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CHARLES TOWN POLICE LOG   June 9 7:40 a.m. North George Street, alarm, building secure 7:41 a.m. West North Street, alarm, building secure 8:27 a.m. North Samuel Street, alarm, building secure 4:36 p.m. East Washington Street, suspicious vehicle, arrest made (second offense DUI) 6:45 p.m. South Water Street, suspicious persons, citations issued for open container […]

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The Standing Joint Select Committee on Government Organizations, which is co-chaired by Sen. Herb Snyder, has been assigned to investigate Potomac Edison’s billing practices. The committee is set to meet today in Wheeling.

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Jefferson County officials are understandable nervous about the fortunes of one of the county’s largest employers and one of its deepest sources of tax revenue, Hollywood Casinos. The encroachment of gambling into Pennsylvania and Maryland presents an uncertain future for Jefferson’s economy, indeed for West Virginia itself. This doubt lies behind area lawmakers’ efforts to expand U.S. 340 from the Virginia line around Rippon in […]

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CHARLESTON — Delegate Tim Miley, a Democrat from Harrison County, was elected the new House Speaker on Wednesday. Miley was chosen in a 53-47 party-line vote. He beat out Minority Leader Tim Armstead, a Kanawha County Republican. Current Speaker Rick Thompson, a Wayne County Democrat, resigned his seat to become Secretary of Veterans Assistance.

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Sheriffs not obligated to enforce federal laws   Once again Mr. Sean O’Leary (“The Land of 3,327 constitutions”) has failed to take cognizance of a seminal fact. In 1996, the United States Supreme Court (Printz v. United States) essentially ruled that county sheriffs are not obligated to enforce federal law. Thus the sheriffs of Raleigh, […]

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W.Va. is worth celebrating every day

This week, the state of West Virginia will celebrate the sesquicentennial of its birth – a brave and daring declaration of statehood that is unprecedented in American history. Born out of the fiery turmoil of the Civil War 150 years ago, West Virginia was founded by patriots who were willing to risk their lives and […]

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The computer revolution keeps transforming everyday life — and universities evidently will be next to undergo radical change. Online learning offers a way to slash the severe cost of higher education, and to reach millions more students. A new book, Higher Education in the Digital Age, says a “tsunami” of electronic classes soon will sweep […]

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Common standards are rotten to the Core

In the recent session of the state Legislature, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 359, which was introduced by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and touted as a comprehensive education reform bill. To my mind, the legislation was like putting a small Band-aid on a large and serious wound. It is now almost a year and a half […]

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NSA is the real rogue

Bryan Clark Since the scandal over broad domestic surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency broke last week, it has been reported that sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have skyrocketed. This begs an obvious question: Who is buying these books? Is it a public that wishes to ponder the implications of a steadily expanding […]

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