9:57 AM EDT, Sun August 30, 2015

The old hidden-sister trick

No, the Kane in the red dress.She said she'd talk when she was able to release the pornographic emails she said were behind her prosecution. Then she changed her mind.She said she wanted to take down members of the email chain who were now conspiring to end her political career. Unless, of course, you're talking about someone who works for her.So...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6609-kane-uses-twin-sister-as-decoy-at-preliminary-hearing
Pittsburgh Zoo

Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium recently dropped their accreditation due to stricter elephant handling policies put in place by the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. AAZP is the premier zoo accreditation organization in the country. Dropping them is a bad precedent. 

Scrimmage report: Aug. 22

Pitt had its second scrimmage of training camp today, on a beautiful day at the team's South Side facility. The media weren't allowed to watch any of it, save for some special teams work and one play at the very beginning, but here are a few notes from what we did see, plus interviews afterwards. - The defense won the scrimmage, though the offense got the final word in with a two-minute drill at the end of the session that was capped by a touchdown pass from Chad Voytik to Elijah Zeise. {youtube}8w0CDwQ5nro{/youtube} - Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was, once again, displeased with Pitt's...
Brewed On Grant: Trophies

Brewed On Grant: Trophies

James Harrison told his sons that they would have to return the participation trophies they received when they attended Charlie Batch's football camp. Awwwk-ward! Look, Charlie Batch does amazing work in the community and helping young kids build up their self-esteem is very, very important. It can help them deal with adversity when they're older. But there needs to be a balance to all the trophies. Giving kids a false sense of entitlement doesn't help them, it only hurts them.   
Sesame Street

Sesame Street

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to HBO? Hard to believe that the premium cable channel that brought us The Sopranos, The Wire and True Detective will now host Kermit, Elmo and Oscar the Grouch. Should be interesting. 

Talkin' Bout Practice: Aug. 13

Much less happened in the media viewing window at Pitt's practice today, but here are a few quick notes, with some video... - Once again, Tyrique Jarrett and KK Mosley-Smith were the first team defensive tackles, with Darryl Render on the second team. Now, Render is still coming back from an illness earlier this week, so he could just be limited, but it's still interesting to see the two big guys lined up next to each other. If you watched the video from defensive coordinator Josh Conklin yesterday, he said that's a formation Pitt could use regularly this season, not just in run-stopping...

Rendell to chair McGinty's Senate campaign

Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Edward Rendell announces at a press conference in Philadelphia the nomiantions of Kathleen McGinty, left, for secretary of the Department of the Enviromental Protection and David Sanko for to direct the Pennslvania Emergency Management Agency, Saturday Jan. 18, 2003. (Associated Press)Katie McGinty will get help from an old...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6597-rendell-to-chair-mcginty-s-senate-campaign
Vacation post - 08-09-15

Vacation post - 08-09-15

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jim Johnson (right). A free agent signing in the 1985 offseason, Johnson spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1985-86, Johnson saw action in 80 games and scored 29 points. In 1986-87, Johnson once again played in 80 games and scored a career-high 30 points. Johnson was limited to 55 points and 13 points in 1987-88. He rebounded in 1988-89 by playing in 76 games and scored 16 points while helping the team reach the postseason for the first time in seven years. In those playoffs, he contributed five assists in 11 games....

Debate sausage: 5 things to read about the first GOP debate

Ten Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidates, (L-R) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Ohio Governor John Kasich,...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6596-sausage-republican-debate-trump-fiorina-paul-jeb-bush-john-kasich

Breakfast Sausage: The 'Let's Debate' Edition

{youtube}nAChXp-YCaE{/youtube}1) Over three hours this evening, all 457 candidates seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will get a chance – albeit a brief one – to make an impression on the American voting public. And while the actual primary elections are still months away, a poor performance in tonight's debates could start a qui...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6594-sausage-trump-debate-jeb-bush-kids-table-kane-mississippi
Budget Talks

Budget Talks

The budget talks in Harrisburg don't seem to be going anywhere. Hopefully, both sides will look to compromise to get a budget passed.