Coal Tattoo

The politics of why Don Blankenship isn’t a felon

  Candidates, from left, Don Blankenship, of Williamson, Bo Copley, of Delbarton; U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., of Huntington, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, of Charles Town, Jack Newbrough, of Weirton, and Tom Willis, of Martinsburg, participate in a debate in Wheeling, W.Va., Monday, April 23, 2018.  AP photo. If you are among those who […]

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

Documentary offers look at making of ‘Fallout 76’

Following its reveal at E3, the buzz surrounding “Fallout 76” continues to grow. While developer Bethesda has been tight-lipped with regard to any new details about the game, a short behind-the-scenes video offers some insight into the making of one of the year’s most anticipated titles. Noclip, producers of crowdfunded YouTube documentaries about video games, […]

PopCult

Monday Morning Art: Corridors of Powder

  Another in this month’s series of semi-abstract works, Corridors of Power is a severely digitally-assaulted photograph that bears little resemblance to its source photo. Basically I just turned it on its side and painted all over it. I like the way it looks, even if that look is not particularly like anything. You can […]

Vines & Vittles

State Wine Spectator Award Winners

I spend a considerable amount of time cruising around our town and state in search of the perfect dining experience. Of course, an essential component of any excellent meal is an appropriately matched wine that is reasonably priced. We are blessed in the Kanawha Valley to have several fine dining establishments with very good wine […]

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

30-something

30-Something update

By Chris Slater It’s been a little while since you’ve seen the latest edition of 30-Something. The reason for that is that some changes are looming on the horizon. Talks have been ongoing about expanding the blog into an actual newspaper column. That’s fun, exciting news — it would help reach a larger audience, as […]