Sustained Outrage

After missed press release, new public hearing planned on Kanawha Valley water treatment plant

  The first clue I had I’d missed a potentially important story was the Facebook status update from Charleston City Councilwoman and water safety advocate Karan Ireland: “Public hearing on WVAW’s SWPP. Where y’at?” It all become more clear when Councilwoman Ireland posted this follow-up status: There weren’t any journalists at tonight’s public hearing on […]

Coal Tattoo

Questions and answers about Jim Justice’s debts

  (AP Photo/Evan Agostini for The Greenbrier Resort, File) There’s been a flurry of response from both Jim Justice and his supporters to the blockbuster story by NPR (along with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Ohio Valley ReSource) about Justice’s $15 million in unpaid taxes and fines. Some supporters, like the United Mine Workers, are rushing […]

Inside Marshall Sports

Calling MU vs. (not San Francisco) 49ers

Hello, Herd fans! Enough joy over finally beating an FBS foe. Enough joy about being a loss out of the East Division lead. The cold, cruel truth is this: There is no team you can say Marshall will absolutely beat under any circumstances. Believe it or not, that includes Charlotte. The 49ers have some intangibles, […]

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

Friday Feedback

Welcome to the Friday Feedback, which met Josh Carraway over the summer. Nice guy. I enjoyed our conversation very much. I felt obligated to let him know I cover West Virginia and that I suspected he’d be, shall we say, identified on Oct. 22. “I already know,” he said. “You do? Any why’s that?” “I […]

Plugged In


The Thirteenth Big Electric Cat Brings You People Who Died

Sydney Fileen hits a macabre milestone this week as Sydney’s Big Electric Cat marks thirteen episodes and devotes two hours to New Wave Music by “People Who Died,” beginning with The Jim Carroll Band. You can hear Sydney’s Big Electric Cat at 3 PM on The AIR at the website on on this scary little […]

Vines & Vittles

Some value Sippers for your consideration

Hey, friends of wine, I’m back! After that last column where I focused too much attention on that other beverage, I was whisked away in the middle of the night and brought to a wine reeducation center for an intervention by a group of masked wino’s called “Warriors For The Vine. As a result, I […]

The Food Guy, Steven Keith

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 […]

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