West Virginia Ranks #3 Among States with Fastest-Growing Economies
West Virginia’s economy was the third fastest-growing in the nation in 2013, according to the latest report on real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
Recovering from a 1.4% decline in 2012, West Virginia’s economy grew by 5.1% in 2013. U.S. real GDP growth slowed from 2.5 in 2012 to 1.8% in 2013.
Leading contributors to U.S. economic growth were nondurable–goods manufacturing; real estate and rental and leasing; and agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.
Although mining was not a significant contributor to real GDP growth for the nation, BEA reports it did play a primary role in five of the fastest growing states: North Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Colorado.
Mining includes oil, natural gas and coal production.
West Virginia’s positive performance can be attributed in part to the development of the Marcellus and Utica natural gas formations.
MAJOR FRUIT RECALL AFFECTS WEST VIRGINIA RETAILERS
“Consumers should be on the lookout for fruit recalled by Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif., after routine sampling detected Listeria monocytogenes on some of the fruit, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.
“Our regulatory officers are in stores on a daily basis and are making sure that recalled product has been pulled from shelves,” said Commissioner Helmick. “Consumers should be especially cautious if they might have affected products that predate the actual recall.”
Products subject to the recall are certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 01, 2014 and July 12, 2014.
Brand names can include Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat or Harvest Sweet. Affected stores in West Virginia include Sam’s Club and Kroger, along with out-of-state chains such as Costco, BJ’s, Wegman’s, Dierberg’s and Trader Joe’s.
No illnesses have been linked to this recall, but Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
Consumers can identify the recalled products by the information provided at www.wawonapacking.com/VoluntaryRecall-07192014.pdf.
Anyone who has the recalled products in their possession should not consume them.
Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing at 1.888.232.9912, M-F, 8 AM - 5 PM ET.
West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.26.14
PETA OPPOSES USING ANIMALS IN WV TESTING
An animal rights group opposes plans to conduct testing on animals of chemicals that spilled into West Virginia’s largest water supply using animals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced concerns in a letter Thursday to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials promised additional tests on rats, worms and zebra fish.
They will cost up to $1.2 million and take up to a year.
Joseph Manuppello of PETA wrote animal tests are often inconclusive and irrelevant to humans.
He suggested more in-home water testing and non-animal studies.
Tomblin has called for additional toxicology studies tests before more in-home sampling.
Spokesman Chris Stadelman said the governor respects federal officials’ determination of studies.
The January spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.
REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PROSECUTOR
The Kanawha County Commission voted to begin removal proceedings against elected Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants due to the ongoing costs of special prosecutors.
The county has already paid $93,000 for special prosecutors because Plants is still charged with two domestic-related misdemeanor crimes for allegedly violating a domestic violence protective order filed by his ex-wife and a domestic battery charge in connection with using a belt to discipline one of his sons.
Commissioner Hardy has been calling for Plants to resign for several weeks but the two-term Republican has given no indication he will do so.
The commission will have to prove by “clear and convincing” evidence to the three-judge panel that Plants should be removed from his elected position.
SHOAF HEADING TO ADULT PRISON
Monongalia County Circuit Judge has signed an order sending one of Skylar Neese’s killers to an adult prison facility.
Rachel Shoaf can be transferred to an adult correctional facility any time after Friday, according to the order signed this week.
Shaof pleaded guilty in 2012 to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
She will be eligible for parole in 10 years.
Shoaf, along with co-conspirator Shelia Eddy, picked up Neese from her Star City home in July 2012 and drove her to Pennsylvania, where they attacked and stabbed the teen to death.
The pair left the body in a wooded area.
Eddy later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder was sentenced to life in prison with mercy, making her eligible for parole after 15 years.
Shoaf is currently housed in a juvenile facility.
She will likely be transferred to Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County, where Eddy is currently held.
POLICE SAW SAWED OFF SHOTGUN WAS USED
A man and two women are in custody after police say they committed an armed robbery in Niro.
Kaleb Johnson, age 19, Megan Long, age 21, and Kayla Levitt, age 23, are charged with first-degree armed robbery.
The three allegedly robbed Tiffany Taylor of Eastwood Acres after she agreed to give them a ride.
Taylor told police Johnson held a sawed off shotgun to the back of her head while the women went through her purse.
Nitro police said Johnson, Long and Levitt all confessed to the crime.
They are in the South Central Regional Jail.
Police found the weapon they believe was used in the crime.
MISSING MAN IN ROANE COUNTY
A search has been under way in Roane County involving an elderly man accused of touching a female.
The man left Thursday morning to work on his farm and made statements that “we wouldn’t find anything of him but his bones.“, a deputy said.
The man took a 9mm pistol and his dog and left his wallet, medications and personal effects at his house.
Deputies have found the four-wheeler in the woods, but no sign of him anywhere.
The search has been going on in the Toms Run area north of Spencer.
FORMER POLICE OFFICER IN PRISON
A former Shinnston police officer will serve up to 16 years in the state penitentiary for drug crimes.
Charles Roscoe Henning III, of Salem was sentenced to between one and four years for each count against him, to be served consecutively, by Harrison County Circuit Court.
Henning was arrested in March 2013 on four counts of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation by fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.
Henning confiscated around 100 pills of hydrocodone for himself from several people while working as a Shinnston police officer before putting the bottles into the evidence locker.
Henning was sent to North Central Regional jail to await transportation to the state penitentiary.
He has earned 468 days credit for time served in home confinement and will be eligible for parole in four years.
MANCHIN vs. MANCHIN
The brother of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin claims the senator and his other brother Roch Manchin owe him $1.7 million from a loan that originated in the 1980s.
Dr. John Manchin II filed the civil lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court.
It claims he loaned the money to his brothers to help their financially distressed business, the Manchin Carpet Center, with the promise he would be paid back.
The lawsuit said the most recent repayment promise came in July 2012 in a Funds Sharing Agreement but still no money has come his way.
Dr. Manchin also claims that he was promised if he held off filing a lawsuit against them he would be “granted, conveyed, and provided a one-third interest in the coal reserves and coal brokerage businesses and other businesses incorporated, formed, and owned by them.”
The lawsuit also claims Senator Joe Manchin and Roch Manchin dissolved the Manchin Brothers business without knowledge of John Manchin II.
The civil suit alleges violation of the Uniform Partnership Act, unjust enrichment, constructive fraud, breach of fudiciary duty, breach of contract and civil conspiracy.
CLINIC LICENSE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED
A license has been suspended for the operator of a pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.
West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine suspended the license of Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. at a disciplinary hearing Friday.
TRUCK ON FIRE INSIDE TUNNEL
A fire inside the East River Tunnel near West Virginia’s border with Virginia has stopped traffic on Interstate 77.
West Virginia Turnpike State Police dispatcher D.L. Parsons says a tractor trailer was on fire Friday inside the tunnel.
He says first responders are having difficulty getting into the tunnel, and the blaze wasn’t suppressed as of 30 minutes ago.
Parsons says traffic north and south is closed and there’s no estimate for reopening it. Drivers are being redirected onto U.S. Route 460 at Princeton.
The Virginia Department of Transportation website says traffic is backed up for 6 miles.
Virginia State Police dispatcher J. Marshall says the fire started around 3 PM.
She says Virginia police have not heard of injuries.
CALHOUN MAN BEHIND BARS ON METH CHARGES
David Allen Booher, age 49, from Calhoun County is behind bars in North Central Regional Jail.
He is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab.
Visitors might notice an unusual amount of activity on the campus of West Virginia State University.
A training exercise was scheduled Friday on the school’s Institute campus for local and state first responders, the university’s public safety officers and students and faculty, among others.
The drill aimed at putting to the test an emergency response to an active shooter on campus.
Colleges and universities are required under the Clery act to test their emergency response plans on an annual basis.
This is first training exercise of its scope at the university.
Friday was graduation day at West Virginia State University for the 19th Junior Trooper Academy.
The academy is a week-long program designed to introduce young people between the ages of 14-17 to the law enforcement field.
Instruction includes training in firearms, Internet safety, crime scene investigation and other related classes.
Fifty-seven junior troopers participated in the training this week.
HUNTINGTON POLICE HIRINGS
The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 police officers to fight drug problems in neighborhoods.
The city council unanimously approved the move Thursday.
It will transfer funds from the city’s insurance program and the street paving budget.
Mayor Steve Williams told the council that Huntington residents are scared to take their children outside.
He says the hirings will send a message to drug dealers to get out.
Williams says the hope is to have the new officers in place by the end of the year.
In addition to the new officers, an information technology position will be created.
City officials estimate that drug offenses in Huntington by the end of the year will jump 89% over 2013 levels.
Movie Review: ‘Ilo Ilo’ - Family Matters in Singapore
Singapore is not a land of wide open spaces, as director Anthony Chen shows in “Ilo Ilo” by snaking a hand-held camera through tight spots. The crowded compositions convey a sense of life in the dense Asian city-state, but also the intimacy of this semi-autobiographical story.
Winner of the best debut film award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, “Ilo Ilo” is gentle and discerning. Sensitive performances by the four main players suit the tone, which is naturalistic and even earthy — most of the characters are shown going to the bathroom — yet ultimately poignant.
It’s 1997, and the Lims are a barely middle-class family whose aspirations are threatened by the Southeast Asian financial crisis. Teck (Chen Tian Wen) loses his salesman job but can’t admit it to his pregnant wife, Leng (Yeo Yann Yann). She’s a secretary whose work consists mostly of typing termination letters and handing out severance pay.
The movie’s original Chinese title translates as “Mom and Dad Are Not Home,” which may explain why the couple’s 10-year-old son, Jiale (Koh Jia Ler), keeps getting into trouble. In the hopes of restoring domestic tranquility, they hire a maid/nanny from Ilo Ilo province in the Philippines.
Catholic, English-speaking and no taller than her new charge, Terry (Angeli Bayani) has a lot of adjusting to do. Jiale balks at the newcomer’s presence and begins to test her limits. But Terry learns how to handle the boy, who’s initially detestable but then reveals his sweeter nature. Terry actually has more trouble with Jiale’s bossy, condescending mother.
Leng becomes even snippier when she realizes that Terry and Jiale are bonding. Terry is treated more warmly by Teck, who fears his wife as much as the nanny does. And Leng’s own vulnerability is gradually revealed, notably when she falls for the pitch of a get-rich guru who’s interested only in his own fortune.
Money shadows every development in “Ilo Ilo,” from the demise of the family car to Jiale’s obsession with the lottery. Like a lot of older and should-be wiser gamblers, the boy is convinced he can discern the pattern in previous winning numbers. Terry has a more sensible, if hardly lucrative, strategy: She spends her day off working as hairdresser.
Not all of the movie’s details come from the director’s own childhood; Leng’s pregnancy was written into the script when the actress discovered she was expecting. But Chen did grow up with a Filipina nanny named Terry, and his affection for her is evident.
That’s why the relationship between Jiale and Terry is at the center of this simple yet emotionally complex tale. In multicultural, multilingual Singapore, the two cross a substantial divide to become a sort of family.
Jenkins is a freelance writer.
★ ★ ★
Unrated. Contains mild violence, a naked child, smoking and drinking. In Chinese, English and Tagalog with subtitles. 99 minutes.
Sports Brief - 07.26.14
► HOLGORSEN LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014: The fourth-year head coach of the Mountaineers feels good about his latest squad that will gather in August to begin fighting another fight in the Big 12 Conference.
Of course, before that will become a brutal non-conference slate staring with the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
► MARSHALL PICKED TO WIN C-USA EAST: A season ago, Marshall’s football program claimed its first-ever division crown in Conference USA and played for the league title with Rice.
In 2014, the Herd is being predicted to again be a part of the C-USA championship tilt.
In the preseason poll, Marshall was unanimously chosen to win the East Division with 91 points, followed by Middle Tennessee (73), Florida Atlantic (60), WKU (57), Old Dominion (33), UAB (31) and FIU (19). The voting was tight atop the West Division, with North Texas (66) edging Rice (65) and UTSA (62), followed by Louisiana Tech (38), Southern Miss (24) and UTEP (18).
This year’s title game - the 10th in league history 0 will be staged on Saturday, December 6.
-Meanwhile, Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and defensive lineman James Rouse were named Conference USA’s Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, The honors were chosen by the league’s coaches.
Cato and Rouse are also members of the preseason all-conference team.
► TEXAS TECH REINSTATES BETHEL: Texas Tech has reinstated defensive back Nigel Bethel II after he was dismissed from the team less than three weeks ago.
Bethel, who is regarded as one of Texas Tech’s highest-rated recruits in its upcoming freshman class, was kicked off the team for punching women’s basketball player Amber Battle and breaking her jaw during a pickup basketball game in late June.
“This is an unfortunate situation with a unique set of circumstances and there are no winners,“ said Texas Tech director athletics Kirby Hocutt. “Every decision related to this case has been the right one at that particular time based upon our principles, student-athlete code of conduct and team rules. As I continued to work with Coach Kingsbury and Coach Whitaker, we looked at the totality of the situation and have arrived at this decision. Two talented young people made a mistake, have shown remorse and learned some very valuable life lessons.“
Bethel also issued a statement through the school’s website.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to come back to Texas Tech,“ said Bethel. “I take full responsibility for my actions and I would like to let everyone know that this won’t happen again. It’s not who I am and I am sorry for the embarrassment this has caused. I want to thank Amber Battle for accepting my apology and for coming forward to say that I deserved a second chance. I would like to thank everyone at Texas Tech, including the coaches, for believing in me and giving me a second chance to show my ability and to receive an education from Texas Tech.“
Bethel is allowed to return to the team, but is suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season.
Battle, who led the Lady Raiders with 16.4 points per game this past season, is suspended for the entire month of November for initiating contact during the incident.
► COLTS RB BALLARD TEARS ACHILLES: Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the practice field Friday after reportedly tearing his left Achilles tendon.
Ballard went down after catching a pass and was scheduled to have an MRI, according to the team’s website.
ESPN.com, citing a source, said Ballard suffered a torn Achilles.
The third-year back missed all but one game last season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The non-contact injury occurred during practice when Ballard lost his footing on a running play.
He carried the ball 13 times for 63 yards in a Week 1 win over Oakland after rushing for a team-high 814 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in 2012.
► RAVENS ADD SUSPENDED HILL: The Baltimore Ravens signed free safety Will Hill on Friday.
Hill, 24, joins the Ravens after being waived by the New York Giants last month following his third violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Hill must sit out the first six games of the season because of his latest infraction.
The Florida product also received a four-game ban in 2012, and missed the first four games last season. He started 10 of the remaining 12 games last year for the Giants, registering 77 tackles and two interceptions.
The news of Hill’s signing comes on the heels of cornerback Aaron Ross being lost for the season with a torn Achilles.
► DOLPHINS’ POUNCEY, MORENO ON PUP LIST: Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and running back Knowshon Moreno will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey confirmed the moves Friday morning before the start of camp.
Pouncey had surgery in June after reportedly suffering a torn hip labrum during OTAs and could be sidelined for three months. Moreno, who joined the Dolphins in the offseason, underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee last month.
Players can be activated off the PUP list at any time during training camp or the preseason. If a player is on the PUP list to start the regular season, he must miss the first six weeks.
► EAGLES EXCUSE KEELAN JOHNSON FROM CAMP: The Philadelphia Eagles have excused Keelan Johnson from training camp in order for the defensive back to deal with his pending legal matters.
The club said in a statement that Johnson, 24, will be excused “for an undetermined amount of time as he tends to matters related to his arrest in Arizona last weekend.“
Johnson met with head coach Chip Kelly on Thursday, and is still on the 90-man roster.
He was arrested Saturday in Arizona following an altercation with a police officer. He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The Arizona State product appeared in two games for the Eagles last season.
► DERRICK BROOKS NAMED NFL APPEALS OFFICER: Former NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks was named an appeals officer on Friday.
Brooks, a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, will hear player appeals of on-field discipline. He’ll join former NFL player and coach Ted Cottrell for the 2014 season.
An 11-time Pro Bowl selection in 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brooks has also served as president of the Arena League’s Tampa Bay Storm since 2011.
“Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president,“ said NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent. “His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive.“
The announcement was made jointly by the NFL and NFL Players Association.
“Derrick was jointly selected by the players and the NFL and we expect he will bring expertise and professionalism to his role as an arbitration officer,“ said NFLPA senior director of player affairs and development Jason Belser. “We look forward to working with him.“
Brooks replaces Matt Birk, who was named the NFL’s director of football development earlier this month.
► VIKINGS PLACE MUNNERLYN ON PUP: The Minnesota Vikings placed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn on the physically unable to perform list on Friday.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Munnerlyn has a “slight” hamstring injury, but added that the free agent from Carolina will be “fine.“
Munnerlyn signed a reported three-year deal in the offseason after playing five seasons with the Panthers.
The Vikings also put tight end Chase Ford on the PUP list after he underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his foot, while safety Andrew Sendejo was also placed on the list because of an ankle injury.
Players can be activated off the PUP list at any time during training camp or the preseason. If a player is on the PUP list to start the regular season, he must miss the first six weeks.
► RAIDERS RELEASE BURNETT: The Oakland Raiders released linebacker Kevin Burnett on Friday.
Burnett, who sustained an ankle injury during the offseason, failed to receive medical clearance for training camp.
The 31-year-old Burnett started all 16 games for Oakland last season, recording 105 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and an interception. Over his nine-year career with Oakland, Miami, San Diego and Dallas, Burnett has tallied 628 tackles, 20 sacks and five interceptions.
► TEXANS SIGN RT TYSON CLABO: The Houston Texans announced Friday they have signed veteran right tackle Tyson Clabo.
Clabo signed a two-year, $2.4 million contract, according to the Houston Chronicle.
He has started all 116 NFL games he has played, including 15 for the Miami Dolphins last season.
Prior to that, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle spent seven seasons as a starter for the Atlanta Falcons.
► BROWNS SIGN LB WESTERMAN: The Cleveland Browns signed linebacker Jamaal Westerman on Friday.
Last season, Westerman played in 12 games with Buffalo before appearing in Pittsburgh’s season finale.
The 29-year-old Rutgers product has recorded 35 tackles and six sacks in 58 career games with five teams.
► BUCS, NICKS PART WAYS: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and guard Carl Nicks mutually agreed to part ways on Friday.
Nicks signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Bucs in March 2012. The deal included $31 million guaranteed.
“I’d like to thank the Buccaneers organization for working with me as I have attempted to get myself back on the football field,“ Nicks said in a statement. “However, after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the game. This was by no means an easy decision, but I believe that it is what is best for me and my family as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.“
A Pro Bowl selection in 2010 and 2011 while with New Orleans, Nicks played in just nine games with the Bucs over the past two seasons.
“I know this has been a difficult time for Carl and his family, but we respect his decision and thank him for his effort in trying to get back on the football field,“ Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “Carl is a very prideful athlete and has been an elite level guard in the league. We are all disappointed that he will not be a part of this new chapter of Buccaneers football.“
The 29-year-old Nicks missed the final nine games of the 2012 campaign with a toe injury that led to a MRSA infection. He had been medically cleared for training camp before both sides made the decision to move on.
► NAVARDAUSKAS WINS RAINY STAGE 19, NIBALI IN CONTROL OF TOUR: Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania won Stage 19 of the Tour de France on a rainy Friday, while Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali remained in firm control of the yellow jersey as the overall leader with just two days remaining in cycling’s most prestigious event.
Navardauskas finished the 208.5 kilometers from Maubourguet to Bergerac in a time of 4 hours, 43 minutes and 41 seconds for his first career Tour de France stage win. He crossed the line alone after a crash within the final three kilometers ended the stage win hopes for many of the top sprinters.
“It was a big dream to win a Tour de France stage,“ said Navardauskas. “It’s everyone’s dream.“
Germany’s John Degenkolb won a sprint to finish second, seven seconds behind, followed by Norway’s Alexander Kristoff and Australia’s Mark Renshaw.
Nibali was placed 24th on Friday and was actually more than a minute behind the stage winner, but the crash within the final three kilometers left all the riders in the peloton with the same time as the runner-up group.
“It was important not to take any risk,“ said Nibali about Friday’s strategy. “That was the essential for me. The rain had made the finale difficult.“
The Italian still has an overall lead of 7 minutes and 10 seconds over Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, who had initially finished 40 seconds ahead of Nibali. France’s Jean-Christophe Peraud is 7:23 behind and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde is another two seconds off the pace in fourth.
Rain throughout Friday’s race helped cause many flat tires, but there were no crashes early. A group of five leaders never got more than 3 1/2 minutes ahead of the peloton and after Navardauskas moved to the front in the closing moments, his lead was whittled to under 30 seconds with less than five kilometers to the finish.
The sprinters’ group appeared poised to steal the stage win until the crash. Green jersey leader Peter Sagan of Slovakia was among those caught up, while the incident also caused the yellow jersey group to slow down—leading to the time credits.
“I was caught in the crash, I tried to avoid it but I couldn’t,“ said Peraud. “Obviously the rain did not help, especially in a finale with a lot of turns and nervous sprint in the end. We crashed, it’s classic.“
With Nibali in firm command of the yellow jersey, Saturday’s time trial will help determine the remainder of the podium. Just 15 seconds separates Pinot, Peraud and Valverde.
Stage 20 on Saturday is the only time trial in this year’s Tour and runs 54 kilometers from Bergerac to Perigieux.
The Tour concludes on Sunday with the traditional finish along the Champs Elysees in Paris.
|Major League Baseball - National League|
|St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 PM - FS-Midwest, CSN-Chicago, DSS|
|Washington at Cincinnati, 4:05 PM - MASN, FS-Ohio, FS1, DSS|
|Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:05 PM - FS-Arizona, NBC 10, DSS|
|San Diego at Atlanta, 7:10 PM - FS-San Diego, South, DSS|
|NY Mets at Milwaukee, 7:10 PM - WPIX, FS-Wisconsin, DSS|
|Pittsburgh at Colorado, 8:10 PM - ROOT-Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain, MLBNet, DSS|
|Los Angeles at San Francisco, 9:05 PM - SportsNet LA, CSN-Bay, MLB Net, DSS|
|Toronto at NY Yankees, 1:05 PM - SNET, YES, MLB Network, DSS|
|Baltimore at Seattle, 4:10 PM - MASN2, ROOT-Northwest, DSS|
|Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM - NESN, SunSports, DSS|
|Chicago WSox at Minnesota, 7:10 PM - WGN (America), FS-North, DSS|
|Cleveland at Kansas City, 7:10 PM - SportsTime Ohio, FS-Kansas City, FS1, DSS|
|Oakland at Texas, 8:05 PM - CSN-California, FS-Southwest, DSS|
|Detroit at LA Angels, 9:05 PM - FS-Detroit, West, DSS|
|Miami at Houston, 7:10 PM - FS-Florida, CSN-Houston, DSS|
|Canadian Football League|
|Ottawa at Hamilton, 7:00 PM - TSN, ESPN3.com|
|Toronto at Saskatchewan, 10:00 PM - ESPN 2, TSN|
|Arena Football League|
|Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 5:00 PM - TCN-Philadelphia, ESPN3.com|
|Los Angeles at Jacksonville, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com|
|Arizona at Orlando, 7:00 PM - CBSSN|
|Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 7:30 PM - ESPN3.com|
|San Antonio at New Orleans, 8:00 PM - ESPN3.com|
|San Jose at Iowa, 8:05 PM - ESPN3.com|
|Spokane at Portland, 10:00 PM - ESPN3.com|
|Los Angeles at Seattle, 4:00 PM - Time Warner, KONG, NBA TV|
|Indiana at San Antonio, 8:00 PM - No scheduled television|
|New York at Phoenix, 10:00 PM - No scheduled television|
|Major League Soccer|
|Sporting Kansas City at Toronto FC, 7:00 PM - KMCI, TSN2, DSS|
|Columbus at New England, 7:30 PM - CSN-New England, DSS|
|EuroAmerican Cup: Estudiantes vs. ACF Fiorentina, 2:55 PM - beIN Sport|
|Manchester United vs. Roma, 4:00 PM - FOX|
|New York Red Bulls vs. Arsenal, 5:00 PM - ESPN 2|
|EuroAmerican Cup: Alianza Lima vs. Valencia CF, 6:25 PM - beIN Sport|
|Chicago vs. Tottenham, 8:00 PM - ESPN 2|
|Major League Lacrosse|
|Denver at Ohio, 4:30 PM - CBSSN|
|Boston at Florida, 7:00 PM - MSG+, SPortSouth, ESPN3.com|
|Charlotte at Rochester, 7:00 PM - YouTube|
|EUROPEAN - Russian Open, 6:00 AM - Golf Channel|
|CHAMPIONS - Senior British Open, 12:00 PM - ESPN 2|
|PGA - Canadian Open, 1:00 PM - Golf Channel|
|PGA - Canadian Open, 3:00 PM - CBS|
|LPGA - International Crown, 3:00 PM - Golf Channel|
|USGA - Girls’ Junior Championship, 8:00 PM - Golf Channel|
|Atlanta Open, 3:00 PM - ESPN 2|
|Tour de France|
|Stage 20, 8:00 AM - NBCSN|
|FORMULA ONE - Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying, 8:00 AM - CNBC|
|SPRINT CUP - Crown Royal 400/Brickyard practice, 9:00 AM - ESPN 2|
|NATIONWIDE - Lilly Diabetes 250 qualifying, 12:00 PM - FS1|
|SPRINT CUP - Crown Royal 400/Brickyard qualifying, 2:00 PM -= ESPN|
|NATIONWIDE - Lilly Diabetes 250, 4:30 PM - ESPN|
Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting - 07.27.14
Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting
1:00 PM, Sunday, July 27, 2014
Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, WV
The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, 2014, beginning at 1:00 PM at Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke, WV in Lewis County.
The public is invited to attend and make comments. Items on the agenda include:
• Approval of the 2015-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations
• Approval of the 2015 Fishing Regulations
Yard Sale at 326 Little Bull Run Road - July 24-26, 2014 - Last Day
Yard Sale at 326 Little Bull Run Road
(Smith’s Custom Meat Shop)
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 24, 25 and 26, 2014
from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, books, household items, tools
Camping equipment, camouflage clothing
Miscellaneous items too numerous to mention
Rain or shine.
Glenville: Gilmer County Farmers’ Market - Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Today
The Gilmer County Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Gilmer County Senior Citizens pavilion in Glenville, WV.
Lots of vendors are set up with vegetable and flower plants and some vegetables are now available, fresh lamb meat, baked goods, honey, jelly and jams, fresh farm eggs, lunch is available, and much more.
Come out and see what our Farmers Market has to offer.
Charity Softball Tournament - 07.26.14
The United Way’s mission is to advance the common good for local residents by building strong families, supporting independent seniors, and nurturing thriving children.
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) and Sharpe Hospital, of Weston, Davis Medical Center, of Elkins, and United Hospital, of Clarksburg, are all dedicated to supporting the United Way in their county.
The four hospitals are joining forces and participating in a “Central West Virginia Hospital Challenge” to raise money for their respective United Way organizations in a Charity Softball Tournament.
The tournament is planned for Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Robert Bland Middle School Softball Field in Weston, beginning at 8:00 AM.
The first game pits the two Weston Hospitals, followed by the Davis, UHC matchup at 9:30 AM.
Kevin Stalnaker, COO at SJMH, has been involved with United Way for years and is delighted by the interest from the four hospitals and all of their employees.
He said, “The United Way plays an important helping non-profits in the community and our employees, who are very charitable, are thrilled to be able to give back to the community.”
The rain date is Sunday, July 27, 2014.
Has the Dept. of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?
Bon Appétit: Steak and Cheese Pasta
12-ounces whole-wheat spaghetti or other pasta
2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
1 large green bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pound flank steak, sliced very thinly across the grain
4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a small glass, mix together the soy sauce, tomato paste, water and cornstarch. Set aside.
While the pasta cooks, in a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the onion, both peppers and the garlic. Saute until tender and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the steak and saute until just barely cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and return to a simmer, cooking for 2 minutes, or until thickened.
Add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss well to coat with the sauce and mix with the vegetables and steak. Add the cheese and toss until melted and mixed into the sauce.
Makes 6 servings.
Flashback: What Happened on July 26, ....
• 1890 The Doddridge County Oil and Gas Company was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: J. V. Blair, John A. Davis of West Union, Doddridge County; Henry Ash of Center Point, Doddridge County; I. C. White of Morgantown; and T. M. Jackson of Clarksburg. The company’s purpose was to mine, manufacture, and sell oil, gas, and coal, with its main office in West Union, Doddridge County.
• 1904 The West Virginia Legislature convened in extra session in Charleston, Kanawha County, mostly relating to the reassessment and collection of taxes.
• 1912 A battle occurred at Mucklow between Baldwin-Felts guards and striking coal miners from the Paint Creek strike. Governor William E. Glasscock ordered three companies from the National Guard to the area.
• 1923 The first state gasoline tax was put into effect. The tax was 2 cents per gallon.
• 1982 Toxic hydrogen chloride leaked from a tank in South Charleston for the second time in a week.
• 1984 The first gubernatorial debate was held between Republican former Governor Arch Moore and Democrat Clyde See.
Ask the Doctor: Different Things Can Help COPD
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I quit smoking one year ago.
I had a cough when I was smoking, and I still have it, but it’s much milder.
I saw a doctor, who tells me I have COPD.
I do pant when I have to climb stairs or do chores around the house.
The doctor put me on a medicine that I inhale.
How is that helping me?
What else can I do? - H.G.
ANSWER: COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is something that happens to many smokers.
It happens to nonsmokers too, but not in the numbers that it strikes smokers.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two COPD illnesses, and both usually develop together.
Emphysema destroys the air sacs, the tiny, delicate, bubblelike structures through which oxygen passes into the blood.
Chronic bronchitis is perpetual inflammation of the bronchi, the airways.
Symptoms of COPD are breathlessness on exertion, cough, production of thick sputum and wheezing.
The degree of COPD is best assessed through breathing tests - spirometry.
Those tests guide the doctor in prescribing medicines and advising patients how they can best cope with COPD.
Your inhaler medicine is one that expands the airways and reduces inflammation and mucus production.
Often the inhaler contains both a bronchodilator (airway expander) and a cortisone drug (inflammation fighter).
Taken as an inhalant, little cortisone gets into the blood, so its side effects are not great.
Some simple tips make breathing easier for COPD patients.
When you walk, bend slightly forward at the waist.
That gives the lungs more room to expand, and it facilitates the action of the diaphragm, the chief breathing muscle.
Practice pursed-lip breathing.
Inhale through your nose and exhale through lips that are puckered, as they are put together when a person whistles.
If you’re into precision, inhalation ought to take four seconds, and exhalation six.
Pursed-lip breathing keeps the airways opened.
Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible.
G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 07.26.14
Jesus tells the parable of the weeds in today’s gospel.
As with all parables, the aim is to stretch us, to encourage us to think and reflect, and to reveal more about our God. Today we are reminded that good and evil will always be found together in persons and institutions. The invitation is for us to recognize both the good and evil that we are capable of. The message always has a radical edge, a challenge not only of awareness, but also of changing our behavior, our actions. Rather than operating in a dualistic space of good and bad, right and wrong, we are stretched to recognize both the good and bad that is part of us. The labeling of others as ‘evil’ throughout history has often led to intolerance, tension, hatred and violence. Consistently Jesus models that we need to change the ‘other’ into ‘another’ in our hearts and minds.
Jeremiah 7:1-11. How lovely is your dwelling-place, Lord, mighty God! Ps 83(84):3-6, 8, 11. Matthew 13:24‐30.
Barbara Faye McCullough
Barbara Faye McCullough
Age 73 of Kanawha Street, Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life Thursday Evening, July 24, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, West Virginia, following an extended illness.
Born January 13, 1941 in Gassaway, West Virginia, daughter of the late Walter and Mary Boggs Skidmore.
Barbara was a former employee of McDonalds of Glenville, having served the breakfast crowd for most of the 1990’s. She was also a former employee of Kenny Shoe and also worked around the Glenville area in the food service industry.
Barb was a member of the Camden Flats Baptist Church with special interest in the youth program “Awana”.
In her free time she enjoyed attending yard sales, playing cards, working puzzles, and reading.
On January 13, 1977, she was united in marriage to John Jacob McCullough who survives at their Kanawha Street home.
Surviving are 4 children, Mary Ellen McCullough and husband Woody of Glenville, West Virginia, Dewayne “Tiny” Arbogast and wife Kathy of Tennessee, Lonnie Darnell Arbogast of Tennessee, and Angela Dawn Carder and husband Tim of Linn, West Virginia, 5 grandchildren, Scott McCullough, Christopher Arbogast, Megan Arbogast, Taylor Carder, and Summer Carder, and 2 great-grandchildren, Leland and Camden McCullough.
There are 4 siblings surviving, Walter Skidmore Jr. and wife Irene of Elyria, Ohio, Jo Ann Skidmore of Tanner, West Virginia, Richard Skidmore and wife Karen of Nitro, West Virginia, and Kathy McCullough of Glenville, West Virginia, and several cousins, nieces and nephews also surviving.
Along with her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by 1 son, Walter Clayton Arbogast, 1 daughter, Rebecca McCullough, and 1 brother Robert Skidmore.
Funeral Services will be conducted at the Camden Flats Baptist Church, 510 Kanawha Street, Glenville, WV., 26351 at 11:00 AM Monday, July 28, 2014, with Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.
Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, West Virginia.
Friends may call from 5-8 PM Sunday Evening at the Camden Flats Baptist Church.
Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is honored to serve the family of Barbara Faye McCullough.
Betty Lucille (Nutt) Stansberry Cox
Betty Lucille (Nutt) Stansberry Cox
Age 81, passed due to the development of pulmonary blood clots while awaiting surgery at Camden Clark Medical Center on July 22, 2014.
She was born in Ritchie County, WV on November 24, 1932, joining her father, Orlando Guy Nutt, her mother, Pearl Rexroad Nutt, brothers, Guy Jr. and Carl, and sister, Olive Mae.
According to her sister, her arrival on Thanksgiving “Really spoiled dinner that year.“
She was a 1950 graduate of Harrisville High School and had been looking forward to attending the reunion on July 25th until her scheduled surgery created the need to cancel her reservation. She was also a 1990 graduate of the Wood County Vocational School of Practical Nursing. She received the West Virginia 1990 Student of the Year award.
Prior to, and following her nursing school graduation, she worked at the Pine View Continuous Care Center where she received the Caring Practices Employee of the Year Award in 1988, given in recognition of her commitment to quality patient care and leadership demonstrated at the facility.
Betty was a member of the the Murphytown United Methodist Church and in recent months, the Amedisys Hospice of Parkersburg Bereavement Support Group.
Preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sister, first husband, Charles Wayne Stansberry, Sr., second husband, Francis “Frank” Wendell Cox and son, Stephen Michael Stansberry.
Betty is survived by her children: Rosalinda Brown, Merino Valley, California, Teresa (Allen) Wilson, Washington, DC, Cathy (Michael) Eckard, Portland, Oregon, Charles “Chuck” Stansberry, Dayton, Ohio, Roxanna (Kenneth) Price, Export, PA, Janetta Hampton, Cumberland, MD, Karlson Stansberry, Cumberland, MD, Jason(Debbie) Stansberry, Cumberland, MD; step-children: Mary Ann Testerman, Delbarton, WV, Carolyn Cox, Martinsburg, WV, Judy (Jim) Prusack, Grantsville, WV and Sandra Cox, Delbarton, WV; grandchildren: Jessica, Eric, Nathan, Hannah, Stephanie Erin(Michael), Matthew(Stephanie Louise), Joshua(Tiana), Andrew, Jeremy, Katrina(Travis), Timothy(Kennedy), Jennifer(Ryan), Mark, Jordan, Megan(Jaison), Angela(Chris), Chris, Shonna, Krystal and great-grandchildren: Zachary, Ava, Olivia, Adelle, Caleb, Ella, Gabriel, Brandon, Carter, Abrielle, Jillian, Aaron, Austyn, Kaitlyn, Daymian, Garren, Ruby and Amber.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Monday, July 28, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating.
Burial will follow in the Chevauxdefrise Cemetery, Washburn, WV.
Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8 PM.
We give thanks for the life of the Nutt family’s Thanksgiving Day surprise, Betty Lucille Nutt Stansberry Cox.
We love you Mom!
2014 >> WayBackWhen™: July 26
Today is Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year.
Thought for Today:
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.“ — George Bernard Shaw (born this date in 1856, died 1950).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became America’s first Postmaster-General.
On this date:
In 1788, New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1882, the Richard Wagner opera “Parsifal” premiered in Bayreuth, Germany.
In 1908, U.S. Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte ordered creation of a force of special agents that was a forerunner of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 1912, the Edison Studios production “What Happened to Mary,“ one of the first, if not very first, movie serials, was released with Mary Fuller in the title role.
In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act, which established the National Military Establishment (later renamed the Department of Defense).
In 1952, Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron, died in Buenos Aires at age 33. King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated in the wake of a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser.
In 1953, Fidel Castro began his revolt against Fulgencio Batista (fool-HEN’-see-oh bah-TEES’-tah) with an unsuccessful attack on an army barracks in eastern Cuba. (Castro ousted Batista in 1959.)
In 1956, the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank off New England, some 11 hours after colliding with the Swedish liner Stockholm; at least 51 people died. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.
In 1964, Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa was convicted in federal court in Chicago of fraud and conspiracy in the handling of a union pension fund; six co-defendants were found guilty of conspiracy. The Organization of American States enacted sanctions against Cuba.
In 1971, Apollo 15 was launched from Cape Kennedy on America’s fourth manned mission to the moon.
In 1989, Mark Wellman, a 29-year-old paraplegic, reached the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite (yoh-SEHM’-uh-tee) National Park after hauling himself up the granite cliff six inches at a time over nine days.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ten years ago:
The Democratic Party’s 44th national convention opened in Boston under extraordinarily tight security; a parade of speakers that included former President Bill Clinton castigated George W. Bush as a president who had mishandled the economy and bungled the war on terror.
Mohammed Mamdouh Helmi Qutb, an Egyptian diplomat held hostage by militants in Iraq for three days, was released after successful negotiations.
Five years ago:
Sarah Palin stepped down as governor of Alaska to write a book and build a right-of-center coalition, but left her long-term political plans unclear.
Alberto Contador won the Tour de France for the second time in three years; Lance Armstrong placed third.
Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with the late Joe Gordon.
Choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham died in New York at age 90.
One year ago:
Ariel Castro, the man who’d imprisoned three women in his Cleveland home, subjecting them to a decade of rapes and beatings, pleaded guilty to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty. (Castro later committed suicide in prison.)
A gunman went on a rampage at a Hialeah, Florida, apartment complex, killing six people before being shot dead by police.
Billionaire Texas oilman George P. Mitchell, considered the father of fracking, died at his home in Galveston; he was 94. JJ Cale, 74, whose best songs like “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” were towering hits for other artists, died in La Jolla, California.
Actress Marjorie Lord is 96
Actor James Best is 88
Actress-singer Darlene Love is 73
Singer Brenton Wood is 73
Rock star Mick Jagger is 71
Movie director Peter Hyams is 71
Actress Helen Mirren is 69
Rock musician Roger Taylor (Queen) is 65
Actress Susan George is 64
Olympic gold medal figure skater Dorothy Hamill is 58
Actor Kevin Spacey is 55
Rock singer Gary Cherone (sher-OWN’) is 53
Actress Sandra Bullock is 50
Rock singer Jim Lindberg (Pennywise) is 49
Actor Jeremy Piven is 49
Rapper-reggae singer Wayne Wonder is 48
Actor Jason Statham (STAY’-thum) is 47
Actor Cress Williams is 44
TV host Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor”; “The Bachelorette”) is 43
Actress Kate Beckinsale is 41
Rock musician Dan Konopka (OK Go) is 40
Gospel/Contemporary Christian singer Rebecca St. James is 37
Actress Francia Raisa is 26
Christian rock musician Jamie Sharpe (Rush of Fools) is 25
WV Lottery - 07.25.14
9-0-0 Number of Winners = 27 Total Payout = $5,350.00
0-4-0-7 Number of Winners = 12 Total Payout = $7,400.00
10-16-19-21-23-24 Number of Winners = 2757 Total Payout = $6,897.00
22-29-33-41-68 Mega Ball: 12 Megaplier: x 5
REAP Litter Control Grants Awarded for Fiscal Year 2015
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman recently announced the recipients of the DEP’s REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) Litter Control Matching Grants.
There were 23 individual applicants approved for amounts totaling $54,518.
The grants were awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions and municipalities.
Funding for the litter control program is generated through Legislative Rule §22-15A-4; “For unlawful disposal of litter, the circuit clerk shall deposit 50% of all civil penalties into the Litter Control Fund.”
Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority - $1,500
Funding will be used for educational litter pamphlets.
Burnsville, Town of - $3,000
Funding will be used for dumpster and disposal fees for the annual cleanup event.
Clay County Solid Waste Authority - $3,000
Funding will be used for dumpster and disposal fees for the annual cleanup event.
Delbarton, Town of - $2,300
Funding will be used for supplies and disposal fees for the town cleanup event.
Fayetteville, Town of - $1,563
Funding will be used for a hydraulic winch system for the cleanup of illegal dumps.
Gilmer County Commission - $3,000
Funding will be used for Litter Control Supervisor wages.
Harrison County Commission - $2,913
Funding will be used for ash tray litter receptacles.
Kanawha County Commission - $3,000
Funding will be used for overtime for off-duty deputies to issue litter citations and work cleanup events.
Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority - $1,525
Funding will be used for educational and promotional materials, public service announcements and social media advertising campaign to address cigarette littering.
Kenova, City of - $3,000
Funding will be used for structure razing, educational materials, trash bags and litter receptacles.
Mason County Commission - $1,200
Funding will be used for fuel and supplies for the county cleanup program.
McMechen, City of - $3,000
Funding will be used for structure razing within the city.
Mercer County Solid Waste Authority - $3,000
Funding will be used for litter bags.
Milton, City of - $3,000
Funding will be used for structure razing within the city.
Monroe County Solid Waste Authority - $1,366
Funding will be used for fuel and vehicle insurance for the county cleanup program.
Nitro, City of - $3,000
Funding will be used for litter receptacles with lids.
Parkersburg, City of - $1,500
Funding will be used for gloves and safety vests for the city’s litter cleanup program.
Putnam County Solid Waste Authority - $3,000
Funding will be used for litter grabbers and labor wages for the county cleanup program.
Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority - $725
Funding will be used for safety strobe lights, litter grabbers and safety vests for cleanups.
Terra Alta, Town of - $3,000
Funding will be used for labor, driver and disposal fees for razing of dilapidated structures within the town.
Wayne County Commission - $3,000
Funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages.
Wood County Solid Waste Authority - $926
Funding will be used for safety vests and a winch with accessories.
Wyoming County Solid Waste Authority - $3,000
Funding will be used for fuel, vehicle maintenance and uniforms for the Litter Control Officer.
West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Premiums Projected to Decline
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says West Virginia employers will see a projected $32 million reduction in workers’ compensation premiums in the coming year.
The National Council on Compensation Insurance filed the proposed reduction with the Office of the West Virginia Insurance commissioner.
Tomblin’s office says the reduction is the 10th consecutive year.
Tomblin said savings of more than $280 million have been realized since the program was privatized in 2005.
The NCCI is West Virginia’s rating agent.
How MS Patients Can Benefit from Massage Therapy
An estimated 2.3 million people worldwide live with multiple sclerosis (MS) each day, a debilitating disease that can often cause severe pain, muscle spasms, poor circulation, anxiety, stress and clinical depression. Although not a substitute for regular MS treatment, massage therapy is an effective, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that can alleviate such symptoms and in turn, help to pacify the disease.
MS develops as a result of interference between the brain, spinal cord and other areas of the body. Symptoms and treatment vary widely depending on the amount of nerves that are affected. Massage therapy is an easy and affordable complement to doctor-prescribed treatments. Massage therapy may assist MS patients in managing the stress of their symptoms and to improve their quality of life.
“Massage therapy is a well-being approach for addressing body, mind and spirit. Along with stress reduction, massage therapy can help to increase flexibility and reduce muscle stiffness caused by spasticity,“ states Doreen Ellinwood, Massage Therapist and Vice President of Regional Operations for Massage Envy Spas in Columbus. “Massage therapy is also very effective at increasing deep sleep, as touch itself has been known to create positive feelings such as comfort and care. And with more deep sleep, you have less pain,“ added Tiffany Field, Ph.D., of the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute.
A study reported in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal indicated lower pain levels of up to 50 percent across three months by those participants who received 10 weeks of massage therapy. Long known for its stress-busting abilities, massage has a powerful effect on health and overall well-being. And because stress may trigger or worsen MS symptoms, it is important for sufferers to find ways to relax.
There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis.
To learn more, visit www.massageenvy.com/regions/OH/dayton.aspx.
With two locations in the region, Massage Envy Spa makes it easy to start living well.
Washington Post: The BlackList - The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.
Over the years, the Obama and Bush Administrations have fiercely resisted disclosing the criteria for placing names on the databases—though the guidelines are officially labeled as unclassified. In May, Attorney General Eric Holder even invoked the state secrets privilege to prevent watchlisting guidelines from being disclosed in litigation launched by an American who was on the no fly list. In an affidavit, Holder called them a “clear roadmap” to the government’s terrorist-tracking apparatus, adding: “The Watchlisting Guidance, although unclassified, contains national security information that, if disclosed … could cause significant harm to national security.”
The rulebook, which The Intercept is publishing in full, was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI. Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat. Because the government tracks “suspected terrorists” as well as “known terrorists,” individuals can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being a suspected terrorist, or if they are suspected of associating with people who are suspected of terrorism activity.
“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” says Hina Shamsi, the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.” Shamsi, who reviewed the document, added, “These criteria should never have been kept secret.”
The document’s definition of “terrorist” activity includes actions that fall far short of bombing or hijacking. In addition to expected crimes, such as assassination or hostage-taking, the guidelines also define destruction of government property and damaging computers used by financial institutions as activities meriting placement on a list. They also define as terrorism any act that is “dangerous” to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation.
This combination—a broad definition of what constitutes terrorism and a low threshold for designating someone a terrorist—opens the way to ensnaring innocent people in secret government dragnets. It can also be counterproductive. When resources are devoted to tracking people who are not genuine risks to national security, the actual threats get fewer resources—and might go unnoticed.
“If reasonable suspicion is the only standard you need to label somebody, then it’s a slippery slope we’re sliding down here, because then you can label anybody anything,” says David Gomez, a former senior FBI special agent with experience running high-profile terrorism investigations. “Because you appear on a telephone list of somebody doesn’t make you a terrorist. That’s the kind of information that gets put in there.”
The fallout is personal too. There are severe consequences for people unfairly labeled a terrorist by the U.S. government, which shares its watchlist data with local law enforcement, foreign governments, and “private entities.” Once the U.S. government secretly labels you a terrorist or terrorist suspect, other institutions tend to treat you as one. It can become difficult to get a job (or simply to stay out of jail). It can become burdensome—or impossible—to travel. And routine encounters with law enforcement can turn into ordeals.
A chart from the “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance”
In 2012 Tim Healy, the former director of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, described to CBS News how watchlists are used by police officers. “So if you are speeding, you get pulled over, they’ll query that name,” he said. “And if they are encountering a known or suspected terrorist, it will pop up and say call the Terrorist Screening Center…. So now the officer on the street knows he may be dealing with a known or suspected terrorist.” Of course, the problem is that the “known or suspected terrorist” might just be an ordinary citizen who should not be treated as a menace to public safety.
Until 2001, the government did not prioritize building a watchlist system. On 9/11, the government’s list of people barred from flying included just 16 names. Today, the no fly list has swelled to tens of thousands of “known or suspected terrorists” (the guidelines refer to them as KSTs). The selectee list subjects people to extra scrutiny and questioning at airports and border crossings. The government has created several other databases, too. The largest is the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE), which gathers terrorism information from sensitive military and intelligence sources around the world. Because it contains classified information that cannot be widely distributed, there is yet another list, the Terrorist Screening Database, or TSDB, which has been stripped of TIDE’s classified data so that it can be shared. When government officials refer to “the watchlist,” they are typically referring to the TSDB. (TIDE is the responsibility of the National Counterterrorism Center; the TSDB is managed by the Terrorist Screening Center at the FBI.)
In a statement, a spokesman for the National Counterterrorism Center told The Intercept that “the watchlisting system is an important part of our layered defense to protect the United States against future terrorist attacks” and that “watchlisting continues to mature to meet an evolving, diffuse threat.” He added that U.S. citizens are afforded extra protections to guard against improper listing, and that no one can be placed on a list solely for activities protected by the First Amendment. A representative of the Terrorist Screening Center did not respond to a request for comment.
The system has been criticized for years. In 2004, Sen. Ted Kennedy complained that he was barred from boarding flights on five separate occasions because his name resembled the alias of a suspected terrorist. Two years later, CBS News obtained a copy of the no fly list and reported that it included Bolivian president Evo Morales and Lebanese parliament head Nabih Berri. One of the watchlists snared Mikey Hicks, a Cub Scout who got his first of many airport pat-downs at age two. In 2007, the Justice Department’s inspector general issued a scathing report identifying “significant weaknesses” in the system. And in 2009, after a Nigerian terrorist was able to board a passenger flight to Detroit and nearly detonated a bomb sewn into his underwear despite his name having been placed on the TIDE list, President Obama admitted that there had been a “systemic failure.”
Obama hoped that his response to the “underwear bomber” would be a turning point. In 2010, he gave increased powers and responsibilities to the agencies that nominate individuals to the lists, placing pressure on them to add names. His administration also issued a set of new guidelines for the watchlists. Problems persisted, however. In 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report that bluntly noted there was no agency responsible for figuring out “whether watchlist-related screening or vetting is achieving intended results.” The guidelines were revised and expanded in 2013—and a source within the intelligence community subsequently provided a copy to The Intercept.
“Concrete facts are not necessary”
The five chapters and 11 appendices of the “Watchlisting Guidance” are filled with acronyms, legal citations, and numbered paragraphs; it reads like an arcane textbook with a vocabulary all its own. Different types of data on suspected terrorists are referred to as “derogatory information,” “substantive derogatory information,” “extreme derogatory information” and “particularized derogatory information.” The names of suspected terrorists are passed along a bureaucratic ecosystem of “originators,” “nominators,” “aggregators,” “screeners,” and “encountering agencies.” And “upgrade,” usually a happy word for travellers, is repurposed to mean that an individual has been placed on a more restrictive list.
The heart of the document revolves around the rules for placing individuals on a watchlist. “All executive departments and agencies,” the document says, are responsible for collecting and sharing information on terrorist suspects with the National Counterterrorism Center. It sets a low standard—”reasonable suspicion“—for placing names on the watchlists, and offers a multitude of vague, confusing, or contradictory instructions for gauging it. In the chapter on “Minimum Substantive Derogatory Criteria”—even the title is hard to digest—the key sentence on reasonable suspicion offers little clarity:
“To meet the REASONABLE SUSPICION standard, the NOMINATOR, based on the totality of the circumstances, must rely upon articulable intelligence or information which, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrants a determination that an individual is known or suspected to be or has been knowingly engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to TERRORISM and/or TERRORIST ACTIVITIES.”
The rulebook makes no effort to define an essential phrase in the passage—”articulable intelligence or information.” After stressing that hunches are not reasonable suspicion and that “there must be an objective factual basis” for labeling someone a terrorist, it goes on to state that no actual facts are required:
“In determining whether a REASONABLE SUSPICION exists, due weight should be given to the specific reasonable inferences that a NOMINATOR is entitled to draw from the facts in light of his/her experience and not on unfounded suspicions or hunches. Although irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary, to be reasonable, suspicion should be as clear and as fully developed as circumstances permit.”
While the guidelines nominally prohibit nominations based on unreliable information, they explicitly regard “uncorroborated” Facebook or Twitter posts as sufficient grounds for putting an individual on one of the watchlists. “Single source information,” the guidelines state, “including but not limited to ‘walk-in,’ ‘write-in,’ or postings on social media sites, however, should not automatically be discounted … the NOMINATING AGENCY should evaluate the credibility of the source, as well as the nature and specificity of the information, and nominate even if that source is uncorroborated.”
There are a number of loopholes for putting people onto the watchlists even if reasonable suspicion cannot be met.
One is clearly defined: The immediate family of suspected terrorists—their spouses, children, parents, or siblings—may be watchlisted without any suspicion that they themselves are engaged in terrorist activity. But another loophole is quite broad—”associates” who have a defined relationship with a suspected terrorist, but whose involvement in terrorist activity is not known. A third loophole is broader still—individuals with “a possible nexus” to terrorism, but for whom there is not enough “derogatory information” to meet the reasonable suspicion standard.
Americans and foreigners can be nominated for the watchlists if they are associated with a terrorist group, even if that group has not been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. They can also be treated as “representatives” of a terrorist group even if they have “neither membership in nor association with the organization.” The guidelines do helpfully note that certain associations, such as providing janitorial services or delivering packages, are not grounds for being watchlisted.
The nomination system appears to lack meaningful checks and balances. Although government officials have repeatedly said there is a rigorous process for making sure no one is unfairly placed in the databases, the guidelines acknowledge that all nominations of “known terrorists” are considered justified unless the National Counterterrorism Center has evidence to the contrary. In a recent court filing, the government disclosed that there were 468,749 KST nominations in 2013, of which only 4,915 were rejected–a rate of about one percent. The rulebook appears to invert the legal principle of due process, defining nominations as “presumptively valid.”
Profiling categories of people
While the nomination process appears methodical on paper, in practice there is a shortcut around the entire system. Known as a “threat-based expedited upgrade,” it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to elevate entire “categories of people” whose names appear in the larger databases onto the no fly or selectee lists. This can occur, the guidelines state, when there is a “particular threat stream” indicating that a certain type of individual may commit a terrorist act.
This extraordinary power for “categorical watchlisting”—otherwise known as profiling—is vested in the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, a position formerly held by CIA Director John Brennan that does not require Senate confirmation.
The rulebook does not indicate what “categories of people” have been subjected to threat-based upgrades. It is not clear, for example, whether a category might be as broad as military-age males from Yemen. The guidelines do make clear that American citizens and green card holders are subject to such upgrades, though government officials are required to review their status in an “expedited” procedure. Upgrades can remain in effect for 72 hours before being reviewed by a small committee of senior officials. If approved, they can remain in place for 30 days before a renewal is required, and can continue “until the threat no longer exists.”
“In a set of watchlisting criteria riddled with exceptions that swallow rules, this exception is perhaps the most expansive and certainly one of the most troubling,” Shamsi, the ACLU attorney, says. “It’s reminiscent of the Bush administration’s heavily criticized color-coded threat alerts, except that here, bureaucrats can exercise virtually standard-less authority in secret with specific negative consequences for entire categories of people.”
The National Counterterrorism Center declined to provide any details on the upgrade authority, including how often it has been exercised and for what categories of people.
Pocket litter and scuba gear
The guidelines provide the clearest explanation yet of what is happening when Americans and foreigners are pulled aside at airports and border crossings by government agents. The fifth chapter, titled “Encounter Management and Analysis,” details the type of information that is targeted for collection during “encounters” with people on the watchlists, as well as the different organizations that should collect the data. The Department of Homeland Security is described as having the largest number of encounters, but other authorities, ranging from the State Department and Coast Guard to foreign governments and “certain private entities,” are also involved in assembling “encounter packages” when watchlisted individuals cross their paths. The encounters can be face-to-face meetings or electronic interactions—for instance, when a watchlisted individual applies for a visa.
In addition to data like fingerprints, travel itineraries, identification documents and gun licenses, the rules encourage screeners to acquire health insurance information, drug prescriptions, “any cards with an electronic strip on it (hotel cards, grocery cards, gift cards, frequent flyer cards),” cellphones, email addresses, binoculars, peroxide, bank account numbers, pay stubs, academic transcripts, parking and speeding tickets, and want ads. The digital information singled out for collection includes social media accounts, cell phone lists, speed dial numbers, laptop images, thumb drives, iPods, Kindles, and cameras. All of the information is then uploaded to the TIDE database.
Screeners are also instructed to collect data on any “pocket litter,” scuba gear, EZ Passes, library cards, and the titles of any books, along with information about their condition—”e.g., new, dog-eared, annotated, unopened.” Business cards and conference materials are also targeted, as well as “anything with an account number” and information about any gold or jewelry worn by the watchlisted individual. Even “animal information”—details about pets from veterinarians or tracking chips—is requested. The rulebook also encourages the collection of biometric or biographical data about the travel partners of watchlisted individuals.
The list of government entities that collect this data includes the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is neither an intelligence nor law-enforcement agency. As the rulebook notes, USAID funds foreign aid programs that promote environmentalism, health care, and education. USAID, which presents itself as committed to fighting global poverty, nonetheless appears to serve as a conduit for sensitive intelligence about foreigners. According to the guidelines, “When USAID receives an application seeking financial assistance, prior to granting, these applications are subject to vetting by USAID intelligence analysts at the TSC.” The guidelines do not disclose the volume of names provided by USAID, the type of information it provides, or the number and duties of the “USAID intelligence analysts.”
A USAID spokesman told The Intercept that “in certain high risk countries, such as Afghanistan, USAID has determined that vetting potential partner organizations with the terrorist watchlist is warranted to protect U.S. taxpayer dollars and to minimize the risk of inadvertent funding of terrorism.” He stated that since 2007, the agency has checked “the names and other personal identifying information of key individuals of contractors and grantees, and sub-recipients.”
Death and the watchlist
The government has been widely criticized for making it impossible for people to know why they have been placed on a watchlist, and for making it nearly impossible to get off. The guidelines bluntly state that “the general policy of the U.S. Government is to neither confirm nor deny an individual’s watchlist status.” But the courts have taken exception to the official silence and footdragging: In June, a federal judge described the government’s secretive removal process as unconstitutional and “wholly ineffective.”
The difficulty of getting off the list is highlighted by a passage in the guidelines stating that an individual can be kept on the watchlist, or even placed onto the watchlist, despite being acquitted of a terrorism-related crime. The rulebook justifies this by noting that conviction in U.S. courts requires evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, whereas watchlisting requires only a reasonable suspicion. Once suspicion is raised, even a jury’s verdict cannot erase it.
Not even death provides a guarantee of getting off the list. The guidelines say the names of dead people will stay on the list if there is reason to believe the deceased’s identity may be used by a suspected terrorist–which the National Counterterrorism Center calls a “demonstrated terrorist tactic.” In fact, for the same reason, the rules permit the deceased spouses of suspected terrorists to be placed onto the list after they have died.
For the living, the process of getting off the watchlist is simple yet opaque. A complaint can be filed through the Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program, which launches an internal review that is not subject to oversight by any court or entity outside the counterterrorism community. The review can result in removal from a watchlist or an adjustment of watchlist status, but the individual will not be told if he or she prevails. The guidelines highlight one of the reasons why it has been difficult to get off the list—if multiple agencies have contributed information on a watchlisted individual, all of them must agree to removing him or her.
If a U.S. citizen is placed on the no fly list while abroad and is turned away from a flight bound for the U.S., the guidelines say they should be referred to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, which is prohibited from informing them why they were blocked from flying. According to the rules, these individuals can be granted a “One-Time Waiver” to fly, though they will not be told that they are traveling on a waiver. Back in the United States, they will be unable to board another flight.
The document states that nominating agencies are “under a continuing obligation” to provide exculpatory information when it emerges. It adds that the agencies are expected to conduct annual reviews of watchlisted American citizens and green card holders. It is unclear whether foreigners—or the dead—are reviewed at the same pace. As the rulebook notes, “watchlisting is not an exact science.”
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Dead people on the watchlist? They can vote here.
Calling terrorism any act that is “dangerous” to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation? LOL. Then they better get the State Board of Ed and a few locals on that list right quick.
Nobody has done more to destroy this county’s economy and push people out than them. How many have been threatened with not giving back the schools and even losing jobs if they don’t do and vote how they’re told? Watch who just goes along to get along. It’s a short list doing a lot of damage in Gilmer County.
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G-Fin™: Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since Early 2006
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000 for the week ended July 19, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
That was the lowest level since February 2006, and confounded economists’ expectations for a rise to 308,000.
The data provided further confirmation that the labor market is tightening. Employment has grown by more than 200,000 jobs in each of the last five months, a stretch not seen since the late 1990s.
Economists currently do not expect the U.S. central bank to start raising interest rates before the second half of 2015. The Fed, which is wrapping up its monthly bond buying program, has kept overnight lending rates near zero since December 2008.
While jobless claims tend to be volatile around this time of the year, when automakers shut down plants for retooling, a Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing the state level data.
The four-week average of claims, considered a better gauge of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 7,250 to 302,000, the lowest level since May 2007.
The claims report showed the number of people still receiving benefits after an initial week of aid fell 8,000 to 2.50 million in the week ended July 12, the lowest level since June 2007.
The so-called continuing claims data covered the household survey week from which the unemployment rate is calculated.
Continuing claims fell 68,000 between the June and July survey periods, suggesting the unemployment rate could decline from near a six-year low of 6.1%.
The unemployment rate for people receiving jobless benefits was unchanged at 1.9% for the week ended July 12.
The decline in continuing claims indicates some long-term unemployed Americans are finding jobs, a key metric for Fed policymakers.
West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.25.14
MORGANTOWN RESIDENTS INDICTED FOR THEFT OF GOVERNMENT MONIES
Two Morgantown, West Virginia, residents have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of theft of government monies.
Carl J. Gaul, age 40 and Shawn E. Ratliff, age 35 of Morgantown were named in a two-count Indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit embezzlement, theft and conversion of government funds and one count of embezzlement, theft and conversion of government funds.
The Indictment charges that from May 01, 2013, to November 30, 2013, in Preston and Monongalia Counties, Gaul and Ratliff conspired to embezzle government monies by causing multiple credit card transactions using monies of the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Gaul and Ratliff caused to be made purchases in the amount of $13,084.58, utilizing a government-issued credit card to purchase items for their own use and benefit.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking to forfeit One Sanyo 42” LED TV; Two JBL Onbeat Awake devices; Two IHOME devices; Three Bose SoundLink systems; Two Beats by Dre Beat Box devices; One JBL Flip device and a $13,084.58 money judgment which constitutes proceeds from the illegal activity.
CONFLICTING COURT OPINIONS ON HEALTH CARE SUBSIDIES IN WEST VIRGINIA
Subsidies for West Virginians who purchased health insurance through the federal exchange will continue without interruption for the immediate future at least, according to federal and state officials.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia ruled the Affordable Care Act only allows for subsidies for coverage in states that run their own insurance marketplaces.
The 36 states, including West Virginia, that use the federal exchange instead of their own systems, do not qualify for subsidies, the Court of Appeals said.
“Section 36B (of the Affordable Care Act) plainly makes subsidies available only on exchanges established by states,” wrote Judge Thomas Griffith in the 2-1 decision that he said was reached “with reluctance.”
A short time later on Tuesday, though, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, VA. issued a contradictory ruling that upheld the subsidies for insurance coverage through state marketplaces along with the federal exchange at Healthcare.gov.
As of earlier this year, about 5.4 million people had signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange and 87% of those people received subsidies for that coverage. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the average subsidy this year will total about $4,410.
Without such subsidies, more people would not be able to afford health insurance and, because of that, would be exempted from the individual mandate that requires insurance coverage.
Penalties for the employer mandate on the Affordable Care Act are based on the availability of subsidies.
WEST VIRGINIA FUTURE FUND
West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall, 02) will close out the week in Arkansas where he will talk about West Virginia’s Future Fund during a briefing from the Southern States Energy Board. That briefing is being held in conjunction with the Southern Legislative Conference in Little Rock.
Earlier this year, the Legislature created the West Virginia Future Fund which will serve as a type of endowment fund for the years ahead by banking a portion of present-day severance tax collections on natural resources like coal and natural gas.
As the new law is written, it could be 2019 before the first deposits are made into that account. Any future investment income generated would be earmarked for education, workforce development, economic development, and infrastructure or tax relief projects.
Kessler will talk about the Future Fund during a Friday morning panel in Little Rock focused on legislative action in states. Florida House Representative Jose Felix Diaz (R) and Missouri House Representative Rocky Miller (R) will also be part of the discussion that Oklahoma House Representative Weldon Watson (R) will moderate.
Nearly 1,000 delegates, legislative staff members and guest are expected to attend this weekend’s Southern Legislative Conference.
COMMON CORE OPPONENT SPEAKS
An opponent of the Common Core national education standards says students do not benefit from a uniform system of requirements that must be met everywhere.
“Taking more power away from individuals and from communities actually hurts education because it takes away the ability of people to manage their own affairs,” said Joy Pullmann, a journalist and Research Fellow at Heartland Institute.
Pullmann, a former middle school and high school teacher, said she has two main issues with the Common Core standards and those issues start with academics.
“Common Core is really not a world class set of education mandates. It doesn’t really push kids to be internationally competitive, although it promises to,” she said. ”The second one, of course, is the way that it’s put into place really takes away my voice as a citizen, as a parent, to be in the driver’s seat over what happens with my child’s education.”
Supporters of the Common Core State Standards have defended them as clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade. The focus is on critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills.
West Virginia is one of 43 states to adopt the Common Core State Standards.
LAWSUIT FILED AFTER RUN IN WEST VIRGINIA CANCELED
A lawsuit has been filed against the producers of a run that was canceled in Charleston in which participants were told they wouldn’t be issued refunds.
The Charleston law firm of Preston and Solango filed the lawsuit Wednesday that seeks class-action status in Kanawha County Circuit Court, media outlets reported.
About 2,500 had registered for the 5-kilometer run Saturday at Cato Park and paid entry fees between $65 and $95, depending on when they signed up. The run for women of all ages involves obstacles and mud pits. Events are held throughout the year across the country.
Named as defendants were Delafield, Wis.-based Dirty Girl, owned by 100 LLC, and Louisville, Colo.-based entertainment company Human Movement Management, which was producing the Charleston event.
The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau said the race producers missed a Tuesday afternoon deadline for a payment to a shuttle company that was to provide transportation to the event.
The lawsuit alleges that failing to refund registration fees violates state consumer protection laws. Dirty Girl issued a statement before the lawsuit was filed that refunds will not be issued “under any circumstances.“
A Dirty Girl spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a telephone message Thursday seeking comment on the lawsuit.
Human Movement President Jeff Suffolk said Thursday his company is on a list of vendors to whom 100 LLC owes money.
“Besides being a vendor for them, we empathize with the runners because before anything else, we’re runners,“ Suffolk said.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said his office had been inundated with calls related to the race.
“This is an issue that has come up very fast,“ he said.
Sonya Beard of Charleston said she filed a claim dispute with her bank to seek a refund. Beard said she is “so upset with them. I just wanted my money back.“
Jamie Cox said she and some friends participated in the event last year at Coonskin Park. She registered for this year’s event in May.
“Just last week we went out and bought T-shirts and coordinated our outfits, so we invested more money in it that way,“ she said.
MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING POLICE INFORMANT
A Kanawha County grand jury will be the next stop for murder charges against a Charleston man who allegedly killed a police informant.
Marlon “Ice” Dixon, age 37, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
He allegedly shot and killed Branda Basham July 12, 2014.
Her body was found along the railroad tracks on Charleston’s West Side.
Basham, age 22, was a police informant.
Charleston detectives allege Dixon found out and blamed Basham for heroin charges against him.
Dixon remains in the South Central Regional Jail without bail.
JOURNEY OF HOPE
Members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity from colleges and universities across the nation committed themselves to bike across the nation, 50 to 75 miles a day, in honor of those who suffer from disabilities.
The project is called the Journey of Hope and is organized by the Push America Foundation.
The route goes from Seattle to Washington DC for total of 4,270 mile.
Their goal is to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.
Each rider commits to the ride, but also commits to raising a minimum of $5,500. Along the route the bikers stop each day at various camps or other events to visit with and spend time with people who have disabilities.
The group rode through West Virginia Thursday.
They lunched with some of those individuals at Charleston’s Children’s Therapy Clinic.
WESTON COUNCIL OKS ACQUIRING OLD SCHOOL PLAYGROUND
Weston City Council approved to purchase an old school playground toward improving recreational opportunities in the city.
City Council voted 3-1 to pay $1,500 to lawyer Hunter Bennett for the playground at the former Polk Creek School.
Volunteers have donated playground equipment and offered to build half a basketball court.
There are also plans for a natural playground consisting of rocks and wooden beams to climb.
Improving recreational opportunities in each of Weston’s four wards is part of the city’s comprehensive plan.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney are vying for the seat that GOP Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is vacating to run for the Senate.
Both Casey and Mooney appeared at a Charleston forum Thursday where they each spoke of defunding parts of the Environmental Protection Agency.
NC MAN ADMITS TO FIRING SHOTS NEAR WV SCHOOL
A Charlotte, North Carolina, man has pleaded guilty to firing a gun near a school in Charleston.
Media outlets report 20-year-old Aric Adams entered a guilty plea Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court to wanton endangerment and brandishing.
Adams had been indicted in federal court, but as part of his plea agreement, the federal case will be dropped.
Prosecutors say Adams fired eight times on March 25 shortly after students at J.E. Robins Elementary School were released at the end of the school day.
Adams faces up to six years in prison. Sentencing has been set for August 22, 2014.
HEROIN ABUSE IN WEST VIRGINIA
A task force seeking to tackle the problem of rising heroin abuse in West Virginia is meeting in Charleston.
The growing use of heroin is a statewide problem.
LAWSUIT AGAINST GENERAL MOTORS
A Princeton, West Virginia, man has filed suit against General Motors, claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife.
The suit by Jason Vest says 26-year-old Keisha Vest’s car failed to stop at an intersection and collided with a tractor-trailer in North Carolina.
COPPERHEAD KILLED ON WV CAPITOL GROUNDS
A state Capitol police officer has killed a copperhead snake on the Capitol grounds in Charleston.
West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina said Thursday the officer borrowed a shovel from construction workers on the north edge of the complex Wednesday to kill the snake, which was then taken elsewhere and buried.
The copperhead was killed in an area near where an employee had spotted a snake while walking to her car Tuesday. Messina says the officer had been patrolling the area for the snake Wednesday.
He says he was not sure if it’s the same snake, so officers will keep watch for additional sightings.
West Virginia is home to two venomous snakes, the copperhead and the timber rattler.
HUNTINGTON WITHOUT A POLICE CHIEF
Huntington remains without a permanent police chief four months after Skip Holbrook announced his resignation.
Mayor Steve Williams says the selection process for Holbrook’s replacement has gone slower than he anticipated.
GILMER COUNTY MAN BEHIND BARS
David Eric Bailey, age 34 from Gilmer County is behind bars at Central Regional Jail on Charges of assault and wanton endangerment with weapon and domestic battery.
His bond set at $40,000.
BRAXTON COUNTY MAN BEHIND BARS
Marshall Lee Bailey, age 25, from Braxton County is behind bars at Central Regional Jail with $30,000.00 bond.
He has been charged with distributing or displaying obscene material to a minor.
ARREST OF WESTON MAN IN DODDRIDGE COUNTY
Gage Anthony Stout, age 21, is accused of having sex with an 18-year-old girl who is mentally impaired.
The girl told deputies that Stout asked if she wanted to watch a movie and then began sexually assaulting her.
Following the incident, the girl told deputies that Stout asked her not to tell her mom what they had done.
Stout is charged with third degree sexual assault and is being held in Central Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Movie Review: ‘Me and You’
“Me and You” opens with a counseling session in which sullen 14-year-old Lorenzo Cuni (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) seems to answer every question that his therapist puts to him with the same shrugged-off rationalization: His misbehavior, his resentment — everything he does or feels — is completely “normal.”
“Can you explain what ‘normal’ means to you?” asks his doctor (Pippo Delbono), with a tone halfway between professional concern and amusement.
It’s a good question. Even by the standards of teenage rebellion, the protagonist of Bernardo Bertolucci’s engaging tale of awkward adolescence is a bit of a weirdo, not to mention a recidivist one. A mere 20 minutes into the film, Lorenzo has, apparently not for the first time, run away from home.
He doesn’t go far this time. Instead of traveling out of town with his class for a school trip, Lorenzo uses the cash for it to buy a week’s worth of junk food, setting up a cozy if somewhat claustrophobic encampment in a basement storage unit of the apartment building that he lives in with his divorced mother (Sonia Bergamasco). When she calls her son on his cellphone the next day to check up on him, Lorenzo regales Mom with tales of how much fun he’s having, even though he’s only a few floors away from her, listening to MP3s and eating Nutella sandwiches on a ratty mattress.
His only other entertainment in this subterranean retreat is, appropriately enough, a copy of the novel “The Vampire Lestat” and a recently purchased ant farm.
All that changes with the arrival of Olivia (Tea Falco), Lorenzo’s 25-year-old half-sister by Lorenzo’s father (who, although he never appears in the film, seems to have at least a couple of ex-wives). Looking for a place to crash while she kicks a heroin habit, the foul-mouthed Olivia tumbles onto Lorenzo’s lair quite accidentally, though she quickly leverages the situation, forcing her brother to take her in lest she expose his hideout.
Their relationship — brief but intense — unfolds with surprising tenderness in this adaptation of Niccolo Ammaniti’s 2010 novel. Olivia’s detox is a painful one, and Lorenzo must help her through it, calling upon previously unrecognized reservoirs of compassion. At the same time, the film is unsentimental. Though the setting is a retreat from the world, where not terribly much happens, within its confines Lorenzo gets an eye-opener about both human frailty and interconnectedness, courtesy of someone even more troubled than he is.
Ironically, it’s Olivia’s effort to withdraw — not just from drugs, but from her past — that compels Lorenzo to engage with the present in a way that he hasn’t previously been capable of, or willing to attempt. Prone to shutting himself off from commitment with headphones, hoodies or his own hostility, Lorenzo discovers a bond with his half-sister that’s both empowering and healing.
“Me and You” isn’t exactly a coming-of-age story. By the end of his week with Olivia, it’s clear that our hero still has a lot of growing up to do. But over the course of a few short days underground, one other thing becomes clear. By trying to live off the grid, Lorenzo discovers how inextricably tethered to each other we all are.
★ ★ ★
Unrated. Contains coarse language, drug content, brief nudity and underage drinking. In Italian with subtitles. 96 minutes.
Sports Brief - 07.25.14
► TEXAS WRS CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT:
Two University of Texas wide receivers were arrested Thursday and charged with felony sexual assault.
Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a statement that Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were suspended indefinitely and would no longer be participating in any team functions.
Sanders and Meander were both charged with second-degree felony sexual assault after they were accused of raping a woman last month inside a university dorm room.
According to an arrest affidavit, the woman, who said she has known both men for over a year, ran into Meander while she was out with friends the night of June 20.
Early the next morning, she accepted a ride back to a dormitory from Meander and went to his room, where she agreed to have consensual sex with him after taking a shower, according to the affidavit.
After several minutes, there was a knock at the door and Meander got up to let Sanders in. After Sanders undressed, he forcibly penetrated her vaginally and anally, according to police.
Meander re-entered the room and joined in the assault after the alleged victim “withdrew her consent to penetration by Meander,“ according to the affidavit.
The woman “asked Meander why he was doing this and he did not reply, he just stared at her,“ the affidavit says.
University of Texas Police Chief David Carter said at a news conference that the incident “is clearly similar to a national problem and concern related to sexual assaults on campus.“
Carter cited surveys saying as many as one woman in five is sexually assaulted during their college years.
“This case follows that pattern,“ Carter said. “It does not involve strangers but rather students who knew each other. ... This case involves the issue of initial consent from one person and not the other, and then the initial consent withdrawn.“
Strong said he’s “been monitoring and addressing the situation” since it was brought to his attention.
“It’s been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I’m extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that,“ Strong said. “With the recent charges against them, they have been suspended indefinitely from our football team and will no longer participate in any team functions.“
According to the affidavit, the woman asked to leave and Sanders replied that she “could leave after I’m done.“ The woman “closed her eyes and tried to emotionally remove herself from the situation.“
“At that time she was not able to discern who was doing what to her,“ police said.
The woman told police she saw a flash and suspected one of the men had used a cell phone to take a picture or video of her.
Sanders was charged with improper photography or visual recording, a state jail felony, after detectives found at least one photo of the woman on his phone while he was being questioned.
Police said Sanders and Meander exchanged texts about what each one was saying while they were being interviewed separately at the University of Texas police station.
Bail for both men was set at $75,000 on the sexual assault charge. Bail for Sanders’ other charge was $20,000. Both men were booked and released pending an upcoming court date.
Sanders had 37 catches for 361 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore last season. Meander was a redshirt freshman.
► RAVENS RB RICE SUSPENDED 2 GAMES: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended two games without pay by the NFL for his offseason arrest on assault charges.
Though Rice avoided prosecution after he was arrested in February and charged with simple assault-domestic violence following an incident with then-fiancee Janay Palmer at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, the NFL said Thursday he was in violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
Rice was also fined an additional game check. His suspension will begin Aug. 30 and he will be eligible for reinstatement on Monday, Sept. 12, following the Ravens’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is eligible to participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.
He can appeal the decision within three days.
Surveillance video posted online by TMZ.com showed Rice lifting a motionless Palmer out of an elevator and onto the floor, though there was no footage of any physical altercation between the two.
In May, Rice was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avert prosecution and avoid serving any time in jail. The charges against him will be expunged from his record upon successful completion of the one-year program.
Rice and Palmer have since been married and Rice issued an apology in May.
The NFL released the following letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell to Rice:
“As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL.
“The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.
“You will be expected to continue to take advantage of the counseling and other professional services you identified during our meeting. As you noted, this additional assistance has been of significant benefit to you and your wife, and it should remain a part of your practice as appropriate.
“I believe that you are sincere in your desire to learn from this matter and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career. I am now focused on your actions and expect you to demonstrate by those actions that you are prepared to fulfill those expectations.“
Rice played in 15 games last season and tallied 660 yards and four touchdowns on 214 carries while adding 321 yards receiving. Over his career, the three- time Pro Bowl selection has rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns and caught 369 passes for 3,034 yards and six scores.
► FALCONS, WHITE AGREE TO 4-YEAR EXTENSION: With training camp about to begin, the Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday that they agreed to terms with wide receiver Roddy White on a four-year contract extension.
The deal will keep White tied to the franchise that drafted him through the 2018 season.
White, 32, battled injuries last year and caught 63 passes for 711 yards, his lowest totals since 2006.
Selected with the 27th overall pick in 2005, White owns club records for career receptions (685) and career receiving yards (9,436). The four-time Pro Bowler has 55 touchdown receptions in 141 career games.
The Falcons open training camp on Friday.
► SUSPENDED BLACKMON ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION: Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday night in Edmond, Oklahoma, according to a Tulsa television station.
The news outlet reported Edmond police officers stopped Blackmon for a traffic violation and could smell marijuana coming from his vehicle.
Police searched the car, found marijuana and took Blackmon into custody. He has since posted bail and been released.
Blackmon is currently serving an indefinite suspension for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.
The fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Blackmon was previously arrested twice for drunk driving.
► COWBOYS PLACE SPENCER ON PUP LIST: Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list Thursday.
Spencer continues to recover from microfracture knee surgery. He played in only one game last season.
Spencer has 363 tackles, 32 1/2 sacks and one interception in 91 games for the Cowboys since they drafted him in the first round in 2007.
In other team news, the Cowboys placed defensive tackle Amobi Okoye on the active/non-football illness list. He signed with the club in the offseason after missing all of last year due to personal issues.
Guard Ronald Leary also landed on the PUP list.
► RAVEN’S ROSS TEARS ACHILLES: Baltimore Ravens cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles Thursday during conditioning testing.
Ross, a former first-round pick of the Giants and member of New York’s Super Bowl champion teams during the 2007 and 2011 seasons, has started 52 games over a seven-year NFL career.
Ross played in the first four games of the 2013 campaign before the Giants placed him on injured reserve with a back problem.
He was signed by the Ravens in late June.
► LEBRON JAMES SENDS 800 CUPCAKE APOLOGIES TO HOMETOWN: NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy in the small town where he has a home, sent sweet apologies to the community in the form of 800 cupcakes.
The Bath Township police department received five dozen of the desserts, along with a note apologizing for “chaos” in the neighborhood, bearing the names of James, his wife, Savannah, and their two sons.
“We are all on a sugar high here,” Police Chief Michael McNeely said. “There are cupcakes galore and they are the best I’ve ever eaten.”
LaKisha Williams, co-owner of Baker Blvd. Decadent Cupcakes in Akron, said it took her staff most of Tuesday to deliver the cupcakes, a dozen at a time, to 65 homes.
The note accompanying the cupcakes read: “Dear Friend, We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.“
Police and residents of Bath, a suburb of Akron where James went to high school, had to put up with hordes of fans and media flocking to his home in the days before the July 11 announcement that he was signing a free agent contract with the Cavaliers.
James, a four-time winner of the NBA’s most valuable player award, started his career in Cleveland in 2006 but broke fans’ hearts five seasons later when he signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat. The Heat won two NBA titles in four seasons with James and Cavs fans hope he can bring a championship to Cleveland.
► MAGIC SIGN MARBLE: The Orlando Magic signed guard Devyn Marble on Thursday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Magic acquired the draft rights to Marble (56th overall pick), along with guard Evan Fournier, from Denver in exchange for Arron Afflalo on June 26.
Marble played in 136 career games during four years at the University of Iowa, averaging 12.5 points per game.
As a senior, Marble played and started in 33 games, averaging 17.0 points per game and earning First Team All-Big Ten honors.
Marble is the son of Roy Marble, a former NBA player and the all-time leading scorer in Iowa history.
► CAVS SIGN NO. 1 PICK WIGGINS: The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins to a rookie contract.
The deal, announced Thursday, starts at $5.5 million according to reports and would prevent the Cavaliers from trading the former Kansas wing for at least 30 days.
Wiggins, 19, was taken first overall by the Cavaliers last month, plucked at the top of a draft class widely seen as one of the most talented of all-time.
But reports have surfaced since then that Wiggins could be part of a potential trade to acquire All-Star big man Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The deal means the earliest Wiggins could be dealt is Aug. 24.
The Cavaliers also signed guard Joe Harris, their second-round pick out of Virginia.
Wiggins was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year after averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his only season for Kansas, helping the Jayhawks win the regular-season conference championship.
He was the fourth No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers in the last 12 years, beginning with the selection of LeBron James in 2003.
James, of course, announced this month that he was returning to Cleveland after four seasons with the Miami Heat.
► MAVERICKS SIGN VETERAN PG JAMEER NELSON: The Dallas Mavericks have signed veteran point guard Jameer Nelson, who was waived last month by the Orlando Magic.
Terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday, were not disclosed.
Nelson, 32, ended a 10-year run as the Magic’s all-time leader in assists and second in team history in games played.
The Magic saved a reported $6 million by waiving Nelson, who had re-signed with the team on a three-year deal in July 2012 amid swirling speculation about Dwight Howard’s future with the team.
Nelson posted 12.1 points and 7.0 assists in 68 games this past season and has averaged 12.6 points and 5.4 assists in his NBA career. He made it to the NBA Finals with the Magic in 2009, the same year he was an All-Star for the only time.
The former Naismith Award winner was selected by Denver in the first round of the 2004 draft out of Saint Joseph’s but traded to Orlando on draft night for a future first-round pick.
As a senior in 2004, he led Saint Joseph’s to an undefeated regular season, a No. 1 national ranking and into the regional final of the NCAA Tournament, drawing widespread attention for the Philadelphia school and landing him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
► A’S DFA FORMER CLOSER JOHNSON: The Oakland Athletics designated former closer Jim Johnson for assignment on Thursday.
Johnson has struggled since being acquired in an offseason trade with the Baltimore Orioles. He was removed from the closer’s role earlier this season.
The right-hander was 4-2 with two saves, one blown save, and a 6.92 ERA this season. Opponents were hitting .353 against him in 38 relief appearances and his ERA is the highest among major league relievers.
Johnson allowed 12 runs on 13 hits in 4 1/3 innings over his last five games.
Johnson was replaced on the active roster by right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
Scribner was on the A’s Opening Day roster and tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in two appearances before he was optioned to Sacramento April 07. He returned for a second stint June 17 but did not appear in a game before he was sent back to the River Cats on June 20.
The 29-year-old Scribner is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and .243 opponents’ batting average in 31 games with Sacramento and ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 14 saves.
► WHITE SOX PLACE PUTNAM ON DL: The Chicago White Sox placed pitcher Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list and recalled pitcher Andre Rienzo from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.
Putnam has been sidelined due to right shoulder inflammation. The 27-year-old right-hander is 3-2 with a 2.35 earned run average and three saves in 33 appearances this season.
Rienzo started 11 games and took part in 14 from mid-April to the All-Star break, racking up a 4-5 mark and 5.87 ERA. The 26-year-old righty pitched to a 1-2 record and 3.60 ERA in five contests for Charlotte.
► ORIOLES ACQUIRE PAREDES FROM ROYALS: The Baltimore Orioles on Thursday acquired switch-hitting utility man Jimmy Paredes from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations.
Paredes, 25, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
He batted .200 in 10 at-bats over nine games for the Royals this season after spending the previous three years with Houston. He is a career .233 hitter in 127 major-league games.
The Orioles are in Seattle for a four-game series against the Mariners.
► MARINERS ACQUIRE MORALES FROM TWINS: The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday for reliever Stephen Pryor.
In 39 games with the Twins, Morales hit .234 with one homer and 18 runs batted in. He spent last season with the Mariners, hitting .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBI.
Pryor made one appearance for the Mariners this season, allowing one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings. In 28 minor-league games, he went 2-2 with a 5.71 ERA in relief.
Pryor was sent to Triple-A Rochester, while the Twins recalled infielder Jorge Polanco from Rochester.
► CANADIENS RETAIN ELLER ON 4-YEAR DEAL:
The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Lars Eller on a four-year contract Thursday.
No financial terms were disclosed, but multiple reports state the pact is worth $14 million for the duration.
“We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller. He is an important part of our group of young veterans. He has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude,“ said Habs general manager Marc Bergevin.
“He is the type of player you can rely on for his play at both ends of the rink. Lars can play big minutes against the opponents’ top players and still be an offensive threat. We are confident he will reach his full potential and become an impact player who will compete at a high level for many years to come.“
The 25-year-old completed his fourth season with the Canadiens with 12 goals and 14 assists over 77 regular-season appearances. He struck for career bests in goals (five), assists (eight) and points (13) over 17 playoff games as the Habs reached the Eastern Conference finals.
In 286 career NHL games with St. Louis and Montreal, the native of Denmark has collected 45 goals and 58 assists to go along with 231 penalty minutes.
ISLES REACH DEAL WITH G POULIN: The New York Islanders signed goaltender Kevin Poulin to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.
By reaching the deal, the two sides avoided a salary arbitration hearing.
Poulin, 24, appeared in a career-high 28 games for the Islanders last season, going 11-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .891 save%age.
A fifth-round pick of the Islanders in 2008, Poulin has played in 49 career NHL games.
► NIBALI EXPANDS TOUR LEAD WITH STAGE 18 WIN: Italian Vincenzo Nibali captured Stage 18 of the Tour de France on Thursday and increased his overall lead in cycling’s most prestigious race.
Nibali finished the 145.5-kilometer trek in a time of 4 hours, 4 minutes and 17 seconds for his fourth stage win of this year’s Tour.
The finale in the Pyrenees took the riders from Pau to Hautacam and featured two ascents of the highest category. After climbing the Col du Tourmalet, the stage ended with a push to the top of the Montee du Hautacam.
France’s Thibaut Pinot was 70 seconds behind in second place, while Poland’s Rafal Majka, the Stage 17 winner, was another two seconds back.
Nibali, who won Stage 13 in the Alps, began the day 5 minutes and 26 seconds ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde and now owns an advantage of 7:10 over Pinot.
Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud was fourth in Thursday’s stage and moved into third place in the overall classification, 7:23 behind Nibali. Valverde is another two seconds off the yellow jersey’s pace after a 10th-place finish.
Friday’s Stage 19 is a 208.5-kilometer ride from Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Bergerac.
HORSEY LEADS BY 1 IN MOSCOW: David Horsey fired a 7-under 65 on Thursday and grabbed a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the Russian Open.
Horsey has two European Tour wins with the last coming at the 2011 Trophee Hassan II. He is coming off three straight missed cuts.
Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford are tied for second, one stroke off the lead after they opened with 6-under 66s.
Rikard Karlberg posted a 5-under 67 and he was joined in fourth place by Jack Doherty, Maximilian Kieffer, Oliver Bekker, Louis De Jager, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Jack Wilson and Thomas Pieters.
Horsey opened with a birdie on the first at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club, then he ran off six pars in a row from the second. He converted his second birdie try on the par-5 eighth.
Around the turn, the Englishman birdied the 10th and 13th to move to minus-4. Horsey birdied 15th to join the group of leaders at minus-5
Horsey made it two in a row with a birdie on the 16th. He followed with a 6-foot birdie putt on 17 and birdied the last to close out a bogey-free round.
“It was very solid,“ Horsey said. “I birdied the first and then had a few shaky holes where I managed to scramble pars with eight- to 10-footers. After that it was flawless and probably could’ve been a few better. It was a bit breezier this afternoon, but I was just trying to concentrate on giving myself opportunities to make birdie.“
Jamieson started with six pars in the first seven holes to go with a birdie on the third. He jumped to minus-3 with an eagle on the par-5 eighth.
Last year’s Nelson Mandela Championship winner birdied the 10th and followed that with four pars in a row. He climbed into a share of second with birdies on the 16th and 18th.
Whiteford birdied three of his first five holes to get off to a quick start. However, he stumbled to a bogey on the seventh. Whiteford bounced right back with a birdie on No. 8.
The Scotsman faltered to another bogey on the 11th. Whiteford erased that mistake with a birdie on the 12th. He birdied the 14th to move to minus-4. Whiteford birdied 16 and 18 to share second place.
NOTES: Morten Orum Madsen is the highest ranked player in the field this week at world No. 154 ... Madsen opened with a 1-under 71 and is tied for 35th ... Last year’s winner Michael Hoey is not playing this week after hurting his foot at the Open Championship last week.
LANGER TAKES FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT SENIOR OPEN: In tough, windy conditions, Bernhard Langer carded a first-round, 6-under 65 on Thursday and he holds a 2-shot lead over Bob Tway at the Senior Open Championship.
Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has also won three major titles on the Champions Tour, including this year’s Constellation Senior Players Championship. He also won the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior Open Championship in 2010. Langer went wire-to-wire to win this event in 2010.
“I hope so,“ Langer said about whether he thinks he can go wire-to-wire again. “It’s been done before. I’ve done it before, so hopefully I can do it again.“
The 56-year-old is looking for some redemption at this event after letting a 2-shot lead slip away on the 72nd hole last year. Langer wound up losing to Mark Wiebe in a playoff at Royal Birkdale.
Tway is two shots behind Langer after a 4-under 67. Right behind Tway is England’s Chris Williams, who fired a 3-under 68 at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.
Andrew Oldcorn is four shots off the pace following his 2-under 69. Pedro Linhart and Rick Gibson were the only other players to finish their first round under par. The duo is tied for fifth at 1-under 70.
This year’s Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open Championship winner Colin Montgomerie is tied for 16th at 1-over 72. Defending champion Wiebe finished the day at 5-over 76 and is 11 shots back.
Langer, who was chasing Tway’s 67 all day, started his front nine off strong with two pars at one and two followed by back-to-back birdies at three and four.
Two more birdies at six and eight had Langer at 4-under for the day as he made the turn bogey-free. Langer rattled off three straight pars from No. 10 before making his fifth birdie of the day at the par-5 13th hole.
Langer’s first blemish of the day came at No. 16, but he responded in a big way with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 to close out his round.
“Whenever you’re under par on a course like this, it’s a good round, and to be 6-under is very satisfying,“ Langer said. “I played smart. I played pretty good. Not everything was great, but there was a lot of good and some great in it, and I didn’t make too many mistakes and that’s what it comes down to at the end.“
Tway held the early lead after a bogey-free round. Tway made just two birdies on the front nine, but he avoided bogeys as he made the turn at 2-under. It was more of the same on the back nine as he poured in back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13. The other seven holes resulted in pars.
“I just think this golf course is great,“ said Tway. “We don’t get to play this type of golf ever, especially when the ball’s running this fast. So it was a pleasure just to play a nice round of golf on a fantastic course.“
NOTES: Tway has not won on the Champions Tour and his best finish on the year came at the ACE Group Classic, where he ended tied for 11th ... In 13 events this season, Langer has finished outside the top 10 just once, and he has won three events ... Williams’ round included three birdies at two, four and six, with the rest of his round resulting in all pars, 12 straight to end the day.
U.S. BLANKED ON FIRST DAY OF INTERNATIONAL CROWN: Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng drained a birdie putt at the par-4 18th to defeat the United States’ Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson, 1-up, and steal two points.
Earlier on Thursday, Chinese Taipei’s Candie Kung and Teresa Lu beat Americans Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr, 4 & 3. As the No. 1 seed, the United States was the only team to finish the first day of four-ball play at Caves Valley Golf Club without a point.
“Doesn’t matter who we play with on this team. It really doesn’t,“ Creamer said about Thursday’s pairings. “We all mesh well together. We just didn’t get the job done.“
The eighth-seeded Chinese Taipei led the way in Pool A with four points with help from Tseng and her partner Phoebe Yao.
Right behind them was No. 5 Spain, which picked up three points after a win and a draw against No. 4 Thailand. Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz defeated Pornanong Phatlum and Onnarin Sattayabanphot, while Spain’s Belen Mozo and Beatriz Recari halved their match with Ariya Jutanugarn and Moriya Jutanugarn.
No. 3 Japan ended day one in first place in Pool B, also earning three points. Japan’s Ai Miyazato and Sakura Yokomine won, 2-up, over No. 6 Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg and Mikaela Parmlid. Mamiko Higa and Mika Miyazato halved their match with Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist.
No. 2 Korea and No. 7 Australia each won one match against each other to earn two points apiece. Korea’s Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu got two points for their country with a 3 & 2 win over Katherine Kirk and Lindsey Wright. Australia’s Minjee Lee and Karrie Webb won, 2-up, over Na Yeon Choi and I.K. Kim later on.
Lewis and Thompson’s match with Tseng and Yao was the last match on the course and it was the United States’ last chance to at least collect one point heading into the second day.
With things all-square through 12 holes, Tseng and Yao picked up a win at No. 13, which did not look good for the Americans. Lewis, the No. 1 player in the world, came up huge at the par-5 16th as she put her third shot just feet from the pin. She tapped in for birdie to square things up again.
Thompson made a mess of the last hole, so it was up to Lewis to make birdie with Tseng within about 10 feet of the hole. Lewis narrowly missed her long birdie putt and Tseng knocked hers in for the 1-up win.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a Yani of old, but she just made putts,“ Lewis said. “She didn’t hit it perfect, she hit some bad shots, she hit some good shots. But she’s just made putts. And in best ball, that’s what it comes down to.“
NOTES: With Lewis at No. 1 and Thompson at No. 5, that United States pairing contained two of the top-3 players in this week’s event. Korea’s Park is No. 3 in the world ... Friday’s matchups include: United States vs. Spain, Korea vs. Sweden, Thailand vs. Chinese Taipei and Japan vs. Australia.
CIRSTEA OUSTED; SVITOLINA INTO BAKU QUARTERS: Top seed Sorana Cirstea was a second-round upset victim, while reigning champion Elina Svitolina moved into the quarterfinals at the Baku Cup tennis event.
Swiss Stefanie Voegele whipped the Romanian Cirstea 6-1, 6-1, while the second-seeded Svitolina of Ukraine subdued Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa 7-5, 6-2 on the hardcourts at Baku Tennis Academy.
Svitolina won her first WTA title at this event last year by beating Israeli Shahar Peer in the final.
In other second-round action on Day 4, France’s Kristina Mladenovic overcame Croat Donna Vekic 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 and Italian Francesca Schiavone topped Israeli Julia Glushko 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
Friday’s quarterfinals will pit Svitolina against Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier; fifth-seeded Serb and 2012 Baku champion Bojana Jovanovski versus Japanese qualifier Misa Eguchi; Mladenovic against the former French Open champ Schiavone; and Voegele versus the aforementioned Peer.
The 2014 Baku champ will claim $43,000.
FOGNINI INTO UMAG QUARTERS: Top seed and 2013 runner-up Fabio Fognini reached the quarterfinals at the Croatia Open tennis event on Thursday.
The fiery Italian got past Spaniard Albert Montanes 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 on the red clay at ITC Stella Maris.
Fognini, who lost to Spain’s Tommy Robredo in last year’s Umag finale, will meet little-known Croatian wild card Borna Coric on Friday.
Day 4 second-round upsets came when Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili overcame fourth-seeded Portuguese Joao Sousa 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas tackled sixth-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-1.
One other round-of-16 result saw the 17-year-old Coric take out Argentine qualifier Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
The other quarters will pit a second-seeded Robredo against fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, third-seeded Croatian crowd favorite Marin Cilic versus fifth-seeded Czech Lukas Rosol and Gabashvili against Cuevas. Cilic captured his home event in 2012 and was the runner-up here in 2011.
The 2014 Croatia Open titlist will collect $105,000.
YOUZHNY REACHES GSTAAD QFS:
Top-seeded and defending champion Mikhail Youzhny was an easy second-round winner Thursday at the Swiss Open tennis event.
The Russian veteran moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 handling of Frenchman Kenny De Schepper on the red clay at Roy Emerson Arena.
Youzhny will meet Dutchman Robin Haase on Friday in a rematch of last year’s final, which was won by the Russian. A seventh-seeded Haase moved on with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen on Day 4 in Gstaad.
Also on Thursday, Serbian wild card Viktor Troicki vaulted past Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev 6-3, 6-4. Troicki rejoined the tour this week following a one- year doping ban.
Fourth-seeded Spanish left-hander and 2011 runner-up Fernando Verdasco of Spain was tied with German Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-3, 1-1 when play was suspended because of rain. The winner will meet Troicki in the quarters.
Some other quarterfinal matchups on Friday will pit second-seeded 2011 champion Marcel Granollers against fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar and Argentine Juan Monaco versus two-time Gstaad titlist Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.
The 2014 Swiss Open champ will earn $105,000.
UNTAPABLE VERSUS EIGHT BOYS IN 47TH HASKELL: Leading three-year-old filly Untapable heads a field of nine for Sunday’s 47th edition of the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Untapable will try to duplicate her trainer’s 2009 accomplishment when he sent out eventual Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra to victory in the 1 1/8-mile race versus male 3-year-olds.
Owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, Untapable has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite versus her eight male rivals and will start from post 7 with Rosie Napravnik back riding the filly.
“I think it’s an excellent draw considering the field,“ Asmussen stated.
Untapable is perfect in four starts this year by a combined 31 lengths. The filly won both the Rachel Alexandra and Mother Goose Stakes by better than nine lengths and also posted decisive victories in the Fair Grounds Oaks and Kentucky Oaks.
“When the year started our goal with her was the Kentucky Oaks,“ Asmussen said concerning the start in the Haskell. “Once, with the performance she did in the Kentucky Oaks and how she has trained since, this was the right time to give this a chance.“
Untapable has earned $1,304,725 in eight lifetime starts with six wins.
Trainer Bob Baffert will send out 5-2 second choice Bayern for an attempt to gain his seventh Haskell victory. Bayern will be ridden by Martin Garcia from post 2.
“He’s a speed horse so no matter where he is he’ll have to go,“ Baffert noted.
The colt’s big win this year came in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day, winning by more than seven lengths. He finished first in the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs but was disqualified to second and two weeks earlier was third at Oaklawn Park in the Arkansas Derby. He has won half of his six career starts for $477,680.
Here is the field for the Haskell in post position order: Encryption, Paco Lopez, 20-1; Bayern, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Albano, Kerwin Clark, 6-1; Irish You Well, Jose Lezcano, 12-1; Just Call Kenny, Joe Bravo, 10-1; Social Inclusion, Edgar Prado, 8-1; Untapable, Rosie Napravnik, 2-1; Wildcat Red, Luis Saez, 10-1 and Medal Count, Robby Albarado, 8-1.
The Haskell will be televised live on NBC with an approximate post time of 5:44 PM ET. For the first time it’s part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” series, with the victor getting an automatic berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on November 01.
GOLDENCENTS RETURNS IN BING CROSBY STAKES: Breeders’ Cup champ Goldencents returns to the races Sunday in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar. The six- furlong sprint has drawn a field of eight.
Trained by Doug O’Neill, Goldencents will make just his second start of the year and first since finishing second to Palace Malice in the Met Mile at Belmont Park on the Belmont Stakes program.
The 4-year-old colt, owned by W. C. Racing, will break from post 2 in the eight-horse field with Rafael Bejarano, coming back from injury, riding.
Goldencents captured the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last November 2 at Santa Anita. After winning the Sham Stakes to begin 2013, Goldencents was fourth in the San Felipe but won the San Anita Derby.
He finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby and fifth in the Preakness Stakes. The colt reeled off consecutive seconds in the Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien and Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Four weeks after winning the Dirt Mile, Goldencents was seventh as the 3-1 favorite in Aqueduct’s Cigar Mile.
Here is the field from the rail out for the Bing Crosby: Indexical, Mario Gutierrez; Goldencents, Rafael Bejarano; Declassify, Mike Smith; Pablo Del Monte, Victor Espinoza; Seeking the Sherif, Edwin Maldonado; Big Macher, Tyler Baze; Kobe’s Back, Joe Talamo and Wine Police, Elvis Trujillo.
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Arnoldsburg: Basket Bingo - 07.25.14 - Today
There will be a basket bingo held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Arnoldsburg community building.
Doors will open at 5:00 PM bingo beginning at 6:00 PM.
there will be a raffle for a savage axis 243 rifle as well as other raffles and silent auctions
concessions and early bird drawing
Early bird tickets are available through contact of:
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Kinley Maryee Twigg
Robert Twigg and Jennifer Toms of Weston, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Kinley Maryee Twigg.
She was born Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
The little girl weighed 6-pounds, 8-ounces
She is the couple’s third child.
The mother is the former Jennifer Wilfong and is a nursing aide and monitor technician.
The father is licensed respiratory technician.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Messenger of Linn, WV.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Twigg of Bridgeport, WV.
Cecilia Reid Whitt
Cecilia Reid Whitt is the name chosen for the daughter born to Vinson Whitt and Keri Woofter of French Creek, WV.
She was born Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon.
The little girl weighed 7-pounds, 10-ounces.
She is the couple’s first child.
Maternal grandparents are William Woofter of Chaumont, NY and Robin Smith of Clarksburg, WV.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Whitt of Weston, WV.
Emmitt Michael Clark
Edward and Allison Clark of Weston, WV announce the birth of their first child, a son, Emmitt Michael Clark.
He was born Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
The little boy weighed 8-pounds, 14-ounces.
The mother is the former Allison Hefner and is a journalist at the Weston Democrat.
The father is a Sheriff’s Deputy in Lewis County.
Maternal grandparents are Michael and Traci Hefner of Weston, WV.
Paternal grandparents are Edward and Anita Clark of Lost Creek, WV.
Bryson Matthew Harrison
Marcus Harrison and Bridget Wilson of Alum Bridge, WV announce the birth of their son, Bryson Matthew Harrison.
He was born Tuesday, July 08, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
The little boy weighed 6-pounds, 15-ounces.
He has one sibling, Sophia.
Maternal grandparents are James and Janet Horner of Weston, WV.
Paternal grandparents are Arnett and Loretta Wiant of Weston, WV.
Nathan Allen Paters
Nathan Allen Paters is the name chosen for the son born to Cody and Diana Peters of Weston, WV.
He was born Wednesday, July 09, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
The little boy weighed 6-pounds, 14-ounces.
He has one sibling, Kailee.
Maternal grandparents are Tim Berkousky and Sharon Riggs of Yoakum, Texas.
Paternal grandparents are Roy and Louise Peters of Cuero, Texas.
Aaliyah Ann Marie Riley
Charles and Jamie Riley of French Creek, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Aaliyah Ann Marie Riley.
She was born Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
The little girl weighed 8-pounds.
She is the couple’s first child.
The mother is the former Jamie Tenney.
Maternal grandparents are Arthur and Jennifer Tenney of French Creek, WV.
Paternal grandparents are John and Gladys Riley of Crawford, WV.
Francis David Keyton Novak
Francis David Keyton Novak is the name chosen for the son born to Frank and Chelsey Novak of Weston, WV.
He was born at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
The little boy weighed 9-pounds, 10-ounces and has one sibling, Keylee.
The mother is the former Chelsey King of Weston, WV and is a homemaker.
The father is employed by Multi-Chem of Jane Lew, WV.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David King of Weston, WV.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Novak of Weston, WV.
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