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SHIRLEY SONDA

Shirley Jean Shidock Sonda, 85, of Wellsburg, formerly of Independence, Pa., died Friday, October 18, 2019. Funeral 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, at the St. John Evangelist Church in Wellsburg.

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New I Scream Sundae Shop Offers Spooky Treats Year-Round

RIPLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Halloween only comes around once a year, but at I Scream Sundae in Ripley, the spooky fun never ends. The ice cream shop is just off West Main Street, where afternoon commuter traffic rolls by relentlessly. Outside the modest brick-and-glass building, an inflatable ...

Getting Rid of Trump Can’t Wait Until 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to back her House Democratic foot soldiers’ effort to impeach Donald Trump has swelled their numbers. But it also has hardened his Republican defenders in and out of his administration, setting the stage for a battle royal between the executive and ...

Investigate the Investigators

If you think the Democrats’ impeachment charade is anything other than yet another orchestrated political hit job against the president, I have a bridge I want to sell you. Take a look at some of the latest eye-opening revelations. The Federalist reported recently that the intelligence ...

Pats on the Back

- To West Liberty University student Hannah Dieffenbaugher and former Wheeling resident Jonas Schmidt for a lesson about friendship. A few years ago, when Dieffenbaugher was homecoming queen at Wheeling Central High School and Schmidt was a student there, he asked her to be his date for ...

What About Freedom Other Than Speech?

The NBA says it won’t compromise on its values, even as the league makes it clear it has none. As you’ve no doubt heard, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for the protesters in Hong Kong. Almost instantly, the Chinese government and Chinese businesses ...

Intolerance, Even for Jokes, Says Much About Chinese

Dictators. Always so humorous. Take China’s communist officialdom. You’ve probably heard about the “South Park” episode that the Chinese government didn’t find amusing. And the fake apology from the comedy show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. No? Well, then, you must ...

Caving To Political Correctness

ACT for America, a nationwide grassroots group that educates the public about radical Islam, was founded in 2007 by my vigilant activist friend and Lebanese Christian immigrant journalist Brigitte Gabriel. I was honored to accept Gabriel’s invitation to speak at her organization’s annual ...

Turkish Forces Say They’ve Captured Key Syrian Border Town

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago, with no sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism. Turkish ...

Pregnancy Discrimination Continues, 41 Years After Ban

For 41 years, federal law has banned pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. But the stories tumbling out this week show it’s far from eradicated. Prompted by presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s claim that she was forced out of a teaching job in 1971 because she was pregnant, ...

Union Boosts Pay For GM Workers

NEW YORK (AP) — United Auto Workers said Saturday it’s increasing strike pay for workers picketing at General Motors as the walkout by more than 49,000 employees nears the four-week mark. The union said Saturday that weekly pay will rise to $275 from $250 for members on strike, effective ...

California Governor Signs Bill Limiting Oil, Gas Development

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas ...

Taco Bell Pulls Beef From Stores on Quality Concerns

NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell restaurants in some states are asking customers to try chicken or steak in their burritos after quality concerns pushed it to stop serving seasoned beef temporarily. The company said Saturday that it told affected restaurants to stop serving seasoned beef it as it ...

Authorities: Three Dead in Southern California Wildfires

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people have died at the scene of Southern California wildfires this week, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters aided by diminishing winds beat back a blaze on the edge of Los Angeles that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures and sent a blanket of smoke ...

Hotel Collapse in New Orleans Leaves One Dead, Two Missing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction at the edge of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing one person and injuring more than 20 as rescue workers rushed into what was left of the largely ...

Issues Remain Vast Despite Trade Truce

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China declared a temporary truce Friday in their 15-month trade war. Yet the grievances that led them to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods remain largely unresolved. The administration agreed to suspend a ...

Agency Eyes Revamp of Whistleblower Program

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency is moving with little fanfare to revamp one of the most successful whistleblower programs in the government, alarming advocates who warn the changes will set back efforts to police Wall Street and punish corporate fraud. Much like the whistleblower system ...

Trump Backs Giuliani, But Some Aides Wish He Would Cut Ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday stood behind personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, one of his highest-profile and most vocal defenders, amid reports that federal prosecutors in the city Giuliani led as mayor are eyeing him for possible lobbying violations. Behind the scenes, ...

Jessye Norman, Opera Icon, Memorialized in Hometown

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer Jessye Norman’s illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of ...