the esteemed Matador Records.

“We got on Gerard’s radar after we played live on WFMU in Jersey last August,” Kasan says. “He called in to ask who the hell we were. I sent him a record and the demo tape, and he wrote back saying, ‘I immediately went online looking for the single when I heard it and couldn’t find it. Congrats on costing yourself a sale. What do you think I can do for you you can’t do for yourself?’ ”

The Gotobeds are timing their trip with the release a 7-inch single on the local Mind Cure Records called “New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones),” a twist on the old Fear song “New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones.”

“We basically bite every popular NYC band for the music — Sonic Youth, The Strokes, Television, Parquet Courts — and made a vague diss-track outta the lyrics just saying it’s ‘alright’ which in itself is like a Lou Reed joke of just saying ‘alright’ in about every song.”

You can catch the Gotobeds at Gooski’s at 10 p.m. Friday, March 7 with The Beagle Brothers. Admission is $6. The SXSW show is March 13 at Beerland. For band info, visit the Gotobeds facebook page.

 

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Camera, action: Brighton Heights

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

 

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The Brighton Heights Citizens Federation has put out a call for photographs of the neighborhood, and a handsome neighborhood it is, nestled up against Riverview Park, with lots of big brick houses and front porches. 
 
Photographers can submit up to three photos. Find out more here. At the first of each month, starting in April, Facebook friends of the federation can vote on those submissions.
 
The prize for each month’s winner is publication in the Brighton Heights Citizens Report. Of course, the real prize is a photographer’s discovery of form and light in an attitude of place plucked from anonymity and given everlasting life. 
 
I wouldn’t know this from personal experience, being naturally woeful at the art form and untrained to boot.
 
In fact, I had to muster all my audacity to ask the great Darrell Sapp if I could take the photo (above) of his camera, then I made the mistake of trying to shoot it while it was prone. You never shoot a camera while it is down. 
 
I should have known that but I'm hopeless.
 
The rest of you have at it. With an April 1 deadline, you may have an opportunity to make it up some of the side streets without falling.
 
For the ringers out there, Brighton Heights’ boundaries are as follows:  from the city line to the Ohio River to Oakdale Ave, Oakdale to Woods Run Avenue, Woods Run to McClure Avenue, McClure to Richardson Avenue, Richardson to Bainton, Bainton to California Avenue, California to McClure, McClure to Eckert, Eckert to Ohio River Boulevard (Route 65), Ohio River Boulevard to the McKees Rocks Bridge, the McKees Rocks Bridge to the Ohio River, Ohio River to the City line.
 

 

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Energy boom gives law firms new focus

Written by Kim Lyons on .

As clients seek opportunities in the booming energy sector, law firms have adjusted their practice areas, adding staff in strategic locations across the country and around the globe. 

Law firms add staff worldwide to capitalize on energy boom.


This story is part of our new, expanded energy coverage section PowerSource. Be sure to check it out.

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Long-range winter weather flubcasts

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

 

snowglobe“This winter will be memorable for prolonged bitter cold and snowstorms so frequent that many communities will run out of rock salt.”

Do you remember which local TV weather forecaster said that in his long-range winter forecast last fall?

The answer: none of them.

Every year, the TV stations hype their meteorologists’ long-range winter forecasts, hoping we’ll tune in and then quickly forget their predictions. We decided to keep score this year.

Every inch of snow that falls will further bury those forecasts in disgrace. KDKA’s Jeff Verszyla, WPXI’s Stephen Cropper and WTAE’s Mike Harvey didn’t come close to guessing what this winter would bring.

As of the end of February, Mr. Harvey leads the trio in accuracy for his snowfall prediction, which is to say he missed it by only 20.4 inches. He guessed 38 inches would fall before March 1 — actual snowfall was 58.4 inches.

Mr. Cropper told us we’d have 33.5 inches through the end of February. Mr. Verszyla’s dart missed the board entirely, with a forecast of 26 inches through February, or less than half of what actually came down.

Mr. Verszyla said we’d get only 32 inches for the entire winter; counting the weekend’s snowfall, we’re at 60.8 inches for the season.

Mr. Harvey told us the average February temperature would be 1 degree below normal. He’s getting colder … colder. The actual average was 5.4 degrees below normal.

Mr. Verszyla said February temperatures would “nosedive below normal,” and Mr. Cropper said it would be the “coldest month.” Not exactly going out on a limb there, but Mr. Cropper even got that wrong: January’s average temperature of 22.1 degrees was 3.6 degrees colder than February’s average.

Our forecast: These gentlemen will be back in the fall with another round of shameless, self-promoting long-term forecasts. Viewers should take them with a truckload of salt.

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Excellent, chilling report by The New York Times looks back (with video) at the I-35W Bridge collapse in Minnesota in 2007 and how little the U.S. has done since then to address declining infrastructure. See it here.

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The average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in Pittsburgh has risen by 14.4 cents per gallon in the past month, to $3.651, according to GasBuddy.com. That’s 20.6 cents above the national average but still 18.4 cents cheaper than the average price here a year ago. Gasoline prices are another thing that “experts” like to forecast well in advance, with mixed success.

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menatworkWe can state with utter certitude that Daylight-Saving Time begins this weekend, with clocks advancing by an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday. We are reasonably sure that the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions between Butler Valley (Exit 39) and Allegheny Valley (Exit 48) from 11:59 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday. Crews will remove overhead bridge beams at Route 910. The turnpike planned the closure for last weekend, but bailed because of the snow forecast. Traffic will be detoured via Routes 8, 28 and 910 and Freeport Road.

Pothole patching will cause lane closures on southbound Interstate 79 from Route 19 to Route 910 in Marshall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

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