Coal Tattoo

Push continues for UMWA benefits fix

[HTML1] That’s the video of last evening’s press conference outside the U.S. Capitol, where Sen. Joe Manchin and other Democrats joined with United Mine Workers of America retirees to continue their push for a longer term legislative fix for the crisis facing tens of thousands of UMWA pensioners. As we reported online yesterday (and in […]

Squawk Box

Patrick Morrisey and Cardinal Health

In a court brief filed earlier this year, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey discloses that he hired a private lawyer to advise him whether he could take part in his office’s lawsuit against Cardinal Health, a drug distribution company that Morrisey’s wife, Denise Henry, lobbies for in Washington, D.C.  According to the brief, Morrisey […]

Sustained Outrage

Water commission moves ahead with CSB recommendation for W.Va. chemical safety program

  If you’ve been wondering what ever happened to that U.S. Chemical Safety Board recommendation that West Virginia create a local program to prevent chemical plant incidents, there was some action on this issue today. During a morning meeting in Charleston, the West Virginia Public Water Supply System Study Commission unexpectedly approved the following recommendation: […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Herd notebook: Morrell pressed into service again

HUNTINGTON — Garet Morrell’s numbers weren’t great and he led Marshall to a single touchdown in its 60-6 loss to Western Kentucky, but his teammates bragged on him afterward. It was the second start on short notice for the 6-foot-3 freshman from Leesburg, Georgia, and it came against the second- or third-toughest team on the […]

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 Sports with Mike Casazza

How Rasul Douglas let WVU stack the deck

  Previously in The Good and the Bad of WVU v. Iowa State, we wondered about how the Mountaineers were using Rasul Douglas. I’ve been following this for a while, and Douglas plays left and right. Not all the time. Not every game. But it’s true. The only pattern I can discern is that Adams […]

Marshall Sports with Derek Redd

Another future RB for the Herd?

There currently are seven running backs on Marshall’s roster, but the Herd isn’t standing pat for the future. A source told 247Sports.com’s Ryan Bartow that James Allen, a running back from North Marion High in Citra, Fla., will attend Marshall. According to Bartow, Allen will come to Marshall as an academic non-qualifier, sit a year, […]

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 […]

Karin Fuller

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

                Today’s column is my last. It seems an appropriate time to say goodbye. The end of the year. The end of my daughter’s childhood, which was the subject of so many columns. Most moms record their children’s upbringing on film. Celeste’s was on newsprint. Saying goodbye isn’t […]

Beers To You

Eulogizing The Cold Spot

 As the ash heap of what was once The Cold Spot is still smoldering, many of us local craft geeks feel a certain emptiness inside. The Cold Spot was in no way, shape or form a “Craft Beer Bar” but it did supply many a thirsty beer geek with a well-priced pint and even pitches […]

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. https://www.facebook.com/MountainWord Please stop by, and “Like” it. Thanks for all the “Likes” so far!

Plugged In

Review: ‘Battlefield 1’

While other first-person shooters continue to push into the near-future and beyond, developer DICE has taken a step back with its “Battlefield” franchise. Back in time, that is. Set during the first World War, “Battlefield 1” stands out from the crowd by offering a more grounded shooting experience that draws heavily from the source material […]

PopCult

‘Tis The Season on The AIR!

Fans of Holiday Music are in for a treat! Beginning at 7 AM (EST) Saturday and continuing all weekend long, The AIR will present hours and hours of a bizarre mix of traditional, quirky and occasionally profane Christmas and other holiday songs. You’ll hear everything from Swing to choral to New Wave to local and […]

WV Film

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Vines & Vittles

Wines and your holiday spirit

It’s that special time of year when we all willingly succumb to something loosely defined as “The Holiday Spirit.” And while it is generally a good thing, the holiday spirit induces in me a kind of euphoria that causes me to recklessly disregard my own financial limitations. Yeah, you guessed it. In other words, I […]

Festivall

Radio Free Charleston Does FestivALL

[HTML1] Once again Radio Free Charleston, the local music, art and film webshow nextled in the heart of the PopCult blog, is turning their cameras toward FestivALL for an indeterminite amount of episodes.  The first show, seen above, features music from The Charleston Light Opera Guild production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as well as perfomances […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

The Mommyhood

The hardest and best job

First, let me say I don’t consider parenting a job. But many times it can be like a job, in that work is involved. And it’s often compared to a job. So, if I’m going to compare parenting to a job, here it is: Parenting is hard work. (I know, I know – deep stuff […]

On The List

Autumn vs. Clutch: the pictures

So, Autumn went to see Clutch over the weekend and brought back proof. Here are some of the photos —I say some because she said she had something like 100 and this is but a humble blog, not a coffee table edition.

Nerd Living

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 […]

Still On Guard

The 1st/201st leaves Camp Buehring

Soldiers with the West Virginia National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 201st Field Artillery Regiment stationed at Camp Buehring in Kuwait are headed home to the U.S. Officers and soldiers conducted a transfer of authority ceremony at the camp in northwestern Kuwait on July 27. Here’s a story posted by Sgt. Brian Gordon on the “Granite Thunder” Facebook page: By Sgt. […]

Pet City

The Reporters Pad

Share the Road

The Painkiller Epidemic

Businessweek: Selling Zohydro

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-24/how-to-sell-the-prescription-painkiller-politicians-are-afraid-of

Editors Desk

Farewell to Charley West

This blog hasn’t been updated for a long, long time because in July, 2015, the Charleston Daily Mail combined with the Charleston Gazette to form The Charleston Gazette-Mail. This is one of the last photos taken of the final staff of the Daily Mail. Serving with these people was an honor and lots of fun.

County Courthouse, City Hall

Health Blog

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 […]

Dollars and Sense

CVS/pharmacy to end cigarette, tobacco product sales

CVS Caremark announced this morning it will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores by Oct. 1.  The company is the first national pharmacy retail chain to end tobacco sales at its stores.  (Target announced it would stop selling tobacco in 1996.) “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products […]

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

EPISODE 1, ‘Mountain State of Mind’: The W.Va. Activist Archive

“Mountain State of Mind” is a new podcast of the Charleston Gazette-Mail that focuses on interesting people and intriguing developments around the state of West Virginia. This podcast is a companion broadcast to a story in the Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 Gazette-Mail on the development of the West Virginia Activist Archive, by Michael Tierney, a […]

Mountain State of Mind