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Providing More Teachers Of Color in U.S. Schools

In the fall of 2011, the Center for American Progress released an issue brief looking at teacher diversity, and the findings were stark. We found that the demographics of the teacher workforce had not kept up with student demographics. In that study, we showed that students of color made up ...

Obamacare: If This Is Success …

In the month since the formal end of Obamacare'senrollment period (actual enrollment limped on through mid-April), the Obama administration and its supporters have been on something of a victory tour."Obamacare has won," announced Ezra Klein. "The Affordable Care Act is one of the great ...

Famed Novelist Chose To Back Castro Repression

While the encomia from world leaders and cultural figures continue to pour in after the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the age of 87 last month, a Charles Lane column in the Washington Post on the 1982 Nobel Prize-winning novelist threatened to reopen a 40-year-old wound. Lane recalled the ...

Mom’s Day No Break For Many

The women who in some ways earn the most praise for raising children won't be getting Mother's Day gifts from their husbands today.They don't have husbands. And there are more of them these days. About one-third of the children born in the United States are to unwed mothers.About 11.2 million ...

Wheeling Country Day School Students Salute Heroes of History

WHEELING - Betsy Ross, George Lucas, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson and Selena Gomez are just a few of the famous people that second-grade students at Wheeling Country Day School had the opportunity learn about in a creative and fun way during a wax museum classroom program.As ...

WJU Students Explore the Science Behind Memory

WHEELING - Wheeling Jesuit University students spent the past year exploring the science of memory by interviewing older Wheeling residents or by dissecting animals' brains.The university's Laut Honors College project involved in-person interviews with "memory partners." Some students spoke ...

Popular Squirrels a Nuisance to Ohio’s Malone University

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Squirrels that have taken on a minor celebrity status at a northeastern Ohio university have become a costly nuisance.The squirrels at Malone University in Canton have multiple Twitter accounts with hundreds of followers, a lip-syncing band has been named after them, and ...

Businesses Incur Losses After Spill

CHARLESTON (AP) - Restaurants and storefronts are buzzing again in West Virginia's capital city, but many still haven't filled a financial hole after chemicals sullied their running water and forced them to close several days in January."I don't foresee ever recouping it," said Deno Stanley, ...

Infighting Hurting Republicans

How strange would it be if during the November elections in West Virginia, a congressional seat that has been in Republican hands for years went to a Democrat, while another that has been reliably Democrat for decades went to a GOP candidate?It could happen.Of the state's three House of ...

My Mom’s Favorite Color Is …

Where it began I'm not really sure. My mother has had a penchant for red things for as long as I can remember. How do I know this? Just look at a few of the school photos that have survived over the years or the family photos that show touches of red everywhere.Because I had long, straight hair ...

Americans Need To ‘Make Stuff’

In March, the highest unemployment rates in West Virginia and Ohio were, respectively, Wetzel County at 12.7 percent and Monroe County at 12.5 percent. Why? In a word: Ormet.Both counties had fairly high unemployment rates before the aluminum plant at Hannibal shut down. Ormet sent the numbers ...

Good Financial Endowments Pay Off in Perpetuity

Alaska has a really big one. So do Harvard and many other public and private American colleges and universities. The same is true of untold numbers of foundations, charities and other community organizations in America.I am, of course, talking about various iterations of endowments, future ...

Neighborly Competition; Spring Cleaning; and Birds

Editor's note: Reporters are constantly surveying their surroundings, and in doing so often turn up many tidbits of news that don't make it into the daily newspaper.This space serves as a spot to aggregate and publish those items that otherwise would stay locked away forever in the reporters' ...

Stenger Retiring As Glen Dale Chief

Norman R. Stenger will be retiring on June 30 after 42 1/2 years in law enforcement, 29 of which have been as Glen Dale police chief.Stenger started his police career on Jan. 1, 1972 with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, holding the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and chief deputy with ...

Best Advice to Graduates: Keep All Your Options Open

Once again, in the blossoming spring of the year, thousands of undergraduate seniors will be sent forth into an unknown future to assume the onus of perpetuating a precarious human existence. They will be assembled in the hallowed halls, playing fields or sports arenas of all manner of ...

Who’s Going to Pay the Bills?

As I've noted previously, West Virginians recognize a bargain when they see it. They also understand a bad deal when it's offered to them.Obamacare enrollment numbers - finally released after weeks of delay - make that clear.At the end of March, the deadline for open enrollment to obtain health ...

Sister Maureen Was Right

I envied them, even though I know envy is a sin. I saw how they were respected and that was neat. I wanted to be like them.Wouldn't it be fine to dress up every day in a female business suit (skirts, not pants) and be the face of a company because you are the first person someone encounters on ...

Ensuring We Rely On Politicians

Government is well on its way to ensuring a large segment of the private sector is no longer, well, entirely private.You may have heard of the proposed new power plant in Marshall County. If built, it will use natural gas to produce about the same amount of electricity now generated at the old ...

Here’s How to Do Well on the Big Test in School

As the end of the school year approaches, many students will be confronted with those dreaded final exams and state competency tests. Naturally, the key is proper study throughout the entire year. Still, students are apprehensive when it comes to the "big tests."You're not alone; everyone has ...

‘Safetypup’ Aimed At Local Youngsters

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department is coordinating its annual Safetypup program in an effort to keep youngsters safe and drug free.The child safety and drug prevention education program reaches ages 5-12.The National Child Safety Council (NCSC) will be providing the materials and services ...