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GSC Professor Teaches at Sea Again

Glenville State College Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn spent six weeks of his summer as an instructor at sea aboard the U.S. naval ship USS Bataan, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship.

He taught two introductory psychology classes to enlisted Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

The summer of 2014 marked the fourth that Walborn has spent teaching onboard U.S. Navy boats.

He has been on the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf and the USS Barry destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea in prior years.

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Glenville State College Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn (standing)
holds an impromptu class session on the flight deck of the USS Bataan
(Courtesy of USN Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicholas Cottone)


“I really enjoy teaching the students onboard. Even after working a 12-hour shift they were enthusiastic and still studied hard,“ said Walborn. “For me, the experience is something totally different than regular classroom teaching. Plus I get to see different parts of the world every time.“

When he wasn’t in the classroom, Walborn spent his spare time aboard the Bataan playing chess with the sailors and marines, exercising, and working on a novel.

Walborn earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from the University of Illinois. He received his Master’s in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and his Master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Alliant International University.

In 1986, Walborn wrote a graduate-level textbook for psychotherapists titled ‘Process Variables.‘ Most recently he published another book titled ‘Religion in Personality Theory.‘ He also received the GSC Faculty Award of Excellence in 2011.

Governor Tomblin Announces Arts and Historic Preservation Grant Awards

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the awarding of $1,441,760 in grant funds to support arts and historic preservation programs and individuals statewide. Grant funding will support and build the arts and continue historic preservation programs throughout West Virginia.

“History and the arts have a way of connecting us to our families, friends and the communities we call home,” Gov. Tomblin said. “The achievements and significant contributions by today’s grant recipients have maintained and enhanced West Virginia’s culture, art and history.  I’m proud to extend this funding, and I hope it will enable grantees to further their efforts in making the Mountain State an even better place to call home.”

The total grant funding was allocated to programs and individuals as follows: 

  $724,426 in Arts Partners Grant Funds, 12 grantees;
  $294,417 in Community Arts Project Support Grant Funds, 31 grantees;
  $422,917 in Historic Preservation Grant Funds, 17 grantees. 

The Arts Partners grant provides general operating support to long-standing, stable arts organizations. Funding was awarded to the following Arts Partners recipients:

CABELL
Huntington Museum of Art
$99,940

GREENBRIER
Carnegie Hall
$71,651

Greenbrier Valley Theatre
$63,022

KANAWHA
Charleston Ballet
$34,852

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
$113,748

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
$89,514

MORGAN
Morgan Arts Council
$18,439

OHIO
Oglebay Institute
$78,825

Wheeling Symphony Society
$65,190

RANDOLPH
Randolph County Community Arts Council
$31,279

WOOD
ArtsBridge Inc.
$27,755

Parkersburg Art Center
$30,211
The Community Arts grant provides funds that support for projects that offer arts programming to the public and planning and organizational development projects that strengthen West Virginia arts organizations. Funding was awarded to the following Community Arts Project recipients:

GREENBRIER
Trillium Performing Arts Collective
$16,580
Funds will help pay for choreographers, videographer, guest artists and other statge personnel for its concert series of dance and movement, Trillium Performing Youth program and two educational workshops.

HANCOCK
Weirton Area Civic Foundation
$3,600
Funds will help pay musicians fees for the Wheeling Symphony concert.

HARRISON
Clarksburg Harrison County Cultural Foundation
$5,400
Funds will be allocated toward a re-granting program that benefits the Chanticleer Children’s Chorus, Studio for the Performing Arts, West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, West Virgnia Jazz Society, Fort New Salem, Shinnston Community Band and the Clarksburg Harrison Public Library.

JEFFERSON
American Conservation Film Festival Inc.
$7,200
Funds will help pay the salary of a part-time festival coordinator.

Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County
$6,000
Funds will be allocated toward a re-granting program that funds innovative arts, music and humanities projects in Jefferson County’s public schools.

Contemporary American Theater Festival
$19,774
Funds will help pay fees to stage directors, actors and designers involved in the theater’s upcoming season.

KANAWHA
Charleston Chamber Music Society
$6,931
Funds will help pay artists fees to Carpe Diem String Quartet, Red Priest and Garth Newel Piano Quartet.

Friends of the Alban Arts and Conference Center
$8,875
Funds will help pay artists’ fees for their upcoming season that includes “Bell, Book and Candle,” “Catch and Release,” “Brilliant Traces,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Copenhagen” and “Legend of Sleeping Beauty.”

Kanawha Valley FOOTMAD
$10,000
Funds will help pay the salary of a part-time arts administrator to manage activities, projects and initiatives and artists’ fees for its 2015 concert series.

LEWIS
West Virginia Jazz Society Inc.
$2,385
Funds will help pay artists’ fees to musicians who will be performing at the Bridgeport Jazz Festival.

MERCER
Charles Mathena II Foundation
$17,258
Funds will help pay for the 2014 concert series.

MARION
Fairmont Chamber Music Society
$4,100
Funds will help pay artists’ fees to the West Virginia University Piano Quartet, Richter UIzer Duo, Zodiak Trio and Mana Saxophone Quartet.

Fairmont State University
$7,200
Funds will help pay musicians’ fees for a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

MINERAL
Highland Arts Unlimited Inc.
$10,650
Funds will help pay for concerts featuring the Potomac Concert Band, Brian Curl’s “Manilow, Joel and the Beatles Rediscovered” and Latshaw Productions’ “Christmas Memories” as well as the American Family Theater’s production of “Cinderella.”

MONONGALIA
Arts Monongahela
$2,700
Funds will be allocated toward a re-granting program for arts organizations and artists.

Northern West Virginia Dance Council
$9,362
Funds will help pay for dancers, costume directors and other costs associated with its productions of “Snow Queen” and “Snow White.”

MORGAN
Morgan Arts Council
$15,000
Funds will help pay the salary and benefits for an events and facilities coordinator assigned to help expand art experiences at the newly renovated Ice House art and community center and optimize its revenue-generating capacity.

POCAHONTAS
Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation
$11,105
Funds will help pay artists’ fees for its 2014-15 performance series.

PRESTON
Arthurdale Heritage Inc.
$850
Funds will help pay musicians to play live music during the New Deal Festival in July.

RALEIGH
Beckley Area Foundation
$4,000
Funds will help pay musicians’ fees for a free Labor Day weekend concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

West Virginia Professional Dance Company
$17,500
Funds will help pay for composers, dancers and choreographers involved with its new educational touring show, “Earth’s Quilt – Common Threads.”

Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia
$23,655
Funds will help pay expenses for an exhibit titled “In Centuries of Childhood: An American Story” and another one titled “Science and Art.”

RANDOLPH
Davis & Elkins College
$18,092
Funds will help pay fees for master artists to conduct workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center.

Historic Beverly Preservation Inc.
$1,845
Funds will provide traditional music and artisan demonstrations during Beverly Heritage Days in July and the Beverly Old-Fashioned Christmas in December and music during Rhythm and Wine in August.

Old Brick Playhouse
$4,500
Funds will help pay the salaries of a part-time education development associate and a part-time arts development associate who will work primarily with its Polar Express excursion train.

Randolph County Community Arts Council
$11,250
Funds will help pay the salary of a program support specialist to assist in the art center’s daily operations.

RITCHIE
West Virginia Artists & Craftsman Guild
$3,207
Funds will help pay costs associated with the 10th biennial guild juried competition.

WETZEL
ArtsLink Inc.
$18,470
Funds will help support the 2015 Missoula Children’s Theater program.

WOOD
Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society
$12,000
Fees will help pay musicians’ fees for a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

River Cities Symphony Orchestra
$8,559
Funds will help pay musicians’ fees for two educational concerts, a fall concert, a joint concert of the River Cities Symphony Orchestra and Marietta College choruses and its annual pops concert.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg
$6,369
Funds will help pay artists’ fees for concerts and workshops featuring the men’s vocal ensemble Cantus and Sō Percussion.

The Historic Preservation grant provides funds to protect West Virginia’s historic architecture and resources. Funding was awarded to the following Historic Preservation recipients:

BARBOUR
$25,450
Adaland Mansion
Funds will be allocated to masonry and basement wall repair at the Adaland Mansion in Philippi. 

BERKELEY
$5,050
Robinson-Tabb House
Funds will be allocated to roof repair at the Robinson-Tabb House in Martinsburg.

BRAXTON
$3,850
Masons Building
Funds will be allocated to repair masonry on the front façade of the Masons Building in Sutton.

GREENBRIER
$37,922
Carnegie Hall
Funds will be allocated to repair masonry on the north and west walls of Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.

JEFFERSON
$27,275
Dr. A.O. Ablin House
Funds will be allocated to the repair and replacement of the roof and gutters at the Dr. A.O. Albin House in Charles Town.

Carriage Inn B&B
Funds will be allocated for window and chimney repairs at the Carriage Inn B&B in Charles Town.

KANAWHA
$78,437
Staats Building
Funds will be allocated to roof replacement at the Staats Building in Charleston.

MARION
$52,850
Fairmont Fire Station
Funds will be allocated to replacing the roof at Fairmont Fire Station in Fairmont.

Thomas Fleming House
Funds will be allocated to chimney repairs at the Thomas Fleming House in Fairmont.

MERCER
$46,200
Mercer County Courthouse
Funds will be allocated to roof replacement at the Mercer County Courthouse in Princeton.

MINGO
$36,925
Williamson Field House
Funds will allocated to roof repairs at the Williamson Field House in Williamson.

OHIO
$28,751
The Professional Building
Funds will be allocated to replace the roof and skylight at The Professional Building in Wheeling.

Fischer-Lasch Farmhouse
Funds will be allocated to repair soffit and fascia at Fischer-Lasch Farmhouse in Wheeling.

POCAHONTAS
$34,872
Pocahontas County Museum
Funds will be allocated to replacing the roof at the Pocahontas County Museum in Marlinton.

RANDOLPH
$10,010
Kump House
Funds will address drainage issues at the Kump House in Elkins.

SUMMERS
$25,221
Hotel McCreery
Funds will be allocated to window repairs at Hotel McCreery in Hinton.

TUCKER
$10,104
Milkint Building
Funds will be allocated to replacing the roof of the Milkint Building in Thomas.

AAA Experts Available to Help with Labor Day Plans

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As you plan your coverage for Labor Day weekend, AAA East Central experts are available to talk about travel and gasoline prices.

AAA anticipates that about 35 million of us will be traveling across the U.S., the most since 2008 and a 1.3 % increase nationally.

More than 6.3 million people from the South Atlantic states (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) expect to travel this holiday weekend by automobile, air and other forms of transportation, up 1.6% from last year.

Some 5.22 million will be traveling by car, up 1.7% from last year.

Air travel is expected to rise .6% in the region with some 229,000 expected to fly for the holiday.

Gas prices are falling for the Labor Day holiday.

Area gas prices fell for the ninth straight week to about $3.44 a gallon.

Statewide in West Virginia, gas prices were $3.47.

Military Vets, Farmers Invited to Free Ag Business Plan Seminar

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Knowing how to grow things is only half the battle when it comes to making money from farming.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the median farm income for 2014 will be negative $1,626, and over 90% of all farm households will rely on multiple sources of income.

So farmers also need to know how to “put the pencil” to their operations to ensure they are maximizing profits.

To help them do that, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will sponsor a “Farm Business Planning Short Course” to help “West Virginia Veterans to Agriculture” participants and the rest of the farm community develop business plans that can steer them toward the black side of the ledger sheet.

The free seminar will be held at Milton Pumpkin Park Saturday, September 20 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Participants will explore the components of a business plan and work with a three-page template they can customize. The focus of the course will be beekeeping and specialty crops, common products for West Virginia’s small farmers.

While there is no cost for the program, pre-registration is required. Contact Beth Ann Earl at or WVDA’s Marketing &Development Division at 304.558.2210.

“Not every farmer is concerned with making money. Some just farm to have fresh meat and produce for their own families,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “However, there is a huge opportunity for West Virginia farmers to make money. We consume over $7 billion in food each year, yet we produce less than $1 billion. That’s a gap we need to close for the good our state’s economy.”

The instructor will be Doolarie Singh-Knights, Ph.D, WVU Extension Assistant Professor.

“Research has shown that the most useful and relevant business plans for profitable small businesses are those that clearly focus on three critical factors to success, namely production, marketing and finances. The three-page business plan will simplify the business planning process by helping ‘agripreneurs’ develop or refine practical action plans,” said Dr. Singh-Knights.

The Veterans to Agriculture project was started by WVDA to help veterans find meaningful and therapeutic occupations in agriculture by providing them with training, resources and materials to develop their own farm-related businesses.

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SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED IN CLARKSBURG LEADS TO THE SEIZURE OF $16,000 WORTH OF DRUGS, TWO ARRESTS

A drug bust in Harrison County results in the arrests of two people with heroine and over 700 pills in their possession.

Emmitt R. Richardson aka “Jimmy Cool,“ 41, of Detroit, Michigan and Danielle Hulley, 29, of Clarksburg were apprehended on Tuesday after a search warrant was executed at a residence on Charleston Avenue in Clarksburg by the Harrison County Street Crime and Drug Unit with assistance from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and the Salem Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

Earlier in the day, Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy and his deputies conducted a buy bust drug operation involving heroin in Lewis County.

The undercover deputies were sold $600 worth of heroine by Kacie Ranae Lauderdale in the Jane Lew Go-Mart parking lot, According to Gissy. She was promptly arrested by uniformed officers.

As a result of this operation, it was learned the heroin seized was purchased from the Charleston Avenue residence. The deputies relayed this information to the Harrison County SCAD Unit, who then obtained a search warrant.

When authorities executed the warrant at 7:40 PM, deputies located approximately 5 grams of raw heroin, 225 Oxycodone pills, 448 Hydrocodone pills and 105 Xanax pills. The estimated street value of these drugs is approximately $16,000.

Richardson was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone, possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute Xanax, delivery of heroin, conspiracy to deliver heroin and four counts of interstate transportation of controlled substances with intent to distribute.

Hulley was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute Tramadol and conspiracy to distribute heroin.

All charges against the two are all felonies.

Both Richardson and Hulley are being held in North Central Regional Jail. Lauderdale is not currently listed in the WVRJA records as a prisoner.


LEGISLATIVE POST AUDIT FINDS FURTHER FAULT IN FORMER DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ADMINISTRATION

The Legislative Post Audits Subcommittee received the findings from the state Legislative Auditor Post Audit Division from investigation into former Commissioner of Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass’ administration on Tuesday.

In February, a legislative audit was released showing the state Department of Agriculture had significant internal control weaknesses and noncompliance in areas of high risk in both revenues and expenditures within the agency from July 01, 2011 through December 31, 2012.

The audit was originally sought by current Commissioner Walt Helmick and the focus was primarily on the Rural Rehabilitation Loan Program. However, it became apparent to the Post Audit Division further investigation was necessary.

“During our previous audit, we uncovered some things that, as the media has reported, have been turned over to federal investigators,“ Kristina Taylor, Senior Auditor with the Legislative Post Audit said. “So, for that reason, we decided to look further into their travel to see if there were other issues that could be reported.“

The objectives of the investigation into the travel of the former administration were to determine if the former amounts paid on state-issued credit cards were in compliance with state policy and if reimbursements were handled properly, among others.

According to Taylor, the research did uncover some instances of noncompliance with applicable laws.

“We had, I think, 12 findings specifically related to travel,“ she said.

One of the incidents involves the retirement party for the former commissioner held in Charleston.

The WVDA paid $282 and $258 for the former commissioner and former assistant commissioner to stay two night at a hotel for the celebration.

This violates state code, WVDA Travel Policy and the West Virginia Ethics Commission Guideline for Retirement Gifts and Events, which reads “...Absent specific legislative authority, public funds may not be used to underwrite rental or related fees associated with an event which is held at an off-site location.“

The report indicates actions such as these lead to the appearance of an unethical tone, where employees were led to believe they could not question the expenses and nothing would be done even if they were questioned.

The post audit also found instances of excessive travel reimbursements to members of the former administration.

For example, there were 149 instances—29 percent of all trips—where the former assistant commissioner claimed a mileage amount in excess of the recalculated distance, the smallest difference in one trip being 12 miles while the largest difference was 204. When rounded to the nearest dollar, this equates to a difference of $3,347.

After the meeting, Senate President and Legislative Post Audits Subcommittee Chair Jeff Kessler said with the lack of efficient management, the situation could have been worse. Also, when it came to other findings such as double reimbursements, he wanted to reserve judgement until further investigation.

“It doesn’t appear like there’s an enormous amount of money involved, hundreds of dollars rather than thousands of dollars or tens of thousands of dollars,“ he said. “That’s been turned over to the appropriate authorities for them to take a closer look at. So, I’ll defer to whatever action they think whether it was intentional or just sloppy book keeping.“

The post audit also looked into the former administration’s distribution of grant money, finding inappropriate actions in their dealings with the Inwood Farmers Market and the Mountaineer Food Bank.

The report also included recommendations including the former administration reimburse the state for most excess or inappropriate expenses and also suggestions to the current WVDA Administration on how to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

The department said they will work with the Post Audit Division and be proactive in taking proper measures.

“We found a large part of their recommendations to be helpful,“ Chris Ferro, WVDA Chief of Staff said. “We’ve implemented some of the recommendations prior to the audit coming out and plan to implement a large part of the other recommendations moving forward.“

The federal investigation into the former administration is ongoing.


HOUSE, SENATE LEADERS URGE DELAY ON INSPECTIONS IN WEST VIRGINIA ABOVEGROUND TANK LAW

State House and Senate leaders are urging the governor to call a special session to delay part of an aboveground storage tank law.

House Speaker Tim Miley and Senate President Jeff Kessler asked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call the session during next month’s interim meetings. They’re slated for Sept. 8-10.

Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman acknowledged a special session may be best to address the situation, but didn’t commit to one. He said Tomblin’s staff and environmental agency are working with stakeholders on a solution.

Miley and Kessler said the Jan. 1 deadline for tank inspections in the law is unattainable.

The law reacts to a January chemical spill that contaminated 300,000 people’s tap water for days.

Miley has said tank requirements would overly burden small oil and gas operators.


CREDIT CARD SCAM TARGETING BUSINESSES

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today warned West Virginia businesses of a new credit card scam aiming to steal businesses information.
Our Office has been made aware of a scam where businesses receive calls from a person claiming to work for a bank or a company that handles the establishment’s credit and debit card transactions. The scammer informs the business owner or employee that their credit card terminal is outdated or not functioning properly. Next, the caller asks for the business’ account information and a canceled check in order to update the credit card terminal. Using that information, a scammer has access to the business’s financial data.
“Unfortunately, it seems like scammers target innocent people on a daily basis,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This goes to show that the scammers will not stop at just targeting consumers, but they will try to steal from anyone, including businesses.”
Business owners and consumers should always be wary when receiving calls that ask for private financial information over the phone. Businesses should always verify the legitimacy of a call regarding credit card processing equipment with the company that provides the equipment.
“If you receive a call from someone asking for credit or debit card information, that should immediately send a red flag,” Morrisey said. “Our Office always encourages people to remain cautious, do your homework, and take down information before providing anyone with financial data over the phone.”
If you believe you have been the victim of this particular scam or any other type of scam, please call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1.800.368.8808


DUPONT FINED $1.3M OVER SERIES OF WV CHEM LEAKS

DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million to settle a federal complaint over eight chemical releases from a Kanawha County production facility, one of which killed a worker.

The Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the settlement announced in a statement Wednesday resolves several alleged violations of federal law. The releases occurred between May 2006 and January 2010.

DuPont said the releases occurred at the Belle plant between 2006 and 2011. The settlement requires DuPont to make improvements to safety and emergency response to prevent future releases at the plant.

“Producing toxic and hazardous substances can be dangerous, and requires complying with environmental and safety laws,“ said Cynthia Giles, head of the EPA’s enforcement office. “Today’s settlement with DuPont will ensure that the proper practices are in place to protect communities and nearby water bodies.“

DuPont estimates it spent more than $6.8 million to comply with an EPA order issued in March 2010 and take corrective actions related to the chemical releases.

Under Wednesday’s settlement, DuPont will spend an additional $2.3 million to train employees; improve the response to chemical release and notification of first responders and other agencies; and control risks to safety, health and the environmental during changes in chemical processes.

“We remain committed to meeting all regulatory requirements and operating at the highest standards for protection of our employees, contractors, community and the environment,“ DuPont said in a written statement.

In 2010, a worker died from exposure to phosgene that leaked at the Belle plant. A report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said DuPont could have prevented the death of Carl Fish if it had built an enclosure around phosgene tanks.

Fish was taking readings when a hose failed, spraying his chest and face. The CSB report said workers were supposed to replace hoses on the phosgene tanks once a month, but the one that broke had been in service for seven months.

Phosgene was used as a chemical weapon during World War I. Today it is used as a building block in synthesis of pharmaceuticals and other organic compounds.

A day before the phosgene release, plant workers discovered more than 2,000 pounds of methyl chloride had leaked and employees failed to respond to alarms.

The next day, before the phosgene leak, workers discovered a leak in a pipe containing the toxic gas oleum, a highly corrosive form of sulfuric acid. As a result of the three releases, the EPA cited DuPont for numerous risk management violations.

The EPA identified five other incidents in which DuPont failed to report chemical releases to appropriate local, state and national response units in a timely manner, including the release of 80 tons of methanol into the Kanawha River in September 2010.


AUDIT: $662,000 GIVEN TO FAILING FARMER’S MARKET

The state Department of Agriculture spent $662,000 in federal money on refrigeration upgrades at a failing farmer’s market, according to an audit.

The report follows an audit detailing problems under former Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass. The main issue stemmed from alleged mismanagement of money in a $5 million revolving loan program.

Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred wrote that the Inwood Farmer’s Market has lost about $100,000 annually over six consecutive years, including 2013. The Berkeley County market was awarded the grant in June 2011.

The audit also said the market was underinsured.

The administration under Walt Helmick, Douglass’ replacement, shut down the market in April and leased the building and equipment for $48,000 a year.

“If a proper cost/benefit analysis had been performed by WVDA, the analysis would have shown the savings produced by replacing the old units with more energy efficient units would not reduce energy costs enough to create a profit for the market,“ the audit states.

Helmick’s administration said the market project was deemed legitimate by the former administration and state Division of Energy at the time.

The second audit detailed other instances of possible fraud and abuse. It was released in a legislative committee Tuesday.

It says the committee that oversaw the loan program didn’t comply with open meetings law. The committee didn’t open its meetings to the public, advertise the meetings or keep minutes, the audit states.

It also found several thousand dollars-worth of issues with expenses like hotel stays, conference registration, mileage and travel.

One paid for Douglass and his assistant commissioner to stay two nights in hotel rooms where Douglass’ retirement party was held.


EX-WV MAIL CARRIER SENTENCED FOR DRUG ACTIVITY

A former mail carrier will spend three years on probation for making drug deals while on the job.

Jack Edwin McCoy also must perform hours of community service and spend four months on home confinement.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced McCoy’s sentence on Wednesday in a news release.

The 30-year-old White Sulphur Springs resident had pleaded guilty in May to using a telephone in or near Lewisburg to set up a drug transaction on Feb. 20. Goodwin says McCoy then distributed a suboxone strip in Ronceverte to a person who was working with authorities.

McCoy was working his shift as a mail carrier when the drug activity occurred.

Goodwin says McCoy admitted to selling suboxone strips about 100 times while he was working.


4 WORKERS ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM KANAWHA SCHOOL

West Virginia State Police have charged four workers with stealing food and supplies from a Kanawha County high school.

Media outlets report that troopers arrested 59-year-old Debra Kay Stump of Charleston, 53-year-old Christine Buckley of Glasgow, 59-year-old Thomas Alfred Osborne of Cedar Grove and Linda Oda on Tuesday. Each is charged with fraudulent schemes, embezzlement and conspiracy.

All four work at Riverside High School. State police say Stump is the cafeteria manager, Buckley is head cook, Oda is chief custodian and Osborne is a custodian.

State police say the workers stole thousands of dollars’ worth of food and supplies, including turkeys, hams and cleaning items. The thefts occurred over several years.

Movie Review: ‘Rich Hill’ - Dead Ends and Dreams Deferred

“Rich Hill” is reminiscent of the “Up” series — the acclaimed series of eight documentary films that began following a group of 7-year-old British children in 1964, subsequently checking in every seven years to re-examine their lives on camera. The new documentary is only one film, but its stories of three Midwestern boys ages 13 to 15 are just as poignant, and may leave you awake at night wondering about these young men’s futures.

“Rich Hill” doesn’t just make you feel like you know these boys; it makes you care about them.

The film centers on Andrew, Appachey and Harley, all of whom live in Rich Hill, Mo., a struggling former coal town near the Kansas border. Unlike the “Up” films, which profiled both working-class kids and wealthy toffs, “Rich Hill” focuses on youngsters who have few material things. Not only are their financial circumstances tight, but their lives also are achingly out of joint.

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Appachey, the youngest, was abandoned by his father at age 6 and lives with his mother and several siblings in a house that looks like it has been hit by a cyclone. He’s an angry child and takes medication for a number of conditions, including bipolar disorder.

Harley, the oldest, is a chronic truant, with a mother in prison for reasons that, when revealed, will break your heart. He lives with his grandmother in a double­wide trailer and is addicted to cigarettes and junk food.

Andrew is the sweetest and most seemingly stable of the bunch, with an intact family, including a younger sister whom he clearly adores. But even his life is not without turbulence. He has moved so many times in his young life that he can’t keep track. During the filming, he moves a couple of more times, a result of his dreamer father’s inability to stick with a job that is both personally rewarding and lucrative. Although it’s never explicitly stated, Andrew’s mother appears to suffer from agoraphobia.

The boys don’t hang out with each other. Directors Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo (cousins whose parents grew up in Rich Hill) tell the boys’ stories by jumping from subject to subject, seemingly randomly. Yet although the narrative is disjointed, it slowly develops a kind of emotional coherence that pulls you in and swallows you up, like a whirlpool. Slowly, inexorably, you become connected to these three fragile lives.

“Rich Hill” is not a happy film, and the voyeurism of the sometimes tragic lives it probes may prove hard to stomach. Situations arise involving the juvenile justice system, and an on-screen title near the end of the movie reveals that more bad things occurred after the cameras stopped rolling.

It is not, however, a film without hope.

If the filmmakers had wanted to make a documentary about dead-end lives, that would, it seems, have been easier and less affecting than “Rich Hill.” Apart from Andrew, the movie’s subjects aren’t especially likable all the time. Yet even these three boys, as difficult as their circumstances — and occasionally their personalities — may be, evince a kind of potential to turn things around that is almost, despite all evidence to the contrary, inspirational.

★ ★ ★ ★

Unrated. Contains obscenity and smoking by minors. 91 minutes.

Sports Brief - 08.28.14

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►   MOUNTAINEERS TANGLE WITH CRIMSON TIDE IN SEASON OPENER:  The Big 12 meets the SEC at the Georgia Dome on Saturday afternoon, as the West Virginia Mountaineers challenge the second- ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game.

The 2013 season was another disappointing one for coach Dana Holgorsen and the West Virginia Mountaineers, as the team managed just a 4-8 overall record, which included a 2-7 conference mark. Despite the poor showing, WVU showed a competitive spirit late, as three of its final four games went to overtime.

The Mountaineers have won 10 consecutive season openers, but with a record of 21-17 at the school overall, there is perhaps no coach in the Big 12 feeling the heat more than Holgorsen.

The Crimson Tide, winners of the BCS National Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012, came into last season with lofty expectations, and for the first 11 games they lived up to their billing as the No. 1 team in the land.

However, Alabama’s quest for a third straight national title came to an end after the team dropped a stunning 34-28 decision to bitter rival Auburn. Despite the disappointment, coach Nick Saban’s squad received an at-large bid to the Sugar Bowl, but came out on the short end of a 45-31 final against Oklahoma.

Alabama has won its last 12 season openers, and is 20-2 in such contests dating back to 1991.

This bout marks the first-ever meeting between West Virginia and Alabama on the football field.

West Virginia’s strength on offense last season was in the passing game, as the unit ranked fourth in the Big 12 and 34th nationally with an average of 262.3 ypg. That number could have been even bigger if not for the fact that the Mountaineers were one of the worst teams in the nation in third-down conversions.

Quarterback Clint Trickett appeared to be on his way to making the team his last season, his first in Morgantown after transferring in from Florida State, but he suffered a shoulder injury and struggled afterward. Holgorsen, however, has all the faith in the world that the senior will be able to take the next step.

“Why I named him the starter, he’s healthy, 100 percent. Arm strength is awesome, body weight is good,“ Holgorsen said last month.

“He’s been out there working with our guys all summer. There’s a rapport that needs to exist with him and the receivers in order to be successful.“

Receivers Kevin White and Daikiel Shorts, the latter of whom is the team’s top returning pass catcher (45 receptions, 495 yards, two TDs) will help keep the passing attack on point, while the run will feature the talents of Dreamius Smith, Dustin Garrison, Andrew Buie and Rushel Shell.

From a defensive standpoint, the Mountaineers took it on the chin more often than not in 2013, as they were battered for 33.3 points and 455.0 yards per contest—both ranking them among the worst teams in the Big 12, as well as he nation. They were especially inept when it came to defending the pass (263.3 ypg—last in the league, 106th nationally).

The defensive line doesn’t welcome back a single starter, but a solid rotation of several guys, including sophomore Christian Brown, could help the unit be an area of strength as the season moves along.

Senior Brandon Golson is probably the most versatile of WVU’s defenders, and he will join junior Nick Kwiatkowski, the team’s top returning tackler (86 stops), to form a productive linebacking unit.

The secondary, which was much-maligned last season, could be in for a bounce- back campaign as senior safety Karl Joseph provides veteran leadership, while sophomore Daryl Worley and senior Ishmael Banks do their best to make plays from their spots on the outside.

Alabama returns five starters on offense, including three along the offensive line, but it will need to overcome the loss of the most prolific quarterback in team history.

The departure of A.J. McCarron (.673 completion percentage, 3,063 yards, 28 TDs, seven INTs in 2013) has left a gaping hole under center, but the squad is expecting big things out of Jacob Coker, a transfer from Florida State who spent last season serving as the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. While Coker hasn’t officially been named the starter, he apparently had the better training camp, thus giving him a leg up on Blake Sims.

While the quarterback position may still be uncertain, at least Saban knows he can trust his running backs. T.J. Yeldon scored 14 touchdowns last year and has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in Tuscaloosa. Derrick Henry is expected to garner more work, especially after his outstanding performance in the Sugar Bowl (eight carries, 100 yards, TD, 61-yard TD reception).

Amari Cooper (45 receptions, 736 yards, four TDs) is one of the SEC’s top receivers, and he is expected to work alongside other talented pass catchers in Christion Jones (36 receptions, 349 yards, two TDs) and DeAndrew White (32 receptions, 534 yards, four TDs).

Saban brought in former Tennessee and USC head coach Lane Kiffin to serve as offensive coordinator after Doug Nussmeier left for Michigan.

“The players have responded to him very well,“ Saban said of Kiffin. “New energy, new enthusiasm, new ideas to do some things offensively that will enhance our chances of being successful.“

In addition to efficient and productive offensive play, the Crimson Tide are known for having one of the top defenses in the nation, and last season was no exception as they ranked fourth in scoring defense (13.9 ppg) and fifth in total defense (286.5 ypg). It was the fifth straight season that ‘Bama led the SEC in scoring defense, and the sixth straight in which it led in total defense.

Finding replacements for former stars C.J. Mosley (108 tackles, 9.0 TFL) and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (52 tackles, two INTs) won’t be easy, but Saban is used to having to fill holes after the NFL raids his roster from one season to the next.

Safety Landon Collins (70 tackles, two INTs, two FF), linebacker Trey Depriest (65 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks) and defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson (8.0 TFL, 5.5 sacks) are the most experienced of the returning players, and all three were Preseason First Team All-SEC picks.

Other who could have a big year include defensive end Jarran Reed, linebackers Denzel Devall and Reggie Regland, and corner Bradley Sylve.

 



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►   BROWNS WR GORDON SUSPENDED 1 YEAR:  Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL for the entire 2014 season after his appeal was denied by the league.

The yearlong suspension comes as a result of Gordon violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and is effective immediately. The league said in its statement that Gordon’s “eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season.“

Gordon is not permitted to practice with the Browns, attend meetings or other team functions.

“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,“ Gordon said in a statement released Wednesday by the NFL Players’ Association. “I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing officer didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff.“

Gordon met with league arbitrator Harold Henderson at the beginning of August to appeal the ban. His attorneys argued that Gordon was a victim of secondhand marijuana smoke.

The 23-year-old Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season. He was suspended the first two games and docked four game checks last year for failing a drug test. He claimed to have inadvertently ingested codeine contained in his prescribed cough syrup.

Gordon was selected by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft following multiple positive drug tests while in college at Baylor and Utah. He was also arrested and charged with driving while impaired in North Carolina last month.


►   BENGALS ANNOUNCE EXTENSION FOR LB BURFICT:  The Cincinnati Bengals have made their agreement with linebacker Vontaze Burfict on a new four-year contract official, keeping the 2013 Pro Bowl selection under team control through the 2017 season.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported last week that Burfict, Cincinnati’s leading tackler in each of the last two seasons and one of the club’s most important defenders, will earn a guaranteed $7.6 million for this coming season and can make up to $20 million over the life of the new deal.

The third-year pro had been slated to receive just $570,000 in 2014, the final year of his original rookie contract, before becoming a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the season.

“It’s great to have this deal done and know I’m going to be here beyond this season,“ Burfict said. “We can have a great defense again this year, even better than the last couple years.“

The move is a strong show of faith in a player who was not chosen in the 2012 draft due to character concerns and off-field issues. Burfict has stayed out of trouble during his first two NFL seasons, however, while emerging into an impact performer who has helped the Bengals to back-to-back playoff appearances.

Burfict started 14 games as a rookie and finished his debut campaign with 127 tackles and a sack. He topped those numbers last season, amassing 171 stops, three sacks and an interception while starting all 16 contests.

“It’s unusual to sign a player this early in his career to a contract extension, but Vontaze is a player who merits this,“ said Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn. “He has proven to be an exceptional find for us, and we are happy to reward him now for his accomplishments. It’s good for him and good for our team.“


►   TITANS GIVE DT CASEY MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION:  The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Jurrell Casey on a multi-year contract extension.

The deal is reportedly worth $36 million, including $20 million in guaranteed money. Casey is now the highest paid player on the Titans.

“We are excited to come to an agreement on an extension with Jurrell,“ said Titans general manager Ruston Webster. “This is something Jurrell has earned not only with his play on the field but his work ethic as well. We appreciate Jurrell’s professionalism through this process and look forward to many good years to come.“

Casey has been a solid starter for the Titans since they selected him in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The USC product has recorded 161 tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 47 games (45 starts).

The 24-year-old Casey had 55 tackles and 10 1/2 sacks in 2013.


►   NEWTON: ‘NO DOUBT’ I’LL PLAY WEEK 1:  Speaking to reporters following Wednesday’s practice, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton expressed certainty that his fractured rib won’t prevent him from starting the team’s regular-season opener in less than two weeks.

Newton is dealing with a hairline fracture he sustained while absorbing a hit from New England linebacker Jamie Collins during the Panthers’ preseason game against the Patriots last Friday. He told the media that the pain in his ribs is subsiding and “there’s no doubt” he’ll be ready when Carolina travels to Tampa Bay for the Sept. 7 opener.

“My body feels better. It’s been a great process,“ Newton said. “There was soreness like any other injury. It’s obvious that my ribs were hurting, but I’m moving forward and trying to stay positive and optimistic about this whole process.“

Newton is also still recovering from offseason ankle surgery that limited his practice reps early in training camp.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera also was optimistic that Newton would start against the Buccaneers and said he does not expect the offensive game plan to change due to his star quarterback’s injury.

Newton led all NFL quarterbacks in rushing attempts (111) and yards (585) during Carolina’s run to the 2013 NFC South title, while setting career bests with 24 touchdown passes and a 61.7 percent completion rate.


►   RAVENS SIGN CB COX:  The Baltimore Ravens signed cornerback Derek Cox to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Cox, 27, was cut by Minnesota earlier this week as teams trimmed their rosters to 75. He joined the Vikings in March after being released by San Diego, which had signed him to a four-year, $20 million deal the previous year.

The William & Mary product lost his starting job with the Chargers, finishing with 38 tackles and one interception in 16 games.

A third-round pick by Jacksonville in 2009, Cox has registered 241 tackles and 13 interceptions while starting 56 of the 63 career games in which he has played.

The Ravens waived rookie wide receiver Jace Davis to clear room for Cox on the roster.


►   CARDINALS ADD VETERAN DL KELLY:  The Arizona Cardinals signed defensive lineman Tommy Kelly on Wednesday, just two days after the 10-year pro was released by the New England Patriots.

Kelly has made 122 NFL starts with the Patriots and Oakland Raiders, having compiled 441 tackles, 36 1/2 sacks, nine forced fumbles and one interception. The 33-year-old started the first five games of last season for New England before landing on injured reserve with a torn ACL.

The Cardinals were in need of experienced depth on their defensive line after losing three-time Pro Bowl tackle Darnell Dockett for the season due to an ACL tear he suffered in practice last week.

Defensive lineman Ryan McBean was released to make room for Kelly on the active roster.


►   CHIEFS SIGN G MCGLYNN:  The Kansas City Chiefs added depth to their offensive line by signing Mike McGlynn on Wednesday.

The guard was among those released by the Washington Redskins as rosters were reduced to 75 players.

McGlynn has made 48 starts over his NFL career, including 30 for Indianapolis the previous two seasons. He spent three years (2008-10) with Kansas City head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia.

The Chiefs waived offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk to make room for McGlynn.

 



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►   RIVERS, CLIPPERS AGREE TO EXTENSION:  Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the team announced Wednesday.

Rivers led the Clippers to a franchise-best 57-25 record and a second straight Pacific Division title in his first season with the club. His future with the Clippers had become uncertain in the wake of the scandal involving former owner Donald Sterling.

Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA for racist remarks and the team was sold to Steve Ballmer.

“This is an important day for this organization,“ Ballmer said in a statement. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court.

“Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team.“

Rivers, 52, also serves as the team’s president of basketball operations.

“Steve has shown a clear and determined desire to make the Clippers one of the most elite, first-class and championship organizations in all of professional sports,“ Rivers said in a statement. “We know we have work to do to get there, but I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with Steve as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title.“

Rivers arrived in Los Angeles after a nine-year stint with Boston. He led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title.


►   HEAT SIGN VETERAN G SHANNON BROWN:  The Miami Heat announced Wednesday that they have signed veteran guard Shannon Brown.

Brown, 28, inked a one-year deal worth $1.3 million, according to USA Today.

The well-traveled guard has played for seven teams in eight NBA seasons since being drafted by Cleveland in the first round in 2006.

Brown has averaged 7.7 points in 403 games and played last season for San Antonio and New York. He won back-to-back NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

 



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►   NATIONAL LEAGUE SCORES: 

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 1

Jeff Locke allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings and added a pair of base hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, at PNC Park. Locke (6-3) scattered six hits, struck out three and walked one on the mound, improving to 4-0 in his last five starts. Ike Davis added a mammoth two-run homer for the Pirates, who won the final two tests of this three-game set to draw closer to the NL Wild Card- leading Cardinals. Russell Martin added two hits and Andrew McCutchen drove in a run for Pittsburgh, which drew within 2 1/2 games of the Cardinals and also inched closer to the San Francisco Giants, the leader for the second wild card. St. Louis starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (15-9) was tagged with the loss, failing for a second straight start to become the first pitcher to 16 wins in the majors this season. The right-hander was charged with three runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking one, over six frames. Matt Holliday homered and Daniel Descalso had a pair of hits to lead the Cardinals, who have dropped four of six.


Final Score: Philadelphia 8, Washington 4

Grady Sizemore and Marlon Byrd each hit two-run homers to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals with an 8-4 win on Wednesday. The Phillies took the lead with a three-run rally in the sixth inning sparked by Byrd’s leadoff single against Washington starter Doug Fister. Philadelphia’s bullpen shut the door over the final three innings in relief of starter Kyle Kendrick. Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman each tossed a perfect frame to set up Ken Giles, who stranded a pair of runners in the ninth to send Philadelphia to its fourth straight win. The Phillies honored the Taney Dragons before the game for their run to the Little League World Series.


Final Score: Atlanta 3, New York 2

Julio Teheran pitched well into the seventh inning, Andrelton Simmons made at least one game-saving defensive play and the Atlanta Braves held on to beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Wednesday to snap a three-game losing streak. Simmons prevented the tying run from scoring when he gunned down Travis d’Arnaud from shallow left field to end the eighth inning after chasing down a ground ball in the hole. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel put the first two runners on base in the ninth but got three straight outs to preserve the win and earn his 39th save. The Braves never trailed after Jason Heyward led off the game with a home run and bounced back from a 3-2 loss in the three-game series opener on Tuesday. Simmons also made two good defensive plays in the seventh inning backing up third baseman Phil Gosselin. Wilmer Flores homered for the Mets, who played without injured stars David Wright (neck spasms) and Daniel Murphy (calf) for the second game in a row.


Final Score: Cincinnati 7, Chicago 5

Mat Latos pitched into the eighth inning and Skip Schumaker drove in two runs in Cincinnati’s 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler homered in his first career plate appearance, and his RBI single capped a three-run top of the eighth to get the visitors within a run, but pinch-hitter Chris Heisey homered off Zac Rosscup leading off the bottom of the inning. Latos (5-3) had a season-best 10 strikeouts over seven-plus frames and was charged with seven hits and four runs. He’s 3-0 over his last six starts and hasn’t lost since July 27 against Washington. The Reds have won three of four since a seven-game skid. Jacob Turner (4-8), who was acquired from Miami on Aug. 8 for a pair of minor league pitchers, suffered the loss in his first start in a Cubs uniform. Luis Valbuena also homered for the Cubs, who had a four-game winning streak broken.


Final Score: San Diego 3, Milwaukee 2 (10 innings)

Rene Rivera hit a solo homer in the ninth to tie the game, then hit an RBI single in the 10th to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. Rivera led off the ninth with a home run off Francisco Rodriguez, making it 2-2. Milwaukee sent Zach Duke (4-1) to the mound in the bottom of the 10th. Seth Smith walked and Yasmani Grandal singled. Smith was thrown out at third when Cameron Maybin bunted into a fielder’s choice. After pinch-hitter Rymer Liriano lined out, Rivera singled up the middle to plate the winning run.


Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Arizona 1

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors this season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, to sweep a two-game series. Scott Van Slyke belted a solo homer, but left the game in the fourth inning with a mild right ankle sprain. Matt Kemp stroked a two-run double for the NL West leaders, who have won five of their last six games. Kershaw (16-3) fanned 10 and allowed six hits and an unearned run. His ERA dropped to a major league-best 1.73. The lefty is 9-1 in 11 starts against NL West clubs, and that includes wins in his last eight starts. Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 38th save. Wade Miley (7-10) gave up seven hits and three runs to lose his third straight decision. Miley walked four and struck out six over six innings. The Diamondbacks suffered their third straight defeat and fell to 2-9 over their last 11 games.


Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Miami 1

Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 win over the Miami Marlins in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday. Gordon Beckham also homered among his two hits, drove in two and scored twice for the AL West leaders. Los Angeles holds a one-game lead over Oakland with a pivotal four-game series starting between the two clubs in Anaheim on Thursday. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton each knocked in a run for the Angels, who have won three of four. Hector Santiago (4-7) grabbed the win after going 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Henderson Alvarez (10-6) took the loss, yielding five runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. Miami has dropped five of its last seven.


Final Score: San Francisco 4, Colorado 2

Buster Posey belted a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to catapult the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. Tim Hudson followed Madison Bumgarner’s gem by throwing eight solid innings for the Giants, but Santiago Casilla (2-3) gave up Justin Morneau’s tying RBI double in the ninth. In the bottom portion, Angel Pagan singled to left off Juan Nicasio (5-6). Hunter Pence struck out swinging on a high pitch for the second out, but Posey homered to left field on an 0-1 pitch to send the Giants to victory. It was Posey’s fifth homer in his last seven games. It was also the 1,600th win in the career for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who passed Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda for sole possession of 19th place on the all-time list. Hudson fanned eight and gave up four hits, including a fifth-inning homer to Corey Dickerson. The splash into McCovey Cove happened to be Colorado’s first hit of the night.


►   AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORES: 

Final Score: Texas 12, Seattle 4

Rougned Odor hit a grand slam, Leonys Martin added a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners, 12-4, on Wednesday afternoon to wrap up a three-game series. Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis snapped a three-start losing streak with his second complete game of the season. Lewis (9-11) struck out seven, walked one and gave up four runs and seven hits. Martin had three hits, three RBI and scored twice for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four games. Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager homered for the Mariners, who are battling for one of the AL’s two wild-card spots. Mariners righty Erasmo Ramirez (1-6) was charged with 10 runs in a spot start after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma so ace Felix Hernandez could get an extra day of rest.


Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1

Drew Smyly tossed seven solid innings and the Tampa Bay Rays held off the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, in the third test of a four-game series. Smyly (9-10) gave up one run on two hits while striking out six. In his previous start on Friday, Smyly threw his first complete game in an 8-0 defeat of Toronto, retiring the final 19 batters. Ben Zobrist, Wil Myers and Matt Joyce each drove in a run for the Rays, who bounced back after losing the first two games of this set. Chris Davis hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who entered Monday’s action with a seven-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the AL East. Kevin Gausman (7-6) allowed three runs—two earned—on six hits over four innings.


Final Score: Toronto 5, Boston 2

Danny Valencia’s three-run homer came in a four-run seventh and helped Toronto take down Boston, 5-2, in the finale of a three-game set. Jose Bautista homered and Jose Reyes knocked in the other run for the Blue Jays, who avoided a sweep and won for the first time in a nine-inning contest since Aug. 20 in Milwaukee. Marcus Stroman (8-5) worked 7 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Brett Cecil recorded the final four outs to pick up his fifth save. David Ortiz ended up with two hits and driving in a run for the Red Sox, who had taken the first two in the series in extra innings. Tommy Layne (1-1) was charged with the unearned go-ahead run while failing to record an out in relief of Joe Kelly. Kelly left after six-plus frames and allowed just three hits and two runs.


Final Score: New York 8, Detroit 4

Shane Greene tossed seven strong innings, while his New York Yankee teammates battered David Price en route to an 8-4 victory at Comerica Park. Price (12-10) was tagged for nine consecutive hits during a third inning in which New York scored all eight of its runs to avenge a 5-2 defeat in Tuesday’s opener of this three-game set. The 2012 AL Cy Young recipient gave up 12 hits in all before being removed with still none out in the third. Price, coming off a complete-game one-hit loss to his former Tampa Bay squad last Thursday, had worked at least six innings in 19 consecutive starts coming in. Derek Jeter knocked in two runs during the frame and Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann each finished with a pair of hits and an RBI to help the Yankees close within 2 1/2 games of Seattle for the AL’s second Wild Card. Greene (4-1) did his part as well, notching eight strikeouts and holding Detroit to two runs on five hits.


Final Score: Chicago 3, Cleveland 2

Jose Abreu drove in two, and singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Chicago clipped Cleveland, 3-2, in the second test of a three-game series. Adam Dunn knocked in the other run, while Adam Eaton collected two hits and scored twice for the White Sox, who put an end to their seven-game losing skid. Hector Noesi (8-9) worked seven innings for the win, allowing six hits and a pair of runs while striking out five. Michael Bourn finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Lonnie Chisenhall went deep for the Indians, who saw their three-game winning streak halted. Corey Kluber (13-8) gave up three runs on nine hits despite fanning eight over 6 1/3 frames.


Final Score: Kansas City 6, Minnesota 1

Billy Butler and Salvador Perez each knocked in two runs during a six-run eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-1, in the second test of a three-game series. Minnesota starter Phil Hughes (14-9) shut down the Royals for seven innings but imploded in the eighth. Raul Ibanez led off with a single and was replaced on the basepaths by Lorenzo Cain, who stole second. Mike Moustakas then reached on an infield single to put men on the corners. After Christian Colon popped out, Jarrod Dyson put down a perfect bunt to plate Cain and tie the game at 1-1. Nori Aoki followed with an RBI single to left-center field, and Alcides Escobar’s infield single put men on the corners before Brian Duensing came in from the bullpen and walked Alex Gordon. Casey Fien took over on the mound and gave up a two-run single to Butler. Perez added a two-run triple to left-center field. The six-run inning made a winner out of Wade Davis (8-2), who tossed a perfect eighth. Liam Hendriks was sensational in his Kansas City debut, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.


Final Score: Oakland 5, Houston 4

Sam Fuld’s homer in the ninth capped a three-run inning as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Houston Astros, 5-4, in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday. Jonny Gomes led off the ninth with a bloop single to left off Houston closer Chad Qualls (1-4), was lifted for a pinch-runner, then Craig Gentry stole second to move into scoring position. Gentry advanced to third on a groundout by Alberto Callaspo before Eric Sogard sprayed a single out to left that knotted the game at 3-3. Following a groundout by Coco Crisp, Fuld pounded a hanging sinker into the seats in right to give Oakland the lead. Dan Otero (8-1) earned the win after working out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth to keep it a one-run game and Eric O’Flaherty allowed a homer to Chris Carter in the ninth, but still managed to nail down the first save of his career. Oakland starter Drew Pomeranz tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his first action since June 16th due to a broken right hand. Brad Peacock also went 5 1/3 innings for Houston, yielding one run on four hits and five walks in the no- decision.


Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 6, Miami 1

Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 win over the Miami Marlins in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday. Gordan Beckham also homered among his two hits, drove in two and scored twice for the AL West leaders. Los Angeles holds a one-game lead over Oakland with a pivotal four-game series starting between the two clubs in Anaheim on Thursday. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton each knocked in a run for the Angels, who have won three of four. Hector Santiago (4-7) grabbed the win after going 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six. Henderson Alvarez (10-6) took the loss, yielding five runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. Miami has dropped five of its last seven.

 



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►   WHITNEY TOP TWO BACK FOR WOODWARD STAKES:  Moreno and Itsmyluckyday, 1-2 in the Whitney Handicap, headline a field of 10 for Saturday’s 60th running of the $600,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Missing from the Woodward are Eclipse Award winner Will Take Charge, third in the Whitney, and Palace Malice, who was sixth. Both 4-year-olds will start in Belmont Park’s Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 27.

Owned by Southern Equine Stable, Moreno will start the 1 1/8-mile stakes from post 4 with Junior Alvarado again in the saddle. Alvarado recently won his 1,000th career race.

Moreno, trained by Eric Guillot, notched just his second career stakes victory with the Whitney and has won three times in 20 lifetime starts for $1,709,940.

This year, Moreno began with a third in the Charles Town Classic followed by a fourth in the Pimlico Special, 12th to Palace Malice in the Met Mile and was second in the Suburban Handicap.

The 4-year-old gelding won last year’s Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park before getting third in Saratoga’s Jim Dandy Stakes and second in the Travers. He finished second again behind Will Take Charge in the Pennsylvania Derby before a 10th-place result in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Itsmyluckyday will be ridden by Paco Lopez from the inside post. The 4-year- old colt is trained by Eddie Plesa for Trilogy Stable and wife Laurie.

“We’re going to have a change of equipment,“ Plesa said. “We worked him both times in the blinkers, and I like the way he went. I think maybe we can fine- tune him a little bit, maybe focus him down the lane; just do something a little different. Sometimes horses need a little something to shake them up.“

The colt began the year with a fourth-place finish behind Palace Malice in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. He put together a three-race win streak of Gulfstream’s Best of the Rest Stakes and Monmouth Park’s Majestic Light Stakes and Salvator Mile.

“The script is to win a Grade 1 race,“ Plesa said. “This is the focus. My whole focus has been to win a Grade 1 race. The race we ran in (the Whitney) and this one coming up have been our target races.

“We’re either going to get to the top of the ladder or not. This is what racing is all about, what everybody works for.“

As a 3-year-old, Itsmyluckyday won the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull Stakes with seconds in the Florida Derby and Preakness Stakes. He finished a disappointing 15th in last year’s Kentucky Derby.

Itsmyluckyday has 18 career races with eight wins for $1,302,600.

Here is the field for the Woodward from the rail out: Itsmyluckyday, Paco Lopez; Long River, Irad Ortiz Jr.; Micromanage, Rajiv Maragh; Moreno, Junior Alvarado; Prayer for Relief, John Velazquez; Romansh, Jose Ortiz; Zivo, Jose Lezcano; Norumbega, Javier Castellano; Last Gunfighter, Joe Bravo and Stephanoatsee, Joel Rosario.

Long River and Romansh are coupled.


►   WISE DAN MAKES RETURN IN BERNARD BARUCH:  Reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will make his much anticipated return to racing in Saturday’s $250,000 Bernard Baruch Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Owned by Morton Fink, Wise Dan has drawn post 5 in the 11-horse field going 1 1/16 miles and will carry highweight of 127 pounds, including Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. The 3-5 morning line favorite, trained by Charlie LoPresti, has been away from competition since colic surgery on May 16.

“He’s gotten back to where he was; he’s dragging his rider around there,“ LoPresti said. “His works have been really good, and they’ve been basically not even asking him to do that. He’s just been doing it in hand.

“I think he’s back to himself again. It took him a while to get back. We were probably two works short of the Fourstardave. Once we got him up here, I realized I was trying to play catch-up to make that race and this makes more sense. I can’t say that any race at Saratoga is easy, but this is an easier spot, I think, for him to come back in.“

Wise Dan won both starts this year before his medical problem. He began 2014 with a second straight win in the Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland on April 11 and also claimed a second straight Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

Wise Dan, winner of the last two Breeders’ Cup Miles, has career earnings of $6,802,920 with 21 wins in 29 starts.

Here is the field for the Bernard Baruch in post position order: Optimizer, Alan Garcia, 30-1; Bio Pro, Jose Lezcano, 50-1; North Star Boy, Irad Ortiz Jr., 20-1; Boisterous, Javier Castellano, 5-1; Wise Dan, John Velazquez, 3-5; Lea, Joel Rosario, 4-5; Paris Vegas, Luis Saez, 12-1; Red Rifle, no jockey, 3-1; Five Iron, Joel Rosario, 8-1; Sayaad, Jose Ortiz, 6-1 and Sky Blazer, Rajiv Maragh, 15-1.

Bio Pro and Boisterous are coupled. Lea and Red Rifle will start on the main track only.

 



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►   FIVE MUST-WATCH ROOKIES:  Last year’s NFL fantasy season saw the emergence of key rookies Eddie Lacy, Montee Ball, Giovani Bernard and Keenan Allen. Owners also took a shot at rookies Tavon Austin, Kenbrell Thompkins, DeAndre Hopkins and E.J. Manuel. Besides a few standout moments, the last four names were misses.

What rookies are worth drafting this season? Which ones have long-term value for dynasty leagues and which ones do owners take a flier on late in the draft?

Here’s a list of the projected top five fantasy rookies for 2014.

Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans

At this point among all the rookies, the Titans first-year running back has the best chance to make an impact this season. Veteran Shonn Greene still has the starting job, but all reports say Sankey will be ready to take the bulk of the carries at some point this season.

The biggest problem with Sankey though is the cat is already out of the bag on him. His fifth-round ADP is much too steep a price to pay for a rookie who might not start the first half of the season.

Plus, in his first opportunity to play with the first-team offense in Tennessee’s third preseason game, he ran for just 44 yards on 16 carries.

It would be wise to let another owner draft Sankey too early, but if somehow the rookie falls in the draft, he is still one of the most talented rookies to have this season.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

Some experts have compared Watkins’ possibilities in his first season to Keenan Allen’s sensational rookie season last year (71 catches, 1,046 yards, eight touchdowns), but since Watkins does not have a Philip Rivers-caliber quarterback throwing to him, it would make a lot more sense to compare him to Hopkins, his former college teammate.

Hopkins caught 52 passes for 802 yards but was a boom-or-bust player in 2013. He went over 100 yards just once and caught only two touchdowns.

Watkins has the advantage of being the clear No. 1 wide receiver for the Bills, but we project him to produce just slightly better than Hopkins did (61 catches, 852 yards, five touchdowns).

With an unproven E.J. Manuel under center and Jeff Tuel still the team’s backup in case Manuel goes down again, Watkins cannot have a very high ceiling.

Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals second-year running back Giovani Bernard is going in the top seven at his position in nearly all leagues, but owners should not forget about Hill.

Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson believes veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has a decent chance of not making the roster. In that case, Hill is the immediate backup for Bernard.

In addition, Hobson said “It looks like Bernard and Hill could both get about 200 attempts.“ With Hill’s ability to run between the tackles, he could steal Bernard’s goal line carries and score a bulk of the team’s rushing touchdowns.

Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans is another popular pick among rookie wide receivers along with Watkins, but it is hard not to go with the guy catching passes from Drew Brees.

Cooks won the 2013 Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s top wide out in college. The rookie out of Oregon State has an uncanny ability to go deep and will use his tremendous speed on the fast field at the Super Dome. He will also be Brees’ third wide receiver option.

With so many weapons, Brees will likely spread it around enough for the rookie to be in the same neighborhood as Watkins (79 catches, 831 yards, five touchdowns), but Cooks has a much higher ceiling and his eighth round ADP provides better value than Watkins’ sixth round ADP.

Cooks arguably has more upside in the long-run for dynasty drafts as well.

Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns

No, the best rookie fantasy option on the Browns is not Johnny Manziel, but former Towson star running back Terrance West.

Running back Ben Tate is the clear starter in Cleveland’s backfield, but Tate has never played an entire 16-game season in his career. Through three preseason games, West has already worked his way up the depth chart to be Tate’s backup.

With the NFL upholding Josh Gordon’s season-long suspension, the Brown offense will have to turn somewhere for yardage. West has the talent to make some big plays.

Although the situation at quarterback will not help, West is a viable handcuff for owners to take on a late-round flier.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde, Giants RB Andre Williams and Jaguars WR Marqise Lee are honorable mention rookies that are worth keeping an eye on the first few weeks.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014


Major League Baseball - National League
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 12:35 PM - WGN (America), MLB Network, DSS
Colorado at San Francisco, 3:45 PM - CSN-Bay, DSS
Atlanta at NY Mets, 7:10 PM - SportSouth, SNY, DSS


American League
NY Yankees at Detroit, 1:08 PM - YES, FS-Detroit, MLB Network, DSS
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 PM - SunSports, MASN, DSS
Cleveland at Chicago WSox, 8:10 PM - SportsTime Ohio, CSN-Chicago, DSS
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:10 PM - FS-North, Kansas City, DSS
Texas at Houston, 8:10 PM - FS-Southwest, CSN-Houston, DSS
Oakland at LA Angels, 10:05 PM - CSN-California, FS-West, MLB Network, DSS


National Football League - Preseason
Atlanta at Jacksonville, 6:00 PM - CW69, WUPA
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 7:00 PM - WNDY, CBS12
NY Jets at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM - CBS2, 6ABC, NFL Network
Kansas City at Green Bay, 7:00 PM - NBC, KCTV
Detroit at Buffalo, 7:00 PM - WXYZ7, WKBW
St. Louis at Miami, 7:00 PM - CBS4
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30 PM - Panthers TV, KDKA
Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 PM - NBC4, CSN-DC, WFLA
New England at NY Giants, 7:30 PM - WBZ
Denver at Dallas, 8:00 PM - KUSA, KTVT, CBS11
Chicago at Cleveland, 8:00 PM - FOX32, WKYC
Minnesota at Tennessee, 8:00 PM - KARE, WKRN
San Francisco at Houston, 8:00 PM - KPIX, KTRK
Baltimore at New Orleans, 8:00 PM - WBAL, CST
Arizona at San Diego, 10:00 PM - ABC15, KFMB
Seattle at Oakland, 10:00 PM - Q13, KTVU, NFL Network


College Football
Texas A&M at So Carolina, 6:00 PM - SEC Network
Chattanooga at Central Mich, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Eastern Ill at Minnesota, 7:00 PM - Big Ten Network
Howard at Akron, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Wake Forest at ULM, 7:00 PM - ESPN U
Presbyterian at Northern Ill, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Idaho State at Utah, 7:30 PM - Pac-12 Network
Tulane at Tulsa, 8:00 PM - CBSSN
Boise State vs. Ole Miss, 8:00 PM - ESPN
Cal Poly at New Mexico St, 8:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Temple at Vanderbilt, 9:15 PM - SEC Network
Rutgers vs. Washington St, 10:00 PM - FS1
North Dakota at San Jose St, 10:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Weber State at Arizona State, 10:30 PM - Pac-12 Network


International Soccer
Tottenham vs. AEL Limassol FC, 2:40 PM - beIN Sport


Golf
EUROPEAN - Italian Open, 5:30 AM - Golf Channel
EUROPEAN - Italian Open, 9:30 AM - Golf Channel
WEB.COM - Hotel Fitness Championship, 3:00 PM - Golf Channel
LPGA - Portland Classic, 6:30 PM - Golf Channel


Tennis
U.S. Open, 11:00 AM - Tennis Channel
U.S. Open, 1:00 PM - ESPN
U.S. Open, 6:00 PM - ESPN 2

Glenville Family Ice Cream Shoppe Holiday Hours

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Inside Yard Sale at Cedar Creek Community Building - Friday, August 29, 2014

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Inside Yard Sale at Cedar Creek Community Building

Friday, AUGUST 29, 2014

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Rain or Shine

Tools, electric chain saw, pruning saw, automobile bike rack, scuba diving equipment,

new in box outdoor lanterns, track lighting (nib)

Elephant stands and other elephant decor items

Indoor trees,  Lots of household items

Big men’s, womens and junior clothing

End tables and other items

FPWV1011- House For Sale

House for Sale

What’s Next, West Virginia?

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IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT OUR FUTURE, WEST VIRGINIA

Free What’s Next, WV? Workshops Give Residents Tools to Talk and Work Together
to Strengthen Local Economies

Many West Virginians believe the time is right for deep, productive conversations about our state’s future. But until now there have been few opportunities for residents to connect in broad ways—across sectors and points of view—to begin building a more diverse and vibrant economy that can adapt to 21st century opportunities, challenges, and changes.

What’s Next, West Virginia? is a statewide series of community conversations about strengthening local economies. These nonpartisan conversations are designed to encourage thinking, talking, and actions based on West Virginians’ own ideas for helping their communities—and the state—move forward.

“What’s Next, WV? was founded on the belief that we as West Virginians have a role to play in determining our own economic future. That we have options to weigh, together,“ said Catherine Moore, a West Virginian who is helping coordinate the initiative. “It was born out of the need to talk with each other about our current conditions, the future we want, and the choices we have to influence what tomorrow’s economy will look like.“

On August 14, 2014 residents of Gilmer County and north-central West Virginia took a lead organizing role in bringing What’s Next conversations to their area by attending a regional workshop in Buckhannon. The event ran from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at WV Wesleyan College at the Social Hall of the Benedum Campus Center.

Other regional workshops will be held in Martinsburg on August 19; in Beckley on August 21; and in Charleston on September 03, 2014.

At these workshops, the WV Center for Civic Life will provide free training and materials to help organizers plan and implement the dialogues in their communities. Participants will learn ways to connect what is happening in their area, reach out to involve new people, develop local coalitions and partnerships, facilitate productive conversations, and move from dialogue to action. They are encouraged to come with others from their community who want to help do this important work.

“What’s next, WV?“ is a question that can be considered by a group as small as a neighborhood or school, and as large as the entire public sphere. It’s a question that can be asked in a town, a county, a workforce, a sector, or an elected body. And it’s a question that can be answered most completely with a diversity of voices, ideas, and viewpoints.

Real economic transition for West Virginia will mean finding not only new employment opportunities, but also new ways of talking and working together. What’s Next conversations provide a way for people to come together in discussion and analysis of our state’s needs in a democratic process that includes a wide array of voices and allows for fresh, innovative thinking to emerge.

What’s Next is being organized by a broad and growing coalition of partners from nonprofit, philanthropic, government, educational, and faith-based organizations across the state. This coalition has been working for over a year to develop relationships, build connections, and create processes to support productive conversations about the economic future of West Virginia.

Workshops are free, but registration is required at whatsnextwv.org/regional-workshops.

Find out more about What’s Next, WV? at whatsnextwv.org.

For questions, contact the West Virginia Center for Civic Life at or 304.344.3430.

The Final Nail in the Coffin: The Death of Freedom in Our Schools

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Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks.
Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.
And their grandchildren are once more slaves.”

―D.H. Lawrence

No matter what your perspective on the showdown between locals and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, there can be no disputing the fact that “local” police should not be looking or acting like branches of the military.

Unfortunately, in the police state that is America today, we’re going to find ourselves revisiting Ferguson over and over again. Every time an unarmed citizen gets shot by a police officer who is armed to the hilt, or inclined to shoot first and ask questions later, or so concerned about their own safety, to the exclusion of all else, that everything becomes a potential threat, we’ll find ourselves back in Ferguson territory again.

Here’s the thing, though: whether or not it ever gets reported, whether it incites any protests or marches or showdowns of epic proportions, whether it elicits any outrage on the part of the citizenry, Ferguson is already happening over and over again, all around us.

It’s happening in small towns and big cities alike every time a citizen gets stopped and frisked for no better reason than they “look” suspicious. It’s happening on the nation’s highways and byways, where corporate greed disguised as road safety is making a hefty profit off of drivers who have the misfortune of passing a red light camera or a speed camera or a license plate reader. It’s happening in the privately run jails, which are teeming with prisoners doing time for nonviolent crimes that should have landed them with a slap on the wrist and a fine instead of hard time and forced labor.

It’s happening in our airports and train stations and shopping malls, where menacing squads of black-garbed, jack-booted, up-armored soldiers disguised as law enforcement officials are subjecting Americans to roving security checkpoints, allegedly in the pursuit of terrorists. And it’s happening in the schools, where the school-to-prison pipeline is fully operational and busy churning out newly minted citizens of the American police state who have been taught the hard way what it means to comply and march in lockstep with the government’s dictates.

Young Alex Stone didn’t even make it past the first week of school before he became a victim of the police state. Directed by his teacher to do a creative writing assignment involving a series of fictional Facebook statuses, Stone wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business.” Despite the fact that dinosaurs are extinct, the status fabricated, and the South Carolina student was merely following orders, his teacher reported him to school administrators, who in turn called the police.

What followed is par for the course in schools today: students were locked down in their classrooms while armed police searched the 16-year-old’s locker and bookbag, handcuffed him, charged him with disorderly conduct disturbing the school, arrested him, detained him, and then he was suspended from school. Stone’s mother was never alerted to the school’s concerns about her son’s creative writing assignment or his subsequent interrogation and arrest.

Keshana Wilson, a 14-year-old student at a Pennsylvania high school, was tasered in the groin by a police officer working as a school resource officer, allegedly because she resisted arrest for cursing, inciting a crowd of students, and walking on the highway. One might be hard pressed to find a teenager not guilty of one or the other at any given time. Nevertheless, the tasering came after the officer grabbed the teenager from behind and pushed her up against a car, without identifying himself as a police officer. “The teenager had to be taken to hospital to have the taser probes removed before she was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on the officer, simple assault, riot, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to disperse and walking on the highway,” noted one reporter.

Rounding out the lesson in compliance, police officers who patrol schools in Compton, Calif., are now authorized to buy semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and carry them in their patrol car trunks while on duty—a practice that is becoming increasingly common, according to Joe Grubbs, president of the California Association of School Resource Officers. A few states away, in Missouri, a new state law actually requires that all school districts participate in live-action school shooting drills, including realistic gunfire, students covered in fake blood, and bodies strewn throughout the hallways.

Now these incidents may seem light years away from the all-too-grim reality of the events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, but they are, in fact, mere stops along the way to the American police state, and parents with kids returning to school would do well to consider these incidents fair warning, because today’s public schools have become microcosms of the world beyond the schoolhouse gates, and increasingly, it’s a world hostile to freedom.

As I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, within America’s public schools can be found almost every aspect of the American police state that plagues those of us on the “outside”: metal detectors, surveillance cameras, militarized police, drug-sniffing dogs, tasers, cyber-surveillance, random searches, senseless arrests, jail time, the list goes on.

Whether it takes the form of draconian zero tolerance policies, overreaching anti-bullying statutes, police officers charged with tasering and arresting so-called unruly children, standardized testing with its emphasis on rote answers, political correctness, or the extensive surveillance systems cropping up in schools all over the country, young people in America are first in line to be indoctrinated into compliant citizens of the new American police state.

Zero tolerance policies, which punish all offenses severely, no matter how minor, condition young people to steer clear of doing anything that might be considered out of line, whether it’s pointing their fingers like a gun, drawing on their desks, or chewing their gum too loudly.

Surveillance technologies, used by school officials, police, NSA agents, and corporate entities to track the everyday activities of students, accustom young people to life in an electronic concentration camp, with all of their movements monitored, their interactions assessed, and their activities recorded and archived. For example, the Department of Education (DOE) has created a system to track, archive and disseminate data on every single part of a child’s educational career with colleges and state agencies such as the Department of Labor and the offices of Technology and Children and Family Services.

Metal detectors at school entrances and police patrolling school hallways acclimatize young people to being viewed as suspects. Funded in part by federal grants, school districts across the country have “paid local police agencies to provide armed ‘school resource officers’ for high schools, middle schools and sometimes even elementary schools.” As the New York Times reports, “Hundreds of additional districts, including those in Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, have created police forces of their own, employing thousands of sworn officers.” The problem, of course, is that the very presence of these police officers in the schools results in greater numbers of students being arrested or charged with crimes for nonviolent, childish behavior. In Texas, for example, school police officers write more than 100,000 misdemeanor tickets a year, each ticket amounting to hundreds of dollars in court fines—a convenient financial windfall for the states. All too often, these incidents remain on students’ permanent records, impacting college and job applications.

Weapons of compliance, such as tasers which deliver electrical shocks lethal enough to kill, not only teach young people to fear the police, the face of our militarized government, but teach them that torture is an accepted means of controlling the population. It’s a problem that has grown exponentially as the schools have increasingly clamored for—and hired on—their own police forces. One high school student in Texas suffered severe brain damage and nearly died after being tasered. A 15-year-old disabled North Carolina student was tasered three times, resulting in punctured lungs. A New York student was similarly tasered for lying on the floor and crying.

Standardized testing and Common Core programs, which discourage students from thinking for themselves while rewarding them for regurgitating whatever the government, through its so-called educational standards, dictates they should be taught, will not only create a generation of test-takers capable of little else, but it will also constitute massive data collection on virtually every aspect of our children’s lives which will be accessed by government agents and their corporate allies.

Overt censorship, monitoring and political correctness, which manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from Internet filters on school computers to sexual harassment policies, habituate young people to a world in which nonconformist, divergent, politically incorrect ideas and speech are treated as unacceptable or dangerous. In such an environment, a science teacher criticizing evolution can get fired for insubordination, a 9-year-old boy remarking that his teacher is “cute” can be suspended for sexual harassment, students detected using their smart phones during class time can be reported for not paying attention in class, and those accused of engaging in “bullying, cyber-bullying, hate and shaming activities, depression, harm and self harm, self hate and suicide, crime, vandalism, substance abuse and truancy” on social media such as Twitter or Facebook, will have their posts and comments analyzed by an outside government contractor.

As problematic as all of these programs are, however, what’s really unnerving are the similarities between the American system of public education and that of totalitarian regimes such as Nazi Germany, with their overt campaigns of educational indoctrination. And while those who run America’s schools may not be deliberately attempting to raise up a generation of Hitler Youth, they are teaching young people to march in lockstep with the all-powerful government—which may be just as dangerous in the end.

You don’t have to take my word for it. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum provides some valuable insight into education in the Nazi state, which was responsible for winning “millions of German young people … over to Nazism in the classroom and through extracurricular activities.” The similarities are startling, ranging from the dismissal of teachers deemed to be “politically unreliable” to the introduction of classroom textbooks that taught students obedience to state authority and militarism. “Board games and toys for children served as another way to spread racial and political propaganda to German youth. Toys were also used as propaganda vehicles to indoctrinate children into militarism.” And then there was the Hitler Youth, a paramilitary youth group intended to train young people for future service in the armed forces and government.

Hitler himself recognized the value of indoctrinating young people. As he noted, “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side, and you will not get me on your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to me already. A people lives forever. What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants however now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’”

In the face of such a mechanized, bureaucratic school system that demands conformity, indoctrinating and enslaving their minds while punishing anyone who dares step out of line, American school children are indeed powerless. And they will remain helpless, powerless and in bondage to the police state unless “we the people” take the steps to set them free.

~~  John W. Whitehead ~~

Lawmakers and School Officials: Stay out of Our Bodily Wastes

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Why is it that the same conservatives who so desperately want “big government” out of our lives are at the same time so darn eager to have officials involved in our urination? Despite major studies showing that suspicion-less drug testing is not an effective means of identifying or deterring drug use, state and federal officials continue to promote it. That is true of both school-based drug testing and random workplace testing.

In 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott (a Republican) attempted to require anyone seeking benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to submit a urine sample. No suspicion was required, nor was any previous arrest or conviction for a drug-related offense required. Being poor was the only suspicion needed. Federal courts declared the program unconstitutional, although Scott spent nearly $400,000 fighting the court’s decision. And Florida spent $118,140 reimbursing the 3,938 TANF applicants who tested negative for drugs. Only 2.6 percent of people who were tested during the four months that the Florida program was in operation had results positive for drugs—a rate far lower than drug use among the general public. In fact, more than three times lower than the 8.13 percent of Floridians over the age of 12 who are estimated by the federal government to use illegal drugs. Tennessee’s program saw only one person out of the 800 who applied for assistance test positive.

In 2012, Georgia passed the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, a virtual carbon copy of the recently-debunked Florida law, which requires all benefits recipients to pass a drug test. Note the name of the law, which highlights the disgusting assumption that persons receiving benefits cannot be trusted to be socially responsible or accountable unless they take a #### test. In all, at least 28 states introduced some type of drug testing for benefits recipients in 2012. The infatuation with drug testing poor people has not ended. In early August, Republican Governor Paul LePage of Maine announced his plan to drug test people applying for TANF, although at least this proposal is limited to those who have previous felony drug convictions.

It’s not just the poor who are targeted, however. Officials seem to believe that all teenagers are up to no good, hence a continued increase in school-based drug-testing. This fall, three Catholic schools in Ohio are drug testing their entire student bodies, requiring students to submit hair samples. Closer to my home, the Miami Dade Public Schools announced it will begin randomly testing students this fall as well. In 2011, Linn State Technical College in Linn, Missouri, enacted a controversial policy requiring drug testing for all incoming students and some returning students. It was declared unconstitutional in 2013. It seems the only people immune from being tested are lawmakers themselves, as John Stewart so keenly pointed out when he requested that Florida Governor Rick Scott submit to a urinalysis.

Of course, while testing programs are not cheap, with the cost passed on to taxpayers, the drug-testing business has fast become a multi-billion dollar industry, with huge amounts spent on lobbyists who demonize the poor and vulnerable in order to line their own pockets. They argue, as do the lawmakers who they buy, that people shouldn’t worry if they have nothing to hide. That’s bunk. Our excretory processes should be among the most private activities, hence why we have laws against public urination and, even in our own homes, most of us shut the door to the bathroom.

To be clear, I have no problem with drug testing based on actual suspicion. Clearly, if someone appears to be impaired by drugs in the workplace or at school, this suspicion could justify use of a urinalysis. But for increasing numbers of high school youth and people in need of public services, no suspicion is needed. Rather, it is simply presumed that they must prove their innocence by whizzing in a cup.

~~  Laura Finley, Ph.D. - Teaches in the Barry University Department of Sociology & Criminology ~~

Bon Appétit: Farro and Arugula Salad

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Ingredients:

  1 cup pearled farro
  2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  6 Peppadew peppers, thinly sliced (or about 1/4 cup jarred banana pepper slices)
  2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  5-ounce container arugula
  4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  Ground black pepper
  6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp


Directions:

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the farro and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain and spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl toss the shallots, peppers and tomatoes. Add the arugula and feta, then toss to combine. When the farro has cooled (to speed cooling, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes), add it to the bowl and toss well. Add the vinegar and toss again. Season with black pepper. Crumble the bacon and sprinkle over the salad. Serve immediately or chill.

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Flashback: What Happened on August 28, ....

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•  1911 The first Logan High School was organized with F. O. Warner as principal, Logan County.

•  1963 A large civil rights march was held in Washington, D. C.

•  1966 WXVA - FM radio went on the air, the first FM radio station in Charles Town, Jefferson County. It was the sister station to WXVA - AM.

•  1989 The First National Bank in Ripley, Jackson County, became a United National Bank.

Ask the Doctor: Be Wary of Blood Pressure

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please address the subject of wildly fluctuating blood pressure readings.

A couple of years ago, my 87-year-old father was taken off blood pressure medicines because his readings were OK.

For the past year, he has had extremely low readings when he stands up.

He has been to doctors and the emergency room on several occasions.

At times, his pressure is quite high.

He has been put on fludrocortisone for the low pressure.

I have read about Shy-Drager syndrome and wonder if he might have it.

Please give your advice on his low blood pressure. - P.M.


ANSWER: When people stand, their bodies have to make quick adjustments, because blood pools in the legs while they sit.

As much as a pint to a quart of blood is taken out of circulation.

Blood pressure drops.

Reflexes save the day.

They get the heart beating faster, and they make arteries constrict.

Blood pressure returns to normal promptly.

In older people, those reflexes don’t work.

Their pressure drops when they rise from sitting or lying, and it stays low.

They become dizzy and might even faint.

Before your father changes position, he must tense and relax his leg muscles for a couple of minutes.

This muscle action pumps blood out of his legs.

It doesn’t pool in them when he rises.

After he’s standing up, have him cross one leg over the other.

That keeps pressure up, too.

He ought to get some custom-fitted elastic stockings.

They prevent blood from pooling.

If he can handle it, have him drink two glasses of water in three to four minutes before rising.

That keeps pressure up for about 20 minutes.

His medicine helps him retain salt and water, and that keeps pressure up.

If he has trouble on rising out of bed in the morning, place 6-inch blocks under the posts at the head of his bed.

I don’t know if he’s taking medicine for high blood pressure.

If his pressure stays high at other times, he needs them.

Shy-Drager syndrome is now called multiple system atrophy.

It’s due to a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system over which we have little control.

It has a role in maintaining normal blood pressure.

This syndrome usually strikes at an age younger than your father’s and is often associated with symptoms that look like those of Parkinson’s disease.

Although fluctuating blood pressure is one of its signs, I don’t think your dad has it.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 08.28.14

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To fear the Lord in reverence for his word and trust his truth is distinct from an image of timidity or anxiety.

The haunting psalm of Solomon—‘If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do the builders labour’—is a constant theme reminding us of the importance of God’s blessing in all we undertake. God is our peace and refuge. Jesus castigated scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy in twisting God’s laws to their own advantage and profit. He made no mention of God’s mercy and forgiveness, almost washing his hands of them. Ever loving Father, you know us as we are. We ask you for the gifts of simplicity and sincerity of heart that we may follow you in your faith, justice and love.


2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18. Happy are those who fear the Lord—Ps 127(128):1-2, 4-5. Matthew 23:27-32.

Chester Carlous Bailey

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Chester Carlous Bailey

Age 83 of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia, departed this life at 4:15 PM, Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, West Virginia, following a short illness.

Born December 15, 1930 in Hugheston, West Virginia, son of the late Nelson and Edith Gibson Bailey.

Chester was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, with over 30 years experience. He was a farmer all his life and worked in the coal mines in his younger years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, spending time outdoors, and taking care of his dog Sweet Pea.

Chester nicknamed his grandson little Carlous “Sonny” at birth, and Sonny was his pride and joy.  He was a member of the VFW.

He was member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Sand Fork, and was baptized in the summer of 2013.

On March 03, 1951 he was united in marriage to Athilene Osborne, who preceded him in death in May 2001.

Surviving is 1 son, Carlous B. Bailey and wife Priscilla of Cox’s Mills, 1 brother, Hansford Bailey and wife Opal of Wardensville, West Virginia, 3 sisters, May Lilly of Cox’s Mills, Beatrice George of Charleston, West Virginia, and Sylvia Osborne of Cyclone, West Virginia, and 3 grandchildren surviving, Little Carlous “Sonny” Bailey and wife Hope of Cox’s Mills, Roger Osborne and wife Annette of Charleston, West Virginia, and Bruce Osborne and wife Tressie of Brunswick, Ohio.

There are 7 great grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren surviving and he also raised several nieces and nephews

Along with his wife and parents, Chester was preceded in death by 1 Son, Roger Dale Bailey, 1 grandson, Nelson Edward “Eddie” Bailey, 3 sisters, Dorothy Hoosier, Evylene Marcum, and Maxine Blevins, and 1 brother, Cisco Bailey.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV 26351 at 11:00 AM Friday August 29, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Horn Creek Cemetery, Cox’s Mills, with Full Military Honors provided by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 6-8 PM Thursday evening at the Mortuary.

Lucille Stalnaker

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Lucille Stalnaker

Age 93, of Tesla, WV passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, at her residence.

She was born February 12, 1921, in Braxton County, to the late George N. & Sally F Harris Tinney.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Osborne D. Stalnaker, sister, Dorothy Wilson, brothers, Creed Tinney, Dwayne Tinney.

Lucille was a retired cook & waitress for McCory Corporation.

She was a member of Stump Chapel Baptist Church, Tesla.

She is survived by her two daughters, Angela J. Stalnaker of Tesla, June D. Hughes of Huntington. She also had 3 loving grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, August 29, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Hoover Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call two hours before services at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Stalnaker family.

08.28.14

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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  August 28

Today is Thursday, August 28, the 240th day of 2014. There are 125 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

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“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.“ — Mohammad Ali, American boxing champion (1942- ).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 28, 1964, two days of race-related rioting erupted in North Philadelphia over a false rumor that white police officers had beaten to death a pregnant black woman.


On this date:

In 1609, English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, reached present-day Delaware Bay.

In 1862, the Second Battle of Bull Run (also known as Second Manassas) began in Prince William County, Virginia, during the Civil War; the result was a Confederate victory.

In 1922, the first-ever radio commercial aired on station WEAF in New York City; the 10-minute advertisement was for the Queensboro Realty Co., which had paid a fee of $100.

In 1944, during World War II, German forces in Toulon and Marseille, France, surrendered to Allied troops.

In 1945, the Allies began occupying Japan at the end of World War II.

In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teen-ager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi, by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later.

In 1963, more than 200,000 people listened as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

In 1968, police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.

In 1972, Mark Spitz of the United States won the first two of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finishing first in the 200-meter butterfly and anchoring the 400-meter freestyle relay. The Soviet women gymnasts won the team all-around.

In 1988, 70 people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein (RAHM’-shtyn), West Germany.

In 1990, an F5 tornado struck the Chicago area, killing 29 people.

In 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination at a storm-delayed national convention in Tampa, Florida.


Ten years ago:

Islamic militants claiming to be holding two French journalists in Iraq gave France 48 hours to overturn its law banning the wearing of Islamic head scarves in schools. (The French government refused the demand; the reporters, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, were released in December 2004.)

The U.S. men’s basketball team beat Lithuania 104-96 to win the Olympic bronze medal in Athens; Argentina won the gold medal by beating Italy 84-69.


Five years ago:

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office announced that Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide caused primarily by the powerful anesthetic propofol and another sedative, lorazepam.

Celebrity disc jockey Adam Goldstein, known as DJ AM, was found dead in his New York apartment; he was 36.


One year ago:

A military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that claimed 13 lives.

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, President Barack Obama stood on the same steps as he challenged new generations to seize the cause of racial equality.


Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Sonny Shroyer is 79

Actor Ken Jenkins is 74

Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen is 74

Actor David Soul is 71

Former pop singer-musician Honey Lantree (The Honeycombs) is 71

Former MLB manager and player Lou Piniella is 71

Actress Barbara Bach is 68

Actress Debra Mooney is 67

Singer Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds) is 63

Actor Daniel Stern is 57

Olympic gold medal figure skater Scott Hamilton is 56

Actor John Allen Nelson is 55

Actress Emma Samms is 54

Actress Jennifer Coolidge is 53

Movie director David Fincher is 52

Actress Amanda Tapping is 49

Country singer Shania (shah-NY’-uh) Twain is 49

Actor Billy Boyd is 46

Actor Jack Black is 45

Actor Jason Priestley is 45

Olympic gold medal swimmer Janet Evans is 43

Actor J. August Richards is 41

Rock singer-musician Max Collins (Eve 6) is 36

Actress Carly Pope is 34

Country singer Jake Owen is 33

Country singer LeAnn Rimes is 32

Actor Michael Galeota is 30

Actress Sarah Roemer is 30

Actor Armie Hammer is 28

Rock singer Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) is 28

Country-pop singer Cassadee Pope (TV: winner “The Voice”) is 25

Actor/singer Samuel Larsen (TV: “Glee”) is 23

Actor Kyle Massey is 23

Actress Quvenzhane (kwuh-VEHN’-zhah-nay) Wallis is 11

Reality TV star Alana Thompson, AKA “Honey Boo Boo,“ is 9

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Poll: Public Opinion Dips on COMMOM CORE Standards

On most policy questions, public opinion changes slowly, if at all.

But when new issues arise, important shifts can occur before opinion sorts itself into settled patterns. And, on occasion, critical events can jar opinion from settled patterns into a new equilibrium.

These generalizations apply as much to education policy as to opinion in other areas of public life. During the eight years (2007 to 2014) that the Education Next (EdNext) poll has been administered to a representative sample of American adults (and, in most of these years, to a representative sample of public school teachers), we have seen only minimal changes from one year to the next on such important issues as charter schools, merit pay, teacher tenure, teachers unions, and tax credits that fund private-school scholarships. That pattern persists into 2014, despite heated public disputes concerning many of these topics.

Sometimes sharp changes in opinion do occur. For example, the share of the public that say it favors the Common Core State Standards slipped noticeably between 2013 and 2014. Establishing a common set of standards across states is a new policy proposal that emerged as a public issue only in 2011, and it appears as if many citizens have yet to decide where they stand on the matter. Also, in 2009 we observed a steep drop in public support for higher school expenditures and higher teacher salaries in the wake of the financial crisis and the economic recession. We now find that even by 2014 support for expenditures and salary increases has not returned to 2008 levels, at least among respondents told current per-pupil expenditures and teacher salary levels. A new, lower equilibrium has been established, perhaps because of the wallet tightening required by the slow, uneven economic recovery.

These are among the many findings to emerge from this installment of the EdNext Survey, administered to some 5,000 respondents in May and June of 2014 (see methodology sidebar below). Among other key findings are the following:

1) While Americans asked to evaluate the quality of teachers’ work think, on average, that about half of the teachers in their local schools deserve a grade of A or B, they think that more than one-fifth deserve a D or F; even teachers give these low marks to more than 1 in 10 of their peers, on average.

2) More than one-fourth of all families with school-age children have educated a child in a setting other than a traditional public school.

3) The public thinks less money should be spent on class-size reduction relative to the amount spent on teacher salaries or new books and technologies, if they are told the relative price of each intervention.

We discuss these and other topics in this review of the 2014 EdNext poll, the complete results of which are available H E R E.

Common Core State Standards

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Public debate over a nationwide effort to set common education standards has been raging in many states over the past year. Encouraged by the federal Race to the Top initiative, 45 states had by 2011 quietly adopted benchmarks that detail what students should learn at each grade level, set by the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), an entity formed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Yet the undertaking has become increasingly controversial as the standards have been implemented and appropriate tests devised. While most states remain committed to the standards, opposition has been voiced both by conservative groups who fear expanded federal control and by teachers unions worried about the consequences for teacher evaluation. Five states under the leadership of conservative governors—Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Carolina—have either repealed the standards or initiated a process to review them. From a quite different place on the political spectrum, the New York affiliate of the National Education Association has withdrawn its support for the Common Core as implemented in that state, and the American Federation of Teachers is calling for a moratorium on all consequences attached to student test results while the standards are being implemented, a policy that has been affirmed in California.

Declining, polarizing public support. The controversy has had a striking impact on public opinion. Although a majority of the public continues to support the standards set by CCSSI, and supporters outnumber opponents by a two-to-one margin, trend lines show serious erosion in support. In 2013, no less than 65% of the general public favored the standards, but that portion is now just 53% (see Figure 1). Meanwhile, the opposition has doubled from 13% to 26%. (The share taking no position on the issue has remained essentially unchanged, at 21% in 2014.)

The debate has had a polarizing effect as well. In 2013, CCSSI gathered backers from across the political spectrum. Since then, support among Republicans has fallen from 57% to 43%, while support among Democrats has remained nearly unchanged (64% in 2013 and 63% in 2014). Opposition among Republicans jumped from 16% in 2013 to 37% in 2014. Opposition grew among Democrats as well, but to a much smaller degree; only 17% of Democrats express opposition now, up from 10% in 2013.

The staunchest opposition comes from the conservative wing of the Republican Party. The Common Core has the support of a majority of self-described “moderate” Republicans (57%) and a plurality of “slightly conservative” Republicans (45%). It drops off considerably among Republicans who describe themselves as “conservative” (38%) or “extremely conservative” (23%).

Declining teacher support. Teachers, too, have soured on the Common Core (see Figure 1). Just a year ago, 76% of teachers backed the Common Core, but the portion in favor has now plummeted to 46%. Meanwhile, teacher opposition has more than tripled, from 12% to 40%. (The percentage without a position on the issue remains essentially unchanged.) Once again, signs of polarization are evident, with positive views expressed by Republican teachers falling by 34 points, from 69% in 2013 to 35% in 2014, while among Democratic teachers the percentage has slipped only 15 points, from 69% to 54%.

Especially intriguing is the flip in the opinion gap between teachers and the public as a whole. In 2013, teachers were more positive in their views of the Common Core than the public (76% compared to 65%), but today teachers are less positive (46% compared to 53%). A year ago, only 12% of the teaching force expressed opposition—virtually the same as the public. Today, teacher opposition is nearly twice as high as opposition among the public (40% compared to just 26%).

A Tainted Brand? The words “Common Core” elicit greater antagonism than does the concept of common standards itself. We discovered this by asking one randomly chosen half of our respondents the same question as was posed to the other half, except that we dropped any specific mention of the Common Core. The difference in the questions posed to the two groups is in brackets below:

As you may know, in the last few years states have been deciding whether or not to use [the Common Core, which are] standards for reading and math that are the same across the states. In the states that have these standards, they will be used to hold public schools accountable for their performance. Do you support or oppose the use of these [the Common Core] standards in your state?

When the Common Core label is dropped from the question, support for the concept among the general public leaps from 53% to 68%. Significantly, the pronounced partisan polarization evoked by the phrase Common Core disappears when the question does not include those seemingly toxic words. The level of support among Republicans is 68%, virtually identical to the Democratic level of support. In other words, a broad consensus remains with respect to national standards, despite the fact that public debate over the Common Core has begun to polarize the public along partisan lines.

Perceptions versus CCSSI Stated Principles. When people oppose a label but not the basic concept to which it is attached, it may mean they have heard the label but understand it to refer to something else, possibly something more far-reaching. CCSSI emphasizes that state participation remains voluntary, that local educators will retain control over instructional materials, and that the federal government will not gain access to information on individual students. As of now, each of these claims is factually correct.

Critics note, however, that the federal government has encouraged states to adopt the Common Core through the Race to the Top competitive grant program and a streamlined path to waivers from the provisions of No Child Left Behind. They warn that adoption of the Common Core will inevitably lead to greater federal control over instructional materials and monitoring of individual students’ performance.

Who is winning the battle of public perception of Common Core design? To find out, we first asked individuals whether or not they had heard of the standards (we asked this question before gauging support). Only 43% of the public—but 89% of teachers—says it had heard of the Common Core before the survey, indicating that the debate over the Common Core has yet to register in the minds of many Americans.

We then asked those respondents who said they had heard the phrase to identify three statements as true or false or to say they do not know. In no case did a majority of the respondents give an answer that corresponded with CCSSI’s stated principles. In two instances only a small minority understood the principles in the same way as CCSSI itself (see Figure 2).

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Teacher perceptions were much more consistent with CCSSI’s stated view, however. Although a majority of teachers perceived two of the three statements in Figure 2 in a way that is consistent with CCSSI’s position, only a minority of the public perceived any of these statements in the same way that CCSSI does. This may indicate that opposition to the Common Core is driven, in part, by misconceptions.

Yet among the public, supporters and opponents of the Common Core differ significantly in their assessment of only the last of these statements. Supporters are more likely than opponents to say that the Common Core allows local school districts to decide which textbooks and materials to use in their schools (64% compared to 30%). Apparently, CCSSI needs to reassure the public that the new standards allow local districts to make key curricular decisions.

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Evaluating Teachers

Teacher-tenure laws leaped on to the front page of the national media in 2014 when a California judge responded favorably to a plaintiff’s argument that the state’s teacher-tenure laws violate its state constitution. While defenders of tenure claim that it merely protects teachers from arbitrary dismissal, critics contend that tenure now makes it extremely difficult to remove poorly performing teachers from the classroom. Where do Americans come down on the issue of teacher tenure? Just how many of America’s teachers do they think are ineffective?

We explored these issues by asking respondents to grade teachers on the same A-to-F scale traditionally used to evaluate student performance. Specifically, we asked them what percentage of teachers in the  local schools deserved each letter grade. The average member of the public says that 50% of teachers at the local schools deserve an A or a B. If we use the traditional definition of a C grade as “satisfactory,” then the public, on average, thinks about one-fifth of teachers in the local schools are unsatisfactory (13% D and 9% F) (see Figure 3).

Teachers, though more positive toward their peers, do not entirely disagree with the public’s judgment. The average teacher thinks 69% of his or her colleagues in local schools deserve an A or a B. Even teachers say 5% of their colleagues in local schools are failures deserving an F, with another 8% performing at no better than the D level.

Perhaps because the public is concerned about the performance of some teachers, 50% of those interviewed oppose “giving tenure to teachers” altogether. Only 32% favor the idea (and another 18% take no position). We followed this question with another asking whether teachers should demonstrate that their students are making adequate progress on state tests in order to receive tenure. Overall, 60% of the public liked the idea. Even 65% of respondents who favor tenure say it should be based on student performance. Only 9% of Americans favor “giving teachers tenure” and oppose using student performance on state tests to determine tenure.

Teachers unions, of course, remain s teadfast in their defense of teacher tenure. Dennis Van Roekel, the outgoing president of the National Education Association, described the California lawsuit as “yet another attempt by millionaires and corporate special interests to undermine the teaching profession and push their own ideological agenda on public schools.” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten assured her members that “this [decision] will not be the last word.”

But, surprisingly, a majority of teachers do not favor the status quo of most states, under which most teachers receive tenure as a matter of course without explicit consideration of student-achievement data. It is true that teachers endorse tenure by a two-to-one margin: 60% in favor, with 32% opposed. Furthermore, only 31% of teachers like the idea of basing tenure on student test performance. But when responses to the two questions are combined, just 41% of teachers both favor tenure and oppose using information from state tests when awarding it. In short, when it comes to the teacher-tenure laws in most states, less than half of teachers and fewer than 1 in 10 Americans prefer the status quo.

It is no surprise then, that a plurality of the public (41%) says that teachers unions have a “negative effect” on the local schools and just 34% says they have a “positive effect.” Both numbers remain essentially unchanged since last year.

Teachers, meanwhile, are far more generous in their assessment of their unions’ influence and appear to have become less critical of the unions over the past year. Fifty-nine percent of teachers now report that teachers unions have a positive effect on schools. The share of teachers saying that teachers unions have a negative effect fell from 31% to 23% between 2013 and 2014, widening the gap between the public as a whole and teachers over the role of unions in American public education.

Teachers and the public also remain sharply divided on the issue of merit pay. Fifty-seven percent of the public supports “basing part of the salaries of teachers on how much their students learn,” while 31% opposes this idea. Among teachers, however, just 21% support merit pay and fully 73% are opposed. This 36-point gap in support between teachers and the public is the largest observed for any item on our survey.


Beyond Traditional Public Schools

The practice of school choice has now spread to such an extent that more than one-fourth of all American families have a school-age child who has been educated elsewhere than in a traditional public school. Many American families are ignoring the bright lines routinely drawn between traditional public schools on the one hand and charter schools, private schools, and home schooling on the other. We asked respondents who live with children aged 6 to 17 to report whether those children have ever attended a traditional public school, a charter school, or a private school, as well as whether they have been home schooled. No fewer than 26% percent of respondents living with school-age children have used an alternative to traditional public schools at some point in those children’s education. About 16% of them have combined multiple types of schooling.

The vast majority of respondents with school-age children in the home (87%) have experience with traditional public schools, and most rely on them exclusively (see Figure 4). Still, 14% have used private schools, and 9% have enrolled children in charter schools. Charters attract a larger share of African Americans living with school-age children (15%). Even home schooling has a broad constituency. Eight percent of respondents living with school-age children said that at least one of the children has been home schooled.

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Teachers make just as much use of these alternatives as the public at large. About 28% of teachers living with school-age children have used or currently use private schools, charter schools, or home schooling alongside or in lieu of traditional public schools. The most heavily used alternative for teachers is private school (19%), but 8% and 7% use charter schools and home schooling, respectively. School choice is no longer an abstract concept. It is part and parcel of the American educational fabric, directly affecting 26% of all Americans living with school-age children.


School Choice

Given that Americans use the school-choice options available to them, it is worth asking, Do Americans support the expansion of choice, especially when it is targeted to disadvantaged students? The answer, it seems, depends on how the program is structured.

Charter schools. Public discussion of charter schools recently escalated with the election of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to limit charter school access to school-district facilities in New York City. When charter school supporters marched in the city’s streets and rallied at the state capitol in Albany, they won enthusiastic support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and favorable action in the state legislature. Similar battles between charter detractors and supporters have taken place in Chicago, Los Angeles, and many other parts of the country.

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Despite all the public disputation, public opinion on charters remains essentially unchanged. It is true that a higher percentage of the public is now willing to take a position on the issue, one way or another. The percentage of those surveyed who say they “neither support nor oppose” charters declined 5 percentage points (from 23% to 18%) over the past year. But charter proponents continue to hold a near two-to-one advantage over opponents. Support increased slightly from 51% to 54%, while opposition ticked up from 26% to 28%. It appears as though the controversies have only convinced citizens that their original opinions were correct all along (see Figure 5).

School vouchers and tax credits. School-voucher and tax-credit programs that enable more families to choose a private school are also becoming a more familiar part of the U.S. education system. Half of the states now have a school-voucher or tax-credit program of some kind, according to the Friedman Foundation, a leading organization promoting private school choice. Most common is a tax-credit program that allows businesses or individuals to contribute to organizations that distribute private-school scholarships to low-income families. The public remains favorably disposed toward this policy. Sixty percent favors the idea, with just 26% opposed, a margin of support that exceeds that observed not only for charter schools, but also for school voucher programs benefiting the same population of students.

When it comes to school vouchers, modest shifts appear to be occurring in opposite directions (see Figure 5). The public is somewhat less inclined to favor vouchers for low-income families in 2014 than it was a year ago, but it is a bit more willing to lend support to universal vouchers for all families. (In both cases, the changes over the past year fall just shy of statistical significance.)

To gauge support for vouchers directed toward poor families, we asked respondents whether they favored “a proposal…that would use government funds to pay the tuition of low-income students who choose to attend private schools.” Opposition to the idea shifted upward from 45% in 2013 to 51% this year, while support slipped from 41% to 37%. On the other hand, support for universal vouchers went up a bit. Respondents were asked whether they favored “a proposal…that would give families with children in public schools a wider choice, by allowing them to enroll their children in private schools instead, with government helping to pay the tuition.” To that question, 50% of those surveyed responded positively, an uptick of 5 percentage points since 2013.

If the public resists vouchers made available only to low-income families, that hardly means it is opposed to helping the disadvantaged. If a voucher proposal is directed toward families with students attending failing schools, 51% of the public favors the idea; just 35% is opposed.

Blended learning. The public has yet to be sold on the idea of blended learning, a recent innovation that gives students opportunities to learn online within the traditional school day. When respondents were asked whether they favored “students spending more of their time at school receiving instruction independently through or on a computer,” opinion was evenly divided. While 42% responded positively, 41% gave a negative response.


How Much to Spend and How to Spend It

The public underestimates public school expenditure levels by a wide margin. When we asked respondents to estimate how much was spent per pupil in their local school district, the average response was short of $6,490, just over half the actual per-pupil expenditure levels of $12,400 in the districts reported for the school year ending in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Education. Similarly, the public grossly underestimates levels of teacher compensation. Members of the public estimate teacher salaries in their own state, on average, to be less than $38,900, barely two-thirds of the $57,000 average reported for 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education for the states in which respondents lived.

Given this misperception of expenditure and salary levels, receiving additional information on these subjects has a major impact on the public’s assessment of the need for an increase. When the public is provided with specific information on the current level of expenditure in the local school district, it is less willing to spend more money on schools than when this information is not given. We have noted this difference each year since we began asking one-half (randomly chosen) of our sample for an opinion only after supplying this information while leaving the other half uninformed.

Among informed respondents, public support for greater spending on local schools remains well below levels reached in the spring of 2008 (see Figure 6). At that time, the country did not realize it was about to enter a deep recession followed by a prolonged, uneven recovery, and 50% of the public was ready to spend more on schools even after being told current levels of per-pupil expenditure in the local school district. By the same time the following year, the country was in the midst of a severe financial crisis, and public support for more spending, when given information on current levels of expenditure, plummeted to 38%. Support for more spending has hovered in the low 40s since, with just 43% endorsing higher expenditure in 2014.

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But among those not told current levels of expenditure, support for more spending remains nearly as high as it was in 2008. In that year, 61% of the “uninformed” public (those not told current expenditure levels in their local district) endorsed more spending. In 2014 that percentage is still 60%, fully recovered from the drop to 46% registered in 2009 when the financial crisis was on the country’s mind. Only if the public is aware of current expenditure levels is it more cautious than previously about committing additional funds to the schools.

A similar pattern is ob-served for increments in teacher salaries. In 2008, the portion favoring higher salaries among those told average salary levels in their state was no less than 54%. But in 2009 that percentage fell to 40%, and it has remained at that low level ever since. In 2014, only 38% of those informed of current teacher salaries were prepared to support a salary boost.

Among those not given information about current salaries, 69% thought teacher pay should be boosted back in 2008. That percentage skidded to 56% in 2009 and dropped to a low of 52% in 2011. But it has since crept higher, reaching 62% in 2014.

Deciding how much to spend on public schools is only the first step; school districts must also determine how to use whatever resources are made available. Reducing class size is a generally popular idea, but a number of researchers have concluded that increasing teacher salaries may be a better long-term strategy for school improvement. Does the public share this view? Would it prefer to devote any new spending on public schools to higher teacher salaries or smaller classes? Or would it instead prefer to see the money spent on new books and technologies?

When asked about these issues in the abstract, the public is most enthusiastic about reducing class size. Forty-six percent of the public selects that option, compared with 30% who would purchase new books and technology, and 24% who would increase teacher salaries (see Figure 7).

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Enthusiasm for class-size reduction drops sharply, however, when information is provided that makes clear the tradeoff between spending to produce smaller classes and other options facing a typical American school district. One group of survey respondents, randomly chosen, was told, “Reducing average class sizes by three students would cost roughly the same amount as increasing teacher salaries by 13% or buying $10,000 in new books and technologies for each class every year.” Among this group, just 35% of the public favored reducing class size, while 33% preferred increasing teacher salaries and 32% would purchase new books and technology.

When uninformed of costs, teachers were even more committed than the public to smaller classes, with 54% selecting that option and only 37% preferring a salary increase. Just 9% of teachers would prefer to see the money spent on new books and technology. When relative costs were explained, the change in teacher opinion was even more pronounced than among the public, with support for class-size reduction dropping from 54% to 38%, and support for a salary increase jumping from 37% to 48%.

In short, accurate information also influences the public’s view on how best to allocate education dollars. Helping citizens understand the tradeoffs involved in efforts to reduce class size may lead to better decisions about how to use the funds we invest in public education.


Conclusions

Readers will decide for themselves which of the many findings reported in the 2014 poll are of greatest interest. In our view, the poll yields four especially important new findings:

1) Opinion with respect to the Common Core has yet to coalesce. The idea of a common set of standards across the country has wide appeal, and the Common Core itself still commands the support of a majority of the public. But proponents probably need to clarify their intentions to the public if they are to keep support from slipping within both the nation’s teaching force and the public at large.

2) Americans give good grades to about half the teaching force in their local district, but they hand out an unsatisfactory grade (D or F) to nearly one-fifth of the teachers. This may help explain why a majority of the public opposes teacher tenure. However, a majority of teachers favor tenure and, in general, teachers give their colleagues a higher grade than the public does. Yet they still give about one-tenth of teachers one of the two low grades.

3) In a quarter of households with school-age children, a child is attending or has attended a school other than the traditional public school.

4) Members of the public are less inclined to favor using additional funds for class-size reduction if they know its cost relative to the cost of teacher pay and the purchase of new books and technologies.


Michael B. Henderson is research director for the Public Policy Research Lab at Louisiana State University. Paul E. Peterson, editor-in chief of Education Next, is professor and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. Martin R. West is associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and deputy director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Historic Preservation Survey and Planning Grants Available

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The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, is accepting applications for historic preservation survey and planning grants.

Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2014.

Approximately $80,000 will be awarded from funding appropriated by the U.S. Congress for preservation efforts through the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund.

State and local government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations and firms, and educational institutions are qualified to apply. Historic Landmark Commissions that participate in the Certified Local Government program will receive priority consideration.

Eligible projects may include architectural and archaeological surveys; preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations; heritage education programs relating to preservation activities; pre-development activities; comprehensive planning documents; and development projects.

Grant funds are awarded on a matching basis, and the announcement of grantees is planned for February 2015. Funded projects must be completed by June 30.

A complete grant package, including a grants manual and application packet with program descriptions, funding priorities and selection criteria is available by contacting Pamela Brooks, grants coordinator for the SHPO, at (304) 558-0240 ext. 720, by emailing her at , by writing: SHPO, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Culture Center, Charleston, WV 25305 or at the division’s website at www.wvculture.org/shpo.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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APPEALS COURT REVIVES BLAIR MOUNTAIN LAWSUIT

A federal appeals court says environmental groups can challenge the removal of the Blair Mountain Battlefield from the National Register of Historic Places.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that the groups have legal standing to bring the challenge.

In 2012, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and other groups against the U.S. Department of Interior. The lawsuit sought to prevent mining on Blair Mountain. Walton ruled that the groups have no standing to bring the challenge.

The appeals court sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings.

Blair Mountain was the site of a 1921 battle between coal miners trying to unionize and police and hired guns.


FOUR WV NURSES ALLOWED TO WORK AMID DRUG TEST WOES

A West Virginia board let four nurses in substance abuse programs return to work despite failing or not taking drug tests, according to a state audit released Tuesday.

The state Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses let nurses practice while recovering from abusing drugs like ephedrine, hydrocodone, opiates and cocaine, legislative auditor Aaron Allred wrote.

One nurse’s drug citations date back to 2008. The audit said it took 15 months for the nurse to sign a consent order and stop practicing after she admitted drug use.

Other recovering nurses didn’t schedule drug tests, paid $250 fines and kept working.

One nurse was allowed to practice with restrictions after testing positive for drugs she stole from a hospital.

The report questioned whether auditing a larger sample would have found more similar instances. From the 2011 to 2013 budget year, the board suspended 87 licenses to let nurses get substance abuse treatment.

The audit recommended steeper fines for repeat violators, better monitoring and more timeliness in responding to complaints.

“The findings of this issue give the impression that the board leans more towards protecting the professionals at the expense of protecting the public,“ the audit said.

According to the audit, board staff said nurses deserve multiple chances to regain licenses. The board responded that it follows national standards relating to its nurse recovery and monitoring program.

The board also said it’s possible that some nurses don’t call the drug test hotline because they know they’re impaired.

An employer can also remove an impaired nurse, the board said.

“We do stand behind our disciplinary process, which we believe is very strong,“ Board Executive Director Laura Skidmore Rhodes told The Associated Press.


COMPANY PLANS REMEDIATION OF WOOD COUNTY SITE

State regulators and a company are negotiating an agreement to remediate any environmental issues at the site of a proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said.

Under the agreement, Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise LLC, or ASCENT, and the DEP will identify risks to human health and ecology associated with the 363-acre site’s existing and future uses. They also will establish standards for remediation and ensure that these standards are maintained at the site, the environmental agency said.

ASCENT owns about 194 acres that mostly is undeveloped and is expected to acquire the other tract from SABIC Innovative Plastics, in November 2015, the agency said. SABIC’s tract has changed owners several times since it was developed for plastics production by Marbon Chemical Company in 1955.

ASCENT is studying the feasibility of building an ethane cracker plant on the site, along with three polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure. The company applied for an air quality permit for the facilities earlier this year.

Cracker plants crack or convert ethane into ethylene, a widely used chemical compound. Ethane is a byproduct of natural gas drilling.

Antero Resources has said it will be the anchor ethane supplier for the plant. In March, Antero announced an agreement to provide 30,000 barrels of ethane a day to the plant, if it is built.

ASCENT’s parent, Brazilian petrochemical giant Odebrecht, announced the project last fall. Odebrecht would lead the project’s investment and financing, along with water and utility operations. Plastics maker Braskem S.A. of Brazil would handle petrochemical-related activities.


MASON WRECK INJURES ABOUT A DOZEN STUDENTS

About a dozen students went to local hospitals following a wreck involving a school bus and three other vehicles in Mason County.

A Mason County 911 dispatcher says the accident was reported at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 35 near the intersection of Cornstalk Road near Southside. The other vehicles involved were two tractor-trailers and a car.

The dispatcher says 12 to 14 students who were on the bus were injured. The extent of their injuries wasn’t available.

The accident shut down U.S. 35 for several hours.

The dispatcher says the investigation is continuing.

No other details were immediately available.


MAN GETS 5 YEARS IN INVESTMENT FRAUD SCHEME

A judge on Tuesday sentenced a man accused of running an investment fraud scheme that lost millions in investor dollars to serve five years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal in Athens also ordered Gregory Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, to pay restitution of more than $20 million and to serve three years of supervised release once he gets out of prison. Crabtree had pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy charge in April after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.

Crabtree declined to comment after the sentencing.

“He’s always taken every step he could to take responsibility for his conduct,“ his lawyer, Charlie Cox, said of his client.

Prosecutors said Crabtree and former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan ran a fraudulent investment scheme from September 2007 to December 2010 through GLC Limited, a West Virginia-based company dealing in wholesale and closeout merchandise.

Donnan stood trial in May and a jury acquitted him of all charges. His lawyers argued that he was as much a victim of a fraudulent investment scheme as the rest of the investors.

Donnan was head coach at Marshall University from 1990 to 1995 and at Georgia from 1996 to 2000. He later became an ESPN analyst. Prosecutors argued during Donnan’s trial that Crabtree ran day-to-day operations while Donnan lured investors from his extensive network of personal and professional contacts.

In late 2009, problems surfaced as Crabtree was having trouble moving merchandise and started stocking it in warehouses because investor money was coming in faster than he could sell it, he testified during Donnan’s trial. He spoke to Donnan about the troubles, and Donnan said he’d look into ways to help, Crabtree said. They ended up using investor money to pay other investors because they didn’t have profits from sales to pay the high returns Donnan had promised investors, Crabtree said.


WEST VIRGINIA FAMILY, TENNESSEE WOMAN PLEAD TO DRUG CHARGES

A West Virginia family and a Tennessee woman will be sentenced in November on drug charges.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 54-year-old Larry Wayne Lawson of West Hamlin, his 37-year-old wife, Tina Taylor Lawson, and his 30-year-old son, Jason Wayne Lawson, pleaded guilty Monday to distributing oxycodone.

Jason Lawson’s fiance, 28-year-old Tia Estep of Seymour, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Goodwin says each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for November 20 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.


FEMA REPAYS WV ENTITIES FOR CHEM SPILL COSTS

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed $1.4 million to local and state governments, hospitals and some non-profit groups for costs related to January’s chemical spill in Charleston.

FEMA assistance has been awarded to 35 entities in Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties totaling more than $1 million. In addition, the National Guard is among six state agencies awarded more than $420,000.

Another dozen requests for assistance are pending.

No entities from Clay, Jackson, Logan or Roane counties applied for assistance.

In April, FEMA approved Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s request to allow first responders, public agencies in the nine affected counties, and certain nonprofit groups to apply for grants to recoup costs incurred in the days after the January 09 spill.


FEDERAL INFORMATION FILED IN THE CASE AGAINST BRIDGEPORT MAYOR

A plea hearing may soon be scheduled in the federal case against the mayor of Bridgeport.

A federal information was filed in Court Tuesday against Mario Blount.

Typically, when the prosecution files such a document, it indicates the defendant is cooperating.

No date for a plea hearing has been set for Blount and there is no official indication of any plea agreement at this time.

Blount is charged with one count of false or fraudulent material omission, one count of distribution of oxymorphone and one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone.

His co-defendants are soon expected to enter pleas as well.

A plea hearing for April Davis has not been scheduled, but Angela Davis’ plea hearing is currently scheduled for September 23 before U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

When the three were indicted on June 3, the allegations were the three conspired to distribute prescription painkillers for non-legitimate medical purposes over the last three years while Blount served as chief pharmacist of Best Care Pharmacy.

The Greater Harrison County Drug Task Force executed search warrants in October 2013 at the pharmacy locations in Bridgeport, Lumberport and Belington.

Blount had been working at the Weston operation at the time of the arrest.

The evidence gathered during those searches was used to bring charges against Blount and his co-conspirators.

Blount has previously stated he would not step down from his position as mayor as the legal process played out.

He was absent from Monday night’s city council meeting. Before proceeding with the city business, Recorder Bob Greer said it was because of a personal matter.

Movie Review: ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ - A true Football Story from a Tired Playbook

Perfection is impossible. That’s the message of the fact-based “When the Game Stands Tall,” a by-the-book sports drama based on the storied De La Salle Spartans, the high school football team whose 151-game winning streak, achieved between 1992 and 2003, remains a national record. But rather than explaining how this private Catholic school in Concord, Calif., and its coach, Bob Ladouceur, achieved this remarkable feat, “Game” is more interested in what happened after the streak ended.

As the movie opens in late 2003, the Spartans are about to win their 12th straight state championship. Yet when they do, the victory is not received with a sense of gratitude, humility or surprise, but with the inevitability of a foregone conclusion. Then Ladouceur — known as Coach Lad and played by Jim Caviezel with a tight-jawed stoicism that makes his Bible-thumping character disappointingly dull — has a heart attack, a star player (Stephan James) meets a tragic fate and the team loses the first game of the 2004 season.

Their golden world, it seems, has come to an end.

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How the Spartans — the individual players, the team as a whole and the coach — come back from these setbacks provides the substance of the movie, whose moral is encapsulated in Coach Lad’s locker-room philosophy, articulated ad nauseam: Winning is less important than the “perfect effort.”

By that standard alone, “When the Game Stands Tall” is a less than vigorous attempt to win over anyone besides the most die-hard consumers of sports cliches. How hard, for example, did screenwriter Scott Marshall Smith (whose script is based on a book by Neil Hayes) wrack his brain to come up with such lines as “It’s no longer about who the bigger, faster, stronger players are; it’s about who plays with more heart.”

That sideline platitude, familiar to anyone who has ever listened to a postgame interview with an athlete, coach, fan or color commentator, is a mere drop in a Ga­tor­ade barrel of athletic bromides that are dumped over the heads of the audience during this film, which, as you might expect, all comes down to one play. The fact that the audio mysteriously dropped out during the final two minutes of a preview screening mattered not a whit. The conclusion plays out like a kind of dumb show, performed by helmeted mimes. Who needs to hear the climax when you’ve seen it a dozen times before?

What’s more, the blatant product placement by Dick’s Sporting Goods, whose brand and logo are splashed all over the movie — including one scene just outside a store, with characters carrying full shopping bags — goes beyond unsubtle commercialism to distasteful pandering.

Of course, “Game” tries to be about more than football, as all of these movies do. There are racial, class and economic tensions between some of the team’s black and white players, including the coach’s son (Matthew Daddario). He, like his mother (Laura Dern), has issues with the emotionally distant coach. Accusations of cheating also crop up, as does the theme of graceful losing, although these subplots are ancillary to the movie’s main thrust.

That would be the drive toward the goal line. Honor, humility and that most overworked of organs — heart — all get to play a few minutes of this “Game.” But when it comes down to fourth and goal, the movie is more about moving the pigskin than moving the audience. Ironically, “When the Game Stands Tall” isn’t about keeping gridiron glory in perspective, but about blowing it out of proportion.

★ ½

PG. Contains some mature thematic material, a scene of violence and brief smoking. 115 minutes.

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GSC Football Day at Roane County a Huge Success

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Following on the heels of last year’s successful inaugural event Glenville State Head Coach and the Pioneer football team once again traveled to Roane County this past Saturday, August 23, 2014.

The Glenville State Pioneer Football team hosted a mini kid’s camp and held their second scrimmage of fall camp for GSC Alumni, fans, and friends.

David Hutchison, his staff, and all of the GSC Football players held the mini camp at Roane County High School’s County Stadium for Pop Warner and middle school kids.

The GSC staff and players gave hands on instructions, demonstrations, and techniques that will give each kid a better understanding of the game.

After the kids camp a large crowd got the chance to watch the GSC Pioneer football team play their second scrimmage of the 2014 Fall Camp.

The fans got a chance to see running back Preseason All-American Rahmann Lee, the Mountain East Conference leading rusher a year ago, along with defensive end and Preseason All-American Gary Henderson.

All in all it was a great day for GSC Alumni, fans, and friends as everyone prepares for the 2014 upcoming football season.

The Pioneers open up 2014 on the road at Concord University on Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

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►   PRIDE OF WV HEADED TO ATLANTA:  The Mountaineers football season opener is this Saturday in Atlanta and the start of what many believe will be the phoenix rising from the ashes of the last two seasons. And while eyes have been focused on game day preparations and hopes for the season to come, let’s not forget about the Pride of West Virginia, the Mountaineer marching band.

WVU Band Director Jay Drury says the band will be on the field in Atlanta to show the world what Mountaineer spirit is all about.

“The whole group’s going to go with us. The band’s about 375 members this year,” he says.

It takes just about as much preparation and coordination for the band as it does for the football team, says Drury, and it’s no small undertaking.

“With our whole travel party, including our staff and our drivers and everything, we’ll have about 400, a little over 400 people that will be traveling with us, so it will take nine buses.”

Drury says it will be a unique opportunity for the band when they open the game along with Alabama for the National Anthem.

“The director of the Alabama band is a former member of the WVU band, so it’s going to be kind of a neat experience for us to get a chance to put both our bands together on the field for that.”

Drury explains that the pre-game show will be short, only about four minutes, but the band will get to show their stuff later on in the game.

“We do an armed forces tribute every so often that we enjoy doing in saluting our military and we’re going to do part of that show for our halftime performance while we’re down there.”

And, when the Pride of West Virginia takes their show on the road, it’s not just a one night stand, says Drury.

“We’re going to hit McDowell County on Thursday night, we’re going to play at the meeting between the two county schools and then we’re going to play in Princeton on Friday morning, then we’ll head on down to Atlanta.”

The band will also perform at an alumni event at the Park Tavern in Atlanta, the Georgia World Congress Center before the game, and a WVU team event on Saturday before returning home on Sunday morning.


►   HOLGORSEN KNOWS ALABAMA PRESENTS ‘OPPORTUNITY’ FOR WVU:  “Playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is a great opportunity for our football program and will be an exciting event for our fans. Alabama is one of the top teams in college football history, and it will be a tough challenge for us.”

Those were Dana Holgorsen’s words back on May 17, 2012, the announcement date for a West Virginia-Alabama showdown in Atlanta. During the 831 days since, West Virginia stands three games under .500 and the Tide is 24-3, so the tough challenge looks even tougher now that kickoff looms four days away.

Vegas barely recognizes this as a contest at all, installing the Mountaineers as 26-point underdogs. Only four FBS teams are looking up at heavier spreads this weekend, and none of them hail from the soon-to-be-autonomous power 5:
Louisiana Tech (+38) at Oklahoma
SMU (+33) at Baylor
Southern Miss (+30) at Mississippi) State
Appalachian State (+34.5) at Michigan

That last one certainly conjures up stunning memories from the Big House in 2007, and a West Virginia upset this weekend might seem just as jaw-dropping to Alabama fans who are already planning to return to the Georgia Dome in December for some real competition.

Opening games, however, can turn squirrelly—especially when the favored team has an either-or quarterback platoon in the works. Then there’s the fresh recollection of how Alabama’s aura of invincibility was punctured by Oklahoma last January. (During WVU’s wholly alarming 11-14 stretch the past two seasons, it had two very real opportunities to beat the Sooners.)

“You can throw away favorites or underdogs,” Holgorsen said Tuesday, posturing WVU as a different, deeper and more confident team than the one that lost eight games in 2013. That’s one more loss than the Tide has absorbed in its last five seasons.

For West Virginia, projected eighth in the Big 12, there might not be a faster path back to relevance than Saturday’s game, and Holgorsen recognizes the ramifications.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to get it on on Saturday,” he said.

To that end, some luck might be a prerequisite, but luck generally is the product of preparation. Holgorsen was asked if WVU installed a field goal-return play for Alabama, and he grinned through his reply:

“No. That would be ridiculous. Why would anybody want to do that?”

 



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►   MARSHALL QB CATO OVERCOMES PERSONAL STRUGGLES:  Marshall University’s mantra, shaped from the worst disaster in U.S. sports history, is “From the ashes, we rose.“ The same could be said for quarterback Rakeem Cato.

Tragedy to glory is still a work in progress for Cato, who brings big expectations for a senior season at Marshall that starts Saturday at Miami, Ohio.

Like the Marshall program that was on the brink of extinction but persevered after a 1970 plane crash killed all 75 aboard, Cato overcame personal setbacks growing up in the Liberty City section of Miami, Florida.

His mother, Juannese, died of pneumonia in 2005 when he was 13. He had never met his father, who was in prison since before he was born.

Through it all, the ultra-competitive Cato never gave up. He recalled that on the same the day of his mother’s death, he went on to play in a baseball game. The next day, he went to school.

His passion was football, which his mother first had signed him up for at age 6.

“When my mom passed, I knew I had to man up quick,“ Cato said. “I was always a leader. I never was a follower. I had to accomplish to be successful not only for me but my family to make her proud. I just wanted to do the right thing.“

The long list to help Cato make the transition from middle school to manhood included older sister Shanrikia, his grandparents, the families of teammates T.Y. Hilton, Tommy Shuler and Miami Central coach Telly Lockette.

In 2010, Cato transferred from Miami Springs to Miami Central for his senior season. Lockette “was the father figure that I never had,“ Cato said. “He took me in like I was his own.“

But Cato’s bouts with anger got him in trouble.

“His dad going to prison before he was born. His mom dying at 13. Moving from house to house and there’s no real stability ... he had a lot to be angry about,“ said Lockette, now the running backs coach at South Florida. “You’ve got to understand, his sanctuary is the football field. He competes like crazy. If something goes wrong, he’s mad at himself and he’s mad at somebody on the field.“

It happened after Cato misread a play during a game in Texas. He was benched and, according to Lockette, nearly got kicked off the team.

In the state playoffs, Lockette’s wife found Cato crying near a back gate after a poor first half against Miami Northwestern. After some consoling, Cato responded with a great second half to beat Louisville-bound Teddy Bridgewater. Three weeks later, Cato rallied Miami Central from a 17-0 deficit to beat Orlando Dr. Phillips for the Florida 6A championship.

During his freshman year at Marshall, Cato had a sideline meltdown during a rainy loss at Central Florida. He played poorly and lost the starting job for a month.

He’s been clicking ever since.

Cato has thrown for more than 3,900 yards in two straight seasons, including a touchdown pass in 32 consecutive games. He’s poised to surpass former first-round draft picks Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich on Marshall’s career passing charts.

Cato’s father, Keith Jones, is now out of prison. The pair started talking about a year ago, trying in a small way to make up for 21 years of missed athletic events, family gatherings and simply bonding. And Cato got to hear the words every son wants to hear from his dad.

“We just talk about personal life. We talk about football, of course,“ Cato said. “He was telling about all the mistakes he went through. He was always thinking about me. He also told me he loved me — he thought about me every day while he was in jail.“

Shuler remembered the times that Cato would come to his house and watch “We Are Marshall,“ the 2006 film about the 1970 plane crash starring Matthew McConaughey.

“We watched it over and over,“ said Shuler, who like Cato is a senior at Marshall. “We made our mind up that we want to play for that program and help that program come up and win a championship.“

For Cato, that quest starts Saturday.

“I’m just trying to get better as the days go on, to be the best quarterback of Marshall University,“ Cato said.

 



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►   REDSKINS RELEASE MCGLYNN:  The Washington Redskins released veteran offensive lineman Mike McGlynn on Tuesday.

The Redskins had signed McGlynn in the offseason after he appeared in 15 games, starting 14 times, for the Indianapolis Colts last season. He started all 16 games for the Colts in 2012.

McGlynn has also played for the Bengals (2011) and Eagles (2008-2010), playing in 26 games with 18 starts over that span.

The Redskins also waived wide receiver Rashad Ross and tight end Matt Veldman on Tuesday.


►   BROWNS PLACE EUBANKS, BOWIE ON IR:  The Cleveland Browns placed offensive lineman Michael Bowie and linebacker Darius Eubanks on injured reserve Tuesday.

Both players were suffering from shoulder injuries that required surgery earlier this month.

Eubanks appeared in nine games last season, recording 12 tackles.

Bowie spent last season with the Seattle Seahawks, starting eight games in his rookie season. However, he reported to camp overweight and was waived before being claimed by the Browns.


►   BRONCOS K PRATER SUSPENDED 4 GAMES:  Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Prater will be eligible to return to the Broncos’ active roster on Oct. 6 following the team’s Oct. 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

The Denver Post reported over the weekend that the offense is alcohol-related. He has been in the league’s alcohol program since being charged with driving under the influence on Aug. 12, 2011.

“I am definitely going to make some changes in my life: not drink at all or risk doing anything stupid like that,“ said Prater before Monday’s practice. “I need to keep myself out of certain situations where people are drinking.“

Prater, 30, converted 25-of-26 field goals last season.

Mitch Ewald, an undrafted rookie from Indiana, is Prater’s backup.


►   NO SURGERY FOR GIANTS G SCHWARTZ:  The New York Giants announced Tuesday that they have received good news regarding starting left guard Geoff Schwartz and his toe injury.

Schwartz will remain in a walking boot for approximately 7-10 days and then begin a rehabilitation program. After that, he will be evaluated on a week-to- week basis. Schwartz had his dislocated right big toe examined Monday by Dr. Robert Anderson.

“This is just a minor setback,“ said Schwartz. “I plan on attacking the rehab program so I can get back on the field as soon as possible with my teammates and help us win games.“

Schwartz suffered the injury during last Friday’s preseason game against the Jets. It was previously feared that Schwartz could be lost for the season.

The Giants open the regular season Sept. 08 at Detroit.


►   BILLS’ ALONSO PLACED ON RESERVE/NFI LIST:  The Buffalo Bills have placed linebacker Kiko Alonso on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Alonso underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which he suffered earlier this offseason while working out in Oregon. The move was just a formality, as he is expected to miss the entire season.

The 24-year-old former Oregon Duck led the team in tackles last season as a rookie. He started all 16 games after being drafted in the second round out of Oregon and finished with 159 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions.

The Bills also signed quarterback Jordan Palmer and released quarterback Thad Lewis.


►   BRONCOS PICK UP KICKER FROM GIANTS:  The Denver Broncos filled a void at kicker on Tuesday, acquiring Brandon McManus from the New York Giants in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft.

McManus will likely handle the kicking duties while Matt Prater serves a four- game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Prater is eligible to return after the Broncos’ Oct. 5 game against Arizona.

McManus was set to be released by the Giants on Tuesday. He connected on both of his field goal attempts and recorded touchbacks on 10-of-11 kickoffs during the preseason.

The Temple product spent the 2013 preseason with Indianapolis.

Denver also waived kicker Mitch Ewald, an undrafted rookie from Indiana, to open a roster spot for McManus.


►   QUINN AMONG DOLPHINS’ CUTS:  Brady Quinn didn’t last long in Miami.

The former Notre Dame star quarterback and first-round draft choice was cut by the Dolphins after two weeks with the team.

Quinn signed with Miami earlier this month and appeared in one preseason game against Tampa Bay, completing all four of his passes for 22 yards. He did not play last week against Dallas, meaning Matt Moore will likely be the backup to Ryan Tannehill.

“It was short lived but I enjoyed every second,“ Quinn wrote on his Twitter feed Tuesday. “Thank you Miami Dolphins for the opportunity to play the game I love again. Best of luck to all the players and coaches this season!“

Quinn, selected 22nd overall by Cleveland in the 2007 draft, has thrown for 3,043 yards with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 24 NFL games.

The Dolphins also waived wide receivers Armon Binns and Ryan Spadola, tight end Brett Brackett, center Tyler Larsen, cornerback Steven Clarke and defensive linemen Rakim Cox and Cory Grissom.

Miami also placed running back Mike Gillislee, tight end Arthur Lynch and defensive tackle A.J. Francis on injured reserve.


►   SAM SURVIVES RAMS’ FIRST CUT, BRADFORD TO IR:  Michael Sam has cleared another hurdle in his quest to become the first openly gay player to play in an NFL regular- season game, as the rookie defensive end remained on the St. Louis Rams’ roster after the team made its initial roster cuts on Tuesday.

The Rams needed to make four moves to get to the mandated 75-man limit by Tuesday’s deadline. Among them was the placing of starting quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve after he re-tore the ACL in his left knee in the club’s most recent preseason contest.

Also sent to injured reserve was center Demetrius Rhaney, while defensive end Sammy Brown and safety Matt Daniels were both waived.

Sam, a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft who publicly declared his homosexuality prior to February’s scouting combine, has made a case to be included on the final roster by recording three sacks through three preseason games.

The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year will know his fate on Saturday, when teams are required to reduce their active rosters to 53 players.

Bradford was hurt on the opening drive of Saturday’s 33-14 win over Cleveland after being pressured and hit high by Browns defensive lineman Armonty Bryant. An MRI later confirmed the injury, the same one that sidelined the No. 1 overall pick for the Rams’ final nine games of last season.

Veteran Shaun Hill is currently serving as St. Louis’ starting quarterback following Bradford’s latest mishap.

Daniels had played in six games for the Rams over the previous two seasons, both of which he ended on injured reserve.

 



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►   HAWKS RE-SIGN SCOTT:  The Atlanta Hawks re-signed forward Mike Scott on Tuesday.

Scott averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 80 games (six starts) for the Hawks last season. He was 62-for-200 from 3-point range after attempting just one long-range shot as a rookie.

“Mike has worked hard and continues to adapt, improve and expand his all around game,“ said Hawks general manager Danny Ferry. “We are very happy to have him with us going forward and we look forward to his continued growth with our group.“

Scott has averaged 7.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 120 games (seven starts) over two seasons with the Hawks. He was drafted by Atlanta with the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.


►   BUCKS ACQUIRE DUDLEY FROM CLIPPERS:  The Milwaukee Bucks acquired forward Jared Dudley and a 2017 conditional first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

The Clippers received forward Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica and a 2015 second-round pick.

Dudley averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds over 74 games (43 starts) last season.

The seven-year veteran, who was selected 22nd overall by Charlotte in 2007, owns career averages of 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 46.9 percent from the field in 523 career games with Charlotte, Phoenix and the Clippers.

Delfino missed all of last season with a foot injury that he suffered during the 2013 NBA playoffs with the Rockets. The 31-year-old native of Argentina has averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds over eight seasons with Detroit, Toronto, Milwaukee and Houston.

Raduljica scored 3.8 points per game with 2.3 rebounds over 48 games for the Bucks last season.


►   PELICANS SIGN SALMONS:  The New Orleans Pelicans have signed veteran forward John Salmons, the team announced Tuesday.

Salmons, who’ll be entering his 13th NBA season, averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 78 games between Toronto and Sacramento in 2013-14. The 34-year-old was acquired by the Raptors as part of last December’s trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Kings and also landed guard Greivis Vasquez and forward Patrick Patterson in Toronto.

Toronto traded Salmons to Atlanta on June 29, with the Hawks buying out the remainder of his contract shortly after to clear salary cap space.

Over 874 career games with five different teams (Philadelphia, Sacramento, Chicago, Milwaukee, Toronto), Salmons has averaged 9.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.


►   LOVE ‘COMMITTED’ TO CAVS:  Kevin Love was introduced as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday and said he is “committed” to the end goal of the organization.

However, he didn’t guarantee he would sign a long-term extension with his new team.

Love, who was officially acquired Saturday from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a multi-team trade, can become a free agent after this coming season and said contract talks have not yet been brought up.

“That is something that hasn’t been talked about,“ said Love regarding the potential of staying in Cleveland past one season.

“I’m committed to this team,“ Love did say. “Committed long-term to the end goal, and that’s to win championships.“

The Cavs gave up 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and a protected first- round selection to acquire Love and pair him with fellow All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Unless Cleveland can win a championship this season, that would be a lot to give up if Love becomes a one-year rental.

However, previous reports have indicated that Love will opt out of his current deal after the upcoming season to sign a new contract with the Cavaliers—a five-year extension worth at least $120 million.

Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds in 77 games for the Timberwolves last season. He has spent his first six NBA seasons with Minnesota and owns career averages of 19.2 points and 12.2 rebounds.

 



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►   RAYS ACTIVATE HANIGAN:  The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated catcher Ryan Hanigan from the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Hanigan, out since July 9 due to a left oblique strain, will catch and bat eighth in Tuesday’s matchup. Fellow catcher Curt Casali was optioned to Single-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.

Acquired in an offseason trade with Cincinnati, Hanigan has hit .212 with four home runs and 27 RBI in 61 games for Tampa Bay this season. The 34-year-old went 3-for-10 during a three-game rehab assignment with Charlotte over the weekend.

Casali made 17 starts behind the plate after being promoted from the minors following Hanigan’s injury, but hit just .169 with two RBI.


►   CUBS REINSTATE CASTRO FROM BEREAVEMENT LIST:  The Chicago Cubs reinstated shortstop Starlin Castro from the bereavement list on Tuesday.

Castro left the team on Wednesday following the death of his cousin.

The 24-year-old is hitting .284 with 31 doubles, one triple, 13 homers and 64 RBI this season.

Chicago also optioned infielder Logan Watkins to Triple-A Iowa.

Watkins, who went 3-for-10 with a run and three RBI since being recalled on Aug. 24, is hitting .256 with four home runs and 38 RBI in 101 games at Iowa this season.


►   CARDINALS PLACE OF ROBINSON ON DL:  The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Shane Robinson on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a left shoulder subluxation.

Robinson suffered the injury while sliding into second base during Monday’s 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 29-year-old is batting .150 with four RBI over 47 games this season.

St. Louis also recalled rookie outfielder Randal Grichuk from Triple-A Memphis.

Grichuk, who appeared in 19 games earlier this season with the Cardinals, was batting .259 with 71 RBI and a team-high 25 home runs in 108 games at Memphis.


►   NATIONAL LEAGUE SCORES: 

Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Washington 3

Carlos Ruiz’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning drove in Ben Revere with the deciding run as the Philadelphia Phillies downed the Washington Nationals, 4-3, on Tuesday. The Phillies have taken the first two games of this seemingly lopsided NL East set and have won three straight series for the first time in over a year. Revere was originally called out on a groundout to short leading off the eighth, but replay showed Ian Desmond’s throw pulled Kevin Frandsen’s foot off the first- base bag. Revere stole second, moved to third on a flyout and scored without a throw on Ruiz’s deep fly to center field. Jonathan Papelbon worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 33rd save, while Ken Giles (3-1) earned the win by striking out the side in the eighth after Cole Hamels gave up a game-tying solo homer to Asdrubal Cabrera. Hamels was otherwise solid in allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk. Freddy Galvis went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and Darin Ruf added a solo blast for the victors. Gio Gonzalez surrendered both home runs after only allowing two over his previous 12 starts. He was charged with three runs on six hits as his winless streak ran to nine straight outings.


Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 2

Ike Davis belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates took down the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2, on Tuesday. Gaby Sanchez and Starling Marte hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the eighth against Seth Maness (5-3), who was in his firth inning of relief for St. Louis. After Clint Barmes lined to center for the second out in the inning, Davis came on and crushed a no- doubter to right-center to give the Pirates the lead. Tony Watson (9-1) pitched two innings out of the bullpen for Pittsburgh to earn the win. Russell Martin had three hits and Josh Harrison added a solo home run for the Pirates, who ended a brief two-game losing skid. Neither starter factored into the decision. Gerrit Cole struck out nine, allowing two runs on three hits for Pittsburgh, while Lance Lynn labored a little, giving up six hits and walking three in six innings but limiting the Pirates to just a pair of runs. Pittsburgh won the game but may have suffered a few losses in the process. Andrew McCutchen left after the fifth inning with a left rib injury, while Pedro Alvarez departed an inning later after hurting his left foot.


Final Score: New York 3, Atlanta 2

Juan Lagares hit a two-run home run and the New York Mets took a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in the opener of a three- game set. Dillon Gee (5-6) gave up two runs on six hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout over 6 2/3 innings for the Mets, who have won their past two. Ruben Tejada drove in the other run. Justin Upton was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Braves, who have lost their past three. Alex Wood (9-10) allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts over seven innings to take the loss.


Final Score: Chicago 3, Cincinnati 0

Anthony Rizzo and Arismendy Alcantara both homered as the Chicago Cubs shut out the Cincinnati Reds, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game set on Tuesday. The two home runs provided the Cubs with all they needed to back a solid outing from Travis Wood (8-11), who snapped a string of six straight losses. Wood gave up just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts over six innings. Starlin Castro finished 2-for-4 for Chicago, which has won four straight games and has homered in a season-high 10 consecutive contests. Starter Johnny Cueto (15-8), who entered the game with five straight winning decisions over the Cubs, was looking to become the first 16-game winner in the majors. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in defeat. Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart and Skip Schumaker each had a hit for the Reds, who have lost eight of their last 10 games.


Final Score: Los Angeles 9, Arizona 5

Matt Kemp hit an early two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away from the Arizona Diamondbacks with a six-run fourth inning en route to a 9-5 victory on Tuesday. Justin Turner had two hits, two runs driven in and another run scored while Dee Gordon went 3- for-5 with an RBI for LA, which has won four of its last five overall. Roberto Hernandez (8-9) tossed six quality innings and also drove in a run in his fourth start in Dodgers blue. Ender Inciarte knocked in three runs for Arizona, two with a single in the second inning and the other on a base hit in the fourth. Trevor Cahill (3-9) came in 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four August starts but failed to make it out of the fourth in this one. He was charged with eight runs—six earned—on six hits and three walks.


Final Score: San Diego 4, Milwaukee 1

Abraham Almonte went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to lead the San Diego Padres past the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, 4-1, on Tuesday. Tyson Ross (12-12) allowed just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings a day after watching Milwaukee put up 10 runs in the opener of this three-game set. The only run the Brewers mustered came on Scooter Gennett’s ground-rule double in the fourth, as the NL Central leaders were limited to two hits the rest of the way. Jimmy Nelson (2-5) was charged with all four runs, though only two were earned. He struck out seven over five innings.


Final Score: San Francisco 3, Colorado 0

Madison Bumgarner took a perfect game into the eighth inning and Buster Posey homered twice as the San Francisco Giants blanked the Colorado Rockies, 3-0, on Tuesday. Bumgarner (15-9) faced the minimum through seven innings, but a 1-2 breaking ball to Justin Morneau leading off the eighth was poked down the right field line for a double. Pitching out of the stretch for the first time all game, the southpaw responded by striking out the next three batters he faced to preserve the shutout. Bumgarner went the distance, allowing just the one hit with a career-high 13 strikeouts. He has fanned 49 over his last five starts—40 innings. Posey, who nearly became the second player in MLB history to catch two perfect games, produced the game’s lone runs with his two-run homer in the sixth inning and a solo blast in the eighth. Posey caught Matt Cain’s perfect game against Houston on June 13, 2012. The Giants snapped their three-game losing skid. Jorge De La Rosa (13-9) left the game immediately after serving up Posey’s first home run with a left thumb contusion. Colorado’s starter went five-plus innings and struck out five.


Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Miami 2

Matt Shoemaker tossed seven scoreless innings, while Albert Pujols ended up with three hits and two RBI as the Angels claimed an 8-2 victory over Miami in the second of this three-game interleague set. Efren Navarro added a two-run single, with Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, Hank Conger and Howie Kendrick driving in a run apiece for Los Angeles, which opened up a one-game edge in the AL West after Oakland lost in Houston earlier Tuesday. Shoemaker (13-4) allowed two hits and walked two while striking out six. Jarrod Saltalamacchia picked up a ninth-inning RBI double and Ed Lucas added a run-scoring hit for the Marlins, who failed to gain momentum from a 7-1 win in Monday’s opener. Nathan Eovaldi (6-9) was touched in the loss for six runs and 10 hits over just 3 1/3 frames.


►   AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORES: 

Final Score: Baltimore 4, Tampa Bay 2

Jonathan Schoop delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the sixth inning, Caleb Joseph went 2-for-4 with two RBI and the Baltimore Orioles came through with a 4-2 decision over the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Nelson Cruz also had two hits, including a run-scoring double, while four Baltimore relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Orioles win their second straight in this four-game set. Brad Brach (5-0) collected the victory with 1 1/3 shutout frames after taking over for starter Wei-Yin Chen. Grant Balfour (1-6) was handed the loss for being charged with two runs in one-plus inning of work. Evan Longoria finished 2-for-4 and knocked in both Tampa Bay runs, with Desmond Jennings also recording a pair of hits in defeat.


Final Score: Boston 11, Toronto 7 (11 innings)

Mike Napoli’s three-run blast highlighted a seven-run 11th inning, as the Boston Red Sox outlasted the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-7, in the second test in a three-game series. Allen Craig hit a two-run shot in the deciding frame for the Red Sox, who won in extra innings for the second consecutive night to put an eight-game slide further into the rear view. Dustin Pedroia finished with two hits including an early two-run homer, four RBI and two runs scored. Junichi Tazawa (3-3) tossed a scoreless 10th frame to notch the victory. Dioner Navarro drove in two, while Jose Bautista homered and Munenori Kawasaki ended up with three hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays, who have played four straight extra-inning games and fell to 1-3 in those contests. Casey Janssen (3-2) was charged with four runs—three earned—on two hits over his inning-plus relief stint.


Final Score: Detroit 5, New York 2

Rick Porcello pitched eight strong innings and J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, as the Detroit Tigers earned a 5-2 victory over New York and snapped the Yankees’ season-high tying five-game winning streak. Torii Hunter added two hits with an RBI for the Tigers, who had won the last two of a four-game series to earn a split over the weekend at Minnesota. Detroit remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central, as the Royals came up with a 2-1 win over the Twins on a walk-off homer by Alex Gordon. Porcello (15-8) and Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy were both coming off shutouts in their last outings, but only the Detroit right-hander followed it up with a strong effort on Tuesday. After tossing a three-hit shutout last week against Tampa Bay, Porcello scattered nine hits on Tuesday, but limited New York to just two runs—both on Jacoby Ellsbury homers—and didn’t walk a batter to join teammate Max Scherzer as the only 15-game winners in the American League. McCarthy (5-3), coming off a four-hit shutout against Houston, had his worst outing since joining the Yankees in a July 6 trade with Arizona. The Tigers ripped him for five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.


Final Score: Cleveland 8, Chicago 6 (10 innings)

Zach Walters’ two-run home run in the 10th inning proved to be the difference, as Cleveland edged Chicago, 8-6, in the opener of a three-game series. Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles and Roberto Perez knocked in a run each for the Indians, who were coming off a series win over Houston and have won seven of their last 10 overall. Bryan Shaw (5-3) struck out three over 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings for the win. Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run shot and drove in three for the White Sox, who suffered their seventh consecutive defeat. Avisail Garcia added two RBI and Adam Eaton knocked in the other run for the hosts. Jake Petricka (0-4) pitched to two batters in the 10th and didn’t record an out to suffer the loss, charged with two hits including Walters’ deciding homer.


Final Score: Kansas City 2, Minnesota 1

Alex Gordon belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Kansas City Royals a dramatic 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. The Royals had managed just three singles through the first eight innings and Alcides Escobar made it four with a leadoff base hit in the ninth against Glen Perkins (3-1) before Gordon drilled an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right-center field to send the Kauffman Stadium crowd into a frenzy. Kansas City bounced back from an 8-1 drubbing at the hands of the Yankees on Monday and remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers notched a 5-2 win over New York on Tuesday and were about to close the gap before Gordon’s blast. Minnesota, coming off a four-game series split against Detroit over the weekend, has lost three in a row. Joe Mauer singled home the only run for the Twins. Kansas City’s Danny Duffy allowed just one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Wade Davis (7-2) picked up the win with a hitless ninth.


Final Score: Houston 4, Oakland 2

Chris Carter hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros rallied for a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in the second of a three-game set. Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run to help make a winner out of Josh Fields (4-6), who tossed a scoreless inning of relief to help the Astros snap a three-game losing streak. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel allowed just two runs—one earned—on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts over seven innings. Jonny Gomes and Nate Freiman each drove in a run for the Athletics, who fell a game behind the Angels for first place in the AL West as the Angels defeated the Marlins on Tuesday.


Final Score: Seattle 5, Texas 0

Endy Chavez drove in two runs while James Paxton and Danny Farquhar combined for a four-hit shutout as the Seattle Mariners grabbed a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers in the second of a three- game set. Paxton gave (4-1) gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four in 6 2/3 innings the Mariners, who have won four of their last five. Farquhar allowed just one walk in the final 2 1/3 frames. Nick Martinez (3-10) allowed all five runs on six hits with four walks in five innings for the Rangers, who had won their previous two coming in. Adrian Beltre had two hits in the loss.


Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, Miami 2

Matt Shoemaker tossed seven scoreless innings, while Albert Pujols ended up with three hits and two RBI as the Angels claimed an 8-2 victory over Miami in the second of this three-game interleague set. Efren Navarro drove in two, with Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, Hank Conger and Howie Kendrick driving in a run apiece for Los Angeles, which opened up a one-game edge in the AL West after Oakland lost in Houston earlier Tuesday. Shoemaker (13-4) allowed two hits and walked two while striking out six. Jarrod Saltalamacchia picked up a ninth-inning RBI double and Ed Lucas added a run-scoring hit for the Marlins, who failed to gain momentum from a 7-1 win in Monday’s opener. Nathan Eovaldi (6-9) was touched in the loss for six runs and 10 hits over just 3 1/3 frames.



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►   LIBERTY NATIONAL GETS 2017 PRESIDENTS CUP:  The PGA Tour announced on Tuesday that Liberty National will host the 2017 Presidents Cup, which is the next time the international team event will be staged in the United States.

“We’ve had several very compelling announcements relative to the future of The Presidents Cup so far this summer,“ said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. “But standing in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty today to announce Liberty National as our next U.S.-based host of the event is really icing on the cake.“

Finchem was referring to the earlier announcement of Jay Haas and Nick Price as the captains for the 2015 edition and also that the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco would play host in 2025.

Finchem also disclosed a 25-year partnership between the tour and Liberty National which would send 10 tournaments to the site over the course of the deal.

Liberty National hosted The Barclays in both 2009 and 2013 and will become the fourth American venue for the Presidents Cup, which pits teams from the US and an international group, excluding Europe.

The 2017 Presidents Cup will take place September 25-October 1.

The US side has dominated the biennial competition, but the International team will try to pry the Presidents Cup away in 2015 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.


►   GOLF TIDBITS: TIMELY WIN FOR MAHAN:  Next week, United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson will announce what three players he will add to his squad for the biennial event, which will be at Gleneagles this year.

As with most captains, you would assume Watson is looking at who is playing best in the weeks leading up to selecting his picks.

Hunter Mahan, who may have already been among the group Watson was watching, had to have caught the captains’ eye on Sunday. Mahan rallied with a 65 to win The Barclays.

The victory was significant for a pair of reasons. The first being that Mahan extended Jim Furyk’s run of losing 54-hole leads to eight in a row. Furyk, who is winless since the 2010 season, has already locked up his spot on the Ryder Cup team, so he didn’t have that added pressure entering the final round at Ridgewood.

The other reason is that, if Mahan is selected by Watson, that win would mark the first by a U.S. team member since April. Five of the nine players that qualified for the U.S. team have won this year, but none of those wins were in the last four months.

Those wins in order were - Zach Johnson (Tournament of Champions), Jimmy Walker (Pebble Beach Pro-Am), Patrick Reed (WGC-Cadillac Championship), Bubba Watson (Masters) and Matt Kuchar (Heritage). Walker had won two times earlier in the season, which started in October 2013.

The other four members are on year-long or years-long winless droughts.

Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson won in consecutive weeks last year at the John Deere and Open Championship respectively. Rickie Fowler’s lone tour win was at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship and Furyk hasn’t won since the 2010 Tour Championship.

None of those nine are very hot right now. What will make Tom Watson’s job even harder is that of the three previous American winners on the PGA Tour - Ben Crane (St. Jude Classic), Kevin Streelman (Travelers Championship) and Brian Harman (John Deere Classic) - none were in the top 20 on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, when the points locked in after the PGA Championship.

If Watson is looking for hot players, he’ll have to search far and wide for three players to meet that criteria.

By winning last weekend, Mahan might have made Watson’s job a little easier. After making two straight Ryder Cup teams, Mahan missed the 2012 event. At the 2010 Ryder Cup, Mahan trailed in the last match with the cup on the line.

Facing a 2-down deficit on the 17th hole that week, a win there would have pushed the last match to the final hole. A halve against Graeme McDowell and the matches are halved, and the U.S. retains the cup.

That was the daunting task facing Mahan, who left his tee shot short on the par-3. He duffed his chip shot, and after missing his par putt, Mahan conceded the match to McDowell. And the Ryder Cup was back in Europe’s hands.

Mahan went winless in 2011, but still earned enough points to make the Presidents Cup that year. He got back into the winner’s circle early in the 2012 campaign at the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

He was ninth on the points list that year, but Davis Love III overlooked him in favor of Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.

Prior to his win last weekend, Mahan had five top-10 finishes, including a tie for seventh at the PGA Championship. After missing three cuts in a 5-event span, Mahan has finished inside the top 15 in his last three starts.

Mahan is making his case to be one of Watson’s captains picks. If he didn’t wrap up one of those three spots with his win last week, another strong showing this week would certainly do wonders for his chances of making the team.

No pressure though Hunter.

DID WOODS HEAR HIS CRITICS?

Several television talking heads have been critical of Tiger Woods’ swing over the last few years. They wondered aloud what Woods and his swing coach, Sean Foley, were trying to accomplish.

Woods would look great during his warm-up sessions on the driving range, then suddenly lose that grooved swing when he walked to the first tee.

Whether it was the swing that Foley helped Woods create, or the bad back that Woods has been fighting for over a year now, the swing had lost its consistency.

Whatever the semantics were, it led to Woods breaking off his working relationship with Foley as player and swing coach on Monday.

Within hours, there were odds as to who Woods’ next coach may be. Paul Azinger, for one, thinks Woods is not far off and does not need a complete overhaul to his swing.

Azinger pointed out that great players are able to eliminate one side of a golf course, but Woods, with his current swing, has a two-way miss.

That is a solid description of where Woods is right now with his swing.

In reality, Woods is nowhere with his swing right now as he takes time off to recover from back surgery earlier this year, and a bout of back spasms that followed his return.

Woods has stated he will not play until his World Challenge in early December. If Woods does hire another swing coach, you would assume that would happen within the next month or so.

Worst case scenario, Woods has the entire month of November to work on whatever his new guru wants him to work on. After his World Challenge, Woods’ most likely next event would be at Torrey Pines, the first week of February.

Woods would have three full months to work on any changes or refinements his new coach wants him to make.

Who that person will be is a mystery at this point. He may not hire anyone for the time being and just work on his swing by himself.

We’ll never know if Woods agreed with or heard what his detractors were saying. The one thing we do know is that we will only see Woods playing in an event once, or twice if we’re lucky, in the next five months.

In the meantime, that should be plenty of time for his back to heal, and for Woods to put in plenty of time grooving any adjustments to his swing.

MINI-TIDBITS

- Tough to blame any of the four players that are skipping this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship to do so. Graeme McDowell had his first child on Monday, while Paul Casey was awaiting his first any day and Justin Rose took time off to be with his family. Finally, Sergio Garcia, who played four of the last six weeks, and would have played eight events in 11 weeks had he played this week, is also skipping the TPC Boston. That doesn’t sound tough to some, but that stretch would have included two majors, four FedExCup playoff events and the Ryder Cup. That is a tough mental grind for any player.

- Carlos Ortiz continued his stellar season on the Web.com Tour last weekend. He won for the third time to earn an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour, but that won’t start until the 2014-15 season commences in October. He has posted six top-10 finishes in 16 starts and he tops the money list by nearly $200,000.

 



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►   DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?:  Thanks to the snail-like pace of the NFL appeals process and appeals officer Harold Henderson, fantasy owners are left with a huge dilemma.

What to do about Cleveland’s star wide receiver Josh Gordon?

I have two fantasy drafts Tuesday and another one Wednesday and I’m left with one really big question - Will I use a draft choice at any time during the evening on Gordon?

Let’s look at the facts and hopefully we can come to a conclusion.

The troubled 2012 Supplemental Draft second-round selection is one of the most talented receivers in the game.

Gordon showed flashes of the talent in his rookie year (50-805-5), but really opened our eyes last season after posting 87 receptions for a league-leading 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

And Gordon did all that in just 14 games after serving a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy. He was justifiably humbled and contrite after the incident and acknowledged that he was facing a one-year suspension for another transgression.

Yet here we are on Aug. 26, less than a year later, and that’s exactly what Gordon is up against. He’s staring directly at a one-year suspension.

The receiver hired a top legal team, the same guys that helped Richard Sherman win his appeal, and they went through the process in early August

Meanwhile, we wait for the decision. And we’ve been kept waiting. Here it is just days before final cuts and not a peep.

Which leaves fantasy owners in a quandary.

Do they choose Gordon, with the hopes he’ll be available for the fantasy playoffs?

Or maybe if his lawyer is REALLY good he’ll miss just eight games or perhaps none at all!

If he gets off “scot-free” He’s a top-five receiver which means he’s worth at a minimum a second-round selection. To select him there would take a huge leap of faith.

If Gordon is allowed to return for the Browns’ ninth game, Week 10, he’d be an asset for just three or four fantasy regular season games and the playoffs. His value is only as a late-round selection.

And of course if relegated to the sidelines for a full season, his only value is to keeper leagues.

If you are like me and forced to choose before the decision is announced, you have to ask yourself, Do you feel lucky?“

For me, it’s far too big a gamble. I’m going to let Gordon be another owner’s headache.

 

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014


Major League Baseball - National League
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 12:35 PM - FS-Midwest, ROOT-Pittsburgh, DSS
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 PM - MASN, CSN-Philadelphia, DSS
Atlanta at NY Mets, 7:10 PM - SportSouth, WPIX, DSS
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM - CSN-Chicago, FS-Ohio, DSS
Milwaukee at San Diego, 9:10 PM - FS-Wisconsin, San Diego, DSS
Los Angeles at Arizona, 9:40 PM - SportsNet LA, FS-Arizona, DSS
Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 PM - ROOT-Rocky Mountain, CSN-Bay, DSS


American League
Texas at Seattle, 3:40 PM - FS-Southwest, ROOT-Northwest, DSS
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 PM - SunSports, MASN2, DSS
Boston at Toronto, 7:07 PM - NESN, SNET, DSS
NY Yankees at Detroit, 7:08 PM - YES, FS-Detroit, DSS
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:10 PM - FS-North, Kansas City, DSS
Cleveland at Chicago WSox, 8:10 PM - SportsTime Ohio, WCIU, DSS
Oakland at Houston, 8:10 PM - CSN-California, Houston, DSS


Interleague
Miami at LA Angels, 10:05 PM - FS-West, DSS


College Football
Abilene Christian at Georgia State, 7:00 PM - ESPN U


Major League Soccer
D.C. at Los Angeles, 10:30 PM - CSN-DC, DSS


International Soccer
Arsenal vs. Besiktas, 2:30 PM - FS1


Tennis
U.S. Open, 11:00 AM - Tennis Channel
U.S. Open, 1:00 PM - ESPN
U.S. Open, 6:00 PM - ESPN 2

4-H Fall Soccer Application - Deadline Friday August 29, 2014

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Gilmer County Health Department 9th Annual Health Fair - 09.17.14

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Gilmer County Tire and Recycling Event - 09.13.14

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Webster County Fair – 08.31.14 to 09.06.14

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The 95th Webster County Fair will begin on Sunday August 31, 2014 and will continue through September 06, 2014.

Rides start on Wednesday September 03, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Exhibits will be accepted on Sunday August 31, 2014 thru Monday September 01, 2014.

For information on non-commercial booth set up at the Webster County Fair, call Ralph Carpenter at 304.226.5944.

Camden Flats Baptist Church Block Party - 09.06.14

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BECOME A MAKE-A-WISH® VOLUNTEER & HELP MAKE WISHES COME TRUE

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BECOME A MAKE-A-WISH® VOLUNTEER & HELP MAKE WISHES COME TRUE
Next Training to be Held on September 27, 2014

Make- A- Wish® is looking for kindhearted individuals to step forward and volunteer their time and friendship in order to assist with wish fulfillment. To become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check and attend a training session. The next training session is being held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 9:30 AM.

As members of “wish teams,“ volunteers are an important component of fulfilling wishes. Working together, the “wish team” meets with the wish child’s family, and aids in determining the most suitable wish for the child. Volunteers can also help at special events such as golf tournaments and walks.

Attendance at one training session is mandatory for all interested individuals. This training will familiarize the prospective volunteer with his or her duties to Make-A-Wish and our families. To register for the training on September 27, 2014 or if you have any questions, please contact Adrianna Barbato at 304.292.5600.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 !/2 to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 15,000 wishes.

For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at 800.676.9474 or visit its Web site at greaterpawv.wish.org.

 

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G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Head Mini Titan Girls Basketball Coach

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Title:
Head Mini Titan Girls Basketball Coach

Grade Level:
Middle

Description:
To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County High School

City:
Glenville

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:
* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202 
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position. 

Salary:
$800

Closing Date:
2014.09.03

Comments:
Submit: Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; current employees submit Extra curricular Bid Sheet (located on county website) 
E15-501-01 a

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:
“jstalnaker@k12.wv.us”

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

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Title:
Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

Grade Level:
High School

Description:
To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County High School

City:
Glenville

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:
* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202 
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position. 

Salary:
County Supplement - $1,600

Closing Date:
2014.09.03

Comments:
SUBMIT:  Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current     employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) 
E15-501-07

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:
“jstalnaker@k12.wv.us”

HIGHWAYS’ FIRST PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, along with Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, Congressman Nick Rahall and the Coalfields Expressway Authority, today announced plans to advertise for the Request of Qualifications (RFQ) of the Division of Highways’ first Private Public Partnership (PPP) project under Senate Bill 190, enacted this past legislative session.

This 3.3-mile section of the Coalfields Expressway will connect Mullens to existing sections already under construction and, when complete, open the expressway from I-64/I-77 to Mullens (nearly 19 miles).

“This is great news for southern West Virginia and people across the state,“ Gov. Tomblin said. “A solid infrastructure helps provide our communities with additional economic development opportunities, and the public-private partnership concept is a great example of how state government and the private sector can work together to improve the quality of life for our residents. I appreciate the contributions of all involved in making this request for qualifications announcement possible.“

“I appreciate the leadership of Governor Tomblin in seeing this important procurement method move through the legislative process,“ Secretary Mattox said. “The PPP is another valuable tool to continue to preserve, maintain and build highways infrastructure in West Virginia. Additionally, I would like to recognize Congressman Rahall’s support with not only this important project, but every transportation issue we’ve faced.“

“Our state is breaking new ground with this partnership agreement,“ said Congressman Rahall, top Democrat of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “It is most welcome news for the Coalfields Expressway, but it is equally promising news for other highway projects as well. Innovative financing is a true asset in attracting every available federal and other funding dollar to build our highways and the jobs that come with them. Richard Browning’s leadership in the Legislature and Governor Tomblin’s broad vision have been central in this progress and a bold fully funded federal transportation bill will keep it moving forward.“

“The Coalfields Expressway Authority is very pleased with this announcement by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that the bidding process for the at-grade construction of the remaining two miles of Coalfields Expressway and connector road to Mullens has begun,“ said Richard Browning, executive director of the Coalfields Expressway Authority. “Hopefully, the highway can be opened up for usage from Mullens to Beckley very soon after this construction is complete. Completion of this link is an important milestone in the evolution of the Coalfields Expressway. The authority would like to thank Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for embracing this new concept of public-private partnership for highway construction in West Virginia, Congressman Nick Rahall for providing the funding through federal highway legislation and congressional earmarks for the Coalfields Expressway over the years, and the West Virginia Division of Highways for embracing the PPP concept and for their dedication and funding for the project. Using this type of bidding for highway construction should result in the delivery of the project to the residents of the area quicker and cheaper.“

The Coalfields Expressway project is multi-lane expressway connecting I-64/I-77 at Beckley and U.S. 23 near Grundy. It is expected to promote economic development opportunities for this region. In West Virginia, the Coalfields Expressway will be about 65 miles long, while in Virginia, the length of the corridor will be about 50 miles.

Final bids for Coalfields Public Private Partnership project are expected to be opened in December with construction anticipated to begin Spring 2015.

Michael Brown and the America’s Structural Violence Epidemic

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I flew into St. Louis on Saturday, August 09, to celebrate the birthdays of my mother and nephew and immediately learned about Mike Brown, a soon-to-be college student who was fatally shot by Ferguson police. As my community and I struggle to make sense of this recent murder, I cannot help but think of the structures of racism and violence in America and how they perpetuate police brutality against Black Americans. Police brutality is a national crisis, but the underlying structural violence – racism, economic injustice and militarism – is a national epidemic.

Disproportionality in police use of force against Black Americans persists and cannot be tolerated. An April 2013 report prepared by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement found that killings of Black Americans by “law enforcement, security guards and stand-your-ground vigilantes” have increased from one every 36 hours, in the first half of 2012, to one every 28 hours by the end of that year. This appalling statistic is rooted in structural racism that systematically excludes persons of color from opportunities and perpetuates negative stereotypes.

In their 2006 book, The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide, Meizhu Lui and Barbara Robles illustrate this continuing, race-oriented, systematic exclusion of Americans of color from opportunities that are supposed to build an individual’s wealth – business loans, employment opportunities, mortgages and G.I. benefits, for example. BBC News’ 2012 mini-documentary, “The Delmar Dividing Line,” illuminates how the structural violence of impoverishment in St. Louis, Mo., continues to fall along racial lines with Blacks in the North with low incomes and Whites in the south with significantly higher incomes – a separation reminiscent of the 19th century.

In a society where wealth brings respect, these economic injustices translate into social, cultural and institutional views of Blacks as lazy and morally inferior. In addition, the Black community is often framed as violent and animalistic, as illustrated by a recent CNN video of a protest in Ferguson, Mo., where a police officer shouted, “Bring it, all you ####### animals!” Perspectives like these serve to perpetuate structural racism and justify violence against the Black community as people who should be feared.

In his August 04, 2014 article for Gawker, Jason Parham argues that police brutality should finally be considered a national crisis. While I agree, we should go a step further and address our national epidemic of structural violence. With increasingly militarized police departments throughout the US, supported and influenced by a government that uses violence to police the world, our city streets are battlegrounds. With structural racism’s harmful, dehumanizing images, the enemy insurgents are Black.

How should we respond to this national epidemic and the murder of Michael Brown? In dealing with the immediate issue, protesters and the family of Michael Brown want his killer immediately arrested and tried in court. This may happen, but while the motto on most police cars is protect and serve, there is an overwhelming sense in communities of color that police often simply protect their own.

In the short-term, as a start, we should require police to wear cameras on their uniforms. A 2013 Cambridge University study found that body cameras for police in Rialto, Ca. reduced the use of force by 50 percent. We should pursue greater community involvement in, and oversight of, policing. Further, we need to create policies that reward those who have taken mediation and nonviolence training and who demonstrate empathy and commitment to the communities they serve.

Most importantly, in the long-term, we need restorative justice programs and processes enabled in communities across the nation. Restorative justice processes can open dialogues between police and their communities and lessen the friction and false images that lead to Brown’s murder–or Eric Garner, or Oscar Grant or Kendra James or Jonathan Ferrell or James Perez or any other unarmed young black person unjustly killed by police who have been primed and pumped up to use lethal force against perceived but nonexistent threat.

As a national community, we have to demand justice for Michael Brown and all others killed by or suffering from structural violence and its perpetuation of police brutality in America. We have to demand justice that restores our communities through listening, power sharing and mutual respect and moves us toward a cure for this national epidemic.

~~David Ragland - Assistant Professor of education at Bucknell University ~~

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