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Mac Miller is leaving Rostrum

Written by Scott Mervis on .

macmiller14Mac Miller is a free agent. Let the bidding start.

After two albums on Rostrum Records, the Pittsburgh rapper is parting ways with the hometown label.

He told MTV that his contract expired and will not be renewed.

“Rostrum is my family. That is forever,” he said. “No matter what, we will always work together. We moved mountains and I can only see them continuing that tradition. I am grateful for everything I learned and am always here for whatever.”

Miller signed to Rostrum in 2010 on the success of his independently released “K.I.D.S.” The next year his “Blue Slide Park” became the first independently distributed debut album to top the Billboard charts (with 144,000 sales) since Tha Dogg Pound’s “Dogg Food” in 1995.

Rather than jump to the majors, he stuck with Rostrum and last year, he landed at No. 3, right behind Kanye West and J. Cole (at 102,000) with his more experimental “Watching Movies with the Sound Off.”

Miller’s label mate and fellow Allderdice grad Wiz Khalifa issued his first two albums on Rostrum before signing a cooperative deal with Atlantic Records.

Rostrum President and CEO Benjy Grinberg told MTV, “Mac is an incredible artist and has a bright career ahead of him. We are proud of the historic run that we had together and we will continue to support him in any way that is needed. We wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

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Empty Netter Assists - 01-15-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-James Neal (above) is day to day due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Robert Bortuzzo will not receive supplemental discipline for his hit against Calgary captain/defenseman Mark Giordano Saturday.

-Consol Energy Center has been kind to the Penguins.

-The Penguins recalled forward Nick Drazenovic from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and placed the great Joe Vitale ("upper body") on injured reserve. Drazenovic, 26, has appeared in 26 AHL games this season and has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists).

-The Penguins also recalled forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 31 games this season Letourneau-Leblond has two points (one goal, one assist) and 131 penalty minutes.

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Drazenovic speaks:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defenseman Nick D’Agostino from Wheeling and released defenseman Barry Goers from his professional tryout agreement.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Martin Strbak. Acquired along with Sergei Anshakov early in the 2003-04 season in a deal which sent Martin Straka to the Kings, Strbak's Penguins career amounted to 44 games and 14 points with the Penguins that season. During the 2004-05 lockout, he joined HC Kosice of the Slovak Extraliga. He still currently plays for HC Kosice.

-After the Jump: Yet another milestone for Jaromir Jagr.

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Brewed On Grant: Mayor's Office

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Bill Peduto has been sworn in and it is clear he is out to change the culture Boy Mayor left behind. 

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Fourth quarter burst leads New Castle over Hampton ..... Luther doesn't play

Written by Mike White on .

Brad Everett covered tonight's New Castle-Hampton game. Here are some notes from him.

New Castle, the Post-Gazette's No. 1 Class AAAA team, used an exceptional fourth quarter to turn out the lights on No. 2 Hampton, handing the host Talbots a 58-42 defeat in a clash of Class AAAA Section 3 unbeatens.

Hampton played without standout senior Ryan Luther, a 6-8 guard-forward and Pitt recruit who missed his third game in a row after suffering an ankle injury in practice last Tuesday.

Clinging to a two-point lead after three quarters, New Castle turned up its defensive intensity a notch and blitzed Hampton with a 14-0 run to begin the fourth. All of a sudden, New Castle had a 53-37 lead.

Malik Hooker scored a game-high 17 points for New Castle. He and Anthony Richards combined to scored 12 of the 14 points in the big run. Jake McPhatter scored 14 points for New Castle and Richards added 10. New Castle extended its regular-season winning streak to 58 games.

Collin Luther, Ryan's twin brother, led Hampton with 14 points, including seven straight late in the third quarter to bring the Talbots within two.

"Obviously, it's a lot different without Ryan," said New Castle coach Ralph Blundo. "I credit Hampton because they adjusted well, did a little things different because of their personnel and played a tough, hard-nosed basketball game." 

 

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Tomorrowland: A stadium over the Mon

Written by Dan Gigler on .

If you've lived in Pittsburgh long enough, you've likely seen a never-ending shortage of artists renderings of proposed construction projects and infrastructure improvements including everything from Maglev stations to Clemente Field, many of which appeared in this paper but never came to fruition (or if they did were in drastically different form than originally proposed).

A friend that's even more of a geek about Pittsburgh history than myself sent along this link to a 1958 proposal for what eventually became Three Rivers Stadium.

Behold the wonder: 

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Here's the write up that goes along with it: 

"The Proposed Stadium over the Monongahela. A Classic Structure that will blend with the Renaissance of Pittsburgh. Completely Self-Liquidating. No Tax Loss. No Land Acquisition. 70,000 Capacity with Majority Under Cover. 600 Room Hotel with Gourmet Restaurants. 4,500 Automobile Parking Stalls Inside. 100 Air Conditioned Bowling Alleys. World's Largest Covered Boat Dock. Beautiful Gardens Overlooking River. Truly a Multi-Purpose, Multi-Income Facility. A 'First' in the World. Consulting Architect: M.de Mailly of Paris, France, Premier Grand Prix de Rome Winner. Idea Originated by Mr. Eric M. Sirko."

Forget that not only did this not happen and that (at least based on this drawing) the Smithfield Street Bridge and the Pennsylvania & Lake Erie Railroad Station (now Station Square) would have to have been knocked down to accommodate it. Pretend for a moment that some form of this plan was actually a go, I honestly cannot decide if Pittsburgh missed out a truly iconic feat of engineering or was spared a monstrosity of epic proportions. 

Worth mentioning -- another early sketch of Three Rivers indicates that it very well could have been an iconic building, rather than the cement ashtray eyesore that it was, and perhaps not only would not have outlived it's usefulness so quickly, but would remain an architectural classic. 

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