Coal Tattoo

What politicians could say when coal miners die


  It’s been 12 years since that early morning explosion in Upshur County. Twelve years since the Sago Mine Disaster. A year for each of the families who lost someone they loved. But what I can’t stop thinking about is a much more recent coal-mining death. The one that happened on Friday, just a few […]

Sustained Outrage

Fluorinated chemicals: What kind of study?


  A few months ago, we noted the efforts by a coalition of advocates to get the federal government to commit to a broad effort to more thoroughly study the health effects of C8 and related chemicals. There’s been some progress on that front, with passage of a defense department funding bill that included language […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Live in San Diego with the Herd


Good afternoon (for most of you) fans! This is a 10:30 a.m. contest here, which may be the earliest Marshall has played. Had the Thundering Herd made the Conference USA tournament finals in El Paso, those were 9:30 contests. I personally don’t mind it, and I don’t think either team will, either. Myself, I pushed […]

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

Before we get to WVU-Marshall…


It’s a gold mine for the media. A bubbling crude. Black gold. Texas tea. This WVU-Marshall matchup, that is, in Beverly Hills, er, San Diego on Sunday. But I shall stay away from that for the moment. I’m sure the folks in my beloved Mountain State are already sparked over the game. Those that love […]

Plugged In


Monday Morning Art: The Biggest Of Boys

  A few weeks ago I showed off two paintings based on another person’s work of art, “The Thinker,” by Auguste Rodin. Once again I find myself i the position of answering my calling as an artist to interpret another artist’s work. This time, it’s a digital Impasto of “Big Boy,” by Bob. This one […]

Vines & Vittles

Three memorable food and wine pairings

I’ve always stressed the importance of pairing your favorite wine with a complimentary food – or vice-versa. Why? Well to quote Aristotle : “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In other words, if you think that thick, bone-in rib-eye is culinary nirvana, pair it with the right wine and the whole […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

On Wellness in WV

Justice silent on CHIP


A bipartisan group of 12 governors sent a letter to Congressional leadership Tuesday, asking governors to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, “as quickly as possible.” Congress let the program expire Sept. 30 and still hasn’t allocated new funding. West Virginia has been using leftover funding from the previous fiscal year to continue coverage. They […]

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