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Articles from August 17, 2015

'60S Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond Dies at 75
ATLANTA - Julian Bond, a leading figure from the 1960s civil rights movement who served as chairman of the NAACP after a long career in politics, died Saturday, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. Bond died in Fort Walton Beach,...
Airstrikes near Damascus Kill More Than 80
BEIRUT - Syrian airstrikes on a Damascus suburb killed more than 80 people on Sunday in one of the deadliest such raids of the four- year civil war, as fighting escalated in and around President Bashar Assad's seat of power at a time when his overstretched...
An Open Letter to Sen. Charles Schumer
Dear Sen. Schumer,When you announced your decision to vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran, you explained your reasons in a nearly 1,700- word statement that is thoughtful in substance and civil in tone. And yet, in the end, I found it unpersuasive....
As Housing Fees Rise, Students Look for Cheaper Alternatives
LOS ANGELES - When he moves off campus this fall, University of California, Los Angeles junior Will Van Der Wey said, he will miss the variety of dining hall meals. His homemade sandwiches just aren't going to be as appealing. But even if his food options shrink,...
Backpage Ad Site: Aid to Sex Trafficking, or Way to Stop It?
CHICAGO - Is the huge classified ad site an abettor of sexual trafficking and exploitation, or a beacon of free expression? Does it generate crime, or help solve it? To many who've seen the seemingly endless and unadulterated invitations for sex on Backpage.com...
China Blast Zone Blocked over Contamination Fear; 112 Dead
TIANJIN, China - Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site at China's Tianjin port, pushing the death toll to 112 on Sunday as teams rushed to clear dangerous chemicals and prosecutors prepared an investigation into those responsible for...
Chinese Currency and Oil Stabilize, Giving US Stocks a Lift
NEW YORK - A rocky week for the stock market ended on a bright note as investors bought stocks across industries. Stocks wavered in the morning before climbing steadily during the afternoon amid a mix of earnings results. The market also got a lift...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; Wagner Looks to Lead Young Golden Eagles Defense
The University of Charleston has hung its hat on two things in the four years under coach Pat Kirkland - the running game and defense. While a change in the former - strengthening the passing attack to create balance - is something Kirkland and company...
Divers Raise Wreckage of Confederate Warship
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After 150 years at the bottom of the Savannah River, the armored skeleton of the Confederate warship CSS Georgia is being raised to the surface one 5-ton chunk at a time. Navy divers who began working in late June to recover cannons,...
DOE Wants $5.4 Million Budget Hike
The West Virginia Department of Education is requesting an additional roughly $5.4 million in state money next school year to - among other proposals - increase graduation rates, cut the cost of Advanced Placement exams, extend school bus stop arms and...
Drug Execs Behind Female Libido Pill Run Afoul of FDA
WASHINGTON - A small drugmaker from North Carolina may succeed next week where many of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning approval for the first drug to boost women's sexual desire. The husband-and-wife team that founded...
Encrusted with Federal Subsidies ; Whaling Museum and Wool Subsidies Live on Because So Few Pay Attention
WASHINGTON You probably never knew of the federal funding of museums commemorating Americas long-gone whaling industry. The funding existed for 10 years, until 2011, because almost no one knew about it. A mohair subsidy continues six decades after...
Flingin' through the Fairway ; Pipestem Resort State Park Offers Unusual Golf Alternative
PIPESTEM - Looking a little like the title character of the movie "Happy Gilmore, Casey Ord took a quick crossover step and, uncoiling like a discus thrower, flung a golf ball 150 yards down the middle of the fairway. That's right, flung. As in "threw.Welcome...
Gazette, Daily Mail Win Top Honors in W.Va. Press Contest
The former Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail took top honors for their circulation division Saturday night in the West Virginia Press Association competition, winning first and second place General Excellence, respectively. The awards were...
GW High Counselor Files Suit against Principal
A lawsuit filed by a counselor at George Washington High School alleges the school's principal encouraged her to retire and then spread false and private information about her. Mary Eller, 73, who has worked as a counselor at GW for 30 years, filed...
Huckabee Heading to Israel to Raise Money, Discuss Iran Deal
ATLANTA - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee heads to Israel this week to raise money and meet "with a number of officials to discuss the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran. The former Arkansas governor opposes the agreement, like...
In Iowa, Sanders Says He Will Address Nation's Racial Divide
LONG GROVE, Iowa - After bounding atop a blue trailer in a community park, Bernie Sanders quickly reminded people here that Iowa had helped elect the nation's first black president. The next step, he said, is addressing racial discrimination and the...
INNERVIEWS ; `My Biggest Concern Is the Children'; Divorce Lawyer Helping Couples Stay out of Her Office
Sure, she can help you with your divorce. In court, prominent divorce lawyer Julia Shalhoup can hold her own with anybody. The truth is, she'd much rather help you with your marriage.She recently introduced a new phase of her practice aimed at keeping...
Iraq Leader Reduces Cabinet by One-Third
BAGHDAD - Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday ordered his Cabinet reduced from 33 members to just 22, consolidating the body as part of a major reform push in response to mass protests against corruption and poor governance. The decision,...
Justices to Decide If Court Can Hear Tough Mudder Suit
The West Virginia Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether a Northern Panhandle court can hear a lawsuit filed over a man's death at an endurance event held more than 200 miles away in the Eastern Panhandle. At issue is a clause in a Tough Mudder...
Last Burst of Summer Fun for Tunisia's Doomed Beach Hotels
HAMMAMET, Tunisia - The jet skis roar by the shore and the water is full of splashing children along the Tunisian Riviera, where despite the deadly attack that killed 38 tourists in June, the beaches are still full - for now. Europeans have abandoned...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Bumgarner Hits, Pitches Giants to Win
SAN FRANCISCO - Madison Bumgarner homered and doubled, struck out 14 and pitched a three-hitter as the San Francisco Giants beat Washington 5-0 Sunday, the Nationals' sixth straight loss. Hunter Pence also homered as the Giants finished off a four-game...
MARSHALL NOTEBOOK ; Neely Latest Georgia Military College Product Looking to Produce with Herd
HUNTINGTON - Marshall's football team can thank part of its growing pipeline from Georgia Military College for allowing that pipeline to keep flowing. Junior safety Corey Neely stayed undecided on National Signing Day this year, but a little while later,...
Migrants Flock to Turkey for Crossing
BODRUM, Turkey - Suddenly, almost silently, a group of young men carrying a small plastic dinghy emerges from the darkness, dashes across a road and a dirty strip of sand and plunges into the crystal- clear waters of the Aegean Sea. With the lights...
MLS
All Times EDTEASTERN CONFERENCEW L T Pts GF GAD.C. United 13 8 5 44 35 29New York 11 6 6 39 38 25Columbus 9 8 7 34 38 39New England 9 9 7 34 34 36Toronto FC 9 10 4 31 37 41Montreal 8 9 4 28 29 31Orlando City 7 11 7 28 32 41New York City FC 7 11 6 27...
Musical Draws on Tragedy ; 'Marikana' Honors South Africa Miners Killed by Authorities during Strike in 2012
PRETORIA, South Africa - South Africans sing and dance when they mourn, which is why a musical is a fitting way to commemorate the police shootings of striking miners three years ago, says the lead actor of "Marikana - The Musical. On Aug. 16, 2012,...
NASCAR Sprint Cup
Pure Michigan 400 resultsSundayAt Michigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Mich.Lap length: 2 miles(Start position in parentheses)1. (1) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 200 laps, 48 points, $226,586.2. (7) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, 43, $185,285.3. (22) Martin...
NASCAR SPRINT CUP ; Kenseth Scores Third Win of '15
"I didn't see much of the race, which was totally fine with me, he said. "We were up front the whole time. Kenseth started in the lead, stayed there for most of the race and finished with his third Sprint Cup victory of the season Sunday, beating Kevin...
New Orleans' Tourism Industry Experiencing Rebirth
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the city's tourism has not only rebounded, it's practically been reinvented. New Orleans had just 3.7 million visitors in 2006, the first full year after Katrina. Last year, there were 9.5 million visitors....
NFL Preseason
All Times EDTAMERICAN CONFERENCEEastW L T Pct PF PABuffalo 0 1 0 .000 24 25Miami 0 1 0 .000 10 27New England 0 1 0 .000 11 22N.Y. Jets 0 1 0 .000 3 23SouthW L T Pct PF PAHouston 1 0 0 1.000 23 10Jacksonville 1 0 0 1.000 23 21Indianapolis 0 1 0 .000 10...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayBackus, Robert A. Jr. Bartram, Mary K. Beckett, Dustin M. Bradford, Marion Sr. Fox, Chad M. Hatten, Eileen V. Hoover, Theodore K. Lewis, Arthur Winter, James W. Sr.Robert A. Backus Jr.Robert A. Backus Jr., 59, of Scott Depot, passed away...
Our Views ; Babies Not Immune from Substance Abuse Issues; Other States Hope to Replicate Huntington Facilitys Success
In all the talk about substance abuse and those affected, the littlest victims are often ignored. But the staff at Lilys Place, a residential infant recovery center in Huntington, seek to change that.Senator Joe Manchin and Representative Evan Jenkins...
Our Views ; Dont Micromanage the State School System; Too Much Central Authority Already Harming Education
How many times have we heard it, and how many times have lawmakers agreed with the findings of the 2012 education efficiency audit by Public Works LLC? West Virginia has one of the most highly centralized and impermeable education systems in the country:...
Pakistan Spy Master, Gul, Dies
ISLAMABAD - Hamid Gul, who led Pakistan's powerful Inter- Services Intelligence agency as it funneled U.S. and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants, died late Saturday of...
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ; NOT A BAD DAY; Aussie Holds off Spieth to Capture First Major
With at least a share of the 54-hole lead for the third straight major, Day never gave Jordan Spieth or anyone else much of a chance at Whistling Straits. He closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-shot victory and broke Tiger Woods' major championship...
Positive Attitude Helping Holcombe Deal with Role as Backup Quarterback
INSIDE: Notebook 5BHUNTINGTON - He's the longest-serving quarterback on Marshall's roster, the one who knows the offense inside and out. He has taken most of the second-team reps this month, and continued doing so for much of Saturday afternoon's scrimmaging.But...
Potpourri
ATTORNEY GENERAL Patrick Morrisey filed a court appeal demanding the right of politicians to pray at government meetings. Were a bit leery of holy politicos. We recall a West Virginia Legislative Prayer Breakfast at which the pious leaders were Gov....
PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK ; Poca Keeping Some Tough Company
One big obstacle looms for first-year Poca coach Seth Ramsey as his program attempts to make some gains following 0-10 and 1-9 seasons - that being his schedule. Four of the Dots' seven Cardinal Conference games come against teams that reached the Class...
PREP FOOTBALL ; WR Johnson, Jefferson Want More Than Playoffs This Season; Prominent & Dominant
The inevitable conversation has begun for Jefferson star wide receiver Christian Johnson and the Cougars coaching staff. Coming up with another 65-catch, 1,418-yard, 26-touchdown season is unlikely, at best, so they have prepared Johnson - the winner...
PREP FOOTBALL ; Young at Heart; McClintic, W.Va.'S Winningest Prep Football Coach, Showing No Sign of Slowing Down at 70 Years Old
By Terry Fletcher For the Gazette-MailLarry McClintic has a harder time relating to his players than most coaches these days. After all, the 70-year-old Meadow Bridge coach has been on the sidelines longer than any of his current players - and many past...
Pro-Bush Super PAC Spending Millions on TV Campaign
DES MOINES, Iowa - The heavily funded super PAC backing Republican Jeb Bush will spend at least $10 million on television time in the earliest voting presidential primary states, the first salvo in a massive TV ad campaign to support the former Florida governor's...
Pro Golf
PGA Championship scoresSundayAt Whistling Straits (Straits Course)Sheboygan, Wis.Purse: $10 millionYardage: 7,501: Par: 72FinalJason Day, $1,800,000 68-67-66-67-268Jordan Spieth, $1,080,000 71-67-65-68-271Branden Grace, $680,000 71-69-64-69-273Justin...
Protesters Denounce Brazil President
SAO PAULO - Brazilians took to the streets of cities and towns across the country on Sunday for anti-government protests seen as a barometer of popular discontent with the increasingly unpopular president, Dilma Rousseff. Called mostly by activist groups...
Readers' Forum
PSC should decline gas companys request for rate increaseEditor:Yet again we have a utility company asking for a rate increase without sufficient reasoning to receive one. Mountaineer Gas is asking for a 4.7 percent rate increase, yet according to an...
READERS' Voice
"Forever I will shoot with a camera and not with a gun. I just heard this quote and it really makes me think of West Virginia. I wish that more citizens would be more proud of our wildlife. We would have more tourism if we had more animals for people...
Searchers Spot Indonesia Crash Site ; Plane Carrying 54 Went Missing near Mountainous Papua
JAYAPURA, Indonesia - A search plane has spotted the wreckage of an Indonesian passenger plane that went missing with 54 people onboard, rescue officials said today. There was no immediate word if there were any survivors from the crash, which happened...
SPORTS Briefs
Lorenzo wins Czech MotoGP to tighten championshipBRNO, Czech Republic - Jorge Lorenzo won the Czech Grand Prix Sunday for his fifth triumph of the season to tighten the MotoGP championship fight with his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi. The Spaniard...
Sports History
Aug. 171933 - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees plays his 1,308th straight game to break Everett Scott's record of 1,307. 1960 - Flash Elorde knocks out Harold Gomes at 1:20 in the first round to win the world junior lightweight title.1969 - Ray Floyd...
STATEHOUSE BEAT ; Images Gone from Websites
Reaction to the Ethics Commission's mandate to scale back public officials' self-promotion on official websites has been swift. The Department of Agriculture was one of the first state agencies to comply with the recent mandate to remove excessive numbers...
State Senator May Run for Agriculture Post
State Senator Kent Leonhardt is planning to make a political announcement from inside the Capitol today. The Republican lawmaker will announce his intentions outside the Senate chamber at 11:30 a.m. Monday.It is widely believed Leonhardt, R-Monongalia,...
State Should Support Local Contracting ; Small Business Help Group Is Being Shortchanged by Line Item Vetos
The economic health of this state has been steadily declining due to months of increasing unemployment, currently at 7 percent, with no end in sight. Considering the latest developments with EPA regulations Patriot Coal issuing 1,000 lay-off warning...
'Straight Outta Compton' Tops Box Office
LOS ANGELES - The boys from Compton smashed opening weekend expectations, while the stylish "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. struggled to find its footing. Universal's N.W.A. biopic earned an astonishing $56.1 million in its debut, according to studio estimates...
Sunday's Mlb Boxscores, Rtc
Dodgers 2, Reds 1Cincinnati Los Angelesab r h bi ab r h biPhillips 2b 4 0 0 0 JRollns ss 4 0 1 0Suarez ss 4 0 0 0 KHrndz 2b 4 0 1 0Votto 1b 3 0 2 0 AGnzlz 1b 3 0 0 0Frazier 3b 4 0 0 0 JuTrnr 3b 4 0 0 0Bruce rf 4 0 1 0 Ethier lf 3 0 1 0Byrd lf 4 1 2 0...
Tales from a Fling Golf Debut
ROANOKE - I grabbed a golf ball, dropped it into the small plastic cup at the top of the Fling Stick and lined up behind the tee marker. Dusting off a hop, step, throw from my baseball days, I bounded forward while reeling the stick behind my right...
Tax Credit a Lifeline to Millions
A couple years ago, Bambi Curry put a fence around the small backyard of her home, next to St. Cloud Common Park in west Huntington. In the past few years she's also put a new roof on her house and made some fixes to its aging plumbing. This spring,...
Technology Stocks Begin Trending Again
NEW YORK - Technology stocks are trending big-time as investors latch on to innovative companies racing ahead in a slow-growth world. The tech-heavy Nasdaq is the best performing major U.S. stock index this year, gaining 6.6 percent as the Standard...
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT ; Program Lets Jailed Moms Stay with Babies
When Craig Roberts first heard about starting a program designed to keep non-violent pregnant female inmates with their babies, he admits he was skeptical. However, after the associate warden of programs at the Lakin Correctional Center saw the bond...
Trump Wants to End 'Birthright Citizenship'
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally. He also wants to end "birthright citizenship for their children, he said Sunday. And he would rescind Obama administration executive...
TWO-MINUTE Drill
QuoteA Tall Boy. And it wasnt even drank all the way. Guess thats what this series is all about. KYLE SCHWARBER Chicago Cubs rookie on having a beer thrown at him by a fan during Saturdays game against the rival White SoxNames in the gamesRivers, Chargers...
Vent Line
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department thinks there are only illegal drugs in the West Hamlin area. He should clean up the drugs in his own area. There are plenty. He must be afraid of the drug dealers. Hillary Clinton reminds me of Leona Helmsley....
Winfield's New Chief of Police Ready for Job
Winfield has a reputation - a good one, that recently named police chief Bobby Eggleton plans to protect and maintain. "Winfield is considered one of the safest towns in West Virginia, and I plan on keeping it that way, Eggleton said Sunday afternoon.He...
WOMEN'S SOCCER ; US Routs Costa Rica to Begin World Cup Victory Tour
PITTSBURGH - Christen Press scored three goals Sunday to power the United States to an 8-0 exhibition romp over Costa Rica in its first game since winning the Women's World Cup in Canada last month. The game marked the opening of a victory tour by the...
WVU FOOTBALL ; Coaches, Teammates Raving about WR Durante
MORGANTOWN - During West Virginia's first 13 preseason football practices, many opinions were formed about Jovon Durante. It was harder to decide what to trust. The freshman receiver missed the first three days of practice waiting for the NCAA's Eligibility Center...
WVU NOTEBOOK ; Linebacker Barber Made Most of Time Away from Field
MORGANTOWN - It's probably wise not to underestimate the value of what Jared Barber went through the past two years. And that has nothing to do with the rehabilitation that has made his damaged knee stronger. Well, it has something to do with it, at...
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