2:05 PM EDT, Sat October 10, 2015

Clinton and Trump lead in new poll. Sort of.

According to a new poll out today, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are still the presidential frontrunners in Pennsylvania. On the downside, the poll suggests they might only be truly capable of beating each other. Today’s survey , furnished by Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University, is a “swing-state” poll, which looks at the battleground...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6643-clinton-and-trump-lead-in-new-poll-sort-of

McGinty pushes Toomey to bring back gun control bill

Leanne DiLorenzo, 48, leaves flowers at a memorial outside Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, October 3, 2015. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)Just days after a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon , Katie McGinty is continuing her pressure on Sen. Pat Toomey to reintroduce gun control legislation that was defeated in...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6641-mcginty-pushes-toomey-to-bring-back-gun-control-bill

Empty Netter Assists - Sprong sticks for now - 10-05-15

Penguins -“The first step was to make the team. I was pretty happy to get the call and get the good news. It’s not over yet. I’ve got to keep earning my spot and keep playing well.” - Penguins right winger Daniel Sprong (above) on making the Penguins' roster as an 18-year-old rookie. -Defenseman Tim Erixon is confident after surviving Saturday's round of cuts. -Head coach Mike Johnston speaks: {nhl}840327{/nhl} -Forward Sahir Gill had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who lost their final game of the preseason to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms,...

Empty Netter Assists - Cut-down day - 10-04-15

Penguins -The Penguins assigned defenseman Derrick Pouliot, center Jean-Sebastien Dea and right winger Bryan Rust to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Additionally, center Kevin Porter and David Warsofsky were placed on waivers with the intention of being assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while defenseman Sergei Gonchar (right) was released from his professional tryout agreement. -Gonchar has been offered an off-ice position with the Penguins. -“Guys who re­ally, ev­ery night, you know you’re go­ing to have to be at your best to beat them, as a player or as a team, that’s al­ways a great...

Supporting McCarthy (or not)

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) laughs as he addresses questions about his bid to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) during a news conference after their closed Republican House caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 29, 2015. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Pennsylvania's Republican...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6637-supporting-mccarthy-for-speaker-or-not

Lightning - Penguins postgame - 09-29-15

  Hands. A photo posted by Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) on Sep 29, 2015 at 11:12pm PDT If you spend enough time as a sports writer, you just get jaded. It happens.  "I have to go to a hockey game for free and eat junk food at no cost and talk to famous athletes?!? &$#! that!" It might be hard to understand if you've never been in this industry but it's just a natural part of the profession. Tonight, all that cynicism was completely absent for us. This. Was. Fantastic. The enthusiasm for this event was clear as soon as you walked into the doors of the tiny Cambria County War Memorial....
Brewed On Grant: Steelers Empath

Brewed On Grant: Steelers Empath

Everybody in Steelers Nation will remember where they were when Ben Roethlisberger went down on the turf.  Where is Charlie Batch when we need him?    

Empty Netter Assists - 09-26-15

Penguins -The Penguins host the Blue Jackets today. The lineup for the Penguins: Forwards - Josh Archibald, Sidney Crosby (right), Matt Cullen, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Phil Kessel, Tom Kuhnhackl, Chris Kunitz, Matia Marcantuoni, Bryan Rust, Tom Sestito, Daniel Sprong, Oskar Sundqvist, Scott Wilson. Defensemen - Adam Clendening, Ian Cole, Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta, Steve Olesky, Derrick Pouliot, David Warofsky. Goaltenders - Matt Murray, Jeff Zatkoff. The Blue Jackets: Forwards - Cam Atkinson, Jared Boll, Rene Bourque, Michael Chaput, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno, Brett Gallant, Alexander...

Mayor Peduto tours Astrobotics offices in the Strip

When Mayor Bill Peduto was a little kid, growing up amid the excitement of the space race and the moon landing, he wanted to be the first “astronaut baseball player.”Turns out, Hizzoner lacked both the math and hitting skills to fulfill that dream and had to settle for a career in politics. “Anybody my age has a certain affinity for s...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6631-mayor-peduto-tours-astrobotics-offices-in-the-strip

Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins - Red Wings - 09-25-15

Penguins -Right winger Beau Bennett (above, with defensemen Rob Scuderi and Will O'Neill) scored the Penguins' only goal in a 6-1 loss to the Red Wings. -Highlights: -Center Evgeni Malkin roamed the ice: -Defenseman Derrick Pouliot pounded a shot: -Mike Johnston speaks: {nhl}836758{/nhl} -After playing for three teams last season, defenseman Tim Erixon is hoping to stick in one place.  -How does Scuderi fit in to how Johnston wants his team to play? -The Penguins assigned right winger Carter Rowney to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. -The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced their training...
Papal Visit

Papal Visit

Pope Francis is the first pope in history to address the U.S. Congress. I am guessing his pro-immigration, socialist, environmentalist message made more than a few Republicans uncomfortable. 

Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins - Hurricanes - 09-23-15

Penguins -Right winger Phil Kessel (above, with his new center) scored twice for the Penguins in a 7-3 rout of the Hurricanes. -Highlights: -Coach Mike Johnston speaks: {nhl}836017{/nhl} -“I love to play. I’ve always loved to play. I still love to play the game. It’s the best thing in the world. For me, that’s always fun.” - Kessel. -Right winger Pascal Dupuis is ready to be hit ... just not in the face. -The Penguins assigned right winger Tom Kostopoulos to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and right winger Jaden Lindo to Owen Sound of the OHL. Kostopoulos is signed to an AHL contract while...
Most Vulnerable

Most Vulnerable

Republicans in congress are threatening to shut down the government over their desire to defund Planned Parenthood. That makes  a lot of sense. Shutting down the government was such a success the last time. Jeeez. When will these bozos get around to doing the job they were hired to do?       

Empty Netter Assists - Malkin taking on double duty - 09-20-15

Penguins -As a rookie, center Evgeni Malkin needed a landlord and translator. Today, he's filling those roles. -If defenseman Steve Olesky wasn't playing hockey, he might be selling pizza.  -Forward prospect Dominik Uher earned his high school degree this summer. He's hoping to earn a full-time role with the Penguins this fall. -“I just decided I want to give it another shot. I decided I wanted to play. You want to go somewhere where you have a chance to win and where you can compete very night. So, Pittsburgh was the obvious choice. It is strange, a bit (to be back in a Penguins...

Empty Netter Assists - Going camping - 09-17-15

Penguins -The Penguins open training camp today. -“I have absolutely no concerns. He’s scored. He’s been among the top four or five goal scorers the past few years. And he’s in the prime of his career.” - General manager Jim Rutherford dismissing concerns about the character of new right winger Phil Kessel. -Regardless of score, the Penguins' first three preseason games will feature three-on-three overtime periods. The games in question: Sept. 21 - at ColumbusSept. 24 - at DetroitSept. 26 - vs. Columbus -Pascal Dupuis doesn't care where he plays. He just wants to play. -"On paper,...

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  • Skyler Howard

    Skyler Howard

    Postgame: Terps are “undisciplined” in blowout loss to West Virginia