7:19 PM EDT, Sat April 25, 2015

Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Rangers Game 4 - 04-23-15

Playoff StuffPenguins - Rangers -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “It’s hard to shake off, for sure. It’s easier said than done. But that’s what we have to do, go to New York and get one, then bring it back here and get another one. Turn this into a seven-game series.” - Ian Cole. -The (New York Daily) News' recap. “That might be the best one." - Rangers forward Kevin Hayes on the significance of his overtime goal in his career. -Newsday's recap. "We need him to play the way he has throughout the year. It's playoff hockey and a bigger stage; he's learning how to...

Settling family business, Jesse White style

Former state representative and current district justice candidate Jesse White of Cecil has filed a flurry of civil lawsuits against a host of his enemies today, alleging defamation and commercial disparagement.In non-lawyer speak, that means Mr. White, 36, a lawyer, is suing his enemies and blaming them for the loss of his legislative seat and...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6503-settling-family-business-jesse-white-style

Ducks - Jets preview - 04-14-15

Ducks vs. Jets Ducks Leading Regular Season Scorer: Center Ryan Getzlaf (right), 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists). Jets Leading Regular Season Scorer: Left winger Andrew Ladd, 62 points (24 goals, 38 assists). Ducks Expected Starting Goaltender: Frederik Andersen, 35-12-5, 2.38 GAA, .914 SV%. Jets Expected Starting Goaltender: Ondrej Pavelec, 22-16-8, 2.28 GAA, .920 SV%. Ducks Regular Season Statistics Jets Regular Season Statistics Ducks Injuries: Goaltender John Gibson ("upper body") and center Nate Thompson ("upper body") are questionable. Defenseman Kobinian Holzer (concussion)....

Perry on Politics: Clinton's motivation should be clear

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as the arrives at Lusaka International Airport in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2011. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)By James M. PerrySo it's official. Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president.And both Dan Balz in the Washington Post and Amy Chozick in the New York Times , among others, want to...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6497-perry-on-politics-clinton-s-motivation-should-be-clear
Empty Netter Assists - Kapanen's AHL debut - 04-09-15

Empty Netter Assists - Kapanen's AHL debut - 04-09-15

Penguins -"Based on where I sit with Mike, he has two more years on his contract. The conversations around here are very positive regarding what he’s done and how he’s handled different situations.” - Jim Rutherford on Mike Johnston (above, with Rick Tocchet). -The Penguins are 3-8-2 in their past 13 games. -Do the Penguins have an identity? -Matt Murray made 30 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-0 shutout of the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton clinched a playoff berth for the 13th consecutive season with the victory. Murray extended his AHL rookie...

Pennsylvania judicial candidates build a (financial) case for their campaigns

As we warned you earlier today, campaign finance reports in the statewide judicial races have been trickling into the Department of State this afternoon. Today was the deadline for filing such reports, though they aren’t always posted immediately. (Some candidates -- and there are 12 running for state Supreme Court -- send their reports by mail.)<...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6494-pennsylvania-judicial-candidates-build-a-financial-case-for-their-campaigns

Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Blue Jackets 04-05-15

Penguins Note: Due to technical issues, we will not be able to able to have a preview or live blog for today's game. Our apologies. -The Post-Gazette's recap from yesterday's game. “I thought we didn’t really get desperate until we were down a couple goals. We’ve got to understand that’s got to be the way to play the entire game, not when you’re down. Regardless of the score. our desperation has to be there.” - Sidney Crosby. -The Columbus Dispatch's recap. The Blue Jackets set a franchise record with their ninth consecutive win. -The Associated Press' recap. "We just didn't...
Flying Pig

Flying Pig

The Iran nuclear deal (or outline of a deal) is unprecedented and historic ... but the republicans would rather see us go to war with Iran than make a deal with them. 

Empty Netter Assists - Salary cap relief? - 04-03-15

Penguins -The Penguins could get some salary cap relief for Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets. -Ian Cole offers the nuances of managing the lengths of a shift for a defenseman. -Steve Downie (above) has the 10th most penalty minutes in a single season for the Penguins. -Mike Johnston speaks: {nhl}797569{/nhl} -Brandon Sutter speaks: {nhl}797559{/nhl} -David Perron speaks: {nhl}797560{/nhl} -Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland. A free agent signing in the 2007 offseason, Engelland has spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in nine games...
Brewed On Grant: Eagle Watching

Brewed On Grant: Eagle Watching

The eagles have had a rough go of it this winter/spring so far. Both eggs failed to produce hatchlings. Not to mention those pesky surveillance cameras! 

Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Coyotes - 03-29-15

Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from yesterday's game. Kris Letang was hospitalized after a hit by Coyotes captain/forward Shane Doan. -The Arizona Republic's recap. "He's been unbelievable. Some of the saves he made tonight were outstanding." - Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone on Smith. -The Associated Press' recap. "[Doan] is not like that. I don't think that was dirty. I think [Letang] fell the wrong way and the distance from the boards and everything. We talked about it and I said 'hey, it's kind of got to be done,' and he's not going to shy away from that." - Steve Downie on his...
Free cooking/gardening demo with Doug Sunday

Free cooking/gardening demo with Doug Sunday

Jessica Walliser and Doug Oster are The Organic Gardeners. They'll be giving a free cooking/gardening demo on Sunday. I'll be joined by my radio partner Jessica Walliser on Sunday March 29th, 2015 at three Giant Eagle Market District stores. We'll be talking gardening and cooking a special recipe from the onion family. Best of all you get to taste what we make. We've also got lots of seeds and other gardening stuff to give a way. We're at the Bethel Park Giant Eagle Market District at 9:30 a.m. The new Waterworks store at 12 noon Then we'll finish the day at the Pine store at 2:30 p.m. Hope...
Brewed On Grant: Dreary City

Brewed On Grant: Dreary City

As if this would be a surprise to anyone living here, Pittsburgh has been named one of the Dreariest Cities in the country. Then again, we don't suffer the unbearable heat or drought conditions that less dreary cities have to deal with. 

About the Blues - 03-24-15

A preview of the Blues. When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center. TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Midwest, TVA. Record: 45-21-7, 97 points. The Blues are in first place in the Central Division. Leading Scorer: Right winger Vladimir Tarasenko, 70 points (35 goals, 35 assists). Last Game: 2-1 road loss to the Red Wings Sunday. Goaltender Jake Allen made 23 saves for the Blues. Last Game against the Penguins: 4-2 home loss Feb. 21. Tarasenko had two assists. Blues Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Center Paul Statsny (right). He has a three-game scoring streak. Ex-Penguins on the Blues:...

Nonprofit director launches campaign to unseat Pittsburgh council incumbent

La'Tasha Mayes (Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette)By Robert ZulloThe executive director of a community nonprofit challenging an incumbent for the 7th District City Council seat this spring will formally roll out her candidacy Wednesday evening in Friendship.La'Tasha D. Mayes, who founded the 11-year-old New Voices Pittsburgh, a black women and girls...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6484-nonprofit-director-launches-campaign-to-unseat-pittsburgh-council-incumbent