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Articles from July 5, 2016

ASK THE VET ; How to Handle Displaced Pets
With all the recent flooding here in our beloved state of West Virginia, life has been hard and it will probably continue on this way until we create our new normal, slowly putting back the pieces that so quickly were taken away. But we will, because...
Auto Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup points leadersThrough July 21. Kevin Harvick, 565; 2. Brad Keselowski, 551; 3. Kurt Busch, 545; 4. Joey Logano, 531; 5. Carl Edwards, 527; 6. Kyle Busch, 492; 7. Martin Truex Jr., 482; 8. Chase Elliott, 482; 9. Jimmie Johnson, 475;...
Available Space ; Vacancy Rates Still High in Charleston's Class A Buildings
While the market for commercial property in downtown Charleston has improved slightly over the last 12 months, the vacancy rates in its premium office spaces are still far higher than a few years ago, when they dipped down to single digits. A recent...
BASKETBALL ; the One That Got Away; 10 Years Later, Remembering the Lone US Loss under Coach K
Ten years later, Carmelo Anthony still remembers where he stood.He points to a spot between the 3-point arc and the sideline, recalling the position from where he watched a celebration some teammates couldn't bear to face. "Everybody was walking off...
Body of US Student Reported Missing in Rome Found in Tiber
ROME - The body of a teenage Wisconsin student who went missing shortly after he arrived for an exchange program was found in the Tiber River on Monday. John Cabot University confirmed that the body was that of 19-year-old Beau Solomon, who was last...
Brexit Turmoil Continues in UK ; Independence Party Chief Farage Quits to Get His 'Life Back'
LONDON - The head of the U.K. Independence Party, Nigel Farage, resigned Monday as party leader, the latest British political chief to tumble amid the political turmoil following the country's vote to leave the European Union. Farage's departure makes...
California Museum Exhibit Aims to Provoke Debate on Marijuana
OAKLAND, Calif. - It's known as Mary Jane, ganja, Chronic and even the sticky icky and has been featured in countless movies, including one that warned of its dangers, "Reefer Madness. Now, marijuana is the subject of a contemporary history and science exhibit."Altered...
Candidate for State Agriculture Commissioner Involved in Monongalia County Wreck
Kent Leonhardt, the Republican candidate for state agriculture commissioner, and his wife were involved in a head-on car crash over the weekend. Leonhardt, a state senator from Monongalia County, said Monday that he and his wife, Shirley, were hit on...
COMMENTARY ; Johnson's Game, Easy Smile Speak Volumes
AKRON, Ohio - Dustin Johnson is not one for many words, and he really doesn't need to say much. The easy smile behind the beard says it all.If winning the U.S. Open champion wasn't enough, Johnson added his third World Golf Championship on Sunday, the...
DEADLY W.VA. FLOODS ; Smith's Foodfair Stores in Elkview, Clendenin Lost $1.2M Inventory; Owner: We'll Reopen, but Not Soon
In 62 years of business, Bill Smith has never seen anything like the severe flooding in Elkview and Clendenin. Not even close. More than 5 feet of water tore through his grocery store, Smith's Foodfair, in Clendenin, during the floods just under two...
DEADLY W.VA. FLOODS ; Watching for Cracks in the Shell; Doctors, Counselors Expect Negative Mental Health Effects in Some Survivors
IN Clendenin, most of the buildings are still standing. Volunteers from all over have descended on the town. The dust is flying. Piles of debris are everywhere.But when you look at many of the buildings from the outside, you can barely tell they were...
Death Toll Reaches 157 in ISIL-Claimed Bombing in Iraq
BAGHDAD - The death toll from the truck bombing at a bustling Baghdad commercial street rose to 157 on Monday, Iraqi authorities said, as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered new security measures in the capital. The attack early Sunday, claimed by...
Divided America: Town and Country Offer Differing Realities
ROCKY FORD, Colo. - Peggy Sheahan's rural Otero County is steadily losing population. Middle-class jobs vanished years ago as pickling and packing plants closed. She's had to cut back on her business repairing broken windshields to help nurse her husband after...
Driverless Fever Pits Trucks against Rails
Peter Mills sees an inconsistency. One arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation is recommending two-person crews be required for freight trains as another plans to spend billions to help develop driverless technology for long-haul trucks. "Anything...
Federal Judge Rules against Poca-Based Funeral Home Owners
Citing a "complete lack of interest in defending this suit," a federal judge has ruled for an insurance company in its case against the owners of a Poca-based funeral home accused of cashing in on funeral contracts for people who weren't actually dead....
Fireworks, Franks, Festivities: Americans Mark July Fourth
From fireworks soaring above the Washington Monument to hot dogs being downed in New York City's famed frank-eating contest, Americans aren't shy about celebrating their nation's birthday. Many places are rolling out long-established Independence Day...
FRONTIER ; Firm Reports Boosted Speeds; Faster Web Speed for about 4,000 Part of Deal with AG, Company Says
During the past six months, Frontier Communications has bumped up internet speeds for about 4,000 residential customers under an agreement with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office, the company said last week. The broadband upgrades increased...
GAZETTE-MAIL EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS AWARDS - CLASS AAA MORGANTOWN BACK ON TOP ; Hoops Sweep Helps Mohigans Reclaim AAA All-Sports Honor
Dan Erenrich sure knows how to go out on top.The longtime Morgantown athletic director, who officially retired July 1, managed one last accomplishment during his watch - seeing his school capture the Class AAA championship of the 20th Gazette- Mail Excellence...
In Pakistan, Gruesome 'Honor' Killings Bring a New Backlash
LAHORE, Pakistan - Parveen Rafiq closed her hands around the neck of her youngest daughter, Zeenat, and squeezed and squeezed until the girl was almost dead. Then, in the tiny apartment where the family lived, she doused the 18-year-old with kerosene...
Jurors to Decide Blame in DuPont, Chemical Illness Lawsuit
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jurors in an Ohio federal court are poised to decide whether DuPont's C8 chemical caused a man to get cancer and - if so - whether it acted in "conscious disregard by dumping it from its plant in West Virginia into the Ohio River. The...
Little England or Sovereign Kingdom? ; European Union Is a Great Idea
WASHINGTON Given their arrogance, pomposity and habitual absurdities, it is hard not to feel a certain satisfaction with the comeuppance that Brexit has delivered to the unaccountable European Union bureaucrats in Brussels. Nonetheless, we would do...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Polanco Homers Twice, Bucs Win
ST. LOUIS - Gregory Polanco homered twice and Jonathon Niese turned in his best start in almost a month to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. John Jaso also drove in a run for Pittsburgh, which has won five...
Man Downs Record 70 Hot Dogs in Contest
NEW YORK - Joey "Jaws" Chestnut beat his own record in regaining the Mustard Yellow International Belt on Monday, downing a stomach- churning 70 hot dogs and buns to top Matt "The Megatoad Stonie at the annual July Fourth eating contest. Chestnut, 32,...
Monday's Boxscores, Etc
Rays 4, Angels 2Los Angeles Tampa Bayab r h bi ab r h biY.Escbr 3b 4 0 1 0 Frsythe 2b 4 0 0 0Trout cf 4 0 1 0 B.Mller ss 4 2 2 1Pujols dh 5 0 1 0 Lngoria 3b 4 0 1 0G.Petit pr-dh 0 0 0 0 Mrrison 1b 4 2 2 2Cron 1b 5 0 1 0 Guyer cf 4 0 0 0Gvtella 2b 4 0...
Money the Mothers Milk of Politics ; Focused Fundraising Could Propel Cole to Victory over Billionaire Justice
For decades, West Virginia Republican statewide candidates were outgunned not only in terms of voter registration but also in the funding department. Who could compete with Jay Rockefellers bank account? Now we arrive at 2016 with a Republican-controlled legislature...
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Prepares for Jupiter Orbit
LOS ANGELES - A solar-powered spacecraft is spinning toward Jupiter for the closest encounter with the biggest planet in our solar system. NASA said its Juno spacecraft would fire its main rocket engine late Monday to slow itself down from a speed of 150,000...
Natural Gas Fills Gap as Coal Exits Power Market
Five years ago, opponents of newly proposed clean-air rules sounded dire warnings of blackouts and surging electricity prices if coal-burning plants were shuttered. Welcome to 2016. Instead of rising, the price of electricity in the nation's largest...
NBA ; Durant Signing Gives Warriors the Look of an NBA Super Team
OAKLAND, Calif. - Kevin Durant decided his best chance for "growth means leaving his beloved Oklahoma City behind for a big move out West to join the star-studded, record-setting Golden State Warriors and play alongside Splash Brothers Stephen Curry...
No Easy Answers for US Schools with Lead in Water
In Portland, Ore., furious parents are demanding the superintendent's resignation after the state's largest public school district failed to notify them promptly about elevated lead levels detected at taps and fountains. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie, R,...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayClark, James Ford, Nancy Frederick, Dallas R. Gibbs, Ruby M. Good, Lula M. Harrah, Pearl Harvey, Donald T. Jackson, Vergie M. Kaufman, Linda C. Lovejoy, Imogene Neff, Johnny D. Schoolcraft, Walter Shamblin, Alberta Spradling, Phyllis...
Officials Mull Fate of Two Branches ; Clendenin Branch Got 9 Feet of Water, May Be Total Loss; Elkview Branch Inaccessible Due to Destruction of Road
Kanawha County Public Library officials are considering how to temporarily serve Clendenin, where the library branch got 9 feet of water in the June 23-24 flooding, and the Elkview area, where patrons still can't access the Elk Valley branch because...
OP/ED and LETTERS
Congress must adjust disaster policiesSteve EllisWest Virginia's devastating floods are a stark reminder that storms have become increasingly unpredictable, dangerous and deadly. This tragedy has highlighted the need for Congress to finally take action...
Our Views ; Beware of Scams When Helping Flood Victims; in Desperate Situations, Scammers Take Advantage of Generosity
West Virginians are generous people, as evidenced by the outpouring of donations in the days after devastating floods last month. Donations of cleaning supplies, clothes, food and money are keeping displaced families fed and clothed and able to clean...
Our Views ; Free Trade Is Wind in the US Economys Sails; West Virginia Workers Benefit from Free Trade Agreements
On the national stage, the Republican Party is in a peculiar position.Well, actually, lots of peculiar positions.But one of the most peculiar is exemplified by this recent headline in The Washington Post: Donald Trump starts a trade war with the Republican...
Prison Horse Program Helps Inmates Get Back on Track
FLORENCE, Ariz. - A program that allows Arizona prison inmates to help break wild horses is also helping to tame recidivism rates. The Arizona Republic reports that the Wild Horse Inmate Program, known as WHIP, at a state prison in Florence is being...
Pro Golf
World Golf RankingThrough July 31. Jason Day AUS 13.482. Dustin Johnson USA 11.153. Jordan Spieth USA 11.154. Rory McIlroy NIR 9.145. Bubba Watson USA 7.296. Henrik Stenson SWE 7.167. Rickie Fowler USA 6.658. Adam Scott AUS 6.549. Danny Willett ENG 6.2510....
'Railfans Are Everywhere' ; McDowell Inn Attracts Train Enthusiasts and Tourists from around the World
LANDGRAFF - After a lengthy do-it-yourself restoration of their newly bought 1922-vintage three-story brick building following devastating floods in 2001 and 2002, Dan Clark and Elisse Jo Goldstein-Clark were able to spend their first night in what would become...
READERS' Vent
Concerning Republicans and smaller government, if large conglomerates were curtailed, there would be more competition - and markets operating competitively require less government intervention. But of course, even for "small government Republicans, it's...
SOCCER - EURO 2016 ; Ronaldo, Bale Headline Portugal-Wales Semifinal
LYON, France - When Portugal and Wales face off for a spot in the final of the European Championship, two players will be expected to rise far above the rest. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, club teammates at Real Madrid and the most expensive players...
SPORTS Briefs
AP source: Heat offer Wade 2-year, $40M deal to stayMIAMI - A person with knowledge of the situation says Dwyane Wade has been offered a two-year, $40 million deal to remain with the Miami Heat. The person says the second year would be at Wade's option....
Sports History
July 51947 - Larry Doby becomes the first black to play in the American League. He strikes out as a pinch-hitter for the Cleveland Indians in a 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox. 1968 - The Philadelphia 76ers trade Wilt Chamberlain, basketball's greatest...
Standings, Schedule
AMERICAN LEAGUEEast DivisionW L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home AwayBaltimore 47 34 .580 6-4 L-4 31-13 16-21 Boston 45 37 .549 2 5- 5 W-2 26-19 19-18 Toronto 45 39 .536 3 5-5 W-2 21-19 24-20 New York 40 42 .488 7 4 4-6 L-1 23-18 17-24 Tampa Bay 34 48 .415...
Stocks Mixed amid Post-Brexit Easing Expectations
BEIJING - Asian stocks rose Monday while European benchmarks declined amid expectations central banks might ease monetary policy following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Germany's DAX lost 0.1 percent in early trading to 9,763.82 and France's...
Storms Put W.Va. on Edge
A thunderstorm with winds as strong as 45 mph traveled across West Virginia on Monday afternoon, dampening Independence Day celebrations with the threat of a tornado. Charleston and central Kanawha County were under a tornado watch in the afternoon,...
Tour De France
Monday's resultsAt Angers, FranceThird StageA 138.9-mile ride from Granville to Angers, with an early Category 4 climb1. Mark Cavendish, Britain, Dimension Data, 5 hours, 59 minutes, 54 seconds.2. Andre Greipel, Germany, Lotto Soudal, same time.3. Bryan...
TOUR DE FRANCE ; like a Ride in the Park: Leaders Take It Slow
ANGERS, France - Wearing the yellow jersey, Peter Sagan considered stopping at a cafe. Hardly pedaling, the overall leaders in the Tour de France spent most of Monday's third stage chatting to one another and riding at such a leisurely pace that they...
Transactions
BASEBALLAmerican LeagueBALTIMORE ORIOLES - Placed INF Pedro Alvarez on the bereavement list. Optioned LHP Ariel Miranda to Norfolk (IL). Recalled OF Dariel Alvarez from Norfolk and LHP Jayson Aquino from Bowie (EL). CLEVELAND INDIANS - Recalled RHP...
Trump Has an Obvious Vice President
NEW YORK - Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan have explained that their core rationale in supporting Donald Trump is that only he can ensure the success of conservative, free market ideas. The alternative, Ryan notes, is Hillary Clinton,...
Untrue ; Rubio's Promises
During his doomed presidential campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Fla., repeatedly vowed that he was leaving the U.S. Senate. But after his failure, he abruptly announced that hell seek another Senate term. Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth wrote sarcastically:"During...
Venus Williams Back in the Quarterfinals at Wimbledon
LONDON - Venus Williams has gotten this far before. Many times, in fact.It's just been a while.The five-time Wimbledon champion will be playing in the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the 12th time in her career, but the first time since 2010....
Wimbledon
Monday's resultsAt The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet ClubLondonPurse: $38.4 million (Grand Slam)Surface: Grass-OutdoorSinglesMenFourth RoundMarin Cilic (9), Croatia, def. Kei Nishikori (5), Japan, 6-1, 5- 1, retired.Roger Federer (3), Switzerland,...
WIMBLEDON ; Open and Shut, Serena Williams Advances
LONDON - It was raining, ever so slightly, and her Wimbledon fourth-round match was slipping away, ever so slightly, when Serena Williams stumbled as she ran to the net, winding up seated on the slick Centre Court grass. Her opponent, two-time major...
WVU RECRUITING ; July Could Be Another Big Month for Mountaineers
June was a big month for West Virginia football. The Mountaineers added six commitments to their 2017 class, a late addition to the 2016 crop and even an SEC transfer from Tennessee in offensive lineman Ray Raulerson. It will be hard to top that, but...
'You Can't Expect Somebody to Find Your History for You' ; Founder of First Diving Club for African-Americans on Personal Mission
As soon as Albert Jose "Doc" Jones hit the water, he knew it was a different kind of dive. The year was 1993, and Jones was placing a 2,700-pound memorial at the wreck site of a slave ship called the Henrietta Marie. "In memory and recognition of the...
Young Cuban-Americans Rethink Past after Visits
HAVANA - Miranda Hernandez' grandparents lost everything when they fled Cuba in the 1960s. She grew up thinking of the island as "North Korea with nice beaches, she said. But when four young Cuban- Americans started a program sending peers with similar...
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