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Douglas Imbrogno

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Meeting up with the Dalai Lama to talk about the mind


Dr. Hanno Kirk had edited and contributed to a new book, and had an ambitious mission. He wanted to put that book, entitled “Restoring the Brain: Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach to Health” (CRC Pre...

Grape Escape fundraiser pairs good food and good wine


Fine wines pair with gourmet hors d’oeuvres this Friday as part of Fund for the Arts 8th Annual Grape Escape, which begins with wine and food at the Annex of Taylor Books and The Art Emporium and ends with dessert...

15-year-old local swimmer points his strokes in Olympic direction


At age 15, Majester Abdul-Jalil has a work ethic that has already won him a national award.

“Work hard. That’s basically it. If you want something, you’ve just got to work at it,” said t...

Clay Center announces ambitious museum renewal plans


“Renewal” was the key word at Thursday’s Clay Center Board of Directors meeting as the board voted to approve a new $14 million fund that will be used to upgrade, add and expand a host of features to...

Model training: Puffing toward an unknown future (video)


‘WANTED: Scrap metal to make tanks, guns, ammunition,’ read a common poster tacked up in the early days of World War II.

The war-time scrap metal drives gathered up and melted down not a few metal Lio...

Former students pay musical tribute to a trailblazing teacher


When Ollie Watts Davis made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1990, she made sure there was one very significant person in the New York audience that day.

That person was Eunice B. Fleming, Davis’s choir teacher &#...

Napa Winery with Charleston roots nabs awards


Falcor Winery, just over California’s Mayacamus Mountains in Napa Valley, is an award-winning winery with a pedigree traceable to West Virginia’s capital city, two Charleston attorneys and — of all t...

Capito makes a run for it


Politicians get a lot of media attention when they run for office.

But Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., just got some media attention for running while in office.

Literally, running. The October issue of R...

Brian O. Walden takes over as Marshall’s Director of Bands (video)


HUNTINGTON — If you were to poke colored thumbtacks on a world map into all the countries where retired Navy Captain Brian O. Walden has performed or conducted music, you’...

Longtime Edgewood chef Still dies at 61


Jeremy Still, longtime chef at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston, died Friday at age 61 from complications from pancreatic cancer, according to family members.

Still, who would have marked his 21st year this Sept...

Big Ugly songs are anything but (video)


As Michael Tierney bounded up onto a stage at the Charleston Civic Center he pointed to his T-shirt and uttered a line sure to win titters from the large crowd assembled in front of him,

“If you can’t...

Checking in with a young actress on the rise


Charleston native Meredith Overcash recently learned she has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Milan. The 16-minute film, titled

Pickleball comes to town (video)


The first thing that should be noted in any story about pickleball is that no actual pickles are involved in the sport.

Well, to be exact, pickles once did have a role, or rather, a beast by that name did.


Indoor cycling studio offers fitness and motivation (video)


The room is in darkness except for a raised platform at front on which sits a cycling machine. On the machine sits Nick Staples, lit by a single track light with a row of bright, yellow-white candles burning along the ed...

Scholarship helps young would-be pilots earn their wings


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ask Caraline Griffith how long she has dreamed of flying and her answer is short and sweet.

“Just kind of forever,” said the 25-year-old native of Peytona, Boone County.


Loosened laws are making WV a better beer place


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When it comes to craft beer in West Virginia, my, how times have changed.

When he first came of drinking age, “we actually considered Michelob Dark to be a craft beer,” says...

Huntington Italiano Festival to benefit regional food bank


The streets of Huntington will fill with the tastes, colors, dances and sounds of Italy's heritage and culture as the Italiano Festival takes place on Fourth Avenue between 8th and 10th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug...

UC student’s Mississippi River swim has length and depth


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — University of Charleston student Chris Ring is taking a break from school for a bit of a swim.

Correction: for one heck of a swim.

Ring, 28, is almost one-fourth of the way through ...

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 ...

Family clock repair business stands the tests of timepieces


CULLODEN, W.Va. — Jamie Hardin will be sitting with his wife and two children in their home beside U.S. Route 60, just being a husband and dad. Then, it will hit him.


Slovak businesswoman’s 3-month stay in WV a ‘strong experience’


The ongoing and evolving Sister City relationship between West Virginia’s capital city and Banska Bystrica, a city in the heartland of the Slovak Republic, in Central Europe, was underscored one night a week ago.<...

Thursday’s West Side Block Party celebrates a hopeful future


Charleston’s West Side more often than not gets branded as the negative news side of town, but Thursday’s West Side Block Party is one big effort to get people talking positively and lo...

Wiepper family seeks to sell portrait of street personality


Charleston portrait artist and sculptor Bernie Wiepper left behind several public pieces around the city when he collapsed and died in 2009 at age 84 in the midst of doing a painting at his West Side home.

Most not...

Orthodontist has a purpose for going back to the land


UNION — Donna Panucci and her husband, Jim Shannon, had for years been on the hunt for a rural West Virginia property. But with one caveat.

“I had said no further th...

Pinwheel patches sprout in W.Va. to help weed out child abuse


April has brought more than just the usual surge of redbud blossoms and many-colored tulips and crocuses. Across West Virginia, nearly 20,000 blue and silver pinwheels hav...

UC Builders luncheon features area artists


The UC Builders “Artists Among Us” luncheon at noon Wednesday in the University of Charleston’s Riggleman Hall, will feature three area artists whose work is on view in the build...

Women revel in educational travel adventures


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Pamela Bowen had never been on one. Rose Marie Ritter had been on 45.

So it was that last May 21, Ritter set out to share with Bowen just why she was hooked on traveling the country and t...

Wind symphony tour promises musical riches


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Robert Boudreau has set his sights on West Virginia.

A world traveler who has carved out a unique niche in the symphonic world with his floating musical barge, Boudreau plans to embark on...