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Articles from December 25, 2015

92-Year-Old's Handmade Christmas Stockings Come Filled with Love
MINNEAPOLIS - For 92-year-old Shirley Kistner, the secret to longevity is Oil of Olay, Vikings football and sequined Santa stockings. Despite having a social calendar that's busier than most millennials' and a salon regimen that rivals any beauty queen, Kistner...
A Christmas Gift List for Politicians ; for Trump, a Copy of the Constitution; for the Military, a Commander in Chief
Getting into the Christmas spirit, we thought we would pick out gifts for some prominent people, so here goes:For Donald Trump, finding something for the man who has or can buy anything is a challenge. Nevertheless, he plainly does not have a copy of...
A Walking Miracle ; Hurricane's Parks Survives Heart Attack, Hopes to Play Again
HURRICANE - The last time Treva Parks stood outside the fieldhouse behind Hurricane High School, her baby boy was inside, laying on the ground beside a weight bench without a pulse or heartbeat. They wouldn't let the panicked mother through the door....
Bulletin Board
Kanawha Trail Club hikeKanawha Trail Club will sponsor a hike at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Eleanor City Park, the old Putnam County Park. Carpool from the parking lot at the corner of Ohio Avenue and Randolph Street, across from the post office. The hike is...
Charleston Gazette-Mail Charities ; Arthritic 90-Year-Old Needs Lift Chair and Meal Drinks
This 90-year-old woman sure could use some holiday cheer.Nearly crippled with arthritis, she struggles to perform simple daily tasks because of discomfort in her joints. "She is currently in a lot of pain from arthritis and damage to her body from manual labor,...
Christmas Bells
I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good- will to men! And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of...
Christmas Is Part of Our Journey ; with God, We Seek the Meaning of Life, the Power of Hope and the Gift of Love
We celebrate Christmas. We gather with families, if possible. We give gifts because we have been gifted. But that first Christmas was so hard. A young woman who traveled many miles in her last days of pregnancy. A poor family without a room, who became...
College Football
Bowl scheduleSaturday, Dec. 19Celebration BowlAtlantaNC A&T 41, Alcorn State 34New Mexico BowlAlbuquerqueArizona 45 vs. New Mexico 37Las Vegas BowlUtah 35, BYU 28Camelia BowlMontgomery, Ala.Appalachian State 31, Ohio 29Cure BowlOrlando, Fla.San Jose...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; KEEPING THE FAITH; Coach Dabo Swinney Helps Merge Religion and Football at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney pats Howard's Rock and then leads his team down the hill into a hyped Memorial Stadium. There are few pregame rituals in college football as recognizable as the Tigers' blood-pumping entrance. But before Death...
Fight Schedule
Dec. 29At Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Naoya Inoue vs. Warlito Parrenas, 12, for Inoue's WBO junior bantamweight title; Javier Mendoza vs. Akira Yaegashi, 12, for Mendoza's IBF junior flyweight title; Takuma Inoue vs. Rene Dacquel, 12, junior bantamweights;...
For Parents of Heroin Addicts, 'What-Ifs' Can Persist
HARTFORD, Conn. - Fred Hayden still wonders if closing the door on his daughter one night in 2007 helped put her on the path to heroin addiction. Crystal Hayden's descent started with a new job at a restaurant earlier that year. Then 20, Crystal started...
'Godfather,' 'Rain Man,' Casting Director DiGiaimo Dies, 77
Louis DiGiaimo, an Emmy-winning casting director who made his name with "The Godfather - and whose New York sensibilities flavored a string of successful Hollywood films and TV shows - has died. DiGiaimo, a son of Italian immigrants who lived all his...
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ; Terminally Ill Veteran `Home' for the Holidays
ONLINE:See a videowvgazette mail.comCULLODEN - Inside a cozy home brimming with Christmas decorations, Abraham Likens rocks on his feet, smiling broadly; when he falls into a seated position on the love seat behind him, he gets up quickly, still smiling....
Israeli-Palestinian Violence Clouds Christmas in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Christian faithfuls from around the world on Thursday descended on the biblical city of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, trying to lift spirits on a holiday dampened by months of...
Lawrence Carries Ambitious 'Joy'
Jennifer Lawrence is a force, whether as the hero of "The Hunger Games or the overburdened, inventive single mother she plays in "Joy." The Oscar winner is in every frame of David O. Russell's new film, shining even among a star-studded cast with a...
MARSHALL FOOTBALL ; Chase to the Top; Litton's Marshall Odyssey Comes Full Circle Back Home in Tampa
INSIDE: Defense the key to UConns bounce-back season 4DST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A year ago to this day, quarterback Chase Litton returned home to Tampa, having gotten his first taste of success in a Marshall jersey. His midyear entry into the Thundering Herd...
MARSHALL FOOTBALL - ST. PETERSBURG BOWL ; Defense the Key to UConn's Bounce-Back Season
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It was one of those games that popped out on the national college scoreboard for two reasons. One it involved a ranked team and, two, because it was ugly.Missouri, then ranked 22nd in the nation, struggled to beat unheralded Connecticut...
Men's Basketball
StandingsBig 12 ConferenceW L Pct. W L Pct.Oklahoma 0 0 .000 10 0 1.00West Virginia 0 0 .000 10 1 .909Iowa State 0 0 000 10 1 .909Kansas 0 0 .000 10 1 .909Texas Tech 0 0 .000 9 1 .900Kansas State 0 0 .000 9 2 .818Baylor 0 0 .000 9 2 .818Texas 0 0 .000...
MEN'S BASKETBALL ; Price Experiencing Growing Pains in 1st Year at Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former NBA guard Mark Price is experiencing some growing pains in his first year as coach of the Charlotte 49ers. Price's 49ers are off a 2-9 start, although the coach is optimistic his team is headed in the right direction."It's been...
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ; Several Big Names to Make Christmas Debut
MIAMI - Jrue Holiday grew up watching Christmas Day games, with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers almost being an annual fixture in the NBA's holiday lineup. He's never gotten to play on the holiday.That is, until now.He's not alone. Several players will...
NFL
AMERICAN CONFERENCEEastW L T Pct PF PAy-New England 12 2 0 .857 435 269N.Y. Jets 9 5 0 .643 344 272Buffalo 6 8 0 .429 341 336Miami 5 9 0 .357 278 361SouthW L T Pct PF PAHouston 7 7 0 .500 275 301Indianapolis 6 8 0 .429 285 372Jacksonville 5 9 0 .357...
Nhl
EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAMontreal 36 20 13 3 43 105 89Boston 33 19 10 4 42 104 85Florida 35 19 12 4 42 95 81Detroit 34 17 10 7 41 89 89Ottawa 35 17 12 6 40 105 104Tampa Bay 35 17 15 3 37 87 82Buffalo 34 14 16 4 32 79 89Toronto...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayAnderson, Sherry Ann Baker, Arvin Barker, James Bowles, Opal Bradford, Dorothy Collins, Louise "Lou" Dickson, Harry Ford, Henry Hayes, Kenneth Hoover, Howard Meadows, Janet Neal, Bonnie Reese, Brenda Sheltz, Charma Sigman, Linda Sigmon,...
Police: Gift Thefts Hit Families Harder Than Normal
When Christmas presents are stolen, those cases tend to hurt families more than other types of thefts, according to Kanawha Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Humphreys, the spokesman for the department. Officers who investigate those cases sometimes are bothered...
Prep Basketball
Wednesday boys statewide scoresFairmont Senior 80, Philip Barbour 45Gilmer County 53, Midland Trail 46Lincoln County 72, Moorefield 47North Hagerstown, Md. 54, Spring Mills 36Ravenswood 82, St. Marys 53Robert C. Byrd 76, East Fairmont 62South Harrison...
Prep Football
Hunt/Stydahar Award(Lineman of the Year)Note: underclassmen listed.2015 - Reese Donahue, Cabell Midland, DE2014 - Trevor Stacy, Spring Valley, OL-DT2013 - James Walton, Capital, C-DE2012 - Eugene German, Martinsburg, OL-DT2011 - Garrett Stanley, Bridgeport,...
PREP FOOTBALL - STYDAHAR AWARD & HUFF AWARD ; Midland's Donahue Is 1st Double-Award Winner
HUNTINGTON - In 2015, Cabell Midland defensive end Reese Donahue was the focal point of every opponent's scheme against the Knights. No one saw success bringing just one guy at him, and several didn't see success in stopping the 6-foot-4, 250-pound...
READERS' Vent
Have you noticed how Democrats run things in the ground for years and nobody sees it as bad. As soon as the GOP gets in power those same Democrats finally see all the problems and blame the GOP. Yes, Right-to-work might lower some wages. A lower wage...
Real Beard or Fake, It's Ho, Ho, Ho, All the Way to the Bank
This is a tale of two Santa Clauses.Real-beard Santa. Fake-beard Santa.Pay attention. There is money at stake.Real-beard Santa said the heck with the sleigh and reindeer and flew by jet on an all-expense paid trip to Shenzhen, China, a couple of years...
Shaken Baby More Common Than We Think
After a father allegedly shook his son and caused bleeding on the 4-month-old's brain last weekend, health experts said the way to prevent the next occurrence won't be by pretending such a traumatic incident can only happen to other families. Joshua...
SPORTS Briefs
Canaan Valley offering golf through warm holidaysDAVIS - The unseasonably warm weather is extending the golf season in West Virginia. Canaan Valley Resort State Park is reopening the back nine of its golf course, Christmas right through Jan. 3. That's...
Sports History
Dec. 251956 - Corky Devlin of Fort Wayne goes 0-for-15 from the field against the Minneapolis Lakers to tie an NBA record. 1971 - Garo Yepremian's 37-yard field goal at 7:40 of the second overtime gives the Miami Dolphins a 27-24 victory over the Kansas...
STATE Briefs
Photographer to hold digital workshopsCharleston photographer Thorney Lieberman will be offering a three-part series of Digital Photo Workshops, taking place from 3 to 5 p.m. on successive Sundays on Jan. 10, 17 and 24. Topics to be covered include getting...
Study Finds Surcharge for Products Marketed to Girls, Women
Radio Flyer sells a red scooter for boys and a pink scooter for girls. Both feature plastic handlebars, three wheels and a foot brake. Both weigh about five pounds. The only significant difference is the price, a new report reveals. Target listed one...
The Quiet Impact of Obama's Christian Faith
President Barack Obama was flying over Los Angeles in June as he listened to the first accounts from a courtroom in Charleston, South Carolina, where family members of nine dead parishioners who were gunned down at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal...
This Is Not Protocol ; EMT's Church Invitation Helps Woman in Struggle with Addiction
It was a hot July day in 2013 when Kanawha County dispatchers sent Danny Anderson to a call on Charleston's West Side. A woman had called 911 after being told by young boys in the neighborhood that they had seen a woman slumped over in the driver's...
Transactions
BASEBALLAmerican LeagueLOS ANGELES ANGELS - Assigned RHP A.J. Achter outright to Salt Lake (PCL). Released C Rafael Lopez. Claimed LHP Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from Pittsburgh and 2B Rey Navarro from Baltimore. National LeagueATLANTA BRAVES - Assigned...
Twisters Ravage South ; at Least 10 People Die
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. - Bobby Watkins and his wife huddled beneath their old oak dining table for shelter as storm winds roaring outside their Mississippi home tossed a barn onto their truck, tore the steeple off a nearby church and reduced a neighboring...
Western Michigan Tops Middle Tennessee for First Bowl Win
NASSAU, Bahamas - Jamauri Bogan rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns Thursday, powering Western Michigan past Middle Tennessee 45-31 in the Bahamas Bowl for its first bowl victory. Western Michigan (8-5) had lost its previous six bowl games. The...
Winter Wonderland ; Chesapeake Couples Small Christmas Village Turns into a Giant Winter Town
It started with four.Just four, tiny, painted, porcelain homes, all sitting in a row. One looks like a gingerbread house, another like a snow-covered log cabin. Warm light shining through the windows gives the impression that someone's home. Sherry...
With Unique Techniques, Literacy Tutors Can Reach Adult Learners
CHICAGO - Tears welled up in Nube Vidal's eyes when she remembered how lost, confused and scared she felt when she arrived in Chicago from Cuenca, Ecuador. Not only was she in a new city and new country, Vidal also couldn't speak English, couldn't read...
W.VA. STATE UNIVERSITY ; Alumni Want Local for Leader
A newly formed West Virginia State University alumni group wants the college's next president to be a local graduate. The group of current and former students already has identified a preferred candidate, and are petitioning the college's Board of Governors...
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