www.charlestondailymail.com http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: August 27, 2014 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT01/308279970 OBIT01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT01/308279970 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:36 -0400 Anderson, Charles E. 2 p.m., Cunningham


Ashworth, Arnold 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.


Austin, Margaret P. 7:30 p.m., Broyles


Bossie, Clarence E. Jr. 9:30 a.m., Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Institute.


Brown, William E. 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.


Burdette, Douglas B. 2 p.m., Cathedral of Prayer Southern Baptist Church, Charleston.


Dodson, Sylvia P. 11 a.m., Bartlett


Gallimore, Rev. Allen 2 p.m., Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle, Oak Hill.


Holland, Robert L. 1 p.m., Simpson United Methodist Church, Charleston.


Lambert, Henry B. 2 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.


Legg, Austin K. Noon, Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.


McMillan, Charlotte 7 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, White Sulphur Springs.


Mullins, Virginia 2 p.m., Cunningham Memorial Park Upper Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans.


Underwood, Omie C. 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

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Lola I. Bailes http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279998 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279998 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:21 -0400 Lola I. Bailes, 103, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Eastbrook Center, Charleston. A native of Roane County, she was born May 11, 1911 to the late John and Electa Vineyard. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wilbur H. Bailes; three sisters; four brothers; and her precious great-granddaughter, Kayla Roy.

She is survived by her daughter, Joan Roy and husband, Charles, of Kanawha City; grandson, Kevin Roy and wife, Janice; two great-granddaughters, Kristyn and Kelsy Roy, all of Winchester, Va.; and her "adopted" granddaughter, Judy Summerfield of Charleston.

Lola was a member of Clendenin Advent Christian Church. She was previously a longtime member of the former Elmore Memorial Advent Christian Church in Charleston, where she was active in the ladies' Bible class, quilting circle and the Women's Mission Society. Lola's kind and gentle spirit blessed all with whom she came in contact.

Special thanks to Eastbrook's Cassie Cooper, who could always make Lola smile and who lavished her with such kindness and affection. Thanks also to Dr. Jarrell and the rest of Eastbrook's staff for being so attentive. Another special thank you goes to Pastor Michael Todorovich for his uplifting visits and prayers.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Michael Todorovich officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park.

The family will receive visitors from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clendenin Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 482, Clendenin, WV 25045 or to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the Bailes family by visiting www.bartlettburdettecox.com.

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Betty Irene Boggs http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279972 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279972 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:35 -0400 Miss Betty Irene Boggs, 84, of Spencer, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

She was born July 14, 1930 in Roane County, a daughter of the late Howard R. and Grace Wilson Boggs. She was a 1948 Spencer High School graduate, attended Potomac State College and received her degree in English from Marshall University. She began her teaching career in 1952 and retired after 51 years of service to multiple generations of Roane County students. Miss Boggs was a beloved educator, an avid reader and an advocate of lifelong learning. She enjoyed and appreciated all things of beauty: the written word, treasured glassware and antiques and a love of family and friends.

She is survived by three brothers, Harvey, Clarence R. "Tink" and David Boggs, all of Spencer; five nieces and nephews, Douglas, Michael and Larry Boggs, Brenda Fisher and Brigitte Lowe; 11 great-nieces and -nephews, Jacob, Daniel and Laura Grace Boggs, Kayla White, Ashley and Alyssa Boggs, Benjamin Bailey, Grayson Fisher, J. Alex Lowe and Michael Jon and Cristopher Cole Boggs; and one great-great-nephew, Amos Lee White.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Bruce Boggs.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Russell Stump officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery, near Spencer.

Visiting hours will 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Douglas B. Burdette http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279996 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279996 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:23 -0400 "To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die ... a time to weep, and a time to laugh: a time to mourn, and a time to dance." Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4.

Douglas Brian Burdette, 56, of Charleston, formerly of Elkview, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Doug fought a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

Doug was born Jan. 15, 1958 to John Clarence Burdette and Tevan Faye Harper Burdette. He was a 1977 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and had a two-year medical assistant degree from Everest Institute.

He began his working career a Purity Baking Company. When Purity Baking Company closed its doors, Doug became an independent motor carrier with the Charleston Daily Mail for over 20 years. Later he was a security guard for Security America at Columbia Gas Transmission, where he met his wife, Margie Stutler Phillips. He was employed by the Kanawha County Board of Education as custodian/cook until he became too ill to work in 2013. Doug was also a 20-year member of the Nitro Moose.

Preceding him in Heaven are his beloved mother, Tevan Faye Harper Burdette; his paternal grandmother, Emma Price Burdette Medley; his maternal grandmother, Orvie Harper Hunt; and many cherished aunts and uncles.

Left behind to cherish his life are his beloved wife, Margie Stutler Phillips Burdette of Charleston; his loving father, John C. Burdette of Elkview; his sister, Sharon L. Burdette of Elkview; his special niece, Angie Tavon Gardner of Elkview; and his only remaining aunt, Oreda Burdette Harper of Lakeland, Fla.

Also left to cherish his memory are his stepsons, Eugene Kelly (Linda) Phillips, Walter Earl Phillips and Joseph Dale (Darlene) Phillips Floyd of Virginia; stepdaughter, Virginia Katherine (Garland) Conner; many step-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Richard) Jones of Sissonville, Shirley (David) Hughes, of Charleston and Geneva (Don) Lacy of Cabin Creek; and brother-in-law, Dallas Stutler and Barbara Smith of Clay. Doug had many cousins located all over the U.S. who were with him in prayer during this struggle: Nora Burdette Tanner, Michele Burdette Harper and Diana Harper Stricklen of Lakeland, Fla.; Omer Scott Burdette of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kathy Burdette Shirley of Houston, Texas; Teresa Burdette Gilley of Tulsa, Okla.; and Judy Burdette Thomas and Debbie Burdette Staats of Sissonville.

Doug never knew a stranger and had many lifelong friends. He loved working on automobiles and truly enjoyed cutting grass and weed eating and going to the beach and just being outside. He met every challenge in his life head on and was never a quitter.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital for their outstanding care and support during this difficult time. Doug appreciated the nurses and support staff who always entered his room with a smile and provided him with excellent loving care. He was fond of Carla, who took him under her wing, and to nurse Kitty Prowse, who was with him during his final days.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Cathedral of Prayer Southern Baptist Church, 2326 Pennsylvania Ave., Charleston, WV 25302, with Pastor Kevin Norvell officiating. Entombment will follow the service at Elk Hills Memorial Mausoleum, Big Chimney.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the church.

There will be refreshments following the graveside service at the Cathedral of Prayer Church, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital or to a private Charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, WV 25071, is in charge of arrangements.

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Dianne Chappel http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279978 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279978 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:32 -0400 Dianne Lynn Dawson Chappel Wilson, 46, of Ansted, died Aug. 24, 2014. Private graveside service was held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Hendricks Cemetery, Turkey Creek Road, Ansted, where burial followed. Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

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Thomas D. Cobb Sr. http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279980 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279980 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:31 -0400 Thomas D. Cobb Sr., 74, of Midway, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at CAMC Teays Valley. He was a 1958 graduate of Buffalo High School and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1958 to 1962. He loved to talk about playing football at Buffalo H.S. and traveling around the world during his time in the Navy. He retired from Ravenswood Aluminum Corp.

Born Sept. 6, 1939 in Jackson County, he was the son of the late John Daniel Cobb and Maggie M. Harper Cobb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Barbara J. Neal Cobb; son, Thomas D. Cobb Jr.; granddaughter, Amber Cobb; two brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include his children, Jeffery (Karen) Cobb of Buffalo, William (Angela) Cobb of Buffalo and Missy (Marty) Rucker of Nitro; stepdaughter, Taresa Stanton of Nitro; sister, Mary Anna Blackshire of Midway; brother, Russell Cobb of Robertsburg; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Neal. Tom is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the Cobb family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

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Mildred Mae Cox http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279973 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279973 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:34 -0400 Mildred Mae Cox, 94, of White Sulphur Springs, died Aug. 26, 2014. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29., at Elkins Memorial Gardens (formerly the IOOF Cemetery, Elkins. Per her request, there will be no visitation. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

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Loris Ellen Dalton http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279982 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279982 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Loris Ellen Dalton, 69, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at her home on Aug. 25, 2014 with the love and support of her husband and children. Loris is now in peace after a seven-year struggle with Alzheimer's.

Loris was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1945 to Erma Pauline and Victor Gail Simonton. Loris graduated from Pennsboro High in 1963. She married her high school sweetheart, Donald Deane Dalton, in 1963 and would have shared their 51st wedding anniversary next month.

Loris was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her priority in life was always family first. She enjoyed caring for her loved ones until the end. She loved to entertain her friends and family, long walks on the beach and taking care of others. Loris was a Realtor for nearly 30 years. Through her 50 years of marriage, she was fortunate enough to live in many beautiful places. In total, she called 33 different places their home. Loris received her 50-year pin from Eastern Star of Ellenboro, W.Va., last year.

She was predeceased by her parents; her stepfather, Corwin "Buck" Mowrey; and her brother, Robert Simonton.

Loris is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Don Dalton, along with two children, Eric Dalton and wife, Sandi, of Greenville, Del., and Michelle Warner and husband, Bobby, of Crested Butte, Colo., and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Dalton of Parkersburg, W.Va. She also adored her six grandchildren, Brady, Reid and Ryan Dalton and Jackson, Riley and Gage Warner.

A viewing will be held at Hockessin United Methodist Church, 7250 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707, on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a service beginning at noon.

An additional viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 30, at Wince Chapel Methodist Church, Pike, W.Va., with a service beginning at noon. Burial will follow the Saturday service in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711 or the Alzheimer's Association, 240 N. James St., Suite 100 A, Newport, DE 19804.

For online condolences, please visit Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory, chandlerfuneralhome.com; 302-478-7100.

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Larry Joe Dixon http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279983 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279983 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Mr. Larry Joe Dixon, 59, of Charleston, formerly of Nitro, passed away Aug. 25, 2014. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is serving the Dixon family.

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Lawrence D. Dixon http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279991 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279991 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:26 -0400 Lawrence Dale Dixon, 65, of Beckley, died Aug. 24, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Turkey Ridge Baptist Church, Oceana. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the church. Arrangements by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

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Troopers: Staff stole food, cleaning supplies from Kanawha County high school http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM02/140829367 DM02 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM02/140829367 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:34:24 -0400 By Ashley B. Craig The cafeteria manager, a cook and a custodian at a Kanawha County high school were arrested late Tuesday after allegedly stealing food and supplies from the high school, State Police said.

Debra Kay Stump, 59, of Charleston, Christine Buckley, 53, of Glasgow and Thomas Alfred Osborne Jr., 59, of Cedar Grove were arrested late Tuesday and charged with fraudulent schemes, embezzlement and conspiracy, all felonies.

State Police went Aug. 18 to an East Bank home to serve a domestic violence petition. When they arrived the man told troopers his mother Lynda Oda, the chief custodian at Riverside High School in Quincy, had been stealing from the Kanawha County Board of Education for the last 30 years, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

The man then showed troopers the stockpile of garbage bags, several bottles of Dawn dish washing liquid, several cans of Pledge furniture polish, industrial-sized bottles of Pine-Sol, industrial-sized packages of Clorox wipes, several pounds of cheese, a large amount of block butter, apple juice, frozen strawberries, bags of French fries, bags of sausage patties, a 50-pound container of flour and a new industrial vacuum cleaner--assigned to Riverside High, according to the complaint.

Troopers said the value of the items stolen from the school was in the thousands.

Sgt. Larry O'Bryan went to Riverside later that afternoon to speak to Oda and Principal Valery Harper.

Oda said in a meeting with O'Bryan and Harper that she'd taken $100 to $200 worth of food and other supplies each month for the last two years. She said others were involved, specifically naming Stump, Buckley and Osborne.

She also named another woman, but it wasn't immediately clear if that woman would also face charges.

Stump, the cafeteria manager, told troopers that she allowed the cooks and custodians to take hams and turkeys from the school freezers, the complaint said.

Troopers interviewed Osborne, a custodian, the next morning. He said he took chicken nuggets from the school and had two hams in the freezer at his Cedar Grove home where he also was keeping one of the school's mop buckets, according to the complaint.

He said Oda and another woman filled trash bags with food and took them out of the school on two or three occasions over summer break.

Buckley, one of the school cooks, told troopers she also allowed staff members to take hams, turkeys and other items from the kitchens. She said she took packaged sandwich meat home on multiple occasions.

Oda was to be arraigned in Putnam County Magistrate Court, a Kanawha County magistrate's assistant said.

Stump, Osborne and Buckley were free on bond Tuesday night.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.craig@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4850.

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Four Riverside High School employees arrested on charges of embezzlement http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/GZ01/140829368 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/GZ01/140829368 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:03:02 -0400 By Staff reports Four Riverside High School employees have been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of property from the school for possibly several years.

Head cook Christine Buckley, cafeteria manager Debra Stump and custodian Tommy Osborn Jr. were arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court on Tuesday night and charged with embezzlement, conspiracy and fraudulent scheme.

Head custodian Linda Oda was arraigned in Putnam County for similar charges.

All four admitted to stealing cleaning products and/or food from the school.

Loads of garbage bags, toilet paper, cleaning products and food - including several pounds of cheese and a 50 pound container of flour - were found in Oda's home last week, according to the criminal complaint.

Oda told police that all of the school's cooks and custodians are involved in stealing food and supplies from the school.

Oda admitted to stealing $100 to $200 each month in food and supplies in the last two years, according to the complaint.

The others charged admitted to regularly stealing things like whole turkeys and hams.

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Man gets 5 years in investment fraud scheme http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829400 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829400 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400

The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. - A judge on Tuesday sentenced a man accused of running an investment fraud scheme that lost millions in investor dollars to serve five years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal in Athens also ordered Gregory Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, to pay restitution of more than $20 million and to serve three years of supervised release once he gets out of prison. Crabtree had pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy charge in April after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.

Crabtree declined to comment after the sentencing.

"He's always taken every step he could to take responsibility for his conduct," his lawyer, Charlie Cox, said of his client.

Prosecutors said Crabtree and former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan ran a fraudulent investment scheme from September 2007 to December 2010 through GLC Limited, a West Virginia-based company dealing in wholesale and closeout merchandise.

Donnan stood trial in May and a jury acquitted him of all charges. His lawyers argued that he was as much a victim of a fraudulent investment scheme as the rest of the investors.

Donnan was head coach at Marshall University from 1990 to 1995 and at Georgia from 1996 to 2000. He later became an ESPN analyst. Prosecutors argued during Donnan's trial that Crabtree ran day-to-day operations while Donnan lured investors from his extensive network of personal and professional contacts.

In late 2009, problems surfaced as Crabtree was having trouble moving merchandise and started stocking it in warehouses because investor money was coming in faster than he could sell it, he testified during Donnan's trial. He spoke to Donnan about the troubles, and Donnan said he'd look into ways to help, Crabtree said. They ended up using investor money to pay other investors because they didn't have profits from sales to pay the high returns Donnan had promised investors, Crabtree said.

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Your Vents, Wednesday, Aug. 27 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829404 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829404 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 n I don't understand them saying 300 bills are sitting on Harry Reid's desk. The thing of it is 200 are to overturn the health care act and 100 are to impeach Obama. I wonder why they are still sitting on Harry Reid's desk.

n Until Charleston removes the illegal taxes they charge in Nitro, Sissonville and South Charleston they should get no more tax increases. Mark Plants or the state attorney general should stop this. We have no representation in Charleston so we should pay no taxes to Charleston.

n Marie Osmond is so full of herself. She says she will own the title "Glammaw." I hate to tell you, Marie, but so can all of us other grandmothers. God created us that way.

n I hope the judicial panel that meets in September regarding Mark Plants throws him out of office. He should also have his law license revoked and needs months and months of anger management classes. A child should never ever be struck with a belt.

n Stooges Curly, Moe and Hoppy should get off of their white horses and quit chasing Mark Plants. They have an employee, Jeff Hutchinson, at Coonskin Park who is a lost cause and they've never even raised an eyebrow at him.

n What happened to the supermarket we were supposed to get on the East End? We need one very badly.

n Eric Holder knows as much about riots as the Charleston Gazette. They should send in the marines and this trouble would stop overnight.

n Sociopath: does not usually care about other people. They think mainly of themselves and their needs. Have complete disregard for rules and lie constantly. Blame others for their faults.

n If you act like an animal you should be treated like an animal. I'm sick and tired of these creepy men or sex offenders being arrested for these heinous crimes against little girls. If it is a second offense they should be castrated on the spot.

n If you do not tell people to stop acting like a thug, stop robbing like you have a right to be proud of doing it, stop harassing and hitting police, nothing else will matter.

n I'll bet the three judges who will go over Mark Plants are all Democrats. I'd like to know what their parties are. That would not be fair.

n Editor's Note: The panel consists of two Republicans and one Democrat.

n I believe murder is a more serious charge than malicious wounding. Why do county prosecutors never charge people with attempted murder? I believe the shooting of the clerk in Kanawha City was clearly attempted murder, but the shooter was charged with malicious wounding. That is the easy way out.

n Capito got all the votes in our family. Harry Reid isn't going to get another vote in the Senate. He is the one who is keeping us down now.

n If you think Ferguson, Missouri, is bad now, just wait until the officer is found to be innocent.

n The president's No. 1 job is to keep our country safe. Do you feel safe? I don't. The enemies are getting stronger every day and the borders are open. Why does it feel like he is on the wrong side? Every decision he has made has emboldened the enemies and those wanting to take advantage of our country.

n We have a drug dealer in Pinch. He has been reported hundreds of times. He has been dealing for over four years. He was finally arrested but the judge turned him loose on $200 bond. He is dealing again. His mother is driving him to the deals.

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Community briefs for Wednesday, Aug. 27 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM01/140829407 DM01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM01/140829407 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400

The Charleston Funeral Parade, a Labor Day fixture for more than 30 years, will step off at 6 p.m. Friday from the Lee and Capitol street triangle.

The River Rat Band will play Mardi Gras-style music as participants stroll down Capitol Street handing out beads and candy. Those attending the family-friendly parade are invited to come in costume (prizes will be awarded after the parade), and bring a friend.

The Great Kanawha River Navy and The City of Charleston sponsor the Funeral Parade.

The South Charleston Public Library, 312 Fourth Ave., South Charleston, will be closed for staff training day on Friday. The library also will be closed Saturday through Monday for Labor Day. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Charleston Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in John V. Ray Room, on the third floor of the Kanawha County Public Library. Guests and new members are welcome. For more information, call 304-785-8444.

Kanawha Valley Senior Services' Walking Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4 for a walk, lunch and presentation at its location, 2428 Kanawha Blvd. The topic is "Do Your Part - Recycling" by James Young, with the Kanawha Solid Waste Authority. The walking club encourages people to participate in all types of aerobic exercise for 150 minutes per week. While walking does not require a reservation, the lunch and presentation do. For more information, call 304-348-0707 by Sept. 2.

KISRA (Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action) will host Cooking in the Capital, the organization's largest annual fundraiser, at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Marriott Town Center. The event will feature celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson and an awards presentation that will recognize and celebrate the commitment of community members who help KISRA fulfill its mission.

Tickets are $75 per person. Visit www.kisra.org/events/cookingincapital/ to order and for more information.

To submit an item, send it by email to yournews@dailymailwv.com, fax it to 304-348-4847 or mail it to Community Briefs, Charleston Daily Mail, 1001 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301.

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Don Surber: Ferguson shows Democrats' problem http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829408 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829408 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 For years, liberals have pointed to demographic projections with glee.

White people seem headed to becoming less than a majority in America.

Liberals say this poses a problem for the Republican Party as most white people now vote Republican, providing the party's base.

But the scenes of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, pose a similar problem for the Democratic Party.

In recent years, Republicans have diversified without becoming Democratic Lite.

Democrats haven't.

Republicans have three Hispanic senators (Democrats have one) a black senator (Democrats have one), two Hispanic governors (Democrats have none) and two governors whose parents were born in India (Democrats have none).

Where Republicans fail is in electing black candidates.

Democrats own the Congressional Black Caucus, but this comes at a price.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires racial gerrymandering, which herds black voters into districts that are overwhelmingly Democratic.

Roughly one-fourth of the Democratic vote comes from black voters.

This means Democrats pit 75 percent of their voters against 99 percent of the Republican voters in the remaining 400 or so congressional districts.

Which is why despite receiving more votes in the congressional races in 2012, Democrats lost 234-201.

Race in America is not simply a matter of black and white.

The nation now is six parts white, one part black and one part all other racial minorities.

That white portion is expected to fall to four parts while the black portion remains one.

What will change is people who are neither black nor white will rise to three parts of the eight. That is where the issue of race in America is headed.

The black vote is a no-growth area for Democrats, but maintaining that voting bloc carries a price among people who are neither black nor white.

Affirmative action is the best example. It has helped many black students get into the college of their choice.

But affirmative action means Asian-American students need near perfect scores to get in the college of their choice.

Any resentment is understandable. Racial preferences are racist no matter how well-intended.

Another divide is economics.

Increasingly, Democrats are the party of the 1 percent at the top (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and other billionaires are liberal) and the 47 percent at the bottom.

That leaves the middle class to the Republicans.

This explains why Republicans have a lock on Cuban refugees and their descendants.

Many other legal immigrant groups also are inclined to vote Republican.

Ferguson shows another problem for Democrats.

A white police officer killed a black teenager. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other so-called leaders used the case to ignite a firestorm.

But far from being the hunting of a black man, the case looks more and more like a gray area.

The victim was unarmed, but he also was 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds.

Minutes before the shooting, the victim shoved a shop owner out of the way as he walked out of a store with a pack of cigars without paying for them.

Initial news reports were that Brown's hands were up in a surrender position, but police say he was punching the officer at the time of the shooting.

Liberals now say the facts don't matter. This is a bigger issue than a shooting.

Many people who are neither black nor white might agree, but for different reasons.

A store owner looking at the video of the shoving of a shop owner may recall the riots after the Rodney King verdict.

That rampage caused $1 billion in damage in Los Angeles. Much of that damage was to stores in the black community owned by Asian-Americans.

As a candidate, President Barack Obama promised a post-racial America. He has failed to deliver. Labeling critics as racist is one big reason.

People who are neither black nor white notice this failure, just as they noticed looting in Ferguson.

They notice many other things by each party.

They will vote accordingly.

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Thomas Sowell: Heavily armed police quell riots http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829409 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829409 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400

By Thomas Sowell

The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century.

So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence.

Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain.

There is no reason to doubt that heavily armed police in riot gear may be more likely to show up where outbreaks of violence are expected.

But when violence then breaks out, does that prove that it was the appearance of the police that caused it?

I strongly suspect that people who travel with armed guards are more likely to be murdered than people who do not travel with armed guards.

After all, they are not paying to have armed guards for no reason.

If so, should we conclude from a higher murder rate among people with armed guards that having armed guards increases your chances of getting murdered?

Shall we also conclude from this that we the taxpayers should no longer pay to have Secret Service agents guarding our presidents?

Actually, the history of assassinations of American presidents could be cited as evidence that armed guards are correlated with higher murder rates, if we proceed to "reason" the same way the advocates of weaker police presence seem to be reasoning.

There have been 43 Presidents of the United States, of whom four -- Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy -- have been murdered. That is a murder rate of 9 percent.

If the murder rate in the general population -- most of whom do not have armed guards -- were 9 percent, that would mean more than 27 million Americans murdered today. We haven't quite gotten up to a murder rate that high, even in Chicago.

Does anyone seriously believe that leaving presidents unguarded would reduce assassinations?

Probably not.

But this is the golden age of talking points, as distinguished from serious thinking about serious issues.

These talking points are often based on a prevailing social vision, rather than on hard facts.

According to the prevailing vision, ghetto riots are due to racial injustices -- and the way to deal with them is to make concessions in words and deeds, while severely restricting the use of force by the police.

Factual evidence cannot make a dent in that vision.

But, for those who are still so old-fashioned as to rely on facts, here are a few: Back in the 1960s when ghetto riots broke out in cities across the country, the region with the fewest riots was the South, where racial discrimination was greatest and police forces least likely to show restraint.

In Detroit, with a liberal mayor in the city and a liberal governor in the state, where the police were warned against shooting during the 1967 riots, there was the largest death toll of any city during any riot during that whole decade -- 43 people dead, 33 of them black.

Both the New York Times and the Washington Post expressed astonishment that such a riot could occur in a city with such liberal policies.

But neither of them changed its vision in response to facts which contradicted that vision.

In Chicago, there were three nights of rioting on the westside in 1966. These riots were brought to a halt with what a Chicago correspondent for the Los Angeles Times called an almost "miraculous" low death rate of two.

Yet that same reporter called the use of both troops and police a "serious over-reaction."

Any force sufficient to prevent riots from getting out of hand is almost certain to be characterized as "excessive force" or "over-reaction" by people with zero experience trying to stop riots.

During a later and larger riot in Chicago, Mayor Richard J. Daley went on television to inform all and sundry that he had given orders to his police to "shoot to kill" arsonists -- provoking outraged denunciations across the country.

The number of people actually killed during that riot was less than a third of the number killed in kinder and gentler Detroit the following year, even though Chicago had a larger population.

Do you prefer that fewer people get killed or that kinder and gentler rhetoric and tactics be used?

Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

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Editorial: Suddenly, Canada is a tax haven for firms http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829410 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829410 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 The average temperature in Miami is 67 degrees in January. In Ontario, January temperatures range from an average low of 17 to a high of 33.

But Burger King plans to pull up stakes in Miami and move its headquarters to Ontario. That reflects a frigid business climate in the United States.

Burger King will pay nearly $12 billion to acquire Tim Horton's -- a Canadian chain of coffee-and-doughnut shops -- and then incorporate in Canada.

Taxes drive this move. The top corporate tax rate in Canada is 15 percent. In the United States, it is 39 percent. Even after adding Ontario's top rate of 11 percent rate, Canada's corporate tax rates are two-thirds of those in the United States.

The idea that Canada is a tax haven boggles the mind. That is how out-of-step U.S. taxes are.

"It does get a little annoying when we see other people paying far lower tax rates while engaging in the same sorts of businesses that we engage in," billionaire Warren Buffett told CNBC.

Buffett is helping to finance the deal.

Taxes alone are not the reason for the deal. Combining Burger King and Tim Horton's will create the world's third-largest fast-food company. Some analysts see room to grow Tim Horton's outside of North America.

But the re-incorporation is an example of supply-side economics. By keeping its corporate tax rates double that of Canada, the U.S. Treasury will see its revenues drop while Canada's rise in this deal.

If, after this, people still cannot see the ignorance of continuing a usurious tax structure, nothing will.

While Buffett, an early supporter of President Obama, said he does not think corporate taxes are too high, the deal he is helping finance says otherwise.

"This whole thing . . . will cause one hell of a fight in corporate America," Buffett told CNBC.

This is the conversation Americans should have, instead of questioning the patriotism of corporate executives who are supposed to do the best for their shareholders.

It's time people in Washington do what is best for the country and lower the corporate tax rates.

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Editorial: Educators - Want to improve student performance? Start later http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829411 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140827/DM04/140829411 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Everyone knows that teenagers like to go to bed late and sleep late too. So a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics published this week saying teens don't get enough sleep is not exactly news to parents, teachers and school administrators.

But the science behind the report shows that it is not just bad habits, but biological reasons that cause teens go to bed late and sleep later.

The report gathered numerous studies that show evidence that middle school and high school-aged students could perform better, cause fewer disciplinary problems and be safer if early starting high schools pushed back their start times.

"Chronic sleep loss in children and adolescents is one of the most common -- and easily fixable -- public health issues in the U.S. today," said pediatrician Judith Owens, lead author of the policy statement "School Start Times for Adolescents."

But it's not just early school starts that limit teen sleep. Homework, after school employment, non-school activities, social networking and electronic media use all cut into teens' precious sleep time. And primary responsibility for good sleep habits lies with the parents and the kids themselves.

Still, the studies reported by the nation's most respected pediatric organization offer compelling evidence for some schools to re-think their start times.

"Studies comparing high schools with start times as little as 30 minutes earlier versus those with later start times demonstrate such adverse consequences as shorter sleep duration, increased sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, behavior problems and absenteeism," the report states.

"Moreover, a number of studies have now clearly demonstrated that delaying school start times not only results in a substantive increase in average sleep duration, but also has a significant positive effect on a variety of key outcomes."

Perhaps the most compelling reason is student safety. Several studies offered a correlation between car crash rates and school start time, as crash rates involving students 16 to 18 years of age decreased by 70 percent in two of four high schools studied.

Of course, any school administrator can tell you that simply moving back the start time 30 to 60 minutes is easier said than done. It's a logistical nightmare with bus schedules, after-school activities, evening athletic competitions at far away schools and other programs to coordinate.

Yet, the evidence that later starting times improve student performance, reduce behavioral problems and keep kids safer on their way to school is strong enough that every school system in West Virginia with early starting middle and high schools should seriously review their schedules.

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