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Articles from January 7, 2017

AREA ROUNDUP ; Marshall's Zerkle Named to 2017 US Softball Team
Marshall senior softball player Morgan Zerkle was one of 20 named to the 2017 United States Women's National Team on Friday. The Milton native will wear the U.S. uniform at the World Cup of Softball XII this July in Oklahoma City and at a Pan American...
Atlanta Aims to Avoid Repeat of Epic, Icy Traffic Jam
ATLANTA - Shoppers emptied shelves of bread and milk, road workers began working 12-hour shifts, and states of emergency were declared in Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas ahead of a winter storm stalking the South. Winter storm warnings were issued...
BOYS BASKETBALL - POCA 62, WINFIELD 47 ; Dots Honor Osborne, Gun Down Generals
POCA - As if playing Putnam County rival Winfield wasn't enough incentive Friday night, Poca pulled extra emotion from a pregame ceremony honoring its former longtime coach. Moments after the playing floor was dedicated as Allen Osborne Court, the Dots...
BRAZIL PRISON KILLINGS ; Hearts, Intestines Ripped out in Prison Killing Spree
RIO DE JANEIRO - Thirty-one inmates were slain Friday in northern Brazil, some with their hearts and intestines ripped out, during a prison killing spree led by the country's largest gang, authorities said. The bloodshed comes just days after 60 inmates...
Bulletin Board
Bird clubThe Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the South Charleston Library for a presentation by a representative of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, who will discuss the science of phenology, which...
Church Activities
Unity of Kanawha Valley will be home to the monthly Inner Listening class with Marianne Gettman at 10:30 a.m. today at 804 Myrtle Road. This class consists of mindful breathing, stretching, meditations, and Qigong Flow. This class is offered on a love offering...
College Basketball
MenStandings, schedulesBig 12 ConferenceConf. OverallW L Pct. W L Pct.Baylor 2 0 1.000 14 0 1.000Kansas 2 0 1.000 13 1 .929West Virginia 1 1 .500 12 2 .857Kansas State 1 1 .500 12 2 .857TCU 1 1 .500 12 2 .857 Texas Tech 1 1 .500 12 2 .857Iowa St. 1 1...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; Kentucky Encouraged by Defensive Results
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky has shown it has no problem scoring with five 100-point games and the Wildcats' offense ranked No. 2 nationally. Coach John Calipari has been focusing on the other side of the floor, stressing defense to create even more scoring opportunities...
College Football
FCS playoff glanceChampionshipSaturdayAt Toyota StadiumFrisco, TexasJames Madison (13-1) vs. Youngstown State (12-3), noonBowl results, scheduleAll Times ESTSaturday, Dec. 17Celebration BowlAt AtlantaGrambling State 10, NC Central 9New Mexico BowlAlbuquerqueNew...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; College Sports Sometimes Gets It Right
TAMPA, Fla. - Deshaun Watson wanted to be first.We're not talking about anything he's done on the football field.The Clemson quarterback may be going for a national championship Monday night, but he's already scored one of the biggest victories of his...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; James Madison Plays Youngstown State for FCS Title
FRISCO, Texas - Youngstown State quarterback Hunter Wells had heard plenty of stories from family and friends about the glory days of Penguins football, and the four national championships won in the 1990s with Jim Tressel as their coach. But Wells,...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIP ; Matchups That Will Decide National Title
Every defensive meeting at Clemson this week might as well have started with coordinator Brent Venables passing around a photo of Alabama's O.J. Howard with the caption "Know where 88 is at all times." For the second straight season, the Tigers and...
COMMENTARY ; Liberal Churches Are Dying as Conservative Churches Thrive
Mainline Protestant churches are in trouble: A 2015 report by the Pew Research Center found that these congregations, once a mainstay of American religion, are now shrinking by about 1 million members annually. Fewer members not only means fewer souls...
Destination Downhill
GHENT - A sense of trepidation accompanied Jordan Dudley, of Raleigh, North Carolina, as she prepared to begin her first ski lesson on Friday at Winterplace Resort. "I'm an anxious person by nature, so the idea of coming to a ski resort and skiing down...
Dow, DuPont Will Make Final Case in EU to Save Merger
Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. will meet European Union antitrust regulators at a closed-door hearing next week to make the case for their planned $60 billion merger, according to two people familiar with the process. The companies will attempt to...
Evangelists ; Some Un-Christian Roots
In the Nov. 8 election, white evangelicals overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump. Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of the legendary Billy Graham, called Trump the choice of Christians. After the election, Franklin Graham jubilantly declared that Gods...
FBI: Roof Displaying Racist Symbols Even during Trial
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Dylann Roof is as entrenched in his white supremacist beliefs as ever, even wearing shoes this week with racist symbols drawn on them, an FBI agent testified Friday. Roof faces life in prison or execution for killing nine black church members...
Fight Schedule
Jan. 13At Hialeah (Fla.) Park Racing & Casino (Spike), Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman, 12, for Lara's WBA Super World-IBO junior middleweight titles; Anthony Dirrell vs. Norbert Nemesapati, 10, super middleweights. Jan. 14At Barclays Center, Brooklyn,...
Gunman Kills 5, Wounds 8 at Florida Airport
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - An arriving airline passenger pulled a gun from his luggage and opened fire in the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday, killing five people and wounding eight before throwing his weapon down and lying spread-eagle...
Hollywood May Not Be in the Mood to Party
Is Hollywood in the mood to party?On Sunday, the movie industry will gather for the Golden Globes, which are regularly one of the most freewheeling and frothiest award shows of the year. Champagne will flow. Punchlines will fly. But the tone of this...
'Indefinite' Suspension Definitely Up for Scrutiny
Well, you can't say Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was fibbing when he said Grayson Allen would be suspended indefinitely following his third tripping incident. "Indefinitely could mean weeks, even months. In this case, it didn't. It could also...
Justice Picks DHHR, State Tourism Chiefs
Governor-elect Jim Justice made two key appointments Friday, announcing Bill Crouch as West Virginia's next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources, and Chelsea Ruby as the next tourism commissioner. Crouch is the founder of a health...
Lampert Taking Billion-Dollar Gamble on Sears
Eddie Lampert is a tough guy, but he's got a soft spot for Sears Holdings Corp. A billion-dollar soft spot.Lampert, the Sears president, chief executive officer, top shareholder and, through his hedge fund, owner of about $900 million in Sears debt,...
Man Rescues Skier Dangling from Lift
Mickey Wilson was on a chairlift at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado Wednesday morning. In the chair ahead of him was another man, whom Wilson would describe as a friend of a friend. But when that man tried to get off the lift, he became entangled and ended...
Markets
Close eye on mortgage rates Mortgage rates recently reversed their upward trend and an upcoming report could shed light on their future. After nine straight weeks of increases, long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell last week. The sustained climb had caused...
MARSHALL BASKETBALL ; after Overtime Win, Herd Gets Ready for Speedy Charlotte
CHARLOTTE AT MARSHALL When: 7 p.m. Saturday Line: Marshall by 10 1/2HUNTINGTON - After fighting for 45 minutes to conquer Old Dominion, Marshall players needed a breather. But with fast-paced Charlotte coming to town for a 7 p.m. game Saturday at the...
MEN'S BASKETBALL ; -; WVU TECH 87, INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST 67; Strong First Half Carries Tech to Win over No. 18 Grenadiers
MONTGOMERY - WVU Tech came into Friday's game against No. 18 Indiana University Southeast with a chance to send a message to the rest of the River States Conference. With wins at home already under their belt against two of the league's best - and nationally ranked...
Mylan's EpiPen Plan: Schools Today, Everywhere Tomorrow
Mylan made a fortune, and stirred controversy, while getting EpiPen allergy shots stocked in schools across America. Now the drugmaker wants to sell EpiPens to restaurants, sports venues and potentially even Boy Scout troops - by setting up its own...
NFL
2016 AP All-Pro TeamThe Associated Press 2016 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of 50 media members: OFFENSEQuarterback - Matt Ryan, AtlantaRunning Back - Ezekiel Elliott, DallasFlex - David Johnson, ArizonaTight End - Travis Kelce, Kansas...
NFL - ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-PRO TEAM ; Three Rookies Highlight Revamped All-Pro Team
The Associated Press 2016 NFL All-Pro Team is showing off the new wave of pro football stars. Three rookies among 17 first-time selections highlight the team, including Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill, who is a unanimous...
NFL ; Pats' Fans Lining Up to Return Brady's Latest Gift
Remember, Patriots fans: It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.So while most NFL fans see the upside in their quarterback being named a second-team All-Pro, New Englanders see the invisible hand of commissioner Roger Goodell and yet another...
Nhl
EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAMontreal 39 24 9 6 54 119 90Ottawa 37 20 13 4 44 94 98Toronto 38 18 12 8 44 117 111Boston 41 20 17 4 44 98 101Tampa Bay 40 19 17 4 42 114 117Florida 40 17 15 8 42 95 109Detroit 39 17 17 5 39 97 109Buffalo...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayDobreff, Davis Dotson, Penny Green, Ida (McCourt) Harper, Darrel J. Hughes, Rosie Kinder, Darlene Morgan, Gregory Pettry, Charles "Eddie" Pylesepling, Emma Lou Rainey, Michael Sr. Rudd, Dennis Smith, Edith Jo Springston, Anna (Short)...
OP/ED ; W.Va. Loses by Winning
West Virginia voted for the winning presidential candidate. But once again, we lost. Donald Trump won West Virginia because he spoke to the real and urgent needs of West Virginians:Our state needs strong and sustainable industries.Our state needs a...
Philadelphia Launches Pre-K Funded by Soda Tax
PHILADELPHIA - Thousands of Philadelphia toddlers have started 2017 in a citywide pre-kindergarten program as a new sugary beverage tax created to fund it hit store shelves. The city launched the pre- K program this week with more than 2,000 children...
Prep Basketball
BOYSFriday's statewide scoresBluefield 78, Princeton 50Charleston Catholic 46, Buffalo 39Faith Christian 71, Cumberland Valley Christian, Pa. 28Frankfort 61, Berkeley Springs 52Huntington Prep 85, Blue Ridge, Va. 77Martinsburg 42, Hedgesville 29Oak Glen...
READERS' Vent
I don't believe in miracles but the Thursday before Christmas, a young couple paid for my groceries at Walmart. I was so thankful and I could never thank them enough. They would not give me their names but I really thank them. The news said WV is 7th...
Report: Putin Behind Election Meddling ; Actions a Significant Escalation from Previous Espionage, Spy Chiefs Say
WASHINGTON - Russia carried out a comprehensive cyber campaign to sabotage the U.S. presidential election, an operation that was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin and ultimately sought to help elect Donald Trump, U.S. intelligence agencies...
RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR ; New River Gorge Town Continues Traditional Celebration
Photos and story by F. Brian Ferguson / Gazette-MailMelissa McCune can remember being a small child and her parents holding her as she rang the bell of the Union Church in Thurmond. It was part of the town's New Year's Eve tradition. "When I got a little...
Russia Says It Is Scaling Back Its Military Presence in Syria
MOSCOW - Russia said Friday it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and other warships from the waters off Syria, following orders from President Vladimir Putin to scale back his forces as he casts himself as a peacemaker for the Middle Eastern country....
Sanctifying the Kanawha ; Orthodox Church to Host River Blessing Ceremony
For the second year in a row, a Charleston church will bless the Kanawha River during a ceremony Sunday. St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Kanawha City is inviting the entire community to the short service Sunday at the riverfront of the University of...
Seaworld: Tilikum the Orca Has Died
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tilikum the orca has died after more than two decades at SeaWorld Orlando, where he gained notoriety for killing a trainer in 2010 and was later profiled in a documentary that helped sway popular opinion against keeping killer whales...
Seeds of Contemplation Take Root in Winter
The first week of our brand new year is already marching into the past, although the mild temperatures and blue skies seem more like the beginning of spring. It is such a change from last year at this time, when we endured a raging snow storm that reduced...
Short Takes
Want to be a kid again? Heres your chance to relive part of growing up the school days.Mountaineer Montessori School is hosting a Montessori Journey and Discovery Experience today to give adults the opportunity to go back in time for a few hours as...
Snowy Weather Shuffles Schedule Again
Mother Nature wasn't done shuffling the Kanawha Valley prep sports schedule just yet. Snow and icy conditions canceled school Friday in much of West Virginia, Kanawha and Putnam counties included. That came after schools were dismissed early on Thursday to...
SPORTS Briefs
P.J. Fleck leaving W. Michigan to coach MinnesotaMINNEAPOLIS - P.J. Fleck is leaving Western Michigan to take over a Minnesota program reeling from a threatened player boycott of a bowl game and the handling of a sexual assault investigation. Minnesota...
Sports History
Jan. 71920 - Joe Malone of Quebec scores two goals to become the NHL's career leader with 59 and leads the Bulldogs to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Arenas. 1925 - Harry Broadbent of the Montreal Maroons scores five goals in a 6-2 triumph over Hamilton.1972...
Sports on TV/radio
TELEVISIONNBCSN 6 a.m. - skiing, FIS Alpine World Cup, Women's Giant Slalom, at Maribor, Slovania NBCSN 7:30 a.m. - skiing, FIS Alpine World Cup, Men's Giant Slalom, at Adelboden, SwitzerlandFS1 7:30 a.m. - soccer, FA Cup, Manchester United vs. ReadingFS1...
State Official to Start Position at United Health System
Outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Resources Karen Bowling will join the West Virginia United Health System. The announcement comes just one week after she said she would leave her post as secretary in January.Bowling told the Gazette-Mail last...
'The Greatest Honor of My Life' ; Michelle Obama Bids Tearful Farewell to the White House
WASHINGTON - Her voice breaking and eyes filling with tears, an unusually emotional Michelle Obama said Friday that being first lady "has been the greatest honor of my life as she bid an early farewell to the White House. An East Room ceremony honoring...
THIS WEEK IN THE NFL ; Wild-Card Round Gets Going as Drive to Super Bowl Begins
NEW YORK - The drive to the Super Bowl begins this weekend as the NFL postseason gets going. A dozen teams still have hopes to play for the Lombardi Trophy in Houston on Feb. 5.On Saturday, the playoffs open as Oakland travels to Houston and Detroit...
Transactions
BASEBALLAmerican LeagueCHICAGO WHITE SOX - Designated OF Jason Coats for assignment. Claimed OF Willy Garcia off waivers from Pittsburgh. LOS ANGELES ANGELS - Assigned 1B Ji-Man Choi outright to Salt Lake (PCL).MINNESOTA TWINS - Agreed to terms with...
Trump Says Mexico Will Pay US Back after Border Wall Built
WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans and Donald Trump's transition team are exploring whether they can make good on Trump's promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without passing a new bill. Under the evolving plan, the Trump administration...
US Adds 156K Jobs; Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 4.7 Percent
WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring and providing the last major snapshot of the economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President Barack Obama. Friday's report from the...
What Will Come after Obamacare Repeal? ; US Health Care a Complicated Issue That Touches All
The 115th Congress is already on course to repeal Obamacare, fulfilling a promise Republicans made six years ago when Democrats passed the landmark health care legislation nicknamed for the president. West Virginias Republican members of Congress are...
Why Can't We Hibernate like Bears?
It's "lights out" for bears in North America. They're fat. They're happy. Wake them when the weather gets better. Humans struggling for a respectable eight hours of sleep may look upon the genus Ursus with envy and ask, "Why can't we pass out for a...
Workers Need Additional Protections ; Unions Should Be Required to Report
In a state that many deem the Birthplace of the American Labor Movement, a noticeable trend has been occurring over the past five or six decades. Union membership is declining, rapidly. In fact, labor unions in West Virginia represent roughly 50 percent...
W.Va. Supreme Court Annuls Lawyer's License
A lawyer who pleaded guilty Sept. 15 to drug and embezzlement charges had his West Virginia law license annulled this week. The West Virginia Supreme Court annulled Richard Hardison Jr.'s license Wednesday, according to a Friday afternoon announcement...
W.VA. WATER CRISIS ; Lawyers Respond to Cleanup Suit
Jim Justice's businesses have responded to a lawsuit filed by a Texas-based firm alleging the governor-elect's companies have not paid for $771,268 worth of flood cleanup work that was undertaken at The Greenbrier resort after severe flooding hit the...
W.VA. WATER CRISIS ; Lawyers Still Working on Settlement Documents
Attorneys for Kanawha Valley residents and businesses still are working with lawyers for West Virginia American Water Company and Eastman Chemical to finalize documents concerning the $151 million settlement of the class-action lawsuit over the January...
WVU BASKETBALL ; FAMILIAR FACE FOR WVU FANS; Ex-Pitt Coach Dixon Brings His New Team, TCU, to Coliseum
TCU AT WVU When: 1 p.m. Saturday TV: ESPNU Line: WVU by 13 1/2MORGANTOWN - Saturday is Jamie Dixon's 466th game as a college basketball coach and the 10th time he's led one of his 14 teams into the Coliseum. He's 5-4 on West Virginia's home floor with...
WVU's Buchanan Wins Hermann Trophy
West Virginia University women's soccer player Kadeisha Buchanan has quickly climbed the ranks of her sport, earning armloads of honors along the way. On Friday night, she was crowned the top women's college soccer player in the country. The senior...
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