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Douglas Imbrogno

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For Charleston woman, life is what remains after cancer


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The derecho weather system that plunged vast swaths of West Virginia into powerlessness in June 2012 was also a time when another storm hit Beth Minear’s life.

While staying at a C...

Giardina’s ‘Storming Heaven’ being cast as a musical


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In last Sunday’s Gazette-Mail books page, I interviewed Topper Sherwood about his new novel, “Carla Rising,” which brings to life the drama surrounding the Battle of Blair ...

Novel ‘Carla Rising’ animated by the Battle of Blair Mountain


The Battle of Blair Mountain, in 1921, has been described as the largest armed rebellion in America since the Civil War, a civil insurrection that dwarfs any seen then or since.

It has been nearly a century since a...

Cross Lanes native to model coverings for prosthetic legs


It was a mouthful to pronounce and a huge amount of bad news for a young teenager to absorb.

Metastatic osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. That was the bad-news diagnosis Erin Deegan heard from her doctor in Sept...

Looking at the self through self-portraiture


We live in the “Age of the Selfie,” of a million self-portraits taken daily as people record the passing moments of their lives.

But self-portraiture has had a long and intriguing history in establish...

Photo anthology aims to capture fresh portraits of Appalachia


Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr and a host of other web sites are awash with tens of millions of photographs, not to mention the many snapshots filling up the smart phones of our camera-in-the-pocket generation.


‘The Real’ makes it real


Mark Wolfe never intended to be a podcaster.

He had his hands full with his Mark Wolfe Design business. But some of his friends had other ideas which is why he and his show partner, Steven Adams, are now 14 episode...

Tracing the rise of podcasting


In the beginning, back in the early-to-mid ’90s, it was called “audioblogging.” One of the earliest uses of the term “podcasting” was in

Chickpeas food truck finds a home on Huntington streets


HUNTINGTON — Customers amble up to the Chickpeas food truck, which parks at Heritage Station near the riverfront most Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m.<...

Improv comedy group is making it up as they go along


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One recent night at Taylor Books, Melissa Ellsworth was trying to describe what she and a group of companions have been doing every Tuesday in the basement of the downtown bookstore and coffee ...

Danny Boyd wraps up “eco-horror” graphic novel series


Danny Boyd had intended to write a trilogy of graphic “eco-horror” novels about a supernatural threat to the world rooted in environmental catastrophe.

E-bike tinkerer’s app lets riders know when the battery’s down


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Chuck Swiger wasn’t actually meaning to join the next wave of the Computer Age. He just wanted to add a cool new feature to his homemade electric bicycle.

But while at work one day...

A father’s life, in bits and pieces


Who was your father?

Maybe your dad is still alive. So, it’s a present-tense question for you.

But my dad died at age 79 a decade ago, on a frigid January day at an assisted-living home in Cincinnati.<...

Ann Magnuson creates a mix of rural and surreal


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Throughout her career as a singer, actress, performance artist and writer, Ann Magnuson has been attracted to art that combines surrealism with rural themes.

Then, one day, the word poppe...

Onetime captive behind Iron Curtain grows his dream in WV


LEON, W.Va. — If Noah had beached his ark on a certain hilltop in Mason County, it might explain the bounty of animals found there.

A host of roosters crow seemingly every ...

New Create West Virginia director hopes to expand reach


At age 26, Brittany Means has stepped into a big role and also, inadvertently, into the middle of a discussion about keeping young creatives in West Virginia.

Means ...