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Articles from January 25, 2016

3 Inmates Who Escaped from California Jail Considered Armed
LOS ANGELES - Investigators are pursuing several leads in the search for three inmates who masterminded a brazen escape from a Southern California maximum-security jail and are considered dangerous, authorities said Sunday. "I want to tell the public: Presume...
African Mayor Awards Virgin Women with Scholarships
JOHANNESBURG - A South African mayor has awarded college scholarships to 16 young women for remaining virgins to encourage others to be "pure and focus on school," her spokesman said Sunday. The scholarship was introduced this year and has been awarded...
Area Schedule
Boys basketball(All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)Today - River View at Van; Ravenswood at Wirt CountyTuesday - Tolsia at Van, 5:30 p.m.; Parkersburg at Capital; Charleston Catholic at Parkersburg Catholic; Sissonville at Nicholas County; Herbert Hoover...
Are Our Warning Labels Hazardous? ; There Is a Societal Cost to Overstating Every Danger
With the World Health Organizations decision recently to classify bacon alongside known carcinogens including asbestos, tobacco, arsenic and alcohol, regulators have drawn a line in the sandwich. With warning labels proposed for BLTs, now is an appropriate...
As Caucuses Loom, Trump Attends Iowa Church Service
MUSCATINE, Iowa - On the second-to-last Sunday before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump settled into a fifth row pew of an Iowa church for a lesson in humility. "I don't know if that was aimed at me. Perhaps," Trump said after the hour-long service at...
Billionaire Donors Helped Cruz Rise in GOP Presidential Bid
WASHINGTON - Four of America's wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz's now-surging Republican presidential campaign and have redefined the role of political donors. With just over a week until voters get their first say, the 45-year-old...
Brothers Find Colonial Artifacts on Va. Farm
PAINTER,Va. - It has been almost three years since brothers Bill and Bob Savage stumbled upon an intact 18th-century brick-lined cellar in a field on their family farm on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Now they are hoping to spark the interest of professionals...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; Bentil, Providence Beat No. 4 Villanova
PHILADELPHIA - Kris Dunn put his trust in his Providence teammates and they came through - especially Ben Bentil. Bentil scored 10 of his 31 points in overtime, including two clutch free throws with 14.7 seconds left that led No. 16 Providence past...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; Devin Coleman's Hot Hand Helps Temple Top SMU
PHILADELPHIA - Devin Coleman ended SMU's perfection with a little bit of his own. Coleman made all seven of his 3-point shots and Temple handed No. 8 SMU its first loss of the season, 89-80 Sunday."When I had an open look, I just put it up there, Coleman...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; Johnson Leads UNC to 12th Straight Win
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Brice Johnson and North Carolina are hardly worried about moving back into the top spot in The Associated Press poll. They're focused on playing better. Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds Sunday, leading the No. 2 Tar...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; No. 21 USC Falls to Oregon St
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Southern California coach Andy Enfield says his team needs to focus on defense, especially after giving up 50 points in the paint to Oregon State on Sunday. "Our lane defense, so to speak, keeping them out of the paint or away from...
Denver Jail Death Puts New Light on a Common Restraint Tactic
DENVER - The death of a 112-pound jail inmate who choked on his own vomit and suffocated after Denver sheriff's deputies restrained him during a psychotic episode is drawing new attention to the way he was subdued: face-down on his stomach with five...
Despite Patrols, Sealing Greek Sea Border Is near Impossible
CHIOS, Greece - In the inky nighttime blackness, a small red dot appears on the radar screen, moving fast. "That's a smuggler," the captain of the coast guard's lifeboat says, swinging the vessel around and opening up the throttle, the boat cutting...
DIGGING OUT, WARMING UP ; Charleston Hills Remain a Priority as Temps Rise
As temperatures crept above freezing on Sunday following the weekend's torrential snowfall, those who live in Charleston's flats might have been better off waiting for Mother Nature to help melt the snow off their roads. More than two days after snow...
EARTH TALK ; Climate Change Most Visible in Arctic Region
Dear EarthTalk: Why is the Arctic such a crucial area to focus on in efforts to stem global warming? - Joseph Constabile, Dedham, MA The image of a polar bear standing on a shrinking iceberg has become one of the most iconic symbols of global warming,...
Egypt Says King Tut Mask Was Scratched, Sends 8 to Trial
CAIRO - King Tut hasn't been around for a few thousand years, but his power remains: after a botched repair job of the famed pharaoh's beard left scratches on his burial mask, Egyptian prosecutors have ordered eight museum workers to a disciplinary court...
EPISCOPAL CHURCH ; US Branch of Church Not Ruffled by Restrictions
The worldwide Anglican Communion's recently imposed restrictions on its United States branch, the Episcopal Church, will likely not change anything for local Episcopalians, church leaders say. The Anglican Communion's different provinces are largely...
Feds to End Guided Migration for Cranes
MILWAUKEE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will stop supporting the use of ultralight aircraft to help young whooping cranes migrate from Wisconsin to Florida each fall. Officials announced Friday that this season's ultralight-guided flights...
Four Homes Lost in Alaska Earthquake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A magnitude-7.1 earthquake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday morning, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region. But there were no reports of injuries. Alaska's state seismologist, Michael...
From Sen. Susan Collins, Advice about Scams New and Perennial
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has served in the Senate since 1997 and has chaired the Senate Special Committee on Aging since last January. In that role, she has held multiple hearings on scams aimed at seniors and retirees. We spoke about those scams...
In Japan, a Love Affair with Cats
TOKYO - Cats are all the rage in Japan these days - bookstores are lined with dozens of photo books featuring cute little felines, and they're popular online as well. The furry things are also gaining ground on dogs as the pet of choice. Why are they...
INNERVIEWS ; `the Fiddle Had All That Energy'; Old-Time Fiddler Found His Muse in West Virginia
He hitchhiked around the country. He lived in a cabin in Maine. A quest for warmer weather lured him to West Virginia. A back-to-the- lander from Pennsylvania, he found his sweet space in Roane County. He settled eventually in Charleston. He counseled...
Leaking Los Angeles Gas Well Ordered Shut Down
LOS ANGELES - The Southern California Gas Co. has been ordered to permanently close and seal a storage well that's poured natural gas into the air over a Los Angeles neighborhood for months and driven thousands from their homes. A hearing board of the...
Marshall's Kelly Jumps into League MVP Race
ROLL OUT the calculator on your smart phone, divide 7 by 18 and you'll get .389. Or .3888889 or .388888888889. How many digits beyond the decimal point does your calculator go? Not a big deal, is it?But this is: That number is close to 40 percent, or...
NBA ; Cavs' Lue Endures Tough Start to Head Coaching Career
CLEVELAND - Tyronn Lue was bombarded with more than 800 text messages upon being named head coach of the Cavaliers. A few more performances like Saturday's against the Chicago Bulls and his next wave of messages won't be nearly so congratulatory. The...
NBA ; Harden's Triple-Double Leads Rockets Past Mavericks
HOUSTON - James Harden had 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 29 and the Houston Rockets rallied for a 115-104 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. The Rockets trailed by one entering the fourth quarter, but...
NBA ; Spurs Look to End Warriors' Streak
OAKLAND, Calif. - Even with that NBA-record 24-0 start, Stephen Curry and Co. can't shake the San Antonio Spurs. Now, the defending champion Golden State Warriors finally get to face the team chasing them in the Western Conference in a Monday night...
NFL Playoffs
NFL Playoff GlanceWild-card PlayoffsSaturday, Jan. 9Kansas City 30, Houston 0Pittsburgh 18, Cincinnati 16Sunday, Jan. 10Seattle 10, Minnesota 9Green Bay 35, Washington 18Divisional PlayoffsSaturday, Jan. 16New England 27, Kansas City 20Arizona 26, Green...
Nhl
EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAFlorida 48 28 15 5 61 130 107Tampa Bay 48 26 18 4 56 129 117Detroit 48 24 16 8 56 118 122Boston 47 25 17 5 55 142 123Montreal 48 24 20 4 52 132 124Ottawa 49 23 20 6 52 137 152Toronto 46 17 20 9 43...
NHL ; Senators Snap Skid with Win against Rangers
OTTAWA, Ontario - Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots for his third shutout this season and the Ottawa Senators snapped a two-game skid with a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday. Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each scored for...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayBaker, Clarence Bates, Linda S. Blain, Barbara A. Boner, Grady D. Carson, Joyce L. Cole, Shirley Farley, Gladys G. Holmes, Darrell E. Holmes, Paul Jack, Eloise Jeffrey-Hughes, Glenna Johnson,Harless Jones, Betty S. Kingry, Brian D. Kroger,...
Our Views ; Agencies Credited for Preparing Ahead of Time; Government Stands at the Ready as Big Winter Storm Hammers State
Although West Virginia gets its fair share of snow each winter, the threat of a blizzard doesnt happen all that often. According to WCHS-TV meteorologists, only five storms over the past 50 years have brought more than a foot of snow. Three of those...
Our Views ; Justices Decision in Senate Vacancy Is Clear; Ketchum Right in His Ruling, but Wrong on Re-Election Chances
Come election time in May 2020, when state Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum presumably runs for re-election, it is likely that many voters will disagree with the statement he made in a concurring opinion Thursday. Oh, its not that voters will disagree...
Palin Takes GOP Campaign to New Lows
WASHINGTON - I love poetic justice. This wild and wacky Republican presidential campaign deserved Sarah Palin, and now it's got her. Palin's endorsement of front runner Donald Trump at an Iowa rally this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses...
Potpourri
The National Center for Science Education says a half-million American students still are taught "creationism" in biology classes, even though federal courts have banned this intrusion by religion into science - and 2.2 million students are taught that...
PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER ; Costa's Goal Pushes Chelsea Past Arsenal
LONDON - Long resigned to surrendering the trophy, Chelsea made its impact on the top of the table Sunday by inflicting 10-man Arsenal's first home loss since the opening day of the Premier League season. Arsenal appeared doomed from the 18th minute...
PUTNAM CIRCUIT CLERK ; Employees Fighting for Fair Wages; Group Appeals Denial of Grievance for Higher Payment
Putnam County Circuit Court Clerk employees and custodial staff are continuing their fight for higher wages. Circuit Court Clerk employees first filed a grievance in August, but were denied by Circuit Clerk Ronnie Matthews and the Putnam County Commission.Now,...
Readers' Vent
Shame on Danny Jones for tearing down Tent City. That's the fastest growing community in Charleston under his administration. Wal-Mart was not allowed to build in one of our wealthy counties but they can close up in a very poor county that needs them....
Real-Life Drama Playing out in Fight over Radio Pioneer's Fortune
Himan Brown might have titled it: "The Brouhaha Over the $100 Million Estate."A lawsuit claims the late creator of such legendary radio dramas as "Dick Tracy and "The Adventures of the Thin Man was duped into putting the bulk of his $100 million fortune...
Record Snows Hit NYC; Glengary, W.Va., Gets 42"
NEW YORK - Brilliant sunshine and gently rising temperatures followed the mammoth blizzard that paralyzed Washington and set a single-day snowfall record in New York City, enabling millions to dig out Sunday and enjoy the winter. The timing could not...
Right-to-Work Argument Undemocratic and a Fallacy
An important concept in economics is the "Fallacy of Composition." If one person stands up at a basketball game, the person can see better. If everyone stands up, the advantage is lost. In fact, if the person is short, the situation will backfire and...
Right-to-Work Results Proven Elsewhere ; Expect More Worker Freedom, More Jobs, Higher Wages and a Stronger Economy
As the rhetoric in Charleston heats up with Senate action last Thursday, its important to remember what worker freedom is and is not. Right-to-work simply means a union cannot get a worker fired for not paying union fees. It does not affect collective...
SAVVY SENIOR ; Savvy Senior: Could You Have COPD?
Savvy Senior: Could You Have COPD?Dear Savvy Senior:I have struggled with some shortness of breath for the past five years or so. I just thought I was getting older and out of shape, but a friend recently mentioned I may have COPD. What can you tell me...
Snowbound ; Nature Rampage
Thousands of West Virginians were buried by the powerful weekend snowstorm. Many still remain stuck, waiting for snowplows to reach their homes. Thank heaven for plow crews working round-the-clock to save society from paralysis. Up to 200 tractor-trailers...
SPORTS Briefs
Herd's third-quarter run lifts women past ODUHUNTINGTON - A 14-2 run during the middle of the third quarter helped the Marshall women's basketball team earn an 80-62 win over Old Dominion Sunday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center. With the win, the...
Sports History
Jan. 251894 Jim Corbett knocks out Charley Mitchell in the third round to retain the world heavyweight title. 1924 The first Winter Olympics are held in Chamonix, France.1939 Joe Louis knocks out John Henry Lewis at 2:39 of the first round to retain...
TENNIS - AUSTRALIAN OPEN ; Djokovic Survives to Reach Quarterfinals
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic was looking everywhere for answers, even in the crowd. The top player in tennis, who won 27 of a possible 28 matches in Grand Slam matches in 2015, had the number 100 in the unforced errors column after his 6-3,...
TV Show to Look at Burial Mound ; Intrigue, Skepticism Swirl around Ancient Aliens Plan to Film at Shawnee Park
The Indian burial mounds in Kanawha County have seen the full course of archaeological research. They have been documented, excavated and studied. But to date, they've never been explored by a ground-penetrating radar camera.The makers of "Ancient Aliens,"...
US SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM ; Students Selected from GW, Spring Mills
For the third year in a row, a student from Charleston's George Washington High is headed to Washington, D.C., as part of the elite United States Senate Youth Program - this time, accompanied by a student from Spring Mills High in the Eastern Panhandle....
West Virginia State Students Excavate Tams Coal Town
INSTITUTE - Over the summer, several students from West Virginia State University spent hours in the hot sun, chilly rain and soggy field trying to discover how residents in the coal camp of Tams lived. They dug squares, examined glass shards and researched...
Why It Pays Some Coders to Simply Freelance
James Knight recently made an unorthodox career move for a 27- year-old coder: quitting a well-paid job writing software for Google to go freelance. No more catered lunches, gold-plated benefits or million-dollar views from the search giant's Manhattan...
WVU BASKETBALL ; TOUGH SLEDDING NEAR THE TOP; No. 6 Mountaineers Learn of Challenges That Come with Lofty Rankings
MORGANTOWN - Nearly six years had passed since West Virginia last played as a top-10 team, and the two games last week taught the sixth-ranked Mountaineers a little about themselves and what remains. For starters, time spent at these heights can be...
WVU RECRUITING ; Mountaineers Receive Assist from Wintry Weather
From the feet of snow accumulation to the tens of thousands without power, Winter Storm Jonas will long be remembered by West Virginians. While some will have fonder memories than others, die- hard WVU football fans may remember it as "the act of God"...
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