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Articles from October 24, 2015

Africans Hold Line on Doctrine as Vatican Family Synod Ends
VATICAN CITY - From his spacious apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square, Cardinal Francis Arinze has something of a privileged view of the theater unfolding behind closed doors in the Vatican, as bishops from around the world wrap up a three-week meeting...
An Uphill Fight ; Dyess Overcomes Odds, Will Box for Olympic Spot
Lee Dyess Jr. is a fighter. Life didn't give him a choice.The 23-year-old has experienced his share of long counts outside the ring, but the Charleston boxer and aspiring Olympian never fails to get back on his feet. "He's really been through it, said...
BLANKENSHIP TRIAL DAY 12 ; Blanchard Denies Conspiring; Ex-Mine President Says He Did Not Work with Blankenship to Violate Safety Standards
ONLINE:For more trial coverage, go towvgazette mail.com /blankenshipA key prosecution witness in the Don Blankenship case continued on Friday to describe the former Massey CEO's hands-on management, cost-cutting demands and brusque style, but when questioned...
Bulletin Board
Trail clubKanawha Trail Club will sponsor a hike from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill Cemetery history hike with re-enactors. Carpool at 12:30 p.m. from the parking lot at the corner of Ohio and Randolph, across from the post office. SC Library Board...
CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS ; Pentagon Says American Killed in Raid; Service Member Died in Assault on Compound; about 70 IS Prisoners Freed in Joint Operation
WASHINGTON - Believing that Islamic State captives held on a compound in northern Iraq faced "imminent mass execution," dozens of U.S. special operations troops and Iraqi forces raided the site Thursday, freeing approximately 70 Iraqi prisoners in an...
Church Activities
Anniversaries/homecomingsMetropolitan Baptist Church, 205 Donnally St., will have its 100 Minutes of Zumba for 100 Years of Ministry in honor of its 100th anniversary at noon todayat the church. Registration fee is $25. For more information, call 304-342-4766....
CONFERENCE USA NOTEBOOK ; Charlotte Program Gains Some Confidence
They still may not win a conference game all season, but the Charlotte 49ers picked up a confidence boost last weekend in a 37- 34 loss to Old Dominion. Considering the step back ODU (3-3, 1-1 Conference USA) has taken, it's not a good result. But remember,...
Dems Stay on Benghazi Panel - for Now
WASHINGTON - Democrats on the House Benghazi committee said Friday they are staying - for now - on the Republican-led panel, despite calling it a "fishing expedition to derail" Hillary Clinton's presidential bid. At the same time, they called on House Speaker...
Federal Official Speaks on Health Care ; Hinton Native Praises W.Va. Implementation of ACA
West Virginia has done well in cutting the number of residents without health insurance, but significant health challenges still remain, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, leader of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said Friday night....
FestivALL Fall Events for Today
WV BOOK FESTIVAL: USED BOOK SALE: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Charleston Civic Center. Annual fundraiser for the Kanawha County Public Library. Doors will close from 3 to 3:30 p.m., and then reopen for a reduced-price sale. WV BOOK FESTIVAL: HOMER HICKAM: 9 a.m....
Friday's Prep Football Scores, Summaries
Friday's statewide scoresBluefield 70, Oak Hill 0Braxton County 34, Webster County 0Brooke 21, Weir 14Buffalo 60, Fayetteville 27Cabell Midland 67, George Washington 27Calhoun County 8, Wirt County 6Capital 21, Spring Valley 7Clay County 48, Ravenswood...
GOP Bill Would Gut Health Law, Halt Planned Parenthood Funds
WASHINGTON - Republicans rammed legislation through the House on Friday that would demolish major pillars of President Barack Obama's health care law and halt Planned Parenthood's federal payments. If the bill can surmount GOP divisions in the Senate...
Hoover to Induct 6 into Athletic Hall of Fame ; ROUNDUP
Herbert Hoover High School will be inducting the sixth class into its athletic Hall of Fame Wednesday at the school. This year's honorees include Rhonda Arehart, Gary Groves, Eddie Huffman and Joe Mullins, who will be honored for their athletic accomplishments. Fred...
Hurricane Patricia Hits Central Mexican Coastline ; Storm Is Believed to Be Strongest Ever to Hit Modern-Day North America
MEXICO CITY - The strongest hurricane ever to bear down on Mexico unleashed 190 mile-per-hour winds Friday on the country's central Pacific Coast, an off-the-charts storm that arose in hours to become one of the mightiest in modern history. By late...
Inquisition ; Attack on Hillary
BACK in the 1990s, Republicans in Congress wasted around $50 million of taxpayer money in a futile attempt to impeach and oust Democratic President Bill Clinton over a trivial sex fling. It was a historic fiasco. Now, Republicans in Congress have wasted...
ISIL Still Getting $50M per Month from Oil
BAGHDAD - The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant rakes in up to $50 million a month from selling crude from oilfields under its control in Iraq and Syria, part of a well-run industry that U.S. diplomacy and airstrikes have so far failed to shut down,...
Living in a World Playboy Made
I used to love Playboy magazine.And yes, it was mainly for the articles. But I wasn't exactly repulsed by the pictures. You may find that an odd admission for an avowed feminist, but I've always felt the argument over the sexual objectification of women...
MARSHALL FOOTBALL ; Stick to the Plan; Herd's Focus Key vs. Winless North Texas
NORTH TEXAS at MARSHALLWhen: 3:30 p.m. todayTV: Root Sports Line: Marshall by 29 1/2INSIDE: Game capsule, Conference USA notebook 4BHUNTINGTON - The overriding mission for Marshall is to focus, to improve every day. To prepare for the "faceless opponent,"...
MEC TENNIS ; W.Va. State Trio Finish with Four Conference Titles
For Brittany Franco, Charlotte Sandy and Diana Cotoros, there has never been a college tennis season where the three have not held aloft a conference championship trophy at the end. The trio was part of the final West Virginia Conference championship...
Menagerie Earns Street Cred ; Art Taxi Brings Color to the City
It's possible you've seen a lively looking taxicab driving around Charleston for the past few months. The art cab was part of a FestivALL design competition called "Driven by Design," during which artists could submit their ideas that would eventually...
Mets Welcome Time off before Series
NEW YORK - The way the New York Mets were playing, the last thing they needed was five days off. No choice, though. That's exactly what they got.After completing a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series on Wednesday night,...
Mind over Meal ; Heres a Weight-Loss Strategy You May Not Know About
Much has been written about the positive benefits of mindfulness - the idea that you bring an awareness to the present moment and identify emotions as you feel them. But could the habit also benefit physical well being like reducing obesity, and by extension,...
Morrisey among Leaders of EPA Lawsuit
WASHINGTON - States and industry groups dependent on fossil fuels filed court challenges Friday to President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Opponents of the plan filed a flurry of lawsuits at the U.S....
MOUNTAIN EAST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL ; UC Prepares for Stout Urbana Defense, State for Balanced Glenville Offense
The West Virginia State and University of Charleston football teams must solve opponents this weekend sporting quite different strengths. The Yellow Jackets take on one of the most balanced offenses in the Mountain East Conference. The Golden Eagles...
Murphy, Escobar the Latest October Surprise Stars
PLAYOFF GLANCEFridays gameALCS: Blue Jays at Royals, late Todays gameALCS: Blue Jays at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (if necessary)Daniel Murphy sent yet another shot soaring over the wall and thrust his right arm in the air - he was in the record book, his New York...
NASCAR ; Earnhardt Looking for Big Run to Continue Title Hopes
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. has struggled in the second round of NASCAR's playoffs and needs a good run at Talladega Superspeedway to avoid elimination in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Luckily for Earnhardt, he's pretty good at...
NBA SEASON PREVIEW ; Cavs Still the Team to Beat in East
It's become an annual tradition: LeBron James enters a season with tons of expectations on his shoulders, challengers coming at him from all sides, then somehow finds his way back to the NBA Finals. When James was in Miami for four years, getting to...
NBA SEASON PREVIEW ; Uncertainty and Edginess for Thunder Star Durant
OKLAHOMA CITY - It's still the preseason, and Kevin Durant already is tired of answering questions. Well, at least, certain questions.Take this interview session after a preseason win over Denver, for example: Durant missed most of last season for the...
NBA SEASON PREVIEW ; Western Conference Is Loaded Again
Last season the Golden State Warriors were invigorated by a new head coach and ran circles around the rest of the NBA, culminating with the franchise's first title. Other Western Conference powers are looking to follow the same script this season.The...
NFL ; 49ers Look to Regroup over Long Weekend as Season Spirals Downward
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jim Tomsula will evaluate his players, position by position, and consider depth-chart changes though none of his coaches are in jeopardy for now with the 49ers struggling in all phases. And Colin Kaepernick is still the man under...
NHL Glance
National Hockey LeagueAll Times EDTEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAMontreal 8 8 0 0 16 30 9Tampa Bay 7 4 2 1 9 23 20Ottawa 7 3 2 2 8 23 22Florida 7 3 3 1 7 20 15Boston 7 3 3 1 7 27 29Detroit 6 3 3 0 6 16 16Toronto 6 1 3 2 4 13 19Buffalo...
North Texas Marshall Game Capsule
North Texas (0-6, 0-3) at Marshall (6-1, 3-0)3:30 p.m., Joan C. Edwards Stadium (38,148, AstroTurf GameDay Grass MTO), Huntington TV: Fox Sports Net (Root Sports in Kanawha Valley)Crew: Brendan Burke play-by-play, Ben Leber analyst, Christian Steckel...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayBanks, Floranell Booker, Deborah Brody, Arnold Dr. Brown, Patrick III Brown, Tiffany Burkett, Kevin Carr, Gordon Clark, Dominic Coleman, Susan G. Conrad, Billy Davis, Mary L. Dunn, Brenda Foster, James Haynes, Dawn Hoffmann, Mark T. Hunter,...
Official Resigns, Pleads Guilty
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran pleaded guilty to embezzlement and other charges Friday after abruptly resigning amid a fraud investigation that alleged she siphoned thousands of dollars from her election account to help...
On the Town
The Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America broke ground on its new Leadership Service Center on Sept. 15. Located at 2829 Kanawha Boulevard E., the new facility was named in honor of H. Bernard Wehrle, Sr. DON RYAN | Photographer1. JOHN VANHORN,...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; Cabell Midland Runs Away from GW in 67-27 Rout
ONA - Cabell Midland took a little break while George Washington was getting a huge win against rival Capital last week. The Knights might need another off week after Friday night. Midland racked up 361 rushing yards and 22 first downs in the first...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; Capital Grinds It out; Cougars Eschew Pass, Run Past Wolves 21-7
HUNTINGTON - Robbed of one of its best offensive weapons, the deep-ball passing game, Capital ripped a few pages out of Spring Valley's playbook Friday night. Silas Nazario ran for 158 yards and one touchdown and quarterback Tyrhee Pratt gave a courageous performance...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; Hager's Big First Half Lifts Hoover Past Roane 37-21
By Ryan Pritt Staff writerAfter last week's 251-yard performance in a win over Wayne, Herbert Hoover fullback Brody Thomas was the focal point of the Roane County defense early. And boy, did quarterback Triston Hager take advantage.Hager played the...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; Hancock Leads Woodrow Past Nitro 32-15
Fans visited the kettle corn stand as they entered through the admission gate, classmates cheered on as the homecoming court cruised around the football track in luxury vehicles and family and friends filled the stands in hopes of watching Nitro capture...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; Ripley Extends Riverside Slide
With just three games remaining in the season, Ripley appeared to be the best chance Riverside had at ending its 21-game losing streak. The Warriors had numerous opportunities, especially in the first half, but the Vikings turned them away in earning...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; ROUNDUP; Lucas Leads the Way as Buffalo Blasts Fayetteville
Dylan Lucas accounted for 264 yards and three touchdowns as Buffalo blew past host Fayetteville 60-27 Friday night in high school football. Lucas scored on a 46-yard run and hauled in a 57- yard scoring strike from Ethan Burgess to help stake the Bison...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; Sissonville Uses Run Game, Defense to Blank Logan 56-0
As a defensive assistant coach at South Charleston High, Marc Wilson was accustomed to seeing and practicing against a high- octane spread offense. But as a first-year head coach at Sissonville, Wilson has leaned heavily on a punishing and diverse running...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; This One Belongs to the D; South Charleston Wins Defensive Struggle vs. Hurricane 14-6
HURRICANE - Defense ruled the gridiron with a single offensive touchdown scored between South Charleston and Hurricane on Friday night. The Black Eagles notched that lone score and won the defensive battle in a hard-fought 14-6 win at Redskins Stadium."It's...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 9 ; Tolsia's Presley Runs Wild against Tigers
FORT GAY - Just prior to the start of the second half of Tolsia's 76-45 victory over Chapmanville, Run DMC's "It's Tricky" began blaring over the PA system. Perhaps no other song is more fit to accompany Tolsia's belly option offense. It is, indeed,...
READERS' Vent
So, they say cutting personal property taxes would deprive local governments of revenue to pay for needed services. That's really saying that letting people keep their money in the first place would deprive local governments of running the show. The...
Regional Airport Lost Nearly 50 Years Ago ; Short-Sightedness Killed a Major Growth Opportunity
When he left his position as Yeager Airport director, Rick Atkinson said his most significant accomplishment was the defeat in the early 2000s of a proposal for construction of a regional airport between Charleston and Huntington. Hes taking too much...
Remembering Camping on Hickory Knob
It's October again, and I am back once more on Hickory Knob. It has changed, I am told, but I am traveling the Hickory Knob of long ago. It has taken a week or longer to get ready for our annual camping trip here. Every October, during squirrel season,...
Report Recommends Restoring Racing Funds ; Greyhound Advocates Unhappy over Industry Stakeholders' Proposal
A group of racing industry stakeholders is hoping state lawmakers will reverse their recent actions and restore racing funds to levels last seen two years ago, according to a report that was recently accepted by the West Virginia Racing Commission. ...
REVIEW: Musical 'Mary Poppins' Is Mostly Enjoyable
Having never seen the movie or read the classic books, I wasn't too sure about what to expect when I went to go see Broadway's "Mary Poppins at the Clay Center in Charleston on Oct. 14. Overall, it was a rather pleasant experience, however, it could...
REVIEW ; No Fault in FestivALL's Shakespeare Stars
American Shakespeare Center returned to FestivALL Friday night with an enthralling theatrical performance of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" at The Scottish Rite Temple in downtown Charleston. The historic venue's sophisticated, vintage atmosphere...
Scenes from the Week
Every week, Gazette-Mail photographers scour the city streets and back roads of West Virginia in search of the perfect shot. Not every photo makes it into the daily editions, but many are too good to waste. Here is a collection of such photos taken...
Short Takes
Thanks to the wonders of medical technology, there is now a code to make sure your medical insurance reimburses your doctor visit after youve been struck by a duck. If you are burned because your water skis were on fire, theres a code for that too. Was...
SPORTS Briefs
Popovich to coach US Olympic hoops teamGregg Popovich, who has led the San Antonio Spurs to five NBA titles, will replace Mike Krzyzewski as the U.S. basketball coach following the 2016 Olympics. USA Basketball said Friday that Popovich will take over...
Sports History
Oct. 241943 The Green Bay Packers make nine interceptions, seven off Frank Sinkwich, in a 27-6 victory over the Detroit Lions. 1948 Chicago's Bill Blackburn returns two interceptions for touchdowns to highlight a 35-point third quarter as the Cardinals...
STATE Briefs
Ex-YMCA counselor accused of sex abuseWHEELING - A former head counselor at a YMCA in Wheeling is accused of sexually abusing a teenage assistant. Media reports say 28-year-old Maqsood Harrington surrendered to police on Thursday after he was named...
Technology Isnt Bound by Age Limits ; Even the Youngest of Kids Understand the Digital World around Them
I was probably 4 or 5 years old when I finally figured out how to work the VCR. My parents were grateful because it meant I, not they, would be the one to rewind my Barney and Friends video for the seventeenth time.I already knew how to work the cassette...
Tech Tries to Attract Women
SEATTLE - Free rent and groceries were selling points, but college freshman Aishwarya Mandyam was more excited about the chance to connect with like-minded women when she moved into the eight- bedroom house offered up by a Seattle software startup. ...
Thank You, Charleston, for Kindness Then and Now
We traveled to Charleston to attend the new bridge dedication in Coonskin Park on Oct. 7. The bridge was dedicated to the 21 airmen who lost their lives while attempting to land at what is now Yeager Airport on April 8, 1951, a morning filled with dense...
The Week Ahead
Eye on consumersEconomists anticipate that a gauge of U.S. consumers confidence improved since last month. The Conference Board reveals its index on consumers confidence for October on Tuesday. The index has been steadily rising since this summer. The...
Transactions
BASEBALLAmerican LeagueSEATTLE MARINERS Named Scott Servais manager.National LeagueCHICAGO CUBS Reinstated 3B Christian Villanueva; 2B Arismendy Alcantara and Addison Russell; 2B Jonathan Herrera; RHPs Neil Ramirez, Jason Motte, Yoervis Medina, Tommy...
Vigil Honors Victims of Swedish School Attack
Hundreds of people lit candles Friday in the yard of a Swedish school where police said a 21-year-old masked man with a sword and a knife went on a rampage a day earlier, stabbing two to death and seriously wounding two others before being shot by police....
Webster County Sued by Jail Agency over Unpaid Fees
The agency that oversees West Virginia's regional jails is trying to get Webster County to pay a $1.3 million debt for inmate jail fees. The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says in a statement that the Regional Jail Authority filed...
WVU FOOTBALL ; Holgorsen Scrambling to Improve Mountaineers' Passing Attack
West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen is searching for answers.It's apparent in his use of personnel. Six players - not counting punter Nick O'Toole - have carried the ball. And, at receiver, the number of Mountaineers pulling in a pass is at 16...
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