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7th Century Santorum

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Rick Santorum is officially running for president. Heaven help us all. 

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Sending positive thoughts for longtime theater producer Jude Pohl

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

Longtime Pittsburgh area theater producer Jude Pohl is in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.  
 
He checked into the hospital assuming a stent would be implanted but instead faces quintuple bypass surgery there tomorrow (June 1) morning. He and his family would welcome any prayers and good wishes sent his way. 
 
Among the many local venues where he has produced shows are Station Square, the Blarney Stone in Etna and, for several years recently, the Crowne Plaza Hotel across from South Hills Village.
 

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San Andreas rocks and rolls to No. 1 at weekend box office

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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The Rock is rock-solid as a movie star — and “San Andreas” proves it. 
 
The disaster picture opened at No. 1 with even bigger numbers than projected, taking in an estimated $53 million, no doubt helped by the 3-D. 
 
Here are the early weekend numbers from Rentrak: 
 
1. “San Andreas” — $53,215,000.
2. “Pitch Perfect 2” — $14,841,300, for $147,540,020 to date. 
3. “Tomorrowland” — $13,803,000, bringing its North American gross to 
$63,188,651.
4. “Mad Max: Fury Road” — $13,625,000, for $115,914,534 so far.
5. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” — $10,920,000, or $427,070,025 to date. 
6. “Aloha” — $10,000,000. 
7. “Poltergeist” — $7,800,000, for $38,266,646.
8. “Far From the Madding Crowd” — $1,420,000, in limited release,  for $8,362,438.
9. “Hot Pursuit” — $1,370,000, for $32,350,587.
10. “Home” — $1,150,000, or $170,408,530.
 
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, said:  “Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson proves that he has serious box office muscle as Warner Bros.’ perfectly marketed, action-packed earthquake adventure ‘San Andreas’ opens to a much better than expected $53.215 million and, in the process, he delivers his biggest debut ever as a topline star. 
 
“On Friday, the film generated solid numbers and that strength intensified through the weekend as the pure popcorn movie excitement that the film delivers makes for a terrific summertime moviegoing experience.  Johnson is clearly one of then most bankable stars working today.”
 
Rentrak’s PostTrak audience exit polling service shows the audience was 49 percent female and 51 percent male with 34 percent under age 25 and the balance over. The film earned 3.5 out of 5 stars from audiences.
 
 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - Blackhawks to face Lightning for Stanley Cup - 05-31-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
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-Two goals by captain/forward Jonathan Toews led the Blackhawks to a series-clinching 5-3 win against the Lightning in Game 7 of the Western Conference final. Forward Patrick Kane recorded three assists for Chicago while defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Brad Richards each netted two assists. Goaltender Corey Crawford made 35 saves for Chicago which won the series, 4-3.

-Check out the release by Toews on this goal:

-Check out the pass by Kane to set up forward Brandon Saad, a native of Gibsonia, for a goal:

-A good look at the goal:

-Check out the placement on this shot by Ducks forward Ryan Kesler:

-Check out the backhanded pass by Ducks forward Patrick Maroon to set up forward Corey Perry for a goal:

-The handshake lines:

-Crawford and Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen exchanged pleasantries:

-The Blackhawks are popular, even in Anaheim:

-Happy times for the Blackhawks. Not so much for the Ducks:

-Happy times for Saad:

-Tough times for Ducks captain/forward Ryan Getzlaf:

-“He just seems to excel in big moments, big stages. Shows he’s as good a leader as there is in any sport.’’ - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Toews.

-Richards will face the Lightning, the team he won the Stanley Cup with in 2004.

-“They played better than us tonight. I'm not telling you they're a better team than us. I'm telling you they played better than us tonight, played good enough to win.” - Getzlaf on the Blackhawks.

-“There are no words. One game. We lose two. Especially the one at home. We have to come back another year.” - Maroon on failing to win the series despite having a 3-2 series lead.

Lightning

-"There's some swagger here. It's not arrogance. It's a belief in each other." - LIghtning forward and former Penguin Brenden Morrow on his team's attitude.

-“I’ve watched a lot of hockey and seen those situations before, and this was my first one, so I knew there was a decision to be made. [Coach Jon Cooper] said I could do what I want because we deserved it. But I talked to a couple of guys that have been there before, and we decided not to. But the play on the ice is what is going to dictate whether we win the next round or not.” - Lightning forward Steven Stamkos on his decision not to touch the Prince of Wales Trophy following his team's win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final against the Rangers.

 

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-What's next for the Rangers as they enter the offseason?

Central Division

-The logo for the 2016 All-Star Game, which will be played in Nashville, was unveiled:

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes reinstated radio broadcaster Nick Boynton. Boynton was suspended after being charged with assault, disorderly conduct, harassment, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and obstruction of government administration in connection with a situation on March 26 at a casino in Buffalo.

Norris Division

-Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid was named CHL Player of the Year.

(Photos: Harry How/Getty Images, Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press and Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

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Climate Change

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Obama recently said that climate change was a one of the biggest threats to our national security. Naturally, republicans jumped on that and screamed, "what about ISIS?" Well, if the planet is under water I don't think anyone will be worrying about terrorist attacks. 

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