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Stink bug extinction methods abound; don't try them all at once

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I missed the Plague of Locusts. Just so that I didn't feel left out, the universe sent me earwigs: slim insects that look like a stealth bomber with pinchers. They don't bite (don't know what the pinchers are for) and especially like damp places, the shower being particularly enticing for them. They like to congregate en masse in one's house, which is seriously creepy. More>>

College Summit marks decade of peak performance

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College Summit, a national nonprofit that partners with educators, parents and community leaders to create a college-and-career-ready culture in high schools, is celebrating more than a decade of success in West Virginia this year. More>>

University of Charleston MBA program makes connections

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The question, “Why should anyone be led by you?” is not only the title of Goffee and Jones' cogent and thought-provoking 2000 Harvard Business Review article. More>>

Marshall County commissioner to vote against power project

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I am announcing my intent as a Marshall County commissioner to vote against, and not sign, the Marshall County Commission's final document(s) related to the PILOT agreement establishing government ownership of the proposed Moundsville Power gas-fired turbine generating plant south of Moundsville on the Honeywell-owned property next to also Honeywell-owned former Allied Chemicals of Democracy and Environmental Protection Agency “brown site.” More>>

Home rule for MU, WVU could lead to growth

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With politics trumping decisive action at the national and state level, perhaps the best opportunity for accelerated growth in West Virginia's economy rests with its cities and major universities. More>>

Dangers come with disregarding the Bill of Rights

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During the Second World War, over 110,000 Japanese-Americans were rounded up by the U.S. government and placed into concentration camps. Why? Because of fear. Since then, this same type of fear has caused many more irrational actions from our government. More>>

What does body language reveal?

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Those darting eyes. That clenched fist. Those folded arms. More>>

Introducing the new era of cities 3.0

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Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is the newly elected president of the United States Conference of Mayors, and much of his inaugural address focused on a new era for cities, which he called cities 3.0. More>>

A guide for understanding our social security system

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Determining the age to claim Social Security benefits is a critical step in the retirement process. Unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all answer to retirement. The decision of when to collect is very personal and will be different from person to person. More>>

California debates teacher tenure, dismissal, seniority

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A tentative decision of a California Superior Court Judge issued June 10 determined that three California statutes pertaining to public school teachers, tenure, dismissal and seniority, violate the equal protection clause of the state’s constitution and enjoined their enforcement.

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Letter to the Editor: Common Core is bad news for West Virginians

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If something is not done soon, the vast majority of American kindergarten-12th grade school children will be taught using dubious, federally backed national education “standards” that have come under fire from across the political spectrum. America’s kids, as well as their parents, will also be monitored and tracked in unprecedented ways from early childhood into the workforce. More>>

Region’s new economy focuses on technology

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North-Central West Virginia has the largest concentration of high tech jobs in West Virginia. The new economy in the Clarksburg-Fairmont-Morgantown corridor is focused upon technology-based economic development.
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When you think you know everything, check online

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So, I’m strolling down Capitol Street in Charleston, taking in the joyous FestivALL celebration when I notice a pair of young boys smirking at my T-shirt. More>>

Solving those devil-dog, double-word problems

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Let’s play a word game. You will find the answers at the end, but if you cheat when playing Scrabble (as I do), you might cheat now. Of course, then, you would miss the fun of playing. More>>

When not to resist the temptation of a ‘do not touch’ warning

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There is a button on my computer that the salesman told me never to push. It is there to “revert back to factory settings.”

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West Virginia and the new economy

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West Virginia has the beginnings of a new economy, but so far that new economy is regionally based, with the state hesitant to emphasize the opportunity in a comprehensive manner. More>>

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