Sustained Outrage

EPA issues public notice – and huge report – about potential cleanup of dioxin from Kanawha River

  There was an interesting — and potentially important — advertisement in today’s Gazette-Mail from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s what it said: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the EE/CA presenting the Preferred Alternative for addressing dioxin contaminated sediment in the Kanawha River between RM 31.1 (Winfield Locks and Dam) […]

Coal Tattoo

Friday roundup, Aug. 26, 2016

  In this Aug. 10, 2016 photo, Vincent Montant, director of facilities for Allegany Public Schools, shows the long-handed shovel that is used to remove coal ash from the furnace at Braddock Middle School in Cumberland, Md. are exhibited for inspection as the academic year approaches. (Michael A. Sawyers/Cumberland Times-News via AP) Another week, and […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Items from Saturday’s scrimmage

Good afternoon, Herd fans! Marshall held its second scrimmage today, a 1:15 or so affair on a hot, sunny day. Doc said the day was shortened by a lack of special teams drills more than anything. (All but field goals were addressed at length Friday.) As most of you know, that scrimmage was closed. No […]

Woods and Waters

WVU’s Ginny Thrasher claims Olympic air rifle gold

As freshman seasons go, Ginny Thrasher’s is going to be hard to top. Not only did the Virginia native lead West Virginia University to another national title, she won the NCAA air rifle and smallbore titles in the process. To top all that, she flew down to Rio and captured the women’s 10 m air […]

WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Friday Feedback

Welcome to the Friday Feedback, which sees just one last hurdle between us and it. We’ve placed all these obstacles along the way to the regular season — media days, the start of camp, the big scrimmage, the end of camp, the mock game week, things like that — but this is the beginning of […]

Plugged In

Review: ‘Batman: The Telltale Series, Episode 1’

Gamers are no strangers to donning the cape and cowl and defending Gotham from all manner of villains as the iconic Batman, thanks in large part to Rocksteady Studio’s classic “Arkham” trilogy. But what happens when the costume comes off and Bruce Wayne is left to fend for himself? That’s the side of the superhero […]

PopCult

Sunday Evening Video: The Forgotten Comedy Team

[HTML1] It seems that nobody talks about The Ritz Brothers anymore. At one time they were considered rivals to the Marx Brothers in terms of being a comedy team specializing in chaotic anarchy. One reason they aren’t as well-known today is that they simply were not as funny. The three actual brothers, Harry, Al and […]

Vines & Vittles

No more Uncle Vito’s Thunder Mountain Red!

I like to think that, like a fine wine, my own personal vinous tastes have matured, morphing from “in your face” big, tannic purple monsters to balanced, flavorful and nuanced wines of all colors. This transition did not occur overnight and, in fact, it took about two decades for my mind to accept what my […]

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