Sustained Outrage

Coal Tattoo

Witness discusses mine safety violations

Another morning update Ken Ward Jr. called in from federal court. Testimony continued this morning with federal Mine Safety and Health Administration computer data analyst Tyler Childress, who testified about agency enforcement actions at Upper Big Branch. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby walked Childress through a long list of mines that produced similar amounts of […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Night before Southern Miss game

Hope you’ve got your rain gear, though the latest weather report I’ve seen calls for a lower chance of precipitation as the game goes along. Tailgating will be a tricky exercise, though. You should be worried about the Southern Miss team. Their pride has been gravely wounded over the last three years and they’re able […]

Woods and Waters

DNR: Budget cuts to have little effect on W.Va.’s wildlife programs

West Virginia’s state government is in the midst of some belt-tightening, but Division of Natural Resources officials say sportsmen probably won’t notice any change in the agency’s fish- and wildlife-related programs. “I think we’ll be able to continue with no major impacts being felt by the public,” said Paul Johansen, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife […]

WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Friday Feedback

Welcome to the Friday Feedback, a bandit for eight years running. Today we begin with Karl Joseph and the end of his career at WVU. Worst news since Da’Sean Butler’s knee. This is not worse — I’m not going to compare and contrast ACLs or differentiate between the scopes and specters of each, because they […]

Karin Fuller


  So often, when sitting down to write a column, I’ll be all charged up by an idea. And then find myself abandoning one line or approach after another because it might offend someone. Most writers–at least most of the writers I respect—don’t do that. They write unapologetically, without fear of stepping on toes. I […]

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. Please stop by, and “Like” it. Thanks for all the “Likes” so far!

Pop Cult

The Re-Assassination of John Lennon

The PopCulteer October 9, 2015 John Lennon would have turned 75 years old today. Lennon, of course, was a Beatle, an author, an actor, a poet, an activist, and if you believe what you read on the internet lately, one of the worst people to have ever walked the Earth. It seems that, on the […]

WV Film

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Vines & Vittles

Beam me up, Bacchus!

One of the most fascinating aspects of  wine tasting is the way you can almost be instantaneously transported from one part of this planet to another by simply sipping a few different wines. Beam me up, Bacchus! The first taste of that lovely Italian chardonnay is like being immediately teleported to the hills of Piemonte’ […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

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 […]

Bill Nye and the science of choice

I thought it might be interesting and appropriate, in view of the fact that celebrated science speaker Bill Nye is set to visit Charleston in November, to point  to his explanation of everything that is wrong with trying to attack women’s health services. Nye is well-known for his no-nonsense approach to a variety of hot […]

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

The Dark Swan has risen

Following post contains SPOILERS from the Season 5 premiere of “Once Upon A Time”: Ever since Emma Swan was swept away during the season 4 finale of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” we’ve been awaiting the arise of the new Dark One. The Season 5 premiere didn’t disappoint as we see Emma’s loved ones in […]

Gazette-Mail Data Center

An update on the latest filings for 2016 election

Here are the newest pre-candidacy filings that were done since I last updated the 2016 Election Guide, which you can find elsewhere on this blog. House of Delegates Thomas C Combs (D-West Union) enters the 6th district race for the seat currently held by Delegate William Romine (R-West Union), who previously filed pre-candidacy papers to […]

Sports with Chuck McGill prep football podcast — Week 7

Week 7? Seriously? Didn’t we just get back from our summer vacations and start mulling story ideas for the 2015 preseason? Aren’t we still in two-a-days? Sheesh. This season is motoring by, but it’s been a more enjoyable one because of what my fellas are doing with the video version of our prep football podcast. […]