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USA Guns

USA Guns

Another shooting. This one perpetrated by a disgruntled worker at a TV news station in Virginia who bought the gun legally. One victim's father is pleading for sensible gun control even if it wouldn't have saved his daughter. We are the only country in the world where this kind of insanity happens. It can't be all about mental health. Are we really more unstable than the rest of the world? No. It has to be about access to the guns. 
CSN Washington Aug 28, 2015

Season preview: Pittsburgh Penguins

With the addition of Phil Kessel the Penguins look like they are offensively loaded.
Katrina Anniversary

Katrina Anniversary

It is hard to believe that the Hurricane Katrina disaster took place ten years ago. It is also hard to believe that after witnessing the devastation along racial lines in New Orleans, American cities continue to see racial levees collapsing around them. 

London Rookie Tournament Roster

Miles Liberati’s timing looks to be pretty good. The Cheswick native has earned a look from his hometown team at a time when they could really use his services. Liberati, a 6-foot, 195-pound defenseman, is coming off a career year …

Burned Down

In its 2015-16 NHL prospects rankings, ESPN.com had the Penguins dead last in the league. Corey Pronman wrote that there wasn’t even anyone close to the Penguins when he was deciding who should be in the bottom spot and that the …

Podcast: Mackey on TribLIVE Radio

On Monday at noon I joined Ken Laird, Guy Junker and Tim Benz to talk about my story from Sunday on Sidney Crosby. You can listen to the podcast here. Be GRATEFUL to each other, Mackey

Sergei and the Tryouts

When the Penguins announced last week that they were inviting Sergei Gonchar to training camp, it got me thinking about tryouts. By my count, 70 players with NHL experience were invited to camps on tryout contracts last season. I included the …

Teasing the Crosby Sunday story

The following is an excerpt from my story on Sidney Crosby, reported around Nova Scotia, that will appear in your Sunday Tribune-Review: Gaetan Tremblay, 49, also of Cole Harbour, met Crosby when the latter was a teenager. Tremblay handles Crosby’s …


The New York Times wrote a piece about the harsh workplace culture at Amazon. Naturally, Jeff Bezos denies there is any truth to the story, but his former employees disagree. 

Dominate the state

When it comes to producing NHL players, Pittsburgh is kicking the heck out of Philadelphia right now. This realization came to me while watching the Penguins’ informal preseason skate at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex this morning. Four Pennsylvania-born players …

The president we deserve

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers a question from the audience during a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, August 19, 2015. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)It wouldn't have been realistic to expect him to flame out by now, but still -- it feels odd that we're still talking about Donald Trump.Until we consider what...Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6606-the-atlantic-reflects-on-the-presidency-of-donald-trump

Mackey: Bubble hockey with Crosby

Chaz Palla/Trib Total Media ENFIELD, Nova Scotia – Walk down the steps to Sidney Crosby’s man-cave of a basement, turn left, and there’s one of everyone’s favorite childhood memories – including his – there to greet you. A Super Chexx …

Plot Summary

While it was good to catch up with Tyler Kennedy at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex this morning, another player joining the team’s informal voluntary preseason workout roster today will probably have more of an impact on the Penguins this …

Talkin' Bout Practice: August 18

{youtube}JVqZ17hdsSA{/youtube} Pitt was a little banged up coming out its first two-a-day of training camp today, with a bunch of guys donning orange vests to indicate some limits to their practice availability. Honestly, there were enough guys that it's not worth mentioning everyone, but the two notable ones were center Artie Rowell and Chris James. Pat Narduzzi said neither was serious, though, and none of the guys hurt are in danger of missing any actual games. The other interesting aspect of practice that we got to see today was some hands team work. I know that's a topic of discussion...
Beaver County Times Aug 17, 2015
Penguins Insider: Sergei Gonchar's return gives Penguins power play possibilities

Penguins Insider: Sergei Gonchar's return gives Penguins power play possibilities

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who spent five years in Pittsburgh, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2009, is returning to town in hopes of earning a job.

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