Coal Tattoo

President Donald Trump talks with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice during a rally Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Huntington, W.Va. Justice, a Democrat, announced that he is switching parties to join the Republicans. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Facing the facts about coal booms, climate change and West Virginia political leaders

  President Donald Trump talks with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice during a rally Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Huntington, W.Va. Justice, a Democrat, announced that he is switching parties to join the Republicans. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Here in West Virginia, the big political story over the last week has obviously been Gov. Jim Justice’s […]

Squawk Box

Patrick Morrisey and Cardinal Health

In a court brief filed earlier this year, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey discloses that he hired a private lawyer to advise him whether he could take part in his office’s lawsuit against Cardinal Health, a drug distribution company that Morrisey’s wife, Denise Henry, lobbies for in Washington, D.C.  According to the brief, Morrisey […]

Sustained Outrage

Natural Gas, fracking

Report assesses gas well proximity to communities

  There’s a new report out today from Downstream Strategies in Morgantown that outlines how Marcellus Shale gas production has become more common near “places essential for everyday life” in West Virginia. The report, also compiled by SkyTruth and San Francisco State University, says this proximity increases the potential for human exposure to toxic chemicals. […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Position roundup: Which ones have improved?

After 2 1/2 weeks — the public session, in other words — here is my semi-educated observation on each position group. These all assume the team hit some level of bottom at all positions by the end of the season because, ahem, it was like that. Without further adieu: QUARTERBACK: Improved … I think, I […]

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 Gameday Blog

Baylor head football coach Matt Rhule listens to a reporter's question during the Big 12 NCAA college football media day in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Mitch Vingle WVU prediction: At Baylor

Well, hello Matt Rhule! After the beyond-ugly sexual assault scandal that’s hit Baylor, Rhule left Temple to take on the job of rebuilding what was once a national power. For now though, Rhule and those around him have been using words like “one brick at a time.” It’s a good approach. And it also signals […]

Marshall Sports with Derek Redd

Another future RB for the Herd?

There currently are seven running backs on Marshall’s roster, but the Herd isn’t standing pat for the future. A source told 247Sports.com’s Ryan Bartow that James Allen, a running back from North Marion High in Citra, Fla., will attend Marshall. According to Bartow, Allen will come to Marshall as an academic non-qualifier, sit a year, […]

West Virginia Book Festival

Book Festival chairwoman Pam May exits

If the West Virginia Book Festival is to return — and we still hope it does, in some fashion — it will have a new director. Last month, Pam May left her job as marketing supervisor at the Kanawha County Public Library — where her duties included being chairwoman of the Book Festival — to […]

Karin Fuller

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

                Today’s column is my last. It seems an appropriate time to say goodbye. The end of the year. The end of my daughter’s childhood, which was the subject of so many columns. Most moms record their children’s upbringing on film. Celeste’s was on newsprint. Saying goodbye isn’t […]

Beers To You

Eulogizing The Cold Spot

 As the ash heap of what was once The Cold Spot is still smoldering, many of us local craft geeks feel a certain emptiness inside. The Cold Spot was in no way, shape or form a “Craft Beer Bar” but it did supply many a thirsty beer geek with a well-priced pint and even pitches […]

Mountain Word

Reminder: Mountain Word is on Facebook

A new, more flexible version of Mountain Word is now on Facebook. It’s easier than ever for everyone to contribute, read, listen, watch, comment, add links and generally interact with and enjoy Mountain Word. https://www.facebook.com/MountainWord Please stop by, and “Like” it. Thanks for all the “Likes” so far!

Plugged In

2K Sports reveals ‘NBA 2K18’ MyTEAM details

2K Sports has released a new blog detailing all the fresh content coming to MyTEAM mode in “NBA 2K18.” You can read all about it here and check out the trailer above. The new Pack & Playoff mode, in which you draft your five-man squad from a selection of random players, looks particularly interesting. It […]

PopCult

Sunday Evening Videos: Pryor’s Place

Back in the 1980s everyone in show business did cocaine. Lots of cocaine. Seriously, the set of Brian DePalma’s Scarface was actually the office of the head of children’s programming at NBC. Because so many people in the television industry did cocaine, and because so many of them had the same dealers, some really bizarre […]

WV Film

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Vines & Vittles

Summer foods: A sparkling idea!

Summer is a time to kick back and relax. Picnics, barbecues, back porch lounging and casual dining rule the day and that’s a very good thing. So the beverages we choose to match the lighter, fresher and more casual foods we consume this time of year should not only be delicious, but also refreshing too. […]

Festivall

Radio Free Charleston Does FestivALL

Once again Radio Free Charleston, the local music, art and film webshow nextled in the heart of the PopCult blog, is turning their cameras toward FestivALL for an indeterminite amount of episodes.  The first show, seen above, features music from The Charleston Light Opera Guild production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as well as perfomances from […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

The Mommyhood

The hardest and best job

First, let me say I don’t consider parenting a job. But many times it can be like a job, in that work is involved. And it’s often compared to a job. So, if I’m going to compare parenting to a job, here it is: Parenting is hard work. (I know, I know – deep stuff […]

On The List

Autumn vs. Clutch: the pictures

So, Autumn went to see Clutch over the weekend and brought back proof. Here are some of the photos —I say some because she said she had something like 100 and this is but a humble blog, not a coffee table edition.

Nerd Living

Capitol Notebook

Justice campaign announces “Coaches for Jim”

From a press release issued today by the Justice campaign: Today, businessman Jim Justice visited Morgantown and Huntington alongside former Marshall University football coach Bob Pruett and former West Virginia University football coach Don Nehlen to kickoff “Coaches for Jim,”— a citizen-led coalition to reach out to local coaches across West Virginia. Justice, the basketball […]

Still On Guard

The 1st/201st leaves Camp Buehring

Soldiers with the West Virginia National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 201st Field Artillery Regiment stationed at Camp Buehring in Kuwait are headed home to the U.S. Officers and soldiers conducted a transfer of authority ceremony at the camp in northwestern Kuwait on July 27. Here’s a story posted by Sgt. Brian Gordon on the “Granite Thunder” Facebook page: By Sgt. […]

Pet City

The Reporters Pad

Share the Road

The Painkiller Epidemic

Businessweek: Selling Zohydro

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-24/how-to-sell-the-prescription-painkiller-politicians-are-afraid-of

Editors Desk

Farewell to Charley West

This blog hasn’t been updated for a long, long time because in July, 2015, the Charleston Daily Mail combined with the Charleston Gazette to form The Charleston Gazette-Mail. This is one of the last photos taken of the final staff of the Daily Mail. Serving with these people was an honor and lots of fun.

County Courthouse, City Hall

On Wellness in WV

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 […]

Dollars and Sense

CVS/pharmacy to end cigarette, tobacco product sales

CVS Caremark announced this morning it will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores by Oct. 1.  The company is the first national pharmacy retail chain to end tobacco sales at its stores.  (Target announced it would stop selling tobacco in 1996.) “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products […]

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

EPISODE 1, ‘Mountain State of Mind’: The W.Va. Activist Archive

“Mountain State of Mind” is a new podcast of the Charleston Gazette-Mail that focuses on interesting people and intriguing developments around the state of West Virginia. This podcast is a companion broadcast to a story in the Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 Gazette-Mail on the development of the West Virginia Activist Archive, by Michael Tierney, a […]

Mountain State of Mind

Fashionably Awkward

towncenter

Open Modeling Auditions at Charleston Town Center

Charleston Town Center is looking for its next class of modeling talent.  The mall’s annual auditions for the Young Faces Modeling Team, for children ages 5 – 11, is at 1 p.m. this Saturday in Macy’s Court. No experience is necessary and they are requesting no portfolios. Those selected will participate in a modeling workshop […]

The Varsity Blog