Sustained Outrage

About that Antero spill …

  Readers may recall a post a couple of weeks ago about a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection settlement with Antero Resources about a series of spills at the company’s operations (See WVDEP probe of Antero spills finds … more spills). Well, a coalition of citizen groups — including the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, […]

Coal Tattoo

President Obama, the coalfields, and this election

  Last night, during a remarkable speech at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama again included coal miners in the discussion about what this election is about. Here’s what he said: It can be frustrating, this business of democracy … When the other side refuses to compromise, progress can stall. People are hurt by the […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Strangest Games series

For fun, I have ranked the 12 strangest games I have seen in my 14 years on the Gazette/Gazette-Mail’s MU beat. Bear in mind this stretches back to 2002, so games such as the 1999 MAC title game and the 2001 GMAC Bowl aren’t ranked. Introduction column. No. 1: Nov. 12, 2002: Marshall 36, Miami […]

Woods and Waters

Tiger at Chinese wildlife park kills one visitor, injures another

Oh my. When I saw the headlines, I figured for sure that this latest tragedy was an example of someone vying for a Darwin Award by trying to “pet the big striped kitty.” Sadly, there’s more to it than that. According to the Shanghaiist, a woman was killed after another woman stepped out of her […]

WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Get me some Derrek Pitts stock   He is the state’s top-rated prep prospect in the 2017 class, but Derrek Pitts also staged a commitment announcement at a popular Charleston restaurant Wednesday and picked Penn State.  But the rising senior made no apologies to WVU fans, some of whom were at the restaurant on Wednesday. “I love West Virginia,” Pitts said. […]

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 […]

Plugged In

Review: ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

  There has been an awakening … Yes, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was just the shot in the arm that the “Star Wars” film franchise needed after the much-maligned prequel trilogy. And in a similar fashion, “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is exactly the kind of effort developer Traveller’s Tales needed to deliver […]


All About Sydney’s Big Electric Cat and Remembering Jack Davis

The PopCulteer July 29, 2016 One of the programs that we’re very proud to feature on The AIR is Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, a two-hour blast of spectacular New Wave music presented by legendary DJ Sydney Fileen and produced at the Haversham Recording Institute in London, England. For a sample episode of Sydney’s Big Electric […]

Vines & Vittles

Summer Veggies and Wine

If you are regular reader of this column, you know that I love to use my trusty Weber grill to barbecue all type of meat products, including pork spare ribs, beef steaks, whole chickens, rack of lamb and seafood, especially salmon. The wine choices for these edible treats are usually medium to full-bodied reds like […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

Health Blog

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