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Pats on the Back

- To Wheeling Hospital employees who filled 400 Christmas stockings for the Boatsie’s Boxes program. It sends the stockings, filled with necessities such as toiletries and treats such as candy and games, to service men and women abroad. - To all involved in staging Christmas-season ...

KAREN CAMPBELL

KAREN CAMPBELL Karen Lynn Snyder Campbell, 62, of Wheeling, WV, passed away Friday, November 16, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV after a short and unsuspected illness. Friends will be received on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from noon to 8 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Homes, 166 ...

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ Film Finally in Theaters

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, Alan Elliott was at the Telluride Film Festival, prepared to unveil the holy grail of musical works: A documentary on the making of Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace,” which had been lost to the archives until Elliott spent decades restoring it so it ...

A Reason to Give Thanks

“It’s the worst of times.” The words are Charles Dickens’, from the opening paragraph of a novel set in the 1790s, but the sentiment is familiar today. Americans are divided as never before, we are frequently told, angrily at odds with one another, polarized politically, economically, ...

Fla. Senate Race Goes To Hand Recount

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by less than 13,000 votes. But the ...

Harvard, America Have Issues

In the hierarchy of pleasures, schadenfreude ranks second only to dry martinis at dusk, so conservatives are enjoying Harvard’s entanglement with two things it has not sufficiently questioned — regulatory government and progressive sentiment. The trial that recently ended in Boston concerns ...

Persuasion, Power and Fraud All Part of Dems’ Playbook

In a free democratic republic, public policy should be a matter of persuasion. That is, those running for elected office are supposed to propose the policies that they espouse and convince the voting public to support those policies. On Election Day, voters presumably would elect the candidates ...

No ‘Neo-Jim Crow’ in Georgia

In the overtime of the 2018 elections, the left can’t decide whether it opposes casting doubt on election results or insists on it. In the case of the Georgia gubernatorial election, narrowly lost by African-American activist Stacey Abrams, it’s unquestionably the latter. A cottage ...

Migrants Fill Tijuana Shelters

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants to join them before making their next ...

Trump Says Will Make EPA’s Acting Chief Permanent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump’s nod Friday for the permanent job. Wheeler’s promotion from acting to ...

Florida Starts Painstaking Hand Recount in U.S. Senate Race

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida’s acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for Republican Gov. Rick Scott or Democratic Sen. Bill ...

Obama Says Trump Tape Led Her To Speak Out

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago. The former first lady recalled that she wrote the outline of her ...

Impeachment Focus Back on W.Va. Court

CHARLESTON (AP) — Now that an impeached and suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice has resigned, lawmakers are turning their attention to a panel of justices that had cut off pending impeachment trials. After Justice Allen Loughry’s resignation, the state Senate wants to revisit an ...

Get Election Stories Right

This election should remind us how vital and necessary local journalism is to factual reporting. National media outlets routinely fell for stories about topics outside their knowledge base — stories specially crafted by political operatives wanting to shape narratives about campaigns. All ...

Open Borders a Loser for Dems

In recent months, the political leadership of two neighboring countries with large immigration programs issued very different messages. They would be the United States and Canada. In the United States, President Trump and his Republican allies vilified the “caravan” of Central Americans ...

Make It Easier for More People to Participate in Voting

Phew. The midterm elections are over! You voted, right? Yes? Great. For those who did not join the record-breaking throngs who either cast an early ballot or turned out on Election Day, you missed out. Voting is one of America’s greatest civil rights, and it gloriously brings us all ...

Catholic Bishops Weigh Anti-Abuse Strategies

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding ...

Authorities Announce Arrests in Slaying of 8 Family Members

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A family of four was arrested Tuesday in the gruesome slayings of eight people from another family in rural southern Ohio two years ago, the first break in a case that left a community reeling and surviving family members wondering if answers would ever come. Arrested ...

CIA Considered Potential Truth Serum for Terror Suspects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to ...

A Universe of Flawed Heroes: Lee Was Ahead of His Time

(AP) - It became easy, in recent years, to dismiss him as the wisecracking grandpa of the American comic book, a past-his-prime gimmick who cameoed alongside Earth’s angstiest superheroes in the high-grossing Marvel blockbusters of the past decade. But Stan Lee, who died Monday, was far ...