Sustained Outrage

Coal Tattoo

Coming clean about the Clean Power Plan

  Tomorrow is a big day for coal and energy issues, what with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia set to hear oral argument in the case trying to stop the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Lots of eyes in West Virginia will be watching, and we’ve covered the implications […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Prediction for the Pitt game

Hello, Herd fans! Another week, another “Power 5” opponent. Conference USA hasn’t done very well against the so-called “haves” of college football, losing 16 of 17. I don’t see that changing today when Marshall plays Pitt at Heinz Field, though the Thundering Herd has a lot better chance than it had against Louisville. As mentioned, […]

Woods and Waters

‘The law of unintended consequences’ kills fish yet again

Fish kills happen. Everyone knows that. Pipeline ruptures, tanker-truck wrecks, train wrecks and accidental discharges from industrial sites are unfortunate, but until someone creates a perfect world such incidents are going to occur from time to time. It still hurts to see the results — fish dead, recreation harmed, ecosystem damaged. It hurts twice as […]

WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Friday Feedback

  Welcome to the Friday Feedback, which knows important people. Would you look at that! I (kind of) work at the College of Media. I wrote a book. I did not get a standalone. I did not get a ballroom. I need to fire my agent. /Hires an agent // Fires agent Congratulations to Mr. […]

Plugged In


Weekend Programming On The AIR

The AIR, in case you didn’t know (in which case, welcome to your first ever visit to PopCult, please take the time to check out our many other fascinating posts and stories), is our nifty little internet radio station, broadcasting a unique and innovative collection of talk, comedy, and music, music, music. You can listen […]

Vines & Vittles

Outing myself: Confessions of a closet beer drinker

I was sorry to hear that my good friend and fellow Gazette-Mail colleague, Rich Ireland, will no longer be educating us on the pleasures of sipping that hop-infused beverage he has so lovingly championed over the past decade. Rich’s “Beers to You” column and blog has been on my required reading list since its inception, […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

Health Blog

Extra Credit

Live from the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Charleston Daily Mail reporter Samuel Speciale will provide updates from the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. The speller sponsored by the Gazette-Mail is Varun Kukkillaya, a John Adams Middle School 8th grader who is making a repeat appearance at the national bee. Go Varun! Other West Virginia spellers include Andrew Gould, a sixth-grader […]

Pop Machine

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ photos show grown-up Hogwarts gang

As preparation for the stage production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” ramps up in London, we were treated this week to new photos of the adult versions of the Boy Who Lived and his former Hogwarts classmates. The stage production is based on an original story by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and picks up […]

The 304

Kanawha County Delegate District Problems

I’ve been working on figuring out exactly who was affected by the delegate district problems in Precinct 277, so here’s a map I made from the addresses Vera McCormick, the Kanawha County Clerk, gave me.

Sports with Chuck McGill

Love when things are at their worst

Monday — a few days after floods devastated my home state of West Virginia — I returned to work after a week-long vacation. The red light on my phone was blinking when I arrived at the office, which meant several voicemails awaited my attention. I listened, jotted down notes and deleted them, one by one. […]

One Month At A Time

Mountain State of Mind