Clean Power Plan Feasibility Study Submitted to Legislature

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CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has submitted a feasibility study to the state Legislature related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants. To read the Feasibility Report, and an accompanying analysis by the Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research, click on the WVDEP’s website here.

The study was mandated by House Bill 2004, which passed the Legislature in 2015. It looked at the feasibility of developing a state plan for the regulation of emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, in order to comply with the requirements in the U.S. EPA’s rule, which was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court in February pending the outcome of a legal challenge led by West Virginia’s attorney general. The study, submitted yesterday afternoon, required a comprehensive analysis of the potential effects the rule – which is 111(d) of the Clean Air Act – on the state, its people and its economy.

The WVDEP will not develop a state plan to comply with the 111(d) Rule unless the stay of the Clean Power Plan is lifted. If a state plan is developed, the agency would be charged with drafting such a plan and submitting it to the Legislature for approval before submitting it to the U.S. EPA.

To conduct the analysis the Legislature required, the WVDEP (1.) solicited information from the owners of the state’s electric generating units; (2.) hired Marshall University’s Center for Business and Economic Research, which subcontracted with Energy Ventures Analysts Inc. of Arlington, Virginia, for economic and market analysis of the impact of the 111(d) Rule; (3.) identified parties from business, labor, environmental and public interest groups and governmental agencies with potentially useful information concerning this assessment and solicited their input; (4.) notified the public of the feasibility assessment and comprehensive analysis and accepted and reviewed comments; and (5.) conducted independent research on topics related to the assessment and analysis.

West Virginia Spotlights Student Talent in Annual Arts Alive Celebration

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CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) tenth annual Arts Alive celebration is Friday, April 22 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston. This distinctive arts event showcases outstanding arts education programs and student achievements from across the state including works in dance, theatre, music and visual art.

Arts Alive aims to support developing and establishing arts programs in public schools throughout West Virginia, to inspire local education systems to embrace the arts as an essential part of every child’s education, and to empower the broader learning community to be advocates for comprehensive arts education in public schools.

The tenth year of Arts Alive brings with it the continuation of free master classes provided to students on the day of the event. The young artists featured in Arts Alive will have the opportunity to take classes with West Virginia arts professionals, who are donating their time and expertise to advance the educational mission and focus of Arts Alive.

“This year, we are exhibiting more students and providing opportunities for students to work with master arts professionals in continuing to promote the arts and expand interdisciplinary partnerships throughout the state,” said WVDE Arts Alive Coordinator Dr. Raymond Lowther. “It is inspiring that we are still choosing to focus on and showcase the work of students in these areas.”

The Art Exhibit will open at 6:00 p.m. The program begins at 6:45 p.m. and main stage performance at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public but assigned seating is required. For tickets, call the Clay Center Box Office at 304.561.3570.

GSC Concert Band Spring Performance Scheduled for Friday

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Glenville WV – Members of the Glenville State College Concert Band will be performing their spring concert on Friday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

“The concert will feature a night of band standards and Hollywood favorites,” said Dr. Lloyd Bone, GSC Fine Arts Department Chair, Concert Band Director, and Assistant Professor of Music. “We decided to dedicate a large portion of the concert to Hollywood as the past year was one of the more notable in Hollywood history due to the records that the new installment of the Star Wars franchise set and the popularity of Jurassic World.”

Works will include Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F for Military Band, Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, and music from episodes IV, V, and VI of the Star Wars saga. The concert also will feature a large collection of blockbuster movie melodies and popular music and television tunes from the 1990s.

The concert is in conjunction with the 8th Annual GSC Honor Band and is attended by a very large number of high school and middle school students from around West Virginia.

Admission for GSC students will be free with IDs, and general admission will be by donation. For more information, contact Sheri Skidmore in the GSC Fine Arts Department at or 304.462.6340.

The Beans Just Spilled about K-12 Education

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This upscale progressive magazine ran a super-long, super-detailed article titled “The Math Revolution.“  It basically wanted to proclaim the happy news that extraordinary things are  taking place in American education.

The Atlantic fell all over itself with enthusiasm.  You would reasonably suppose that some fresh winds were blowing, and students in America would actually know how to add and subtract with competence, and maybe even multiply and divide efficiently.

What else does the word “revolution” suggest but wonderful sweeping change?  At last, at long last, our public schools will redeem themselves and began to turn out little math experts.

Then the writer gave it away: “The students are being produced by a new pedagogical ecosystem – almost entirely extracurricular – that has developed online and in the country’s rich coastal cities and tech meccas.“


Please savor the words “almost entirely extracurricular.“  In other words, these superior, successful math students are not in essence attending American public schools.  They are going outside of American public schools, to something separate, uncontaminated, and therefore superior.

And why would that be necessary?  Because American public schools, for many decades, have been a killing field for mathematical achievement.  John Saxon became a legend in the late 1980s for his valiant effort to create instruction that would replace the nonsense epidemic in the schools.  The Education Establishment resisted Saxon with all of its considerable resources.  These officials had come up with New Math circa 1964 and then Reform Math after 1985.  All those bad, and very unpopular, approaches have modulated into Common Core Math.  All bunk according to many analysts, but that doesn’t mean our Education Establishment willingly lets a smidgen of it go.

Many varieties of “Reform” instruction, which seems to have failure built in, have created the sterile environment that forced brainy kids to go “extracurricular.“  Typically, that means tutors, math camps, online resources, anywhere they can get the real stuff.  The point is, they’re not getting it in their local public school.

Please note: the Atlantic article is focused on the best and cleverest students.  Indeed, they are so very clever that they outwitted the Education Establishment, and beguiled the Atlantic Monthly into telling the truth about K-12.

It has always seemed to me that the Atlantic Monthly is obliviously liberal.  Do they even know what they’ve done?  Namely, they revealed that official experts have been running a con for all these decades.  This con has been, in general, so successful that highly motivated students must find or create an entirely separate school system.

It’s worth asking: how does the Education Establishment do such a bad job?  Can we find a common denominator among dozens of separate programs over dozens of years?  Yes, and here is the perennial gimmick: to whatever degree possible, mix in complexity and confusion.  Typically, that means teaching children an oddball algorithm that is hard to learn and difficult to do.  Or teach three different ways to do the same sort of problem.  For all but advanced students, learning to do the one best method automatically is ideal.  Our Education Establishment constantly belittles that idea.  Reform Math actually forbade “mastery.“  Instead, teachers to “spiral” from one half-mastered method to the next.  Every three or four days, the teacher spirals onward to new ground.  If you want guaranteed failure, that’s the gimmick to use.

Recently, a schoolteacher bragged to me about how wonderful Common Core is.  One of her enclosures contained the phrase “number model.“  I submit to you that this ugly jargon can stand as a symbol for the whole mess.  Nobody needs this excrescence.

Can you guess what a  “number model” is?  Part of the irony here is that the Education Establishment tries to make children jump ahead to the advanced or expert way, so the easy ways can be deliberately passed over.  In this case, they keep children from using the proper, universally embraced terminology – i.e., “equation.“  This would be a case where the adult terminology is perfect.  Learning that one side of an equation has to be the same as the other is a great platform for most of mathematics.  “Number model” is a marker that pretenders are in the building.  “Number model” tells us these people will stoop to anything.  Debased language reveals a debased field.

One of the biggest subjects in education now is STEM and the need for renewed attention to STEM subjects.  Often the emphasis is on doing more in middle school and high school.  By that time, however, many children have learned to detest and fear STEM subjects.  A major theme in John Saxon’s battle with the Education Establishment was that their methods stop children from pursuing anything more advanced, whereas students who took Saxon Math were much more likely to study calculus, chemistry, physics, and so on.

The lesson is very plain.  Elementary arithmetic is the gateway to later success.  Children do need to start with the elemental and proceed to the more complex.  Children need to memorize the multiplication table.  They need their “math facts.“  They need to master a lot of simple stuff so they feel confident about what comes next.  Reform Math and Common Core Math show how not to do it.  The public schools show how not to do it.  That’s what the Atlantic Monthly is trying to tell us.

If math were taught efficiently at each level from K to 12, you would see much higher NAEP scores and much greater entry into STEM subjects, and students would not need an extracurricular alternative.

Bruce Deitrick Price explains theories and methods on his education sites  (For info on his four new novels, see his literary site

Public Notice from The Clerk of Gilmer County

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                  Pursuant to Chapter 3, Article 4A, Section 26A of the West Virginia Code, notice is hereby given by the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, of the public test, Monday, April 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM for the iVotronic Touch Screen Voting Machine and the Optical Scanner to be used for voting for Early Voting, which will be conducted in the County Commission Room of the Gilmer County Courthouse, 10 Howard Street, Glenville, West Virginia.

                  The test is open to representatives of the political parties, candidates, the press and the public.

                  Due to not receiving election media until April 18, 2016, Monday evening I was unable to notify the public until now.

                                    Jean Butcher
                                    Clerk of Gilmer County

Did You Know?

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The 57-year-old was one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times.


His chief lieutenants tell skeptical GOP leaders that the part “he’s been playing is now evolving” to win over general election voters.


Britain is living, Prime Minister David Cameron declares, in the “modern Elizabethan Era.“


The owners of nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S. will be given the option of selling them back to the company or getting them repaired at VW’s expense.


Many Native Americans have little regard for the president who forced Cherokees and other Indian nations on deadly marches out of their southern homelands.


FBI chief James Comey hints that the agency paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.


The two will meet for a second time over complaints from Iran that it’s not getting the sanctions relief it deserves under last year’s nuclear deal.


After two straight years of ties, the national event’s championship rounds will last longer, and the words will be harder.


Mutulu Shakur remains in prison for leading a revolutionary group known as “The Family” that killed police officers and armed guards in New York.


The torch-lighting in Greece heralds the start of a journey that will culminate with the Aug. 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, urging them to take up the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA), which the Senate passed in March, as soon as possible. He also encouraged the House to consider additional legislation, including several bills that he has introduced, to address the opioid crisis on all fronts and save lives.

Senator Manchin said in part: “In March, the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act by a vote of 94-1. As you know, this bipartisan bill would significantly expand prevention and educational efforts, improve the availability of naloxone to reduce overdose deaths, strengthen access to effective, evidence-based treatment programs, and more. It represents a strong first step in our fight to end the opioid abuse and overdose death epidemic, and I hope that the House of Representatives will take up this legislation as soon as possible. I hope that the House will also consider additional legislation to allow us to address this crisis on all fronts.”

Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi,

As the senior Senator from West Virginia, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of opioid abuse on individuals, families, and communities in my state and around the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we lost 18,893 people in 2014 to a prescription opioid overdose and 10,574 people to a heroin overdose. Since 1999, we’ve lost almost 200,000 Americans to prescription opioid abuse. As Members of Congress, it is our duty to do everything in our power to stop this deadly epidemic. That is why I urge the House of Representatives to move quickly to consider legislation to prevent and treat prescription opioid and heroin addiction.

In March, the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act by a vote of 94-1. As you know, this bipartisan bill would significantly expand prevention and educational efforts, improve the availability of naloxone to reduce overdose deaths, strengthen access to effective, evidence-based treatment programs, and more. It represents a strong first step in our fight to end the opioid abuse and overdose death epidemic, and I hope that the House of Representatives will take up this legislation as soon as possible.

I hope that the House will also consider additional legislation to allow us to address this crisis on all fronts. I have introduced several bills that would strengthen our efforts to both prevent and treat opioid addiction. These bills include:

·    The Changing the Culture of the FDA Act (S. 2543): This bill amends the FDA’s mission statement to include the agency’s responsibility for addressing the public health impact of the opioid epidemic.

·    Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (S. 1431/H.R. 4697): This bipartisan bill would improve education about opioid abuse for consumers and physicians and provide assistance to states and the federal government to reduce opioid abuse, diversion, and deaths.

·    FDA Accountability for Public Safety Act (S. 954): This bipartisan bill would require the FDA to seek the advice of its experts on the advisory committee when the FDA considers new, dangerous opioid medications.

·    Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing Act (S. 2758/H.R. 4499): This bill, which I introduced with Senator Johnson, would eliminate a perverse incentive that physicians have to prescribe unnecessary opioid medications.

I will also soon be introducing legislation to protect those recovering from addiction by ensuring that medical professionals have access to information about a patient’s addiction if the patient consents. This is in response to the tragic death of Jessie Grubb, who overdosed when she was sent home with 50 oxycodone after a surgery despite making it very clear to her attending physicians that she was a recovering heroin addict. Finally, I am working on a legislative proposal that would impose a small fee on opioids and use those funds to supplement the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, which provides states with the necessary resources to expand access to substance abuse treatment.

Each of these bills would strengthen our efforts to bring the opioid crisis under control. Our communities are hurting, and the problem will only grow worse if we fail to act. I urge you to move as quickly as possible to pass legislation to help the millions of Americans who are suffering from opioid addiction.

►   West Virginians Switch Political Parties in Large Numbers

Many West Virginians have been switching which political party they are affiliated with.

Most people have switched from Democratic to Republican as the 2016 primaries have neared.

Data from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office shows that statewide, 7,706 people switched from Democrat to Republican and 1,507 people went from Republican to Democrat.

All numbers have increased compared to 2012 data. In Kanawha County, the number of voters switching from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party quintupled. In Putnam County and the state as a whole, it quadrupled.

There are three major, potential reasons for the increase in party changes — the ease of switching parties online, the state’s transition to a Republican state and the rise of presidential candidate Donald Trump.

►   West Virginia GOP chairman says Trump to visit state soon

CHARLESTON, WV — Donald Trump’s West Virginia campaign chairman says the GOP presidential front-runner will be visiting the state sometime before the May 10 primary.

But Mike Stuart, who is also a former state Republican Party chairman, declined to say when or where Trump would visit. Stuart said the Trump campaign is committed to winning West Virginia’s popular vote as well as the delegate vote.

The popular presidential vote in West Virginia doesn’t determine how delegates are allocated. The determination is made by voting for individual delegates. There are 220 people running for 22 at-large spots to the Republican National Convention.

Trump can win up to 31 of the state’s 34 delegates, Ted Cruz can win as many as 30 and John Kasich can win a maximum of 14.

Shenandoah’s 5,600-Acre Wildfire

The forest fire in Shenandoah National Park is visible from our house.

This video is a short clip taken from our house, about 30 miles from the fire, then I drove as close as I could get and flew the drone over a mile towards the fire.

At the end you get a lovely view of Massanutten Peak and the Valley in spring.

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►   Alaska Professor Mauled by Bear While Teaching Class

A professor was mauled by a bear while teaching a mountaineering course Monday in the Alaskan wilderness, Alaska Dispatch News reports. According to the Washington Post, police say 35-year-old Forest Wagner “suffered extensive injuries to his leg” in the attack. Wagner, who’s taught at the University of Alaska Southeast for a decade, was with approximately a dozen students and two teacher’s assistants. The AP reports the group was confronted by a female bear with two cubs. Following the attack, one of Wagner’s students hiked down Mount Emmerich until they had cell reception and could call for help. A helicopter arrived to take Wagner off the mountain. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The bear reappeared as Wagner was being airlifted off the mountain, and a state trooper stayed behind to protect the group. With the bear remaining in the area, a second helicopter was called to remove the students, none of whom were injured. “Forest, the teaching assistants, and the students were great in the situation,” a fellow professor tells the Post. “They applied their medical and wilderness training, worked together, and responded effectively. I am very proud of them.” The safety of Alaskan mountaineering courses was already being questioned due to an incident last month in which students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks were caught in an avalanche.

►   Fitness Instructor’s Suspected Murderer Might Be a She

Police have released fresh information in the murder of a fitness instructor in a Texas church early Monday morning, leaving the case even more of a mystery. Police initially said that the person dressed in SWAT gear moving through Midlothian’s Creekside Church of Christ in chilling surveillance footage was a man, but they admitted Tuesday that the suspected murderer could be a woman, NBC DFW reports. “We are backing off our statement that the suspect on video was a man. I know we said ‘he’ over and over again yesterday, and that was a mistake,“ Midlothian Assistant Chief of Police Kevin Johnson says. “There’s a lot of speculation based on the gait and appearance that this person may be a woman. It’s a legitimate question right now. We no longer will say the suspect is a man.“

Johnson adds that doesn’t mean the suspect is a woman. “It’s just that at this point we can’t rule it out. We don’t know yet.“ Police have yet to release the cause of death for Terri “Missy” Bevers, a 45-year-old mother of three whose body was found amid broken glass and other signs of a struggle; she was at the church to lead a 5am “Camp Gladiator” class. Her husband, Brandon Bevers, says he doesn’t believe that she was deliberately targeted by the suspect in police gear, who, in newly released footage from inside the church, can be seen opening doors before Bevers arrived, reports the Dallas Morning News. Johnson says it’s possible that she interrupted a burglary, but “even amongst our investigators, there are a lot of theories.“ The assistant chief says he hopes somebody recognizes the suspect’s distinctive gait from the security footage.

►   129-Year-Old Church Moved to Make Way for Casino

A historic Massachusetts church started slowly rolling along the street Tuesday to make way for a nearly $1 billion casino, the AP reports. After weeks of preparation, crews began moving Springfield’s 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church about two football-field lengths, where it will eventually stand next to a skating rink within the MGM Springfield casino’s 14-acre footprint. Workers jacked up the brick church and placed it on an array of wheeled-dollies to inch the building to its new location. They hoped to have the 475-ton building over its new foundation by the end of the day. Relocating the 68-foot-by-43-foot church is part of MGM’s historical preservation commitment to the city. The $950 million resort casino is expected to open in the fall of 2018, and the casino’s gambling floor will be on what was once the church’s home.

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The high Victorian Gothic structure was originally known as the French Congregational Church. It was built in 1887 for the French-Canadian Huguenots, who worked in the Smith & Wesson gun plant, according to state records. Daniel Wesson, one of the gun-maker’s founders, was a major church sponsor. The Protestant congregation eventually gave up the church because of dwindling membership, and it was sold in 1919 to the First Spiritualist Society. The Spiritualists moved from the church in 2013 to a new location in nearby Chicopee. The building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983. A new use for the church has not yet been determined.

►   School District Gives Rifles to Security Guards

A suburban Denver school district is arming its security staff with military-style semiautomatic rifles to protect students in case of a school shooting or other violent attack, the AP reports. The guards, who are not law enforcement officers, already carry handguns. Douglas County School District security director Richard Payne told the Denver Post that he decided to spend more than $12,000 on the Bushmaster brand rifles for the district’s eight armed officers to give them the same tools as law enforcement, including the sheriff’s deputies they train with. He said they will be kept locked in patrol cars. Payne said he made the decision to buy the rifles himself and said the school board has not discussed it.

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The Bushmaster rifle is a semi-automatic descendant of the original M-16 automatic rifle used by the military in Vietnam. A Bushmaster rifle was used in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Victims’ families are suing the company, claiming it is a military weapon that should not have been sold to civilians. Douglas County security officers will have to complete a 20-hour training course before the rifles are handed out. The first few guns will be deployed by next month and the rest will be distributed in August, Payne said. “It’s not something to do lightly,“ a national security consultant said about the plan. “It better be well thought out.“

►   A Wave of Women Joining Tubman on U.S. Currency

After more than a century without any women on American paper money, there will soon be at least eight to choose from. The Treasury unveiled its plans for the new $20, $10, and $5 bills Wednesday, revealing that in addition to Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20, suffragette and antislavery figures Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul will be on the new $10, which will keep Alexander Hamilton on the front. The new $5 will feature Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt on the back, as well as Martin Luther King Jr. A roundup of coverage:

  • Andrew Jackson will be moving to the back of the $20, but a lot of people want him gone altogether, reports NBC News, which notes that for some, replacing the slave-holding Jackson with a former slave is “perfect historical payback.“
  • The Wall Street Journal contrasts the life stories of Tubman and Jackson, who fought to kill off the predecessor to the Federal Reserve.
  • The New York Times recaps the stories of all the new faces coming to US currency, including Sojourner Truth, who was best known for her 1851 “Ain’t I a Woman” address.
  • CNN reports that Ben Carson has called for keeping Jackson where he is on the $20 and putting Tubman on the $2 bill instead. He didn’t say what he wants to do with Thomas Jefferson, who’s currently on the little-used bill.
  • At the Washington Post, Philip Kennicott argues that the $20 should feature not the “primly dressed” and “grandmotherly” woman most images of Tubman depict, but the “ferociously brave and determined woman” depicted holding a gun in what was a “shockingly confrontational image” at the time.
  • Change for the $20 will take time: The redesigns won’t be unveiled until 2020, the Guardian reports.
  • In a Medium post, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew explains the changes and why Tubman was chosen for the $20.

►   Supreme Court Likely to Radically Alter Breath Tests

Laws in 13 states making it a crime for a driver to refuse an alcohol test might soon change radically, based on how a Supreme Court hearing went down Wednesday. Drivers from Minnesota and North Dakota, arrested for drunk driving after refusing a breath test, argued the test violated their constitutional protection from warrantless searches, per USA Today. The justices seemed swayed. “You’re asking for an extraordinary exception here,“ Justice Anthony Kennedy told lawyers. “You’re asking for us to make it a crime to exercise what many people think of as a constitutional right.“ The justices say current laws mean well, but question why officers can’t get a warrant for a test quickly. Many states have magistrates on call at all hours and stats show warrants can be acquired in as little as five minutes.

A government lawyer says magistrates aren’t always available in remote areas. Other concerns: that delays in administering a test could allow a driver’s blood alcohol level to fall, and that drivers might refuse a test even after a warrant was issued to face lesser charges for obstruction, per Fox News. After 70 minutes, “it appeared a majority of justices were lining up against the states,“ reports USA Today. Some justices note the “minor invasion” of a breath test should perhaps be allowed without a warrant, but not blood and urine tests. A verdict is expected by late June, per NBC News. Meanwhile, the court has ruled Congress did not overstep its authority in a 2012 law allowing feds to seize Iranian assets, meaning US victims of terrorism can now collect $2 billion from Iran’s central bank, per Bloomberg.

►   Elizabeth Smart to Missing Woman: ‘We Will Find You’

From one Elizabeth to another, an appeal to be strong and hopeful emerged Monday as Utah marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 26-year-old Elizabeth Laguna-Salgado, per NBC News. “We will find you. We are looking, and we won’t give up,“ Elizabeth Smart Gilmour, who herself was kidnapped at age 14, said at a press conference with Laguna-Salgado’s family and her own father, Ed Smart. “Survive. Do whatever you need to survive.“ Laguna-Salgado vanished one year ago Saturday after leaving a local language center in Provo during daylight hours to make the 18-block walk to her apartment; she never arrived. She had only been in Provo for a couple of weeks after returning from a mission in Mexico for the Mormon church.

Her family believes she’s being held against her will, and the Smarts are involved because they know how important continued exposure is in cases where leads are starting to fall off and memories are beginning to fade. “I have faith in humanity and this community and that we can bring her home,“ said Smart, now 28, per KUTV. “You brought me home. Why can’t it happen again? Why can’t another miracle happen?“ Ed Smart concurs, with KUTV noting the news conferences he held on an almost daily basis while his own daughter was missing. “The family still holds out great hope she is out there,“ he says. “It is hard to conceive that somebody did not see something out there.“ Laguna-Salgado is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 125 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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►   Woman Tries to Kill Self, Cops Find Locked-Up Daughter

A 54-year-old woman apparently despondent over being evicted may have tried to kill herself by throwing herself down a stairwell, reports NBC News. She survived, but German cops at the scene to enforce the eviction made a “shocking” discovery: a 26-year-old woman held in “inhumane conditions.“ “We believe that this is the tenant’s daughter, who was in a physically run-down state and who had lived in there for a long time, maybe even for years,“ police rep Stefan Sonntag told a local news site, via Deutsche Welle. When the cops came to execute the eviction, the older woman leaped into the stairwell shaft from the second floor, per Sonntag. Police then entered her trash-filled, “squalid” apartment, per the AP, and noticed a locked door, which they busted open, the Guardian reports.

The woman behind that door wasn’t terribly responsive, and is believed to be autistic. “Communicating with her is very, very difficult,“ Sonntag tells the DPA news agency. One neighbor tells Deutsche Welle that he had never seen the younger woman, despite having lived next to the family for more than a decade, while another neighbor says she thinks the daughter, who made plenty of noise at night (including screaming and kicking walls), had been a prisoner for about five years. “One time, last year, she managed to get out of the apartment,“ that neighbor tells DPA. “When we saw her we didn’t think there was anything unusual going on.“ Locals tell German media the younger woman’s 15-year-old brother also lives there. The daughter was taken to a psychiatric hospital. The mother, meanwhile, who’s in critical condition but expected to survive, may face unlawful imprisonment charges, cops say.

►   Canada: We’re Legalizing Pot

The Canadian government says the timing was just a coincidence, but they certainly made this year’s 4/20 a day to remember for the country’s pot smokers: Health Minister Jane Philpott announced in a speech to the United Nations that the government will introduce a recreational pot legalization bill next year to “keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals,“ the CBC reports. Philpott said the government will launch a task force to look at every aspect of legalization, including taxation. Former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is the government’s point man on legalization legislation, which will fulfill one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promises, reports Reuters. Medical marijuana is already legal across the country.

Clive Weighill, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, tells the Toronto Star that the move leaves police in a “gray zone” for the next year. “I’ve never in my career come up against a law that we know is imminently going to be changed and is causing this much consternation,“ says Weighill, who hopes his organization will be part of the task force designing the framework for legalization. Legalization advocates cheered the announcement, though it’s not clear whether the news has reached Alberta-born Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong yet: “Happy 4/20 to everyone around the universe,“ he tweeted. “I got so high I daydreamed I was smoking with an alien.“

►   This Is the World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle

It’s official: A year after retired German postal worker Marianne Winkler discovered a message in a bottle on the German island of Amrun, Guinness World Records has confirmed it’s the world’s oldest at 108 years, four months, and 18 days. That beats out the former record holder by more than nine years. George Parker Bidder of the Marine Biological Association dropped 1,020 bottles off the coast of England between 1904 and 1906, each containing a note promising that whoever found it would be awarded a shilling, reports the Guardian. Upon finding hers last April, Winkler spied a note inside: “Break the bottle.“ She tells the Plymouth Herald her husband tried to avoid that fate, but they ultimately shattered the vessel, removed the enclosed postcard, and followed Bidder’s instructions: record when and where the bottle was found and return the card to the MBA in Plymouth.

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There, the returned postcard left the receptionist “somewhat confused,“ rep Guy Baker tells the Independent, as Bidder—who ultimately became president of the MBA—had died in 1954. Others, however, recognized the message from Bidder’s bottle experiment, which allowed him to establish an east-to-west flow in the North Sea’s deep-sea current. Baker says Bidder recorded a 55% return rate on the bottles, with many discovered by fisherman who enjoyed the shilling reward. Winkler received the same. “We found an old shilling, I think we got it on eBay,“ Baker says. As for the note, “it is one of the earliest examples of a citizen science project and will now go on display somewhere.“

►   She Helped Get Him Out of Gitmo; Now She’s Marrying Him

As Omar Khadr fought for years to be released from Guantanamo Bay, he always had Canadian human rights activist Muna Abougoush in his corner. Abougoush helped put together the Free Omar Khadr website and even visited him when he was eventually moved to a Canadian prison, notes the Guardian. Now it appears Abougoush will be in Khadr’s corner for life, with CTV News reporting that the two are engaged. An April 17 Facebook post sent congrats to the couple on their “upcoming engagement,“ an announcement confirmed by a family friend. Khadr, who was born in Canada, is currently out on bail for war crimes convictions, living with his lawyer, Dennis Edney, in Edmonton, and studying to become an emergency medical responder. Edney also confirmed the engagement, telling the Toronto Star, “Omar became engaged and should be left alone to get on with his life.“

Khadr, now 29, became famous as Gitmo’s youngest prisoner and the last Westerner to leave there. He was captured in 2002 at age 15 by US troops in Afghanistan and charged with war crimes, including murder in the death of US soldier Christopher Speer. He pleaded guilty to five crimes in 2010, but later said he accepted the plea deal to get out of Guantanamo (he said he endured years of abuse) and that he can’t recall the 2002 firefight in which Speer was killed, per the Star. Abougoush’s father, Bill, tells the Star that Khadr’s hands were shaking as he put the engagement ring on his 26-year-old daughter’s hand Saturday in front of family and friends. “I was thinking: Wow, after all you’ve been through, your hands are shaking to put a ring on someone’s finger,“ Bill says. He says Khadr is “a real gentle, gentle person” who’s never exhibited “a shred of anger.“

►   Court Sides With Mass Killer Breivik on Prison Conditions

The man who massacred 77 people in Norway in 2011 has a won a court fight over what he calls unjust treatment in prison. A court in Oslo agreed with Anders Breivik that some of his imprisonment qualifies as “degrading,“ calling attention in particular to his solitary confinement for about five years, reports the BBC. “The prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment represents a fundamental value in a democratic society,“ said judge Helen Andenaes Sekulic, per the Guardian. “This applies no matter what—also in the treatment of terrorists and killers.“

The court also ordered Norway to cover Breivik’s $40,000 legal costs in the case, which was not a complete victory for him. The judge rejected his claim that the government had violated his right to a “private and family life.“ Breivik is serving a 21-year sentence for the methodical murders, though the penalty could be extended if he is deemed dangerous near the time of his scheduled release.

It’s Earth Week - DO SOMETHING‏

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For those of the Catholic faith, let us refer to Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. There are several great quotes that come from that, such as:

“[The Earth] is protesting for the wrong that we are doing to her, because of the irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has placed on her. We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorised to loot her. The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms of illness that we see in the Earth, the water, the air, and in living things.“

For more on Pope Francis Click HERE .

The Methodist statement on climate change includes these words: “Confronted with the massive crisis of the deterioration of God’s creation and faced with the question of the ultimate survival of life, we ask God’s forgiveness for our participation in this destruction” (2004 Book of Resolutions, “Environmental Justice for a Sustainable Future”).

Unitarian Universalism has as one of its seven principles “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

Judaism, Islam, and Interfaith orgs all have statements on climate change, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.

A few more quotes for inspiration:

Martin Luther King, Jr.: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

Pope Francis said, in his encyclical, “Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production, and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it” (Laudato Si).

A Native American proverb says, “Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents; it was loaned to you by your children.”

As Ghandi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him… We need not wait to see what others do.”

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Glenville State Annual Blue and White Spring Football Game - Today

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Glenville, WV – For now the sixth year in a row the Glenville State College Pioneer Football team is partnering with the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department (GCVFD) for the Annual Blue vs. White Spring Football Game which will be played Thursday, April 21 at 6:00pm at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium. The game will feature the 2016 GSC Pioneer Offense against the GSC Pioneer Defense.

“The Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department provides vital services to our community through the efforts of their volunteers. These members regularly risk their lives and take time away from their families for the benefit of our community. We wanted to take this opportunity to show them our appreciation for their dedication, and to help raise needed funds for them, over the last five years this has been a great event and we will for it to be even better this year for the GCVFD,” said GSC Head Football Coach David Hutchison.

The spring game is free to the public, but the Glenville State College Football team will be collecting donations at the game which will benefit the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department.

The spring game represents the culmination of spring practice. The Pioneers return one starter on offense and seven on defense from last year’s squad. Last season the Pioneers finished the season 7-4, (6-4) and finished in third place in the MEC.

The Pioneers will open preseason camp on Thursday, August 11th in preparation for the 2016 season. GSC opens the 2016 season on Thursday, September 1 as they host Urbana University at Morris Stadium at 7:00 p.m. in the MEC Game of the Week.

Anyone who cannot attend the spring game but would like to donate to the GCVFD may contact Coach Hutchison at or 304.462.6230.

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