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LEWIS COUNTY MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY

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One of two men indicted in a 1999 Lewis County, WV murder case has entered a plea of not guilty.

Joseph Metz, age 39, of Weston, WV entered the plea to two counts of first degree murder Friday morning before Judge Kurt Hall.

The defense also filed a motion to dismiss the case.

Judge Hall set a hearing for this motion for next week and jury selection for the trial in October.

Metz, along with Charles Steven Freeman, age 51, of Archbold, Ohio, were indicted by a Lewis County grand jury on July 15, 2014.

Freeman was re-arrested on Wednesday while Metz was re-arrested in January.

Both are charged in connection to the 1999 disappearance of Metz’ mother Mary Friend, age 46 and grandmother Maxine Stalnaker, age 69.

The two, along with David Hughes, age 58, were charged in the case in 2013 but the charges were later dropped in light of additional information in the case arising.

Friend and Stalnaker went missing from Lewis County on December 01, 1999 and Friend’s car was later found five days later in Clarksburg, WV.

Freeman was scheduled for arraignment Friday morning but, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, officials are waiting for his extradition to the state.

Harris Poll: MJ Old News; LeBron Now King

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The battle for number one continues with a change on top. As many have asked the LeBron James versus Michael Jordan question, we may not know how they would compare on the basketball court, but this year, James overthrows Jordan and is America’s favorite sports star. Last year, the reverse was true and Michael Jordon was number one while LeBron James was number two.

As he makes his farewell tour around baseball fields this summer, New York Yankee Derek Jeter moves up three spots and is in the third position this year. Rounding out the top five is quarterback Peyton Manning, remaining at number four this year, and in a tie for the fifth spot on the list is another basketball star, Kobe Bryant, moving up from number seven, and NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt, Jr., moving up from number ten last year.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,241 adults surveyed online between June 11 and 16, 2014.

Looking at the rest of the top ten favorite sports stars another quarterback, Tom Brady is at number seven, down from number five last year. The season has not been great for Tiger Woods and he drops from number three to number eight on the list this year. Then two returning quarterbacks to the list – Drew Brees at number nine, who was last on the list in 2010 at the same spot, and Aaron Rodgers at number ten, who was last on the list in 2011, also at number ten.

Since there are two sports stars returning, two stars dropped out of the top ten this year. Those stars are: quarterback Tim Tebow (was #8) and golfer Phil Mickelson (was #9).

Different groups have their different favorites. For men, LeBron James is number one, but for women it’s Michael Jordan. There are also generational differences. Millennials and Baby Boomers say LeBron James is their favorite sports star, while for Gen Xers it is Michael Jordan and for Matures it is Derek Jeter. Politically, there are differences on the issues of today as well as who is the favorite sports star. Republicans say it is Derek Jeter, Democrats say it is Michael Jordan, and Independents say their favorite sports star is LeBron James.


Favorite Female Sports Star

She may have had some health issues while playing at Wimbledon, but for the fifth year in a row, Serena Williams is the Favorite Female Sport Star. Race car driver Danica Patrick remains at number two, while Venus Williams remains number three. Another tennis star, Maria Sharapova, is at number four again this year, while soccer legend Mia Hamm remains at number five.

Skiing star Lindsey Vonn’s knee injury may have kept her out of the Olympic Games, but she moves up from number seven last year to a tie for number six this year. The next four are all either new or returning after an absence from the top ten list. In a tie for number six is tennis star Billie Jean King, who was last on the list in 2010 in a tie for number ten. In a tie for number eight is a newcomer to the list, soccer star Alex Morgan, and then another returning tennis champ, last on the list in 2008 at number eight, Chris Evert. In the number ten spot is returning volleyball champ Misty May, who was last on the list at a tie for number seven in 2010.

The four female sports starts who dropped off the top 10 list this year are boxer Layla Ali (was #6) soccer star Hope Solo (was #8), gymnast Shawn Johnson (was #9) and Soccer star Abby Wambach (was #10).

There are some demographic differences for favorite female sports star. Men say Danica Patrick is their favorite while women say it is Serena Williams. Regionally, Easterners and Westerners both say Danica Patrick is their favorite female sports star while Midwesterners and Southerners say Serena Williams is their favorite. Generationally, Serena Williams is the favorite for Millennials while Danica Patrick is the favorite for the other three generations.

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Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between June 11 and 16, 2014 among 2,241 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, The Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.19.14

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WV CORRECTIONS OFFICER FACING SEX CHARGES

A West Virginia Division of Corrections officer has been charged with having sexual contact with a female juvenile inmate at the Lincoln Detention Center in Wheeling.

41-year-old Krisinda Renne McMahon of McMechen is charged with five counts of imposition of sexual acts on a person incarcerated or under supervision.

The inmate told a state police trooper that McMahon had sexual contact with her on five occasions between March and June.

McMahon confessed to having sexual contact with the victim on one occasion in the downstairs bathroom at the detention center.

A magistrate set bond at $2,500.


VEHICLE BACKFIRED

A West Virginia reporter who ducked for cover after she heard gunfire at the scene of a killing actually heard an aging pickup truck backfire.

Beckley police detective Morgan Bragg said the driver of the truck was passing by the crime scene on Monday when his vehicle backfired.


DISTRACTED DRIVING TARGETING

Law enforcement agencies in six states will take part in a weeklong campaign targeting distracted driving.

The Michigan State Police says its troopers are joining with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and state police in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia on the effort.


IMMINENT HARM CESSATION ORDER

West Virginia environmental officials have ordered a new surface coal mining operation near Kanawha State Forest to halt mining.

Inspectors issued an “imminent harm cessation order” when they found cracks in a barrier intended to contain runoff in a sediment-control ditch.


ELECTRONIC BOOKS-SETTLEMENT

West Virginia consumers who might have overpaid for e-books could receive up to $1.7 million from Apple in a proposed national settlement.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office announced the total.

Customers who purchased electronic books from some publishers from April 2010 to May 2012 would benefit.

The settlement needs approval from the U.S. District Court in New York’s Southern District.

It also depends on Apple’s court appeal.

The lawsuit was filed by 33 states against Apple Inc. and five of the nation’s six largest e-book publishers.

The publishers settled claims against them for a total $166 million payment.

In March, Morrisey announced state consumers would get $700,000 from that partial settlement.

Apple went to trial, lost a 2013 judgment in New York’s Southern District and appealed.


2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON U.S. HIGHWAY 33

A two vehicle accident in Randolph County sent four people to the hospital on Friday afternoon.

It happened at the Crystal Springs exit on U.S. Highway 33, when a Mazda driving west rear-ended a Cadillac.

The Cadillac eventually caught on fire and burned out.

The passengers escaped from the vehicle before it became engulfed.

The fire did not cause any injuries, but two people were flown to the hospital from injuries sustained in the impact.


HARRISON COUNTY CRASH

Accident happened at about 3:40 PM near the Gypsy Bridge.

Four vehicles were involved, with one or two vehicles parked alongside the road which were side-swiped.

A Chrysler Concord driven by a woman from Worthington and a Honda Element driven by a man collided head on.

A woman driving a Chrysler Concord was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital by Healthnet.

A passenger in the Element, a woman, was transported to United Hospital Center along with the driver of the Element.

The Element was traveling north bound and the Chrysler was traveling south bound.

Distracted driving may be a factor in the crash and charges will likely be filed in the crash.

Traffic on Route 19 in both directions was backed up while crews work to clear the scene.


CORNHOLE CHAMPIONS BEING DECIDED IN WEST VIRGINIA

A game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties is taking on a serious side as the American Cornhole Organization crowns its champions this weekend in West Virginia.

About 380 competitors from 17 states are vying for $10,000 in prize money in singles and doubles games.

Cornhole involves tossing one-pound bags filled with plastic pellets into a hole in a board 27 feet away.

Players earn points depending on whether the bags land in the hole or on the board.

The bags were originally filled with corn.

The Guy family of Alexandria, Kentucky, has won six of the eight previous singles titles.

Bret Guy is the defending champion. His father is five-time champion Matt Guy.

They also are doubles partners.

The tournament in Charleston runs through Saturday.


SECRET SERVICE WARNS OF ATM CARD NUMBER THEFT

The U.S. Secret Secret Service in Charleston is looking for two men accused of stealing credit card information.

Customers of City National Bank in Kanawaha City noticed money missing from their accounts during the weekend.

They called the bank, and the U.S. Secret Service in Charleston was notified.

Investigating agents looked through security footage to find two suspects installing a device on the ATM.

It is called a skimmer.

The device blends in with the ATM machine, making it very difficult for customers to notice.

The suspects also installed a camera to record customers entering their pin numbers.

The Secret Service says the suspects removed the skimmer within about an hour, took the bank information of twelve customers, and created new credit cards containing stolen banking information.


JURORS RULE IN FAVOR OF FORMER PARKERSBURG SOUTH STUDENT

A former member of Parkersburg South High School’s freshman football team wins his case against Wood County Schools.

Adam Cross and his mother are awarded more than $106,000 in damages.

The jury had to consider nearly 20 different questions, but in each of them, they found in favor of Adam Cross.

The charges included negligence, reckless conduct, and, in at least one instance, what was outlined as outrageous conduct.

The defendants were the Wood County Board of Education, three school administrators, and, specifically, then-ninth grade football coach Dwain Sponseller.

It involved a fight between Cross, and a teammate, Drake Mills.

Cross said Sponseller, who was nearby when the locker room fight broke out in October, 2010, did nothing to stop it.


BECKLEY MURDER SUSPECT IDENTIFIED

Beckley Police have identified a man wanted for a murder that happened on July 12, 2014.

The victim, Chester Hayes, was shot and killed at the Willbrian Apartment Complex in Beckley.

On Friday, Beckley Police were searching for Desean Farley, age 24, who was named as a suspect in the murder.


PARKERSBURG FATAL SHOOTING INVOLVING DETECTIVE

A Wood County special grand jury cleared a Parkersburg police officer Thursday for his role in a deadly shooting from earlier this year.

The panel did not indict Detective P.M. Edelen.

He shot and killed Parkersburg resident Steven Pfalzgraph on January 14, 2014 near the Grand Central Mall.

The grand jury found Pfalzgraph was driving toward Edelen and the detective shot him in self-defense.

Pfalzgraph and another man were leaving the mall in a hurry after a purse snatching.

‘The Perfect Wave’ - Riding a Killer Wave to Salvation

Ian McCormack wants people to know he’s heard the voice of God. The New Zealand native was an avowed atheist when, as a young man in the early 1980s, he was stung by deadly jellyfish off the coast of Mauritius and pronounced dead. But he says he awoke with a new outlook after following the light and striking a deal with the man upstairs. And, decades later, he’s a pastor in London proselytizing Christian rebirth.

“The Perfect Wave” is based on the story he’s told to millions, although it’s really more of a surf movie, until, abruptly, it becomes a spiritual one. The first three-quarters of the drama follows Ian (played by Scott Eastwood, son of Clint) as he hopscotches around the world — Australia, Indonesia, Africa — in search of big waves. He’s painted as a somewhat selfish 24-year-old, especially compared to his devout parents and brother. When he suddenly sells his car and tells his mother (Cheryl Ladd) he’s taking a dream trip, she has a bad feeling. And since she often has conversations with God, her premonition seems to have credence.

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But before her hunch can play out, we’re treated to arresting images from some of the world’s most spectacular beaches. Unfortunately, the dialogue and acting aren’t quite as impressive. This is director Bruce Macdonald’s first feature, and the cast is made up mostly of newbies, which is clear. The dialogue, which is somewhat stilted in the first place, often sounds like it’s being read straight from the script. Some of the veteran actors manage to build rapport, including Ladd and Patrick Lyster, who plays Ian’s father. But even they have to contend with the lack of character development.

In Indonesia, Ian meets Annabel (Rachel Hendrix), and they fall in love immediately. Yet we barely get to see them speak to each other beyond her asking, “So, what do you think of Indo?” And him replying, “I like it a lot.” Their courtship is told through a medley of trite visuals. He gives her a piggyback ride through a field of flowers and they walk along the beach hand in hand; they eat ice cream and feed seals. When things start to go downhill, it’s hard to muster the strength to care, because what was their relationship about anyway? No matter, the image of a cloud passing in front of the sun and sad music are supposed to put us in the right frame of mind. The music also becomes a distraction during Ian’s harrowing jellyfish incident, when it sounds like it’s been ripped from the climax of an action movie.

The movie’s transition from surfer flick to a story about faith is swift and not particularly smooth. When Ian sees his surf buddies for the first time after his accident, he tells them about his otherworldly experience, and one of them immediately downloads the Bible on his tablet, which feels heavy-handed to say the least.

“The Perfect Wave” is nice to look at, and evangelical Christian moviegoers will no doubt appreciate a family-friendly movie with a message they can endorse. But it’s going to take more than pretty pictures to convert doubters.

★ ½

Unrated.  Contains nothing objectionable. 94 minutes.

Sports Brief - 07.19.14

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►   The Charlotte Hornets officially signed free agent guard Lance Stephenson on Friday.

Stephenson tweeted Wednesday that he was looking forward “to the next phase of my career and the wonderful opportunity to continue to grow as a player and as a person in Charlotte!“

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Hornets on Friday, but reports earlier this week indicated that the 23- year-old Stephenson has signed a three-year, $27 million contract that includes a team option for the final season.

He reportedly turned down a five- year, $44 million offer from the Pacers after helping Indiana to the Eastern Conference finals the last two seasons.


►   Pau Gasol officially became a member of the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

Gasol had announced that he had chosen the Bulls on his Twitter account last Saturday.

The 34-year-old spent the past six-plus seasons with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, winning two NBA titles.

He will join another former MVP in Chicago, point guard Derrick Rose.

With Bryant out most of the season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 60 games in 2013-14, missing time because of a groin strain and a bout with vertigo.

Prior to his run with the Lakers, the Spanish big man was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies for more than six seasons (2001-08).


►   Count Udonis Haslem among the players who will be returning to the Miami Heat next season.

Haslem, Miami’s all-time leader in rebounds, will be back for a 12th season with the Heat after the team announced it has re-signed the veteran forward on Friday.

Haslem, along with Miami’s “Big Three” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, opted out of his previous contract following the Heat’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals.

James was the only member of the four not to re-sign with the team, with the four-time league MVP instead bolting for a second tour with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 34-year-old Haslem has spent his entire NBA career with the Heat, originally joining the franchise as an undrafted free agent in 2003.


►   The Chicago Bulls signed forward Nikola Mirotic on Friday.

Multiple reports earlier this week said the deal is worth $17 million over three years.

The European star averaged 13.1 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 40.2% from beyond the arc over five seasons with Real Madrid CF of the Liga ACB.

He was the Spanish League MVP in 2013.

“We feel Nikola will be a great addition to our frontcourt where he he’ll be able to space the floor with his outstanding shooting ability,“ said Bulls general manager Gar Forman in a statement. “We’ve known Nikola for several years and we are confident he will be a great fit for our team both on and off the court. He’s a player with great potential.“

The 6-foot-10 Mirotic was acquired by Chicago in 2011 as part of a draft-night trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In that deal, Chicago acquired the draft rights to Mirotic (No. 23 pick) in exchange for the draft rights to Norris Cole (No. 28) and Malcolm Lee (No. 43), as well as cash considerations.


►   Count Udonis Haslem among the players who will be returning to the Miami Heat next season.

Haslem, Miami’s all-time leader in rebounds, will be back for a 12th season with the Heat after the team announced it has re-signed the veteran forward on Friday.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, though the South Florida Sun- Sentinel reported the deal to be for $5.6 million over two years.

Haslem, along with Miami’s “Big Three” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, opted out of his previous contract following the Heat’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals.

James was the only member of the four not to re-sign with the team, with the four-time league MVP instead bolting for a second tour with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 34-year-old Haslem has spent his entire NBA career with the Heat, originally joining the franchise as an undrafted free agent in 2003.

The Miami native has been a part of all three of the Heat’s NBA champion teams and ranks second only to Wade in club history in games played (715).

Haslem played in just 46 regular-season games in 2013-14, averaging 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds, but started six of Miami’s 16 postseason contests—all of which the Heat won.

“He’s a team player, an encompassing all-purpose player, that would play just about any position or role in order to win,“ Heat president Pat Riley said of Haslem. “It’s been such a privilege and honor to have him with the organization and I’m so happy that he decided to come back.“

A team captain in each of the past seven seasons, Haslem has averaged 8.6 points and 7.5 rebounds over 715 career regular-season games.


►   The Washington Wizards re-signed forward Drew Gooden on Friday.

Gooden appeared in 22 games for Washington last season, averaging 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds.

He signed a 10-day contract with the Wizards on February 26, inked a second 10-day pact on March 08 and then signed for the remainder of the season on March 18.

“The addition of Drew was a big part of our success late last season and we are excited to have him back with us,“ said Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld in a statement. “His skills will help to solidify our frontcourt rotation and his experience will help us continue to grow as a team.“

In 12 seasons with Memphis, Orlando, Cleveland, Chicago, Sacramento, San Antonio, Dallas, the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee and Washington, Gooden has averaged 11.7 points and 7.5 rebounds over 709 career games.

In 54 career postseason games, he has averaged 9.2 points and 7.5 rebounds.


►   The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Kendall Marshall, the team announced Friday.

A first-round pick of the Phoenix Suns in 2012, Marshall started 45 games in Los Angeles’ injury-depleted backcourt last season and averaged 8.0 points and a team-best 8.8 assists over 54 contests overall.

The former North Carolina standout, whose contract was not guaranteed, became expendable when the Lakers acquired point guard Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets earlier this week.

Marshall played in 48 games with the Suns as a rookie before being traded to Washington as part of a four-player deal this past October.

He was promptly waived by the Wizards and signed with the Delaware 87ers in the NBA Developmental League prior to joining the Lakers on December 20.



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►   Dan Uggla’s mostly disappointing tenure with the Atlanta Braves came to a close on Friday, with the team giving the former All-Star second baseman his unconditional release.

The move comes less than a week after the Braves suspended the struggling veteran for their final game prior to the All-Star break last Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

According to the Atlanta Journal- Consitution, Uggla was disciplined for arriving to Wrigley Field only about an hour before first pitch.

Atlanta will still have to pay around $19 million to Uggla, who is hitting an anemic .162 with just two home runs this season and lost his starting job to rookie Tommy La Stella in May, over the remainder of this season and 2015.


►   The Los Angeles Angels acquired All-Star closer Huston Street on Friday night in a six-player trade with the San Diego Padres.

The Angels dealt infielders Taylor Lindsey and Jose Rondon and right-handed pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris to San Diego in exchange for Street and fellow righty Trevor Gott.

Street, who had 24 saves and a 1.09 ERA in 33 appearances for the Padres this season, was seen pounding fists and shaking hands with fellow relievers in the bullpen during San Diego’s game against the New York Mets on Friday night, an indication he had been dealt.

The 30-year-old and his $7 million salary were seen as hot commodities on the trade market.

“He’s been a very, very good closer,“ Padres manager Bud Black said. “I knew prior to the game that this could happen.“

Street has 258 career saves and a 2.87 ERA in 548 games with Oakland, Colorado and San Diego.

He has been particularly effective for the Padres over the past three seasons, posting a 2.03 ERA and 80 saves with 127 strikeouts in 128 2/3 innings.

“I think that Huston is going to be a great addition and fit into the back end of our pen,“ Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re excited to have him.“

None of the other players involved in the trade have major-league experience but Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch said the team was excited about the prospects it received.

The Padres have been without a general manager since firing Josh Byrnes last month.

“We feel like we hit the mark on these four guys,“ Hinch said.

The 22-year-old Lindsey was rated as the Angels’ top prospect by Baseball America. He has hit .247 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 75 games for Triple-A Salt Lake this season.

Alvarez has posted a 0.33 ERA pitching 21 times in relief for Double-A Arkansas this season.


►   The Houston Astros were unable to reach an agreement with pitcher Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, by Friday’s signing deadline, MLB.com has reported.

Aiken, a 17-year-old left-hander out of San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High School, becomes only the third top overall choice in the draft’s history not to sign, joining Danny Goodwin in 1971 and Tim Belcher in 1983.

The Astros will now receive the No. 2 pick in next year’s draft for their failure to come to terms.

Aiken, who has committed to UCLA, will either pitch for the Bruins next spring or has the option to attend junior college in hopes of remaining eligible for the 2015 draft.

Friday’s news is the culmination of a stunning turn of events between the Astros and Aiken over the last month.

The talented hurler had initially agreed to a deal that contained a $6.5 million bonus just days after the draft, but Houston later reduced its offer to $3.1 million due to concerns over the structure of Aiken’s elbow after he took a physical.

If Aiken, the first prep lefty to be taken first overall since the Yankees chose Brien Taylor in 1991, does decide to attend UCLA, he will not be able to re-enter the draft until 2017.

Aiken emerged as a top prospect following a brilliant career at Cathedral Catholic, where he went 18-4 with a 1.09 ERA over three seasons and struck out 111 batters in just 59 2/3 innings as a senior.


►   The New York Yankees will have veteran slugger Carlos Beltran back in the lineup when they begin their post-All Star break schedule Friday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Beltran, who broke his nose in two places while taking batting practice prior to a July 09 game at Cleveland, will bat sixth as the designated hitter in Friday’s matchup after being reinstated from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

The 37-year-old did not play in any of New York’s final seven games before the break, missing the first two tests of the Cleveland series with inflammation in his right knee.

Beltran sustained the nasal fracture when he was struck by a batted ball that caromed off the screen in front of the pitcher’s mound during a hitting drill.

Beltran has battled injuries throughout his first season with the Yankees, resulting in a career-low .216 average.

The eight-time All-Star has produced nine home runs and 28 RBI in 61 games thus far in 2014.


►   The Miami Marlins reinstated pitcher A.J. Ramos from the 15-day disabled list Friday, while placing fellow reliever Kevin Gregg on the DL with right elbow inflammation.

Ramos had been sidelined since June 26 with a sore shoulder. The right-hander had posted a 4-0 record with a 2.17 earned run average and 12 holds prior to being shelved.

The 36-year-old Gregg has been hit hard in 12 games since having his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans in mid-June.

Over nine innings of work, the veteran righty has allowed 10 runs on 11 hits and issued five walks.

Gregg, who saved 33 games for the Chicago Cubs a year ago, signed a minor league contract with the Marlins on June 03.


►   The Minnesota Twins reinstated infielder Danny Santana from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Santana, sidelined since June 25 by a bone bruise in his left knee, just completed a rehab assignment with Class A Fort Myers in which he went 0-for-11 at the plate in three games.

The rookie hit well with the Twins following his callup in early May, however, amassing a .328 average with two home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases over 37 games while logging starts at both shortstop and center field.

Outfielder Chris Herrmann was optioned to Triple-A Rochester to make room on the active roster.


►   The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim agreed to terms with their 2014 first-round pick, pitcher Sean Newcomb, on Friday.

Newcomb, 21, was the 15th overall pick of the draft out of the University of Hartford.

He posted an 8-2 mark with a 1.25 earned run average and 106 strikeouts this past season with Hartford, nabbing America East Conference Pitcher of the Year honors.

The Angels agreed to terms with 35 of their 40 draft picks, including all of their top-10 selections, at the close of Friday’s signing deadline.


►   The Cleveland Indians recalled pitcher C.C. Lee from Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

Lee joins the Indians for a third time this season, as he is 0-0 with a 4.76 earned run average over 13 games this season.

In 20 games at Columbus this season, he is 0-1 with one save and a 4.13 ERA.



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►   The Boston Bruins on Friday officially announced the signing of six players, chief among them winger Jordan Caron.

Caron, who totaled one goal and three points in 35 games for the Bruins a season ago, returns on a one-year deal worth $600,000.

A veteran of 123 NHL games, all with Boston since 2010, the 23-year-old Quebec native has tallied 12 goals and 16 assists.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli also announced that forwards Craig Cunningham, Tyler Randell, defensemen Tommy Cross and Zach Trotman were signed, and the club agreed to terms with forward Justin Florek.

Cunningham, Randell, Florek and Cross were retained on one-year, two-way deals.

Trotman was rewarded with a two-year contract, which is two-way in the first year and one-way in the second.


►   The Arizona Coyotes signed first-round draft pick Brendan Perlini to a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday.

Perlini had 34 goals and 37 assists in 58 games with Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League in 2013-14. He led the IceDogs in goals and finished second on the team in scoring.

“We are very pleased to sign Brendan to an entry-level contract,“ said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney in a statement. “Brendan is a strong skater with great size and skill. He had an impressive prospect development camp and we look forward to watching his development.“

The 18-year-old recorded three goals and one assist in seven games for Team Canada at the 2014 U-18 World Championship.

He was 12th overall pick in this year’s draft.



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►   Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won Stage 13 of the Tour de France on Friday and increased his overall lead in cycling’s most prestigious race.

Nibali finished the 197.5-kilometer trek in the first of two days in the Alps in a time of 5 hours, 12 minutes and 29 seconds for his third stage win of this year’s Tour.

Poland’s Rafal Majka was 10 seconds behind in second place and finished just one second ahead of Leopold Konig of the Czech Republic.

The final ascent on Friday was one of the highest category and Nibali had no serious challengers in the final two kilometers, especially from Richie Porte and Alejandro Valverde—his nearest competitors for the coveted leader’s yellow jersey.

“It’s a special day today,“ said Nibali, who has been in yellow every day except for one since winning Stage 2. “I’m very happy. I just wanted to gain as much time as I could. I knew Valverde was close to me. Porte was close to me as well. Porte had a problem and he was dropped, and in the end it was only Valverde and me.“

Valverde finished fourth on Friday, 50 seconds behind the winner.

The Spaniard is now second overall, but trails Nibali by 3 minutes and 37 seconds. Porte was unable to stay with the leaders on the final climb and wound up 27th on Friday, 8:48 behind Nibali in the stage.

The Australian began the day in second overall just 2:23 behind Nibali, but is now 11:11 back in 16th place.

“Ye-ouch!! Rough day for me at TdF,“ Porte tweeted after the race. “Big thanks to @TeamSky boys for staying with me. See what the rest of the race brings.“

Romain Bardet is 4:24 off the pace in third after a seventh-place finish Friday, with fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot another 16 seconds behind in fourth overall.

American Tejay Van Garderen is 5:19 behind Nibali in fifth after finishing Friday’s grueling stage in sixth place.

Three climbs highlighted Friday’s run from Saint-Etienne to the Chamrousse ski station outside of Grenoble, but the final ascent of 18 kilometers had an average gradient of 7.3% and it clearly hurt a few riders.

With Majka and Konig in front, Valverde tried to attack first and couldn’t pull away from a small group that included Nibali.

When Nibali made a move toward the front a short time later, Valverde was unable to keep up as the Italian reeled in the two leaders and easily surpassed them.

“I’m the one who attacked first,“ noted Valverde. “I rode full gas to do the best I could, but when Nibali attacked I couldn’t follow him. Tomorrow will again be difficult. I will need to recover some strength.“

Saturday’s Stage 14, also in the Alps, is 177 kilometers from Grenoble to Risoul. It features three climbs, a highest category ascent up the Col d’Izoard in between a pair of Category 1 ventures—the last at the very finish.



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►   Rory McIlroy opened the second round Friday with a bogey, but that was his last mistake of the day.

McIlroy ran off seven birdies the rest of his round and grabbed a 4-stroke lead after 36 holes at the Open Championship.

McIlroy, who had struggled recently in second rounds, carded his second straight 6- under 66 to post 12-under-par 132.

That matches the start Tiger Woods had at Royal Liverpool en route to victory in 2006.

As good as McIlroy’s round was, it wasn’t the best of the day.

Dustin Johnson, in the group behind the leader, fired a 7-under 65 to soar into second place at minus-8.

Johnson shared second at the Open in 2011 and tied for ninth 2012.

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel carded a 5-under 67 to climb into a share of third place at 6- under-par 138.

He was joined there by Sergio Garcia (70), Ryan Moore (68), Francesco Molinari (70), Louis Oosthuizen (68) and Rickie Fowler (69).

Jim Furyk (71) and George Coetzee (69) are tied for ninth at 5-under 139.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson carded a 2-under 70 and finished two rounds at even-par 144.

Woods, a three-time Open champion, needed a birdie on 18 to make the cut on the number.

He struggled to a 5-over 77 to end 36 holes at 2- over-par 146.


►   Laura Diaz carded a 2-under 69 on Friday to remain on top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Marathon Classic.

Diaz finished 36 holes at Highland Meadows Golf Club at 11-under-par 131. She is seeking her third career win on the LPGA Tour, but first since 2002.

Lydia Ko shot her second straight 4-under 67 to move into a share of second place with Lee-Anne Pace (68) at minus-8.

Rebecca Lee-Bentham (67) and 2012 winner So Yeon Ryu (67) are tied for fourth at 7-under, while Brittany Lang (66) and Kayla Mortellaro (67) shared sixth at 6-under.

Defending champion Beatriz Recari (68) is among a group of seven players tied for 14th place at 4-under 138.

Diaz opened her round with five straight pars before tripping to a bogey at the first. That dropped her to 8-under for the tournament and into a tie for the lead with Ko and Pace, who both played in the morning.

Diaz parred her next six holes to remain there before pouring in birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th around a bogey at the 14th to reclaim the outright lead at 10-under.

She would then close her round with another gain at the 18th to claim a 3- stroke lead heading into the weekend.

“For me, it was just a challenge because I haven’t been in this position in a very long time. For sure I haven’t had cameras on me in a long time,“ Diaz said. “So I was anxious for them to go away I think in a funny kind of way.“

Ko started her round on the back nine and parred her first two holes before converting three birdies in a 4-hole stretch from the 12th to jump to 7-under.

She later rolled in another birdie at the second to reach minus-8. Ko would trade a bogey at the fourth with a birdie at the fifth to remain there before closing her round with four straight pars.

“I had two solid rounds. I thought I played pretty solid today and yesterday,“ Ko said. “Hopefully I can continue that through the weekend.“

Pace birdied the first, but gave that shot right back with a bogey at the second. After parring her next three holes, she rolled in birdies at the sixth, seventh and ninth to make the turn at 8-under.

Bogeys at the 11th and 15th dropped her back to minus-6, but she bounced back with consecutive birdies at the 17th and 18th to finish at minus-8.

Lee-Bentham was the only player in the morning to reach Diaz’s overnight lead as she recorded six birdies over her first 11 holes to reach 9-under, but she closed her round with bogeys at the third and seventh to fall behind.

NOTES: Diaz collected both of her wins in 2002 at the Welch’s/Circle K Championship and LPGA Corning Classic ... Diaz has also held the 36-hole lead at this event in 2002, 2003 and 2009. Her best finish in those years was a tie for third in 2002 ... Diaz’s last top-10 finish came at the 2010 LPGA Tour Championship ... The cut line fell at 1-over 143, with 77 players advancing to the weekend. Among those to miss the cut were Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford, Gerina Piller and Azahara Munoz.


►   Bill Lunde fired a 10-under 61 on Friday to vault into a share of the lead of the Albertsons Boise Open.

Lunde was joined at 15-under-par 127 by Zack Sucher, who carded a 4-under 67 during his second round at Hillcrest Country Club.

Lunde has one career win on the Web.com Tour, while Sucher is seeking his first win on tour.

Steven Alker (66) is alone in third place at 14-under. Steve Wheatcroft (66) and Chase Wright (66) are tied for fourth at 12-under 130, a shot ahead of Ryan Blaum (65) and Nick Taylor (68).

Lunde opened his round with a bogey at the first, but bounced back in impressive fashion with five straight birdies from the second to race to 9- under.

He then followed a par at the seventh with another gain at the eighth to make the turn at minus-10. After he picked up another shot at the 11th, Lunde jumped to 13-under with a hole-in-one at the 13th.

“Credit goes to my caddie,“ Lunde said about his ace. “I didn’t think it was a full 5-iron but I also didn’t think a 6 would get there. He was right. It landed about six-to-eight feet from the hole and just went in.“

A bogey at the 14th briefly halted his momentum, but he again responded in style with three straight birdies to reach 15-under. He parred the last to claim the clubhouse lead.

Sucher parred the first before rolling in consecutive birdies at the second and third. He later birdied the seventh to make the turn at 14-under.

Bogeys at the 10th and 13th around a birdie at the 11th dropped him back to minus-13, but he poured in back-to-back birdies at the 16th and 17th to claim a share of the lead.

Sucher had a chance to claim the outright lead with a 7-foot birdie putt at the last, but could not convert to remain tied heading into the weekend.

“I had one on the line I wanted to play,“ Sucher said about the last putt. “I thought we could go inside of it, but I wasn’t comfortable with the line. If I hit it harder I would have made it.“

Alker posted five birdies during his bogey-free round to finish a shot off the pace.

NOTES: Lunde’s 61 was his lowest round on the Web.com Tour. His previous low of 62 came in the second round of the 2008 Chattanooga Classic ... Lunde won the 2008 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational on the Web.com Tour to go along with a victory at the PGA Tour’s 2010 Turning Stone Resort Championship ... Lunde’s ace was the 27th in tournament history, which is more than any other event on the Web.com Tour schedule ... Sucher’s career-best finish on tour is a tie for second at the 2013 South Georgia Classic ... The cut line fell at 6-under 136, with 68 players advancing to the weekend.


►   Wes Homan and Greg Eason fired matching 7-under 65s on Friday and they share the lead after two rounds of the Staal Foundation Open.

Homan and Eason finished 36 holes at Whitewater Golf Club at 12-under-par 132. They are both seeking their first career win on the PGA Tour Canada.

Joshua Stone (70) is alone in third place at 9-under, while The Players Cup champion Timothy Madigan (71) and Blake Snyder (65) are tied for fourth at minus-8.

Two-time winner this season Joel Dahmen (69), Ryan Brehm (69) and Ted Brown (67) occupied sixth at 7-under 137.

First-round leader Brandon Harkins carded an 8-over 80 during his second round and missed the cut by a stroke at even-par 144.

Homan opened his round on fire with four straight birdies to race to 9-under. He added another gain at the seventh to make the turn at minus-10.

He then followed an eagle at the 12th with a birdie at the 13th to reach 13- under, but bogeyed the 15th to fall back to 12-under and parred his final three holes to end there.

Eason opened his bogey-free round with a par at the first before rolling in a birdie at the second. After parring the next three holes, he converted three birdies in a 4-hole stretch from the sixth to reach 9-under.

He then recorded birdies at the 10th, 14th and 18th during an inward 33 to earn his share of the lead.

NOTES: Devin Carrey recorded a hole-in-one at the 15th ... Eason’s best finish during his rookie season was a tie for fifth at the Syncrude Boreal Open ... Homan has missed the cut in three of his six starts this season ... The cut line fell at 1-under 143, with 62 players advancing to the weekend.


►   Doug Ghim and Byron Meth each won a pair of matches on Friday and will now face off in the final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

Ghim and Meth, who were two of the four stroke-play medalists, will start their 36-hole final match at 8:00 AM ET.

Ghim earned his first victory of the day with a 3 & 2 decision over John Oda in which he never trailed.

After the duo traded birdies at the first, Ghim grabbed the lead with a par at the second and moved 2-up with a birdie at the third.

Oda got back within one with a birdie at the fourth, and they traded birdies at the seventh and eighth to leave Ghim 1-up at the turn. The Illinois native later sealed the win with a birdie at the 15th and a par at the 16th.

It was the opposite for Ghim in his semifinal match against Michael Gellerman, as he did not hold the lead until the final hole.

Gellerman quickly took a 2-up advantage of that match with a birdie at the first and a par at the second. Ghim birdied the par-3 third to get back to 1- down and they would later trade wins at the seventh and eighth to remain there at the turn.

Gellerman moved 3-up with pars at the 10th and 12th, but Ghim fought back with pars at the 13th and 16th around an eagle at the 14th to square the match with two holes to play.

After both players parred the 17th, Ghim converted his birdie effort at the 18th to claim the 1-up victory.

Meth faced Bryson Dechambeau in the quarterfinals and recorded birdies at the second, fourth, fifth and eighth to claim a 4-up lead.

Dechambeau would get back within 1-down after a birdie at the 14th, but he could not even the match and Meth hung on to advance with the 1-up decision.

Meth would then dominate Jess Bonneau by a 6 & 5 margin in the semifinals to claim his spot in the final.

Meth quickly gained a 2-up advantage with consecutive birdies at the first and second before Bonneau moved back within one with a birdie at the fourth.

Meth took complete control from there, however, as he raced to a 4-up lead with three straight pars from the sixth. Bonneau won his final hole of the match with a birdie at the ninth before Meth won the 10th, 11th and 13th holes to close out the win.


►   Stroke-play medalist Eun Jeong Seong and Fumie Jo each won a pair of matches on Friday to advance to the final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.

Seong, who is just 14 years old and set a stroke-play record earlier in the week, defeated Doris Chen, 1-up, in the quarterfinals before downing Alana Uriell by the same margin in the semifinals.

Jo, meanwhile, earned a 3 & 2 decision over Dominique Galloway in the quarterfinals and topped Cindy Ha with a 1-up win in the semifinals.

The 36-hole final will start at 11:00 AM ET Saturday.

Seong never trailed against Chen, opening the match with a birdie at the first to claim a 1-up advantage.

A par at the sixth increased Seong’s lead to 2-up, and she was able to counter wins by Chen at the ninth and 12th with a birdie at the 10th and a par at the 13th to maintain that advantage with five holes to play.

Chen again cut her deficit to 1-down with a birdie at the 15th, but she could not even the match and the duo traded pars over the final three holes to hand Seong the victory.

Seong birdied the first against Uriell to quickly go 1-up, but Uriell answered with a birdie at the third to square the match. The duo again traded wins at the fourth and seventh to keep the match even at the turn.

Seong then birdied the 11th to go ahead for good and maintained that 1-up lead through the final seven holes to claim the win.

Jo opened her match against Galloway with a birdie at the first to claim a 1- up lead, but Galloway answered with a birdie at the third to square the match.

The rest of the match belonged to Jo, however, as she took the fourth, seventh, 12th and 14th holes to gain a 4-up advantage.

Galloway gained some life with a par at the 15th, but they both parred the 16th to hand Jo the 3 & 2 decision.

Jo parred the first against Ha to claim a 1-up lead, but Ha responded with back-to-back birdies at the second and third to hand Jo her first deficit of the day.

Jo battled back with pars at the sixth and seventh to take a 1-up lead, and after Ha evened the match with a birdie at the 10th, Jo ran off three straight wins from the 11th to claim a 3-up lead.

Ha would battle back to even the match heading into the 18th hole, where Jo rolled in her birdie effort to claim her spot in the final.


►   Annika Sorenstam stole the show from some of sports and entertainment?s biggest names Friday on the beach of south Lake Tahoe.

In her first competitive action since her retirement at the end of 2008, Sorenstam shot a 1-under 71 for a modified Stableford score of 21 Friday in the first round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Heading into the second round, she’s tied for fourth place with Stephen Curry and Joe Sakic.

Chad Pfeifer, an Iraq War veteran with a prosthetic right leg, made a strong rookie debut, taking the lead after the first round with a score of 24. Former NHL forward Jeremy Roenick and former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien are in second and third place, respectively, with Stableford scores of 23 and 22.

The tournament uses a modified Stableford format that awards 10 points for a double eagle, eight for a hole-in-one, six for an eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-2 for double-bogey or worse.

“I just didn’t really want it to end, because I was getting a little looser,“ said Sorenstam. “I was tight early on. I mean, I felt it, I don’t know, I was holding back for really no reason. Maybe because I don’t play and I’m rusty. But I had a lot of fun. Especially coming into 17, I’ve never played that type of environment, normally it’s quiet.“

Pfeifer as well enjoyed the party crowd on hole 17, feeding off the atypical golf gallery and birdieing the hole.

“A lot of them were just thanking me. So it was a lot of cheering, a lot of hearing my name out there, which is awkward, I guess. I’m not used to that,“ Pfeifer said. “But it was a lot of fun.“

However, it was Sorenstam that had the biggest group following her from hole- to-hole. Her playing partners, John Elway and John Smoltz, got quite a bit of attention, but there were significantly more women in the crowd when the greatest woman to ever play the sport was swinging.

“It’s very nice to get the support, I felt the support from the beginning when they asked me if I wanted to play,“ she said. “And I feel it from the guys, too. They welcome you here. And Charles Barkley has been tremendous. He said ten times, ‘I’m glad you’re here.‘“

The Stableford format rewards aggressive play and low numbers from hole-to- hole. It took Sorenstam some time before she finally carded a birdie. She finished 1-over on the front nine and finally found her groove on the back, birdieing 15 and 18. She played from the same tees as the men and was undaunted as Elway and Smoltz bombed long drives right past her ball.

“For me, I know I can play this course,“ Sorenstam said. “I just got to play a little bit more relaxed tomorrow and find a feel around the greens. It’s hard to feel when you’re really tight. So maybe one round will loosen me up, get me more comfortable.“

Pfeifer made plenty of birdies. A newcomer in the event, but an instant fan favorite, he holds the lead going into the second round.

“There was a lot of nerves, that’s for sure,“ he said. “Just tried to play my own game and just tried to play steady golf. I know doubles are no good, obviously, but as long as I could eliminate a lot of bogeys and just, if I can play par golf, I’ll make some birdies and hopefully don’t give any back with doubles.“



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►   The Jacksonville Jaguars made it official on Friday and signed wide receiver Marqise Lee.

Terms of the deal for the second-round pick were undisclosed.

Lee, who was selected 39th overall, was a starter in all three of his seasons at Southern California, catching 248 passes for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns.


►   Former NFL players Christian Ballard and Gregory Westbrooks are suing the players union over head injuries.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Former union presidents Trace Armstrong, Troy Vincent and Kevin Mawae were named in the suit.

The NFLPA responded with the following statement Friday:

“It erroneously alleges that the NFLPA knowingly and fraudulently concealed from players the risks of head injuries players faced by playing in NFL games and practices over the last several decades. This lawsuit has no merit and we will defend our union and our past Presidents.

“The NFLPA has made the health and safety of its members a priority and the advancements in professional football on concussion education, prevention and treatment are a result of our efforts.“

Ballard was a defensive end for the Vikings in 2011 and 2012

The 61-year-old Westbrooks played from 1975-81 as a linebacker and special teamer with the Saints, Raiders, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams.

Earlier this month, a federal judge granted preliminary approval of a revised settlement agreement between the NFL and former players who sued the league over concussions.


►   Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Bills general manager Doug Whaley confirmed the procedure on Friday, adding that Alonso will return to Buffalo after training camp to begin rehabilitation.

Alonso suffered the injury while working out in Oregon, the club revealed earlier this month.

The 23-year-old former Oregon Duck led the team in tackles last season as a rookie.

He started all 16 games after being drafted in the second round out of Oregon and finished with 159 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions.


►   San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was sentenced to 11 days in jail and three years’ probation on weapons and DUI charges but can serve his jail term on a work crew.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Daniel Nishigaya also ordered Smith to pay $2,000 in fines, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Nishigaya on Friday reduced three felony counts of possessing illegal assault rifles against Smith to misdemeanors.

Under the terms of his probation, Smith, 24, is barred from drinking alcohol or possessing guns or ammunition for three years.

Violating the terms would result in an 11-day jail sentence.

Smith can complete his 11-day stint on a work crew on consecutive Mondays starting July 28, according to the Mercury News.

The talented but troubled linebacker, who has had numerous run-ins with the law, pleaded no contest in May to the weapons and DUI charges.

He was facing up to four years and four months in prison.

Smith took a leave of absence from the 49ers last year to seek help for a substance abuse problem.

He has been one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers since being drafted No. 7 overall by the 49ers in 2011.

In May, the 49ers exercised the fifth-year option on Smith’s contract.


►   The Jacksonville Jaguars made it official on Friday and signed wide receiver Marqise Lee.

Terms of the deal for the second-round pick were undisclosed.

Lee, who was selected 39th overall, was a starter in all three of his seasons at Southern California, catching 248 passes for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns.


►   The Minnesota Vikings have suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer three regular season games without pay for making a homophobic comment to former punter Chris Kluwe.

The results of a nearly six-month independent investigation started by the team over claims Kluwe made in an online article were released by the Vikings on Friday.

According to a 29-page memo, the investigation turned up evidence Priefer made a homophobic statement to Kluwe, but not the many the former punter alleged in his first-person account earlier this year.



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►   David Ferrer of Spain was among the quarterfinal winners Friday at the Bet-at-Home Open.

The top-seeded Ferrer needed just 66 minutes in a 6-0, 6-2 rout of countrymate Pablo Andujar.

It was a much easier day for Ferrer, who had to play three sets to win each of his first two matches this week.

“It’s never easy but for sure it was my best match this week,“ said Ferrer. “I think the first and second round I didn’t play my good tennis, I just played good in some moments.“

Ferrer will likely have the crowd against him on Saturday in the semifinals against German wild card Alexander Zverev.

The 17-year-old won a battle of Hamburg natives on Friday, rallying for a 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Tobias Kamke.

Zverev won just six points in the first set before storming back to become the first 17-year-old to reach the semifinals of an ATP event since Marin Cilic fell to Feliciano Lopez in the 2006 Gstaad tournament.

Another German, seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, claimed a 6-4, 6-4 win over Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.

Kohlschreiber is trying for his second win on native soil this year, having won in Dusseldorf back in May.

Four of his five titles have come in Germany.

Next up for Kohlschreiber will be Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, a 6-1, 7-5 winner over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.


►   Mona Barthel, Chanelle Scheepers, Jana Cepelova and Silvia Soler-Espinosa were quarterfinal winners Friday at the Swedish Open.

The unheralded foursome has combined for three WTA titles—two for Barthel and one for Scheepers. Cepelova and Soler-Espinosa have each previously played in one title match.

It’s been an upset-filled tournament, as each of the eight quarterfinalists were unseeded players.

Barthel topped the most-decorated of the eight, four-time WTA Tour winner Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) triumph.

The 24-year-old German is trying to win a tournament for the third straight year, her last title coming at the Paris Indoors in February 2013.

Next up for Barthel will be Soler-Espinosa, who advanced Friday with a 6-3, 6-2 rout of Russia’s Alexandra Panova.

The 26-year-old Spaniard reached the Strasbourg final earlier this year, losing to Monica Puig.

Scheepers needed three sets to dispose of Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena, claiming a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory to earn her second semifinal appearance of 2014. She lost to Jelena Jankovic in Bogota back in April.

The 30-year-old veteran from South Africa won her lone WTA Tour title back in 2011 at Guangzhou.

She will face Cepelova in the semis after the 21-year-old from Slovakia dumped Kazakhstan qualifier Yulia Putintseva with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph in the final quarterfinal on Friday.

Cepelova’s best previous finish came in April with a loss to Andrea Petkovic in the final at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.

She stunned Serena Williams in the second round of that tournament en route to the title match.

The loss to Petkovic in the Charleston final started a downward spiral for Cepelova, who then fell in the first round in each of her next five events.

She stopped that slide with this week’s run.

Sunday’s champion will earn a first prize of $43,000.


►   Top seed Caroline Wozniacki was among the quarterfinal winners Friday at the Istanbul Cup.

Wozniacki outlasted eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic by a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 margin.

Next up for Wozniacki is Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, who beat Francesca Schiavone of Italy by a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 score.

Roberta Vinci, the No. 2 seed, moved on with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Kurumi Nara of Japan.

Vinci lost to Simona Halep last week in the final at the Bucharest Open.

Vinci will next play 16-year-old Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh, who upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

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SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014


Major League Baseball - National League
Los Angeles at St. Louis, 4:05 PM - SportsNet LA, FS-Midwest, FS1, DSS
Milwaukee at Washington, 7:05 PM - FS-Wisconsin, WUSA, MASN, DSS
Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 PM - ROOT-Rocky Mountain, Pittsburgh, DSS
Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:10 PM - NBC 10, FS-South, DSS
San Francisco at Miami, 7:10 PM - CSN-Bay, FS-Florida, DSS
Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 8:10 PM - WGN (America), FS-Arizona, DSS
NY Mets at San Diego, 8:40 PM - WPIX, FS-San Diego, DSS


American League
Texas at Toronto, 1:07 PM - FS-Southwest, SNET-1, MLB Network, DSS
Cleveland at Detroit, 1:08 PM - SportsTime Ohio, FS1
Kansas City at Boston, 7:10 PM - FS-Kansas City, NESN, DSS
Houston at Chicago WSox, 7:10 PM - CSN-Houston, Chicago, DSS
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 7:10 PM - SunSports, FS-North, DSS
Baltimore at Oakland, 9:05 PM - MASN2, CSN-California, MLB Network, DSS
Seattle at LA Angels, 9:05 PM - ROOT-Northwest, FS-West, MLB Network, DSS


Interleague
Cincinnati at NY Yankees, 1:05 PM - FS-Ohio, YES, MLB Network, DSS


WNBA
All-Star Game, 3:30 PM - ESPN


Arena Football League
Jacksonville at Cleveland, 7:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Orlando at New Orleans, 8:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Pittsburgh at Iowa, 8:05 PM - ESPN3.com
San Antonio at Los Angeles, 10:00 PM - CBSSN


Canadian Football League
Montreal at British Columbia, 7:00 PM - TSN, RDS, ESPN3.com


International Soccer
Seattle vs. Tottenham, 4:00 PM - ESPN 2


Major League Soccer
Los Angeles at Sporting Kansas City, 6:00 PM - ESPN 2
San Jose at Red Bull New York, 7:00 PM - CSN-Northwest+, MSG, DSS
Montreal at Columbus, 7:30 PM - TVA Sports, DSS
Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:30 PM - CSN-Philadelphia, My50, Time Warner, DSS
New England at FC Dallas, 9:00 PM - CSN-New England, TXA21, DSS
Toronto FC at Houston, 9:00 PM - SportsNet 360, CSN-Houston+, DSS
Vancouver FC at Real Salt Lake, 10:00 PM - TSN, CW30, DSS


Major League Lacrosse
New York at Boston, 6:00 PM - ESPN3.com, MSG+, Altitude
Charlotte at Ohio, 7:00 PM - CBSSN


Golf
EUROPEAN, PGA - British Open, 7:00 AM - ESPN
EUROPEAN, PGA - British Open, 9:00 AM - ESPN
LPGA - Marathon Classic, 3:00 PM - Golf Channel
CELEBRITY - American Century Championship, 3:00 PM - NBC
WEB.COM - Boise Open, 5:00 PM - Golf Channel


Tour de France
Stage 14, 7:00 AM - NBCSN


Auto Racing
INDYCAR - Honda Indy Toronto Race 1, 3:00 PM - NBCSN
NATIONWIDE - STP300, 8:30 PM - ESPN 2


Horse Racing
Diana Stakes, 5:00 PM - TVG

Visions, Vessels, and Victory, Inc. Auction - Today

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Visions, Vessels, and Victory, Inc. will be having an auction on Saturday, July 19 from 12:00 Noon until 5:00 PM at Appcon Lumber Location in Glenville, WV.

Refreshments will be offered inside the building.

ALL items purchased MUST be removed the day of sale - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Those of you who still have items on our property from the previous sale, you MUST remove said items by the end of this Saturday’s sale or you forfeit them without a refund.

To those of you who stole items others had purchased and stole items that were not even in the auction, rest assured, you will reap your reward.

Regardless of how you feel about ripping people off, this has hurt several people very deeply and it has not gone unnoticed.

It breaks my heart that people can do such things and never feel guilty, in fact they are quite proud of themselves.  Shameful!

NO ONE is permitted on the property without my permission and my being present. If you are on the property without my permission or my presence, law enforcement will be called, especially if you take the gates down. Times are difficult, but they are difficult for the majority of us.  This does not give you the right to take from others/steal.

I have no other choice but to require that ALL of your purchases be removed Saturday, July 19, 2014.

I can stay as long as needed that day, but no one will be allowed in thereafter. So, if your items aren’t out while I’m there Saturday, you will lose them and you will not receive a refund.

Deana J. Burke
Founder and Executive Director

Normantown Community Meeting - Monday, July 21, 2014

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An organizational meeting will be held on Monday evening July 21, 2014 at 7 o’clock at the Lower Steer Run Baptist Church pavilion on Gassaway Road, Normantown, WV.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how the community can provide assistance to the elderly.

Contact Donna Moore at 304.462.5394 or email for more information.

Crooked Run Community Church Vacation Bible School - 07.19.14 - Today

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Arrow Island

Choosing God’s Way

Vacation Bible School

at

Crooked Run Community Church

Saturday, July 19, 2014

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Lunch will be served

A cookout will be held after

Something for all ages

Everyone Welcome

Glenville: Frozen in The Park - 07.19.14 - This Saturday

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Glenville: Gilmer County Farmers’ Market - Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Today

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The Gilmer County Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Gilmer County Senior Citizens pavilion in Glenville, WV.

Lots of vendors are set up with vegetable and flower plants and some vegetables are now available, fresh lamb meat,  baked goods, honey, jelly and jams, fresh farm eggs, lunch is available, and much more.

Come out and see what our Farmers Market has to offer.

Oleva Miller 100th Birthday Celebration - 07.20.14 - Sunday

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Mrs. Oleva Miller will be celebrating her 100th birthday on July 20, 2014.

She was born in Cedarville, WV on July 20, 1914 and graduated from Sand Fork High School in 1932.

She attended Glenville State College and graduated with a degree in teaching.

She taught at many schools during her career in Gilmer, Harrison, and Calhoun Counties.

Her family will be hosting a celebration of her milestone birthday on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Gilmer County Senior Center from 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM.

Cards are appreciated, but no gifts, please.

Donations can be made to The First Baptist Church Cancer Fund, The Sand Fork High School Alumni Scholarship Fund or Boys Town in her name.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Clerk-of-the Work Services

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Title:

Clerk-of-the Work Services

Description:
The Board of Education of Gilmer, Gabriel J. Devono, County Supt. of Gilmer County and Charles Heinlein, WV State Supt. of Schools, as designee of the WV State Bd. of Ed. acting in lieu of the Bd.of Ed. of Gilmer County pursuant to WV Code 18-2E-5(p)(4)(c)(iv)is seeking expressions of interest from experienced individuals for professional services as an on-site observer (Clerk-of-the Works) for the construction of Cedar Creek Elementary School in Glenville, WV.  Proposals will be received until 4:00 p.m., July 25, 2014 at the Bd. of Ed. Office, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County Schools

City:
Glenville, WV 26351

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:
A copy of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained from Gilmer County schools at the above address.  Minimum qualifications are:

1.Skills in reading/interpreting drawings and specifications.

2.Extensive experience in major commercial or industrial building construction.

3.Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written. Individuals should have digital camera, a valid driver’s license and be prepared to use personal vehicle.

Salary:
Minimum salary is equal to the base rate for a journeyman carpenter in Gilmer County, WV

Closing Date:
2014.07.25

Comments:
Interested candidates should forward a resume indicating education, work experience, references and relevant personal information. Only those experienced in the construction industry involving major buildings should apply.

Apply to:
Gabriel J. Devono Superintendent  
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:
“gjdevono.k12.wv.us”

Nothing New Under the Gaza-Sderot Sun

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The temperatures keep rising in the hot Gaza-Sderot region; after all it’s July. But it’s not the heat that is making our lives unbearable; it’s the renewed terrifying and senseless violence that within 24 hours spun out of control, affecting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and points further north. It’s the ‘here we go again’ lethal ping pong of Israeli bombings in Gaza and rocket attacks on Israeli communities.

In the south, we knew that after Prime Minister Netanyahu declared the Hamas responsible for the murder last month of the three boys – Naftali, Gilad and Eyal – Israelis lucky enough to have ‘safe rooms’ would soon be running in their direction. Even though the intelligence branch of the army knew that the terrorists came from Hebron, the air force was sent to punish Gaza. This is the script we know by heart: we go in and bomb, they respond with rockets.

It is not always satisfying to be in the know.

We in the south have learned that the occasional periods of ‘quiet’ are only temporary. For years, nothing has changed. The blockade on Gaza continues, there is no direct contact between the Hamas and Israeli governments, and the hatred of Israelis and Palestinians toward one another has only grown, since we have no opportunities to get to know one another, as ordinary people.

Even though many Israeli politicians have succeeded in convincing most Israelis that we must hate our Gazan neighbors, some of us refuse to believe this ‘given’. I belong to a grassroots organization, Other Voice, which tries to break this cycle of hatred and violence. Our members all live and work in the area close to the Gaza border. We keep in ongoing contact with friends in Gaza via phone, e-mail, Facebook and Skype – even during these times of war. We share stories about our families and our lives. We hear how Gaza has become a nightmare. When rockets are fired onto our communities, they contact us to hear if we are safe. We connect through our common experiences of suffering and despair, though we Israelis know that for as bad as we have it, our neighbors have it tenfold worse.

On rare occasions, when a friend manages to secure a permit to enter Israel (for example, to go for needed hospital treatment or to attend school abroad), we meet face to face. We are able to look into one another’s eyes, and to give one another a hug. We have the extraordinary opportunity to eat lunch together at the café at the Yad Mordechai junction. We become ‘normal’ neighbors, even in only for one hour.

Unfortunately, we have not succeeded in convincing many Israelis to join us in a non-violent path out of this madness. We are usually perceived as being naïve (at the least) or as traitors (at the worst), for not demanding that Gaza be leveled to the ground.

Up until yesterday, we who live our lives in a war zone had two options: either live life close to/in a ‘safe room’, or for those who do not have one, leave for ‘safe ground’ when the violence erupts. This second option more or less disappeared yesterday when we learned that the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad possess rockets that can reach distances of 160 kilometers.

But even though most of Israel is now in rocket range, it is still wise for those in the south to have an escape plan. It is crucial to maintain good relations with friends and family who live in the northern areas of the country, or to have money for a hotel room when the tzivei adom (red alerts) play their familiar tune. If neither of these are possibilities, then one can hope that kibbutzim in the north will open their doors until things calm down. It is also important to have two suitcases packed – one for winter and one for summer, because when the attacks begin again, you will neither have the peace of mind, nor time, to put in t-shirts when it’s hot or sweaters when it’s cold. Being prepared can be the difference between remaining sane or becoming traumatized, or worse, between living and dying.

While we Israelis are able to plan ahead, at least to some extent, our Gazan neighbors do not have this luxury; they have nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. Our friends tell us that during renewed violence, they congregate in their family home, hoping that if the end is near, at least they will be with their loved ones. I would not want to live the kind of life that they have – being terrorized by the Hamas dictatorship, blockaded by Israel, regularly attacked by the Israeli air force, locked out of Egypt, and forgotten by most of the world.

However, I am far from happy with my life on this side of the border. Our ‘leaders’ have knowingly put us in harm’s way, while spinning a story that we are protected by the Iron Domes and that by “continuing to be strong”, we will prevail. We are supposed to be grateful and feel secure, and thank our ‘leaders’ for wreaking havoc on the civilian population in Gaza. We are supposed to thank our army for bombing 160 targets last night in Gaza that left 24 dead and hundreds wounded – a number of them innocent men, women and children.

Psycho-social research on the long-term effects of inter-group conflict has shown that by keeping people separated from one another, reinforcing distrust of the enemy, and repeating negative stereotypes of people that are not “one of us”, short-term conflicts become long-term intractable ones. Furthermore, when societies are caught up in such perceptions, they only see themselves as victims, losing the ability to imagine a future of peace with the monstrous ‘other’. We become convinced that our ‘enemy’ is sub-human and that this ‘reality’ is our fate.
Life along the Gaza-Sderot border is a living example of these research findings.

In Ecclesiastes (1: 9-11), it is written that: What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

In our region, innocent Israelis and Palestinians are being burnt by the rounds of endless revenge. Every boom, every siren chips away another piece of our soul. We are told that history has proven that our peoples can never live together in peace, and that we will only be safe, when the other is destroyed. We in Other Voice say that revenge has run its course. It is time for Israelis and Palestinians to find ways to bask together in the sun of this once beautiful area, and re-write the future history books.

~~  Julia Chaitin - Social Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at Sapir Academic College ~~

Israeli Lynch Mobs and the Banality of the West

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On June 30th, 2014, the bodies of three kidnapped Jewish-Israeli boys, Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, were found in a shallow grave. In response, Israeli authorities and vigilantes killed ten Palestinians, “including at least three children, a pregnant woman, and a mentally ill man.” Recently, Israeli officials arrested six Jewish suspects in the kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, reportedly as “extremist revenge” for the prior kidnapping and murder. Around the same time, two videos surfaced on social media showing the brutalization of Black American women by American police. In one, a professor is arrested and beaten for jaywalking and in the other an older Black woman is severely beaten.

The rhetoric and events surrounding the Israeli and Palestinian tragedies have sparked comparisons of historic and current structural injustices against American minority communities. Israel and the US, and other “Western”-identified nations, are fueling a racial superiority and complicity to apartheid conditions that cannot be tolerated in civilized society. Our moral outrage for murdered Israeli boys should extend to murdered Palestinians and people of color around the world, and we must begin building a new culture that no longer condones such brutality.

Israel’s response to the loss of its three youths – the detention and extrajudicial execution of Palestinians – is fueled by a socio-cultural environment in which the public’s outspoken hatred towards Palestinians is being stoked by divisive rhetoric by political and religious leaders. In the US, politicians use racially coded language and negatively stereotypical characterizations, arguably resulting in fear of Black and Latino boys and “justifiable” violence against people of color.

How is this violence tolerated in a “civilized” global society? In our global culture, the use of violence to manage or resolve conflict is acceptable. Many are numb to violence, especially if it is used against Palestinians or persons of color in Western-European nations. Underlying this arbitrary use of violence is a belief in the cultural, moral and racial superiority of “Western” identities. There is a profound failure to respect human life and dignity because our society teaches us to disrespect others by stereotyping all Arabs as terrorists and Black and Latino boys as criminals. Thus, violence against these groups is justifiable. We have yet to develop the capacity for moral outrage of injustice and violence against those who are different from us. There is a hypocrisy at work when there is outrage for the lost lives of Israelis and none for the thousands of Palestinian, Black and Latino youth who are brutally beaten, submitted to checkpoints on their native lands, stopped, frisked and jailed in Israeli and American adult prisons.

We shouldn’t divert attention from the murder of the Israeli teens, the apartheid conditions or the most recent brutal attacks on Palestinians, but these episodes of violence should spark moral outrage at the lack of attention to human dignity and double standards imposed on people of color throughout the world.

Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Bishop Tutu, and the Presbyterian Church acknowledge that the illegal occupation and oppression of the Palestinians is immoral. Still, US tax dollars continue to support the Israeli military. The only ethical response for persons of conscious is to boycott Israel, divest and avoid any kind of financial support of this Apartheid Regime.

Contact your politicians to pressure Israel to stop the irrational, revenge violence against Palestinians. Contact your politicians and demand an end to police and vigilante murders, brutality and racial profiling. As Hannah Arendt reminds us, evil is not black and white, but an absence of moral capacities to see each other in our full humanity. To see the “Other” as human means to respect their dignity and culture, to stand with the oppressed in solidarity and to oppose the blind rage of police and military brutality that creates the environment for such horrific acts of violence against our fellow human beings.

~~  David Ragland, Ph.D. -  Assistant Professor of education at Bucknell University ~~

Bon Appétit: Cauliflower with Batter

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Ingredients:

  1 large head cauliflower
  1/2 cup almond flour
  1 egg
  1 Tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  1 Tablespoon water
  1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  1 teaspoon kosher salt
  1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  Splash hot sauce


Directions:

Heat a grill to medium-high, then prepare it for indirect cooking. On a charcoal grill, bank the lit coals to one side. On a gas grill, turn off the burners on one half of the grill. Coat a large sheet of foil with cooking spray.

Use a paring knife to trim away any leaves and protruding stem from the bottom of the cauliflower. Be careful not to cut into the head; you want it to remain intact.

In a shallow bowl large enough to fit the overturned head of cauliflower, whisk together the almond flour, egg, mustard, water, lemon juice, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Overturn the cauliflower into the bowl, turning and moving it to coat it as completely as possible with the mixture.

Set the head of cauliflower right side up on the prepared foil. Spoon any of the almond flour mixture remaining in the bowl over the cauliflower, making sure it is evenly coated. Set the cauliflower (on the foil) on the cooler side of the grill. Cover the grill and cook for 1 hour, or until lightly browned outside and tender insider (you can check by inserting a paring knife at the center).

Let the cauliflower cool for 5 minutes, then slice into wedges as you would a pie.

Ask the Doctor: Warm-Ups Prevent Sprains

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Stretching before I play any sport has become a must-do for me.
However, even with stretching, I pulled a leg muscle last week while playing softball.
Is stretching all that great? I thought warm-ups prevented those kinds of injuries. - H.H.

ANSWER: Stretching and warm-ups are two different things.
Warm-ups warm the body.
Body temperature rises.
With that rise in temperature, muscles, ligaments and tendons also warm.
More blood flows to muscles.
They become more elastic, less tight.
That lessens the chances of a muscle pull/muscle strain.
Warm-ups bestow other dividends.
They increase the speed of nerve transmission, which enhances a person’s reaction time.
To warm up, you have to get muscles moving.
Jogging in place, riding a stationary bike, calisthenics and, for a pitcher, throwing the ball at reduced speeds are examples of how to warm up.
All these exercises are done at a moderate tempo, to the point of breaking a sweat but not to the point of fatigue or breathlessness.
Ten to 15 minutes of warming up is enough time.
Can you warm up by sitting in a steam room or in a hot tub?
Yes, you can, somewhat.
That kind of warming is passive warming.
It has some benefits, but it’s not as effective as active warm-ups are.


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My tennis coach insists we do wind sprints.
I am not a fast runner, but I can run long distances without getting tired.
I always come in last in sprints.
Doesn’t my long-distance running make up for my lack of sprinting skill? - R.J.

ANSWER: Not exactly, but practice can improve sprinting skills.
Nature has equipped you with a predominance of muscles called slow-twitch.
They’re muscles adapted for long, exhausting work.
People with fast-twitch muscles are born sprinters, but they are no good at marathon runs.
Fast-twitch muscles depend on a special kind of fuel for their energy.
Supplies of the fuel are quickly exhausted.
The fuel for slow-twitch muscles is in great abundance.
That’s why people with slow-twitch muscles are natural marathoners.
Most sports require a mix of fast and slow running.
You can still be the best tennis player without being the fastest sprinter, and you can get better at sprinting through practice.


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I take one blood pressure medicine pill a day.
That one pill controls my pressure. I have lost weight and watch my salt intake.
I haven’t exercised, because I am afraid to do so with high blood pressure.
Is it safe for me to run? - L.M.


ANSWER: It’s more than safe for you to exercise. It’s encouraged.
Aerobic exercise is the kind of exercise you want to do.
Aerobic exercise is exercise where large muscles, like the leg muscles, are constantly in motion for a fairly prolonged period of time.
Ten minutes is the shortest time interval to qualify as aerobics.
When you start out, you won’t be able to do a full 10 minutes.
That’s OK.
Work at this gradually.
Examples of such exercise are brisk walking, jogging, biking, swimming and dancing.
Your ultimate goal is to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day.
You can break those 30 minutes into three 10-minute sessions.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

Flashback: What Happened on July 19, ....

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•  1839 A post office was established at Ravenswood, Jackson County.

•  1961 Areas around Charleston were hit by flash floods, killing twenty-two people.

•  1973 United States Department of Education selected West Virginia as one of twenty-three states to participate in the Right to Read program.

•  1992 Democratic nominee for president Bill Clinton and vice presidential nominee Albert Gore spoke to a large crowd in Weirton, Hancock County.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 07.19.14

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‘When will you understand, O you dull people?’

Dear Lord, the psalmist wants us to realize that as you made us we should be wise enough to recognize that you understand us. In today’s gospel, you thank the Father for hiding the things of God from the wise but not from infants. What do we learn from this? Surely you don’t want us to be dull, boring and infantile, for prayer is a conversation through which we should grow spiritually. Whenever we read about you or read your words, we understand that to get to know you in prayer is the main purpose of our lives. Please help us to have simple, open minds like children when we pray.


Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16. The Lord will not abandon his people—Ps 93(94):5-10, 14-15. Matthew 11:25-27.

Sarah Jessie Rhodes Yeager

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Sarah Jessie Rhodes Yeager

Age 79, of Parkersburg, WV passed July 16, 2014, at her residence.

She was born September 12, 1934, in Chloe, WV, a daughter of the late Philip and Chessie Jarvis Rhodes.

She retired from Sears.

She was a member of the Bible Baptist Church.

She was a graduate of Calhoun High School in 1952.

She was a member of the Blennerhassett Chapter DAR and performed in the National DAR Chorus three years at Memorial Continental Hall in Washington, D.C.

She was also a member of the Victorian Society and life member of WV Cameo Club. She loved reading her Bible daily, watching Fox News and considered herself a true Patriot. In the summer, she enjoyed gardening and home canning, and in the fall, hunting.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Glessoner Whitt Yeager; three children, Sharon JoAnn (Jerry) Backus of Vienna, James Michael Yeager of Davisville, and Dorla Elaine (Tim) Piggott of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and one on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorla Jean Rhodes on July 05, 1989, and Waneta Pearl Gross on May 24, 2011.

Services will be 1 PM Saturday, July 19, at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Dan Stevens officiating.

Burial will follow at Cottrell Cemetery in Calhoun County, WV.

Visitation will be 11 AM - 1 PM Saturday, July 19, at the funeral home.

Ruth Collins Kidder

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Ruth Collins Kidder

Age 63, of Spencer, WV passed Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in the Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.

She was born July 19, 1950, at Normantown, WV a daughter of the late Steve and Martha Riffle Collins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Collins.

Ruth was a homemaker and farmer.

Survivors include one son, Granville Kidder of Spencer; one daughter, Linda Smith of Florida; four grandchildren, Nukeila Kidder, Sonia Kidder, Brenna Garnes and Blake Garnes; four great grandchildren, Damion Longfellow, Kiara Longfellow, Layla Garnes and Braydon Jay Kidder; six brothers, George, Clifford, Davey, Jessie, Richard and Fred Collins; two sisters, Mary Myers and Betty Miller.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 20 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Burial will be in the Snodgrass Cemetery, Gandeeville.

Friends may call two hours before the funeral.

07.19.14

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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  July 19

Today is Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2014. There are 165 days left in the year.


Thought for today:

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“No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.” — Carrie Chapman Catt, American feminist (1859-1947).


Today’s Highlight:

On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when United Air Lines Flight 232, a DC-10 which suffered the uncontained failure of its tail engine and the loss of hydraulic systems, crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.


On this date:

In 1553, King Henry VIII’s daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen of England after pretender Lady Jane Grey was deposed.

In 1814, Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt revolver, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1848, a pioneer women’s rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, New York.

In 1903, the first Tour de France was won by Maurice Garin.

In 1944, the Democratic national convention convened in Chicago with the renomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered a certainty.

In 1952, the Summer Olympics opened in Helsinki, Finland.

In 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in-flight movies as it presented “By Love Possessed” to first-class passengers on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.

In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.

In 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

In 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for vice president by acclamation at the party’s convention in San Francisco.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush joined former presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace (since redesignated the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum) in Yorba Linda.

In 1994, a bomb ripped apart a Panama commuter plane, killing 21, including 12 Jews, a day after a car bomb destroyed a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85 people. A secrecy-shrouded funeral ceremony was held for North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, who had died July 08 at age 82.


Ten years ago:

Mark Hacking of Salt Lake City shot and killed his 27-year-old wife, Lori, disposed of her remains, then reported her missing; he was later sentenced to six years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

A fuel tanker rigged as a massive bomb exploded near the Baghdad police station, killing nine people.

A methane gas explosion in a Ukrainian mine killed at least 34 miners.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki died at age 93.


Five years ago:

A Russian-owned civilian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from southern Afghanistan’s largest NATO base, killing 16 civilians. Israel rejected a U.S. demand to suspend a planned housing project in east Jerusalem.

Stewart Cink won the British Open in a four-hole playoff with Tom Watson.

Eighty-one-year-old Hershel McGriff became the oldest driver to take part in a national NASCAR series race, finishing 13th in a Camping World West Series event at Portland International Raceway.

Author Frank McCourt, who’d won the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir “Angela’s Ashes,” died in New York at 78.


One year ago:

In a rare and public reflection on race, President Barack Obama called on the nation to do some soul searching over the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter, George Zimmerman, saying the slain black teenager “could have been me 35 years ago.”

A Dallas woman plunged 75 feet to her death from a Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster when her safety restraint apparently failed.


Today’s birthdays:

Actress Helen Gallagher is 88

Country singer Sue Thompson is 88

Country singer George Hamilton IV is 77

Singer Vikki Carr is 74

Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 70

Actor George Dzundza is 69

Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 68

Tennis player Ilie Nastase is 68

Rock musician Brian May is 67

Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 67

Actress Beverly Archer is 66

Movie director Abel Ferrara is 63

Actor Peter Barton is 58

Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 54

Movie director Atom Egoyan is 54

Actor Campbell Scott is 53

Actor Anthony Edwards is 52

Country singer Kelly Shiver is 51

Actress Clea Lewis is 49

Percusssionist Evelyn Glennie is 49

Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 44

Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 43

Actor Andrew Kavovit is 43

Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 40

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is 38

Actor Jared Padalecki is 32

Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 24

WV Lottery - 07.18.14

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High Adventure Takes GSC Students Across Mountain State

Glenville State College students are continuing to explore the great outdoors by participating in the GSC High Adventure Program. Through excursions that take place throughout the academic year, the High Adventure Program allows students to take part in fun and exciting recreational outings.

“The GSC High Adventure program makes outdoor activities much more accessible for students here at GSC. Not only do they offer a significantly lower fee than if students were to go on their own, but they also organize the trip so that students do not need to spend precious time trying to find venues on their own. The program allows students to get out and experience things that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience. This adds some excitement and recess from typically stressful schedules and introduces a new world of entertainment that is often neglected in today’s society,” said GSC senior business major Cory Ash of Spencer (Roane County), West Virginia.

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GSC students during a rock climb outing in the
New River Gorge with the High Adventure Program


The trips and activities currently scheduled for the fall 2014 semester are: whitewater rafting down the New River on August 31, 2014, whitewater rafting on the Gauley River on September 14, 2014, rock climbing in the New River Gorge (NRG) on September 28, 2014, a backpacking trip on October 05, 2014, horseback riding on October 12, 2014, a leaf peeper hike through the NRG on October 19, 2014, mountain biking trip on October 26, 2014, NRG bridge walk on November 09, 2014, paintball at Scary Creek on November 16, 2014, and a ski trip to Snowshoe Resort on December 07, 2014.

“I always promote our High Adventure Program when I’m on the road talking with prospective students, and they love hearing about some of our unique opportunities. Since our campus is located in central West Virginia, we have easy access to a large number of great outdoor activities. The program has had a positive effect on enrollment here at our college,” said GSC Admissions Counselor Adrian Duelley.

High Adventure outings are open to all GSC students, faculty, and staff. The activities are geared toward beginners so no experience is necessary.  The trips include fees which cover lessons, transportation, permits, rentals, and guide services when required. GSC High Adventure Program staff provide the equipment needed for the activities or rent necessary gear for the trip.

“We have a bunch of great activities all over this amazing state of ours this semester. Students will have opportunities to enjoy some world class recreation and learn more about West Virginia,” said GSC Director of High Adventure Dave Bernier.

For more information or to suggest a trip in your area, contact Bernier at or 304.462.6440.

CommunityConcerns™: The School Board and the Public Need Vital Information from the State

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This is public record information from the July meeting of the Gilmer County School Board.

It relates to information that has not been provided to the School Board and the Gilmer County public.

Specifically, the Gilmer County School Board and the public have:

1) Not been provided with the final terms of the purchase agreement for the Cedar Creek School (CCS) land;

2)  Not been provided with accurate cost analyses for site preparation costs at the CCS site including those for the new road, how much it will cost, and how that phase will be funded;

3)  Not been provided with professionally defensible documentation for all cumulative future costs for the County to bear by using electric instead of natural gas for heating the CCS school over its functional life span;

4) Not been provided with disclosure of the amount of money in the County’s school system surplus funds at intervention time, a specific accounting for how those funds were spent during intervention, and remaining funds in the surplus account;

5) Not been provided with an official analysis of future budget implications for the County by sending Gilmer County’s students to Lewis County** and;

6) Not been provided with clarification of why inventory information was not provided for all Gilmer County schools at the July public meeting to include when remaining material will be received.

** It is being said that the first year after Gilmer’s students go to Lewis County we will be funded 100% as if they are still in our system, the second year it will be 50%,  and it will be 25% for the third, but what happens next has not been officially documented. Furthermore, there is confusion regarding whether or not all students who are sent to Lewis County will remain there for completion of high school.

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Health Chief: No Fast Answer to Drilling Questions

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The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health said Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.

Health Secretary Michael Wolf told The Associated Press that the department is working to do research with other public and private partners, such as hospitals.

But in the interview Wolf said he hasn’t spoken directly to Gov. Tom Corbett about possible health impacts from the drilling boom, only to Corbett’s staff, and that the department didn’t ask the legislature for additional money this year to study the issue, which critics have called for.

Wolf’s predecessor, Dr. Eli Avila, said last week that the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of drilling. Avila and other experts said Pennsylvania needs to fund and create a statewide health registry to study the issue.

In 2011, the state House approved $2 million to start one, but Senate GOP leaders and the governor’s office cut the funding at the last minute.

Wolf said that creating a state-funded health registry isn’t the only solution to answering the public’s questions, but the department hasn’t ruled it out.

“People want a quick answer, and unfortunately, on issues like this, there is no quick answer,“ Wolf said. “We will absolutely continue to follow up” on complaints that people make.

The Marcellus Shale drilling boom that began in Pennsylvania around 2008 has generated tens of thousands of direct jobs and more than $1 billion in royalties to landowners but also complaints about air and water pollution and the industrialization of nearby communities. The Marcellus Shale also lies under large parts of West Virginia, Ohio and New York.

Some people have complained that nearby drilling led to headaches, nosebleeds and other problems, and there are long-term concerns about the toxic chemicals used in the fracking process that breaks the rock to free gas. But without coordinated statewide research, it’s impossible to know how widespread or dangerous the problems are or even whether drilling is responsible.

Wolf said that state experts have yet to see large-scale health impacts or clusters of people whose symptoms can be linked to shale drilling.

On Tuesday, six of Pennsylvania’s leading environmental groups called for an investigation into how the Department of Health is handling drilling complaints.

“If there is any question that the actions of drillers are causing harm to our air, water and land as well as the health of our citizens, the governor and state agencies must address those concerns immediately,“ said a statement from the leaders of PennFuture, the Clean Air Council, PennEnvironment, and the state chapters of the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action.

Patrick Creighton, a spokesman for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the largest regional industry group, said in an email last week that public health and safety are priorities for the industry.

“There is no higher industry priority than the health and safety (of) our employees, contractors and the communities where we operate,“ Creighton said.

Free ‘Diet-Bailout’ ebook Relates Findings of Author Hershey

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Overweight and obese women are impacted by weight bias in business which may be a hidden barrier to career advancement, according to studies cited by author of Diet-Bailout, Rosemary Hershey. study

Hershey believes bias exists against women who become too fleshy, and it’s not exclusive to the business world. The unspoken effect of obesity and overweight is that it evokes perceptions of weakness, loss of control, diminished respect and fear of potential health risks associated with weight and the stresses of high performance positions.

Weight barriers hijack attention away from talent, qualifications and experience and texture it with prejudice.

Too often the condition of being obese or overweight stokes a sense of personal lack, need, and insufficiency as women become disconnected from their core essence of who they truly are, what they value deeply.

Obscured beneath the surface of everyday living lies their embryonic cord to what makes them happy and fulfilled and the unexamined places of how they live, their choices in or out of alignment with their core.

Diet-Bailout is the author’s personal experience of how to get back inside yourself and use techniques to define, evaluate and action what works for you, and to identify and replace behavior, mindset, and environments that work against you in achieving and sustaining wholeness and connectedness to your beautiful self and life.

Hershey believes the how-to nature of Diet-Bailout will help women who know they are invincible with the right tools, get back inside themselves and connect. Deep dive into:

—techniques to awareness of behavior that created conditions and ways to change it.

—tools to plan, establish criteria and choose methods you can align with using.

—learn the art of friendship that replaces trying for doing.

—design simple successes. Kaizen and SOP’s to align each day to work for you.

The great news women will love is they can receive a copy of Diet-Bailout free in exchange for completing a short survey in an effort to help Hershey develop new information products to better serve women fighting their weight and looking to soar forward with their lives.

To claim Hershey’s offer, visit: Diet-Bailout.com.

Harris Poll: Americans Shop Online, But Prefer Face-to-Face Interaction

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There aren’t that many items left that we can’t order online these days. From low cost knick-knacks to high end automobiles, it’s tough to imagine a category that hasn’t seen at least some online retail penetration in the past few years. And Americans have certainly taken the opportunities offered, with majorities saying they’ve purchased clothing (69%), digital content (59%), and accessories such as handbags and shoes (54%) online, while half (49%) have purchased personal electronics such as digital music players or tablets in this fashion.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,241 U.S. adults surveyed online between June 11 and 16, 2014.

Most of these purchases are taking place on traditional computer screens, though smartphones and tablets are making some clear inroads:

Among smartphone owners, two in ten have purchased digital content via such devices (20%) while nearly one in ten have used a smartphone to purchase clothing (9%), accessories (8%), and personal electronics (9%).

Over a third of tablet owners have used such a device to purchase digital content (36%), while roughly two in ten have used a tablet to purchase clothing (22%) and accessories (19%). Nearly two in ten have used a tablet to purchase personal electronics (16%), while roughly one in ten say the same of cosmetics and personal grooming products (12%) and household electronics (9%).

Predictably, younger generations are more likely to have made purchases online in most of the product categories tested; the exception to this is prescription medications, with four in ten Matures (40%) saying they have purchased these online vs. roughly a fourth of most Baby Boomers (27%) and Gen Xers (26%) and fewer than two in ten Millennials (18%).

Women are more likely to have purchased clothing (75% vs. 63%), accessories (60% vs. 47%) and cosmetics/grooming products (41% vs. 28%) online, while men are more likely to have purchased digital content (62% vs. 56%), personal electronics (55% vs. 43%) and household electronics (49% vs. 37%) online.


Favoring Face-to-Face

However, while online shopping is being utilized by many Americans, there is still a clear preference for shopping in-person across most of the product categories tested. Nearly eight in ten U.S. adults indicated an in-person preference for general food purchases such as groceries (78%), roughly two-thirds for over the counter medications (67%) and clothing (65%) and over half for prescription medications (58%), cosmetics/grooming products (57%), specialty food and beverages (57%), household electronics (55%) and accessories (52%). Even personal electronics, the category showing the strongest online shopping preference, shows a roughly 2:1 ratio of Americans expressing an in-person (43%) vs. online (22%) shopping preference.


Shipping Issues

Shipping costs are clearly a hot-button online shopping issue. When U.S. adults were asked how each of a series of purchase terms would impact their likelihood to make a purchase online (as opposed to in person), strong majorities say free shipping (81%) and free postage for sending in returns/exchanges (70%) would make them more likely to make such purchases online.

A small majority (55%) say the same of the opportunity to make returns/exchanges at a brick and mortar store, though “opportunity” is a key word here. Roughly half (49%) say that returns only being free if they are brought in-person to a brick and mortar store that is not available locally would make them less likely to make a purchase online.

Shipping costs also emerge as a sore subject when discussing online shopping pet peeves. Of those Americans with at least one cyber bone to pick with online shopping, two-thirds (66%) identify shipping costs as among the foremost of such annoyances. In addition:

Nearly four in ten (38%) point to getting something that looks nothing like it did online.

Over one in ten say the same of getting put onto a retailer’s mailing list after making a purchase (16%), having to buy two sizes of an item because they’re not sure which will fit (15%) and the fact that it can take a long time for returns/exchanges to process (14%).

Millennials are more likely than their elders to point to having to buy two sizes due to not knowing what will fit (21% vs. 14% Gen Xers, 13% Baby Boomers and 9% Matures), while Matures are more likely than their younger counterparts to sweat the possibility of ending up on a retailer’s mailing list (10%, 14% and 17% vs. 27%, respectively).

Looking at gender gaps, women are more likely to point to shipping costs (71% vs. 60%), items looking nothing like they did online (41% vs. 34%) and having to double up on sizes purchased (19% vs. 11%), while men appear to be more likely to suffer from mailing list anxiety (23% vs. 9%).

The cost of “can’t wait”

While most Americans show resistance to paying for shipping, not all shipping is created equal and over two in ten (22%) say they would be willing to pay more for either overnight or same day delivery, with 15% specifically saying they’d pony up for overnight service and 14% for same-day.

Among those who would pay extra for same day delivery, six in ten (60%) would pay $10 or more and the average up-charge they could live with is $13.90.

Looking at overnight shipping, among those willing to pay for this at all 45% would pay $10 or more and willing shoppers would pay up to $11.00 on average.

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Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between June 11 and 16, 2014 among 2,241 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, The Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

Two Charged in 1999 Disappearance of Two WV Women

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Two men have been indicted on murder charges stemming from the 1999 disappearance of a West Virginia woman and her daughter.

A Lewis County grand jury charged both Charles Stephen Freeman, age 51, of Archbold, Ohio, and Joseph Metz, age 39, of Horner, WV with two counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday in a sealed indictment.

Lewis County Circuit Court Judge Kurt Hall ordered the indictment unsealed Thursday morning following Freeman’s arrest on Wednesday in Ohio.

The men are accused of killing Maxine Stalnaker, age 69, and her daughter, Mary Friend, age 46.

The women disappeared in December 01, 1999, after leaving their Jane Lew home on a Christmas shopping trip.

Their station wagon was found five days later near the Harrison County community of Gore.

Their bodies have not been found.

Metz is Friend’s son and Stalnaker’s grandson.

Co-defendant David Hughes, age 58, of Archbold pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

He is awaiting sentencing.

All three defendants initially were charged in September 2013 with the slayings.

Former Lewis County prosecutor Mike Smith later dismissed the charges, saying there was new information.

Attorney Tom Dyer, who had previously represented Freeman, told The Exponent Telegram that the new charges against Freeman were “a very big surprise.“

“To me, I thought this was all over,“ Dyer said.

Metz has been held at the Central Regional Jail without bond since the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department arrested him on murder charges in January.

Jail records did not indicate whether Metz has an attorney.

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