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WCCS's Nick Ruffner talks about the news of the day, his upcoming guests on Hometown Magazine, and invites your input and questions for the guests.

Epic Collapse 2013?

As sure as the changing of the seasons, here we are once again in July debating whether the Pittsburgh Pirates can hold onto what has been a successful season. Let’s take a look at the history. It’s 2011 – around July – and the Pirates are surging. For the first time in forever, they’re actually “buyers” at the trade deadline. Then they fall about. Explanations range from the hysterical (a blown umpiring decision in a 19-inning game vs. Atlanta,) to the plausible…..the team didn’t have much depth. Read more...

Independence Day Redux

There was no post yesterday due to the Independence Day holiday. I worked a little in the early morning and then spent the day with family. Read more...

Enough with the Storms and Humidity!

Look at this forecast. Rain as far as the eye can see, so to speak. When is our weather pattern going to change? Read more...

Bad News: You Missed Independence Day

People all over the nation will get together for cookouts and fireworks, celebrating the birth of the United States of America. Except, they’re wrong. July 4th really doesn’t have much of a claim on the title of “America’s Independence Day.” You can make a much stronger case for July 2nd. Read more...

Hometown Headliners

It’s the week of Independence Day, but on Hometown Magazine (heard on NewsTalk AM 1160 WCCS) we’re not taking the week off! A week of high profile guests continues today with a special visit from officials with the Pittsburgh Pirates! Read more...

Seven Score and 10 Years Ago

I’ll focus on the battle itself later in this post. But, you know what makes the biggest impression on me when thinking about the Civil War? I’m sure this isn’t a unique thought, in fact, the question has been asked over and over again since our nation’s founding. How in the world could we say “all men are created equal” with millions in bondage in plantations across the South? Furthermore, couldn’t that issue have been addressed without the deaths of 600,000 soldiers? The period of time from the founding of our nation to the Civil War is shameful for that very reason, from Bloody Kansas, to Harper’s Ferry to the Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court. Could this not be address without the shedding of blood? Read more...

News & Sports

A couple random thoughts to share on the blog today. Read more...

Hi my name is Nick Ruffner and I’m a tech addict.

Last night we lost power at our house. That was around 7:30 p.m. We we had heard would be a short outage stretched through the night and into this morning. Years ago, the biggest worry during a power outage would be whether it would be out long enough to spoil food in freezers and refrigerators. My biggest fear? Whether I’d be able to get up on time in the morning. Why? Because my cell phone was nearly dead. Losing power for more than an hour or so isn’t fun. It’s less fun with two kids who don’t understand why they’re sitting in candlelight. Naturally, as a citizen of the 21st century, my thoughts went to items that relied on cell phone service and not wi-fi. Of course, that’s when I realized the cell phone was dead. That meant no e-mail until the power returned. What is a tech addict to do? Read more...

EXPECTATIONS

With a sweep over the weekend against the Angels (and losses by the opposition,) the Pirates are now one game back from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates also have an easier schedule for the next couple weeks. Read more...

Ciao Tony.

Sad news last night on the passing of James Gandolfini. Just 51 years old. Likely heart attack. Read more...