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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  July 19

Today is Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2014. There are 165 days left in the year.

Thought for today:

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“No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.” — Carrie Chapman Catt, American feminist (1859-1947).

Today’s Highlight:

On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when United Air Lines Flight 232, a DC-10 which suffered the uncontained failure of its tail engine and the loss of hydraulic systems, crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.

On this date:

In 1553, King Henry VIII’s daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen of England after pretender Lady Jane Grey was deposed.

In 1814, Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt revolver, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1848, a pioneer women’s rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, New York.

In 1903, the first Tour de France was won by Maurice Garin.

In 1944, the Democratic national convention convened in Chicago with the renomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered a certainty.

In 1952, the Summer Olympics opened in Helsinki, Finland.

In 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in-flight movies as it presented “By Love Possessed” to first-class passengers on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.

In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.

In 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

In 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for vice president by acclamation at the party’s convention in San Francisco.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush joined former presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace (since redesignated the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum) in Yorba Linda.

In 1994, a bomb ripped apart a Panama commuter plane, killing 21, including 12 Jews, a day after a car bomb destroyed a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85 people. A secrecy-shrouded funeral ceremony was held for North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, who had died July 08 at age 82.

Ten years ago:

Mark Hacking of Salt Lake City shot and killed his 27-year-old wife, Lori, disposed of her remains, then reported her missing; he was later sentenced to six years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

A fuel tanker rigged as a massive bomb exploded near the Baghdad police station, killing nine people.

A methane gas explosion in a Ukrainian mine killed at least 34 miners.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki died at age 93.

Five years ago:

A Russian-owned civilian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from southern Afghanistan’s largest NATO base, killing 16 civilians. Israel rejected a U.S. demand to suspend a planned housing project in east Jerusalem.

Stewart Cink won the British Open in a four-hole playoff with Tom Watson.

Eighty-one-year-old Hershel McGriff became the oldest driver to take part in a national NASCAR series race, finishing 13th in a Camping World West Series event at Portland International Raceway.

Author Frank McCourt, who’d won the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir “Angela’s Ashes,” died in New York at 78.

One year ago:

In a rare and public reflection on race, President Barack Obama called on the nation to do some soul searching over the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter, George Zimmerman, saying the slain black teenager “could have been me 35 years ago.”

A Dallas woman plunged 75 feet to her death from a Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster when her safety restraint apparently failed.

Today’s birthdays:

Actress Helen Gallagher is 88

Country singer Sue Thompson is 88

Country singer George Hamilton IV is 77

Singer Vikki Carr is 74

Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 70

Actor George Dzundza is 69

Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 68

Tennis player Ilie Nastase is 68

Rock musician Brian May is 67

Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 67

Actress Beverly Archer is 66

Movie director Abel Ferrara is 63

Actor Peter Barton is 58

Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 54

Movie director Atom Egoyan is 54

Actor Campbell Scott is 53

Actor Anthony Edwards is 52

Country singer Kelly Shiver is 51

Actress Clea Lewis is 49

Percusssionist Evelyn Glennie is 49

Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 44

Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 43

Actor Andrew Kavovit is 43

Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 40

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is 38

Actor Jared Padalecki is 32

Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 24

Flashback: What Happened on July 18, ....


•  1890 The People’s Building Association was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: M. R. Lowther, J. P. Saunders, W. E. Fleming, S. B. Rathbone, Jr., G. M. Riddle, and William Beard, all of Elizabeth, Wirt County. The association’s main office was in Elizabeth.

•  1893 1893 the Spencer State Hospital, Roane County, was opened.

•  1979 United Airlines announced it would discontinue service to the Kanawha Airport in Charleston.

•  1983 J. C. Penney became the first store to open in the new Charleston Town Center shopping mall. Other anchor stores opened in the following weeks with the entire mall opening in November.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 18

Today is Friday, July 18, the 199th day of 2014. There are 166 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“Miracles are propitious accidents, the natural causes of which are too complicated to be readily understood.“ — George Santayana, American philosopher (1863-1952).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 18, A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began, consuming most of the city for about a week. (Some blamed the fire on Emperor Nero, who in turn blamed Christians.)

On this date:

In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.

In 1792, American naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris at age 45.

In 1872, Britain enacted voting by secret ballot.

In 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.

In 1944, Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war minister because of setbacks suffered by his country in World War II. American forces in France captured the Normandy town of St. Lo.

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.

In 1964, nearly a week of rioting erupted in New York’s Harlem neighborhood following the fatal police shooting of a black teenager, James Powell, two days earlier.

In 1969, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne (koh-PEHK’-nee), 28; some time later, Kennedy’s car went off a bridge into the water. (Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned.)

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In 1976, at the Montreal Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci received the first-ever perfect score of 10 with her routine on uneven parallel bars. (Comaneci would go on to receive six more 10s at Montreal.)

In 1984, gunman James Huberty opened fire at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in San Ysidro (ee-SEE’-droh), California, killing 21 people before being shot dead by police. Walter F. Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in San Francisco.

In 1989, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, was shot to death at her Los Angeles home by obsessed fan Robert Bardo, who was later sentenced to life in prison.

In 1994, a bomb hidden in a van destroyed a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85.

Ten years ago:

A spokesman said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not apologize for mocking certain lawmakers as “girlie men,“ despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic.

Todd Hamilton gained a playoff victory over Ernie Els to win the British Open.

Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Anne Gorsuch Burford died in Aurora, Colorado, at age 62.

Five years ago:

The Taliban posted a video of an American soldier who’d gone missing June 30, 2009 from his base in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed to have been captured; in the recording, the soldier (later identified as Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl) said he was “scared I won’t be able to go home.“ Authorities in Tennessee arrested Jacob Shaffer in the deaths of six people, five of whom were found slain near Fayetteville; the sixth body was discovered in Huntsville, Alabama. (The victims included Shaffer’s wife, her father, her brother and teenage son. Shaffer later admitted to all the killings and was sentenced to life in prison.)

One year ago: Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing.

Today’s Birthdays:

Former Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, is 93

Conductor Kurt Masur is 87

Skating champion and commentator Dick Button is 85

Movie director Paul Verhoeven is 76

Musician Brian Auger is 75

Singer Dion DiMucci is 75

Actor James Brolin is 74

Baseball executive Joe Torre is 74

Singer Martha Reeves is 73

Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack is 73

Pop-rock musician Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) is 65

Country-rock singer Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League) is 65

Actress Margo Martindale is 63

Singer Ricky Skaggs is 60

Actress Audrey Landers is 58

Golfer Nick Faldo is 57

Rock musician Nigel Twist (The Alarm) is 56

Actress Anne-Marie Johnson is 54

Actress Elizabeth McGovern is 53

Rock musician John Hermann (Widespread Panic) is 52

Rock musician Jack Irons is 52

Actor Vin Diesel is 47

Actor Grant Bowler is 46

Retired NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway is 43

Alt-country singer Elizabeth Cook is 42

Actor Eddie Matos is 42

MLB All-Star Torii Hunter is 39

Dance music singer-songwriter M.I.A. is 39

Rock musician Daron Malakian (System of a Down; Scars on Broadway) is 39

Rock musician Tony Fagenson (Eve 6) is 36

Movie director Jared Hess is 35

Actor Jason Weaver is 35

Actress Kristen Bell is 34

Rock singer Ryan Cabrera is 32

Christian-rock musician Aaron Gillespie (Underoath) is 31

Actor Chace Crawford is 29

Actor Travis Milne (TV: “Rookie Blue”) is 28

Bluegrass musician Joe Dean Jr. (Dailey & Vincent) is 25

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Awards $1.3 Million in Arts Grants

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About $1.3 million in art grants have been awarded to 55 organizations and 25 individual artists across West Virginia.

The state Commission on the Arts and the Division of Culture and History announced the grants this week

More than $724,000 will provide general operating support to a dozen long-standing arts organizations.

More than $290,000 is for projects that offer arts programming to the public, and for planning and organizational development projects that strengthen West Virginia arts organizations.

An additional $105,000 will provide funding for school arts projects and tours that expose students to performing, literary and visual artists.

The remainder of the grants will support other initiatives, including funding to artists to expand or improve their work.


Provides funding for in-school and out-of-school curriculum-based arts projects that meet the state Content Standards and Objectives, and tours that expose students in pre-K through 12th grade to various performing, literary and visual artists.

Greenbrier County Schools, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $27,745 for artist/professional fees, lodging, study guides, and transportation for students for “Spotlight on Schools” and “Creative Classrooms.”

High Rocks Educational Corporation, Hillsboro, Pocahontas County: $9,560 for artist/professional fees, travel costs, supplies, and materials for “Camp Steele Arts Programming,” “New Beginnings Arts Programming” and “Song School.”

Kanawha County Schools, Charleston, Kanawha County: $5,000 for contracted artist/professional fees for “Earth’s Quilt: Common Threads” tour.

Marshall County Schools, Moundsville, Marshall County: $12,050 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Exploring the Curriculum and Imagination through Dance and Poetry.”

Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society, dba WVSO-Parkersburg, Parkersburg, Wood County: $10,500 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for Young People’s Concerts, including “Rumplestiltskin” and “Tubby the Tuba.”

The Old Brick Playhouse Company, Elkins, Randolph County: $15,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and project supplies/materials for “Textitude – An Adventure in Positive Thinking” school tour.

West Virginia Professional Dance Company, Beckley, Raleigh County: $15,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Earth’s Quilt: Common Threads” tour.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Inc., Charleston, Kanawha County: $5,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Life Is Better With Music: Montclair String Quartet Tour FY2015.”

West Virginia Youth Symphony, Charleston, Kanawha County: $4,800 for contracted artist/professional fees for instruction in sectional and chamber ensembles.


Provides funding to support access to and deeper experiences of American masterpieces and works of American masters.

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, Kanawha County: $10,000 forThe Great Gatsby Theatre Outreach Project.”
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, Cabell County: $10,000 forAnsel Adams: Masterworks.”

Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, Ohio County: $7,500 for “The Lawrence Project.”


Provides general operating support to long-standing, stable arts organizations.
Total: $724,426

ArtsBridge Inc., Parkersburg, Wood County: $27,755

Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $71,651

Charleston Ballet, Charleston, Kanawha County: $34,852

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, Kanawha County:  $113,748

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County:  $63,022

Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, Cabell County: $99,940

Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $18,439

Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, Ohio County: $78,825

Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, Wood County: $30,211

Randolph County Community Arts Council, Elkins, Randolph County: $31,279

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, Kanawha County: $89,514

Wheeling Symphony Society, Wheeling, Ohio County: $65,190


Provides funding for innovative projects that provide arts education to community members, expand or improve access to art experiences, use the arts as a catalyst for change, address cultural tourism and celebrate the unique characteristics of the arts in West Virginia, or create strong communities through the arts.
Total: $40,691

Carnegie Hall Inc., Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $10,000 for the first Lewisburg Music Festival set for July 26, 2014.

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $3,091 for a school touring program, “Providing Access to Theatre Arts.”

Morgan Arts Council Inc., Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $10,250 for Engage Berkeley Springs, a pilot project that will document the transformation of Berkeley Springs through murals, mosaics, and sculpture.

The Old Brick Playhouse Company, Elkins, Randolph County: $10,000 for development of original cultural history productions on board the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad excursion trains.
Wheeling Symphony Society, Wheeling, Ohio County: $7,350 for family oriented, pre-concert events and workshops focusing on the importance of classical music in animation.


Provides support for projects that offer arts programming to the public and planning and organizational development projects that strengthen West Virginia arts organizations.
Total: $294,417

Arthurdale Heritage Inc., Arthurdale, Preston County: $850 to help pay musicians to play live music during the New Deal Festival in July.

Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County: $6,000 for a re-granting program that funds innovative arts, music and humanities projects in Jefferson County’s public schools.

ArtsLink Inc., New Martinsville, Wetzel County: $18,470 to help support the 2015 Missoula Children’s Theater program.

Arts Monongahela, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $2,700 for a regranting program for arts organizations and artists.

Beckley Area Foundation, Beckley, Raleigh County: $4,000 to help pay musicians’ fees for a free Labor Day weekend concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Charles Mathena II Foundation, Princeton, Mercer County: $17,258 to help pay for its 2014 concert series.

Charleston Chamber Music Society, Charleston, Kanawha County: $6,931 to help pay artists fees to Carpe Diem String Quartet, Red Priest and Garth Newel Piano Quartet.

Clarksburg Harrison County Cultural Foundation, Clarksburg, Harrison County: $5,400 for a re-granting program that benefits the Chanticleer Children’s Chorus, Studio for the Performing Arts, West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, West Virginia Jazz Society, Fort New Salem, Shinnston Community Band and the Clarksburg Harrison Public Library.

Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County: $19,774 to help pay fees to stage directors, actors and designers involved in the theater’s upcoming season.

Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, Randolph County: $18,092 to help pay fees for master artists to conduct workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center.
Fairmont Chamber Music Society, Fairmont, Marion County: $4,100 to help pay artists’ fees to the West Virginia University Piano Quartet, Richter UIzer Duo, Zodiak Trio and Mana Saxophone Quartet.

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, Marion County: $7,200 to help pay musicians’ fees for a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Friends of the Alban Arts and Conference Center, St. Albans, Kanawha County: $8,875 to help pay artists’ fees for its upcoming season that includes “Bell, Book and Candle,” “Catch and Release,” “Brilliant Traces,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Copenhagen,” and “Legend of Sleeping Beauty.”

Highland Arts Unlimited Inc., Keyser, Mineral County: $10,650 to help pay for concerts featuring the Potomac Concert Band, Brian Gurl’s “Manilow, Joel and the Beatles Rediscovered” and Latshaw Productions’ “Christmas Memories” as well as the American Family Theater’s production of “Cinderella.” 

Historic Beverly Preservation Inc., Beverly, Randolph County: $1,845 to help provide traditional music and artisan demonstrations during Beverly Heritage Days in July and the Beverly Old-Fashioned Christmas in December, and music during Rhythm and Wine in August.

Kanawha Valley FOOTMAD, Charleston, Kanawha County: $10,000 to help pay the salary of a part-time arts administrator to manage activities, projects and initiatives, and artists’ fees for its 2015 concert series.

Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society, Parkersburg, Wood County: $12,000 to help pay musicians’ fees for a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $15,000 to help pay the salary and benefits for an events & facilities coordinator assigned to help expand art experiences at the newly renovated Ice House art and community center and optimize its revenue-generating capacity.

Northern West Virginia Dance Council, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $9,362 to help pay for dancers, costume directors and other costs associated with its productions of “Snow Queen” and “Snow White.”

Old Brick Playhouse, Elkins, Randolph County: $4,500 to help pay the salaries of a part-time education development associate and a part-time arts development associate who work primarily with its Polar Express excursion train.

Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation: $11,105 to pay artists’ fees for its 2014-15 performance series.

Randolph County Community Arts Council, $11,250 to help pay the salary of a program support specialist to assist in the art center’s daily operations.

River Cities Symphony Orchestra, Parkersburg, Wood County:  $8,559 to help pay musicians’ fees for two educational concerts, a fall concert, a joint concert of the River Cities Symphony Orchestra and Marietta College choruses, and its annual pops concert.

Trillium Performing Arts Collective, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $16,580 to help pay for choreographers, videographer, guest artists and other stage personnel for its concert series of dance and movement, Trillium Performing Youth program and two educational workshops.

Weirton Area Civic Foundation, Weirton, Hancock County: $3,600 to help pay musicians fees for Wheeling Symphony concert.

West Virginia Artists & Craftsmen’s Guild, Harrisville, Ritchie County: $3,207 to help pay costs associated with its 10th biennial guild juried competition.

West Virginia Jazz Society Inc., Weston, Lewis County: $2,385 to help pay artists’ fees to musicians who will be performing at the Bridgeport Jazz Festival.

West Virginia Professional Dance Company, Beckley, Raleigh County: $17,500 to help pay for composers, dancers and choreographers involved with its new educational touring show, “Earth’s Quilt – Common Threads.”

West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Parkersburg, Wood County: $6,369 to help pay artists’ fees for concerts and workshops featuring the men’s vocal ensemble Cantus and Sô Percussion.

Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Beckley, Raleigh County: $23,655 to help pay expenses for an exhibit titled “In Centuries of Childhood: An American Story” and another one titled “Science and Art.”


Provides funding for arts projects to small and emerging organizations with budgets of less than $30,000.
Total: $16,780

Lunar Stratagem, Huntington, Cabell County: $3,000 for its “Page to Stage Literacy Project.”

Monroe Arts Alliance, Union, Monroe County: $1,500 for its student/mentor arts scholarship program.

Preston Community Arts Center, Kingwood, Preston County: $2,900 for its “Laurel Mountain Coffee House” series.

Theatre de Jeunesse, Parkersburg, Wood County: $1,230 for Youth Theatre Project’s production of “Camelot.”

Tri-State Arts Association, Huntington, Cabell County: $2,150 for its juried exhibition 2014.

West Virginia International Film Festival, Charleston, Kanawha County: $3,000 for its spring and fall festival series.

West Virginia Storytelling Guild, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $3,000 for “Speak: Shepherdstown Storytelling Series.”


Provides funding to artists to expand or improve their work.
Total: $54,914

Norma Jean Acord, Fairdale, Raleigh County: $2,466 to purchase an electric pottery kiln and a banding wheel.

Lee Badger, Hedgesville, Berkeley County: $1,280 to purchase a reversible ingot mold and metal rolling mill to create nonstandard working stock in his art metal studio.

Roger Banks, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $1,641 to attend the 2014 American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference and pay annual memberships to three professional organizations.

James Biggs, Princeton, Mercer County: $1,317 to purchase an entry-level 3-D printer and 3-D print filament to create silicone molds for lost-wax aluminum castings for use in his mixed-media sculptures.

Cristofer Botkin, Nitro, Kanawha County: $2,416 to purchase a Hobart Ironman 230 MIG Welder and spool gun that will enable him to create larger sculptures as well as a planer, jointer and mortising machine to make finely crafted furniture and other wood projects.

Sarah C. Brown, Buckhannon, Upshur County: $1,875 to take a class at Penland School of Crafts and purchase rubber-based ink and paper.

Amber Carman, Huttonsville, Randolph County: $2,500 to purchase a torch with hanger and Fenton Glass frit and cullet, and batch.

Christopher L. Clark, Princeton, Mercer County: $2,500 to buy a MacBook Pro and Apple Thunderbolt display to create larger illustrations and stage sets.

Jeff Fetty, Spencer, Roane County: $2,405 to travel with an apprentice to Faizabad in northern India to work with local smiths in creating a sculpture and to research and photograph traditional blacksmiths in that region for later publication.

Charlene Cooper Fulton, Charleston, Kanawha County: $1,574 to attend a 5-day quilting workshop, “Abstracting from Nature,” being taught by Jane Sassaman at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops.

Rebecca Hill, Elkins, Randolph County: $2,448 to attend the DC Tap Festival and take private tap-dancing lessons at the Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Mary Hott, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $2,500 to attend Circlesongs, a seven-day workshop on improvisational singing techniques conducted by musician Bobby McFerrin.

Christine P. Keller, Buckhannon, Upshur County: $1,193 to purchase an electric pottery kiln, cutters, and other accessories.

John Kelly, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $2,500 to purchase a Canon XF305 professional camcorder for an online art series that profiles West Virginia artists.

Simon Oliver Lollis, Hillsboro, Pocahontas County: $2,500 to purchase a 25-ton hydraulic forging metal press and heat-treating furnace to produce Damascus billets for knives.

Catherine V. Moore, Fayetteville, Fayette County: $2,155 to purchase a MacBook Pro, computer software and online training to advance her use of audio in documentaries.

Linda S. Rhodes, Culloden, Putnam County: $571 to purchase glass-fusing equipment.

Diane Sanders, Parkersburg, Wood County: $2,500 to buy a Nikon digital camera and battery grip for improved focus, depth of field, color and clarity of her photographs. 

Stuart P. Strong, Elkins, Randolph County: $2,500 to purchase a dust-collection system for his woodshop.

Benjamin Townsend, Romney, Hampshire County: $2,126 to take fiddle lessons from Nora Friedman in New York.

The Tamarack Foundation, Charleston, Kanawha County: $4,528 to host a workshop to help West Virginia artists hone their marketing skills, product-development strategies and more with an emphasis on the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, which is known for its successful retail market expansion.

Cara Wallace, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $2,500 to attend the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum teacher certification seminar in New York City.

Sarah L. Walters, Davis, Tucker County: $2,282 to purchase soldering and metal-forming equipment, and an air-filtration system for her metal-smithing studio.

Lucas Warner, Hendricks, Tucker County: $700 to travel as an apprentice under Jeff Fetty to Faizabad in northern India to work with local smiths in creating a sculpture.

Jennifer Wilson, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $1,575 for members of the Jenny Wilson Trio to study under jazz master Hal Galper in New York.

Henry H. Ullman, Buckhannon, Upshur County: $2,362 to purchase a bowl-coring system, larger chunks and tooling.

Flashback: What Happened on July 17, ....


•  1863 The West Virginia Legislature appointed D. D. T. Farnsworth, L. E. Davidson, and Lewis Ballard to inspect construction progress on the State Insane Asylum at Weston, Lewis County. It was later re-named the Weston State Mental Hospital.

•  1908 Frank Johnson was executed by hanging at the West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville (Marshall County) for a murder committed in Harrison County.

•  1922 Twelve hundred striking armed coal miners from Pennsylvania burned a coal tipple of the Richland Coal Company near Cliftonville, Brooke County.

•  1951 Democrat Elizabeth Kee of Bluefield was elected to complete the unexpired term of her husband, John Kee, who died in May, thus becoming the first woman in the state’s history to serve in Congress. John Kee had appointed his wife as an executive assistant in 1937.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 17

Today is Thursday, July 17, the 198th day of 2014. There are 167 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“Dreams have as much influence as actions.“ — Stephane Mallarme (stay-FAN’ ma-lar-MAY’), French essayist and poet (1842-1898).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 17, 1944, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ships exploded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in California.

On this date:

In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

In 1918, Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began as right-wing army generals launched a coup attempt against the Second Spanish Republic.

In 1938, aviator Douglas Corrigan took off from New York, saying he was headed for California; he ended up in Ireland, supposedly by accident, earning the nickname “Wrong Way Corrigan.“

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In 1954, the two-day inaugural Newport Jazz Festival, billed as “The First American Jazz Festival,“ opened in Rhode Island; among the performers the first night was Billie Holiday, who died in New York on this date in 1959 at age 44.

In 1955, Disneyland had its opening day in Anaheim, California.

In 1962, the United States conducted its last atmospheric nuclear test to date, detonating a 20-kiloton device, codenamed Little Feller I, at the Nevada Test Site.

In 1974, Baseball Hall of Famer Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean, 64, died in Reno, Nevada.

In 1975, an Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower link-up of its kind.

In 1981, 114 people were killed when a pair of suspended walkways above the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed during a tea dance.

In 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Europe-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island, New York, shortly after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 230 people aboard.

In 1998, Nicholas II, last of the Romanov czars, was formally buried in Russia 80 years after he and his family were slain by the Bolsheviks.

Ten years ago:

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia (AHK’-mehd kuh-RAY’-uh) submitted his resignation to Yasser Arafat, who rejected it the next day.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mockingly used the term “girlie men” during a rally as he claimed Democrats were delaying the state budget by catering to special interests.

Five years ago: Former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite died in New York at 92.

Bombs ripped through two luxury hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing seven victims and wounding at least 50 more.

The space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the international space station to deliver the third and final component of a billion-dollar Japanese lab.

Gordon Waller, of the pop duo Peter and Gordon, died in Norwich, Connecticut, at 64.

One year ago:

In a heated House Judiciary Committee hearing on domestic spying, members of Congress said they’d never intended to allow the National Security Agency to build a database of every phone call in America, while top Obama administration officials countered that the once-secret program was legal and necessary to keep America safe.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Donald Sutherland is 79

Actress-singer Diahann Carroll is 79

Comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor is 74

Rock musician Spencer Davis is 72

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is 67

Rock musician Terry “Geezer” Butler is 65

Actress Lucie Arnaz is 63

Actor David Hasselhoff is 62

Rock musician Fran Smith Jr. (The Hooters) is 62

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 60

Television producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor,“ ‘'The Apprentice”) is 54

Actress Nancy Giles is 54

Singer Regina Belle is 51

Rock musician Kim Shattuck is 51

Country singer Craig Morgan is 50

Rock musician Lou Barlow is 48

Contemporary Christian singer Susan Ashton is 47

Actor Andre Royo is 46

Actress Bitty Schram is 46

Actor Jason Clarke is 45

Singer JC (PM Dawn) is 43

Rapper Sole’ is 41

Country singer Luke Bryan is 38

Actor Eric Winter is 38

Hockey player Marc Savard is 37

Actor Mike Vogel is 35

Actor Tom Cullen (TV: “Downton Abbey”) is 29

Actor Brando Eaton is 28

Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeremih (jehr-uh-MY’) is 27

Actress Summer Bishil (BIHSH’-ihl) is 26

Weston: Civil War “Living History” Weekend - July 25-27, 2014

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Flashback: What Happened on July 16, ....


•  1863 The governor approved an act prohibiting speech or actions which might spark armed insurrection.

•  1869 Oil industry tycoon Michael Late Benedum was born in Bridgeport, Harrison County.

•  1904 The first telephone in Barges, Mingo County, was installed at a saloon.

•  1973 Governor Moore named David Bordenkircher as the new warden of the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville (Marshall County).

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 16

Today is Wednesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2014. There are 168 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“I think I’ve discovered the secret of life — you just hang around until you get used to it.“ — Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (1922-2000).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 16, 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

On this date:

In 1790, a site along the Potomac River was designated the permanent seat of the United States government; the area became Washington, D.C.

In 1862, Flag Officer David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the United States Navy.

In 1912, New York gambler Herman Rosenthal, set to testify before a grand jury about police corruption, was gunned down by members of the Lennox Avenue Gang.

In 1935, the first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City.

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In 1951, the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger was first published by Little, Brown and Co.

In 1964, as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco, Barry M. Goldwater declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” and that “moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.“

In 1979, Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq.

In 1980, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Detroit.

In 1981, singer Harry Chapin was killed when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer on New York’s Long Island Expressway.

In 1989, conductor Herbert von Karajan died near Salzburg, Austria, at age 81.

In 1994, the first of 21 pieces of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashed into Jupiter, to the joy of astronomers awaiting the celestial fireworks.

In 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Ten years ago:

Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement by a federal judge in New York for lying about a stock sale.

Some 90 children were killed in a school fire in southern India.

Chicago held the grand opening of its new Millennium Park.

Former Georgia Gov. George Busbee died in Savannah at age 76.

Five years ago:

Saying that civil rights leaders from decades past had paved the way for his election as the nation’s first black commander in chief, President Barack Obama paid homage to the NAACP during a convention in New York, and advised members that their work remained unfinished.

In an embarrassing acknowledgment, NASA admitted that in all likelihood, it had recorded over the original videotapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

One year ago:

Egypt’s interim leader, Adly Mansour, swore in a Cabinet that included women and Christians but no Islamists as the military-backed administration moved swiftly to formalize the new political order.

Twenty-three children, between the ages of 5 and 12, were fatally poisoned by pesticide-contaminated lunches served at a school in eastern India.

The American League beat the National League 3-0 in the All-Star Game.

Today’s Birthdays:

Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 82

Soul singer Denise LaSalle is 80

Soul singer William Bell is 75

International Tennis Hall of Famer Margaret Court is 72

College Football Hall of Famer and football coach Jimmy Johnson is 71

Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is 66

Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 66

Rock composer-musician Stewart Copeland is 62

Playwright Tony Kushner is 58

Dancer Michael Flatley is 56

Actress Phoebe Cates is 51

Actor Daryl “Chill” Mitchell is 49

Actor-comedian Will Ferrell is 47

Actor Jonathan Adams is 47

College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders is 46

Actress Rain Pryor is 45

Actor Corey Feldman is 43

Rock musician Ed Kowalczyk (Live) is 43

Rock singer Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool) is 40

Actress Jayma Mays is 35

Actress AnnaLynne McCord is 27

Actor-singer James Maslow is 24

Actor Mark Indelicato is 20

Flashback: What Happened on July 15, ....


•  1863 The governor approved an act giving African-Americans the same rights to criminal trial as whites.

•  1863 Union and Confederate forces fought skirmishes at Halltown, Jefferson County. That same day, Union forces defeated Confederate forces in a skirmish at Shepherdstown, Jefferson County.

•  1868 The Harrison County Board of Education awarded a contract to construct an African-American free school in Clarksburg.

•  1919 West Virginia turned over to Virginia $13,500,000 in gold bonds to be paid off in 20 years for the “Virginia Debt” on July 15, 1919.

•  1920 West Virginia paid to Virginia $13,500,000 in 20-year gold bonds toward its debt.

•  1971 The prison sentence of former governor Wally Barron was reduced from 25 to 12 years.

•  1981 New Martinsville (Wetzel County) attorney H. John Rogers announced he would run against Senator Robert Byrd in the 1982 election. During the press conference, he physically attacked a WSAZ-TV reporter.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 15

Today is Tuesday, July 15, the 196th day of 2014. There are 169 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“Advice is a free gift that can become expensive for the one who gets it.“ — Armenian proverb.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 15, 1964, Sen. Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona was nominated for president by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.

On this date:

In 1799, French soldiers in Egypt discovered the Rosetta Stone, which proved instrumental in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union. Manitoba entered confederation as the fifth Canadian province.

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In 1916, Boeing Co., originally known as Pacific Aero Products Co., was founded in Seattle.

In 1932, President Herbert Hoover announced he was slashing his own salary by 20%, from $75,000 to $60,000 a year; he also cut Cabinet members’ salaries by 15%, from $15,000 to $12,750 a year.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman was nominated for another term of office by the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

In 1954, a prototype of the Boeing 707, the model 367-80, made its maiden flight from Renton Field south of Seattle.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon delivered a televised address in which he announced that he had accepted an invitation to visit the People’s Republic of China.

In 1976, a 36-hour kidnap ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, California, by three gunmen and imprisoned in an underground cell. (The captives escaped unharmed.)

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter delivered his “malaise” speech in which he lamented what he called a “crisis of confidence” in America.

In 1983, eight people were killed when a suitcase bomb planted by Armenian extremists exploded at the Turkish Airlines counter at Orly Airport in Paris.

In 1992, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was nominated for president at the Democratic national convention in New York.

In 2010, after 85 days, BP stopped the flow of oil from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico using a 75-ton cap lowered onto the wellhead earlier in the week.

Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush signed into law a measure imposing mandatory prison terms for criminals who used identity theft in committing terrorist acts and other offenses.

The Senate approved a plan to pay tobacco farmers $12 billion to give up federal quotas propping up their prices.

Retired Air Force Gen. Charles W. Sweeney, who’d piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki in the final days of World War II, died in Boston at age 84.

Five years ago:

A Russian-made Iranian jetliner carrying 168 people crashed after taking off from Tehran, killing everyone aboard.

After more than a month’s delay, space shuttle Endeavour and seven astronauts thundered into orbit on a flight to the international space station.

One year ago:

Two days after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, Attorney General Eric Holder called the killing a “tragic, unnecessary shooting,“ and said the Justice Department would follow “the facts and the law” as it reviewed evidence to see whether federal criminal charges were warranted. (Federal authorities have yet to reach a decision in the case.)

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel, was captured in the first major blow against an organized crime leader by Mexican officials.

Today’s Birthdays:

Author Clive Cussler is 83

Actor Ken Kercheval is 79

Former Sen. George V. Voinovich, R-Ohio, is 78

Actor Patrick Wayne is 75

Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 70

Rhythm-and-blues singer Millie Jackson is 70

Rock singer-musician Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) is 69

Singer Linda Ronstadt is 68

Rock musician Artimus Pyle is 66

Actor Terry O’Quinn is 62

Rock musician Marky Ramone is 58

Rock musician Joe Satriani is 58

Country singer-songwriter Mac McAnally is 57

Model Kim Alexis is 54

Actor Willie Aames is 54

Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 53

Actress Lolita Davidovich is 53

Actress Brigitte Nielsen is 51

Rock musician Jason Bonham is 48

Actress Amanda Foreman is 48

Actor Kristoff St. John is 48

Rock musician Phillip Fisher is 47

Rhythm-and-blues singer Stokley (Mint Condition) is 47

Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin is 46

Actor Stan Kirsch is 46

Actor Reggie Hayes is 45

Actor-screenwriter Jim Rash is 43

Rock musician John Dolmayan is 42

Actor Scott Foley is 42

Actor Brian Austin Green is 41

Rapper Jim Jones is 38

Actress Diane Kruger is 38

Actress Lana Parrilla (LAH’-nuh pa-REE’-uh) is 37

Rock musician Ray Toro (My Chemical Romance) is 37

Actress Laura Benanti is 35

Actor Travis Fimmel is 35

Rhythm-and-blues singer Kia Thornton (Divine) is 33

Actor Tristan Wilds is 25

Flashback: What Happened on July 14, ....


•  1921 Senate Committee on Education and Labor began in investigation of the violence in the West Virginia coal fields.

•  1946 WMON - AM radio went on the air, the first radio station in Montgomery, Fayette County.

•  1969 The Executive Committee of the Bituminous Coal Operators Association dismissed president George Judy and appointed Guy Farmer to succeed him on an interim basis.

•  1969 WMUL - TV television station, a Public Broadcasting System station, went on the air in Huntington, in association with Marshall University. It later changed its call letters to WPBY - TV.

•  1992 West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton and United States Senator “Jay” Rockefeller addressed the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York city.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 14

Today is Monday, July 14, the 195th day of 2014. There are 170 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.“ — Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (1672-1719).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 14, 1789, in an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside.

On this date:

In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias “Billy the Kid,“ was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner in present-day New Mexico.

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In 1913, Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Neb.

In 1914, scientist Robert H. Goddard received a U.S. patent for a liquid-fueled rocket apparatus.

In 1921, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted in Dedham, Massachusetts, of murdering a shoe company paymaster and his guard. (Sacco and Vanzetti were executed six years later.)

In 1933, all German political parties, except the Nazi Party, were outlawed. Cartoon character Popeye the Sailor made his movie debut in the Fleischer Studios animated short, “Popeye the Sailor.“

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure providing funds for a national monument honoring scientist George Washington Carver; the monument was built at Carver’s birthplace near Diamond, Missouri.

In 1958, the army of Iraq overthrew the monarchy.

In 1964, in a speech to the Republican national convention in San Francisco, New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller was booed by supporters of Barry Goldwater as he called on the GOP to denounce political extremists.

In 1966, eight student nurses were murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory.

In 1976, Jimmy Carter won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in New York.

in 1980, the Republican national convention opened in Detroit, where nominee-apparent Ronald Reagan told a welcoming rally he and his supporters were determined to “make America great again.“

In 1999, race-based school busing in Boston came to an end after 25 years.

Ten years ago:

The Senate scuttled a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. (Forty-eight senators voted to advance the measure — 12 short of the 60 needed — and 50 voted to block it).

In Iraq, a suicide attacker detonated a massive car bomb at a checkpoint near the British Embassy and the interim government’s headquarters in Baghdad, killing 11 people; the governor of Nineveh province was killed in an attack on his convoy.

Five years ago:

At her Senate confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor pushed back vigorously against Republican charges that she would bring bias and a liberal agenda to the nation’s highest bench.

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff arrived at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina to begin serving a 150-year sentence for his massive Ponzi scheme.

The American League continued its dominance over the National League with a 4-3 win in the All-Star game at new Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

One year ago:

Thousands of demonstrators across the country protested a Florida jury’s decision the day before to clear George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl), in a TV interview, called for tougher European and global rules on data protection amid fallout from recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 88

Actress Nancy Olson is 86

Actress Polly Bergen is 84

Former football player and actor Rosey Grier is 82

Actor Vincent Pastore is 68

Former music company executive Tommy Mottola (muh-TOH’-luh) is 65

Rock musician Chris Cross (Ultravox) is 62

Actor Jerry Houser is 62

Actor-director Eric Laneuville is 62

Actor Stan Shaw is 62

Movie producer Scott Rudin is 56

Singer-guitarist Kyle Gass is 54

Country musician Ray Herndon (McBride and the Ride) is 54

Actress Jane Lynch is 54

Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 53

Actor Matthew Fox is 48

Rock musician Ellen Reid (Crash Test Dummies) is 48

Rock singer-musician Tanya Donelly is 48

Actress Missy Gold is 44

Olympic gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is 43

Rhythm-and-blues singer Tameka Cottle (Xscape) is 39

Country singer Jamey Johnson is 39

Hip-hop musician taboo (Black Eyed Peas) is 39

Actor Scott Porter is 35

Flashback: What Happened on July 13, ....


•  1887 Trustees of the Methodist Conference chose Buckhannon, Upshur County, as the site of its Conference Seminary. This later became West Virginia Wesleyan College.

•  1948 UMW coal miners went on strike at the DuPont plant at Belle, Kanawha County.

•  1984 Two striking employees were hit by automobiles while marching on the picket line at the Heartland Nursing Home in Beckley (Raleigh County).

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 13

Today is Sunday, July 13, the 194th day of 2014. There are 171 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.“ — Eugene V. Debs, American labor activist (1855-1926).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On July 13, 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first commercial recording, “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood,“ with Harry James and his Orchestra for the Brunswick label.

On this date:

In 1787, the Congress of the Confederation adopted the Northwest Ordinance, which established a government in the Northwest Territory, an area corresponding to the present-day Midwest and Upper Midwest.

In 1793, French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, who was executed four days later.

In 1863, deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupted in New York City. (The insurrection was put down three days later.)

In 1923, a sign consisting of 50-foot-tall letters spelling out “HOLLYWOODLAND” was dedicated in the Hollywood Hills to promote a subdivision (the last four letters were removed in 1949).

In 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party’s convention in Los Angeles.

In 1972, George McGovern received the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Miami Beach.

In 1973, former presidential aide Alexander P. Butterfield revealed to Senate Watergate Committee staff members the existence of President Richard Nixon’s secret White House taping system. (Butterfield’s public revelation came three days later.)

In 1974, the Senate Watergate Committee proposed sweeping reforms in an effort to prevent another Watergate scandal.

In 1977, a blackout lasting 25 hours hit the New York City area.

In 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.

In 1985, “Live Aid,“ an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

In 1999, Angel Maturino Resendiz, suspected of being the “Railroad Killer,“ surrendered in El Paso, Texas. (Resendiz was executed in 2006.) Stanley Kubrick’s final film, “Eyes Wide Shut” starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, had its premiere in Los Angeles. (The movie opened in wide release three days later.)

Ten years ago:

A confidant of Osama bin Laden (Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harbi) surrendered to Saudi diplomats in Iran and was flown to Saudi Arabia.

The American League cruised past the National League 9-4 in the All-Star game at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Five years ago:

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court nominee in history, vowed loyalty to “the impartiality of our justice system” at the start of her Senate confirmation hearing.

President Barack Obama, back from his overseas trip, stepped forcefully back into the health care debate as he presented his nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Regina Benjamin.

One year ago:

A jury in Sanford, Florida, cleared neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

Tim Lincecum threw the second no-hitter in 11 days as the San Francisco Giants defeated the last-place San Diego Padres 9-0. Actor Cory Monteith, who’d shot to fame in the hit TV series “Glee” but was beset by addiction struggles, was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; he was 31.

Attorney Leonard Garment, 89, a friend and adviser to President Richard Nixon, died in New York.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Patrick Stewart is 74

Actor Robert Forster is 73

Actor Harrison Ford is 72

Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) is 72

Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 68

Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid is 66

Actress Didi Conn is 63

Singer Louise Mandrell is 60

Actor-director Cameron Crowe is 57

Tennis player Anders Jarryd is 53

Rock musician Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera (Marcy Playground) is 52

Actor Michael Jace is 52

Comedian Tom Kenny (TV: “SpongeBob SquarePants”) is 52

Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 52

Bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent is 52

Actor Kenny Johnson is 51

Country singer Neil Thrasher is 49

Singer Deborah Cox is 41

Actress Ashley Scott is 37

Rock musician Will Champion (Coldplay) is 36

Actor Fran Kranz is 33

Actor Colton Haynes is 26

Actor Steven R. McQueen is 26

Flashback: What Happened on July 12, ....


•  1941 Governor Neely prohibited the “beating of inmates” at the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys at Pruntytown. Shortly before the announcement, Governor Neely had confiscated several whips during a surprise visit to Pruntytown. To improve conditions, he appointed future United States Representative from West Virginia Robert Mollohan as the new superintendent.

•  1984 Employees went on strike at the Heartland Nursing Home in Beckley (Raleigh County), protesting a proposed cut in wages and benefits. Violence occurred numerous times during the fifteen-day strike, with several strikers hit by automobiles.

•  1985 Former UMW president Arnold Miller died of cancer and was buried in the Montgomery cemetery at London, Kanawha County.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 12

Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

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“The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again.“ — Alan Paton, South African author (1903-1988).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.

On this date:

In 1543, England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.

In 1690, forces led by William of Orange defeated the army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing the Medal of Honor.

In 1909, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states. (It was declared ratified in February 1913.)

In 1943, the World War II tank battle of Prokhorovka between German invaders and Soviet defenders took place with no clear victor.

In 1948, the Democratic National Convention, which nominated President Harry S. Truman for a second term of office, opened in Philadelphia.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was flown by helicopter from the White House to a secret mountaintop location as part of a drill involving a mock nuclear attack on Washington.

In 1967, six days of race-related rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey; the violence claimed 26 lives.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon signed a measure creating the Congressional Budget Office. Former White House aide John Ehrlichman and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg’s former psychiatrist.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter defended Supreme Court limits on government payments for poor women’s abortions, saying, “There are many things in life that are not fair.“

In 1988, Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis tapped Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as his running mate.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton, visiting Germany, went to the eastern sector of Berlin, the first president to do so since Harry Truman.

Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush defended the Iraq war during a visit to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, saying the invasion had made America safer.

Wall Street brokerage Morgan Stanley settled a sex discrimination suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, agreeing to pay $54 million.

Five years ago:

Rebels in Nigeria set fire to an oil depot and loading tankers in Lagos, killing five people in the group’s first attack outside the Delta region.

Eun Hee Ji of South Korea made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, finishing off an even-par 71 to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

One year ago:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her resignation.

A train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed and crashed outside Paris; at least six people were killed and dozens injured.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden emerged from weeks of hiding in a Moscow airport, meeting with Russian officials and rights activists.

The Texas Senate passed sweeping new abortion restrictions, sending them to Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law after weeks of protests and rallies that drew thousands of people to the Capitol.

Today’s Birthdays:

Movie director Monte Hellman is 85

Comedian Bill Cosby is 77

Singer-musician Christine McVie is 71

Actress Denise Nicholas is 70

Singer-songwriter Butch Hancock is 69

Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 66

Actor Jay Thomas is 66

Singer Walter Egan is 66

Writer-producer Brian Grazer is 63

Actress Cheryl Ladd is 63

Country singer Julie Miller is 58

Gospel singer Sandi Patty is 58

Actress Mel Harris is 58

Actor Buddy Foster is 57

Rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) is 52

Actress Judi Evans is 50

Rock singer Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms) is 49

Actress Lisa Nicole Carson is 45

Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 43

Country singer Shannon Lawson is 41

Rapper Magoo is 41

Actress Anna Friel is 38

Rhythm-and-blues singer Tracie Spencer is 38

Actor Steve Howey is 37

Actor Topher Grace is 36

Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 36

Country singer-musician Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) is 31

Actress Natalie Martinez is 30

Golfer Inbee Park is 26

Actor Erik Per Sullivan is 23

Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber is 19

Flashback: What Happened on July 11, ....


•  1867 West Virginia governor John J. Cornwell was born in Ritchie County.

•  1935 WPAR radio went on the air, the first radio station in Parkersburg. The call letters were later changed to WIKS.

•  1978 The West Virginia Board of Regents approved plans for the new Mountaineer Field at West Virginia University in Morgantown (Monongalia County). The legislature had appropriated $20 million in 1977 for construction of a new football stadium.

•  1990 Former Governor Arch A.Moore, Jr. is sentenced by Federal district judge to five years and ten months in prison and a $170,000 fine for a variety of corrupt practices both in and out of office.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 11

Today is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014. There are 173 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“Don’t waste your time striving for perfection, instead, strive for excellence — doing your best.“ — Laurence Olivier (1907-1989).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On July 11, 1914, Babe Ruth made his Major League baseball debut, pitching the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland.

On this date:

In 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts.

In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band.

In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

In 1864, Confederate forces led by Lt. Gen. Jubal Early began an abortive invasion of Washington, turning back the next day.

In 1922, the Hollywood Bowl officially opened with a program called “Symphonies Under the Stars” with Alfred Hertz conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first incumbent chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal.

In 1937, American composer and pianist George Gershwin died at a Los Angeles hospital of a brain tumor; he was 38.

In 1952, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.

In 1960, the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee was first published by J.B. Lippincott and Co.

In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee released volumes of evidence it had gathered in its Watergate inquiry.

In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station Skylab made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.

In 1989, actor and director Laurence Olivier died in Steyning, West Sussex, England, at age 82.

Ten years ago:

Japan’s largest opposition party experienced strong gains in upper house elections, while Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling bloc held on to a majority.

The International AIDS Conference opened in Bangkok, Thailand, with U.N. chief Kofi Annan challenging world leaders to do more to combat the raging global epidemic.

Joe Gold, the founder of the original Gold’s Gym in 1965, died in Los Angeles at age 82.

Five years ago:

During a visit to sub-Saharan Africa, President Barack Obama addressed Ghana’s Parliament, where he challenged the continent of his ancestors to shed corruption and conflict in favor of peace.

Funeral services were held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for former NFL star Steve McNair, who had been shot to death in Nashville a week earlier by Sahel Kazemi (sah-HEHL’ kah-ZEE’-mee), who then took her own life.

One year ago:

In a potential setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain’s second-degree murder trial in Sanford, Florida, was given the option of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman ended up being acquitted of all charges.)

Tens of thousands of workers across Brazil walked off their jobs in a mostly peaceful nationwide strike, demanding better working conditions and improved public services in Latin America’s largest nation.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Tab Hunter is 83

Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes is 71

Singer Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 67

Ventriloquist-actor Jay Johnson is 65

Actor Bruce McGill is 64

Singer Bonnie Pointer is 64

Actor Stephen Lang is 62

Actress Mindy Sterling is 61

Boxer Leon Spinks is 61

Actress Sela Ward is 58

Reggae singer Michael Rose (Black Uhuru) is 57

Singer Peter Murphy is 57

Actor Mark Lester is 56

Jazz musician Kirk Whalum is 56

Singer Suzanne Vega is 55

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 55

Actress Lisa Rinna is 51

Rock musician Scott Shriner (Weezer) is 49

Actress Debbe (correct) Dunning is 48

Actor Gred Grunberg is 48

Wildlife expert Jeff Corwin is 47

Actor Justin Chambers is 44

Actress Leisha Hailey is 43

Actor Michael Rosenbaum is 42

Pop-rock singer Andrew Bird is 41

Country singer Scotty Emerick is 41

Rapper Lil’ Kim is 39

Rock singer Ben Gibbard is 38

Rapper Lil’ Zane is 32

Pop-jazz singer-musician Peter Cincotti is 31

Actress Serinda Swan (TV: “Graceland”) is 30

Actor Robert Adamson is 29

Actor David Henrie is 25

Actor Connor Paolo is 24

Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki is 24

Flashback: What Happened on July 10, ....


•  1914 Silas Jones was executed by hanging at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville (Marshall County) for a murder committed in Cabell County.

•  1915 W. Guy Tetrick became publisher of the Clarksburg Exponent.

•  1917 The Jackson County Court ordered that county government offices be moved from the old courthouse to the I.O.O.F. building.

•  1932 Floods on Paint Creek and Armstrong Creek killed 13 Fayette County residents.

•  1973 The Kanawha Valley Regional Transport Authority announced it had received $8 million in local and federal funding to make improvements.

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