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Articles from May 13, 2016

Acclaimed Director Creates Hermes Installation
NEW YORK - Leather. Silk. Cheetahs. Stitches. Essential. Touch.Such is a snippet of spoken soundtrack for an Hermes home goods show brought to life this week by acclaimed theater director and visual artist Robert Wilson in an original installation mixing performances...
Al-Qaida, Other Insurgents Seize Mostly Alawite Village in Syria
DAMASCUS,Syria - Al-Qaida fighters and other ultraconservative Sunni insurgents seized a predominantly Alawite village in central Syria on Thursday, sparking fears of sectarian violence as families from the village were reported missing by activists....
Amtrak Jumps Constitutional Rails ; Federally Chartered Train Has Unfair
WASHINGTON In 1906, Leonor Loree, an accomplished railroad executive, examined the dilapidated Kansas City Southern Railroad that he had been hired to rehabilitate. Dismayed, he permanently enriched American slang by exclaiming: This is a helluva way...
AREA ROUNDUP ; Ross Wins Senior Open
John Ross fired a 1-under-par 71 on the final day to claim the West Virginia Golf Association's Senior Open Championship Wednesday at The Greenbrier Course in White Sulphur Springs. Ross, of Freeman, shot a 69 in the opening round on the way to his...
A SHINING CITY ON THE HILL?' ; Hobet Mine Development Has Promise, but No Plan
DANVILLE - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin continues to tout his proposal to develop the 12,000-acre Hobet surface mine in Boone county into a business park. The Hobet development idea, which was initially announced during Tomblin's 2016 State of the State address,...
Bayer Explores Bid for Chemical Maker Monsanto
Bayer is exploring a potential bid for U.S. competitor Monsanto in a deal that would create the world's largest supplier of seeds and farm chemicals, according to people familiar with the matter. The German firm has held preliminary discussions internally...
Blankenship Behind Bars ; Former Massey CEO Surrenders to Feds in California for 1-Year Sentence
Don Blankenship surrendered Thursday to federal authorities at a California prison to begin serving a one-year sentence for conspiring to violate mine safety and health standards at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 miners died in the nation's worst...
Bradley's No-Hitter Sparks Nitro Past SA
Jacob Bradley fired a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 11 Thursday as Nitro blanked visiting St. Albans 14-0 in the opener of the Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 baseball event. Bradley allowed just one walk and Matt Harrison went 3 for 4 with a triple...
Bringing Grandma's Place to Life along a Country Road
CLENDENIN - When Angela Born - then Angela McFarland - graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1995, she donned a backpack and headed eastward to wander across Europe. After returning home, she then headed west to St. Louis University to complete her certification...
BUDGET IMPASSE ; Hike in Taxes, Layoffs Mulled; Special Session Called
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is asking legislators to consider three tax increase options to close a $270 million gap in the 2016-17 West Virginia budget, and is seeking authority to furlough government employees "in the event of certain fiscal emergencies,...
Bulletin Board
Nitro Fire Department, Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 1822 will have its annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Nitro/St. Albans Bridge. Money raised will help the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Contributions...
Business License Does Not Include Right to Discriminate
A news story said a landlord in Mississippi rented a trailer to a married couple, but, when he found out the white woman with whom he signed the lease was married to a black man, he promptly evicted them. It didn't matter to him that the husband was...
College Baseball
Mountain East Conference tournamentThursdayGame 1 - Shepherd 14, Concord 10Game 2 - W.Va. State 6, West Liberty 2Game 3 - Notre Dame 22, Glenville State 4FridayGame 4 - Concord vs. West Liberty, 11 a.m.Game 5 - Shepherd vs. Glenville State, 3 p.m.Game...
COLLEGE SOFTBALL, DIVISION II SUPER REGIONAL ; GOLDEN EAGLES WORLD SERIES BOUND; UC Headed to Denver Next Week after 1-0 Clincher vs. Wesleyan
BUCKHANNON - The University of Charleston softball team scored one run over two games against West Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday afternoon. But that one run was all that was necessary to send the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Division II College World Series....
DAVIS & ELKINS COLLEGE ; Students, Faculty Groups Disputing No-Confidence Vote
After the Davis & Elkins College faculty assembly narrowly approved a resolution of no confidence for the schools interim president, G. T. Buck Smith, students and other faculty members declared the opposite. The resolution condemned the man for, among other...
Fight Schedule
FridayAt DC Armory, Washington (BET), Dusty Harrison vs. Mike Dallas, Jr., 10, welterweights. At Sam's Town Hotel, Las Vegas (SHO), Andrew Tabiti vs. Keith Tapia, 10, cruiserweights; Michael Hunter vs. Isiah Thomas, 10, cruiserweights.SaturdayAt Cardif,...
GOP's Maddening Trump Conundrum
CHICAGO - "No modern precedent exists for the revival of a party so badly defeated, so intensely discredited, and so essentially split as the Republican Party is today." Thus wrote George Gilder and Bruce Chapman in "The Party that Lost its Head," after...
High School Royalty ; Readers' Prom Photos Continue to Flow In
Across the state, students are donning dresses and tuxes for a night of glamour. If you or your loved ones attended high school prom this year, why not show off your finery a bit? Send your photos to the Gazette-Mail at digital@wvgazettemail.com and...
House GOP Seeks Congress Oversight of District Budget
WASHINGTON - House Republicans are working on legislation that would block the District of Columbia government from spending its local tax dollars without approval by Congress, a subcommittee chairman said Thursday. Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican...
'I Had to Wear Pampers': The Cruel Reality of Processing Cheap Chicken
While concerns about food safety and animal welfare dominate discussions about the perils of the modern food system, there's a downside that many might find just as troubling: the often inhumane conditions people who work in the industry face. A new...
IS Bombings Highlight Capital's Vulnerability in Iraq
BAGHDAD - A wave of Islamic State bombings in Baghdad has killed nearly 100 people in two days, exposing lingering gaps in the capital's defenses, which are manned by an array of security agencies and militias that don't always cooperate. The attacks...
Jenkins Bill Aims to Help Babies Exposed to Drugs in the Womb
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill authored by U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., that directs the U.S. comptroller general to study the barriers to treating neonatal abstinence syndrome, which happens when a baby is exposed to drugs in...
Judge Sides with House Republicans against Health Care Law
WASHINGTON - In a setback for the Obama health care law, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the administration is unconstitutionally subsidizing medical bills for millions of people while ignoring congressional power over government spending. The ruling...
KANAWHA COUNTY ; School Board OKs New Science, Art, Music Materials
The Kanawha County school board Thursday unanimously approved adopting, for the first time in years, new instructional materials for science, visual art and music. Missy Ruddle, Kanawha's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Mariners Sitting atop AL West as Optimism Grows
SEATTLE - When new general manager Jerry Dipoto went about rebuilding the Seattle Mariners in the offseason, he bet heavily on the rebound. Dipoto believed the Mariners could be revamped without spending heavily in free agency through shrewd acquisitions...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Yankees Surge Past Royals 7-3
NEW YORK - Chase Headley, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius hit early home runs and the New York Yankees beat Kansas City 7-3 Thursday night, sending the World Series champion Royals to their 12th loss in 16 games. Kansas City dropped three of four...
Major League Boxscores, Etc
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Markets
Sizing up retail sales The Commerce Department reports its latest monthly tally of U.S. retail sales today. Consumers have been more cautious about spending this year than most economists expected, despite steady job gains and lower gas prices. Retail...
Marmet Council Picks Fontalbert to Be New Mayor
David Fontalbert was named the mayor of Marmet, Thursday, in a 4- 1 vote from the city council. Fontalbert, who was town recorder three years ago, beat out Bobby Wells and Jennings Snodgrass for the position."I'm pleased, I'm excited and I believe we...
MEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT ; Kincaid Sharp in Jackets' 6-2 Win
BECKLEY - Dustin Kincaid didn't have his best stuff on the mound for West Virginia State's baseball team Thursday afternoon. He knew it. So did head coach Sean Loyd. The senior right-hander wasn't his usual self. Yet Kincaid wasn't going to let an off...
Mlb Standings, Schedule
AMERICAN LEAGUEEast DivisionW L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home AwayBaltimore 20 12 .625 6-4 W-4 13-5 7-7 Boston 21 13 .618 7-3 W- 4 11-7 10-6 Toronto 18 18 .500 4 2 6-4 L-1 9-10 9-8 Tampa Bay 15 17 .469 5 3 5-5 L-3 9-9 6-8 New York 13 19 .406 7 5 5-5 L-1...
NBA PLAYOFFS ; Thunder Close out Spurs
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 28, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-99 on Thursday night to win the Western Conference semifinal series 4-2. Steven Adams had 15 points and 11 rebounds,...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayAllen, Geraldine E. Carpenter, Allison Cavender, Gertrude Chandler, Richard Jr. Crawford, Linda C. Davis, David O. Edmonds, Sandra L. Givens, Celia K. Hyden, Ruth M. Johns, Thomas P. Norton, James L. Parish, Cindy L. Walton, Ralph E.Geraldine...
Online Forum Alters Rules to Stop Racial Profiling
SAN FRANCISCO - Nextdoor.com, a forum meant to let neighbors share recommendations on plumbers or ask for help finding missing dogs, is struggling with claims that people are using it to racially profile those they find suspicious. Some residents in...
Our Views ; Calling for Debates Is No Stunt, but a Great Idea; Not a Politician Justice Begins Campaign Sounding like One
Im not a politician, Im a business guy, Democratic nominee for governor Jim Justice told the crowd at The Greenbrier resort during an election night party to claim a primary victory in his first foray into statewide politics. Surely it was Justices...
Our Views ; Clinton's Efforts to Fix Child Care Misguided; How Much More Might Americans Pay for Reduced Child Care Costs?
Any parent, no matter socioeconomic status, will say day care is expensive. And any day care worker will say theyre not paid nearly enough. And both are right. Increasingly leftward-leaning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a two-part plan...
Prep Baseball
Sectional scheduleClass AAARegion 3 Section 3Wednesday: South Charleston 5, George Washington 4South Charleston wins sectionRegion 3 Section 4All games at CapitalWednesday: Capital 2, Riverside 1Thursday: Ripley 4, Riverside 3, susp., 7th inningFriday:...
PREP ROUNDUP ; Bradley's No-Hitter Sparks Nitro Past SA
Jacob Bradley fired a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 11 Thursday as Nitro blanked visiting St. Albans 14-0 in the opener of the Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 baseball event. Bradley allowed just one walk and Matt Harrison went 3 for 4 with a triple...
Prep Softball
Regional semifinalsAll games Thursday unless notedClass AAARegion 1Wheeling Park 2, Parkersburg 1John Marshall 8, University 2Region 2Musselman 3, Hedgesville 2, 9 inningsLewis County at ElkinsRegion 3Greenbrier East 7, Shady Spring 5Ripley 4, South...
PREP SOFTBALL - REGIONAL SEMIFINALS ; Hurricane Holds off Late Spring Valley Rally
HURRICANE - Katie Adams admitted after the game that a tight spot in an elimination game brought quite a wave of nerves this year as a pitcher compared to the last two seasons as a catcher. But even in an early deficit, Adams' confidence never wavered...
PREP SOFTBALL - REGIONAL SEMIFINALS ; Petersen, Vikes Knock out Black Eagles 4-3
South Charleston had beaten Ripley twice during the regular season, but hadn't seen Vikings pitcher Darby Petersen until Thursday. It seemed to make a difference. Petersen kept the prolific Black Eagles off balance and the visiting Vikings carried an...
PREP SOFTBALL - REGIONAL SEMIFINALS ; Point Pleasant Blanks St. Albans
POINT PLEASANT - Senior pitcher Karissa Cochran struck out nine and doubled, her younger sister Leah Cochran went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and Point Pleasant cruised into the Class AAA Region 4 softball semifinals Thursday with a 7-0 win over St....
PREP SOFTBALL - REGIONAL SEMIFINALS ; Sissonville Pours It on, Beats Herbert Hoover
In the third inning, defending Class AA state champion Sissonville trailed upset-minded Herbert Hoover in a Region 4 softball semifinal Thursday. The Indians, though, exploded after that, scoring 14 of the game's final 15 runs in turning a close game into...
Prep Tennis
State tournament results, Day 1CLASS AAAAt Charleston Family YMCA,Charleston Catholic Athletic FacilityBoysTeam standings1. Parkersburg 6; 2. George Washington, Huntington 5; 4. Jefferson, University 3; 6. Martinsburg 2; 7. Winfield, Hurricane, Ripley,...
PREP TENNIS - STATE TOURNAMENT, DAY ONE ; No Mercy from Mercer; Huntington Freshman Storms into AAA No. 1 Singles Semifinals
Perhaps this can sum up J.J. Mercer's day: He closed out his quarterfinal match with two second-serve aces. We won't mention what he does to an opponent's second serve. Or first serve. Or volleys. And so on.Mercer, the Huntington freshman and the latest...
Prep Track & Field
Thursday's resultsClass A Region 3 championshipat Univ. of Charleston StadiumGirlsTeam standings1. Richwood 148; 2. Greenbrier West 138; 3. Midland Trail 104; 4. Sherman 39; 5. Meadow Bridge 27; 6. Fayetteville 14; 7. Valley 12. Event results100 meters:...
Pro Golf
PGA Tour-The Players ChampionshipThursday's resultsAt TPC Sawgrass, Players Stadium CoursePonte Vedra Beach, Fla.First roundJason Day 31-3263 -9Cameron Tringale 33-3265 -7Shane Lowry 36-2965 -7Justin Rose 34-3165 -7Bill Haas 32-3365 -7Brendan Steele...
Promise ; Education Crucial
So far, Republicans who control the Legislature are unable to govern. Long past the end of the 2016 regular session, they still havent agreed how to raise enough revenue to keep the state government solvent. A glaring example is Promise scholarships, which...
READERS' Vent
Jim Justice is in no way to be compared to Donald Trump other than finances. Jim Justice is a warm, caring individual and Donald Trump is a lowlife. Why is everyone raving about the great turnout for the election in West Virginia? Forty percent is not...
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION ; Trump Wins Most Delegates, Kasich Gets One; Restrictions Limit Number of Delegates from Any Particular County, District
Katrina Lewis, an assistant principal at Wheeling Park High School, wasn't supposed to win a spot as a delegate from West Virginia to the Republican National Convention. The former history and political science teacher isn't really a political activist,...
Senate Panel Backs Call to Draft Women
WASHINGTON - The GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee has seconded a call by its counterpart in the House to require women to register for a military draft, setting the stage for a significant cultural change triggered by the Pentagon's decision to...
Sen. Capito 'Encouraged' after Talking with Trump
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito gave a positive assessment of her meeting Thursday with Donald Trump, but would not explicitly say she supports the man who is virtually assured of being her party's nominee for president. Capito, R-W.Va., took a stance largely similar...
Sports History
May 131891 - Isaac Murphy wins his second straight Kentucky Derby aboard Kingman. In the stretch, Kingman comes from last in the four- horse field to beat Balgownan by one-half length. 1976 - The New York Nets overcome a 22-point third-quarter deficit...
STATE Briefs
PETA offering reward for info after cat shotPETA is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot more than 20 pellets at a cat in Pinch, according to a news release from spokesman David Perle. A Pinch...
STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT - DAY ONE ROUNDUP ; Class AAA No. 1 Girls Semifinal Has Regional Feel
It's official: Girls Class AAA Region 4 was loaded this year - so much so, there will be a replay of that tournament this weekend. As the singles semifinals open later Friday morning at the state tennis tournament, Hurricane's Lauren Graham plays Huntington's...
Street Dedication to Celebrate Namesake
Anthony Kinzer has worked for years to preserve the memories of those whose lives were shaped by the historic Block District. The West Virginia Center for African-American Art and Culture, headed by Kinzer, and the Charleston West Virginia Blues Society...
THINGS TO DO Today
MusicCOUNTRY FRIED with STEPHANIE SPINKS: 7 to 10 p.m. Cover $5. Elk River Community Center, 1047 Main St., Elkview. Call 304-965-3722. OPEN MIC: 6:30 p.m. Cover $5. Hosted by the Stan McDaniel Band. West Side Jamboree, corner of Tennessee Ave. and...
US Egg Crisis over, but Signs of Glut ; Prices Down 75% from Record in August, after Bird Flu Forced Farmers to Destroy Flocks
America's egg crisis is over.Not only have shortages disappeared, but there are signs of an emerging glut. U.S. prices have tumbled 75 percent from a record in August, after the biggest bird-flu outbreak ever forced farmers to destroy flocks. Since then,...
US Proposes to Cut Methane from Oil, Gas by Nearly Half
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce methane emissions by nearly half over the next decade. The...
World Trade Center Steel Arrives Via Convoy in W.Va
Two pieces of steel taken from the wreckage of New York City's World Trade Center were delivered to Huntington. The World Trade Center Steel Artifact Convoy departed New York before sunrise Thursday and got to Huntington for an evening ceremony. Those traveling...
WVU Gets Creative to Capitalize on Baseball Success
MORGANTOWN - An answer more reliable than the head coach's personal belief won't arrive for quite some time, but it remains possible last weekend's three-game sweep of six-time national champion Texas was when the fortunes of West Virginia's baseball program...
WVU RECRUITING ; Mountaineers Land Pledge from Versatile Florida Running Back
West Virginia added the third piece to its 2017 football recruiting class Thursday night, with Delray Beach (Florida) American Heritage running back Alec Sinkfield committing to the Mountaineers. Sinkfield, who chose West Virginia over offers from Kentucky,...
Your Views
Why would voters support Trump?When I watched Donald Trump pandering to the coal miners in West Virginia, my thoughts and prayers were lifted to my father, a West Virginia coal miner who died at the age of 48 of black lung. Dad was an Iowan by birth...
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