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Washington Post publishes a new investigative report on the Catholic Church’s failure to investigate Bransfield

Tomorrow’s edition of the Washington Post will again feature a long investigative piece on former Wheeling-Charleston bishop Michael J. Bransfield:

Warnings about West Virginia bishop went unheeded as he doled out cash gifts to Catholic leaders

The article is by Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg, and it . . .

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July 03, 2019

The decline of the American newspaper continues – the Youngstown Vindicator to cease publication in August

Is Ogden a potential buyer?

On Friday, the Youngstown Vindicator announced that it was shutting down operations at the end of August. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported:

The Vindicator, which recently marked its 150th publication anniversary and is Youngstown’s only daily newspaper, told employees Friday afternoon that it will close. . . .

A source . . .

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July 02, 2019

Abuse of a corpse?

The attacks on Robert Byrd’s legacy enter yet another election cycle

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You don’t have to live that long to regret things you said or did earlier in your life and former West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd lived to be ninety-two. When he was young, Byrd was active in the Ku Klux Klan -- something that he told CNN in 1993 was his biggest mistake:

It’s easy to state what has been my biggest . . .

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July 01, 2019

Updates on recent stories of local interest

Action in the Wheeling Hospital lawsuit, the hospital’s recent Medicare ratings (one star), and the China-West Virginia energy deal

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Kickback case moved to West Virginia

Three months ago, the United States Department of Justice joined a lawsuit against Wheeling Hospital alleging that the hospital had improperly paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to doctors. As Health Leaders wrote at the time:

Federal prosecutors have . . .

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June 30, 2019

Giving credit where credit isn’t due

A look at this week’s Wheeling Intelligencer editorial in support of Senator Capito’s re-election campaign

Last Monday, the Wheeling Intelligencer editorial praised West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito for her bipartisanship. The editorial cited the Lugar Bipartisan Index which placed Capito seventh among all senators serving since 2003*.

Today's Intelligencer’s editorial wants to give credit to Senator Capito for the passing of . . .

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June 24, 2019

West Virginia Republican intolerance strikes again (with evening update)

Yesterday, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel published an op-ed by West Virginia state senator Mike Azinger (R – Wood). The piece is entitled “The Shame of LBGTQ Pride” and it begins:

One of my recent Facebook posts was a quote from the late Presbyterian preacher D. James Kennedy: “Tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved . . .

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June 24, 2019

Mike Myer’s Saturday column is supposed to be about “clean coal” – it’s really about getting Trump re-elected

When in doubt, blame Obama

In his Saturday opinion column about “clean coal,” local Ogden editor Mike Myer begins by rewriting the history of the Obama administration’s “clean coal” initiatives:

What angered many Americans about former President Barack Obama’s war on coal was that it was intended as a campaign of . . .

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June 23, 2019

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