Sustained Outrage

More on ‘Cancer Creek’ and the WVDEP

We published another story in Sunday’s Gazette-Mail about the ongoing controversy over the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed water quality standards, this one focused on the renewed fight by the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation over one of those changes: A coalition of construction unions is again taking up the fight against what it […]

Coal Tattoo

The straw man argument against putting corporate CEOs in jail for safety violations

  There’s an interesting op-ed in The New York Times today by civil rights lawyer and author Chase Madar about the use of criminal prosecutions in major public safety disasters. It mentions the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, and the successful prosecution of former Massey CEO Don Blankenship: The latest criminal charges of public officials […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Herd items, 8/23

First, the rather large Senior Bowl watch list is out, which includes Marshall’s Gary Thompson and Clint Van Horn. Conference USA has 18 if I counted them right. Others to know: Akron — CB DeAndre Scott Louisville — DT DeAngelo Brown, OLB Devonte Fields, S Josh Harvey-Clemons, TE Cole Hikutni, ILB Keith Kelsey, WR James […]

Woods and Waters

WVU’s Ginny Thrasher claims Olympic air rifle gold

As freshman seasons go, Ginny Thrasher’s is going to be hard to top. Not only did the Virginia native lead West Virginia University to another national title, she won the NCAA air rifle and smallbore titles in the process. To top all that, she flew down to Rio and captured the women’s 10 m air […]

WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Trying to tackle the question about Crawford   The premise of the story today is that West Virginia feels really good about who and what it has at running back. The Mountaineers once loved to use two-back sets, but you really need three running backs to pull that off, and the Mountaineers didn’t have that last season, But with Rushel Shell, […]

Plugged In

Review: ‘Batman: The Telltale Series, Episode 1’

Gamers are no strangers to donning the cape and cowl and defending Gotham from all manner of villains as the iconic Batman, thanks in large part to Rocksteady Studio’s classic “Arkham” trilogy. But what happens when the costume comes off and Bruce Wayne is left to fend for himself? That’s the side of the superhero […]


ShockaCon Preview On The Road With Mel

It’s time for yet another Wednesday filled with great programming on The AIR. Listen at the website or on this swell little radio widget… [HTML1] Ar 1 PM we have a very special episode of On The Road with Mel that acts as a preview for ShockaCon, as Mel Larch interviews ShockaCon Special Agent, Penny […]

Vines & Vittles

No more Uncle Vito’s Thunder Mountain Red!

I like to think that, like a fine wine, my own personal vinous tastes have matured, morphing from “in your face” big, tannic purple monsters to balanced, flavorful and nuanced wines of all colors. This transition did not occur overnight and, in fact, it took about two decades for my mind to accept what my […]

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