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WVU president spent $2.2 million in tuition money to pay for private flights (with 3/17 bow tie update)

Pay no attention to appearances, President E. Gordon Gee says it’s “perfectly legitimate”

From reporters Jake Zuckerman and Ryan Quinn in this morning’s Charleston Gazette-Mail:

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee said the university will look to shift the cost of his flights on private planes to be paid through university donations rather than tuition dollars.

This comes after a report showing Gee spent more than . . .

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March 16, 2018

The dangers of fracking

New major study finds “no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health”

From EcoWatch:

A team of researchers on Tuesday released a "blistering" report on the serious public health threats—from headaches to asthma to cancer—posed by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process of injecting a mix of water and chemicals into rocks to release oil and natural gas.

The study—described as "the most . . .

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Posted in: fracking

March 14, 2018

Politicizing baseball: Pittsburgh Pirate mascot shows up at a Republican rally

Bob Nutting's baseball organization becomes a team player in supporting Ogden newspapers' backing of the Republican Party and its rightwing candidates

On Thursday night, the Pittsburgh baseball club's mascot, the Pirate Parrot, and its president, Frank Coonelly, appeared at a Republican function that also included Kellyanne Conway and the Republican candidate for the hotly-contested special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, Rick Saccone. From KDKA Pittsburgh:

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March 10, 2018

“Think about where we have come from and where we are”

The Wheeling Intelligencer highlights the latest speech from Representative Bill Johnson

The local Republican congressman from Ohio, Bill Johnson, apparently likes to give speeches and since he’s an Ogden favorite, the speeches are usually featured in our local papers. Having some background in rhetoric, however, I’ve found that Johnson’s speeches (at least as they are reported) are not as well-organized and thought-provoking as . . .

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March 09, 2018

The “noxious media weed” (Sinclair Broadcasting) takes a big step toward becoming Trump TV

Going way beyond the “Terrorism Alert Desk” and must-run Epshteyn and Hyman commentaries, Sinclair Broadcasting is now requiring local news anchors to attack national media for fake news and bias

CNN is reporting that Sinclair-owned stations (like local Channel 9 WTOV in Steubenville) will require their news anchors to participate in the creation of promos that will attack the “fake stories” found in other news outlets:

The promos are supposed to start airing on local stations later this month. The instructions sent to station news . . .

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March 08, 2018

Huntington Herald-Dispatch makes winning bid for the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Instead, Ogden Newspapers buys Virginia newspaper chain

From WV Metro News earlier today:

Ogden Newspapers is out as a bidder for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, leaving Huntington’s Herald-Dispatch as the apparent new owner of West Virginia’s Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. . . .

Ogden, which owns newspapers in several West Virginia cities, had been considered the stalking horse, having produced . . .

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March 08, 2018

With plenty of condescension, today’s Wheeling News-Register editorial warns public school employees not to be used by politicians

The damage control begins

From the first paragraphs of today's News-Register editorial/lecture, “Don’t Be Used by the Politicians”:

Public school employees in West Virginia should be outraged, not to mention suspicious, that their record-length work stoppage is being used by some for purely political reasons.

Democrats in the Legislature have wasted no . . .

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March 07, 2018

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