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Articles from October 31, 2015

Alabama Teacher of the Year Told She's Unqualified, Resigns
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A one-time Alabama Teacher of the Year said she has resigned after state officials told her she's unqualified to teach in her fifth-grade classroom because of certification issues. Veteran teacher Ann Marie Corgill said Alabama Department...
BLANKENSHIP TRIAL, DAY 17 ; Jury Hears That Massey Underreported Injuries
Jurors in the criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship learned late Friday afternoon that Massey did not properly report all of the workplace injuries at the Upper Big Branch Mine in the years prior to the April 2010 explosion that killed...
Bulletin Board
Olive Garden restaurants will host a Spirit Night and donate a portion of in-restaurant sales to a local high school. Guests are encouraged to wear the school colors and join in the celebration. Beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, a portion of all in-restaurant...
Businessman Reported Held by Iran Makes 4th Iranian-American Jailed
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An Iranian-American businessman who advocated better ties between Iran and the U.S. reportedly has been arrested and imprisoned in Tehran, becoming the fourth U.S. citizen known to be held there at a time when hard-liners...
Carson: Seventh-Day Adventism Is Right for Him
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - As his surge in heavily evangelical Iowa puts a spotlight on his faith, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is opening up about his membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He embraces it as right for him while also...
Celebrate Halloween with Four Fear-Inducing Online Stories
I can't even begin to tell you how many sleepless nights I've spent reading horror story after horror story online. I'm always telling myself I'll just read one more, and before I know it, it's 4 a.m. I know I'm not the only one who searches the depths...
Clinton Faces Protests as She Courts Black Voters
ATLANTA - Shouting over protesters, Hillary Rodham Clinton promised black Americans that if elected she would be their partner in the White House and follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, the country's first black president. The Democratic presidential front-runner...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; WVU Tech Trying to Fill Scoring Void
The WVU Tech men's basketball team enjoyed an uncommon scoring balance last season in its trip to the NAIA Division I national tournament. Four players averaged between 14.6 and 11.2 points per game. As the Golden Bears begin their season at 4 p.m....
College Football
StandingsBIG 12 CONFERENCEW L PF PA W L PF PATCU 5 0 242 135 8 0 391 196Baylor 4 0 236 107 7 0 428 176Okla. State 4 0 157 97 7 0 282 132Oklahoma 3 1 179 75 6 1 303 140Texas 2 2 81 106 3 4 170 217Texas Tech 2 3 210 232 5 3 373 321Iowa St. 1 3 117 169...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; TCU's Boykin Moves Forward in Heisman Trophy Race
FORT WORTH, Texas - If Trevone Boykin keeps playing like this, the TCU quarterback won't need any hype to win the Heisman Trophy. "Everybody said you have to have a campaign, coach Gary Patterson said. "I think the campaign is what happens in those...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; Unbeaten Owls on Center Stage vs. Irish
It's break time for five of the top 10 teams, making this the perfect time for Temple to command the national spotlight. The unbeaten and 21st-ranked Owls host No. 9 Notre Dame in prime time tonight in the only game matching Top 25 teams.No. 1 Ohio...
Director Polanski 'Very Happy' with Polish Extradition Ruling
WARSAW, Poland - Poland cannot extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. on a charge that he had sex with a minor nearly four decades ago, a judge ruled Friday, a decision that could finally close the case in the country where the Oscar-winning...
Draft Israel-Palestinian Resolution Gets a Yes, No and Also Maybe
UNITED NATIONS - Russia said Friday that New Zealand should move forward with a draft U.N. resolution aimed at reviving long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, but Israel says it's "destructive and the Palestinians say it's not tough enough. The...
Fall Colors Bring Memories of Spooky Stories
Afar on the blue horizon,The infinite, tender sky,The ripe, rich tints of the cornfieldAnd wild geese flying high.All over upland and lowland,The charm of the goldenrod,Some of us call it autumn,But others call it God.Author unknown (In memory of Amma...
Fallout from Discredited WVSP Chemist Affects Murder Case ; Fred Zains Testimony in 1987 Killing Called into Question as Convicted Man Asks for New Trial
HUNTINGTON - The effects of former West Virginia State Police chemist Fred Zain - whose discredited work resulted in millions of dollars paid to wrongfully convicted defendants - continued to be felt more than two decades later in a Huntington courtroom...
Fight Schedule
TodayAt Houston (NBCSN), Jermell Charlo vs. Joachim Alcine, 10, junior middleweights; Tony Harrison vs. Cecil McCalla, 10, junior middleweights. Nov. 4At Kazan, Russia, Denis Lebedev vs. Lateef Kayode, 12, for Lebedev's WBA World cruiserweight title;...
For Taylor Swift, 2015 Is the Year of '1989'
From convincing her parents to move to Nashville to being the youngest artist ever to win the Grammy's Album of the Year, famous pop star Taylor Swift celebrated many of her life's milestones on her 1989 World Tour. On Oct. 25, people piled into the...
GOP Chief Suspends Deal with NBC for February Debate
WASHINGTON - Charging that Wednesday's CNBC-hosted debate was "conducted in bad faith, the Republican Party chairman on Friday suspended the party's partnership with NBC for its February primary debate. Chairman Reince Priebus was angry at CNBC for...
Greek Leader 'Ashamed' of Europe ; at Least 22 Refugees, 10 of Them Children, Drown off Greece
ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was "ashamed Friday after at least 22 people, 10 of them children, drowned in the Aegean Sea as refugees desperately try to reach Europe before winter sets in. "As a member of Europe's leadership,...
Hampshire Farm Named Conservation Farm of the Year
A Hampshire County farm operated by three siblings has been named West Virginia Conservation Farm of the Year. Chimney Hill Farm, a 1,060-acre Romney property owned and operated by Tom, Laura and Andy Stump, took home the top honor at the West Virginia...
Harvard Professor Hopes to Inspire Love of STEM through Genealogy
WASHINGTON - Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. hopes to trigger a love for science, technology and math among American students by turning them on to searching for their family roots. Gates, the Harvard University scholar; Keyser, West Virginia...
Hats Off
The West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame will hold 2015 induction ceremonies Saturday evening. And among the inductees is Daily Mail Contributing Columnist Hoppy Kercheval. Hoppys statewide Talkline radio program, broadcast locally on WCHS 580 AM...
HORSE RACING ; Stopchargingmaria Survives Drama, Wins Breeders' Cup Distaff
The last of the day's four Cup races was the most suspenseful, with the stewards needing several minutes to sort through a foul claim and objection before declaring the results official. Stopchargingmaria ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.98 and paid $16.20,...
IS Reaches into Turkey to Behead 2 Raqqa Activists ; Award-Winning Bloggers Exposed Islamic State Crimes against Citys Residents
ISTANBUL - A Syrian activist who helped produce a blog dedicated to exposing Islamic State crimes against the residents of Raqqa was found beheaded along with another young activist at their apartment in Sanliurfa in southern Turkey on Friday, friends...
IT GETS YOU THROUGH ; Honoring Late Wife's Memory, Professor to Run in NYC Marathon
Running the New York City Marathon has been a decadelong goal for Tom Guetzloff, who remembers watching the race when he lived in Connecticut. On Sunday, the West Virginia State University chemistry professor will finally live out his dream. Having...
Judge Denies Appeal from Utah Inmate Facing Firing Squad
SALT LAKE CITY - A judge denied an appeal Friday from a Utah death row inmate who argued that his sentence of death by firing squad is cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson wrote in his ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court has never overturned...
Man Charged in Two of Seven St. Louis-Area Black Church Fires
ST. LOUIS - Authorities charged A 35-year-old black St. Louis man with arson for two of the seven church fires in a predominantly African-American part of the St. Louis region, and federal investigators said there is no evidence of a hate crime. David Lopez...
Many Chinese Cautious, Positive about Change in One-Child Policy
BEIJING - In June 2012, local authorities ambushed Deng Jiyuan's wife, then seven months pregnant with the couple's second child. Determined to enforce China's one-child policy, they beat her, blindfolded her and transported her to a hospital, where...
Marshall Charlotte Game Capsule
Marshall (7-1, 4-0) at Charlotte (2-5, 0-4)3:30 p.m., Jerry Richardson Stadium (15,314, Matrix Turf), Charlotte, N.C.* TV: Fox Sports Net (Root Sports in Kanawha Valley)* Crew: Mark Followill play-by-play, Brian Baldinger analyst, Lesley McCaslin sidelines...
MARSHALL FOOTBALL ; Herd Hopes to Cash in Red-Zone Incursions Today vs. Charlotte
MARSHALL at CHARLOTTEWhen: 3:30 p.m. todayTV: Root SportsLine: Marshall by 17 INSIDE: Game capsule 3BCHARLOTTE, N.C. - Marshall's offense has been getting the job done the last six weeks, as far as wins go. You can't beat 6-0, right? But nobody's really...
MEC FOOTBALL ; Yellow Jackets Hit the Road to Face UNC-Pembroke
The West Virginia State football team hits the road again today, hoping the momentum from last week's win - the biggest since head coach Jon Anderson arrived on campus - will carry through against an unfamiliar opponent. Today's 2 p.m. game at the University...
Medical Schools Combat Primary Care Doctor Shortage
More than three decades after she was born at Hale County Hospital in Greensboro, Alabama, Dana Todd spends one night a week at the 20-bed facility in the state's rural Black Belt. Todd, the only doctor on duty, tends to the typical array of maladies...
NASCAR SPRINT CUP ; Gordon Believes Martinsville Could Be Key to Title
Gordon has had a mediocre season and goes into Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway winless on the year. But there's no better track for him to spark a run toward a fifth championship.Gordon has eight career victories at Martinsville, which makes him...
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ; McCown Throws `Better,' Improves Chances to Play
Although McCown was limited in practice again Friday, the 36- year-old has progressed throughout the week and all signs point to him taking the field to face the Cardinals. "Threw the ball around today, felt a little better, said McCown, who stopped...
NBA CAPSULES ; Thunder Outlast Magic in Double OT
Westbrook added 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Durant had 12 rebounds.Orlando had a chance to tie it with 6 seconds to play, but twice had 3-point attempts blocked. Oklahoma City trailed by as many as 18, but outscored the Magic 42-24 in the fourth...
NFL
AMERICAN CONFERENCEEastW L T Pct PF PANew England 7 0 0 1.000 249 133N.Y. Jets 4 2 0 .667 152 105Buffalo 3 4 0 .429 176 173Miami 3 4 0 .429 154 173SouthW L T Pct PF PAIndianapolis 3 4 0 .429 147 174Houston 2 5 0 .286 154 199Jacksonville 2 5 0 .286 147...
NFL - THURSDAY'S GAME ; Brady, Patriots Rout Dolphins 36-7, Remain Unbeaten
The New England Patriots still won easily.Brady threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns - two to Julian Edelman - and the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 36-7 on Thursday night to become the first of the NFL's five unbeaten teams to reach seven wins....
Nhl
EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAMontreal 11 9 2 0 18 39 21Ottawa 10 5 3 2 12 32 31Tampa Bay 11 5 4 2 12 28 28Boston 9 5 3 1 11 36 30Florida 10 5 4 1 11 31 21Detroit 10 4 5 1 9 23 27Buffalo 11 4 7 0 8 26 34Toronto 9 1 6 2 4 20 31Metropolitan...
Now on Leave, Praying Coach Deepens School, Religion Debate
SEATTLE - The coach of a Washington state high school football team who prayed at games despite orders from the school district to stop was placed on paid administrative leave the same day a group of self-described Satanists said it planned to attend...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayBarfield, Geraldine Brogan-Stull, Irene Burdette, Harry Craft, Shirley Ann Elliott, Judy Ann Fisher, Timothy Grimmett, William Hall, Julia Ising, Gary Johnson, Fannie Midkiff, Dale Moses, Dennis Nelson, Jerry Patterson, Anna Reed, Roger...
On the Town
Ribbon-cuttingA ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in South Charleston on September 25 to welcome three new businesses to the city Erie Insurance; Gwyn Roberts, Design Consultants and Event Planner; and Olive Tree Cafe & Catering. 1. LAURA and RICHARD...
PREP CROSS COUNTRY - STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS ; Midland, University Top Contenders in AAA Boys Race
Cabell Midland's boys cross country team finds itself in a familiar position as the favorite to win the Class AAA state championship, but must overthrow two-time defending champion University to reclaim the throne. The perennial contender Knights, winners...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 10 ; Capital Wraps Up Regular Season with Win
BECKLEY - Friday night's high school football matchup between Woodrow Wilson and visiting Capital High kicked off at 7:30 p.m., but the action on the field began shortly after 7. The two teams squared off at midfield and went face to face with some...
Prep Football - Week 10 ; Fridays Prep Football Scores,; Summaries
Friday's state scoresBerkeley Springs 35, Oakland Southern, Md. 8Beverly Ft. Frye, Ohio 33, Wirt County 12Bluefield 55, James Monroe 6Boyd Co., Ky. 34, Tolsia 32Bridgeport, Ohio 32, Cameron 26Bridgeport 35, Fairmont Senior 0Brooke 35, John Marshall 28Buckhannon-Upshur...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 10 ; GW Rallies, Beats Spring Valley in OT
HUNTINGTON - Just moments after Spring Valley stopped George Washington on a fourth and 11 with 41 seconds to play in the Patriots' 35-28 overtime win, a local radio announcer uttered the phrase "barring a miracle. Then, a miracle occurred. The Timberwolves...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 10 ; Huntington's Jackson Scores Three Times in 60-0 Win at Nitro
About the only thing Huntington senior running back Dionne Jackson did wrong during Friday's game was hurdle a standing Nitro defender during the third quarter. The play drew a flag for a personal foul penalty."I didn't know it was a penalty, Jackson...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 10 ; Hurricane Picks Up Much-Needed Win against Ripley
HURRICANE - With an outside chance of making the postseason, the Hurricane Redskins knew they had to out-muscle Ripley, and did so pulling out a close 34-31 victory Friday night at Redskin Stadium. "We felt like we could move it offensively for the...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 10 ; Mingo Overwhelms Hoover 41-6
Though it took a while to get its offense in gear, Mingo Central finally hit its stride with an unlikely money man Friday night as the Miners pulled away from Herbert Hoover for a 41-6 win in Falling Rock. Hoover (6-3) lost three fumbles in the first...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 10 ; Perkins, Grier Lift SC to Win
The South Charleston offense is hard enough to stop with Kentre Grier leading the Black Eagles' passing game. On Friday night, SC received huge contributions from the ground game, especially from C.J. Perkins, to make the offense even more dangerous.Perkins...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 10 ; Reed, Bluefield Cruise Past James Monroe 55-6
BLUEFIELD - Once Bluefield stopped playing trick-or-treat with the ball, it was all over for James Monroe. Carlos Reed ran for 156 yards and scored three touchdowns and the Beavers tallied TDs on all four of their second-quarter possessions Friday night,...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 10 ; ROUNDUP; Buffalo Blanks Sherman; Sissonville Romps over Poca
Dylan Lucas accounted for 183 yards and four touchdowns as Buffalo blanked visiting Sherman 49-0 to remain unbeaten Friday night. Lucas scored on runs of 12, 73, 17 and 20 yards and finished with 130 yards on six carries. He also caught two passes for...
PREP FOOTBALL - WEEK 10 ; Winfield Uses Defense to Hold off St. Albans
Regardless of records, a budding rivalry in the Kanawha Valley keeps churning out dramatic finishes. For the second straight season, the Winfield-St. Albans matchup was decided by a single point, but this time the victor was reversed as the Generals...
Pro Golf
LPGA-Blue Bay LPGAFriday's resultsAt Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf CourseHainan Island, JapanSecond roundSei Young Kim 70-721421 -2Suzann Pettersen 74-691431 -1Candie Kung 71-721431 -1Ryann O'Toole 70-731431 -1Austin Ernst 68-751431 -1Minjee Lee 74-701441...
Readers' Forum
Breakdown of family causing violenceEditor:The news is full of serious crime today. Violence seems to be a way of life for too many people. Our police and courts are overloaded with shootings, drug problems, rape, child molestation, robbery, ad infinitum....
READERS' Vent
I'm glad there are a few who have enough common sense to have Halloween on Halloween. How many Washington Republicans does it take to change a light bulb? None! They would rather sit in the dark and blame Obama.Have fun with Hillary supporters. Next...
REVIEW ; Dr. Jekyll, Hyde and Go Seek
This Hallows' Eve season the Kanawha Players' offering "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is not your typical horror distraction. Instead, stepping outside their working formula of slash and gore, the troupe bit off a bigger chunk of cerebral drama. When you...
Review: There's Nothing Bad about Halsey's 'Badlands'
Editor's Note: This album contains a parental advisory warning for explicit content. The honest, dark and gripping lyrics found on Halsey's debut album, "Badlands are empowering and unfiltered.Ashley Frangipane, better known as Halsey, got her start...
Schools Can Slide to Safety ; Charleston Native Uses Plane Technology to Evacuate during Active Shooter Situations
A Charleston native is marketing inflatable evacuation slides, resembling those on passenger airplanes, to school systems concerned about active shooters and other emergencies. Blair White began flying planes at age 12 and helicopters at 15, for a time...
Short Takes
A consultant has been taking notes and taking count of foot traffic on the sidewalks of downtown Charleston, reports the Gazette- Mails Rachel Molenda. Peter Bruce, a consultant at Pedestrian Studies, was in town last weekend and this week studying...
Skip the Hearings, Win the Election ; A GOP President Can Pick Honest Leadership at IRS and Justice Dept
WASHINGTON At a certain point, you have to realize you cant hit a fastball.House Republicans dont quite get that they are hopeless at oversight hearings. They keep losing and now the chairman of the House Oversight Committee has just introduced articles...
Smiles
To President Obama, who made the world aware of Charleston (although for a sad and tormenting reason). To director Terri Berkley, after-school chief Michael Farmer, board member Matt Sutton and all other leaders of Charleston's Roosevelt Neighborhood...
SPORTS Briefs
NASCAR: Logano wins pole at MartinsvilleMARTINSVILLE, Va. - Joey Logano has won the pole at Martinsville Speedway to set up a shot at his fourth consecutive win. Logano turned a lap at 98.548 in Friday qualifying to earn the top starting spot. He heads...
Sports History
Oct. 311948 - Sammy Baugh of Washington passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns and Dan Sandifer has four interceptions including two for touchdowns as the Redskins beat the Boston Yanks 56-21. 1964 - Kelso, running in what is billed as his final race...
Sports on TV/radio
TELEVISIONGOLF 5 a.m. - European PGA, Turkish Airlines OpenNBCSN 8:40 a.m. - Premier League, Liverpool at ChelseaFS1 10 a.m. - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Kroger 200 qualifyingNBCSN 10:55 a.m. - Premier League, Man. United at Crystal Palace8 11:30...
STATE Briefs
'BBQ & Bingo' offers food, fun to fund championshipA "BBQ & Bingo event will take place at the Buckhannon Moose Lodge beginning at noon Nov. 15. Robin Murphy, pitmaster of Nuthin' Fancy BBQ and a pro competitor in the 2015 BBQ Bash, will smoke baby back...
The Challenge of Being Paul Ryan
WASHINGTON - Paul Ryan had excellent reasons for not wanting to be speaker of the House. He's a smart guy and knows that the Republican caucus he is about to lead is nearly ungovernable. He's been anointed as a savior, and saviors often meet a bad end....
The Week Ahead
Auto salesGrowing consumer demand, easy credit and generous incentives have helped propel U.S. auto sales higher this year. Sales in September were particularly strong, pushing sales of cars and light trucks up 15.8 percent from a year earlier. J.D....
US Escalates Involvement in Syria
WASHINGTON - The United States escalated its fight against the Islamic State in Syria on Friday, pledging the first open deployment of military boots on the ground, even as U.S., Russian and other diplomats pressed a new peace effort that America hopes...
Valeant Cutting Ties with Philidor amid 'Phantom Pharmacy' Accusations
NEW YORK - Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a company that has come under intense scrutiny for its drug prices, has cut ties with Philidor following accusations that it was a "phantom pharmacy used solely to artificially boost sales. Valeant said Friday that...
World Series
All times EDT(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)All games televised by FoxKansas City 2, New York 1Oct. 27: Kansas City 5, N.Y. Mets 4, 14 inningsOct. 28: Kansas City 7, N.Y. Mets 1Friday: N.Y. Mets 9, Kansas City 3Today: Kansas City (Young 11-6) at N.Y. Mets...
WORLD SERIES ; Mets Back in It; Wright, Granderson Lead 9-3 Win over KC
NEW YORK - Two balls launched over the wall, one fired over an opponent's head and just like that, David Wright and the New York Mets are right back in this World Series. Wright homered and drove in four runs, Curtis Granderson also connected and rookie...
WORLD SERIES ; Mets Pitchers Set Trends in Fashion
NEW YORK - Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and the rest of the New York Mets' starting pitchers have a slew of selections to make each time they take the mound at Citi Field. Fastball or curve? Inside or away? High or low?But before those decisions, they...
W. Va. Needs Economic Diversity Now
Even during the coal boom era of the 1970s, when OPECs oil was more scarce making West Virginia coal more valuable, people in my coal county often said, Were going to have to diversify someday. Now, through a combination of market forces and federal...
WVU FOOTBALL ; Confusing Situation in Mountaineer Land
MORGANTOWN - What we know about West Virginia football is that Dana Holgorsen's fifth team is perfectly suited for the holiday. It's in disguise. Wearing a costume. Under a mask. Throw in your own line about tricks and treats and a four-game losing streak...
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