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Articles from April 25, 2016

38TH, 40TH DISTRICTS' ELECTION ; GOP Candidates Disagree on Prevailing Wage, Right-to-Work
Republican candidates in the House of Delegates 38th and 40th Districts said Friday they want to bring common sense to the Legislature, even if that means defying leadership at times. Two of the three candidates interviewed by Gazette-Mail editors said...
AND MANY, MANY MOORE... ; Filmmaker Surprises Attendees at Film Festival
When Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore's birthday trip to Rome was canceled, he decided to take a trip to the next best city - Charleston. Coincidentally, on Moore's 62nd birthday, the West Virginia International Film Festival was showing...
Austrian Law-and-Order Presidential Candidate Wins 1st Round
VIENNA - The law-and-order candidate of Austria's right-wing party swept the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, winning over 35 percent of the vote for the party's best ever result. Government coalition contenders were among the five losers, signaling...
Beyond Music, Prince's Legacy Includes Black Activism
Prince accepted a standing ovation as he strolled out carrying a cane and rocking an Afro to present the 2015 Grammy for album of the year. Then he stole the show with a line that reminded everyone he was more than just a pop superstar; he was a black...
Bulletin Board
Family Dinner Project The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy invites families to come to the dinner table, as they co- sponsor The Family Dinner Project from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Geary Auditorium, Riggleman Hall. There is no charge....
Clinton Finds Comfort Zone in Churches
PHILADELPHIA - Sunday mornings at Baptist churches fall right into Hillary Clinton's comfort zone. "This is the day the Lord has made," Clinton said recently at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York, as sunshine streamed through the stained-glass windows...
College Softball
MEC softball tournamentAt Troutville, Va.Friday's gamesGame 1 - Charleston vs. Notre Dame, noonGame 2 - Wheeling Jesuit vs. Concord, noonGame 3 - W.Va. Wesleyan vs. Fairmont State, 2:30 p.m.Game 4 - Shepherd vs. Virginia-Wise, 2:30 p.m.Game 5 - Game...
COUCH SLOUCH ; Time to Check out on Increased Hotel Taxes
America's unending quest to empty public coffers to build new stadiums has taken an insidious turn over the last 20 years: The hotel tax.(As if we need more taxes at the bottom of our hotel bill: sales tax, city tax, occupancy tax, resort fee, Wi-Fi...
EARTH TALK ; Finding Products That Are More Than `Greenwashed'
E - The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: How can I tell if the green certifications and labels on all kinds of products these days are legitimate or just greenwashing'? - Paul Bass, New York, NY As sustainability becomes more mainstream, more and...
Eight Family Slayings in Ohio Called 'Execution'
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio were sophisticated, planned executions, authorities said Sunday, as they also revealed that several marijuana-growing operations were found at the crime scenes. Investigators...
Feds Used Helicopter to Surveil Alleged Maker of Cocaine
Several weeks before federal agents executed a search warrant at Christopher Ayash's house in St. Albans, they flew over it in a helicopter looking for evidence of cocaine manufacturing, according to court documents made public last week. A confidential...
Fiat Chrysler Recalling More Than 1.1 Million Vehicles
DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler said Friday it's recalling more than 1.1 million cars and midsize SUVs worldwide because drivers can't tell if they've put the vehicles in park. The confusion can increase the risk of a rollaway accident.The recall covers the...
Fight Schedule
April 27At Tokyo, Japan, Takashi Uchiyama vs. Jezreel Corrales, 12, for Uchiyama's WBA Super World title; Kohei Kono vs. Inthanon Sithchamuang, 12, for Kono's WBA World super flyweight title; Ryoichi Taguchi vs. Juan Jose Landaeta, 12, for Taguchi's...
Hillary Is Best for US, W.Va
The answer, for me, is Hillary Clinton.My heart is planted in West Virginia. This is where I found my life's calling to public service. This is where the most genuine people I've ever known embraced me, supported me and trusted me for 50 years. For...
Illinois Seeks to Limit Solitary Confinement
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Brian Nelson's years in solitary confinement left him terrified of other people, and he says he can still taste the concrete dust from his cell, even though he's been free since 2010. The 51-year-old is afraid to ride the bus, he...
Indycar
Grand Prix of Alabama resultsSundayAt Barber Motorsports ParkBirmingham, Ala.Lap length: 2.3 miles(Starting position in parentheses)1. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Chevrolet, 90, Running.2. (6) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running.3. (3) Josef Newgarden,...
INNERVIEWS ; `I've Learned to Stay in the Moment'; Therapist Enjoying Dual Identity as Romance Writer
She leads a double life.By day, Lynn Eldridge works as a mental health therapist and director of clinical services at Process Strategies. At night, she writes historical romance novels set in the Old West. She couldn't choose one over the other.In the...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ; Blair Fares Well in Major League Debut
ATLANTA - Aaron Blair gave the Atlanta Braves a chance to win in his major league debut. That's at least more than some of their pitchers have done so far this season. Blair pitched into the sixth inning Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets, showing...
Major League Baseball Today ; Rizzo Homers Twice, Cubs Pound Reds
CINCINNATI - Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs with his 10th career two-homer game, Jason Hammel pitched six scoreless innings and the Chicago Cubs routed the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 on Sunday to improve to 14-5 for the first time in 47 years. Tommy La Stella...
Mannington Artist Brings Sights, Sounds and Smells to Life
MANNINGTON - Some artists create their work by looking directly at another item. Mannington native Ben Kolb uses all his senses while painting memories."You end up painting the smells and feelings of everything while you were there when you paint from...
'Most Beloved' of Prince Family, Friends Bid Farewell
MINNEAPOLIS - Family and friends of Prince said a "loving goodbye" to the music icon on Saturday in a small private ceremony after his remains had been cremated. His publicist Yvette Noel- Schure said the celebration of his life included his "most beloved" family,...
NASCAR Sprint Cup
Toyota Owners 400 resultsSundayAt Richmond International RacewayRichmond, Va.Lap length: .75 miles(Start position in parentheses)1. (4) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 400 laps, 45 points.2. (9) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 400, 40.3. (3) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 400,...
NASCAR SPRINT CUP ; Edwards Bumps Past Busch on Last Lap to Win at Richmond
When he finally caught him on the last lap Sunday, and in the final turn, he had no time to think about what would be the prudent thing to do. Instead, Edwards focused on the reason they are racing: to win. Edwards bumped his sometimes-volatile teammate...
NBA Playoffs
All Times EDTFIRST ROUND(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)EASTERN CONFERENCECleveland 3, Detroit 0Sunday, April 17: Cleveland 106, Detroit 101Wednesday, April 20: Cleveland 107, Detroit 90Friday, April 22: Cleveland 101, Detroit 91Sunday, April 24: Cleveland...
NBA PLAYOFFS ; Curry Hurts Knee but Warriors Beat Rockets in Game 4
HOUSTON - Klay Thompson scored 23 points and the Golden State Warriors set an NBA playoff record with 21 3-pointers to overcome another injury to Stephen Curry and beat the Houston Rockets 121-94 on Sunday for a 3-1 series lead. Curry returned after...
NHL Playoffs
All Times EDTFIRST ROUND(Best-of-7)(x-if necessary)EASTERN CONFERENCEN.Y. Islanders 3, Florida 2Thursday, April 14: N.Y. Islanders 5, Florida 4Friday, April 15: Florida 3, N.Y. Islanders 1Sunday, April 17: N.Y. Islanders 4, Florida 3, OTWednesday, April...
NHL PLAYOFFS ; Capitals Close out Flyers in 6 Games with 1-0 Win
PHILADELPHIA - Nicklas Backstrom scored, Braden Holtby had 26 saves, and the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Sunday in Game 6 to win the series 4-2 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Capitals will play the...
Obama Defends International Trade
HANNOVER, Germany -President Barack Obama delivered a strong defense of international trade deals Sunday in the face of domestic and foreign opposition, saying it's "indisputable that such agreements strengthen the economies and make U.S. businesses...
Obama Dismisses N. Korean Proposal to Halt Nuke Tests
NEW YORK - A day after North Korea's foreign minister told The Associated Press that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayCremeans, James D. Dotson, Clifford Knight, Marlene K. Moore, Rodrigo Rolston, Eleanor V. Turley, Dorotha J.James D. CremeansJames Darrell Cremeans, 79, of Branchland, died April 23, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at...
Our Views ; Strong Candidates in 36th District; No Shortage of Experience, Ideas among Dem and GOP Hopefuls
In many ways, the House of Delegates 36th district seems like a microcosm of West Virginia. It has a bit of an urban influence, thanks to the parts of Kanawha City that lie within its boundaries, but small towns in eastern Kanawha County bring more of...
Our Views ; Will West Virginia Enable an Innovation Economy?; Technology CEO Makes Points Worth Repeating around the State
In case you missed the story in Wednesdays Gazette-Mail, or even if you didnt, points made by keynote speaker Wes Bush at Charleston Area Alliances annual celebration are worth repeating. Bush, a Morgantown native, runs Northrop Grumman, an aerospace...
Pipelines Will Boost W.Va. Economy ; Moving W.Va. Gas to Markets in and out of State Will Bring Needed Revenue
Its no secret that West Virginia needs an economic boost.More jobs, more revenue, and more people are needed for the Mountain State to thrive and reach its full economic potential. On that topic, national economist Ted Abernathy told a gathering of manufacturers...
Players to Watch during Green-White Spring Finale
HUNTINGTON - Marshall football players can't let up in their final days before the true offseason arrives, and they deserve the experience of playing before a paying audience. But boy, this spring practice feels so ... over, for lack of a better term.The...
PREP BASEBALL ; FOR BUFFALO, SUCCESS IS RELATIVE; Senior Whittington Has Family Ties to Bison's State Tournament History
In June, Buffalo celebrates the 10th anniversary of its only Class A baseball championship. Six years prior to that, in 2000, the Bison also reached the state finals, at the time its first such advance in 20 years. On each of those occasions, the Bison...
Prep Schedule
BaseballMonday - Scott at Mingo Central, 5:30 p.m.; Valley at Richwood, 5:30 p.m.; Sherman at Meadow Bridge, 5:30 p.m.; Clay County at Nicholas County, 5:30 p.m.; Roane County at Parkersburg South, 5:30 p.m.; Poca at Winfield, 6 p.m.; Hannan at Buffalo,...
Pro Golf
Valero Texas Open ScoresSundayAt TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course)San AntonioPurse: $6.2 millionYardage: 7,435; Par: 72FinalC. Hoffman, $1,116,000 66-71-70-69-276Patrick Reed, $669,600 65-73-70-69-277Chad Collins, $421,600 73-69-67-69-278Ricky Barnes, $233,740...
RACE FOR GOVERNOR ; Where Is the Money Coming From?
Bill Cole is funded by business. Booth Goodwin is funded by lawyers. Jim Justice is funded by himself. And Jeff Kessler has struggled to find funding. Those are the broad takeaways from an analysis of campaign finance disclosures filed by the four men...
READERS' Vent
Why does Don Blankenship think he is so good that he does not have to go to prison before his appeal? I think he should be put in prison now. He's no better than anybody else. To the person who vented that women need to go out and vote because the men...
REPORT ; Mexican Police Tortured Suspects in Students' Case, Evidence Suggests
MEXICO CITY - There is strong evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of 43 students, according to a report released Sunday by an outside group of experts. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expert...
REVIEW ; New Music Dazzles with Formosa String Quartet
Since the late 1970s, composers have been chipping away at the myth that new music is difficult listening. The Charleston Chamber Music Society has often only reluctantly engaged artists that specialize in new music. And even when it has, the groups...
REVIEW ; `Stomp' Just like Your Mother Told You Not To
The Clay Center closed out their 2015/2016 Broadway in Charleston series with an explosive performance of "Stomp," the wildly eclectic percussion and dance show. "Stomp" is everything your inner toddler dreams of and probably your mother's worst nightmare....
SAVVY SENIOR ; Choosing an Appropriate Walking Cane
Dear Savvy Senior: I have severe arthritis in my knee and could use a walking cane to help me get around. Is there anything I should know about canes before I buy one? - Limping Linda Dear Linda: When it comes to choosing a cane for balance and support...
SEC May Reduce Company Reports
NEW YORK - Four times a year there's a kind of parade on Wall Street: companies announce their quarterly earnings, all in a row, with the banks first, then the tech companies, and the retailers bringing up the rear. Stocks can rise or plunge based on...
Slow Going for Activist in Baltimore
BALTIMORE - DeRay Mckesson, the Black Lives Matter activist turned mayoral candidate, is door-knocking on the streets of Charles Village. This is not the Baltimore of "The Wire, but rather a tidy neighborhood of pastel townhomes in the shadow of Johns...
Solar-Powered Plane Completes Journey across Pacific Ocean
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - A solar-powered airplane on a mission to fly around the world landed in California, completing a risky, three- day flight across the Pacific Ocean. Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 in Mountain View, in the Silicon...
Southridge Bojangles' to Open This Summer, Group Says
A new Bojangles' that caused traffic problems in Cabell County has left Kanawha County residents wondering when they'll get a chance to dig into the famous southern chicken and biscuits chain. The answer is late July to early August, according to Don...
SPORTS Briefs
Jones unanimously outpointed Saint Preux at UFC 197LAS VEGAS - Jon Jones unanimously outpointed Ovince Saint Preux on Saturday night at UFC 197 to take the interim light heavyweight title in his return to the octagon. On probation for a previous hit- and-run...
Sports History
April 251950 - Charles Cooper, an All-American from Duquesne playing with the Harlem Globetrotters, becomes the first black to be picked in the NBA draft when he's taken by the Boston Celtics. 1952 - The Minneapolis Lakers, led by George Mikan's 22...
Standings, Schedule
AMERICAN LEAGUEEast DivisionW L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Baltimore 11 6 .647 4-6 L-1 7- 1 4-5 Toronto 10 10 .500 2 1 5-5 W-2 5-4 5-6 Boston 8 9 .471 3 1 5- 5 L-1 4-6 4-3 Tampa Bay 8 10 .444 3 2 5-5 W-1 5-5 3-5 New York 7 10 .412 4 2 3-7 L-1 5-7...
State Says 1,566 Will Lose SNAP Benefits in May
Under new requirements to either work or be in training, 1,566 West Virginians will lose their food stamp benefits beginning next month, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources. Meanwhile the state is reviewing a request from...
Sunday's Boxscores
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Teen Killed by Police after Wounding Two outside Wis. Prom
ANTIGO, Wis. - An 18-year-old man opened fire with a high- powered rifle outside of a high school prom in northern Wisconsin, wounding two students before a police officer who was in the parking lot fatally shot him, authorities said Sunday. Investigators...
Trump, Clinton Stream Ahead as Rivals Show Signs of Fading
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump surged Sunday toward another round of pivotal presidential primaries as their party leaders faced new questions about internal divisions that could complicate their nominees' general election chances....
Trump's Muslim Supporters Look beyond Bluster
DETROIT - As a Donald Trump supporter, Nedal Tamer feels he's in the minority among Muslim-Americans, comfortable with his choice yet somewhat confounded that he doesn't have more company. Small numbers of Muslims find comfort, not concern, in Trump's...
Tubman Fits the Bill
Conservatives should be delighted that Harriet Tubman's likeness will grace the $20 bill. She was a Republican, after all, and a pious Christian. And she routinely exercised her Second Amendment right to carry a gun, which she was ready to use against...
WEST VIRGINIA FOOTBALL ; Gibson: Defense `Not Very Good Right Now'
MORGANTOWN - Spring football ended only Saturday for West Virginia, and the regular season doesn't begin for another 132 days, when the Mountaineers begin with a non-conference game against an opponent from the SEC's East division. But the results of...
Whats the Real Gender Pay Gap?
WASHINGTON - The gender pay gap is back in the news - and may become a major issue in the presidential campaign. It seems an open- and-shut case of job discrimination. Women earn only 79 percent of mens average hourly earnings. Who could favor that?Actually,...
WVU RECRUITING ; Spring Game Attracted Many Top Targets, Signees
Just a week ago, it seemed as if West Virginia would miss out on a prime recruiting opportunity due to the fact that the annual spring game would be held at The Greenbrier. The off-the-beaten- path location and "no off-campus contact rule had recruitniks cringing....
WVU RECRUITING ; Spring Valley Hosting MSAC Softball Tournament
Spring Valley, South Charleston, Ripley and Huntington will compete for the Mountain State Athletic Conference softball championship this week at Spring Valley. The Timberwolves, the No. 1 seed in the West Division, will host Ripley at 5 p.m. Tuesday....
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