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West Virginia continues to downplay the coronavirus risk as the numbers continue to climb (with 10/15 update)

But at least we have high school football!

Here are the most recent statistics on the spread of coronavirus in West Virginia:

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The state's handling of the virus was discussed in last night's debate between Governor Jim Justice and his Democratic challenger, Ben Salango. Ogden's political reporter, Steven Allen Adams, described some of it:

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October 14, 2020

“And seldom is heard a discouraging word”

What a surprise: our local Ogden papers fail to report what may have been the most importance finding of the latest West Virginia Poll

Here’s the lede from today’s local Ogden “newspapers” article summarizing a new WV Metro News poll:

More than half of West Virginians believe the United States is headed in the wrong direction, the latest MetroNews West Virginia Poll said.

After briefly discussing “the wrong direction,” the article then compares . . .

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October 13, 2020

Tone-deaf, tasteless, inappropriate, incendiary (I’ll stop there)

Friday afternoon's Wheeling News-Register carries another ugly anti-Whitmer political cartoon (#10 in the series) the day after a plot to kidnap her was broken-up by the FBI

As I suggested would happen in yesterday’s blog post, neither the morning Wheeling Intelligencer nor the afternoon News-Register carried what was the top story on last night’s network news reports and a front-page story on most national newspapers: the FBI’s thwarting of a kidnapping plot against Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer.

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October 09, 2020

Tonight, two of the best pitchers in baseball meet in the deciding game of an American League Division Series match-up. What do the starting pitchers have in common?

Here’s a hint:

For the record, the Bob Nutting-owned Pittsburgh Pirates traded away both Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow in 2018. What did the Pittsburgh Pirates get for Cole? From MLB.com:

After . . .

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October 09, 2020

The plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer and Trump’s “cure” that used fetal tissue

Both are breaking stories: Will we see either of these stories in an Ogden “newspaper”?

FBI thwarts Whitmer kidnapping plot

From The Washington Post:

The FBI revealed Thursday that it thwarted a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, unsealing charges against six people who it said contemplated a violent overthrow of the government as state authorities charged seven more who they said wanted to . . .

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October 08, 2020

Coronavirus stimulus negotiations end as President cancels negotiations until after he wins re-election

West Virginians await new prediction from Senator Capito as to when the next package will be passed

From earlier today:

However, from CNBC News:

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has told his . . .

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October 06, 2020

In October 2014, Ogden’s Wheeling newspapers editorially criticized President Obama four times in a span of just eight days for his handling of the Ebola outbreak

What have they said about President Trump's handling of the coronavirus?

Editorials criticizing Obama

From October 20, 2014:

In what may be the most irresponsible act of his tenure, President Barack Obama has appointed a political hack to lead the fight against Ebola. Thoughtful Americans of all political persuasions may conclude Obama is more worried about his reputation than about saving . . .

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October 06, 2020

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