Coal Tattoo

Supreme Court declines to hear Blankenship’s appeal

Mine Explosion Congress

  This news just in: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s criminal mine safety conviction. Here’s the mention of the case — under the heading “CERTIORARI DENIED” — on an order list released this morning by the Court: View note

Sustained Outrage

Good news, bad news for imperiled fish species


  Although darters in general make up 20 percent of freshwater fish species in North America, candy darters are found only in a portion of West Virginia and Virginia. Measuring 2-3 inches in length, this colorful fish prefers shallow, fast flowing stream reaches with rocky bottoms. Photo T. Travis Brown via U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Conference USA notebook, 10/16


We haven’t gotten to November yet, but we have some “remember October” games on the docket this week. Looking at the games, in order of (my) interest: NORTH TEXAS (4-2, 3-0) at FLORIDA ATLANTIC (3-3, 2-0), 5:30 p.m. TV: ESPN3 If you saw my Tuesday throwdown, I anointed NT quarterback Mason Fine the midseason MVP. […]

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

Holgorsen Press Conference News & Notes

Graphic created by Ryan Decker.

Moving on from its comeback win against Texas Tech Saturday, No. 23 West Virginia (4-2) looks ahead to its road matchup against Baylor (0-6) this weekend. Despite its winless record, the Bears appeared to be moving in the right direction, playing some tighter games as of late, including going down to the wire against Oklahoma […]

Plugged In


Comix Review: The Charlton Arrow v.2 #1

The Charlton Arrow v.2 #1 written by Nicola Cuit, Paul Kupperberg and Roger McKenzie drawn by Joe Staton, Mike Collins, Barbara Kaalberg, Tim Kennedy, Ben Torres and Dan Reed Lettering and color by Mort Todd, Matt Webb and Ben Torres published by Charlton Neo/AC Comics $7.99 I’ve been telling you about this comic for months, […]

Vines & Vittles

Sampling Italian wine and food at the Source

I recently returned from an overseas trip where I ate and drank like Nero in and around a noble estate located in the hills not too far from Rome. And while I may be slightly exaggerating the quantities of food and wine I consumed, I did feel like Roman nobility since I stayed at a […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

On Wellness in WV

Who’s deciding whether you can smoke marijuana?

This June 5, 2017, photo shows a marijuana leaf in the vegetative room at Alaska Cannabis Cultivators in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP)

Interested in who will be making recommendations to DHHR, and the West Virginia Legislature, on what medical conditions qualify you as a medical marijuana patient? Or who will be recommending whether marijuana dispensaries should sell marijuana in plant form? The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has divided into three work groups. Following the second […]

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

Fashionably Awkward

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

Tom Bragg: Sizing up the 2017 Kennedy Award race

Jeremy Dillon, Mingo Central

Perhaps no topic in West Virginia high school sports annually stirs debate like the Kennedy Award. It’s given to the top high school football player in West Virginia each year, so you can think of it as our version of what many states call “Mr. Football” or something similar. We just put Week 8 to […]