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Empty Netter Assists - 11-30-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “The way we competed was a lot better. We gave ourselves a chance.” - Sidney Crosby.

-The Raleigh News & Observer's recap. "We had the chance to play with the lead a little bit, and that didn’t happen." - Hurricanes coach Bill Peters.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''He's played outstanding. Every game he's been in, he's given us a chance to win.'' - Mike Johnston on Thomas Greiss.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Nick Spaling hounded Carolina captain Eric Staal pretty good here:

-Jayson Megna and Carolina's Nathan Gerbe had issues:

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Marcel Goc is dealing with an injured foot.

-"My moustache is really embarrassing, actually. It's like four or five [hairs] on each side. Just little whiskers. I kind of look like a catfish." - Beau Bennett on Movember.

-Matt Murray made 22 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 1-0 shutout of the St. John’s IceCaps.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have the least of shots against per game this season.

-Highlights:

-Eric Hartzell made 40 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-2 win against the Florida Everblades.

-Highlights:

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Sean Pronger. Acquired at the 1998 trade deadline in a deal which sent Patrick Lalime to the Mighty Ducks, Pronger spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1997-98 by appearing in five games and scoring one goal for the Penguins. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and failed to score a point. After two points and no points in 1998-99, Pronger was traded along with Chris Tamer and Petr Nedved to the Rangers in exchange for Alex Kovalev and Harry York. In seven regular season games, Pronger recorded one point.

-After the Jump: Brendan Gallagher and Marco Scandella get paid.

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Sites set for state semifinals

Written by Mike White on .

The PIAA has announced sites, days and times for the state football semifinals.

Four WPIAL teams willl play in the games - Pine-Richland in Class AAAA, Central Valley in AAA, South Fayette in AA and Clairton in A.

In Class A, Clairton will play Sharpsville Friday at North Allegheny, 7 p.m. In the eastern region final, Bishop Guilfoyle will play South Williamsport Friday at DuBois, 7 p.m.

In Class AA, South Fayette will play Hickory Saturday at Slippery Rock University, 1 p.m. Wyomissing will play Dunmore Saturday at Northern Lehigh, 1 p.m.

In Class AAA, Central Valley meets Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt Friday at Altoona's Mansion Park Stadium, 7 p.m. In the eastern region final, Archbishop Wood takes on Somerset at a site and time to be determined. It seems kind of funny doesn't it? Somerset is in the eastern region final while Bishop McDevitt is in the western region final.

In Class AAAA, Pine-Richland meets Wilson Saturday at Altoona, 1 p.m. In the east, St. Joseph's Prep plays Pennsbury Saturday at Northeast High School, 1 p.m. 

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Thanksgiving with a side of Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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Thanksgiving weekend moviegoers were craving the second-to-last “Hunger Games,” which was No. 1 for Friday through Sunday with an estimated $56,875,000, bringing its gross so far to nearly $226,000,000 in North America.

Here are the top five estimates (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) according to Rentrak:

  1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” -- $56,875,000, for $225,692,805 since release.
  2. “Penguins of Madagascar” -- $25,800,000, for $36,000,000.
  3. “Big Hero Six” -- $18,770,000, for $167,209,000 to date.
  4. “Interstellar” -- $15,800,000, or $147,090,000 so far.
  5. “Horrible Bosses 2” -- $15,700,000, or $23,010,000 in North America. 

 

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Beautiful winter rose garden at Renzie Park

Written by Doug Oster on .

Blog renzie4A rose hangs on to its flower in the dead of winter at the Renziehausen Park Rose Garden and Arboretum in McKeesport. Photos by Doug Oster

The Renziehausen Park Rose Garden and Arboretum in McKeesport is one of Pittsburgh's hidden treasures.

It's one of the greatest collections of roses in the country, yet many locals don't even know it exists.

I visited the volunteers of the Garden Club of McKeesport recently for another story and was compelled to walk through the garden even though it was 27 degrees.

They have an unending passion for this place and embrace visitors who want to know more about this historic garden. The stone walls which surround the plants were so well built by the WPA craftsmen in the 1930's, they have never needed to be repointed.

In the garden the roses stubbornly hold on to their blooms. The frigid temperatures have taken their toll, but buds and flowers still show color. Many of the roses have pretty hips which add to the beauty in the garden.

In the butterfly garden milkweed seed pods release their progeny in front of bright orange winterberries. And 12 foot tall Coreopsis tripteris reach towards puffy white clouds.

It quiet, beautiful and something every gardener should see.

Come back again in early summer to see the spectacular show these roses put on and spread the word about a garden that should be anything but secret.

Blog rezie1An over all look of the garden which was first planted in the 1930's.

Blog renzie10Rose flowers make a spectacular show, but so do the left over hips.

Blog renzie8I love the color of these rose hips.

Blog renzie6In the butterfly garden milkweed releases its seed in front of winterberries.

Blog renzie7Tall coreopsis tripteris reach towards puffy white clouds.

Blog renzie2I wonder what color this blossom was before the cold got to it.

Blog renzie15Backlit by the low winter sun, these roses still look beautiful.

Blog renzie13One rose stands alone against the cold.

Blog renzie16These holly trees took a beating from last year's polar vortex, but have come back nicely with the help of garden volunteers.

Blog renzie11I can't wait to visit again in the early summer and see these plants in their glory.

 

 

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Santa Cruz

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The GOP is angry at Obama for using his executive order to pass immigration reforms that the do-nothing Congress failed to pass. The GOP leadership is threatening action, but at least they have the sense not to threaten a government shutdown again. I wish I could say the same about Ted Cruz.113014 Santa Cruz

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