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Intelligencer columnist: “Lockdowns May Not Be Necessary”

Is citing Sweden the best argument for opening the country?

From time to time, Donald Trump, some of his administration, and several Republicans and libertarians have advocated that we soon end the shutdown, go back to work, and practice limited social distancing. Some of these proponents argue that we should adopt what Sweden has done, which, as opposed to its Scandinavian neighbors, does not follow . . .

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April 15, 2020

The Wheeling Intelligencer goes “all-in” for Trump (with update)

The "news" section ignores yesterday’s two-hour+ press briefing/campaign rally as its editorial page is filled with Trump’s defenders’ talking points

Here are samples from yesterday’s press briefing

Readers of the Intelligencer can imagine the outrage had Obama argued that his . . .

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April 14, 2020

Apparently, nothing much happened in the world this past weekend

As usual, the Monday Intelligencer consists of week-old local news and PR releases

Front-page “news”

The top story:

Wheeling Taking Steps to Fix Flooding Problems

This story tells us that the city is taking steps to fix the flooding that has become a problem in parts of the city. The city announced these steps six days ago.

Underneath it:

Residents Speak In . . .

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April 13, 2020

Coronavirus news and views from the Wheeling Intelligencer

On Friday, the Intelligencer wrapped-up a 7,500 word, six-part, front-page series on the pandemic

Unfortunately, it was the 1918 pandemic. Couldn’t this have been summarized in one story with the rest of space devoted to the 2020 pandemic?

Easter Bunny virus news

From Friday, page 7:

Easter Bunny Set . . .

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April 11, 2020

Quotes, tweets, pics and video from around the Web

Betting on elections

(See two posts down.)

Local delegate Shawn Fluharty quoted in the Wall Street Journal:

With billionaires in public office, and money already a huge part of U.S. elections, the idea that betting could tarnish the democratic process is “laughable,” Fluharty said.

Some honesty . . .

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April 09, 2020

An update on the USS Theodore Roosevelt story

Despite more news and greater coverage, our local congressman and local “newspapers” continue to ignore the story

Just out, from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Exclusive: Coronavirus cleanup crews on infected Navy ship using T-shirts for masks

Yesterday, in The Hill:

More than 200 sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt test positive for coronavirus

Yesterday, in Politico:

House panel to . . .

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April 08, 2020

Would you like to bet on the upcoming presidential election?

For about 15 minutes last night, bettors located in West Virginia could have legally bet on who would be the winner

What happened?

The Action Network reports:

FanDuel had its U.S. Presidential Election odds up in West Virginia for approximately 15 minutes on Tuesday night before pulling them down entirely and removing the Politics tab from its site and app.

FanDuel said the following in a statement to The Action Network: “While . . .

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April 08, 2020

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