U.S. Chemical Safety Board members (left to right) Manny Ehrlich and Kristen Kulinowski, board Chairwoman Vanessa Allen Sutherland, general counsel Kara Wenze, and board member Rick Engler, huddle during a break at last nights public meeting on Freedom Industries. Photo by Ken Ward Jr. It’s just fascinating that one of the first things into my […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
Fall is in the air and new video games are dropping as quickly as leaves from the trees. Here’s a quick look at some recent releases: “Forza Horizon 3” (Turn 10 Studios; Microsoft; Xbox One; $59.99) — The Horizon Festival has gone to the land down under and soars to its greatest heights. I’ve been […]
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 […]
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, […]
Fish Hawk Acres in Central West Virginia will host a “fancy” ramp dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View Event Center in Buckhannon. And it sounds like it’s gonna be a good one, y’all. Guests will be welcomed with a Pickled Ramp Martini (yes, please!) and a taste of Deviled Eggs with Bacon, Pickled […]
When I was 13, I developed acute appendicitis on the second day of my first band camp. I can still remember standing in the late-July sun, clenching my side and fighting the urge to pass out in the middle of practice. I remember later that afternoon, recoiling as my pediatrician palpated my abdomen, and I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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. […]
With the upcoming race, the subject of eating has come up.
While my race isn’t all that long compared to an Iron Man, it’s long enough. It’s been suggested that it wouldn’t hurt to have something between the bicycle portion and the running race (only a dork eats in the pool).
The problem is: I can’t eat and run.
In this episode of the “Mountain State of Mind” podcast of the Charleston Gazette-Mail we begin an occasional series on “Songmakers,” about how singer-songwriters come to write the songs they do– then they perform their song. Our guest is Colleen Anderson, who has come out with a song called “The Don Blankenship Blues.” The song […]