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G-Fin™: NEARLY $291,000 TO IMPROVE HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAMS IN WV

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U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced $290,895.22 in federal funding to the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Office to support programs that will improve driver behavior and performance while helping reduce motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“As the holiday season officially kicks off this week, it is one of our highest priorities to make sure drivers and passengers on our roads and highways arrive at their destinations safely,” Senator Manchin said. “I am pleased that this funding will support programs to help curb dangerous driver behaviors, prevent traffic accidents and keep our residents and travelers safe.” 

“These grants are essential to making sure our roads stay safe for drivers and passengers,” said Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. “Improving the safety of West Virginia’s roads has always been one of my top priorities. This funding will help the Highway Safety Office implement critical public safety initiatives, including efforts to guard against distracted and impaired driving.”

Individual award amounts are listed below:

•  $215,208.94 - Impaired Driving Countermeasures Program: Funding will be used to reduce driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

•  $68,905.01 – Occupant Protection Program: Funding will be used to reduce deaths and injuries resulting from the nonuse and misuse of seatbelts.

•  $6,781.27 – Motorcyclist Safety Program: Funding will be used to reduce the number of single-and multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcyclists. 

G-LtE™: Why So Many Bad Decision?

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Dear Editor, It appears there is some kind of blackout on news about the new school site. Its important for the parents and taxpayers understand how badly Superintendent Devano and crew screwed up the Cedar Creek site.

After paying $486,000.00 for the Cedar Creek site, they were forced to sell it for $400,000.00, loosing 86,000.00 in that process. Everybody probably knew that, but they also lost $39,000.00 on the land survey.

They also paid the former landowner to clear cut part of the property. They have also already paid Williamson Shriver Architects over half a million dollars. If I have my facts right, Williamson Shriver helped pick the Cedar Creek site in the first place, yet I don’t hear anybody screaming for them to cover any of the losses.

Speaking of Williamson Shriver,

Why did they get these projects without going through a bidding process?

Would an experienced Superintendent have made this many blunders? Probably not, but I believe this is the first county where Devano has served as superintendent.

The site they have selected in place of the Cedar Creek site is another disaster in the works.

The Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan committee and I use that term very loosely, because they didn’t even have a quorum, supposedly met and chose the new flood plain site.

Not only that, but supposedly Bill Simmons was in on it, and according to the State, the local board members are not to have input on facilities.

There were at least a couple of others on the committee that should have recused themselves because of the appearance of a possible conflict of interest.

Was there a single representative from Center District? I don’t think so. That’s the district where the school they are closing is located.

None of the points I have made are as important as my final point.

Imagine a tiny six-year-old girl in Rosedale climbing on a school bus for her first day in school. She is going to spend 45 minutes or more making the thirty-mile trip and then a like amount in the evening for one hundred eighty days a year, for the next twelve years.

I would ask the CEFP members to think about that when they get ready to go to sleep tonight and then ask themselves “ would I have signed off on this if that were my little girl?“

Sincerely,

Jeff Lowe

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Don’t look for any state hand holders to apologize Jeff. Only ones willing to participate in closed meetings are the ones looking for glory and not for the good of the county or its children.
Remember, they start pre-school now at 4 years old but few have spoken up to protect our most vulnerable.
The same ones that agreed with everything the state did over the past three years are the very same ones Devono’s trying to placate today. This Superintendent is operating under don’t ask and if you do he can’t or won’t tell.

By Truth of the Matter  on  11.25.2014

The fair way to end the turmoil would be for the State, without admitting fault, to declare a restart for selecting a new school site and to get Gilmer a new superintendent. The existing super could be assigned to a new job elsewhere. Then, a new CEFP committee with legitimate community cross section representation could be chosen to follow proper rules while maintaining full transparency and community involvement. The committee’s assignment would be to determine the wisest choice for a new school site with community approval. The State’s School Building Authority money for Gilmer County could be set aside for future use and as part of the deal the State could restore to the County money which was foolishly wasted. For all future work a new architectural firm could be chosen through competitive bidding.Sure, the State would lose some money, but that would show leadership and astute understanding that at times it shows superior judgement to walk away from a soured deal. Considerable respect could be restored for the State if it would depart from its present conduct to demonstrate that it puts children first instead of continuing to permit raw politics and money for politicians rule over WV’s school decisions. That is what got us stuck on bottom place in the USA.

By Ready For Conflict Resolution State?  on  11.25.2014

Is the Gilmer County school debacle is just sneak preview of the total incompetency of our West Virginia Board of Education?

Is the local board of education president on the state board of education [under the table] payroll?  We know they can do that without anyone knowing it?

By looks like it?  on  11.25.2014

Elected to stand up for Gilmer County. Apparent that this Board President chose to stand with the State as they are the only ones that make him feel like he has any power. Reality is under state intervention he has none but representing the children and families somehow isn’t good enough for an ex college president.  While telling everyone that would listen how pitiful and poor our county children are he has pushed “Ron” as a wonderful Superintendent and now every other word is “Gabe”. The leopard can’t change its spots, not even for state appointed Superintendents and Devano will realize that sooner than later.  Wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the state to say they are wrong or for Simmons to apologize.  They don’t care.

By When Donkeys Fly  on  11.25.2014

The CEFP Committee has been blamed for these bad decisions. I think it is fair to say the only decisions this committee has been asked to make is the choice of school name and mascot as well as opinions from teacher members about the options and suggestion in the classrooms of future school.
All the decisions concerning the choice of properties, spending the funds, core drilling, surveying, purchase and sale of properties HAS NOT been made by the CEFP Committee. In one meeting the Committee was told about choices (JUST TOLD), and in the next meeting the architect presented the plans for the school (PROPERTY DECIDED ON AND PURCHASED BEHIND THE SCENE).
Those decisions to choose AND purchase the property as well as the price of it were made by the Superintendent in charge (supposedly talking to board president), architects, etc., and presented to State for their OK.
Publically, none of the board members were involved in decision making. Whether they were involved or not behind the scene I challenge them to tell us the facts themselves.

By G. Dave Ramezan  on  11.25.2014

Must be some confusion, isn’t it the Planning Committee that chooses the name, mascot, color, etc?  Over at Leading Creek they did it. How they were picked and who never came out in public. Have not heard when the Cedar Creek Elementary or the Gilmer Elementary planning committee were picked either. No one seems to know when the new Leading Creek Advisory council was selected and why those meetings are not made public by Gilmer County Superintendent.

Is it fair to say that if the CEFP were informed about the site change it would be to get some kind of approval on record for the states legal needs? Probably signed by the State Superintendent in their place? Did enough go to take a legal quorum vote? That committee is legally supposed to make recommendations to the board that has no power so it would be a conflict for any board member.

By Just Asking  on  11.25.2014

This is a law enforcement analogy. Suppose someone stole several hundred thousand dollars and another
person stepped in to pay it off. Would the culprit be given a home free pass or would they be prosecuted? We can’t say at this time that the Cedar Creek debacle involved law breaking, but what about accountability for those who managed the failed project? Because a person paid $400,000 to repurchase the site does that mean that the State should not be held accountable for its incompetence for approving purchase of the overpriced and over sized site only to close the project down after certain people got paid and adequate money was not left to complete the project? The important question to answer is who is going to be held responsible for the disgrace for full accountability in State government? Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Legislature members where do you stand? Positive action to do what is morally right for West Virginia people or typical bureaucratic head turning?

By Demand for State Accountability  on  11.25.2014

Personal attacks are transparent cruel vendettas when verifiable facts for proof of wrong doing are unavailable. The indisputable fact is that the State Board of Education was ultimately in control of everything bad that happened to us. The overwhelming majority of citizens support local Gilmer County people and attempts to destroy them with personal agendas draw us closer to the assailed. We know fully about the agendas and individuals pushing them. The State’s wrongdoing is what we must band against to get justice instead of participating in evil initiatives designed to destroy lives of our fellow citizens.

By State's Red Herrings Traps  on  11.25.2014

Mr. Ramezan.  Correct me if I have not understood your comment correctly.
You are saying that the “State Appointed” individuals on the CEFP committee have had absolutely no input?
So, in effect, those individuals on that committee have “been duped” and used by the WV State Board of Education as State “patsies”?

By essentially?  on  11.25.2014

What I am saying is this: CEFP committee members can only talk about and debate what is brought up at the meetings to them. The agenda items are only brought to CEFP either by the superintendent or the architects. Again, selection of land and purchasing was not brought to the CEFP committee for the Leading Creek Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary, and now the Gilmer County Elementary School.
The only property which was brought to CEFP committee was the land at Auction Barn, which the CEFP committee rejected it. That is it.
It is not fair for the CEFP members to get the blame when they have only been used as escape goat.

By G Dave Ramezan  on  11.25.2014

Let us not forget the Cedar Creek site was brought to a handful of the CEFP.  All they had to do was nod for the prior Superintendent to have what he called a “consensus” vote.  Of course these people are being used as scape goats deliberately by the State but it is their choice to participate.The office employees are used to sit in front of computers as a distraction or as art easels if you watch the “community” video.  The state has no respect and will use all they can. As to who takes the blame. Holding someone accountable means they have to take responsibility for their own actions.
That’s not going to happen. Mistakes will never be admitted to or corrected. Not by anyone in a politicians pocket.

By Ask Any Good Old Boy  on  11.25.2014

Can’t go into detail to risk disclosure of activities at various levels. Indeed “patsies” is the appropriate conclusion. That happens when good people with honorable intentions are unintentionally misused. Clever detractors enjoy instigating Gilmer County infighting to cloud focus on the State. They are those who arrogantly misjudge that people in your County are not intelligent enough to understand damage done to their school system. The detractors are in for an awakening surprise if your people will stick together in peaceful resistance.

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Pat’s Chat - 11.23.14

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At my age, I sometimes worry about being forgetful and think to myself, “Am I getting Alzheimer’s?”

A friend at church gave me a brochure from her own insurance company that had the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s and the site where more information can be found.  I visited www.alz.org and found the same ten signs.

That site URL is www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp.  I think you will probably be more able to see as I did the difference between the normal aging memory problems and actual warning signs.  The most important decision you will make is to talk to your doctor about your fears and feelings.

Many of you have probably heard The Voice of Prophecy on the radio at one time or another because it has been around for 85 years.  However, they are leaving their home in California and moving to Colorado.  In spite of the hassle of the move, they are also taking on a huge project for television.  They will be presenting ABC TV’s annual Christmas special, Peace on Earth.  This program will serve as a Christmas church service for those who cannot, or choose not to, attend services this year.

Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, will be the site for this Christmas special and its beautiful stained glass windows and pipe organ will add to the richness of the presentation.  Spencerville Church also has the advantage of a children’s choir which will sing several classical pieces.  The King’s Heralds will also thrill us as their quartet will be praising God and touching the hearts of those attending as well as those who are watching from home.  The state of this world and its distance from the “peace” for which we pray at Christmas should make each of us painfully aware that only Jesus can give true peace.  Even the most indifferent seem to soften and reflect on Christmas a little this time of year.  You can comfortably invite anyone to watch this special, even those who haven’t been to church in years.  The program is sure to be uplifting and the music outstanding.  Please make a note on your calendar right now for Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day for ABC’s Christmas Special.

During the program, they will be inviting viewers to connect with them through social media.  You can grab your Smartphone or tablet and tweet or post along with them using the hashtag #VOPChristmas To find out when this program is airing in your area you can visit www.vop.com/peaceonearth or call 805.955.7681.  (I got this information from a letter I received yesterday from the Voice of Prophecy.)

Two of my grandchildren and their spouses and children will be visiting this week for Thanksgiving.  I am so excited.  We will probably have an early Christmas with them.  There will be two Thanksgiving feasts, one on Thursday at my son’s home here in Buckhannon.  (I am so happy to have them close by, walking distance from me!)  Many of our local relatives will also be visiting and eating with us on Friday.  Our house is small but we manage to house all eight of the out-of-town grands!  May the rafters ring with laughter and joy!  I certainly have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Holiday.  I am so blessed.

He came once as a baby, but when He comes again (soon) He will come as King of Kings! Hallelujah!

MARANATHA!

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Schools Community Meeting - 11.12.14

Gilmer County Schools held a Community Meeting at Gilmer County Senior Center on November 12, 2014.

Mr. DeVano, Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools explains the status of the proposed Gilmer County Elementary Schools as well as some information about the Leading Creek Elementary School at Linn, WV.

Please watch the video ….

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Getting the State to decide to build a school in Hays City was in the works for a long time. Mr. Gabriel Devono was seen being squired around to inspect the Hays City site soon after arriving in Glenville. He signed the checks to purchase the Cedar Creek site. Weeks before any word of cancellation of that project leaked because of the State’s blundering he forced his staff to work secretly to set the stage for the Hays City move. It would be interesting to know how much he knew back when he signed checks for the Cedar Creek land. A reputable person told that Mr. Devono pressured the school board to endorse the Hays City deal and all members refused to say that it was the State’s deal and it should assume total responsibility for its string of blunders. We need an objective investigation of what happened here to include tracking the money trail to expose those who profited from the crookedness.

By State Fraud and Deceit Against Gilmer  on  11.25.2014

When the video is watched and what Mr. Devono had to say is listened to carefully it becomes clear that the State fouled up all around, not just with Cedar Creek and the aftermath. It is evident when Devono’s information about the Leading Creek school slipped out that we are in trouble there too. The State moved too quickly without thorough, professional level planning. Its goal was a bi county school and not a good solution to serve Gilmer County well. There will be more bad surprises emerging. The State will bail out when all the money is gone and favored parties get theirs to leave our County with a horrible mess.

By State Makes It Worse Daily  on  11.25.2014

Citizens are proud of the school board’s united refusal to go along with Devonos’s pressure for it to back the Hays City deal and they stood firm that the decision was the State’s to defend and to be accountable for. Thankfully we have those with the moral character and personal courage to stand up against the State’s wrongdoing with turning against our County’s people while wanting us to believe that it is here to help us.

By B. Miller  on  11.25.2014

There was a comment about information from board meetings not going public. The report from a member of the public who left a recent meeting is that when Mr. Devono called an executive session to fail to get the board’s support for the Hays City school site persons of questionable need were there. He made some of his staff attend and Ted Shriver from Williamson and Shriver was there too to back him up as if Devono wanted to overwhelm the board members. With all those persons who were not board members there, how can the State defend that their participation was legitimate and necessary for an executive session that did not involve a personnel action or a potential land purchase by the State? Mr. Devono had all the information he needed. Aren’t executive sessions supposed to limit participants to maintain confidentiality?

By Executive Session Done Right?  on  11.25.2014

And another SNL skit entitled:  ‘GD and the Human Easel’

By belly roll  on  11.25.2014

to sign yourself - Gilmer Schools Coalition
You make a bit of sense with your writing.
Please do not mislead Gilmer Free Press readers by giving the false impression you speak for the Gilmer School Coalition.  You do not.
This is intended to be constructive.

By And Instructive  on  11.25.2014

let’s not forget, it is not the local board making the decisions, it is the state board and their superintendent. They are the one owing us explanation on all the mishaps. we need to make sure   not to pee on the wrong tree.

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Common Core: Just Standards or Deceit?

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There are many things that concern this parent and teacher involving the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the least of which is the actual standards themselves. My work as a teacher exposes me directly to what seem to be underhanded acts of educational tyranny. My friends, family, and co-workers, preoccupied just trying to get their children and students prepared for the “rigorous” set of Common Core Standards, don’t notice the red flags. While they are focused on how to achieve success with Common Core, I am losing sleep over what I see and what I fear may be the endgame.

Today, the testing of CCSS is being used to ultimately transfer local control, in violation of the Tenth Amendment, to the federal government. With that transfer comes the possibility that this power in the hands of the federal government could be used for worrisome purposes. Would the federal government use this power to mold the minds of children by defining moral values? Would they attempt to influence the beliefs of the citizenry through messages hidden in texts? Would they push and try to normalize a leftist agenda that contradicts the beliefs of most Americans? Would they use data to track our children through adulthood using hundreds of data points? Would they keep a watchful eye on children across America, via I-pads and other devices, and know who to re-educate? Would they divide students who are willing and able to comply from those who will not accept their worldview? Would they indoctrinate for the common good of a centralized controlled government? Would America become a nation, not of achievers and innovators, but of mediocre workers to be utilized for the collective good of the state? 

Evidence is showing that much of this is already happening. For example, teachers across America are forced to use Common Core compliant materials (textbooks, modules, performance assessments, et al) via an evaluation system that punishes them if they don’t comply. (See below, “Common Core Teacher Evaluations: Ensuring Conformity in Every Classroom”).  The “Common Core compliant” materials are sought by teachers, school districts, and parents because they trust that using them will ensure that their children perform well on the “rigorous” Common Core assessments.  One thread woven through these “common core compliant” materials is moral relativism.  My fifth-grade class read a book called Sounder. This book has been around many years, but it illustrates just how simple it is to train children to think a certain way. The book tells the story of a poor black sharecropper, and presumably takes place in the south in the 1940s. The man loves his wife and children. He is extremely poor. He is terribly exhausted. He works gruelingly hard, but he just can’t get anywhere. He hunts every day with the family dog but food is still difficult to come by. It’s easy to empathize with the character, a man who is doing the right thing and getting nothing for it. One day he comes home with a ham. His wife is worried because she knows he didn’t buy it.  Despite this, the family enjoys the ham for days. Even the dog gets scraps. Eventually, the police come and arrest him for stealing the ham. Suffice to say, the punishment is severe. The dog is even shot by the ruthless (white) police. I won’t give away any more of the book. After reading this story, children who agreed that stealing is wrong under absolutely any circumstances, now are not so sure. Maybe it is okay to steal to feed your family. Then, after reading the book, the children may be asked to write an opinion essay in which they address, “Under what circumstances is it okay to steal?” The premise being that stealing can be justified. In addition to the textbooks themselves, you can find examples like this hidden within Common Core compliant math word problems, quizzes, assessments and even sentences. (For example, place the proper punctuation on this sentence: “Government gives us our rights”.) Throughout these Common Core materials are messages that normalize things, in small impressionable brains, that may be contrary to your worldview. Throughout these Common Core materials are values that are being taught that parents might protest if they were made clearer. Parents, are you okay with this?

There are more tentacles to Common Core, and admittedly, some of the standards seem benign. (For example, “Students will understand how characters react to challenges in the story.”) However, the purpose of Common Core is not revealed in the standards. It is revealed in the view that there are no absolute truths or values. It is revealed in the teaching of “higher order thinking” which is attained when a child no longer believes in right and wrong. It is revealed in the view that all that is new is better than what comes from previous generations of knowledge, and much more. Common Core is not just a set of standards. That we very well may have been deceived and that we fell for it with such unflinching obedience, and that there is the potential for total control in the hands of a few who may or may not exploit it, is what keeps this teacher and parent up at night.






Common Core Teacher Evaluations: Ensuring Conformity in Every Classroom

To what extent are teachers responsible for students’ success or failure?  The creators of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) seemingly want us to accept the premise that a student’s and a teacher’s “success” can and should be determined by one test.  And the creators of CCSS want us to believe that teachers are largely responsible for how their students “perform” on that one test.

Teacher evaluation systems are not a part of Common Core, but they are fully intertwined with them.  States agreed to these “accountability measures” in the form of evaluations for students and teachers in exchange for federal dollars through the Obama administration’s “Race To The Top” program.  While America was busy watching Dancing with the Stars, the creators of CCSS were making sure that these standards were even further entrenched by tying student outcomes on CCSS state exams to teacher evaluations.  Under CCSS, teachers whose students do not achieve “success” on the CCSS annual exam are labeled “ineffective.”

The term “ineffective” implies that one is not getting the desired result.  But what is the desired result under Common Core?

Under Common Core, teachers are under much pressure to train their students to pass the Common Core State exams.  Classroom observations, the old and probably best way to measure teacher effectiveness, account for approximately 60% of a teacher’s annual rating (depending on the state).  While some of this 60% is based on agenda-driven criteria such as whether the teacher “provide[s] a classroom that embraces other cultures” (a topic for another day), at least the teacher knows what to expect and how to prepare.  With slight variations by state, the other 40% of a teacher’s rating is based on student performance.  Teachers who receive “highly effective” on classroom observations could receive an overall rating of “developing” or “ineffective” based on poor student performance.  Two years of an “ineffective” rating can be grounds for termination.  This creates a high-stakes testing environment for teachers and students, with many possible scenarios that would have an effect well outside putting the children first.  While most teachers become teachers because they do care about children and want them to be successful, what is a teacher to do when student test results can make or break his or her rating?

Teachers will conform.  Teachers are asked by the unions, by their administrators, and by the creators of Common Core to present to the students the Common Core compliant materials, textbooks, practice exams, and modules.  If they do this, they are promised that their students will have a very good chance of being successful on the exams.  Textbooks are “aligned to the Common Core.”  The loss of teacher creativity is a concern, but teachers feel they have no choice but to follow the script.

It gets better, and by better I mean much worse.  As an added bonus, and one not to be questioned, much of these Common Core-aligned textbooks and materials tout revisionist history, questionable science, and moral relativism.  While some teachers may flinch, most have seemed to accept this conversion.  Like everything else nowadays, it seems that the more this government does to us, the less people seem to believe that government is doing anything.  As planned, the system produces cognitive dissonance, denial, and acquiescence (Big Brother’s goals as well).

Are we at a place where teachers must teach the right concepts so students can prove on high-stakes exams that teachers have taught them what the creators of CCSS have deemed a proper education?  Under CCSS, are we very far from a place where the whole country is using the same exact books and listening to a teacher read the same exact script?  Common Core even tells teachers to plan their lessons minute by minute.  Imagine.  Across the entire United States of America, at the exact same time, classes reading the same exact books, hearing the same exact lines from their teachers, and being asked and expected to answer the same exact questions in the same exact way.  Creepy.

Sadly, the current environment is one where a culture of silence exists, where teachers and administrators are afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs.  No doubt some of those educators wholeheartedly support CCSS because they believe that it is best for the children.  Some of us disagree, though, and question the endgame.

After reflecting on my own evaluation process, it seemed that this is about control – control over how and what a teacher teaches.  Is the teacher evaluation system under CCSS designed to weed out the teachers who do not produce the desired results?  Yes, it is.  We can all agree on that.

~~  Mary Anne Marcella - A parent and public school teacher who cares about her children and her students ~~

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Governor Tomblin needs to appoint citizens and teachers with this attitude and these abilities to the West Virginia State Board of Education and seed the others home.

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HOLIDAY SHOPPERS ARE URGED TO BE CAUTIOUS WHEN USING MOBILE CHECKOUTS

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Morrisey: Don’t allow the convenience of paying for a purchase through
a mobile device or app distract you from protecting your personal information
from would-be scammers.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging consumers to be careful when using mobile devices to pay for merchandise and services this holiday season.

“The ability to pay for items with a mobile device is incredibly convenient, but it’s important not to let the ease of the transaction take your focus away from keeping your personal information safe,” Attorney General Morrisey said.

Nearly every smartphone offers consumers and sellers an opportunity to make and receive payments. These payments can be made through mobile apps, or through devices that can be plugged into the phone that will scan a person’s credit card. Additionally, some smartphones come equipped with Near Field Communication technology, which allows it to beam information to other devices.

There are a few ways to keep your information safe:

•  Make sure to passcode protect your phone. Requiring a four-digit code or a passphrase on your phone can prevent a person from accessing apps where sensitive data is stored.

•  Only download apps that have access to your credit or debit card information from trusted sources, like Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

•  If your phone uses an NFC connection to make payments, disable that option when it’s not in use.

•  Only use a mobile payment option that allows you to receive an electronic receipt instantly that shows you what amount was charged to your card.

•  As always, regularly monitor your accounts, especially through the busy shopping seasons. The holiday rush can be a prime time for people to steal identities and cash from unsuspecting consumers.

“As technology continues to grow and change, scammers find new, creative ways to separate hard-working consumers from their money,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Even though paying for items through your phone can save you time, don’t allow it to cost you additional money. Be vigilant with your device, and your accounts.”

Recently, the National Consumer League reported an uptick in consumers who have had their information compromised through mobile banking, even if the consumer paid through traditional means, such as a personal check.

Several mobile banking apps have the ability to allow a person to deposit checks electronically simply by sending a photo of the front and back of the check. Scammers are taking additional photos of the checks, storing the account details, and using them to empty the bank accounts of their victims.

“If you don’t feel comfortable paying for an item electronically, don’t. See if there’s another way to purchase,” Morrisey said.

If you suspect you have been the victim of identity theft, please call the Office’s Consumer Protection Division at 1.800.368.8808 or visit www.ago.wv.gov to report it. Additionally, consumers can report the fraud to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov.

Report: To Restore Middle-Skills Jobs, Employers, Educators, Policymakers Must Work Together

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The conversation about the skills gap and national talent shortage has risen in volume over the last several months, as the conundrum of open jobs and unemployed Americans persists.

A report released by Accenture, Burning Glass, and Harvard Business School addresses the challenges of “Rebuilding America’s Middle Skills.” Defining middle-skills jobs as those that “require more education and training than a high-school diploma but less than a four-year college degree,” the report explores this segment of the labor market, identifying where jobs have been lost and skills sets undeveloped, and pointing to where and how the situation might be improved.

“Historically, for innumerable Americans, middle-skills jobs served as the springboard into the middle class,” states the report. ”Machinists and registered nurses, technical salespeople and computer technicians, financial analysts and
a host of other jobs constituted the backbone of America’s workforce.”

The report includes recommendations for remedying middle-skills hiring issues, noting that between 1979 and 2000, wages for middle-skill workers stagnated. In the years since 2000, they’ve dropped.

“For too long we have accepted the cliché that America’s jobs machine is broken,” said Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer Joe Fuller, lead author of the report. “Someone has to take the lead in restarting it, and business leaders are in the best position to take decisive steps to end the misalignment in our economy—millions of job postings alongside millions of unemployed. This is the single most important issue to strengthen U.S. competitiveness—and bring back the American dream for our workers.”

Employers, the report argues, must make investments in creating talent pipelines, implementing some of the same strategies they use to secure other inputs in finding and cultivating human resources.

At educational institutions, stronger partnerships with companies to create bridges from school to work are recommended, a suggestion that’s become something of a refrain in the skills gap conversation.

Finally, the report urges policymakers to work as facilitators, providing accurate and timely data to employers and job seekers, encouraging companies to work together and seek new models for on-boarding employees, and changing the perceptions of middle-skills work by “employing strong cultural messages like ‘post-secondary education for all’ and ‘lifelong education for lifelong employability,’” as opposed to recommending college as the one-size-fits-all option.

The biggest recommendation for educators, employers, and policymakers? Work together.

~~  Kathryn Dill ~~

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TWO WV HOSPITALS TO COLLABORATE ON NEW CLINIC

Two Northern Panhandle hospitals are collaborating on a new specialty care clinic.

Wheeling Hospital and Reynolds Memorial Hospital announced the collaboration on Monday. The clinic will open during the first week of December at Reynolds Memorial in Glen Dale.

Wheeling Hospital will provide specialists in the areas of cancer care, cardiothoracic surgery, colorectal surgery and gastroenterology.

Reynolds Memorial medical staff president Dr. David Hess says in a news release that the affiliation will provide needed services in Marshall County and the surrounding area.

Previous versions of this story omitted a word in the first paragraph.


21 STATES PUSH TO OVERTURN MD GUN-CONTROL LAW

Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland’s gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, last week.

The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection.

The other states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

A U.S. District Court judge in Baltimore upheld the provisions in August.

The state of Maryland has until December 31 to respond to the filing.

A headline on previous versions of this story incorrectly stated the appellate court had called the restrictions too broad. The states contend the restrictions are too broad.


MORE WV COURT RECORDS TO GO DIGITAL IN 2015

More West Virginia circuit court records are expected to go digital in 2015.

The West Virginia Supreme Court is implementing a pilot electronic filing project in 14 counties. The project got under way in December 2013 when a lawsuit was filed electronically in the Marion County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Matt Arrowood with the Supreme Court says civil cases are being filed electronically in Marion and Jefferson counties. He says court officials hope to begin e-filing all case types by the first of next year.

Arrowood says e-filing is expected to begin in Lewis County in the spring of 2015 and in Harrison and Upshur counties by July 2015.

Other counties participating are Braxton, Randolph, Berkeley, Clay, Hampshire, Lincoln, Morgan, Ohio and Wood.


WV AGENCY OFFERS HUNTING TREE STAND SAFETY TIPS

The Division of Natural Resources is advising hunters to take safety precautions with tree stands as the two-week buck firearms season gets under way.

The season began Monday and runs through December 06.

DNR law enforcement chief Col. Jerry Jenkins says in a news release that tree stand accidents are the most common cause of hunter injuries.

Hunters are advised to use a safety belt or harness when hunting from elevated tree stands. Climbing belts should be used when climbing up or down a tree.

The DNR says hunters also should make sure their guns are unloaded before raising or lowering the weapons with a haul line.

Permanent tree stands should be checked annually. Worn or weak lumber should be replaced.


WV TO HOLD MINORITY BUSINESS EXPO ON DECEMBER 03

The state is holding an event for minority business entrepreneurs next month in Charleston.

The 2014 Minority Business Expo is scheduled from noon to 6:30 PM December 03 at the Beni Kedem Temple.

The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs and Columbia Pipeline Group are co-sponsors of the event.

Carolyn Stuart, the state office’s executive director, says the expo gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to share best practices and to gain tips on how to own and operate a small business.


MARSHALL RECEIVES SOFTWARE GRANT FROM SIEMENS

Marshall University says it’s received a software grant with a commercial value of nearly $134 million.

The university says in a news release that the grant from Siemens PLM Software will give students access to technology that companies use to develop products in a variety of industries, including automotive and shipbuilding.

Siemens has done a similar partnership with West Virginia University.

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Movie Review: ‘Foxcatcher’ - Ensemble Cast Shines in Mesmerizing True Story

A bleak, mid-wintery gloom suffuses “Foxcatcher,” a dramatized version of the lurid real-life murder of champion wrestler Dave Schultz at the hands of the late John E. du Pont in 1996. As refracted through the chilly, superbly controlled lens of director Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”), the otherwise tawdry tale of ambition, self-deception and mental illness becomes an unsettling allegory of violence and love at their most ritualized and repressed.

“Foxcatcher” exerts a mesmerizing pull, not only because it affords the chance to witness three fine actors working at the height of their powers, but also because it so steadfastly resists the urge to clutter up empty space with the filigree of gratuitous imagery and chatter. It may not be conventionally fun to watch, but it has the courage of its convictions, allowing the story to remain as it was: bizarre, bewildering, twisted and terribly sad. It’s a haunting, deeply troubling movie, as ill at ease and unresolved as the curious relationship at its ice-cold center.

That relationship wasn’t between John du Pont (Steve Carell) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), but between du Pont and Schultz’s younger brother Mark (Channing Tatum). As “Foxcatcher” opens, Mark has gone from being an Olympic-gold-medal-winning wrestler to speaking at high school assemblies at $20 a pop, living hand-to-mouth and working out with his far more stable brother. As portrayed by Tatum and Ruffalo, the brothers have the stooped, muscle-bound shuffle of lifelong athletes, as well as a bearlike, instinctive intimacy. Their warmups, stretches and practice bouts — each an improvised but highly structured pas de deux — project equal parts affection and brute, thinly veiled aggression and resentment. During one such encounter, it doesn’t take long for Mark to draw blood. For him, it’s clear: The stakes are always just a bit higher.

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Isolated, shut-down and self-punishing, Mark cuts a forlorn figure who, during the late 1980s, when much of “Foxcatcher” transpires, has failed to cash in on Ronald Reagan’s “morning in America.” Du Pont — who lives with his mother (Vanessa Redgrave) on an estate known as Foxcatcher and who is hoping to put together an all-star wrestling team to take to the Olympics — reaches out to Mark, flying him to Pennsylvania to see the farm and the top-flight training facility du Pont has in mind.

Soon the younger man is living there as protege and playmate to an aristocratic oddball supported by a family fortune generated by war profiteering. At the same time, the film suggests, du Pont has a deep longing for companionship, intimacy and approval. But when du Pont makes a play for the more disciplined and gifted Dave, he finds that this brother isn’t nearly as susceptible or needy. While his mother pooh-poohs wrestling as a “low sport” (compared with her preferred pastime of fox hunting), du Pont finds in Dave his own maddeningly elusive human quarry.

Understandably, Carell — under a prosthetic nose, fake teeth, an imperiously uplifted chin and a halting, adenoidal dialect — is getting much of the attention. And indeed, Carell’s portrayal represents a breakthrough for someone more associated with comedy and winsome drama. But what makes the film so spellbinding is its ensemble, anchored by Ruffalo and Tatum. The latter’s acting combines graceful, full-body physical performance with swirling interior dynamics of fine-tuned sensitivity.

Things go from upper-crust eccentric to downright weird in “Foxcatcher,” especially when du Pont’s clenched-up impulses finally break free. (No one in the history of cinema has made doing cocaine with a millionaire in his private helicopter look like such a drag.) Still, even at its most sordidly suggestive, the movie always returns to each character’s personal maelstrom of loyalty, competition, loneliness and grief.

Working with a script by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Miller directs “Foxcatcher” with lots of white space, filling it with silences and big, empty backdrops that capture du Pont’s abstracted, rarefied life and, in the cosmic scheme of things, the puniness of his endeavor. He continually tries to connect his ambitions for the wrestlers with the American Dream, urging the team to be heroes in citizenship as well as on the mat, and connecting their purpose to our revolutionary forefathers. (“I want to see this country soar again,” he says.) If Miller presents that as a self- valorizing stretch, viewers may bristle just as much at his choice to make “Foxcatcher” a parable of Cold War-era late capitalism. Here is a cautionary tale of the collision between moneyed impunity and simple-folk integrity.

If you really want to get meta about it, “Foxcatcher” is at its most fascinatingly subtextual not as a Bennett Miller movie but as a Megan Ellison movie. Ellison, who produced the film, is herself an heir to a great fortune: Her father is Oracle Corp. chairman Larry Ellison. For the past few years, she has assembled her own team of champions, producing movies by such auteurs as Kathryn Bigelow, Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze and the Coen brothers. She has reached the Academy Awards — her own Olympics — no fewer than three times.

Notoriously press-shy, Ellison hasn’t made herself available to talk about the echoes between du Pont’s Foxcatcher project and her own far more benevolent enterprise. Still, there’s no doubt that she understands a filmmaking system in which art chases money and vice versa. Unlike so many dilettantes who have gone before her, she has a discerning eye for talent and the kind of material that studios are no longer bankrolling.

One of the most potent moments in “Foxcatcher” occurs when Mark tells du Pont, “You can’t buy Dave.” Ellison knows that the Millers and Tatums and Carells and Ruffalos of the world can be bought — indeed, they must be, in order to work. The difference is that when she’s the one spending, we’re all the richer for it. “Foxcatcher” portrays, with chilly precision, the ruinous snares of privilege, patronage and seductive proximity to talent. Then again, the fact that it even exists represents an improbably redemptive side of its own tarnished coin.

★ ★ ★ ★

R. Contains some drug use and a scene of violence. 134 minutes.

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►   NFL Game Result

(MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24)


Final Score: Buffalo 38, NY Jets 3

Kyle Orton passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns as the Buffalo Bills routed the New York Jets 38-3 Monday night at Detroit’s Ford Field. The game was moved from Ralph Wilson Stadium after the venue was deemed unplayable due to several feet of snow that fell last week, crippling Buffalo and neighboring areas. Boobie Dixon rushed for a touchdown and blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone for another score, helping the Bills (6-5) keep their playoff hopes alive. Michael Vick struggled mightily against the Buffalo defense, completing only 7-of-19 passes for 76 yards. He limped off the field after a third-quarter interception and was replaced by Geno Smith, who saw his first action since he was intercepted three times on eight passes in the first quarter against the Bills on Oct. 26. Smith threw for 89 yards on 10-of-12 passing for the Jets (2-9).


Final Score: Baltimore 34, New Orleans 27

Justin Forsett’s career night helped propel the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday. Forsett finished with a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries for the Ravens (7-4), who moved into a three-way tie for second place in the AFC North behind the Bengals (7-3-1). Joe Flacco threw for 243 yards and a touchdown on 18-of-24 passing, Steve Smith made four catches for 89 yards and a touchdown and Torrey Smith hauled in five passes for 98 yards in the win. Drew Brees completed 35 of his 45 passes for 420 yards with three scores and an interception, and Jimmy Graham had two touchdowns to go with 47 yards on six catches for the Saints (4-7), who went 0-3 on a homestand for just the third time in franchise history (1967, 1997). Despite the loss, New Orleans is tied for first with Atlanta in the underwhelming NFC South. It is the first time in NFL history that a division leader is three games under .500.



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►   Things we learned on Week 12

What do Tom Brady, Zach Mettenberger, Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer and Mark Sanchez have in common?

The answer is almost nothing. One is a future Hall of Fame quarterback and the other four are barely noteworthy.

Except in Week 12 where the five quarterbacks all threw for over 300 yards on Sunday.

Below are a few more things we observed:


Cleveland at Atlanta

Fantasy owners could care less that Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Hoyer led the team to a game-winning field goal as time expired. What they do care about, is the fact that he threw three interceptions, without tossing a touchdown pass. Even with his 322 passing yards and 12 rushing yards, Hoyer had a rough afternoon for owners, with arguably the only positive thing coming out of Week 12, was that he will continue to be Cleveland’s starting quarterback.

Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan does not have to worry about job security, but needs to cut down on his turnovers. He turned the ball over twice, throwing an interception and losing a fumble, yet Ryan was still able to put together a solid afternoon. He was 27-of-43 for 273 yards and two scores, marking just his second multi-touchdown performance over the past seven games.

At least Ryan was able to find some holes in the passing game, because Atlanta tailback Steven Jackson was unable to find any on the ground. Although he found the end zone for a change, Jackson rushed 13 times for only 34 yards (2.6 yards per carry). With Jackson not getting any younger and the Falcons having continuing issues along the offensive line, owners should not expect Atlanta to get their running game going anytime soon.

The Browns on the other hand performed very well on the ground. Rookie running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West were both utilized, with Crowell having the bigger day (12 carries, 88 yards, 2 TD), and West leading the team in carries (14 carries, 62 yards). It seems like both halfbacks will be involved. Fantasy owners should like the sound of that.

Arguably, the most anticipated performance heading into Week 12, was the output of Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon, and he did not disappoint. Gordon recorded eight receptions for 120 yards, on 16 targets, making him an easy WR1 for the remaining games this season.

Atlanta receivers’ Roddy White and Julio Jones came to play on Sunday as well. White led the team with nine receptions for 96 yards, and Jones notched his first touchdown in eight games despite being sick all week. Both wideouts will continue to be solid options for Ryan, and more importantly, for fantasy owners.


Tampa Bay at Chicago

If you had Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forte in your lineup, you should be pretty happy, as he was the one Chicago player who produced a solid day. Forte was our top-ranked tailback heading into Week 12. He made us look good with that decision, rushing for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, along with chipping in five receptions for 23 yards. His two touchdowns were iconic, as he passed Bears legend Gale Sayers to become No. 4 on the Bears all-time in rushing touchdowns (40). Forte continues to be a dual-threat in both the running and passing games.

Surprisingly, quarterback Jay Cutler was not able to get going Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks coming into Week 12 (according to Yahoo), allowing 18.9 points per game. Cutler threw for only 130 yards. He was able to notch one touchdown pass, but with owners expecting much more. It is time to realize that Cutler will consistently inconsistent, just as he has been throughout his career.

The guy who caught the touchdown pass was wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, yet, that was essentially the only highlight from Chicago’s pass-catching trio. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Cutler’s inconsistency will continue to result in subpar games from Martellus Bennett, Brandon Marshall and Jeffery.

Cutler’s counterpart, Buccaneers’ signal-caller Josh McCown had a better afternoon finishing the day with 341 passing yards and one touchdown. However, McCown coughed the ball up three times (two interceptions, one lost fumble), significantly reducing his fantasy total.

On the other hand, since he was re-inserted as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback in Week 10, McCown has not thrown for less than 288 yards, and has five total touchdowns during that span making him a solid QB2.

Wideout Vincent Jackson had his first 100-yard game since Week 5, as he recorded five catches for 117 yards, and rookie receiver Mike Evans found the end zone yet again, scoring for the sixth time over the past four games. While

Evans and Jackson are expected to produce, but receiver Louis Murphy Jr’s total came out of nowhere. Heading into the game, he was owned in just one% of Yahoo leagues, but hauled in six passes for 113 yards. Murphy’s totals were impressive, but with so many mouths to feed in Tampa Bay, owners should leave him on the waiver wire.

Hopefully fantasy owners did not start any of the Buccaneers’ running backs. Tailback Doug Martin led the “attack” with 11 carries for 27 yards.


Cincinnati at Houston

The biggest question for fantasy owners in regards to the Cincinnati Bengals, heading into Week 12, was how the team would manage the work load of running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill.

Well…both halfbacks were heavily involved on Sunday, and each player touched the ball the same amount of times. Hill led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 87 yards, while Bernard totaled 17 rushing attempts for 45 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards.

Hill had the better fantasy afternoon, with a short touchdown run in the third quarter. Seeing both tailbacks get extensive playing time, makes them both solid plays for the duration of the season.

Another Bengal who has battled an injury throughout 2014, is wide receiver A.J. Green. However, he seems to be fully healed from his toe injury, and topped 100 yards for the second consecutive week, recording 121 total yards on 12 receptions. Moving forward, Green will easily be a solid WR1.

Quarterback Andy Dalton was not overly impressive, throwing for 233 yards and an interception, but did hit Mohamed Sanu for a score. Coming off a three- touchdown performance in Week 11, fantasy owners were hoping for a little more production.

After playing well in his first-career start during Week 11, Mallett was unable to build off that performance, going 21-of-45 for only 189 yards, one interception, and zero touchdowns, proving to be nothing more than a QB2.

Mallett’s rough afternoon directly affected the Texans’ receivers. No player was able to reach 50 receiving yards.

One player that looked destined for a big day, was Texans’ running back Alfred Blue, after totaling career-highs in carries (36) and rushing yards (156) last week. Halfback Arian Foster was officially declared inactive to start the day, but Blue was unable to capitalize, rushing for just 46 yards on 16 attempts, Foster is expected back next week so it is likely that we have already seen the best of Blue for 2014.


Jacksonville at Indianapolis

Many owners expected Indianapolis Colts’s quarterback Andrew Luck to have a big day against a bad Jacksonville Jaguars’ team. Although he played okay, throwing for 253 yards and a score, along with rushing for an additional 49 yards, Luck was not at his best, as he lost two fumbles. This was only the second game all season that Luck threw for less than 300 yards and fewer than two touchdown passes, Don’t worry, even the best quarterbacks have bad days once in a while.

Ahmad Bradshaw season-ending injury was expected to elevate tailback Trent Richardson’s workload and fantasy value. While he rushed 13 times for 42 yards and a touchdown, tailback Daniel Herron actually was credited for a start. Herron rushed 12 times for 65 yards and caught five passes for 31 yards. It appears to still be a shared backfield.

Colts’ receiver T.Y. Hilton had a memorable day on Sunday. His wife gave birth to a baby girl, causing him to state that he would score a touchdown for little Eugenia. Hilton came through, catching four passes for 122 yards and that special touchdown. He has gone over 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season.

Jaguars’ receiver Marqise Lee led the team with 52 receiving yards on three receptions. Quarterback Blake Bortles was the main reason why the team struggled, as he threw for only 146 yards and one interception. Owners need to leave Bortles on the bench, with him being a borderline QB2 ... at best.

Coming into Week 12, there was a ton of hype surrounding Jacksonville running back Denard Robinson, but unfortunately he disappointed. Robinson had 25 yards on 14 carries, and was even out gained by fellow halfback Toby Gerhart. Robinson did contribute four receptions for 47 yards, but he also lost a fumble.


Green Bay at Minnesota

Upset of the day - The Packers’ first score wasn’t via the pass. Instead they let Eddie Lacy score from one yard away.

Getting Lacy going turned out to be invaluable as he posted big numbers (138 yards from scrimmage, 2 TDs). He’s run for over 100-yards just twice this season and both games were against the Vikings.

Second biggest upset of the day - Aaron Rodgers’ two touchdown passes didn’t go to Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb or even Davante Adams. One was caught by Richard Rodgers (no relation) and the other by Lacy.

It was obviously a quiet day for the Packers’ big receivers. Hope that didn’t keep you from getting into the fantasy playoffs.

Teddy Bridgewater still has a long way to go to be an NFL quarterback and even further to be a fantasy-worthy starter. His second-quarter interception wasn’t even worthy of Miami Northwestern High School.

Ben Tate didn’t run the ball today. Not surprising considering he doesn’t know the plays.


Detroit at New England

I thought the return of Calvin Johnson to healthy status would be the end of Golden Tate, but Tate was solid with four receptions for 97 yards as Darrelle Revis held Megatron to 58 yards.

As suspected, the Patriots healthy respect for the Lions top-ranked run defense, led them to a very unbalanced offense almost exclusively featuring the pass. Nine passes in the first 10 plays and Brady ended up throwing a stunning 53 times for 349 yards.

So much for Jonas Gray. Newly-signed LeGarrette Blount scored twice from inside the 3-yard line. Final tally: Blount 12 rushes (78 yards), Shane Vereen eight rushes, Gray zero touches. The lesson here, boys and girls ... don’t miss practice.

Tim Wright is the Patriots No. 2 tight end, but he caught his fifth and sixth touchdown passes of the season and only five others TEs have more, including his teammate Rob Gronkowski.

Wright was the only receiver to score, though the yards were pretty evenly distributed between Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman and “Gronk.“


Tennessee at Philadelphia

Justin Hunter (knee) was a question mark heading into the game, but caught a nice 40-yard touchdown pass and run. In his second season, Hunter only has 45 career catches, but seven are scores.

Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger found a friend in tight end Delanie Walker (5-155-0).

If you were hoping that Bishop Sankey’s touchdown run last week was the start of him getting red zone carries, think again. It was Shonn Greene getting the red zone work.

Eagles special teams did it again. They started the game with a 107-yard kickoff return. It was their four kick return for a score this season and 10th score for fantasy owners who have started the Philadelphia defense.

Finally, LeSean McCoy looked as elusive as last season. Don’t know why, but it’s been a while. He rushed for 130 yards and a score on 21 carries.

Mark Sanchez wasn’t very good throwing a pair of bad interceptions, but in the “Chip Kelly” up-tempo offense he still threw for 307 yards.


Arizona at Seattle

Andre Ellington continued to struggle running the ball, rushing 10 times for just 24 yards and leaving fantasy owners wondering what to do.

Ok, now we know why Drew Stanton is an NFL backup and not a starter.

The Seattle offense was determined to make Steven Hauschka the fantasy place- kicker of the week. In the first half they couldn’t finish any of their drives and Hauschka hit from 27, 32 and 52 yards. They “field-goal fest” continued after the break as he hit a 40-yarder early in the third quarter.

Part of the reason they didn’t get in the end zone more than once all day was Russell Wilson getting sacked seven times.

After consecutive 100-plus yard rushing games, Marshawn Lynch was a non-factor in this one. Wilson rushed for almost twice as many yards as Lynch (74-39).


St. Louis at San Diego

After beating Peyton Manning and the Broncos, the Rams defense tried to continue to show off their upgraded defense against Philip Rivers. It worked for a half as Janoris Jenkins intercepted a pass and ran in back 99 yards to put the Rams on top.

Rivers threw for just 106 yards in the first half, but was much more efficient after the break. He finished with 291 yards and a touchdown to Keenan Allen.

Allen had a very nice day and with a late reception as the Chargers tried to run out the clock earned his fantasy owners the 100-yard bonus.

Ryan Mathews was back and healthy. It was particularly evident on his 32-yard touchdown run that also put him over the century mark. Then he hurt his shoulder, didn’t play again, and fantasy owners are left wondering about next weekend. Deja vu?


Miami at Denver

Miami built a 14-3 lead on their running game. Lamar Miller rushed five times for 49 yards and both Ryan Tannehill and Daniel Thomas posted short touchdown runs.

Unfortunately, in the second half when the Broncos offense opened up, the Dolphins couldn’t match the firepower.

Ten of the Broncos first 14 plays were running plays and fantasy owners were wondering what team was inside the Denver uniforms?

When they finally decided to pass, however, they got three scores from the combination of Peyton Manning-to-Demaryius Thomas.

C.J. Anderson posted another big fantasy total rushing 27 times for 167 yards and the go-ahead score. It doesn’t seem to matter what running back is behind Manning, the threat of his passing game makes them all fantasy stars.

Wes Welker scored in Week 12. Normally that isn’t significant, but it was his first one since Week 7 and just the second one all season. He’s still not fantasy worthy these days.


Washington at San Francisco

Saying Robert Griffin III didn’t do much would be an understatement. He was 11-of-19 for 106 yards, got sacked five times, and lost a fumble in the fourth quarter.

Alfred Morris was the only viable offensive weapon, rushing for 125 yards and a touchdown.

In case you have not been paying attention, Colin Kaepernick’s favorite receiver isn’t Vernon Davis or Michael Crabtree, it’s Anquan Boldin. Today he caught nine balls for 137 yards and a touchdown.



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►   Morales Named MEC Player Of The Week

Glenville State’s Donte Morales has been named the Mountain East Conference Player of the Week after helping the Pioneers to a pair of wins.

Morales, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va., averaged 26.5 points and five rebounds on the week for GSC. He scored 16 points in a non-conference win against Ohio Valley before exploding for 37 points on 11-of-13 shooting in a win over Shepherd top open MEC play.


Other Top Performances

Devin Hoehn (West Liberty) averged 28.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the top-ranked ‘Toppers…

Carlas Jackson (Urbana) had a game-high 26 points in just 28 minutes of work to give the Blue Knights their first MEC win in program history…

Nick Harney (FSU) had 21 points to lead the Falcons to win in their only game of the week…

Morgan McDonald (Shepherd) averaged 26.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Rams…

Tyree Gaiter (Notre Dame) had back-to-back 30-point games as the Falcons went 1-1…

Tanner McGrew (West Virginia Wesleyan) averaged a double-double with 10.5 points and 13.5 rebounds for the Bobcats.



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►   Top-25 College Basketball Game Results

(Monday, November 24)


Final Score: (2) Arizona 72, Missouri 53

Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each had 15 points as second-ranked Arizona won its Maui Invitational opener with a 72-53 decision over Missouri. Hollis-Jefferson went 5-for-6 from the field and added six rebounds, while Stanley Jefferson contributed 14 points for the Wildcats, who used their trademark tough defense to dominate the game’s final 24 minutes and advance to Tuesday’s winner’s bracket matchup with Kansas State. Arizona (4-0) scored 24 points off 17 Missouri turnovers and held the Tigers to 36.4 percent shooting to overcome a slow offensive start. Montaque Gill-Caesar paced Missouri (2-2) with 13 points and Johnathan Williams III and Keith Shamburger each finished with 11 in the loss. The Tigers will next take on Purdue, which fell to Kansas State in Monday’s first game, in the consolation round.


Final Score: (6) Louisville 87, Savannah State 26

Montrezl Harrell put up 15 points and nine rebounds, and sixth-ranked Louisville put on a defensive clinic in an 87-26 domination of Savannah State at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals scored the game’s first 29 points, led 41-7 at halftime and rendered Savannah State into a 10-of-51 shooting night while forcing 26 turnovers and owning a lopsided 54-28 rebounding advantage. Chinanu Onuaku led Louisville’s smothering defensive display with six blocks in addition to tallying 10 points and nine rebounds. Wayne Blackshear added 13 points and Terry Rozier finished with 11 in 16 minutes for the Cardinals (4-0). Savannah State (2-3), which also misfired on all 16 of its 3-point attempts, was paced by Alante Fenner’s eight points. Rick Pitino’s 699th career win was in the books early as Louisville completely imposed its will on the grossly overmatched Tigers, who missed their initial 23 shots from the floor and didn’t record their first point until Saadiq Muhammad hit 1-of-2 free throws with 4:02 remaining in the opening half.


Final Score: (11) Kansas 87, Rider 60

Perry Ellis scored 17 points to lead No. 11 Kansas to an 87-60 win over Rider in a non-bracketed game of the Orlando Classic. Brannen Green deposited 17 points off the bench and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk supplied 10 points for the Jayhawks (2-1), who rebounded from a blowout loss to No. 1 Kentucky their last time out. Xavier Lundy paced the Broncs (2-2) with 15 points and Teddy Okereafor added 10 in the setback. Kansas will open the tournament Thursday in Orlando with a matchup against Rhode Island, while Rider will take on No. 20 Michigan State in its opener.


Final Score: (12) Villanova 77, (14) VCU 53

JayVaughn Pinkston scored 15 points with seven rebounds to help No. 12 Villanova to a 77-53 win over 14th-ranked VCU in the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. Darrun Hilliard II netted 14 points and Kris Jenkins supplied 13 points off the bench for the Wildcats (4-0), who played their first game away from home. Briante Weber and Melvin Johnson each totaled 13 points for the Rams (3-1). Treveon Graham, VCU’s second-leading scorer who entered the game averaging 18 points per game, had just four points on 2-of-9 shooting. The Rams’ patented “Havoc” defense couldn’t stop Villanova on Monday, allowing the Wildcats to make 50 percent of their shots while only mustering a 37.3 percent success rate on the offensive end.


Final Score: (13) Iowa State 84, Alabama 74

Georges Niang had a game-high 28 points along with six rebounds to help No. 13 Iowa State post an 84-74 victory over Alabama in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Dustin Hogue had 17 points, Naz Long scored 15 and Matt Thomas supplied 13 and eight rebounds for the Cyclones (3-0), who will take on Maryland in the championship round on Tuesday. Rodney Cooper had 27 points and five rebounds, while Levi Randolph totaled 18 points and five boards for the Crimson Tide (3-1), who will play Arizona State in the consolation game on Tuesday.


Final Score: (15) San Diego State 92, BYU 87 (2-OT)

Aqeel Quinn finished with a career-high 22 points and came up big down the stretch as No. 15 San Diego State beat BYU 92-87 in double overtime in a quarterfinal game of the Maui Invitational on Monday. Trey Kell made two foul shots, stole the ball from Tyler Haws and sent it down the court to Dwayne Polee II, who went in for an uncontested dunk and an 80-76 lead. Haws briefly tied the game with a jumper, but Quinn knocked down a three at the other end. Quinn’s layup and Polee’s free throw made it an 86-82 game. BYU missed three shots from beyond on its next trip down the floor and Kell made two at the line to seal the win. Winston Shepard had 18 points and eight rebounds, Kell chipped in 14 and JJ O’Brien finished with 13, nine rebounds and six assists for the Aztecs (4-0), who will play Pittsburgh in a semifinal game on Tuesday. Haws scored a game-high 26 points and Kyle Collinsworth supplied 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Cougars (3-1).


Final Score: (19) Michigan 70, Oregon 63

Zak Irvin scored 19 points to help No. 19 Michigan defeat Oregon, 70-63, in the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday. Caris LeVert tallied 18 points and Ricky Doyle registered 10 points off the bench for the Wolverines (4-0), who will play No. 12 Villanova in the final on Tuesday. LeVert went just 3-of-13 from the floor, but he managed to make 11 of his 13 shots from the foul line. The Wildcats defeated No. 14 VCU, 77-53, earlier in the night to punch their ticket to the championship game. Joseph Young netted 20 points for the Ducks (3-1), while Dillon Brooks and Elgin Cook supplied 14 and 13, respectively.


Final Score: (20) Michigan State 79, Santa Clara 52

Travis Trice made five 3-pointers en route to 19 points and the 20th-ranked Michigan State Spartans handled the Santa Clara Broncos, 79-52, in a non-bracketed game of the Orlando Classic. Marvin Clark Jr. added 15 points and four blocks for the Spartans (3-1), who have won two in a row since a loss to Duke. Gavin Schilling tallied 14 points and 11 boards. Jared Brownridge ended with 12 points for the Broncos (2-2), who have lost two straight.


►   College Basketball Rankings

Associated Press Top 25
1. Kentucky
2. Wisconsin
3. Arizona
4. Duke
5. North Carolina
6. Louisville
7. Texas
8. Virginia
9. Wichita State
10. Gonzaga
11. Kansas
12. Villanova
13. Iowa State
14. Virginia Commonwealth
15. San Diego State
16. Ohio State
17. Miami (FL)
18. Florida
19. Michigan
20. Michigan State
21. West Virginia
22. UCLA
23. Creighton
24. Connecticut
25. Arkansas


Coaches Poll
1. Kentucky
2. Duke
3. Wisconsin
4. Arizona
5. Louisville
6. North Carolina
7. Virginia
8. Gonzaga
9. Texas
10. Wichita State
11. Villanova
12. Kansas
13. Iowa State
14. Virginia Commonwealth
15. San Diego State
16. Florida
17. Ohio State
18. Michigan
19. Michigan State
20. Miami (Fla.)
21. Oklahoma
22. Connecticut
23. UCLA
24. West Virginia
25. Providence



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►   NBA Game Results

(Monday, November 24)


Final Score: LA Clippers 113, Charlotte 92

Blake Griffin amassed 22 points in a near triple-double, and five other Los Angeles players scored in double figures as the Clippers pulled away for a 113-92 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Griffin grabbed 16 rebounds and added nine assists to lead a Clippers’ attack that shot 52.4 percent in the second half. Chris Paul turned in a monster game as well for Los Angeles, with the North Carolina native tallying 22 points along with 15 assists. Jamal Crawford chipped in 21 points off the bench and JJ Redick recorded 17 points for the Clippers, with DeAndre Jordan contributing a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Cody Zeller finished with a career-high 17 points in the loss, the sixth in a row and eighth in nine games for the struggling Hornets.


Final Score: Cleveland 106, Orlando 74

LeBron James had 29 points and 11 assists playing just three quarters and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak. James had 22 points in the first half to help the Cavaliers take an 18-point lead into the break and they went up by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter. Anderson Varejao added 14 points and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each scored 12 for Cleveland, which also snapped a three-game home losing streak. Victor Oladipo had 22 points and Nikola Vucevic scored 18 with 13 rebounds to lead the Magic, who have dropped eight in a row to the Cavs and four of their last six games overall. It was a season low in points for the Magic.


Final Score: Portland 114, Philadelphia 104

LaMarcus Aldridge had 33 points and 11 rebounds to help the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers beat the winless Philadelphia 76ers 114-104 on Monday. Wesley Matthews added 17 points for the Blazers, who have won eight in a row. Damian Lillard tallied 16 points. Michael Carter-Williams ended with 24 points and seven rebounds for the Sixers (0-14), who are now four losses away from matching the NBA record for the worst start to a season, which was set by the Nets in 2009-10. Henry Sims and Tony Wroten had 22 and 20 points, respectively.


Final Score: Toronto 104, Phoenix 100

Jonas Valanciunas had 27 points and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 23 and the Toronto Raptors survived for a 104-100 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. The Raptors led by as many as 17 early in the fourth quarter before Isaiah Thomas made three consecutive 3-pointers to punctuate a quick 14-0 run by the Suns, who later took their first lead since the first quarter on two Eric Bledsoe free throws with 3:04 remaining. But Phoenix scored just five more points and DeRozan made four straight free throws in the last 14.7 seconds to put Toronto over the top. Lou Williams was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday and scored 17 points off the bench for the Raptors, who have won five in a row. The Eastern Conference leaders ran their record to 4-0 this season against Western Conference teams. Bledsoe scored 25 points to lead the Suns, who had a four- game losing streak stopped and finished 4-2 on a six-game road trip. Markieff Morris added 17 points in the loss.


Final Score: Houston 91, New York 86

James Harden scored Houston’s final 12 points of the game, leading the Rockets to a 91-86 victory over the New York Knicks. Harden went 7-of-12 from beyond the arc and ended with 36 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Rockets, who have won 10 straight against the Knicks. Donatas Motiejunas added 13 points and eight boards for Houston, which has won two in a row overall. Trevor Ariza tallied 10 points and three steals. New York forward Carmelo Anthony had 14 points and seven rebounds before leaving in the second quarter with back spasms. He did not return to the game.


Final Score: Indiana 111, Dallas 100

Donald Sloan scored 29 points and the Indiana Pacers never trailed in the second half on the way to a 111-100 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. The already banged-up Pacers played without center Roy Hibbert, who sprained his left ankle in Saturday’s loss to Phoenix. They made half of their 3-point attempts and took the lead for good on Sloan’s 3 with 1:44 remaining in the second quarter. Luis Scola added 14 points in the win and Solomon Hill, Rodney Stuckey, Chris Copeland, Damjan Rudez and Ian Mahinmi all scored at least 10. Monta Ellis had 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 with 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have dropped two in a row following a six-game winning streak.


Final Score: Chicago 97, Utah 95

Two key players returned to the Chicago starting lineup Monday night, but the Bulls had to hold on for a 97-95 win over the Utah Jazz. Derrick Rose was back after missing four games with a strained left hamstring and scored 18 points. Pau Gasol totaled 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals after missing three games with a strained left calf. Gasol was fouled after Chicago won a jump ball and made 1- of-2 free throws to give the Bulls a two-point lead with 3.2 seconds remaining. The Bulls, who led by as many as 21, escaped EnergySolutions Arena with a win when Gordon Hayward missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer. Jimmy butler scored 25 points to lead the Bulls, who snapped a two-game skid and improved to 2-2 on their seven-game road trip. Derrick Favors had 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for Utah, which has dropped three games in a row. Trey Burke also posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists.



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►   Red Sox closing in on deals for Ramirez, Sandoval

The Boston Red Sox are apparently set to make a big splash in free agency, as reports indicate that both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval have agreed to multi-million dollar contracts.

Numerous media outlets, including Fox Sports, said Ramirez will sign a deal worth $90 million over five years, while CBSSports.com has reported that Sandoval will earn close to $100 million over five years.

Ramirez will return to the team that originally signed him as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic. The shortstop played just two games for the Red Sox in 2005 before he was shipped to the Marlins as part of the package that sent pitcher Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell to Boston.

In 6 1/2 seasons with the Marlins, Ramirez developed into a star. He was the National League’s top rookie in 2006 and earned three All-Star selections with the Marlins, who traded him to the Dodgers in 2012.

Ramirez is a career .300 hitter, but has battled injuries in the past two seasons in Los Angeles. He played just 86 games in 2013 and batted .345, then in 128 games last year hit only .283 with 13 homers and 71 runs batted in.

Where the soon-to-be 31-year-old Ramirez will play in Boston is still a question with Xander Bogaerts currently slated to be the club’s shortstop.

Sandoval would likely be Boston’s new third baseman after spending six full seasons manning the position for the San Francisco Giants. He was part of three World Series championship teams for the Giants, and was the MVP of the 2012 Fall Classic.

In 869 games for the Giants since 2008, Sandoval is a .294 hitter with 192 doubles, 106 homers and 462 runs batted in. He batted .279 with 16 homers and 73 RBI in 157 games this past season.

Sandoval, a two-time All-Star, has been a clutch performer in postseason play with a .344 career average in 39 playoff games. He hit .366 for the Giants in the 2014 postseason, including .429 in the World Series victory over Kansas City last month.

The Red Sox are trying to revamp an offense that tied for the second-worst batting average in the American League last season at .244, had the second- worst slugging percentage at .369 and scored just 634 runs, better than only three other teams.


►   2015 Hall ballot includes Big Unit, Pedro, Smoltz

The 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot includes 17 new additions, including Cy Young Award winning pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.

Also new to the ballot for 2015 are sluggers Gary Sheffield and Carlos Delgado and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.

Rounding out the 17 first-time candidates are infielders Rich Aurilia, Aaron Boone and Tony Clark, outfielders Jermaine Dye, Darin Erstad, Cliff Floyd and Brian Giles, and pitchers Troy Percival, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado and Jason Schmidt.

The 17 candidates returning to the BBWAA ballot (with their 2014 election percentages) are: Craig Biggio (74.8%), Mike Piazza (62.2%), Jeff Bagwell (54.3%), Tim Raines (46.1%), Roger Clemens (35.4%), Barry Bonds (34.7%), Lee Smith (29.9%), Curt Schilling (29.2%), Edgar Martinez (25.2%), Alan Trammell (20.8%), Mike Mussina (20.3%), Jeff Kent (15.2%), Fred McGriff (11.7%), Mark McGwire (11.0%), Larry Walker (10.2%), Don Mattingly (8.2%) and Sammy Sosa (7.2%).

Mattingly is eligible for the ballot for the 15th and final time. If he is not elected in January, he will become eligible for consideration by the Expansion Era Committee beginning in the fall of 2016.

Candidates need 75% of the vote to earn induction into the Hall of Fame. Results will be announced on January 6, 2015.

When including the returners to the ballot, it’s interesting to note that only once in the history of voting have as many as five candidates earned the 75% in the same voting year. That was in 1936, the first year of voting, when Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner became the First Five.

Since then, the BBWAA has elected four candidates in one year only twice: 1947, when Mickey Cochrane, Frankie Frisch, Lefty Grove and Carl Hubbell were elected; and 1955, when Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance earned election.

The three candidates who at first glance deserve first-ballot Hall of Fame consideration are Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz.

Johnson pitched 22 seasons for Expos, Mariners, Astros, Diamondbacks, Yankees and Giants, posting three 20-win seasons (1997, 2001-02) and winning five Cy Young Awards. The hard-throwing left-hander ended his career with a 303-166 mark with a 3.29 ERA, finishing in top 10 of his league’s Most Valuable Player Award voting twice: 1995 (6th) and 2002 (7th) and was named to 10 All-Star Games, starting four times. Known as a strikeout pitcher, Johnson led his league in strikeouts nine times (1992-95, 1999-2002, 2004) and is second on the all-time strikeout list with 4,875.

Martinez played 18 seasons for Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies, going 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA. He had two 20-win seasons (1999, 2002) and captured three Cy Young Awards (1997, 1999-2000). An eight-time All-Star, the right-hander finished in Top 10 of his league’s Most Valuable Player Award voting twice: 1999 (2nd) and 2000 (5th). He won 1999 American League Pitching Triple Crown after leading the league in wins (23), earned run average (2.07) and strikeouts (313).

Smoltz, who could be the first Hall of Fame member to have the famed “Tommy John” surgery, made a name for himself as a starter and closer, pitching 21 seasons for Braves, Red Sox and Cardinals. Smoltz had a career record of 213-155 with a 3.33 ERA with 154 saves. He won 1996 National League Cy Young Award and was named to eight All-Star Games (1989, 1992-93, 1996, 2002-03, 2005, 2007). As a reliever, the right-hander topped the 40-save mark three times (2002-04), the only three full seasons he served as his team’s closer. His 3,084 strikeouts rank 16th all-time. Smoltz appeared in 25 postseason series over 14 seasons with Braves and Cardinals, posting 15-4 record in 41 appearances (27 starts) with 2.67 earned run average and four saves, striking out 199 batters in 209 innings.

If the BBWAA elects at least two candidates in January, it will mark the first time since 2004-05 that the writers have elected multiple candidates in back- to-back years. Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor were elected in 2004, followed by Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg in 2005. The last time three-or-more BBWAA candidates were elected in successive years was 1954-55, when the DiMaggio-Hartnett-Lyons-Vance group followed the 1954 class of Bill Dickey, Rabbit Maranville and Bill Terry.

The Class of 2015, and any candidates elected by the Golden Era Committee on December 8, will be inducted on July 26 in Cooperstown.



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►   NHL Game Results

(Monday, November 24)


Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Boston 2 (OT)

Evgeni Malkin scored 32 seconds into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday. Malkin skated to the top of the right circle and one-timed a feed from Sidney Crosby through the pads of Tuukka Rask for his second goal of the game. Crosby had the other Pittsburgh goal and finished with two assists, while Marc- Andre Fleury earned his 300th career win with a 27-save performance. Milan Lucic and Joe Morrow scored 28 seconds apart in the second period for Boston. Rask stopped 30 shots in defeat.


Final Score: NY Islanders 1, Philadelphia 0 (SO)

Frans Nielsen’s shootout goal led the New York Islanders to a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in a goaltenders duel on Monday. Philly’s Steve Mason made a season-high 46 saves through regulation and overtime, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 21 shots. Nielsen put the first puck past either goaltender with New York’s second chance, as he buried a wrister past Mason. Claude Giroux then beat Halak back to the forehand and his low shot appeared to have an open path to the net, but Halak slammed the glove arm down and kept it out. Jonathan Tavares then sealed the victory as he went back and forth before lifting a backhand into the right corner of the net. Both goaltenders were given a shutout in the game, as Mason notched his first of the year and 24th of his career, while Halak nabbed his third of the season and 33rd of his career.


Final Score: Detroit 4, Ottawa 3

Stephen Weiss scored a pair of goals as the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan each had a goal for the Red Wings, who have won three of their last four. Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots in the win. Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson each posted a goal and an assist while Mike Hoffman scored late for the Senators, who have lost three of four. Craig Anderson allowed all four goals on 43 shots in the loss.


Final Score: Minnesota 4, Florida 1

Jason Zucker’s seventh and eighth goals of the season powered the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday. Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise also scored and Mikko Koivu supplied two assists for Minnesota, which bounced back from Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay and has won five of its last six games. Niklas Backstrom turned aside 29 shots in his first start since Nov. 16. Shawn Thornton netted Florida’s lone goal and Roberto Luongo made 34 stops in defeat.



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►   Arrivabene replaces Mattiacci as Ferrari’s team principal

Ferrari announced on Monday that Maurizio Arrivabene is replacing Marco Mattiacci as team principal of its Formula One team.

Arrivabene comes to Ferrari from Philip Morris, which he joined in 1997 after a 20-year career in marketing and promotions in Italy and abroad. He was appointed Vice President of Marlboro Global Communication and Promotions for Philip Morris International in 2007 and then promoted to Vice President of Consumer Channel Strategy and Event Marketing in 2011. Arrivabene has been closely involved in the company’s partnership with Ferrari. He has also represented all Formula One sponsors on the F1 Commission since 2010.

In addition to his team principal role, Arrivabene will serve as Managing Director of Gestione Sportiva (Scuderia Ferrari), the racing team division of the Ferrari automobile company.

“We decided to appoint Maurizio Arrivabene because, at this historic moment in time for the Scuderia and for Formula 1, we need a person with a thorough understanding not just of Ferrari but also of the governance mechanisms and requirements of the sport,“ Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. “Maurizio has a unique wealth of knowledge.

“He has been extremely close to the Scuderia for years and, as a member of the F1 Commission, is also keenly aware of the challenges we are facing. He has been a constant source of innovative ideas focused on revitalization of Formula One. His managerial experience on a highly complex and closely regulated market is also of great importance, and will help him manage and motivate the team. I am delighted to have been able to secure his leadership for our racing activities.

There have been many changes at Ferrari this year. In April, Stefano Domenicali stepped down as team principal, with Mattiacci replacing him. Then in September, Luca di Montezemolo resigned as Ferrari chairman, as Marchionne took over that position.

Last week, Ferrari revealed that four-time and outgoing F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will join the Italian team for the 2015 season, replacing Fernando Alonso, who had been with the organization since the start of the 2010 season. Kimi Raikkonen will remain with Ferrari next season.

Mattiacci had previously served as President and CEO of Ferrari North America.

“We would also like to thank Marco Mattiacci for his service to Ferrari in the last 15 years, and we wish him well in his future endeavors, Marchionne added in his statement.

Ferrari ended the 2014 F1 season fourth in the constructors’ championship and failed to win a race this year. It was the first time the team was winless in a season since 1993. Ferrari’s last grand prix victory occurred in May 2013, with Alonso winning the Spanish Grand Prix.

Alonso concluded his last season with Ferrari sixth in the drivers’ championship standings, and Raikkonen, in his first season back with the team, placed 12th.

Mercedes captured this year’s F1 constructors’ title, and Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to claim his second world championship. Hamilton finished 67 points ahead of his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg.

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References
ABC - American Broadcasting Company
CBS - Columbia Broadcast System
FOX - Fox Entertainment Group
NBC - National Broadcasting Company
JIP - Joined in Progress
DSS - DIRECTV
TSN - Sports Network (Canada)
SNET/SN - Rogers SportsNet (Canada)
RDS - Reseau des sports
MSG - Madison Square Garden Network
TNT - Turner Network Television
TBS - Turner Broadcasting System
SNY - SportsNet New York
CBSSN - CBS - College Sports Network
CSN - Comcast SportsNet
TCN - The Comcast Network
NBCSN - NBC Sports Network
NESN - New England Sports Network
MASN - Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
ROOT - Root Sports (Pittsburgh, Northwest, Rocky Mountain)
CST - Cox Sports Television
FCS - FOX College Sports
FS - FOX Sports Regional
RSN - Regional Sports Networks
CPTV - Connecticut Public Broadcasting
TVG - Horse Racing Channel
FS1 - FOX Sports 1
TWC - Time Warner Cable Sports Channel
* - If Necessary


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014


National Basketball Association
Atlanta at Washington, 7:00 PM - SportSouth, CSN-DC, DSS
Golden State at Miami, 7:30 PM - CSN-Bay, SunSports, DSS
Detroit at Milwaukee, 8:00 PM - FS-Detroit, Wisconsin, DSS
Sacramento at New Orleans, 8:00 PM - CSN-California, FS-New Orleans, DSS
Chicago at Denver, 9:00 PM - CSN-Chicago, Altitude, DSS


National Hockey League
Winnipeg at Columbus, 7:00 PM - TSN3, FS-Ohio, DSS
Ottawa at St. Louis, 8:00 PM - RDS, TSN5, FS-Midwest, DSS
Los Angeles at Nashville, 8:00 PM - FS-West, Tennessee, DSS
Edmonton at Dallas, 8:30 PM - SNET-West, FS-Southwest, DSS
Colorado at Arizona, 9:00 PM - TVA, Altitude2, FS-Arizona, DSS
New Jersey at Vancouver, 10:00 PM - MSG+, SNET-Pacific, DSS
Calgary at Anaheim, 10:00 PM - SNET-West, Flames, FS-Prime Ticket, DSS


College Basketball
Maui Invitational, 2:00 PM - ESPN 2
Maui Invitational, 4:30 PM - ESPN 2
NC Central at Cincinnati, 7:00 PM - FS-Ohio, ESPN3.com
Citadel at Florida State, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Texas-Arlington at Kentucky, 7:00 PM - SEC Network
Saint Peters at Rutgers, 7:00 PM - Big Ten Network
Hofstra at South Florida, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Loyola-Maryland at Syracuse, 7:00 PM - RSN
Penn at Temple, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Tennessee State at Virginia, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Northern Iowa vs. Virginia Tech, 7:00 PM - CBSSN
Maui Invitational, 7:30 PM - ESPN
Arkansas at SMU, 7:30 PM - ESPNews
Legends Classic, 7:30 PM - ESPN U
Eastern Ill at Creighton, 8:00 PM - FS1
St Xavier at Ill-Chicago, 8:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Nebraska Omaha at Nebraska, 8:00 PM - ESPN3.com
NC A&T at Saint Louis, 8:00 PM - FS-Midwest+
St. Francis-PA at Texas, 8:00 PM - Longhorn Network
Northwestern State at Texas Tech, 8:00 PM - FS-Sothwest+, FCS-Pacific
Southern at Tulane, 8:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Loyola-Chicago at Texas-San Antonio, 8:00 PM - American Sports Net, MASN
Norfolk State at Vanderbilt, 8:00 PM - SEC Network+
Miami-Florida at Charlotte, 9:00 PM - FSN, MASN2
Air Force at Colorado, 9:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Northwestern vs. Miami-Ohio, 9:30 PM - CBSSN
CBE Hall of Fame Classic, 9:30 PM - ESPN U
Maui Invitational, 10:00 PM - ESPN
Legends Classic, 10:00 PM - ESPN 2
Delaware at Stanford, 11:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Cal State Fullerton at USC, 11:00 PM - Pac-12 Network


Women’s College Basketball
SE Missouri State at Ole Miss, 4:00 PM - SEC Network+
Charleston Southern at Florida, 7:00 PM - SEC Network+
Western Kentucky at Louisville, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Georgia Southern at Georgia, 7:00 PM - SEC Network+
Northern Iowa at Iowa, 8:00 PM - Mediacom, Big Ten Network+
ULM at Miss State, 8:00 PM - SEC Network+


College Football
Ohio U at Miami-Ohio, 7:00 PM - ESPN 2


International Soccer
Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich, 2:30 PM - FS1

Ron Paul: Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act is a Victory for Freedom

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It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The legislation had been drafted well before 9/11 but was going nowhere. Then the 9/11 attacks gave it a new lease on life. Politicians exploited the surge in patriotism following the attack to reintroduce the bill and call it the PATRIOT Act. To oppose it at that time was, by design, to seem unpatriotic.

At the time, 62 Democrats voted against the Act. On the Republican side there were only three no votes: former Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), former Rep. Butch Otter (R-ID), and myself.

The abuses of the Constitution in the PATRIOT Act do not need to be fully recounted here, but Presidents Bush and Obama both claimed authority based on it to gut the Fourth Amendment. The PATRIOT Act ushered in the era of warrantless wiretapping, monitoring of our Internet behavior, watering down of probable cause, and much more. After the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, we know how the NSA viewed constitutional restraints on surveillance of American people during the PATRIOT Act period.

After several re-authorizations of the PATRIOT Act, including some cosmetic reforms, Congress last October unveiled the USA FREEDOM Act. This was advertised as the first wholesale PATRIOT Act Reform bill. In fact, the House version was watered down to the point of meaninglessness and the Senate version was not much better. The final straw was the bill’s extension of key elements of the PATRIOT Act until 2017.

Fortunately, last week the USA FREEDOM Act was blocked from further consideration in the U.S. Senate. The procedural vote was significant and important, but it caused some confusion as well. While some well-meaning pro-privacy groups endorsed the FREEDOM Act as a first step to reform, some anti-liberty neoconservatives opposed the legislation because even its anemic reforms were unacceptable. The truth is, Americans should not accept one more extension of the PATRIOT Act and should not endorse its continued dismemberment of our constitutional liberties. If that means some Senators vote with anti-liberty colleagues to kill the extension, we should still consider it a victory.

As the PATRIOT Act first faced a sunset in 2005, I had this to say in the debate over whether it should be re-authorized:

“When Congress passed the Patriot Act in the emotional aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, a sunset provision was inserted in the bill that causes certain sections to expire at the end of 2005. But this begs the question: If these provisions are critical tools in the fight against terrorism, why revoke them after five years? Conversely, if these provisions violate civil liberties, why is it acceptable to suspend the Constitution for any amount of time?”

Reform is often meant to preserve, not repeal bad legislation. When the public is strongly opposed to a particular policy you will almost never hear politicians say “let’s repeal the law.” It is always a pledge to reform the policy or law. The USA FREEDOM Act was no different.

With the failure of the FREEDOM Act to move ahead in the Senate last week, several of the most egregious sections of the PATRIOT Act are set to sunset next June absent a new authorization. Congress will no doubt be under great pressure to extend these measures. We must do our very best to make sure they are unsuccessful!

Bon Appétit: Italian Style Turkey Meatloaf

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Ingredients:

Recipe makes 1 meatloaf

  cooking spray
  1 pound ground turkey
  1 egg
  1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  1/2 clove garlic, minced
  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  2 cups tomato sauce, divided


Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix turkey, egg, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic, black pepper, and salt in a large bowl; shape into a loaf and put into prepared baking dish.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Spoon about half the tomato sauce over the loaf and continue baking until the meatloaf is no longer pink in the center, 10 to 15 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Rest meatloaf 5 to 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

While the meatloaf rests, warm remaining tomato sauce in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; serve with the sliced meatloaf.

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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Amen.


Living the Gospel

Chapter 4:1-12 comprises a distinct section of 1 Thessalonians, concerning how Christians should live their lives — how they should behave. Unlike the indirect hortatory“Horatory” means speech that encourages or advises people on what they should do, i.e., speech that exhorts. It is called direct when the speaker says straightforwardly, “Do such-and-such”.

It is called indirect when the speaker is not telling the listener what to do, but does imply that one manner of acting is superior to another. A mother telling her daughter “I always wash my hands before cooking dinner” probably intends to lead her daughter to do the same, by indirect hortatory. of the first three chapters, Paul now switches to direct horatory.

Notice that Paul says “you have followed our teachings.” Paul is not being bossy. He is all they have. In fact, he is arguably the only reliable source of Christian knowledge in Greece. He does not tell them “follow the Word of God” for two very good reasons: 1) the Bible does not exist, and 2) most of them cannot read, anyway. He does refer to the Scripture, at times, but when he does he means the Old Testament.

The wide acceptance of Paul’s teaching as gospel — literally — shows the enormous degree of confidence both the church and the people placed in his glorification as a full-fledged apostle of Christ. The church, because the two main centers at Antioch and Jerusalem sent him out as their primary missionary to Anatolia and Greece. The people, because they changed their lives, to the point of suffering and dying, based on what Paul taught. They would later have the Holy Spirit to guide them, as well, but they had to believe Paul first, to find the faith needed for repentance and baptism.

We see, then, that these illiterate and persecuted Thessalonian Greeks were our very brothers and sisters; for Paul’s words are still today the Word of God to proper Christians. We might read them rather than hear them, but they mean to us exactly what they meant to the Greeks. It might support the idea that some people are called to Christ, considering what they put to risk based on one man’s bizarre claims! But their perception was accurate, for it stood the test of centuries of examination until the canon was finalized, and thereafter became a primary religious foundation of the Western world.

The significance of his words today are exactly what they were to people in Thessalonia, two thousand years ago.


Translation Notes

For those of you who are enjoying a “glimpse behind the curtain” of Bible translation, today’s verses illustrate a major issue (although it makes only a slight difference theologically). Paul tells the Thessalonians that “we explained to you how to walk before God” and then says either 1) “which you are already following” or 2) “and you must follow them” (literally, “just as also you must follow”).

The Greek words for “already following” and “also must follow” are identical! (More technically, the second-person plural active imperative is identical to the indicative, and the Greek word “kai”, which basically means “and”, can have dozens of other meanings — “and yet”, “nevertheless”, “that is”, “namely”, “both”, “not only/but also”, “even”, “also”, “still”, to name a few.)

Even the most raw, literal, word-for-word translation possible is going to require subjective selection of meaning. Here, translators universally choose the first meaning, because in the first two chapters Paul bends over backwards congratulating them on their good behavior, and also frequently says things like “as you already know”. So, the first option, “as you are already doing,” makes sense in context. Yet, even with such good contextual rationale, Paul could easily have meant to say the second option. Hence all the footnotes: to be fully transparent, all one can do is note other possible translations.

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Proof at GCHS That Venison Is An Excellent Low-Fat Alternative to Beef

As West Virginia’s hunters take to the field, they gain more than just an enjoyable day with family and friends.

Many will successfully harvest a deer and fill their freezers with an ample amount of “heart-healthy” venison (deer meat).

Venison is an excellent alternative to beef for those concerned with healthier choices in their diet.

Students at Gilmer County High School in the Ag and FFA program headed by Mr. Cox-Teacher and Cooking program headed by Mrs. Ramezan-Teacher along with Gilmer County Extension Office (Lisa Smarr from Gilmer and Jamie Mullins from Calhoun), and Lisa’s Dad got together to work the deer and cook it.

Students from 7-12 participated in this event.

High school students were in charge of cutting up the meat, and 7th graders cooked venison meatballs, venison breakfast burritos, bacon wrapped venison filet Mignonne, and venison stir-fry.

Venison is a healthy source of protein for many families.

Venison has fewer calories and less fat than an equivalent serving of beef.

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With all these fact the state’s liberal deer seasons should provide ample opportunities for hunters to harvest a deer.

After the harvest, hunters can ensure their selected venison cuts will be the best quality and flavor if they take a few simple steps in caring for their game.

Meat should not be exposed to excessive dirt or moisture and should be cooled as quickly as possible to avoid spoilage.

 

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Healthier than beef, yes, as tasty and tender, NO, not even close!

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That was some very good, practical advice and experience for our young citizens!
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95th Annual West Virginia Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Members pictured attended the 95th annual West Virginia Farm Bureau annual meeting, held at the Days Inn in Flatwoods, November 07, 08 and 09, 2014.

The most important activity conducted at the annual meeting is the review of current policies and the addition of new policies by voting delegates.

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Back row: Chester Sholes, Pat Nestor, Ed Duelley
Front: Jane Collins, Ann Nestor, Keith Cole


The policies adopted by WVFB delegates originate at the grassroots level and define the organization’s position on a variety of concerns including taxes, highways and public issues. 

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G-FYI™: A New Prescription for Finding the Right Doctor

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Finding the right doctor can mean living a healthier life, or it can be the difference between life and death.

Yet until now, consumers traditionally haven’t accessed information that would enable them to find the right doctor for their individual needs. Americans have typically found their physician by word of mouth—either from friends, family members, their doctor or their insurance list. And the problem is that these references are not subjective and only give a snapshot of a particular doctor—one who may or may not be the best fit for your needs.

“The Internet has dramatically changed how people get important information and make connections. Just look at the popularity of sites like Zillow and TripAdvisor.com. But unlike shopping for a house or vacation, detailed information about physicians and hospitals hasn’t been easy to use for decision-making,“ says Roger Holstein, CEO, Healthgrades.

But that’s about to change. For the first time, consumers can search for doctors based on information that physicians themselves agree are most important: the doctor’s experience, the clinical outcomes of the hospital where they practice and the satisfaction of their patients. The new search experience is available free at Healthgrades.com.

The in-depth search capability addresses an important gap—90% of consumers have said they could make a better choice when selecting a physician if they knew more about the physicians in their insurance plans, according to a Harris Interactive study conducted for Healthgrades.

“Knowing if a doctor diagnoses a particular condition or performs a procedure is critical to understanding their experience in treating patients like you—which can influence the quality of care you receive,“ says Archelle Georgiou, MD, a healthcare advisor.  “If you are searching for a doctor, Healthgrades should be your first stop.“ 

To find the right doctor for you, visit www.healthgrades.com.

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National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities.

This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement.

Maximum award: $10,000.

Eligibility: Programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, universities, colleges, arts centers, community service organizations, schools, businesses, and eligible government entities.

Deadline: February 02, 2015.


Innovation Generation: Christopher Columbus Awards

The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem-solving.

Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop an innovative solution.

Maximum award: the $25,000 Foundation Community Grant and an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program’s National Championship Week, plus a U.S. Savings Bond of $2,000 for each student team member.

Eligibility: middle-school-age (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter.

Deadline: February 02, 2015.

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WESTON ARMORY TO BE CONVERTED TO SCHOOL GARAGE

A former West Virginia National Guard armory in Weston is getting a new mission.

Lewis County Board of Education voted last week to buy the facility and convert it to a garage for the school transportation system.

The board will pay about $200,000 for the building and about 4 acres of land.

Board members say the existing garage has limited parking and needs updates.


COLDWATER CREEK INTEREST GETTING SERIOUS

The Wood County Development Authority took some steps over the weekend toward clearing out the gigantic Coldwater Creek distribution facility in Mineral Wells.
The property, owned by the Wood County Development Authority, sits right off the I-77 Mineral Wells exit.

The authority had gift boxes, shopping bags, office items and many other items up for purchase Saturday.

Coldwater Creek, a women’s clothing line, went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year and closed down the distribution center but the company left a lot behind. State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said clearing out the building can help in the ongoing efforts to get another business to move in.

Burdette said there may be a deal soon for a new tenant there.

“We’ll see. There are two very interested parties. We’ve said all along it’s the most talked about, looked at commercial piece of real estate in the state and if we manage (Wood County Development Authority) to turn this property over in the course of four or five months—that’s almost a record,” according to Burdette.

Burdette called the two interested businesses “real serious courters.” He said “they have plans that would restore the jobs that were lost, at least restore the jobs.”

At different times, between 300 and 800 people had worked at the distribution facility that sits just off the Mineral Wells exit of Interstate 77.

Burdette said he still feels good about the future of the property.

“We’ll see how the next few months ago, maybe the next few weeks, we’ll see,” he said.

Coldwater Creek, which was based in Idaho, operated the Mineral Wells distribution facility for nearly 15 years.


BUCK SEASON STARTS TODAY

The man tasked with keeping the closest eye on the state’s whitetail deer believes hunters will enjoy success comparable to last year in West Virginia.

“I look for it to stay about the same,” said Jim Crum, deer biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “If we have some decent weather for the hunters and everything falls together.”

Weather in the first three days of the season can have the greatest impact. The weather doesn’t phase deer much, but it does have a tremendous impact on how long hunters will stay in the woods.

“When it’s pouring down rain and 33 degrees it’s a little uncomfortable,” Crum said. “People don’t hunt as long and that does have an impact.”

Crum said what will impact the deer this season will be the abundance of food. The state enjoyed a bumper crop of acorns this year.  The strong mast crop will keep deer from moving as much and will keep them sheltered more in the forest and out of the open fields.

“We have a fairly abundant acorn crop and usually that influences the harvest starting with the bow harvest and also the firearms harvest,”he said. “It changes deer behavior and sometimes hunters don’t adapt.”

Hunters tend to set up on the edge of a field where they have a longer field of view, but in a year when there is plenty to eat in the woods deer are less likely to move into the fields to graze on the less desirable grass.

Hunters in a large number of West Virginia counties who hunt on private land will have the opportunity to kill a buck or a doe again this season.  Hunters who intend to kill a doe need to make sure they’ve purchased the class “N” stamp for their license.  The DNR started the concurrent buck-doe season more than a decade ago aimed at reducing numbers of deer in counties where the population has grown too large.  Last year the number of female deer killed was near the same as the number of bucks.

Crum said years ago it was difficult to convince hunters killing a doe would help, but he added over time that negative attitude toward doe hunting has changed.

“I know there are people are selective and letting smaller antlered deer walk, and that’s some of it,” he said. “But that’s changed over time and I think it’s benefited both the deer and the hunter.”

Crum acknowledged those who often complain they see fewer and fewer deer each year on their land.  He said in many cases the decisions come down to the landowner’s desire.

“I get a lot of complaints there are no deer here or too many there,” he said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but landowners are going to have to decide what their deer herd should be.  We set the outside framework and if they think their deer herd is too few, they need to do some self-restraint.  If they think they have too many, then they need to encourage more antlerless harvest.”

The buck season runs until December 6 in all counties with the exception of Mingo, Logan, Wyoming, and McDowell counties which are archery hunting only.  ~~  Chris Lawrence ~~


BLUEFIELD CELEBRATES 125TH ANNIVERSARY

Bluefield is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

Media outlets report that the city threw a party on Saturday to mark the milestone. The event included displays of Bluefield memorabilia, music, a cake and lemonade.

The displays included programs from the city’s centennial celebration in 1989.

Bluefield was established in 1889.


USING ARTS TO REVITALIZE THE CITY’S DOWNTOWN ECONOMY

A theater group in Logan is using the arts to revitalize the city’s downtown economy.

The Southern Coalition for the ARTS has launched a campaign called “A Christmas Carol - Shop Local.“

The group is offering two free tickets for its production of “A Christmas Carol” to anyone who spends $100 at a participating business between Black Friday and the play’s opening night on December 12.

G-Fin™:  U.S.A.: Economic Brief – 11.21.14

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Regional and State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

In October, 34 states and the District of Columbia had over-the-month unemployment rate decreases, 5 states had increases, and 11 states had no change.

Non-farm payroll employment increased in 38 states and decreased in 12 states and the District.


Local Area Personal Income, 2013

Personal income grew in 2013 in 2,695 counties, fell in 390, and was unchanged in 28.

On average, personal income rose 2.0% in 2013 in the metropolitan portion of the United States and rose 2.1% in the nonmetropolitan portion.

The metropolitan and non-metropolitan portions grew 5.3% and 4.4%, respectively, in 2012.

The percent change from 2012 to 2013 in personal income ranged from -35.0% in LaMoure County, North Dakota to 32.3% in Greeley County, Kansas.

Inflation, as measured by the national price index for personal consumption expenditures, slowed to 1.2% in 2013 from 1.8% in 2012.


Consumer Price Index

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers was unchanged in October after rising 0.1% in September.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.2% in October after rising 0.1% in September.


Real Earnings

Real average hourly earnings rose 0.1% in October, seasonally adjusted.

Average hourly earnings increased 0.1% and the CPI-U was unchanged.

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.4% over the month.


Quarterly Data Series on Business Employment Dynamics

In the first quarter of 2014, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments were 6.9 million.

Gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments were 6.5 million.


Producer Price Index

The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.2% in October.

Final demand prices declined 0.1% in September and were unchanged in August.

In October, the index for final demand services advanced 0.5% and prices for final demand goods moved down 0.4%.

Movie Review:‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’ - Jennifer Lawrence Brings the Series to

By definition, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” is only half a movie.

As the first part of the last installment of the juggernaut adaptation of the wildly popular young-adult novel, this dutiful, glumly atmospheric placeholder feels like a long, extended inhale: a collective “Here we go” before the last triumphant hurrah.

As the movie opens, the series’ heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), is being held at a rebel outpost in District 13, where precinct president Alma Coin — played by Julianne Moore with silver-haired seriousness — is seeking to galvanize the remaining districts to overtake the capital city and rid the nation, Panem, of its fascistic leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Katniss, having just destroyed the sadistic Hunger Games by way of her steady aim with a bow and arrow, is the obvious choice to rally the rebels. As Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) keeps insisting to Coin, Katniss has just the “anger-driven defiance” to be the perfect face of the burgeoning revolution.

The choice of words is meaningful: Although there are some explosive battles and grisly scenes of their aftermath in “Mockingjay,” the war is primarily fought by way of televised pronouncements and carefully choreographed electronic propaganda. When an early attempt at an inspirational video featuring Katniss falls flat, she winds up doing an extended video opp — much like an electronic press kit for a movie like “Mockingjay” — by visiting a field hospital, receiving a welcome one might expect for Eleanor Roosevelt or Joan of Arc.

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As a charismatic figure, Katniss is a singularly reticent and unsmiling one: She’s uncertain whether the allies she made during the Hunger Games have all died, and she’s in particular mourning for Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), from whom she became separated during the last chapter. Even her best friend, Gale (Liam Hemsworth), can’t seem to shake her out of her lugubrious mood. One of the only seemingly spontaneous moments in “Mockingjay” occurs when Katniss travels to her ravaged home in District 12 to retrieve her beloved sister’s pet cat.

“You’re breakin’ my heart,” she mutters when she stuffs the squalling creature into her bag. It’s just the kind of irreverent line that one would expect from Lawrence, the bold, often recklessly unpredictable young actress who has become fused with the literary heroine of a generation. As ever, Lawrence is not only the best thing about “Mockingjay,” but also probably the one thing that makes an otherwise dreary, derivatively dystopian franchise worth watching. Even trudging through the post-industrial carnage and underground bunkers of the film’s blighted universe, she radiates unaffected humanity and light.

That’s all the more remarkable considering how much time she’s forced to spend crying, scowling and looking steely-eyed into cameras — which, as in Lawrence’s real life, are omnipresent. Like the actress herself, Katniss isn’t one for cutesy, canned promo shots. But she knows the value of projecting the right persona. Even though her stylist, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), is no more, Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) is on hand, a bit more drab for the wear, but armed with cool designs for Katniss’s next incarnation as the messianic icon of a new world order. “We will make you the best dressed rebel in history,” Effie coos. “Everyone’s going to want to kiss you, kill you or be you.”

Such is the stuff that all girls’ dreams are made of.

Perhaps the cleverest feat of the “Hunger Games” epic has been to marry so seamlessly the shallow values of our own image-driven culture, the virtues of fashion at its most self- expressive, classic anti-authoritarian political ideals and the irresistible, ungovernable force that is female adolescence. Lawrence’s Katniss is the perfect foil for all four, her raw-boned beauty, strength and steady focus just as compelling, at their most unadorned, as when they’re tricked out for maximum stage presence.

Directed by Francis Lawrence from a script by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, “Mockingjay” gains steam as it goes. Its retro-futuristic aesthetic lacks the flamboyance of past installments, but possesses its own grim integrity, and even contains one authentically shocking reversal that bears more than a whiff of a “Manchurian Candidate”-like menace. It’s a joyless, surpassingly dour enterprise, but one that fulfills its mission with Katniss’s own eagle-eyed efficiency and unsentimental somberness. “Mockingjay” sets up the end Game with a grim sense of purpose.

★ ★ ½

PG-13. Contains intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and mature thematic material. 123 minutes.

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