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Articles from April 30, 2016

16 Blamed for Mistakes in Deadly US Attack on Afghan Clinic
WASHINGTON - Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators...
AREA ROUNDUP ; UC Wins Twice at MEC Softball Tournament
The University of Charleston softball team escaped the first day of the double-elimination Mountain East Conference tournament with an unblemished record Friday in Troutville, Virginia. The Golden Eagles (43-7) began the day with a 3-2 win over Notre...
AROUND THE STATE ; McGraw Cant Be the Pick for Supreme Court; Ex-Justice Has Name Recognition, but for All of the Wrong Reasons
Many West Virginians have not made up their minds on how to vote in the state Supreme Court race to be decided May 10, to judge by public opinion polls. While deciding which candidate is best may be difficult, determining who is worst is easy. Because...
Big Money Is Still a Problem in W.Va.'S Supreme Court Election
This year West Virginia's judicial elections are nonpartisan. Candidates for the West Virginia Supreme Court as well as our circuit courts, family courts and magistrates will no longer be listed on your ballot as Democrats, Republicans or members of...
Bulletin Board
Trail Club hikeKanawha Trail Club will sponsor a hike at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Kanawha State Forest's Rock Camp Branch trail head in the "new section of the forest. Carpool from the parking lot at the corner of Ohio Avenue and Randolph Street, across from...
Cancer Research a Common Cause for Biden, Pope
VATICAN CITY - Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research. Biden spoke at a conference on regenerative medicine and ended up sharing the stage with the pope,...
Capital's Slater This Season's Track Star
Fans of Mountain State high school track have been fortunate of late.There have been standout distance runners like University High's Millie Paladino, now at WVU, and Cabell Midland's Jacob Burcham, now at Oklahoma. This year's star, however, isn't...
Capito Announces Mobile Office Hours
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., has announced upcoming mobile office hours throughout the state during the month of May. Members of Capito's staff will be available to meet with constituents and assist with casework or other issues they may be experiencing...
Church Activities
AnniversariesBethel Baptist Church of South Charleston will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a series of special events at the church, 5028 Kentucky St. An open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, featuring performances by the Madison...
Clintons to Campaign in W.Va. ; Democratic Front-Runner Gets
INSIDE: Clinton gears up to face Trump 7AHillary Clinton is bringing her campaign for president to West Virginia next week, with events Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, her campaign said, an announcement that coincides with her winning the endorsement of...
College Baseball
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Dunbar Library to Host Seed Exchange
Gardeners looking to add some variety to their spring planting can do so for free next week. The Dunbar branch of the Kanawha County Public Library system will hold its annual plant and seed exchange during regular library hours May 2-7.Dana Smook,...
Experts Offer Crucial Advice for State ; States Core Values Can Build The
When West Virginia native Brad Smith, chairman and CEO of Intuit, joined TechConnect recently to headline a forum about strategies for growing innovation in the Mountain State, he urged state leaders to lean into what we dont know. Were capable of becoming...
FDA Reconsiders Required Painkiller Safety Training
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents. The review comes as regulators disclosed the...
Feds Call for Judge to Disband Police in Polygamous Towns
SALT LAKE CITY - The police department should be disbanded in polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona border found guilty of violating the constitutional rights of nonbelievers, the federal government recommended Friday in a new court filing. Outside agencies...
Feeling the Bern? Not So Much
I confess. Theres a small part of me that finds Bernie Sanders appealing. No doubt that will confirm the suspicions of readers/ listeners who believe Im a closet liberal and sound patronizing to progressives who feel the Bern to their very core. Let...
First Energy Plan for Pleasants Power Plant Draws Opposition
Opponents are lining up against First Energy's suspected plan of selling the Pleasants Power Station near St. Marys to MonPower and Potomac Edison, the company's West Virginia subsidiaries. In the past week, First Energy, the electric utility that supplies...
Gazette-Mail / Friends of Coal Relays - Friday's Results
BoysClass AAATeam scores: University 40, Parkersburg South 18, Winfield 14, Parkersburg 12, Cabell Midland 10, Nitro 10, Capital 10, Jefferson 9, Ripley 9, St. Albans 8, Hurricane 8, Woodrow Wilson 4, Greenbrier East 2, Huntington 1. Finals3,200: Minor,...
Herbert Hoover Gets Ogrey with Shrek: The Musical
The Herbert Hoover High School theater department is preparing to present "Shrek: the Musical. If you are unfamiliar with Shrek, here is a tidbit of what you can expect to see:The play begins with an introduction to young Shrek, a "hideous ogre. Shortly...
Hindu Temple to Open in Morgantown
After nine years with no permanent place to call its own, Morgantown's Hindu community will open its new temple this weekend. The Hindu Religious and Cultural Center of Morgantown will officially open its new location at 137 Bakers Ridge Road."It's...
Huge Fireball in Gas Explosion Burns Homes, Fleeing Man
GREENSBURG, Pa. -A natural gas pipeline exploded in a towering, roaring fireball Friday, destroying a home several hundred yards away, damaging at least three others and creating waves of intense heat that burned a fleeing homeowner as he ran down a...
Looking for Something to Do This Summer? Check out Nearby Summer Volunteer Opportunities
* Any branch of the Kanawha County Public Library BranchTeens ages 12 to 18 can apply to become a Kanawha County Public Library VolunTEEN. Jobs depend on the needs of the local branch. The deadline to apply is today. Go to www.kanawhalibrary.org or visit your...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Marlins' Gordon Suspended 80 Games for Positive PED Test
MIAMI - Reigning NL batting champion Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins says he unknowingly took the performance-enhancing drugs that led to his 80-game suspension, but he'll accept the penalty. The announcement of the suspension by Major League Baseball...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Nicasio Sharp as Pirates Top Reds
PITTSBURGH - Juan Nicasio struck out eight in seven scoreless innings, Josh Harrison hit his first home run in nearly a year and Matt Joyce connected as a pinch-hitter to lead the Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, extending Pittsburgh's...
Major League Boxscores, Etc
Friday's boxscoresCubs 6, Braves 1Atlanta Chicagoab r h bi ab r h biMrkakis rf 4 0 1 0 Fowler cf 2 1 0 0Castro ss 3 0 0 0 Heyward rf 3 1 0 0Freeman 1b 4 1 2 1 Zobrist 2b 3 1 1 0Garcia 3b 4 0 1 0 Rizzo 1b 3 1 1 1Frncoeur lf 4 0 1 0 Soler lf 3 0 1 0Flowers...
Markets
Stronger job growth and consumer confidence have helped fuel sales of cars in the U.S. The auto industry had its best March in 16 years. Did the industrys good fortunes extend into April? J.D. Power and LMC Automotive forecasts call for April sales,...
MARSHALL FOOTBALL - GREEN AND WHITE GAME ; Time for MU Youth to Shine
HUNTINGTON - For the most part, Saturday's Green and White Game is not to show off Marshall's veteran players. "We've got several guys we're not going to see a whole lot of because we knew what they can do, said Thundering Herd coach Doc Holliday. "[Clint]...
Mlb Standings, Schedules
AMERICAN LEAGUEEast DivisionW l Pct gB WCgB l10 Str home Away Baltimore 14 8 .636 6-4 W-3 9- 1 5-7 Boston 13 10 .565 1 7-3 W-1 6-7 7-3 Toronto 11 13 .458 4 2 4- 6 W-1 5-7 6-6 Tampa Bay 10 12 .455 4 2 5-5 L-2 7-7 3-5 New York 8 13 .381 5 4 3-7 L-3...
Most States Do Bare Minimum on Fire-Foam Contamination
The military is checking U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination from a toxic firefighting foam, but most states so far show little inclination to examine civilian sites for the same threat. The foam was likely used around the country at...
Navy Commander Sentenced to 78 Months in Bribery Scandal
SAN DIEGO - A Navy commander who fled Cambodia's killing fields as a boy to grow up to become a decorated U.S. military officer was sentenced Friday to 78 months in prison for providing classified ship schedules in exchange for the services of prostitutes,...
NBA PLAYOFFS ; Pacers, Heat Stay Alive, Force Decisive Game 7s
INDIANAPOLIS - Paul George scored 21 points, Myles Turner added 15 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 on Friday night to force a Game 7 of their series. That will be played Sunday in Toronto, and the winner will advance to the Eastern...
NFL Draft
At ChicagoFirst round1. Los Angeles (from Tennessee), Jared Goff, qb, California.2. Philadelphia (from Cleveland), Carson Wentz, qb, North Dakota State.3. San Diego, Joey Bosa, de, Ohio State.4. Dallas, Ezekiel Elliott, rb, Ohio State.5. Jacksonville,...
NFL DRAFT ; Browns Stay at No. 32 and Select Oklahoma State's Ogbah
BEREA, Ohio - The Browns were tempted, but not enough to pull off another trade. After wheeling and dealing their way around the first round of the NFL draft, Cleveland held onto its second-round pick the first one made Friday and selected Oklahoma...
NFL DRAFT ; Panthers Pick WVU's Worley in 3rd Round
Daryl Worley, who led West Virginia's football team in interceptions (six) in 2015, became the second Mountaineers player selected in this year's NFL Draft. The Carolina Panthers, in need of a replacement for erstwhile Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman, drafted...
NFL DRAFT ; Steelers Take DB Sean Davis in 2nd Round
PITTSBURGH -The youth movement in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary is nearly complete. Pittsburgh grabbed defensive back Sean Davis out of Maryland in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night, won over by Davis' size and ability to go find...
'Nurse-In' Aims to Erase Breastfeeding Stigma
Sarah Ellison admits she sometimes chickens out when it comes to feeding her daughter in public. "Sometimes I do chicken out and hide - I'll feed her when I'm out to eat, but I'll get nervous when people look at me, she said.But on Friday, Ellison joined...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayAdkins, Brian Argento, Katherine Baxter, Helen Blankenship, Elizabeth Brown, Samuel Sr. Burns, Victoria Campbell, William Chase, Elmie Crago, Phyllis Dunlap, Betty Giacomo, William Harriston, Emery Huddleston, Lawrence Jividen, Betty...
On the Town
Charleston Art WalkThe monthly Charleston Art Walk took place April 21 in downtown Charleston.1. Claire Hemme and CHris KloCKe. 2. Brad rowe and Jamie CHapman. 3. Tiffany HoKe and KaTie HiCKlin. 4. James ford, anna neil, Josef JoHnson and Howard aTwaTer....
PLANTING PUTNAM ; Hurricane Community Garden First of Its Kind
Putnam County residents now have a new place to plant this spring.The new Highmark Community Garden is accepting applications for raised-bed garden plots for the 2016 season. The garden, located in Valley Park in Hurricane, is the first community garden...
Police Investigating after Gun Goes off during UC Swim Class
Police are investigating after a handgun discharged during a children's swim lesson at the University of Charleston on Friday. It was a scary moment for some parents and their children after the evening incident. No one was injured.Jackie Kay, of Charleston,...
Prep Baseball
HIGH SCHOOLRiverside 4, Ripley 3Ripley 001 020 0 -3 8 2Riverside 000 400 x -4 4 3Jordan and Walsh. Moles and Massey. Top hitters - Ripley: Boyce 3- 4, RBI; Jordan 2-3. Riv: Burke 2-3; Bostic double, 2 RBIs; Moles RBI. Chapmanville 3, Roane County 1Roane...
PREP ROUNDUP ; Big Inning Carries Riverside Past Ripley 4-3
Riverside plated all four of its runs in the bottom of the fourth and held off visiting Ripley 4-3 Friday in high school baseball. Jeremy Moles picked up the win for the Warriors, scattering eight hits, allowing just one earned run and striking out...
Prep Softball
HIGH SCHOOLFriday's linescoresHurricane 8, Poca 0Poca 000 00 -0 2 1Hurricane 230 3x -8 7 0Luikart, Ward (2) and Hill. Adams and Dunlap. Top hitters - P: Collins 2-3. H: Mathis 2-2, double, RBI; Bailey 2-3, RBI; Adams double, 2 RBIs; Scruggs double. ...
PREP TRACK - GAZETTE-MAIL / FRIENDS OF COAL RELAYS ; Gilmer's Stout Takes Aim at Barnes' Shot Put Record
Already this season, Gilmer County's Nathan Stout has propelled the shot put farther than anyone in state meet history. Twice. You read that correctly. Stout, a Class A athlete, has sent the iron ball farther than Olympic champion and St. Albans graduate...
Prep Track - Gazette-Mail / Friends of Coal Relays ; Winfield Girls off T0 Fast Start
INSIDE: Notebook, results 4BSo far, it's a mixed bag for the No. 1 teams participating in the 81st Gazette-Mail/Friends of Coal Relays at University of Charleston Stadium. Three of the top teams in the RunWV.com state power ratings are on hand for the...
Pro Golf
PGA Tour-Zurich ClassicFriday's resultsAt TPC LouisianaAvondale, La.Partial second roundJamie Lovemark 67-66133 -11Jhonattan Vegas 64-69133 -11Harold Varner III 69-67136 -8Patton Kizzire 67-70137 -7Thomas Aiken 68-69137 -7Lucas Glover 69-69138 -6Chris...
Proposed Rule Would Delay Criminal History Questions
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration wants federal agencies to stop asking early questions about some job applicants' criminal history, part of an effort to help ex-convicts enter the job market and decrease the number of those who end up back in prison....
Puerto Rico Reports 1st US Zika-Related Death amid Outbreak
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory. Health Secretary Ana Rius said the victim is a 70-year-old man from the San...
Radio Free Edmond ; Fayette County Family Forges a Community Connection with Low-Power Broadcast Station
WQAZ 98.5 got its start in 2004, when Tom and Shari Syner first went to the airwaves with their family-run creation. They have operated the 100-watt community station out of one room of their Fayette County family home in Edmond ever since.With a focus...
Rain and Missing the Camping Years
I will have to confess that I have been having a pity-party since camping season is here; moaning and bewailing my lot in life because I am not able to go anymore. I'd get sort of a sick feeling when we would meet numerous campers on their way to river...
READERS' Vent
Everyone and I mean everyone going crazy for Donald Trump is evidence that there has been a dumbing down of America. How could West Virginia Medicaid possibly being having a deficit? Could it possibly be from improper screening of applicants that do...
Review: A Delightful Rendition of a Charming Classic ; Alice through the Looking Glass a Polished Gem of Childrens Theater
The Limelight Theater Company delighted its audience Friday night with a charming rendition of Lewis Carroll's classic, "Alice Through the Looking Glass." A spectacular showcase of local talent graced the West Virginia State University Capitol Theater...
Rising Violence Kills over 200 in a Week in Syria's Aleppo
DAMASCUS, Syria - The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods in escalating bloodshed the U.N....
Senior Pentagon Official Criticizes House Benghazi Probe
WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon official criticized the House Republican-led investigation into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, saying the panel has made a "crescendo" of costly, duplicative and unnecessary requests, including some based on claims made...
SPORTS Briefs
Lakers hire Warriors assistant Walton as coachLOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement with Golden State assistant Luke Walton to become their head coach. The Lakers made the announcement Friday night, five days after firing Byron...
Sports History
April 301922 - Charlie Robertson of the Chicago White Sox pitches a 2-0 perfect game against the Detroit Tigers. 1975 - Larry O'Brien is named the NBA's third commissioner, following J. Walter Kennedy (1963-75) and Maurice Podoloff (1946-63). O'Brien...
Sports on TV/radio
TELEVISIONGOLF 6 a.m. - European PGA, Volvo China Open (taped)NBCSN 10 a.m. - Premier League, Sunderland at Stoke CityUSA 10 a.m. - Premier League, Crystal Palace at NewcastleFS1 10:30 a.m. - NASCAR Xfinity, Sparks Energy 300 qualifyingESPN NFL noon..-...
STATE Briefs
Police: Dunbar woman fired shot at Transit MallPolice say a Dunbar woman fired a shot during an altercation with another woman at the Transit Mall in Charleston on Thursday. Selina Delicia-Vicortia Swafford-Theeke, 22, is charged with wanton endangerment,...
Suppression ; Preventing Votes
Across America, some Republicans constantly try to block voting by minorities, the poor, the young, the aged and other groups that tend to vote Democratic. Photo ID requirements at polls are a GOP ploy because those less-privileged people are less likely...
THINGS TO DO Today
MusicSEAN RICHARDSON with JORDAN ANDREW JEFFERSON: 7 p.m. Free. Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St., E. Call 304-346-2871. DANIELLE AND STEVE: 7:30 p.m. Free. Bridge Road Bistro, 915 Bridge Road. Call 304-720-3500.CHERRY RUN: 7 p.m. Adults $5. Kids...
TOP GUNS OF WEST VIRGINIA ; Antique Long Rifles on Display at Prickett's Fort State Park
FAIRMONT - During the late 1700s and early 1800s, settlers carving out farms in the hills and hollows of what is now West Virginia relied on the long rifle to feed and defend their families. The long rifle, also known as the Kentucky Rifle, was considered such...
Transactions
BASEBALLNational LeaguePITTSBURGH PIRATES - Signed hitting coach Jeff Branson, coach Brad Fischer, bench coach Dave Jauss, first base coach Nick Leyva, assistant hitting coach Jeff Livesey, bullpen coach Euclides Rojas, pitching coach Ray Searage, third...
Trump Defines Foreign Policy Down
NEW YORK - After Donald Trump's "major" foreign policy address, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican Bob Corker, announced that he was very impressed, extolling "the broadness, the vision of the speech. The Wall Street Journal...
Water Company Files Request for Rate Increase
West Virginia American Water put forward a highly anticipated request with the state Public Service Commission Friday that could increase the company's infrastructure spending by $32.5 million over the next two years and increase the average customer's...
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ; Coliseum Closed as Precaution; Workers Performing Renovations on 46- Year-Old Building Found Material That May Contain Asbestos
The West Virginia University Coliseum in Morgantown was closed Friday after workers renovating the structure found some material that may contain asbestos. In university news releases, John Principe, WVU's director of environmental health and safety,...
White House 2016: Clinton Gears Up for Trump in Fall Race
WASHINGTON - Waves of campaign staffers are being dispatched to battleground states. Advisers are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia. An army of lawyers is scrutinizing more than two dozen possible vice presidential...
Window to the Past, Chapter Five: Daisy Meets a Girl on a Swing
Editor's note: "Window to the Past, an eight-part historical fiction serial, will appear Saturdays in the Gazette-Mail Community section. Once Jenny and her grandmother had fixed a tray of cookies and lemonade, they went outside to sit on the porch swing....
W.VA. SUPREME COURT ; Petition to Block Move to Biweekly Pay Dismissed
Petitions by two associations of state court employees to block their transfer from twice monthly to biweekly pay have been refused by the state Supreme Court. The court dismissed the petitions as being premature, given that members of the state Association...
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