Mary Jo Podgurski What’s up with the Pokemon craze?

Q.My mom is freaking out over Pokemon Go. I tried to explain it’s just a game. She won’t listen to me. She saw some online article that talked about kids getting hurt playing. She also things the game is stupid. I think she just doesn’t understand it. My mom reads your column.

July 20, 2016

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is the founder and director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach. She responds to 6–8 questions from young people daily and has written 'Ask Mary Jo' since 2005.

F. Dale Lolley Change is good for high school pitchers, but who’s counting?

High school baseball pitchers will benefit from new rule, but enforcing it might be difficult.

July 19, 2016

Dale Lolley has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1993 after previously working at WJAC-TV and the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, and The Derrick in Oil City. A native of Fryburg, Pa., he is a graduate of North Clarion High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he earned a degree in journalism. He has covered the Pittsburgh Steelers since joining the Observer-Reporter in 1993, and also serves as the outdoors editor. He also is a radio host for Pittsburgh’s ESPN 970-AM, and serves as administrative adviser for the Red & Black, Washington & Jefferson College’s student newspaper.

Dave Molter Pokémon? No!

If the FBI still hopes to find Jimmy Hoffa, maybe its agents should be playing Pokémon Go. Since gamemaker Niantic released the wildly popular mobile app July 6, smartphone users searching for Pikachu and other denizens of Pokémon’s anime universe have discovered two dead human...

July 19, 2016

Dave Molter is a freelance writer and Golden Quill and Keystone Press Awards winner. He also is a freelance musician in the Pittsburgh area.

Laura Zoeller Breaking up is hard to do

Two weeks ago, I lost a friend. This friend was with me through every event in my life for nearly six years. Daily, sometimes hourly, our relationship was in play. But then, one day, the reliability and consistency in our relationship flickered. It was like the energy was slowly draining from our...

July 18, 2016

Laura Zoeller is a farm wife and mother who has been blessed with a wonderful – and funny - life.

Terry Hazlett Combined ratings show cable shows struggle to pack big punch

It’s been decades since broadcast networks ruled TV, yet Nielsen’s most published weekly ratings still ignore cable. To be fair, Nielsen also releases a weekly cable ratings list, but it’s seldom publicized. More importantly, the two rating gauges have never regularly been...

July 17, 2016

Terry Hazlett

Terry Hazlett opines about TV and culture.

John Steigerwald Brady, Patriots got what they deserved

Tom Brady punted.

July 16, 2016

John Steigerwald has been a fixture of TV, radio, and newspaper sports in Pittsburgh, and has a Sunday column in the Observer-Reporter.

George Block Don’t let the hot weather keep you from fishing

We are fast approaching the dog days of summer. Most anglers have given up on trout fishing and are doing little but hiding in the living room.

July 16, 2016

George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.

Mike Buzzelli Catching some Pocket Monsters

Run! They’re in your backyard. They’re at the Carnegie Museum of Art. They’re at Starbucks. My phone is telling me they are everywhere. In your house, on the train and in a boat; with a mouse, with a fox, with a goat. No, it’s not Sam I Am. Strange creatures are popping...

July 15, 2016

Mike Buzzelli is a stand up comedian and published author. He is a theater and arts critic for 'Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh's online cultural talk magazine, and an active board member of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the Carnegie Arts Initiative and the Carnegie Screenwriters. His book, "Below Average Genius" is a collection of essays culled from his weekly humor column here in the Observer-Reporter.

Beth Dolinar Poke … what?

While sitting on the front porch one evening this week, we saw a cluster of teenage boys on the sidewalk in front of our house. They stayed awhile, looking at their phones, chatted a bit, looked up at our house, chatted some more and walked away.

July 14, 2016

Beth Dolinar has been writing her column about life, both hers and the rest of ours, for over 20 years. When not on the page, she produces Emmy-winning documentaries for public television, teaches writing to university students, and enjoys her two growing children.

Mary Jo Podgurski Empathy and sympathy

Q.Empathy and sympathy are not the same thing. So many horrible things are happening, yet people often say hurtful things. I didn’t really understand what LGBT people felt after the Orlando shooting, but I supported them. I’m black. I don’t think white people understand how I...

July 13, 2016

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is the founder and director of the Washington Health System Teen Outreach. She responds to 6–8 questions from young people daily and has written 'Ask Mary Jo' since 2005.