WVBOE: Gilmer County Annual Review/Audit Report
The following line item is on the upcoming West Virginia State Board of Education regarding Gilmer County:
Gilmer County Annual Review - (Action)
At least once each year during the period of intervention, the OEPA shall assess the readiness of the county board to accept return of control of the system or school from the state board and sustain the improvements, and shall make a report and recommendations to the state board supported by documented evidence of the progress made on the goals and action plans.
This item may require an executive session as provided in W. Va. Code §6‑9A‑4(b)(2)(A) (personnel exception). The Board majority must vote to have an Executive Session. (No action will be taken in Executive Session.)
Motion(s) may be offered concerning the Gilmer County intervention.
To see the result of the OEPA audit Click HERE
To seethe entire Agenda Click HERE
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Would it be a fair guess the deposed King is the quitter if the state doesn’t stay and make some changes and the other naysayer has to be one looking to save family rental income via Gabe Devono? Why else say don’t give it back until after the state appointed superintendent’s contract would be signed just ahead of the new school year?
Too bad those two men are willing to put a personal agenda and politics ahead of our school system. Not hard to tell who rides the state’s coat tails for glory and gain is it?
By Good Decision OEPA on 12.09.2016
Well, said it would never happen, said they’d never tell the State BOE to give it back. Be eatin’ crow for supper this evening but not by myself and that’s for sure. Good job.
By 942 Johnnie on 12.09.2016
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GCHS Basketball Senior Kylie Shuff Scored Her 1,000th Point
GCHS Basketball Senior Kylie Shuff scored her 1,000th point on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 against Webster County in the Damon West Gymnasium.
Kylie has been a four year starter on the girls basketball team, named to the 2016 Class A Girls Basketball LKC First Team, 2016 State Championship All Tournament Team, State Tournament MVP, Second Team All-State and has recently signed to further her basketball career at Concord University.
Kylie finished the night with 16 game points and 1005 career points.
Kylie is the daughter of Jesica and Steve Shuff of Glenville, WV.
Pipeline Regulator Accused of Bias, Being Too Close to Industry
A spate of proposed gas pipeline projects have drawn sharp criticism from environmental advocates, who say the federal permitting agency has a built-in bias toward the industry.
Last week, nearly 70 people from almost a dozen states testified at what organizers called a People’s Hearing, aimed at documenting bias and problems at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum said FERC almost always sides with the industry over citizens and the environment - in part, she argued, because more and larger pipelines add to the fees that fund the agency’s budget.
“[Fees] increased the more pipeline projects that are approved and the greater the volume of gas that’s approved to pass through them,” van Rossum said. “Throughout the 30 years that FERC has been funded in this way, it only rejected one pipeline project.“
The industry and agency claim many of the proposed pipelines are being driven by pressure to get the large volume of new Marcellus and Utica gas to market. But Van Rossum said Congress should investigate.
By law, FERC permits pipelines that can demonstrate a public need. And it allows those companies to make a 14 percent guaranteed profit.
Like other agencies of its kind, FERC often relies on the specialized expertise of individuals from the industry. Van Rossum said over time, staff, consultants and even FERC commissioners move back and forth though what she called “a revolving door” between the regulators and the regulated. In her view, the situation results in a clear conflict of interest.
“In the case of one commissioner, he was reviewing and approving a pipeline project for the company where his wife worked,” van Rossum said.
Half a dozen separate pipeline projects are currently seeking approval to carry Marcellus and Utica gas to Virginia and the Carolinas, even despite one study that found gas supplies are adequate through 2030.
One problem, Van Rossum said, is that companies will sometimes justify the need for the pipeline by showing contracts to sell gas from one branch of the corporation to another.
“The customer for the pipeline company delivering the gas is actually - in total or in part - the pipeline company itself,” she said.
Van Rossum argued that FERC has become a “rogue agency” that has been “captured” by industry - an especially problematic relationship in light of the agency’s power to grant eminent domain. She believes Congress should rein it in.
~~ Dan Heyman ~~
4 Ways to Enhance STEM in Pre-K Classrooms
Early childhood educator discusses how to leverage natural curiosity in prek classrooms for STEM learning and excitement.
Young children are natural scientists eager to discover all they can about the world around them. Technology, too, can expand students’ interest in STEM, as well as their ability to acquire information and solve problems—even in preK classrooms.
In Waco Independent School District (ISD), our prekindergarten program provides a learning environment that affords each child opportunities to use their natural curiosity to make sense of their world. Over the last two years, we’ve dramatically increased students’ time on task in STEM, while helping them get a jump-start on learning key concepts and skills.
Here are 4 ways we’re sparking young learners’ excitement in STEM, while preparing them for kindergarten and beyond:
1. Provide meaningful science experiences for future learning and excitement.
Children enter preK classrooms with many conceptions about the world, which they’ve gained from prior experiences. Meaningful science learning experiences help children investigate those pre-existing ideas while building a foundation for additional knowledge. They also help increase children’s understanding of living things, cycles, changes and patterns—concepts that organize the learning of science.
In our classrooms, prekindergarteners participate in simple investigations that help them begin to develop the skills of asking questions, gathering information, communicating findings, and making informed decisions. Using their own senses and common tools such as a hand lens, they can make observations and collect information. Through these experiences, they build a strong foundation for future learning and inquiry.
2. Use engaging, age-appropriate and challenging technology applications.
Technology, too, can extend students’ knowledge and enrich their learning of curriculum content and concepts. That’s why we teach our preK students the basic functions of computers and related technologies. Through our program, they develop techniques for handling and controlling various input devices. This helps them become increasingly confident, independent users of age-appropriate technologies and software programs.
The use of technology is especially important for children who might not have access to such tools at home. This is the case for many of the children participating in our free prekindergarten program.
3. Find a comprehensive, standards-aligned curriculum that encourages learning-by-doing.
While technology can serve as an effective learning tool for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, it’s also important to find curriculum programs that are aligned to current standards and that provide resources for both students and teachers—especially since science isn’t typically an area of strength for many early childhood educators.
Indeed, in our district, one issue we faced was that we felt that our state-adopted prekindergarten curriculum was lacking in science. As such, teachers didn’t incorporate much science into their daily classroom activities, and the science they did have was surface-level so students didn’t dig very deep.
To turn things around, in fall 2014 we began using a program called STEMscopes™ Early Explorer. The STEM curriculum program is built from the ground up to Head Start, state and national preK and kindergarten guidelines, and it is scaffolded to prepare students for NGSS kindergarten standards. What we particularly like is that it encourages learning-by-doing by bringing together centers, big books, hands-on kits and activities to prepare students in preK classrooms for elementary school. It also includes teacher background, materials lists, vocabulary cards, center set-up videos, and a “burning question” for each lesson to support teachers as well.
4. Involve parents, too.
To engage parents in their children’s learning, we send home letters (in English and Spanish) at the beginning and end of each STEM curriculum module. The letters explain what we’re focusing on and give parents ideas of questions they can ask their children on the way home from school or at the dinner table. Parents say that their children are now talking about STEM more and even want to redo experiments at home. We also receive great feedback on the vocabulary children are using at home.
Increasing STEM learning by 6,120 minutes in one year
Since 2014, we’ve seen a substantial increase in our students’ STEM knowledge, skills and vocabulary, as well as their time-on-task.
In an implementation study conducted during the 2014-15 school year, teachers said that they were better able to incorporate STEM throughout their preK classrooms and the entire day. In fact, by spring 2015, teachers reported spending an average of 36 minutes per day on STEM instruction, compared to just two minutes a day before they began using STEMscopes. The result was an additional 6,120 minutes of STEM learning that year.
In Waco ISD, we have a very strong prekindergarten program and our focus on STEM makes it even richer. As a result, our students now have a strong foundation in STEM. In addition, many teachers say that while previously science was their weakest area, it’s now one of their biggest areas of focus—and their favorite part of the day.
- Trump isn’t Hitler. But the United States could be another Germany. Americans should not tolerate a power grab by a president-elect who is dauntingly ignorant of constitutional limits. Washington Post
- Scott Pruitt, the new EPA nominee, is controversial as a climate change denier, but he also had a role in the botched Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett. The Atlantic
- Democrats can stop Trump via the electoral college. But not how you think. Hillary Clinton should free her electors to throw their support behind another Republican. Washington Post
- There’s nothing funny about the FBI. Just asked this journalist, now being investigated for Tweeting a joke about fake news. The Huffington Post
In West Virginia….
► Paving Companes Want Lawsuit Over Asphalt Costs Dismissed
More than half a dozen paving companies accused of developing a statewide monopoly to inflate the cost of asphalt have called for the case to be thrown out.
Defendants’ attorney Booth Goodwin said in a court filing Monday that the case should be dismissed because the West Virginia Attorney General is not involved.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Highways and mirrors other complaints filed by five cities, as well as the Kanawha County Commission.
Goodwin says the DOH cannot pursue the lawsuit without “using the State’s lawyer.“
Bailey & Glasser, an outside firm, filed lawsuits in October accusing the companies of creating a scheme to inflate the price of asphalt by up to 40 percent.
► Kanawha County Teachers Revive Heating, AC Grievance
A group of teachers is moving forward with a grievance filed in August against the Kanawha County school system over cooling and heating issues that the teachers say are still ongoing.
Ben Franklin Career Center teacher Julie Wiles says teachers had thought in September that the issues had been fixed, but they didn’t cancel the grievance because they wanted to make sure the problems didn’t continue.
On Tuesday, a group of teachers told school system maintenance officials and system General Counsel Jim Withrow that they are still having problems. Some teachers say they haven’t had air conditioning for months.
Kanawha schools Superintendent Ron Duerring has said the county has old air-conditioning systems and not enough money to replace them or make major upgrades.
► Court Documents: Murder Suspect Violated Federal Probation
Court documents show a Nettie man charged with murder recently used methamphetamine while on probation.
According to a criminal complaint, 44-year-old Terry Lee Hughes shot and killed 45-year-old Kevin Broyles on Saturday at a Nettie home. Hughes was arrested Tuesday.
In 2009, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin sentenced Hughes to nearly eight years in prison after he was convicted of federal drug and gun charges. Hughes’ sentence was reduced because of changes to federal drug sentencing guidelines.
He was released from prison in October 2015.
According to a noncompliance report filed in September, U.S. Probation Officer Joshua Gibson wrote that Hughes admitted to using methamphetamine.
Goodwin wrote on the report that Hughes “needs counseling now” and, “The Court orders that no action be taken.“
► WV AG Sues Pharmacy for Pill Volume
West Virginia’s attorney general has sued a pharmacy in Boone County, alleging it provided too many highly addictive painkillers over more than a decade.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy helped fuel the state’s opioid prescription crisis by providing nearly 10 million doses of painkillers in 11 years in a county with fewer than 25,000 residents.
According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Boone Circuit Court, Larry’s failed to identify suspicious prescriptions that it filled, dispensing far more doses than Boone County’s 11 other retail pharmacies.
Morrisey says the extraordinary volume “should raise a red flag” and that every part of the prescription drug supply chain has to help identify potential abuse.
A pharmacy manager says she hasn’t seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.
► Martinsburg Officials Grant Exception for Detox Facility
Martinsburg officials have voted to allow the establishment of a proposed detox and crisis center after hours of heated debate.
The Martinsburg Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a special zoning exception for the facility.
Peter J. Callahan, of Callahan Counseling Services in Martinsburg, will run the 24-hour facility as a private business with some state funding. He expects the center to open on August 01. After finishing the detox, the center will help individuals find longer-term solutions.
Those in support of the center argued that solutions for the heroin epidemic are needed in the area, even if the clinic is a stepping stone.
Many also spoke in opposition, citing their fears that it would make nearby residential properties less safe.
► Amid Corruption Probe, Highway Engineers’ Second Jobs Eyed
Amid a federal corruption probe, the West Virginia Department of Transportation is cracking down on highway engineers who have second jobs with private firms that pose a conflict of interest.
The department has ordered employees to disclose if they’ve been moonlighting with outside companies. Officials will then determine whether the second jobs pose a conflict of interest or if they are being done on state time.
The new measures come after an executive at a highway contracting business and a professor who works at Marshall University’s Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute were charged last month in a kickback scheme involving companies in South Carolina and Putnam County.
Workers face disciplinary actions if they do not fill out personnel forms regarding second jobs by December 16.
► Justice Team Taps Advisers on Economy, Energy, Environment
The incoming Justice administration has selected chairmen of committees to recommend economic, energy and environmental policies.
Governor-elect Jim Justice’s transition team says four people have been named co-chairs of the committee on economic development.
They are Richard Adams, chief executive of United Bankshares; Charleston attorney and former U.S. Senator Carte Goodwin; Marshall Reynolds, chief executive of printing company Champion Industries; and Woody Thrasher, founder of engineering firm The Thrasher Group.
The committee on energy and environment’s co-chairs are Tony Alexander, former chief executive of electricity generator and distributor FirstEnergy; David Alvarez, president of pipeline company Energy Transportation LLC; Ralph Ballard, of coal mining company WWMV LLC; lobbyist Paul Hardesty; and Mike Ross, a former state senator and founder of drilling company Ross & Wharton Gas Co.
► Nicholas County Couple Arrested On Drug Charges
A Nicholas County couple was arrested in Webster County Wednesday after police said they found drugs in a vehicle.
Colin Cochran, 20, of Craigsville, and Monika Peek, 29, of Mount Nebo, were in possession of eight baggies of methamphetamine, two Hydrocodone pills, a bag of marijuana, and portions of a Subutex pill, according to West Virginia State Police. The couple also had a marijuana grinder and a smoking device commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, police said.
Peek told police she and Cochran went to Webster County to sell methamphetamine, but that she did not know how much Cochran was going to sell or for how much, according to court documents. Cochran told police they went to the area to do the drugs.
Cochran was also found to have a suspended driver’s license and had no insurance on the vehicle, police said.
Cochran and Peek are each charged with three counts of possession with intent to deliver and three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.
Did You Know?
TRUMP MEETS WITH FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF OHIO STATE ATTACK
In a brief statement to reporters, the president-elect avoided the inflammatory rhetoric that has marked his response to other attacks.
JOHN GLENN, FIRST AMERICAN TO ORBIT EARTH, DIES AT 95
Tributes poured in from politicians, astronauts and others for the fighter pilot who became an all-American hero with boy next door looks and a successful political career.
COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW DYLANN ROOF’S MOM HAD HEART ATTACK
Roof’s mother collapsed and said “I’m sorry” several times on as family members and court security came to help her during the opening of her son’s federal death penalty trial.
RUSSIA SAYS ALEPPO COMBAT SUSPENDED
Residents and fighters in the Syrian city reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition’s ever-shrinking enclave.
WHY A TREND OF RISING U.S. LIFE EXPECTANCY COULD BE ENDING
Life expectancy declined last year. Experts aren’t sure what’s behind the stall but some suspect obesity, an underlying factor in some of the largest causes of death, particularly heart disease.
SWAT TEAM FINDS BODY OF GUNMAN SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF 2 GEORGIA OFFICERS
The manhunt ended when the fugitive was found dead - apparently by his own hand - inside a home where he was hiding.
WHO IS FACING HER POSSIBLE LAST DAY IN POWER
South Korean lawmakers geared up for what’s widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote against President Park Geun-hye.
WHERE PIRACY HAS TURNED WARM CARIBBEAN WATERS INTO A GRIM FREE-FOR-ALL
Pirates are terrorizing Venezuela’s coastal state of Sucre, once home to the world’s fourth-largest tuna fleet and a thriving fishing industry.
TRUMP REMAINS PRODUCER ON ‘NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE’
Trump’s continued stake in a TV series is yet another unusual aspect of the election of a businessman and reality star to the presidency.
WHO IS WELCOMING THE BIRTH OF HIS EIGHTH CHILD AT AGE 73
Mick Jagger was on hand when girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to the couple’s son.
Will Trump Bring the Robot Apocalypse?
Trump is considering Andrew Puzder, CEO of the parent company to fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, for Secretary of Labor ... According to the 1913 law that created it, ‘The purpose of the Department of Labor shall be to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment.‘ Now we learn that Trump may entrust the well-being of working Americans to someone who wants to eliminate them altogether ...
The future was supposed to bring prosperity and leisure to working people, not joblessness and misery. But that was before the money guys took over.
This week Amazon announced that it’s planning to open a grocery store that has no cashiers or checkout lines. The corporation said that customers would be able to download an app, link their phones to electronic shopping carts that track the items they take from the shelves, then simply walk out with their items.
It was also reported this week that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Andrew Puzder, CEO of the parent company to fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, for Secretary of Labor. Puzder, who is already an influential Trump advisor, once boasted about the advantages of replacing human employees with machines.
“They’re always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case,” Puzder said.
According to the 1913 law that created it, “The purpose of the Department of Labor shall be to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment.”
Now we learn that Trump may entrust the well-being of working Americans to someone who wants to eliminate them altogether.
You want fries with that robot apocalypse?
Before the Fall
The technology revolution isn’t here yet. Puzder’s automation project is a case in point. A joint venture between Microsoft and Hardee’s, it’s more sizzle than steak (perhaps appropriately, given his line of business). The kiosks shown in the rollout video are already in use at restaurants like Panera. Chains like Chili’s have experimented with the use of tablets.
The Hardee’s kiosks don’t replace humans with robots as much as they allow people to communicate with human workers in a different way. They are undoubtedly useful in eliminating checkout lines but, as a Reuters report points out, they are – at least at this point – less effective at eliminating workers.
The hype is typical for today’s technology. Demonstration projects like Amazon’s, or Hardee’s, or Google’s “driverless car,” are at least as much about promoting a technophilic ideology or a political agenda as they are about the device itself.
Puzder quickly walked back some of his anti-worker rhetoric in an interview with Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times. (It’s bad for business, for one thing.) But Puzder’s automation project had already served its political purpose: it underscored his argument – rebutted by economic studies like this one – that higher minimum wages lead to lost jobs.
“With government driving up the cost of labor, it’s driving down the number of jobs,” he told Business Insider. “You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants.”
For now, that’s just talk. So is the argument that we don’t need to renegotiate bad trade deals, or avoid future ones, because robots are taking those jobs anyway. For now, robots are more of a rhetorical device than a job-stealing one.
According to the data, the robot revolution isn’t here yet. But the day is coming. A well-publicized 2013 study suggested that 47 percent of American jobs will be lost to automation at some point in the near future. Robert McChesney and John Nichols review its implication for progressive activism in their book, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.
The Money Guy
To be fair, Puzder has fought against workers’ interests in more traditional ways too. He wants to cut assistance programs, opposes minimum wage increases, and has been a leading spokesperson for the corporate use of franchises to evade benefit obligations. Workers at his own restaurants are among “the overwhelming majority of fast-food employees (who) make less than $9 per hour and face significant ‘barriers to upward mobility’ in the profession.”
Puzder’s corporation has also been cited for numerous violations of the workplace laws he may soon be responsible for enforcing.
Many low-income employees are forced to take government assistance to survive, which means that Puzder’s wealth is partially built on government handouts. And that’s not considering the public health costs of Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. recent rollout: “a $4 meal that includes a double cheeseburger, spicy chicken sandwich, fries and a drink.”
Puzder is the perfect example of the modern CEO as a hands-off manipulator of money rather than a hands-on builder of businesses. Although he runs a restaurant chain with more than 20,000 employees, Puzder has never flipped burgers, worked a cash register, or opened a restaurant. An attorney by background, Puzder’s restaurant career began when he helped Carl Karcher (the “Carl” in Carl’s Jr.”) salvage his struggling chain through a major financial transaction with Fidelity National Capital. He later orchestrated a series of additional deals to expand the corporation.
Puzder’s a money guy, not a job creator (despite his participation in an advocacy grouped called the “Job Creator Network”).
The “rentiers” (in economic parlance) of the non-productive, financialized economy have reshaped the American economy in ways that were inconceivable a half-century ago. In the post-War II era, people wondered what working Americans would do with all the wealth and free time automation was going to bring. George Jetson, the dad in the 1963 TV cartoon “The Jetsons,” worked for an hour a day, two days a week – while complaining about his boss, Mr. Spacely, and his unethical and predatory competitor, Mr. Cogswell.
The future is here, and Mr. Cogswell won. Corporate owners stopped sharing productivity gains with their workers four decades ago. That has led to record levels of inequality, a deepening corruption of our democracy by big-money donors and, in its latest and darkest flowering, the kleptocratic presidential administration of Donald J. Trump.
The challenges of the future can’t be addressed in humane, transformative ways until that trend is reversed.
McChesney and Nichols write, “Imagine if a justifiably frightened and angered American people … realized that the present is unsatisfactory and that the future looks terrifying.”
That’s a pretty good description of the American workforce, circa 2016.
The potential Puzder pick, and the current state of American labor, underscores an important principle: the fight for a just economic future is inseparable from the fight for a fair economy today. It’s indivisible from the fight for fair trade, for decent jobs, and for a living wage.
Those fights are the continuation of a deeper struggle that’s been underway for many centuries: between those who seek ever-greater wealth for the few and those who want a decent life for everyone.
Donald Trump and his friends are pursuing the ancient vision, as old as the pyramids, of a society where the rich call the shots so they can keep getting richer.
That’s the real apocalypse, the one people have been resisting since history began. Robots are just its latest symptom.
~~ Richard Eskow ~~
► 10 Best, Worst U.S. Cities for Singles
Getting hit with Cupid’s arrow is “part willingness and part geography,“ notes WalletHub. And with 109 million or so single adults in the US as of 2015, per the latest Census Bureau, finding the right place to settle down in both the geographical and romantic sense can be a challenge. WalletHub looked at 29 key indicators—including how much restaurants and other activities cost, unemployment rates (you might want to hedge on that guy or gal who’s refused to look for work in over a decade), and online dating opportunities—in the 150 most populated US cities to see which were friendliest “toward a single-but-looking status.“ The No. 1 pick: San Francisco. The top 10 best and worst cities:
- San Francisco
- Orlando, Fla.
- San Diego
- Austin, Texas
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- Brownsville, Texas
- Hialeah, Fla.
- Yonkers, NY
- Port St. Lucie, Fla.
- Pembroke Pines, Fla.
- Moreno Valley, Calif.
- Chesapeake, Va.
- Laredo, Texas
- Fontana, Calif.
- Greensboro, NC
See the complete rankings at WalletHub.
► Northern California Hit by 6.5 Earthquake
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Northern California on Thursday morning. The quake, which was initially reported at 6.8, hit about 100 miles west of Ferndale at 6:50am local time, per USGS, meaning its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 6.2 miles. (Ferndale is about 20 miles south of Eureka and 260 miles north of San Francisco.) There are no reports yet of injuries or damage. The National Tsunami Center is not reporting any danger of tsunamis at this point, CBS San Francisco reports.
► Ohio Man’s Controversial ‘Zombie Nativity’ Vandalized
A suburban Cincinnati man says someone vandalized the “Zombie Nativity” scene he puts up annually, beheading the ghoulish-looking Mary figure and flipping the greenish baby Jesus into the yard, the AP reports. Jasen Dixon says someone damaged the handmade scene early Tuesday at his home in Sycamore Township. He has since repaired the scene and says he’ll keep rebuilding it if necessary.
Dixon tells WCPO it’s the first time someone has intentionally damaged the structure since he started the holiday display in 2014. But it’s been a topic of controversy previously. The township took Dixon to court last year for alleged zoning violations over the nontraditional nativity scene, but it eventually dropped the case. Dixon’s attorney argued the township was trying to suppress his freedoms.
► Nation’s First Somali-American Lawmaker Harassed by Taxi Driver
Minnesota state Representative-elect Ilhan Omar, who will soon take office as the nation’s first Somali-American lawmaker, was harassed by a cab driver in Washington, DC, she revealed on Facebook. The 33-year-old was on her way from the White House, where she was learning about policy ideas, to her hotel on Tuesday when her driver “called me ISIS and threatened to remove my hijab,“ Omar wrote. She called his words “the most hateful, derogatory, islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats I have ever experienced” and said she was still “shaken” from the experience. In response to one of the comments on the post, Omar revealed that the driver “wasn’t white,“ City Pages reports.
► Class Ring Flung in Rage Reunited With Owner Decades Later
A Wyoming man has been reunited with his high school class ring more than 45 years after he threw it as far as he could in a fit of teen rage, the AP reports. Mike Peyton says he’s flabbergasted to get the ring back after losing it so long ago. According to the Powell Tribune, a man with a metal detector found the 1968 Powell High School ring inscribed with Peyton’s initials. The man’s wife and a family friend tracked down Peyton’s mother, who surprised her son with the ring a couple weeks ago. Peyton says his girlfriend at the time was wearing the ring when they broke up in the early 1970s. He says he can laugh now about how he’d taken the ring and flung it away.
► Unable to Pay Traffic Tickets, Single Mom Jailed for Weeks
A 34-year-old single mother was arrested and held in jail for two weeks after a traffic accident that wasn’t her fault; now she’s suing a Missouri city and county she says punished her for being poor. The Guardian reports Nicole Bolden was arrested in front of her toddlers in 2014 when authorities discovered she had arrest warrants for unpaid traffic tickets totaling more than $1,700. Bolden’s lawyer says the constitution requires courts to work on a payment or community service plan with people who can’t—rather than won’t—pay their fines. Instead, Bolden was kept in jail in what she says were horrible conditions. At one point, she was housed with a heroin addict vomiting during withdrawals; she says the jail made her clean it up, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In a civil rights lawsuit filed Monday, Bolden says she was jailed “solely because she was too poor to pay” and likens the current system in Missouri to a “debtors’ prison.“ Foristell, the city named in Bolden’s lawsuit, raises more than half its revenue from court fines—at least $2.9 million over the past five years in a city of just 500 people. The state has audited Foristell for possible municipal court abuses. Bolden’s lawsuit is part of a string of similar suits filed recently in Missouri. Earlier this year, the Justice Department warned judges across the country against jailing people just because they couldn’t afford to pay fines.
► Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Setting Fires So He’d Get Paid
A 31-year-old Cherokee man in North Carolina pleaded guilty Monday to setting seven fires in order to get paid for putting them out, the Charlotte Observer reports. Part-time firefighters hired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs only get paid for the hours they spend fighting fires or doing maintenance on equipment afterward. According to WYFF, Swayney allegedly set the seven fires between 2010 and 2014. They burned 420 acres of land on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian reservation and cost $106,000 to put out. Swayney is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on charges of conspiracy to set a timber fire and conspiracy to defraud the US.
► Lawsuit: Stanford Did Nothing After ‘Mr. X’ Raped Woman
Two years after she came to Stanford, “Jane Doe” began dating “Mr. X.“ What allegedly happened before and after she says she refused to perform oral sex on him in February 2014 is now the subject of a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Doe alleges the 6-foot-6, 200-pound man violently tried to rape her in the wake of her refusal, report the Guardian and SF Gate. She says the incident might never have occurred had the university responded appropriately to other women who alleged they had been attacked by the same man, among them, “Ms. A.“ NBC News reports that in 2011, Mr. X allegedly raped Ms. A, in an attack that involved strangulation to near unconsciousness. The suit claims a counselor Ms. A sought out questioned whether she invited “potentially risky situations,“ citing the shoulder-exposing sweater she was wearing.
Another official Ms. A went to allegedly suggested she rent a car and head to the beach. The suit, which accuses the university of permitting a “hostile educational environment” that compromised Doe’s equal-access-to-education rights under Title IX, says Stanford ultimately verified Mr. X’s “pattern of violent behavior when women refused his demands for sexual acts” and imposed a 10-year campus ban, though he still received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and violated a no-contact order that had been imposed. The Mercury News reports the school pushed some blame for the handling of the situation onto the women in a statement issued Monday: “Without the cooperation of victims regrettably the university is very limited in what it can do.“
► Old Refrigerator May Be Source of Oakland Fire
Investigators searching for the cause of America’s deadliest building fire in 13 years are focusing on appliances at the rear of the first floor of the “Ghost Ship” warehouse. “On that back wall, there was a 45-degree-angle burn, and they need to look at that area very carefully,” Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern tells the San Francisco Chronicle. “And in that area is a toaster, a small refrigerator, and slightly larger refrigerator, small and about 4 feet high, like one from the 1950s.“ The sheriff says it’s not clear whether the old fridge caused the blaze that killed 36 people in the Oakland warehouse Friday night, but “that’s the area where the ATF is looking.“ The blaze started during a party, and survivors described flames rising from the back of the first floor, which was connected to the ground floor by a makeshift wooden staircase.
Lawyers say people including warehouse operator Derick Ion Almena, who rented living space to artists, are almost certain to face criminal charges. “Here we have the grossest and most reckless forms of carelessness and negligence,“ an attorney tells the San Jose Mercury News. “From the pictures I saw, this looked like a huge garage sale about to take place with all the furniture, debris, artist supplies, and other things that were in there,“ he says. “You probably couldn’t have built or arranged an equally flammable place. It kind of was a disaster waiting to happen.“ The AP reports that Almena told the Today show Tuesday that he signed a lease for somewhere “to city standards” and everything he did “was to make this a stronger and more beautiful Community.“
► 2 Teens Charged in Devastating Tennessee Wildfire
Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, the AP reports. Officials offered few other specifics about how they think the two started a fire that leveled buildings into charred scraps, carving a deadly path through the Gatlinburg area. People scrambled in terror to try to flee on foot or drive out of the inferno that often cloaked them from all sides, shooting hot embers through the winds. Some spent days hoping for good news about their missing loved ones. Many learned they would soon be planning funerals. The juveniles face aggravated arson charges in the fire in the Chimney Tops area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on November 23.
That fire grew amid drought conditions and ultimately rode winds exceeding 87mph into the Gatlinburg area early last week. Authorities have not yet announced a dollar amount on the damage caused by the wildfire. The teens are being held in the Sevier County juvenile detention center. “Our promise is that we will do every effort to help bring closure to those who have lost so much,“ said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn. The juveniles are from Tennessee, but not Sevier County, where the fires spread. Otherwise, officials said state law prevents releasing more information about them. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Chief Ranger Steve Kloster said the public was “critical” in offering investigators information through a tip line. Previously, the National Park Service said it believed the fire was human caused and set up a tip line for people to call if they hiked that trail on November 23, or knew anyone who did.
► First Witness Describes Horror of Church Massacre
Wednesday was the first day of Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty trial, and the first witness delivered testimony so harrowing that many in the courtroom were in tears. Survivor Felicia Sanders told the court that the young white man sat with black parishioners in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, for 45 minutes before opening fire, the Citizen-Times reports. She said she dove under a table with her 11-year-old granddaughter, and played dead, pressing the girl’s face to her body so tightly she briefly thought she had suffocated her. Then, Sanders testified, her injured son, 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders, rose to confront the gunman. She said he asked: “Why are you doing this?“ and Roof replied: “I have to do this. You are taking our women and you are taking over the world.“
Sanders said her son told the gunman: “You don’t have to do this. We mean you no harm.“ Then, Sanders said, Roof fired five bullets into her son and fled the church. “I watched him take his last breath. I watched my son come into this world. I watched my son leave this life,“ the distraught mother said before the judge called a recess. When Roof’s lawyer asked her if he said he was going to kill himself, Sanders said: “I was counting on that,“ the New York Times reports. “He is evil. There is no place for him except the pit of hell.“ If Roof is convicted of the June 2015 attack, the 22-year-old plans to represent himself during the penalty phase of the trial, the AP reports. He will face another death penalty trial in state court next year. The Guardian reports that at the end of opening arguments Wednesday, a sobbing white woman believed to be Roof’s mother collapsed.
► John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, has died at 95
John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.
Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
John Herschel Glenn Jr. had two major career paths that often intersected: flying and politics, and he soared in both of them.
Before he gained fame orbiting the world, he was a fighter pilot in two wars, and as a test pilot, he set a transcontinental speed record. He later served 24 years in the Senate from Ohio. A rare setback was a failed 1984 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
His long political career enabled him to return to space in the shuttle Discovery at age 77 in 1998, a cosmic victory lap that he relished and turned into a teachable moment about growing old. He holds the record for the oldest person in space.
More than anything, Glenn was the ultimate and uniquely American space hero: a combat veteran with an easy smile, a strong marriage of 70 years and nerves of steel. Schools, a space center and the Columbus airport were named after him. So were children.
The Soviet Union leaped ahead in space exploration by putting the Sputnik 1 satellite in orbit in 1957, and then launched the first man in space, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, in a 108-minute orbital flight on April 12, 1961. After two suborbital flights by Alan Shepard Jr. and Gus Grissom, it was up to Glenn to be the first American to orbit the Earth.
“Godspeed, John Glenn,“ fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter radioed just before Glenn thundered off a Cape Canaveral launch pad, now a National Historic Landmark, to a place America had never been. At the time of that Feb. 20, 1962, flight, Glenn was 40 years old.
With the all-business phrase, “Roger, the clock is operating, we’re underway,“ Glenn radioed to Earth as he started his 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds in space. Years later, he explained he said that because he didn’t feel like he had lifted off and it was the only way he knew he had launched.
During the flight, Glenn uttered a phrase that he would repeat frequently throughout life: “Zero G, and I feel fine.“
“It still seems so vivid to me,“ Glenn said in a 2012 interview with The Associated Press on the 50th anniversary of the flight. “I still can sort of pseudo feel some of those same sensations I had back in those days during launch and all.“
Glenn said he was often asked if he was afraid, and he replied, “If you are talking about fear that overcomes what you are supposed to do, no. You’ve trained very hard for those flights.“
Glenn’s ride in the cramped Friendship 7 capsule had its scary moments, however. Sensors showed his heat shield was loose after three orbits, and Mission Control worried he might burn up during re-entry when temperatures reached 3,000 degrees. But the heat shield held.
Even before then, Glenn flew in dangerous skies. He was a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea who flew low, got his plane riddled with bullets, flew with baseball great Ted Williams and earned macho nicknames during 149 combat missions. And as a test pilot he broke aviation records.
The green-eyed, telegenic Marine even won $25,000 on the game show “Name That Tune” with a 10-year-old partner. And that was before April 6, 1959, when his life changed by being selected as one of the Mercury 7 astronauts and instantly started attracting more than his share of the spotlight.
Glenn in later years regaled crowds with stories of NASA’s testing of would-be astronauts, from psychological tests — come with 20 answers to the open-ended question “I am” — to surviving spinning that pushed 16 times normal gravity against his body, popping blood vessels.
But it wasn’t nearly as bad as coming to Cape Canaveral to see the first unmanned rocket test.
“We’re watching this thing go up and up and up ... and all at once it blew up right over us, and that was our introduction to the Atlas,“ Glenn said in 2011. “We looked at each other and wanted to have a meeting with the engineers in the morning.“
In 1959, Glenn wrote in Life magazine: “Space travel is at the frontier of my profession. It is going to be accomplished, and I want to be in on it. There is also an element of simple duty involved. I am convinced that I have something to give this project.“
That sense of duty was instilled at an early age. Glenn was born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio, and grew up in New Concord, Ohio, with the nickname “Bud.“ He joined the town band as a trumpeter at age 10 and accompanied his father one Memorial Day in an echoing version of “Taps.“ In his 1999 memoir, Glenn wrote “that feeling sums up my childhood. It formed my beliefs and my sense of responsibility. Everything that came after that just came naturally.“
His love of flight was lifelong; John Glenn Sr. spoke of the many summer evenings he arrived home to find his son running around the yard with outstretched arms, pretending he was piloting a plane. Last June, at a ceremony renaming the Columbus airport for him, Glenn recalled imploring his parents to take him to that airport to look at planes whenever they passed through the city: “It was something I was fascinated with.“ He piloted his own private plane until age 90.
Glenn’s goal of becoming a commercial pilot was changed by World War II. He left Muskingum College to join the Naval Air Corps and soon after, the Marines.
He became a successful fighter pilot who ran 59 hazardous missions, often as a volunteer or as the requested backup of assigned pilots. A war later, in Korea, he earned the nickname “MiG-Mad Marine” (or “Old Magnet A — ,“ which he sometimes paraphrased as “Old Magnet Tail.“)
“I was the one who went in low and got them,“ Glenn said, explaining that he often landed with huge holes in the side of his aircraft because he didn’t like to shoot from high altitudes.
Glenn’s public life began when he broke the transcontinental airspeed record, bursting from Los Angeles to New York City in three hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds. With his Crusader averaging 725 mph, the 1957 flight proved the jet could endure stress when pushed to maximum speeds over long distances.
In New York, he got a hero’s welcome — his first tickertape parade. He got another after his flight on Friendship 7.
That mission also introduced Glenn to politics. He addressed a joint session of Congress, and dined at the White House. He became friends with President Kennedy and ally and friend of his brother Robert. The Kennedys urged him to enter politics, and after a difficult few starts he did.
Glenn spent 24 years in the U.S. Senate, representing Ohio longer than any other senator in the state’s history. He announced his impending retirement in 1997, 35 years to the day after he became the first American in orbit, saying, “There is still no cure for the common birthday.“
Glenn returned to space in a long-awaited second flight in 1998 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. He got to move around aboard the shuttle for far longer — nine days compared with just under five hours in 1962 — as well as sleep and experiment with bubbles in weightlessness.
In a news conference from space, Glenn said, “To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible.“
NASA tailored a series of geriatric-reaction experiments to create a scientific purpose for Glenn’s mission, but there was more to it than that: a revival of the excitement of the earliest days of the space race, a public relations bonanza and the gift of a lifetime.
“America owed John Glenn a second flight,“ NASA Administrator Dan Goldin said.
Glenn would later write that when he mentioned the idea of going back into space to his wife, Annie, she responded: “Over my dead body.“
Glenn and his crewmates flew 3.6 million miles, compared with 75,000 miles aboard Friendship 7.
Shortly before he ran for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination, a new generation was introduced to astronaut Glenn with the film adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s book “The Right Stuff.“ He was portrayed as the ultimate straight arrow amid a group of hard-partying astronauts.
Glenn said in 2011: “I don’t think any of us cared for the movie ‘The Right Stuff’; I know I didn’t.“
Glenn was unable to capitalize on the publicity, though, and his poorly organized campaign was short-lived. He dropped out of the race with his campaign $2.5 million in the red — a debt that lingered even after he retired from the Senate in 1999.
He later joked that except for going into debt, humiliating his family and gaining 16 pounds, running for president was a good experience.
Glenn generally steered clear of campaigns after that, saying he didn’t want to mix politics with his second space flight. He sat out the Senate race to succeed him — he was hundreds of miles above Earth on Election Day — and largely was quiet in the 2000 presidential race.
He first ran for the Senate in 1964 but left the race when he suffered a concussion after slipping in the bathroom and hitting his head on the tub.
He tried again in 1970 but was defeated in the primary by Howard Metzenbaum, who later lost the general election to Robert Taft Jr. It was the start of a complex relationship with Metzenbaum, whom he later joined in the Senate.
For the next four years, Glenn devoted his attention to business and investments that made him a multimillionaire. He had joined the board of Royal Crown Cola after the aborted 1964 campaign and was president of Royal Crown International from 1967 to 1969. In the early 1970s, he remained with Royal Crown and invested in a chain of Holiday Inns.
In 1974, Glenn ran against Metzenbaum in what turned into a bitter primary and won the election. He eventually made peace with Metzenbaum, who won election to the Senate in 1976.
Glenn set a record in 1980 by winning re-election with a 1.6 million vote margin.
He became an expert on nuclear weaponry and was the Senate’s most dogged advocate of nonproliferation. He was the leading supporter of the B-1 bomber when many in Congress doubted the need for it. As chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, he turned a microscope on waste and fraud in the federal bureaucracy.
Glenn said the lowest point of his life was 1990, when he and four other senators came under scrutiny for their connections to Charles Keating, the notorious financier who eventually served prison time for his role in the costly savings and loan failure of the 1980s. The Senate Ethics Committee cleared Glenn of serious wrongdoing but said he “exercised poor judgment.“
The episode was the only brush with scandal in his long public career and didn’t diminish his popularity in Ohio.
Glenn joked that the only astronaut he was envious of was his fellow Ohioan: Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of great experiences in my life and I’m thankful for them,“ he said in 2012.
In 1943, Glenn married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor. They met when they were toddlers, and when she had mumps as a teenager, he came to her house, cut a hole in her bedroom window screen, and passed her a radio to keep her company, a friend recounted.
“I don’t remember the first time I told Annie I loved her, or the first time she told me,“ Glenn would write in his memoir. “It was just something we both knew.“ He bought her a diamond engagement ring in 1942 for $125. It’s never been replaced.
They had two children, Carolyn and John David.
He and his wife, Annie, split their later years between Washington and Columbus. Both served as trustees at their alma mater, Muskingum College. Glenn spent time promoting the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, which also houses an archive of his private papers and photographs.
Online: www.osu.edu/glenninstitute and johnglennhome.org
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► Pope Thinks Media Has Problem With Poop
The pope is very concerned about the media’s love of poop and the public’s desire to eat said poop, CNN reports. “The media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey ... to the sickness of coprophilia, which is always wanting to communicate scandal, to communicate ugly things, even though they may be true,“ UPI quotes Pope Francis as saying during an interview with a Belgian magazine Tuesday. “Since people have a tendency toward the sickness of coprophagia, it can do great harm.“ Coprophilia is being turned on by feces; coprophagia is eating it. The pope also warned against disinformation, which he defined as “saying only a part of the truth and not the rest.“ According to the AP, Francis may have a nit to pick after he was falsely reported to have endorsed Donald Trump for president earlier this year.
► Their Trade Collapsing, Venezuela Fishermen Turn to Piracy
Pirates are terrorizing Venezuela’s coastal state of Sucre, once home to the world’s fourth-largest tuna fleet and a thriving fishing industry. That trade has collapsed, along with virtually every industry across Venezuela. Gangs of out-of-work fishermen prey upon those who still venture out into the open sea, stealing their catch and motors, tying them up, throwing them overboard, and sometimes shooting them, the AP reports. The robberies have taken place daily this year, and dozens of fishermen have died. “People can’t make a living fishing anymore, so they’re using their boats for the options that remain: smuggling gas, running drugs, and piracy,“ says Jose Antonio Garcia, leader of the state’s largest union.
The country’s economy is bordering on collapse and on the coast, the catch is down to less than a third of the 120,000 tons of tuna Venezuela produced in 2004. In June, Sucre was the epicenter of food riots that swept through the country. Desperate, Venezuelans are stealing what remains from fatter times, robbing fishing boats of their nets, power generators, and outboard motors. The Caribbean sea is increasingly becoming a grim free-for-all. “You hear piracy and you think of guys robbing container ships in Africa. But here it’s just poor fishermen robbing other poor fishermen,“ says Sucre lawyer Luis Morales. “It’s the same kind of crime we’ve seen in the streets, but spreading to the sea. Tomorrow, it will be taking over life on the farms or in the mountains.“
► Michael Jordan Wins Chinese Trademark Case
Crying Jordan, no more. The BBC reports basketball legend and internet meme Michael Jordan has won a lawsuit against a Chinese sportswear company capitalizing on his name. The Chinese characters for Jordan’s name are read “Qiaodan,“ and Qiaodan Sports has been using them for a decade, along with his “23” jersey number, according to Reuters. Jordan first took Qiaodan Sports to court in 2012, and the People’s Supreme Court of China ruled in his favor this week. “Chinese consumers deserve to know that Qiaodan Sports and its products have no connection to me,“ Jordan says in a statement. It’s rare for foreign brands to win these kinds of cases in China, and in fact Jordan’s victory is not a complete one: Qiaodan Sports can no longer use the Chinese characters for his name but can continue to use the Romanized spelling “Qiaodan.“
► Assad: Winning Back Aleppo Won’t Stop the War
President Bashar al-Assad said in comments published Thursday that Syrian forces’ victory in the battle for Aleppo will be a “big gain” for his government but that it won’t end the country’s civil war, the AP reports. Assad, in an interview published in the state-owned newspaper al-Watan, described his forces’ fight in Aleppo as one “against terrorism and a conspiracy” to destroy and divide Syria, allegedly led by Turkey. “Liberating Aleppo from the terrorists deals a blow to the whole foundation of this project,“ he said. “[But] to be realistic, it doesn’t mean the end of the war.“ With Aleppo, the capital Damascus, and Homs, the third largest city under his control, Assad says “terrorists” no longer hold any cards. “Even if we finish in Aleppo, we will carry on with the war against them,“ he noted.
Assad’s comments came as his troops pushed further into the rebel-held enclave in eastern Aleppo in the bitter conflict now in its sixth year. More than three-quarters of the rebel section have fallen under the government’s control, including the symbolically important ancient Aleppo quarters; more than 30,000 of the estimated 275,000 residents of the besieged eastern part have fled to western Aleppo. Assad said he’ll no longer consider truce offers, adding such offers, particularly from Americans, often come when the rebels are in a “difficult spot.“ Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying Moscow was close to reaching a deal with the US on a ceasefire for Aleppo, though he warned against “high expectations.“ The Syrian government and ally Russia have rejected previous calls for a truce for the war-torn city, keeping up the military offensive that has squeezed and forced rebels to retreat in several areas.
► Queen Was Only Woman on Canadian Money—Until Now
Only one woman currently appears on Canadian currency, but Queen Elizabeth II is about to get a partner. Starting in 2018, civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond—aka the “Rosa Parks of Canada"—will have her mug on the country’s $10 bill, the Toronto Star reports. The Globe and Mail relays the story that made Desmond famous in November 1946, when her car broke down in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. While she was waiting for her car to be repaired, she went to see a movie—but because she was nearsighted, she couldn’t see well from the balcony seats where black patrons were made to sit. Instead, Desmond took a seat in the whites-only section on the floor.
She refused to move when asked and ended up being arrested and spending the night in jail. She was charged and convicted of tax evasion (her balcony ticket cost a penny less than a floor ticket would have) and was fined $26. Desmond took her case all the way up to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, though her appeal was eventually dismissed. Desmond, who died in 1965 at the age of 50, was officially pardoned in 2010 by the region’s black female lieutenant governor. “It’s a big day to have a woman on a banknote,“ Desmond’s sister said during the Thursday announcement ceremony about the currency change, per the Star. “It’s [a] really big day to have my big sister on a bank note. She would be so very proud.“
First Team All State Football—Gilmer County High School
Gilmer County High School landed six players on the 2016 Class A High School Football All-State Team.
Cousins Trey Shuff and Cole Haley were named to First Team Defense as Utility and Linebacker, respectively.
Jason Montgomery was named to Second Team Offense Outside Linebacker.
Gunnar Haley was named Special Honorable Mention, and Bryce Roberts and Will Greene as Honorable Mention.
GCHS finished the season with an impressive 11-1 season, the best in school history, advancing to the second round of playoffs.
(L to R): Bryce Roberts, son of Mary Jo Roberts and Pat Roberts; Will Greene, son of James Green;
Gunnar Haley and Cole Haley ,sons of Mike and Monica Haley; Trey Shuff, son of Steve and Jessica Shuff ;
and Jason Montgomery, son of Mark and Charlene Montgomery of Linn.
Complete statewide list can be viewed in SPORTS section.
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