Sustained Outrage

Will the CSB investigate Axiall chlorine leak?

  Current CSB Board Members: , Board Member Kristen Kulinowski Ph.D., Board Member Manuel “Manny” Ehrlich, Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland and Board Member Rick Engler Not so long ago, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board took a pass on investigating a significant incident — one that injured 11 workers — at the Axiall Corp. chemical plant in northern West […]

Coal Tattoo

MSHA to miners: ‘Stop and take a breath’

Here’s an announcement just out from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration: Since October 2015, eight fatalities and more than 1,100 nonfatal accidents have occurred in the nation’s coal mines, resulting in restricted duty, missed days at work, and permanent disabilities for the miners who worked there.  While injury rates have been fairly consistent […]

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

WVU has a depth chart

There are really no surprises and hardly any developments on offense, defense and special teams, and I maintain that’s one of the best things WVU has going for it as it approaches the opener. That said, there are a few notes, beginning with the offense.

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 […]


Monday Morning Art: More Blonde Kitty

  This week it’s yet another digital painting of Kitty Killton wearing a blonde wig. This sort of thing just happens once in a while. Based on a photo taken at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School in late 2014. Click to enlarge.

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