Sustained Outrage

Chasing DuPont’s C8 liabilities

Controversy continues to swirl over DuPont’s legacy liabilities for C8 contamination. The News-Journal reported this interesting story earlier this week: Plaintiffs suing DuPont Co. over alleged exposure to the toxic chemical C8 want to know who is going to pay the $1 billion in damages they are seeking. Who will be held ultimately responsible is unclear, they say, […]

Coal Tattoo

Blankenship: Waiting on the 4th Circuit

Last evening, the defense team for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship filed the last of its arguments in its effort to keep Blankenship from having to begin serving his prison sentence while an appeal of his conviction is being considered. I’ve posted a copy of the defense’s latest filing with the 4th U.S. Circuit […]

Inside Marshall Sports

NFL Draft: Will any MU players be picked?

The Herd has a five-year streak  of having a player drafted on the line. The two best prospects are RB Devon Johnson and safety D.J. Hunter. (Yes, he was an LB at Marshall.) Check my story tonight/Thursday morning to see their chances, as told by somebody else. My standard warning: There are only so many […]

Woods and Waters

‘Blaze pink’s’ time is coming

On Feb. 4, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that made it legal for hunters to wear fluorescent pink — aka “blaze pink” — instead of blaze orange during the state’s hunting seasons. A similar measure is moving smoothly through the Louisiana Legislature. From the Associated Press: The Louisiana House voted 95-5 Wednesday to […]

WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

That time Karl Joseph made history, money…

  You are looking live at the newest member of the Oakland Raiders, which is going to throw a scary defense out on the field this fall. Karl Joseph was selected with the 14th pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday, the highest a West Virginia safety has ever been selected. Joseph […]

Plugged In

A look inside April’s ‘Quest’ Loot Crate

My sons are back again to unbox another Loot Crate, this time the April 2016 “Quest”-themed package. This month’s box features items from Harry Potter, “Uncharted 4,” “Vikings” and a pretty sweet “Labyrinth” T-shirt that had my kids stumped — of course, considering the film came out roughly 18 years before they were born, it’s […]


RFC Flashback: Episode Thirty-Three

[HTML1] From January, 2008 comes a show with music from Holden Caulfield and The Synergy Collective. This show also includes Turkish Star Wars and animation by Frank Panucci. Holden Caulfield was captured live at the La Belle Theater in South Charleston in August, 2007. For The Synergy Collective, we took our cameras to Ric Cochran’s […]

Vines & Vittles

Ramping up for Springtime

Ramps! Like snails, buttermilk or sweet breads, you either covet these “acquired tastes” or detest the very thought of them. I know people that would rather experience water boarding than consume ramps. Me? I love these little lilies, but I think I’m genetically predisposed to do so. Let me explain. My paternal grandparents hailed from […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

Health Blog

Pop Machine

The 304

Which counties are losing property tax value?

Yesterday I wrote an article about how increasing and decreasing property tax values have resulted in classification changes for 17 counties. The classification system doesn’t mean much beyond how much the elected officials in the counties earn, but they are calculated based on something more important—property tax values. Counties rely on property taxes for their […]

Sports with Chuck McGill

Jameson Taillon: Then and now

Because we like to celebrate anniversaries around these parts, today — April 27 — is the five-year anniversary of Jameson Taillon’s professional baseball debut. Yours truly was there for it: a rainy night at Charleston’s Appalachian Power Park with Bryce Harper in town. Taillon, for the unaware, has long been considered one of the Pittsburgh […]

One Month At A Time

Going Vegan! Tamarack

I was sorting through my options at the grille at Tamarack and not finding much when an attendant approached. “If you need any help, let me know,” she said, cheerfully. I raised my hand slowly, indicating that I had questions. “I’m a vegan,” I told her. She laughed. I was hilarious, but when I didn’t […]

Mountain State of Mind

EPISODE 3: 70 Years a Nun

Sister Mary Pellicane has been a nun longer than most of us have been alive. On Good Friday 2016, she marked 70 years as a nun of the Sisters of Cenacle, 37 of those years spent in Charleston, W.Va. She’s 94 years old and has long been a spiritual icon of West Virginia. She grew […]