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 Sports with Tom Bragg

Plugged In

Review: ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey,” Ubisoft’s most recent entry in the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise, features a dramatic departure from the series’ established gameplay formula. With a large open world filled with an abundance of side missions and secrets to discover and a greater focus on combat, this version of “Assassin’s Creed” has more in common with modern […]

PopCult

Monday Morning Art: The Toe Cyclops of Amontillado

  I suppose some of you might be wondering about this week’s Monday Morning Art.  Well, first of all, it continues this month’s Halloween theme. Second, it is a digitally-composited photograph, combined with another, earlier digitally-composited photograph, to create a half-assed homage to a work by one Edgar Allen Poe. One of the photographs is […]

Vines & Vittles

Malbec – better than ever!

I had never been a great fan of malbec, a grape that traditionally served as one of the five vinous components in red Bordeaux. Malbec is used to add weight and color to the Bordeaux blend, which may also be comprised of varying amounts of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot. But, in […]

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 […]