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Articles from February 18, 2016

82ND WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE, SESSION 2 ; Major W.Va. Employers Mum on Religious Freedom Act
Some of the largest employers in West Virginia aren't saying whether they support or oppose a bill that proponents say would protect religious freedom but opponents say would allow for discrimination against the LGBT community and other groups. Civil rights...
82ND WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE, SESSION 2 ; Senate Approves Ban on `Dismemberment Abortions'; Doctors, 2 of Whom Are Senators, Oppose Legislation
Over objections from doctors and medical groups, the West Virginia Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would outlaw the most common and safest procedure for second-trimester abortions. By a 24- 9 vote, senators passed legislation (SB 10) that bans...
AREA ROUNDUP ; Former UC, Chaos Soccer Standout Rob Vincent Lands with D.C. United
Major League Soccer club D.C. United has acquired former University of Charleston standout Rob Vincent on permanent transfer from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League. Vincent, 25, was the 2009 West Virginia Conference Freshman of...
Auto Racing Glance
All times ESTNASCAR SPRINT CUPDaytona 500Site: Daytona Beach, Florida.Schedule: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1 p.m.), Can-Am Duel qualifying races, 7 p.m. (FS1, 5-10 p.m.); Friday, practice (FS1, noon-1 p.m., 2-3 p.m.); Saturday, practice (FS1,...
BOYS BASKETBALL - HUNTINGTON 93, SOUTH CHARLESTON 82 ; Highlanders Win Wild One over SC; Knapper Scores 48 in Loss; Dunn- Martin (41 Points), Dawson (29) Lead Huntington's Comeback Victory
Huntington has been through so much the last couple of years that a 16-point deficit on the road was nothing to lose your cool over. And the Highlanders sure didn't.Tavian Dunn-Martin, held scoreless in the first quarter, erupted for a career-high 41...
'BREAKFAST' WITH MOLLY ; Actress Ringwald at Keith Albee for 30th Year of Iconic '80S Hit
Sunday afternoon, '80s movie fans will have a chance to take a very special walk down memory lane when the Marshall Artist Series presents "Molly Ringwald Revisits The Club," a 30th-anniversary screening of "The Breakfast Club," with a discussion and...
Bulletin Board
Health screeningsThomas Health System will be hosting a Prime of Life Health Screening from 7:30 to 11 a.m. today at the Thomas Care Clinic on West Virginia State University Campus, James C. Wilson University Union. Several free screenings include: blood...
Chicago Asks Judge to Let Lucas Museum Construction Begin
CHICAGO - The city of Chicago on Tuesday asked a federal judge to lift an order barring "Star Wars creator George Lucas from starting construction on a $400 million museum along Chicago's lakefront while litigation plays out. The filing comes in the...
CONCEALED CARRY ; Permit Bill Moves Ahead
West Virginia is inching ever closer to allowing people to carry concealed handguns without a permit and with no training. A bill (HB 4145) to allow permitless concealed carry passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morningThe committee voted...
CONFERENCE USA NOTEBOOK ; Standings Don't Show It, but la. Tech Might Be Conference USA's Best Team
Which team is leading the Conference USA standings? That's simple, Alabama-Birmingham at 11-2. Which team is second? Middle Tennessee at 10-3, a half-game ahead of Marshall.Which is the best team in the league? Maybe none of the above. It could be fourth-place...
Disney in Her DNA ; Performer Follows Parents onto the Ice
Some kids know what they want to do before they get out of high school. For others, what they do is practically written in their DNA. Kaela Kapeikis said she had always known she wanted to skate for Disney on Ice since she was 8 years old.The 19-year-old's...
Film Clips
Theater key: M = Marquee Cinemas in South Charleston; N = Nitro Stadium 12; PP = Park Place Stadium Cinemas in downtown Charleston; TV = Teays Valley Stadium 10 in Scott Depot. "RACE: Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete...
Five Fires in Last Five Days Claim Six Lives across State
Five fires have claimed six lives in West Virginia over the last five days.The most recent fatal fire occurred at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Ritchie County and resulted in the death of a 97-year-old woman, said Lawrence Messina, communications director for...
Florida Powerball Jackpot Winners Come Forward
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Since January, people in Melbourne Beach have wondered who played the winning Powerball numbers at the local Publix, getting a third of the biggest lottery jackpot in history. They don't have to wonder anymore.A Melbourne Beach...
FREEDOM INDUSTRIES CHEMICAL SPILL ; Southern Gets 30 Days; Former Executive Also Fined $20K for '14 Elk River Pollution Crimes
Gary Southern, the last of six former Freedom Industries officials to face sentencing, will spend 30 days in jail and pay a $20,000 fine for his role in pollution crimes that caused the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water...
GOP Feud Escalates; SC Gov. Haley Backs Rubio
CHAPIN, S.C. - A three-way feud among the GOP's leading White House contenders escalated Wednesday, with Republican Ted Cruz daring Donald Trump to sue him and dismissing Marco Rubio's charges of dishonesty just days before South Carolina's high-stakes...
House Committee Passes WVU Tech Headquarters Bill
A bill that would clear a major legal hurdle for West Virginia University as it relocates its Institute of Technology to Beckley was passed out of committee Wednesday and will now go to the full House for a vote. The bill (HB 4310) removes from state...
JUST PRESS PLAY: Haley Lambert
This week's "Just Press Play" comes courtesy of Haley Lambert. Lambert stars as the title character in Contemporary Youth Arts Company's Salem Witch Trial musical "Mercy," which continues its run this weekend at the Capitol Theater in Charleston. ***'Heroes'...
Keep W.Va. Health Care Competitive ; Cabell Huntington Hospital Should Not Be Exempt from Anti-Trust Laws
Rising health care costs and quality of health care are a concern for everyone. Thats why Steel of West Virginia has been vocal in opposing Cabell Huntington Hospitals proposed acquisition of St. Marys Medical Center. We agree with the Federal Trade...
MARSHALL BASKETBALL ; High-Scoring Herd, Charlotte Clash Again
HUNTINGTON - Two weeks ago, Marshall participated in a pair of 200-point games. With similarly minded Charlotte in town, why not another one? "Ahhhh, it could be more, said Thundering Herd coach Dan D'Antoni. "They've warmed up, we've warmed up since...
MEC MEN'S BASKETBALL ; Golden Eagles, Yellow Jackets Get Another Shot at No. 7 Fairmont
The University of Charleston and West Virginia State men's basketball teams go another round with the nation's No. 7 team this weekend, both trying to land the one blow for the upset they couldn't muster the first time around. The Yellow Jackets (6-17,...
Men's Basketball
Conference standingsBig 12 ConferenceW L Pct. W L Pct.Kansas 10 3 .769 22 4 .846West Virginia 9 4 .692 20 6 .769Oklahoma 8 5 .615 20 5 .800Baylor 8 5 .615 19 7 .731Texas 8 5 .615 17 9 .654Iowa State 7 6 .538 18 9 .667Texas Tech 6 7 .462 16 9 .640Kansas...
National Hockey League
All times ESTEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAFlorida 57 33 18 6 72 160 134Boston 57 31 20 6 68 174 158Detroit 57 29 19 9 67 146 147Tampa Bay 56 30 22 4 64 149 139Montreal 58 27 27 4 58 159 161Ottawa 58 26 26 6 58 165 182Buffalo...
N.J. Yankees Fans Face TV Blackout in Fox Dispute
Louis Scafidi has cheered for the New York Yankees since he was a boy in Brooklyn and Mickey Mantle wore pinstripes. A 52-year-old accountant in Clark, New Jersey, Scafidi brings a TV to work during tax season so he won't miss a pitch. Now Scafidi is...
'Nobody Knows I'm a Lesbian' ; California School District to Change Policy after Banning Gay T- Shirt
SAN FRANCISCO - A central California school district settled a free speech lawsuit brought by a high school junior who was sent home for refusing to change out of T-shirt that read, "Nobody Knows I'm a Lesbian." The deal approved Tuesday night requires...
No Margin of Error ; to Stay in Big 12 Title Chase, Mountaineers Can't Slip Up
MORGANTOWN - The silly thing right now would be to count West Virginia out and say it cannot win its first regular-season conference championship since the 1988-89 season. This is, after all, the team that won three road games in six days and survived double...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayAhwash, Patricia H. Ballengee, Ralph D. Baria, Josefina Berry, Vernie Brogan, Arley E. Brown, Lorna A. Burdette, James Caldwell, Lester C. Carpenter, David L. Ellis, Averial D. Goff, Mary L. Hagan, Orville R. Sr. Hager, Sheila A. Holcomb,...
Oscar Onslaught for 'Mad Max' Blindsides Director
NEW YORK - Of the many roads to the Academy Awards, none is as unlikely as the one taken (at ferocious speed, with engines roaring) by George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road. Whatever one's concept of "Oscar bait is, it does not include action-movie dystopias...
Our Views ; Brunch Bill an Appetizer for a Healthier Economy; Early Sunday Alcohol Sales Won't Transform State, but Every Bit Helps
State senators voted unanimously Tuesday to pass the brunch bill, which removes a longstanding prohibition on alcohol sales at West Virginia restaurants before 1 p.m. Sundays, the Gazette-Mails Eric Eyre reported Wednesday. Under the legislation, restaurants, distilleries...
Our Views ; Rules Protect State's Democratic Process; Lawmakers, Public Must Work to Maintain Civility and Respect
Its often referred to as the peoples house. But while the public is invited to visit the state Capitol building in Charleston and take part in legislative proceedings, rules are in place to ensure proper decorum. On Wednesday, House Clerk Steve Harrison...
Pollution's Heroes
West Virginia conservatives and coal officials are elated because Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey challenged President Obamas power plant pollution controls, and five Republican- appointed U.S. Supreme Court justices put the Clean Power...
Prep Basketball
HIGH SCHOOLMSAC Night of ChampionsSaturdaySouth Charleston Community CenterSkills competitions, 10 a.m.Girls third-place game, St. Albans vs. Spring Valley, 2 p.m.Boys third-place game, Woodrow Wilson vs. Ripley/South Charleston, 4 p.m.Girls championship,...
PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP ; Capital Downs Woodrow, Earns Spot in MSAC Title Game
Capital gets the chance to defend its Mountain State Athletic Conference championship after all. Miguel Bays led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points Wednesday night and the Cougars repelled every attempt at a comeback by Woodrow Wilson as they posted...
Prep Schedule
Boys basketballToday - Woodrow Wilson at South Charleston; Winfield at Logan; Valley at Oak Hill Friday - MSAC placement games, TBA; Charleston Catholic at Poca, 7 p.m.; Herbert Hoover at Sissonville; Mingo Central at Scott; Tug Valley at Valley; Wayne...
PREP SWIMMING - STATE MEET ; GW Chasing More Titles; Patriot Boys Seek 6th in a Row, Girls 4th
Several George Washington swimmers are looking to take another step forward at the state meet held at the West Virginia University Natatorium today and Friday, and their success in doing so will determine whether the Patriots will keep their stranglehold...
Prep Wrestling
Class AA-A Region 4 pairingsAt Roane CountyMatches begin 10:30 a.m. Saturday106: top bracket: #1 Wyatt Powell (Wirt, 35-5) vs. Erica Heiney (Calhoun, 1-12); #4 Hunter Whittington (Sville, 11-9) vs. Colton Saunders (Roane, 24-21); bottom bracket: #2 Justin...
PRIVATE COUNSEL ; Tomblin Vetoes Morrisey's Bill
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill requested by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey that would have put into state law limits on attorneys' fees for private lawyers hired by the attorney general. In his veto message Tomblin wrote that, while he lauded the...
Readers' Forum
Reach out if you are worried about fracking's health effectsEditor:Hydraulic fracturing began in Nicholas County in 2011. A 25-foot tall flare ignited on August 28, making the Western sky flicker red in downtown Richwood nightly. In early September,...
READERS' Vent
Joe Manchin needs to remember that he represents West Virginia first, not the national Democratic Party. If Mitt Romney were president, the Republicans would not be waiting a year to fill that Supreme Court vacancy. They'd fill it in record time.As...
RFRA Opponents Miss Broader Point ; When It Comes to Discrimination, Why Should Anyone Get a Pass?
The Gazette and Daily Mail opinion pages have both published commentary recently, from the sacred and profane, who object to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and for the same insufficient reasons. Some pagans object to Christians who refuse to...
Rubio, Cruz Trade Charges in Forum
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio accused Texas Sen. Ted Cruz of lying about his record Wednesday night as the two Republicans battle for second place in Saturday's hotly contested South Carolina primary. "I said he's been lying because if...
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE ; $1 Cigarette Tax Hike Advances
Senate Finance Committee members voted Wednesday to increase the governor's proposed state cigarette tax increase from 45 cents to $1 a pack - over concerns the higher amount will be even tougher to pass in the House of Delegates. "I've proposed a $1...
SPORTS Briefs
L.A. vows privately financed Olympics in 2024 bidLOS ANGELES - With 97 percent of the venues in existence or already planned by private investors, organizers of Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympics are promising a prudent and responsible approach to...
Sports History
Feb. 181924 - Theresa Weld Blanchard wins her sixth and final U.S. figure skating championship. Sherwin Badger wins his fifth straight and final men's title. 1928 - At Moritz, Switzerland, Sonja Henie becomes the youngest Olympic figure skating champion....
Staging a Local Production of an Unlikely Broadway Hit
As far as Tony Award-winning shows go, it's hard to imagine one with a worse name than "Urinetown: The Musical. But it was a certifiable hit. In 2001, the satirical musical comedy won over critics and Broadway audiences alike.During its initial run,...
STATE Briefs
Dive team called in after wheelchair found near riverAfter a wheelchair was found at the top of a hill near the Kanawha River in Chesapeake, emergency crews have called a dive team in case the person who was using the wheelchair fell in the river. A...
Study: Yeager Ranks Nationally in Weather Delays
According to a study of the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent data on the most frequently delayed and diverted airline flights, Charleston's Yeager Airport ranked 10th in the nation as a destination airport and 19th in the nation among...
TECH FIRMS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ; Fight over Gunman's Locked iPhone Could Bring Debate to Head
WASHINGTON - An extraordinary legal fight is brewing with major privacy implications for millions of cellphone users after a federal magistrate ordered Apple Inc. to help the FBI hack into an iPhone used by the gunman in the San Bernardino mass shootings....
The A&E Calendar ; FEB. 18-24
Thu. 2.18MusicTHE DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS: 7 p.m. Free. Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St., E. Call 304-346-2871. AMY MCINTIRE AND GYASI HEUS: 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Irish Pub, 109 E. Washington St., Lewisburg. Call 304-645-7386.TOM HOLCOMB: 7:30 p.m. Free....
TOP 25 CAPSULES ; Penn State Stuns No. 4 Iowa
Donovon Jack scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting, and Penn State beat No. 4 Iowa 79-75 on Wednesday night in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions (13-13, 4-9 Big Ten) had lost five of six, but Shep Garner and Brandon Taylor had 18 points apiece in the...
Transactions
BASEBALLNational LeagueCHICAGO CUBS - Assigned LHP Edgar Olmos outright to Iowa (PCL).NEW YORK METS - Named Billy Byrk Jr. pitching coach, Sean Ratliff hitting coach and Gavin Grosh trainer of Brooklyn (NY-P). SAN DIEGO PADRES - Agreed to terms with...
Why the FDA Needs a Culture Change
There is no doubt here in West Virginia that our families and communities have been hit the hardest by opioid abuse. Last year, more than 600 of our fellow West Virginians died from a legal prescription drug overdose, and overdose deaths have soared...
Women's Basketball
Wednesday's national scoresEASTAlbany (NY) 62, Stony Brook 49Army 80, Holy Cross 49Boston U. 71, Colgate 58Bucknell 64, Loyola (Md.) 42Dominican (NY) 85, Felician 50E. Michigan 70, Buffalo 55Fairfield 71, Siena 51Holy Family 61, Chestnut Hill 54La Salle...
WV Senate OKs 'Tebow Bill' for Home-Schooled Athletes
West Virginia home-schooled students could soon play for public school sports teams, thanks to a "Tim Tebow bill" approved by the West Virginia Senate on Wednesday. Senators voted 25-8 to pave the way for home-schooled students - and students at private...
WVSU Event Highlights Black Philanthropy
In honor of Black History Month, a local coalition dedicated to supporting philanthropy within West Virginia's black community will host an event to spotlight the "soul of philanthropy in the Kanawha Valley and beyond. African American Philanthropy...
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