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Articles from January 18, 2016

Bike Summit Hopes to Connect Community
In hopes of grabbing the attention of state legislators, a Charleston-based nonprofit is hosting the first West Virginia Bike Summit next week. The two-day event will be held at the Charleston Town Center Marriott on Jan. 24 and 25 and is hosted by...
Bill Could Face Legislative Obstacles ; Tomblin Will Likely Veto Right-to-Work, but Will GOP Have Enogh to Override?
The West Virginia Legislature has wasted no time in jumping into what will be one of the most contentious issues this session: right- to-work. The very first bill introduced by the Senates Republican leadership (SB 1) is the Workplace Freedom Act, which,...
Build a Better Weather Network? New York Takes the Dare
ALBANY, N.Y. - Counting every raindrop or measuring every gust of wind is impossible, but New York is getting closer with a uniquely extensive statewide system of automated weather stations that should paint a dramatically clearer picture of developing...
Bulletin Board
Rubberifics clubThe Rubberifics will host an activity BYOE - Bring Your Own Embellishments from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 839 Chestnut St., South Charleston. Bring card embellishments, stamps and ink...
Buyer Beware: A Catch with Solar Shares
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Want to cut reliance on your fossil-fuel- burning utility, but don't have space for solar panels? Easy, the sales pitch goes, buy a share in the new "community solar array" being built on the outskirts of town. But experts and regulators say...
California Farmers Brace for Water Shortage despite El Nino
FRESNO, Calif. - Farmers in California's fertile San Joaquin Valley are bracing to receive no irrigation water from a federal system of reservoirs and canals for a third consecutive year and looking to El Nino to produce the very wet winter they need....
China Bubble Pops; Economy Lags ; Fallout Caused by Slower Growth Now Spreading Worldwide
WASHINGTON The China bubble has burst. No longer are the countrys economic managers viewed as magicians who can orchestrate rapid growth whatever the obstacles. No one ever believed that Chinas economy would grow 10 percent annually forever, but the retreat...
COMMENTARY ; Harbaugh Takes College Recruiting to New Level
Everyone knows the world of college football recruiting is crazy, but Michigan's Jim Harbaugh may have taken it to a whole new level during the past week. Harbaugh reportedly showed up the minute an NCAA non-contact period ended at 12:01 a.m. Thursday...
COUCH SLOUCH ; Hard Not to Feel Guilty Watching the NFL
Upon further review, Couch Slouch has decided last week's column on the NFL's concussion problem did not address the issue properly. So today we tackle it again with a bolder, intellectual blitz. Should we still be playing football?Should we still be...
CO-WORKING ON IT ; Co-Working Space Taking Shape in Charleston
He's spent a good chunk of his life in coffee shops, but Joe Solomon realized that the city's cafes aren't always conducive to those seeking a work space outside, well, their workplace. The Taylor Books employee, who headed the addition of a used book...
EARTH TALK ; Saving Elephants around the World
Dear EarthTalk: What is being done to save elephants around the world? I understand that these magnificent creatures are teetering on the brink of extinction. - Millie Vicente, San Jose, California In just one decade between 1979 and 1989, half of all...
GIRLS BASKETBALL ; HOME SCHOOLED; Hurricane's Rogoszewski Credits Older Brother for Basketball Success
On the neighborhood court, Hurricane point guard Mary Rogoszewski faced a tall task playing pickup games against her older brother, but now those tough matchups and lessons learned provide the backbone for her success. Rogoszewski surprised many outside...
Global Woes, Sinking Stocks Don't Mean Recession for US
WASHINGTON - Last week's harrowing plunge in U.S. stocks - fueled by economic fears about China and plummeting oil prices - left investors anxious and alarmed. Some wondered if it signaled an approaching recession in the United States. The answer, most analysts...
GOP Establishment Loses Hope of Winning Iowa, New Hampshire
HOLLIS, N.H. - After months of predicting a comeback for their preferred candidates, Republican establishment leaders now concede the first two contests of the presidential race, in Iowa and New Hampshire early next month, are Donald Trump's and Ted...
Group Will Not Cut Court-Appointed Attorneys' Rates
The head of West Virginia's Public Defender Services last week rescinded the "emergency guidelines set to take effect today, which would have cut the amount attorneys taking court-appointed cases are reimbursed for their time. A formal notice was filed...
Illinois, Other States Debate Laws for Police Videos
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The yearlong delay before the release of a video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager has Illinois lawmakers facing the same question before many states: As officers' dashboards and body cameras...
In Key Ohio County, Republicans Show Passion and Division
CINCINNATI - A room full of Republicans gathered in a key county in pivotal Ohio was asked about the GOP presidential race. What followed over the next hour was spirited and at times rancorous: raised voices, arguments, groans and other signs of division....
INNERVIEWS ; 'I Have More to Do Here'; National Guard Chief Grateful for Gifts of His Past
He was just an ordinary kid from Knollwood. But here he is, sitting behind the desk in his spacious office, top dog at the West Virginia National Guard. That's Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer, adjutant general of West Virginia, head of the state's highly-regarded...
Iraqi City of Ramadi, Once Home to 500K, Lies in Ruins
RAMADI, Iraq - So complete was the destruction of Ramadi that a local reporter who had visited the city many times hardly recognized it. "Honestly, this is the main street, Amaj Hamid, a member of Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces, told the TV crew...
King Center to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of MLK Day
ATLANTA - The King Center in Atlanta is set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday today at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The commemorative service caps more than a week of events meant to celebrate the slain civil...
King Day ; Celebrating Equality
Aging West Virginians can remember the 1950s, when black citizens were shunned outcasts, treated as tainted inferiors, denied the privileges and benefits of white society. They were forced to live in separate neighborhoods and were rejected for good...
Man Dies in French Clinical Drug Trial
PARIS - A man died in a French hospital Sunday after taking part in an experimental drug trial for a painkiller, and five other participants remain hospitalized after one of France's most troubling medical incidents. French prosecutors have launched...
Men's Basketball
Big 12 ConferenceW L Pct. W L Pct.Oklahoma 4 1 .800 15 1 .938West Virginia 4 1 .800 15 2 .882Kansas 4 1 .800 15 2 .882Baylor 4 1 .800 14 3 .824Texas 3 2 .600 11 6 .647Iowa State 2 3 .400 13 4 .764Texas Tech 1 4 .200 11 5 .688Kansas State 1 4 .200 11...
Merkel's Migrant Troubles Flare, but Chancellor Stands Firm
BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's migrant troubles have reignited in the new year, but the German leader is sticking to her guns, insisting her country will manage the challenge and that diplomacy can bring solutions. Germany registered nearly 1.1 million...
MLK's Complicated Gun Violence Legacy
Martin Luther King Jr. was surrounded by guns, even though he didn't like them. At times, armed foot soldiers protected the Baptist preacher and his family. As he led protests across the rural South, King often stood in proximity of guns - wielded by...
NFL Playoffs
All times ESTDivisional playoffsSaturday's resultsNew England 27, Kansas City 20Arizona 26, Green Bay 20 OTSunday's resultsCarolina 31, Seattle 24Denver 23, Pittsburgh 16Conference ChampionshipsSunday, Jan. 24New England vs. Denver, 3:05 p.m. (CBS)Arizona...
NFL PLAYOFFS - BRONCOS 23, STEELERS 16 ; Late TD Lifts Broncos; Manning Directs Denver's Go-Ahead Scoring Drive after Steelers' Fumble
DENVER - Get ready for Brady-Manning XVII.Peyton Manning earned one more and possibly final game against his rival by leading the Denver Broncos to a come-from-behind 23-16 win over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. That set...
NFL PLAYOFFS - PANTHERS 31, SEAHAWKS 24 ; Panthers Build Big Lead, Hold on vs. Seahawks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If the Carolina Panthers win their first NFL championship, they can credit the lesson they learned from the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Playoff games are never truly over until that final gun.Emphatically backing up their superb regular...
NFL PLAYOFFS - SATURDAY'S GAME ; Cardinals-Packers Had Little Bit of Everything
There was a coin flip that didn't flip, Patrick Peterson's 100- yard interception return that didn't count and Randall Cobb's one- handed 51-yard catch called back by offsetting penalties and much, much more. It was a bizarre night in the desert when...
Nhl
EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAFlorida 45 26 14 5 57 111 101Detroit 44 23 14 7 53 110 114Tampa Bay 45 24 17 4 52 119 107Boston 44 23 16 5 51 133 116Montreal 46 23 19 4 50 128 118Ottawa 45 21 18 6 48 125 138Buffalo 45 18 23 4 40...
Nikki Haley's Fantasyland
Nikki Haley's 44th birthday is this week. You would think her a little old for fairy tales. But a bizarre, little-reported remark the South Carolina governor made last week suggests that, age notwithstanding, Haley lives in Fantasyland, at least insofar...
Non-Drug Options for Chronic Pain Are Increasing
HUNTINGTON - A whopping 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and to manage that pain long-term, 5 million to 8 million use prescription opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control Policy, West Virginia is among the states that prescribe...
Obama: Americans' Release a Win for 'Smart' Diplomacy
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Sunday heralded the release of Americans held prisoner in Iran and the full implementation of a historic nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic, holding both up as victories for "smart diplomacy and his pledge...
Obituaries Today
Obituaries TodayAcord, Russell Jr. Allen, Dianna L. Baker, Allen Barrett, Frank Butler, James Ellis, Harry Ellison, Flavie Elswick, Dale Fraser, Margaret Johnson, Everett Sr. McClung, William D. Rutter, Charles A. Straughan, Elizabeth Zeigler, Betty...
Open Carry Is No Big Deal in Texas So Far
FORT WORTH, Texas - Open carry seems to be going off without a bang in Texas.Law enforcers statewide had anticipated being overwhelmed by 911 calls from Texans reporting others openly carrying holstered handguns, but the phone lines haven't been even...
'Oscars of Academics' to Announce Winners
The MLK Unity Breakfast: "The Oscars of Academics, takes place starting 8 a.m. today at Moose Lodge No. 1444, 2805 Kanawha Blvd. E. Tickets are $25 or $200 per table and the event benefits the programs of the Dreams Community Development Corporation....
Our Views ; Democratic Policies at Odds with Good Sense; Why Is It OK to Force Payment of Union Dues, but Not Gas Pooling?
West Virginia Democrats are quick to tell voters where they stand on a right-to-work law. We oppose right-to-work legislation, House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said when his caucus unveiled its legislative agenda last week.Right-to-work...
Our Views ; the Status Quo Is the Real Enemy of West Virginia Workers; Creating a Climate to Grow Jobs in State Is Worker-Friendly Policy
The West Virginia Democratic Party and leaders of many unions in the state want you to think that the Republican legislative majority is against unions, against working people, against K-12 education and against all that is good about West Virginia....
Prep Basketball
HIGH SCHOOLBoysHow the top 10 in each class faredClass AAA1. Huntington (9-0) beat George Washington 70-68, OT, beat Capital 76-73.2. Morgantown (9-0) vs. University, ppd., beat John Marshall 92- 37.3. Woodrow Wilson (9-1) beat Shady Spring 71-37, beat...
Prep Schedule
Boys basketballToday - George Washington vs. Morgantown at Fairmont Senior, 11:45 a.m.; Capital vs. Maple Heights, Ohio at Fairmont Senior, 1 p.m.; Lincoln County at River View, 4 p.m.; Roane County vs. Weir at Fairmont Senior Tuesday - Hannan at Van,...
Pro Golf
Joburg Open Leading ScoresSundayAt Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf ClubJohannesburge-East Course: 7,677 yards, par-72w-West Course: 7,228 yards, par-71Final two rounds played on East CourseFinalH. Porteous, S. Africa 66e-66w-68-69-269Z. Lombard,...
READERS' Vent
The idea that "some is better than none" is sad when it comes to jobs. Why wouldn't you want to fight to have a voice in your ability to be trained to earn a safe and decent living for your family? Have some workers in W.Va. just given up? Are they willing...
ROUNDUP ; Roundup: W.Va. State, UC Try to Extend Win Streaks Tonight
The University of Charleston and West Virginia State men's basketball teams will try to continue their winning ways today. The Golden Eagles host Glenville State at 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex, while the Yellow Jackets visit...
SAVVY SENIOR ; How to Find Discounts for People with Disabilities
Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any worthwhile discounts available to people with disabilities, and if so, how can I find them? My wife - who's 48 - has Multiple Sclerosis that now requires her to use a wheelchair. - Need to Save Dear Need: There are actually...
Sharp Exchanges in Democratic Debate
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Turning up the temperature, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled repeatedly in Sunday's presidential debate over who's tougher on gun control and Wall Street and who's got a better vision for the future of health care in America....
Solid Waste Authority Nearly out of Money
Next month, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority will officially be out of money. James Young, the executive director, has even been filling up jugs of water at home, then bringing them to his office in a cramped trailer on Slack Street to save...
South Florida Pipeline Slowing to Drip
The commitment last week of junior college receiver Jacob McCrary spared Marshall from a recruiting upset. Should he follow through with his commitment on Feb. 3, McCrary could be the only signee from the Thundering Herd's south Florida wheelhouse.McCrary,...
SPORTS Briefs
Golf: Porteous wins Joburg OpenHaydn Porteous kept his nerve to go bogey-free through the final round Sunday and win the Joburg Open in Johannesburg by two shots for his first European Tour title. The South African finished with a 3-under 69 for an...
Sports History
Jan. 181958 - Canadian born Willie O'Ree becomes the NHL's first black player for the Boston Bruins. 1972 - The Lakers' Jerry West hits a last-second, 20-footer to lead the West team to a 112-110 NBA All- Star victory over the East. He is the game's...
States Hone Health Crisis Plans to Activate in Catastrophes
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The scenarios are grim: A pandemic influenza swamps the availability of hospital ventilators. A chemical spill exhausts antidote supplies and decontamination abilities. A terror attack overwhelms ambulances and trauma centers. A big...
STUDENT DEBT ; Ads Offering Loan Relief Scamming Borrowers
Advertisements on social media websites enticing college students with loan forgiveness services are more than likely a scam, say higher education and consumer protection officials. In fact, most companies that aren't official student loan servicers...
TOBACCO TAX INCREASE PROPOSAL ; Supporters Want Hike beyond 45; Cents; Chamber of Commerce Official, Say 45 Cents per Pack Doesn't Go Far Enough
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin unveiled a proposal that would raise the tobacco tax by 45 cents during his State of the State address last week, but public officials on both sides of the issue remain unsatisfied with the plan. Some say the tax would go too far...
UN Panel: $40 Billion Needed to Aid People in War, Disasters
UNITED NATIONS - An estimated $40 billion is needed annually to help the rapidly growing number of people needing humanitarian aid as a result of conflicts and natural disasters - and one possibility to help fill the $15 billion funding gap is a small...
US Debate over Sex Education Rages On
OMAHA, Nebraska - Rival factions yelling at one another amid angry pushing. Tirades about condoms, and claims of misinformation. A parent declaring that children are being force-fed course material "straight from the pits of hell." Such has been the...
US-Iran Diplomatic Ties Warming over Nuclear Deal
WASHINGTON - Diplomatic triumph or travesty, America's relationship with one of its most intractable foes took two giant leaps forward this weekend when Iran released four Americans in a prisoner swap after locking in last summer's nuclear deal and receiving...
WEST VIRGINIA BASKETBALL ; Mountaineers Confident after Historic Week
MORGANTOWN - West Virginia will not be No. 1 for the first time in 57 years when the polls come out this afternoon, but the Mountaineers believe they're close after beating top-ranked Kansas on Tuesday and playing to the buzzer with No. 2 Oklahoma in Saturday's...
When to Stop Mammograms Tricky Issue as US Ages More
WASHINGTON - Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they'll all eventually face: when to stop. "There's a point at which everybody begins to scratch their head and say how...
Women's Basketball
Sunday's national scoresEASTDelaware 69, Towson 64, OTDrexel 74, Elon 31Florida St. 66, Pittsburgh 55Fordham 47, Saint Joseph's 40George Washington 70, Duquesne 52Hofstra 75, William & Mary 45Lehigh 61, Holy Cross 58Michigan 91, Penn St. 87Niagara 51,...
W.Va. Lawyer Played Big Role in 'Concussion' Case
Thank you for publishing the front page article on Dr. Julian Bailes (Dec. 24) and highlighting his role in helping to diagnose and draw attention to the dangers of repetitive head trauma. This is an important and timely story, with application far beyond...
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