www.charlestondailymail.com http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 25, 2014 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT01/307259976 OBIT01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT01/307259976 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:35 -0400 Abshire, Marshall D. 2 p.m., Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Adkins, William G. 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Ash, Thelma B. 2 p.m., Furbee Funeral Home, Alma.

Burns, Eddie L. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Cook, Danny A. 2 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, Birch River.

Cottrell, Nancy E. 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Holbrook, Charles K. 1 p.m., Acme Pentecostal Church, Cabin Creek.

Hoskins, Glenna O. 1 p.m., White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Monhollen, Larry 3 p.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Parsons, Volnia 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Robinson, James T. Jr. 11 a.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.

Shaffer, Art 1 p.m., Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Stamper, Homer F. 11 a.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Stephens, Austin L. 7 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

Truman, Joseph 1 p.m., Wilson

Jean McAllister Allport http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259979 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259979 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:35 -0400 Jean McAllister Allport, 81, of Oak Hill, died July 24, 2014. She was cremated. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Restlawn Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Victor, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles E. "Bob" Angle http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259983 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259983 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:33 -0400 Charles Edward "Bob" Angle, 77, of Wardensville, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the family home on Waites Run Road, Wardensville. Friends are invited to join the family in celebrating Bob with stories and memories of the man they knew him to be. Kindly omit flowers. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Those unable to attend that wish to sign Bob's guestbook may do so at www.loygiffin.com.

Bob was born July 24, 1936, in Charleston, to Orville and Lucy (Legg) Angle. He graduated from Elkview High School in 1954. He served his country in the United States Air Force, the Air Reserves and finally the West Virginia Air National Guard 130th Airlift Wing. On Aug. 19, 1955, he married the love of his life, Loretta Jane Jones, in Big Chimney before leaving for basic training. He enjoyed working and in his retirement years he, his son, Jeff and daughter, Jo, started the family-owned construction business, Cacapon Construction, Wardensville.

He enjoyed his family and especially his friends that he made throughout the years. He was a member of many organizations and clubs, including Charleston Elks BPOE 202, VFW Post 2102, American Legion Post 137, Moose Lodge 1283 and the Wardensville Lions Club. He remained a licensed master electrician and general contractor until last year.

Bob is survived by his wife, Loretta; two sons, Charles "Butch" Angle and his wife, Harriet, of Charleston and Jeffrey Wayne Angle of Wardensville; and daughter, Joetta "Jo" Angle Staats and her husband, David, of Wardensville. Also surviving are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Helen; niece, Brenda; and his lifelong friend and brother-in-law, Joe Moles.

Arrangements by Loy-Giffin Funeral Home, Wardensville.

Vada D. Barnhart http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259990 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259990 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:28 -0400 Vada D. Miller Barnhart, 94, of Madison, passed into glory on July 21, 2014, at Boone Memorial Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was reunited with her husband, Darrell, her soul mate of 73 years before his passing on March 8, 2013.

She was born May 16, 1920, in Low Gap, to the late Opie and Lucretia Miller.

She leaves behind son, Mike (Jan) Barnhart of Anna Maria, Fla.; daughter, Patti (Jerry) Price of Madison; grandsons, Chris (Christie) Barnhart of Madison and Philip (LaQuita) Barnhart of Jacksonville, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Persephone Barnhart, Phineas Barnhart and Cathrynn Barnhart; step-grandchildren, Kiersten and Kyleigh Sanders; sister, Marlene Ball of Urbana, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Vada was a faithful member of Madison Baptist Church for over 66 years and attended church faithfully until her health prevented her from doing so.

The family would like to thank the staff of Boone Memorial Hospital, especially the RNs and the CNAs who came to love her and who gave her such loving care while she was a respite patient for two-and-a-half years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Madison Baptist Church food pantry in Vada's memory.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Madison Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Butcher officiating. Burial will follow in Boone Memorial Park, Madison.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Leonard F. Brightwell Jr. http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259987 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259987 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:31 -0400 Leonard F. "Chip" Brightwell Jr., 42, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was an employee at Leonard's Electrical Supplier, St. Albans, a graduate of St. Albans High School, class of 1989, and also attended West Virginia State University, Institute. He also enjoyed going hunting, working with computers and guns.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lori L. Meadows Brightwell; parents, Leonard and June Brightwell of St. Albans; sisters, Staci Brightwell of St. Albans and Amber Pariona of Peru; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Phyllis and Jimmy Parsons of South Charleston.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Joel M. Harpold officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

You may share condolences or memories with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Brightwell family.

William "Jack" Coleman http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259988 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259988 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Jack Coleman joined his first wife, Madeline Coleman, in Heaven on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. They were originally from Kanawha County and Ward. He will be missed by all.

William "Jack" Coleman http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259996 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259996 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:23 -0400 William "Jack" Coleman, 90, formerly of Alexandria, Va., and Capon Bridge, passed away July 22, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Madeline Coleman; his mother and father; several siblings; and one grandson, William Allen King.

He is survived by two daughters, Tammy C. King and Rosemary Edens, and also Ronald C. Edens; and loving Papaw to grandchildren, Ronald C. Edens II and Rebecca M. Edens, and one great-grandchild, Sophia M. Edens; and also a loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

William "Jack" Coleman http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259997 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259997 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:23 -0400 William "Jack" Coleman, 90, of Smithers, formerly of Augusta, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Glasgow.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; stepdaughter, Lisa Pence Cossin; one grandson, William Allen "Billy" King; three brothers; and two sisters.

Surviving are his wife, Janet McKown Coleman at home; daughter, Tammy Coleman King of Alexandria, Va.; and granddaughter, Katelyn Pence Poore of Marmet.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, WV 25039, with Pastor Alva Romeo officiating. Burial will follow the service in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the service time, Saturday, July 26, at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Mae Davis http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259986 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259986 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:31 -0400 Anna Mae Davis, 84, of Peterstown, died July 23, 2014, at Carilion Giles Community Hospital, Pearisburg, Va. It was her wish to be cremated. Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Lona Belle Hagen http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259980 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/OBIT/307259980 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:02:34 -0400 Lona Belle Hagen, 85, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Logan, died July 19, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, at James Funeral Home Chapel, Aracoma, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Huntington to hire additional police officers http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729461 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729461 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:29:38 -0400 The Associated Press HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 new police officers to fight drug problems in neighborhoods.

The city council unanimously approved the move Thursday. It will transfer funds from the city's insurance program and the street paving budget, media outlets report.

City officials estimate that drug offenses in Huntington by the end of the year will jump 89 percent over 2013 levels. The city has seen spikes in cocaine trafficking this year and heroin trafficking last year.

Before the vote, the council discussed the drug trafficking problems at length with interim police chief Jim Johnson, Capt. Hank Dial, Cabell County Prosecutor Sean Hammers and other law enforcement officials.

"We are going to take our neighborhoods back," Mayor Steve Williams told the council. "We are going to tell (the drug dealers) you better get the hell out. If not, we're coming for you."

Williams said the drug epidemic has "spread all over the city. People are scared. They feel like they can't go outside with their children."

The hirings will bring the department to 121 sworn officers and 137 employees overall. Williams said the hope is to have the new officers in place by the end of the year. In addition to the new officers, an information technology position will be created.

The funding includes $350,000 left over from the previous fiscal year for claims in the city's insurance line, and $150,000 from paving scheduled for next spring.

"We have more immediate need right now," Williams said of the paving funds. "My feeling was that it is early enough in the fiscal year that we will be able to find a way to replace that money by next spring."

Johnson called the council's action "a new day in Huntington.

"It shows you realize the problem we have on the street," Johnson said. "The Huntington Police Department is going to bring it and we're going to bring it hard."

Huntington is still looking to hire a permanent replacement for police chief Skip Holbrook, who left for a similar job in Columbia, South Carolina, in the spring.

W.Va. clinic operator faces disciplinary hearing http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729462 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729462 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:26:03 -0400 The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A board will conduct a disciplinary hearing for the operator of a West Virginia pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.

West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine Executive Director Diana Shepard says the board will hold a conference call Friday for Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr.

One of the board's options is to suspend Chalifoux's medical license.

Patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen who had an injection between the clinic's 2010 opening and Nov. 1, 2013, were advised Monday to be tested for blood-borne infections after a patient contracted bacterial meningitis last October.

West Virginia's state epidemiologist Dr. Loretta Haddy said the investigation found, among other things, that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient.

Chalifoux's medical license was revoked in Texas in 2004.

PETA opposes using animals in state testing http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729463 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729463 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:21:04 -0400 The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An animal rights group opposes plans to conduct testing on animals of chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest water supply using animals.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced concerns in a letter Thursday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials promised additional tests on rats, worms and zebra fish. They will cost up to $1.2 million and take up to a year.

Joseph Manuppello of PETA wrote animal tests are often inconclusive and irrelevant to humans.

He suggested more in-home water testing and non-animal studies.

Tomblin has called for additional toxicology studies tests before more in-home sampling.

Spokesman Chris Stadelman said the governor respects federal officials' determination of studies.

The January spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

'Active shooter' drill today at WVSU http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729464 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729464 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:18:27 -0400 The Associated Press INSTITUTE, W.Va. - Visitors might notice an unusual amount of activity on the campus of West Virginia State University.

A training exercise is scheduled today on the school's Institute campus for local and state first responders, the university's public safety officers and students and faculty, among others.

The drill is aimed at putting to the test an emergency response to an active shooter on campus.

Colleges and universities are required under the Clery act to test their emergency response plans on an annual basis.

This is first training exercise of its scope at the university.

Graduation day Friday for junior troopers http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729465 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/GZ01/140729465 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:16:12 -0400 The Associated Press INSTITUTE, W.Va. - It's graduation day at West Virginia State University for the 19th Junior Trooper Academy.

The academy is a week-long program designed to introduce young people between the ages of 14-17 to the law enforcement field. Instruction includes training in firearms, Internet safety, crime scene investigation and other related classes.

Fifty-seven junior troopers participated in the training this week. Today's graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Japanese fans speak on the evolution of 'Godzilla' http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/ARTICLE/140729466 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/ARTICLE/140729466 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:46:22 -0400


Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese fans want it known: The radiation-breathing, skyscraper-stomping monster they call "Gojira" was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago.

No matter its evolution in Hollywood over the decades, the Godzilla creature began as an icon for the suffering brought by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.
The new remake, directed by hard-core Godzilla aficionado Gareth Edwards, has become one of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters this year and finally opens in Japan on Friday.
The Associated Press spoke with some Japanese about their views on how their favorite mutated reptile has changed, including whether they welcome the latest rendition in full computer-graphic glory - so different from their Godzilla, that actor in a rubber suit, who waded into pools and smashed miniature models.
Directed by Ishiro Honda.
Special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya.
Starring Akira Takarada.
Godzilla was Haruo Nakajima, a stunt actor for samurai films, who was not even credited in the original, so determined was Toho Co. studios to keep the monster shrouded in mystery.
The horrifying mutation arises after nuclear testing in the Pacific. It marches out of Tokyo Bay into the capital, destroying everything in its path, such as the Wako clock-tower building in downtown Ginza and the somber-looking Parliament building, both of which still stand today.
A scientist reluctantly uses a weapon of mass destruction against Godzilla, knowing it's a last resort. A tragic victim of its own creation, possessing no apparent conscience throughout the black-and-white masterpiece, Godzilla sinks quietly back into the ocean, allowing Mankind to triumph, but not until the monster has smashed half of Tokyo and set off a legacy that continued into 27 Toho sequels.
Classical musician Akira Ifukube did the unforgettable score, and helped create the altered contrabass roar of Godzilla. The first series of Godzilla movies is considered to have continued through 1975.
"Godzilla is neither friend nor foe, but something beyond our control," says Shizue Horie, 54, whose love affair with Godzilla started when her father took her to see one of the early movies.
The original she has seen many times. "Where it all began," she said.
She feels her life has been defined by Godzilla. She met her husband after a painful divorce through their mutual interest in Godzilla. And she has taken her children and their friends to Godzilla movies. She gets teary-eyed, remembering when the Japanese Godzilla series ended a decade ago.
"It's as though my job was over," she said.
THE VS SERIES 1989-1995
Directed by Takao Okawara, Kazuki Omori and others.
Special effects by Koichi Kawakita.
Starring Tetsuya Bessho, Masahiro Takashima and others.
Godzilla was played by Kenpachiro Satsuma, a new actor in a rubber suit, who is credited with adding a combative flair to the depiction, taking advantage of his martial art skills.
"VS" stands for "versus," as the films featured Godzilla fighting another creature, such as King Ghidora with the multiple dragon heads, and Mothra, a giant moth. The almost comical battle scenes, which take place underwater and in the sky as well as in urban landscapes, are the highlights.
The series that followed, called the Millenium, saw Godzilla's following gradually dwindle. Toho discontinued Godzilla films after "Final Wars" released in 2004. Some Godzilla fans include the 1984 film in the VS series. Others say technically it falls outside the category.
"Godzilla appeals to that destructive instinct that's in all kids," says Takeshi Maruyama, a 28-year-old "salaryman," who grew up on the VS series and has an extensive Godzilla figure collection.
A lot of buildings were constructed while Maruyama was growing up, a period for Japan's "bubble era" modernization. And it was a delight to see Godzilla destroy them almost as soon as they went up, Maruyama recalled.
One of his favorites is "Godzilla Vs. Mothra," released in 1992, which showed his hometown of Yokohama destroyed, including Land Mark Tower, one of this nation's tallest buildings, which was being built as the movie was shot.
"It is so fun to see a giant thing break and get totally destroyed," he said. "You can't explain it in words. You just feel it in your heart, and it's so immediate."
Directed by Roland Emmerich.
Special effects by Patrick Tatopoulos.
Starring Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno and others.
Hollywood-style models, robots, including a moving mechanical lizard head and torso, plus computer imagery for the adult Godzilla, and stunt men in latex suits as Godzilla babies.
If anything clinched Japanese fans' distrust for Hollywood, this reboot was it.
The film, whose tagline was "Size does matter," portrayed Godzilla as an enlarged tyrannosaurus rex running amok in New York, stomping on yellow cabs and chewing up delivery trucks.
The story starts with a Japanese fishing boat getting attacked, and a lone survivor gasping, "Gojira."
Thrown in the plot are ambitious American news reporters, a French spy, a scientist studying Chernobyl and a bunch of Godzilla eggs in Madison Square Garden.
A big no-no to Godzilla fans was the monster's fate at the end of the movie.
Yoshihiko Horie, 54, hated the 1998 film so much he started a website, cheering on the Japanese Godzilla.
Horie, a driver and husband of Godzilla fan Shizue Horie, believes Godzilla must be an extraordinary entity but also one with which people can emotionally identify. There are other must-have trademarks: bumpy skin and that roar.
Godzilla always shoots hot radioactive rays from its mouth. It must be powerful. And it must be cool. Emmerich's Godzilla failed on all counts, he said.
"I still do not want to call that Godzilla," said Horie, adding that he refers to it as Zilla, something lacking the "God" factor in a Godzilla. "No wonder even American fans called it GINO, for Godzilla in name only."
Directed by Gareth Edwards.
Visual effects supervised by Jim Rygiel of the "Lord of the Rings" films.
Starring Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Ken Watanabe and others.
Godzilla created by computer graphics and special effects, with 3-D technology-added version as an option.
This work pays homage to the past. It has the monster battles of the VS series. It has the military, well-meaning but often clueless. It has scientists. It has a poster of an old Godzilla movie. It has the precariousness of atomic energy and radiation. Watanabe pronounces the creature's name as the Japanese say it, combing "gorilla" with "kujira," which means "whale." It even has a touching reference to Hiroshima.
Battling in near-death, Godzilla saves San Francisco from grotesque monsters that feed off nuclear material, including bombs and reactor fuel waste. And the creature's fate evokes the original film's ending - including setting up a possible sequel.
"Gareth Edwards brought back our Godzilla, the Godzilla we hold in our hearts. He respects Godzilla," said Yoshinori Nishizawa, 28, who lives in Tokyo and works in nursing.
"I grew up with Godzilla. I like everything about this movie. It shows the power of Hollywood. I feel only gratitude."
Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at twitter.com/yurikageyama

Trove of fossils to be excavated http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/ARTICLE/140729467 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/ARTICLE/140729467 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:40:15 -0400


CHEYENNE, Wyo. - For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming is 85 feet deep and almost impossible to see until you're standing right next to it. Over tens of thousands of years, many, many animals - including now-extinct mammoths, short-faced bears, American lions and American cheetahs - shared the misfortune of not noticing the 15-foot-wide opening until they were plunging to their deaths.

Now, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is preparing to reopen a metal grate over the opening to offer scientists what may be their best look yet at the variety of critters that roamed the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains during the planet's last glacial period around 25,000 years ago.

Des Moines University paleontologist Julie Meachen said she has been getting ready to lead the international team of a dozen researchers and assistants by hitting the climbing gym.

"I'm pretty terrified," Meachen admitted Wednesday.

She hasn't done any real climbing before, she said, and the only way in is to rappel down. The only way out is an eight-story, single-rope climb all the way back up.

The cave is perpetually cold and clammy, with temperatures in the mid-40s and humidity around 98 percent. Even Bureau of Land Management regional paleontologist Brent Breithaupt, who isn't one to get the willies from lots of animal bones, describes it as a tad creepy.

"One can only hope that, as a researcher, you're able to leave," said Breithaupt, who visited the cave as a college student the last time it was open to scientists. "It's an imposing hole in the ground. But one that actually has very important scientific value."

Some mammal remains from the cave could be over 100,000 years old, Breithaupt said.

The remote site is exceptionally well preserved. It's far too challenging and dangerous to have been trammeled in by casual spelunkers. The Bureau of Land Management installed the grate to keep people and animals out in the 1970s.

A mound of dirt and rock containing layer upon layer of animal bones rises from the floor of the 120-foot-wide, bell-shaped chamber. Meachen hopes the remains are sufficiently preserved in the cold, sheltered environment to contain snippets of genetic information.

Alan Cooper with the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide will attempt to retrieve fragments of mitochondrial DNA from the bones, Meachen said.

Such analysis wasn't possible the last time scientists dug in the cave and could shed light on how the animals were related to their modern counterparts and each other.

"It's so cold all year long, that it has got just the perfect conditions for preserving DNA, in multiple species, in large numbers of individuals," Meachen said. "Which is not really found anywhere except Siberia and the Arctic."

Starting Monday, scientists plan to re-explore the cavern, dig and extract as many fossils over a two-week period as possible. The researchers will dig by lights powered by a generator at the surface.

A National Science Foundation grant will enable additional excavations in 2015 and 2016.

One goal is to learn more about the Pleistocene extinction, which wiped out dozens of species. Proposed causes include climate change and hunting by humans, who are thought to have arrived in northern North America sometime after 17,000 years ago.

The scrubby, rocky country surrounding the cave probably looks much like it did back then, though the climate may have been cooler and wetter, Meachen said.

The scientists will camp out nearby and plan to make the arduous climb into and out of the cave no more than once a day. Ropes will haul bones up top in boxes, Meachen said.

"I don't think it's necessarily going to be easy," she said. "But I think we're going to be pretty well prepared."

Social Security faces IT issues http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/ARTICLE/140729468 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/ARTICLE/140729468 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:39:01 -0400


WASHINGTON - After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. But the project has been wracked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.

Today, the project is still in the testing phase, and the agency can't say when it will be operational or how much it will cost.

In the meantime, people filing for disability claims face long delays at nearly every step of the process - delays that were supposed to be reduced by the new processing system.

"The program has invested $288 million over six years, delivered limited functionality and faced schedule delays as well as increasing stakeholder concerns," said a report by McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm.

As a result, agency leaders have decided to "reset" the program in an effort to save it, the report said. As part of that effort, Social Security brought in the outside consultants from McKinsey to figure out what went wrong.

They found a massive technology initiative with no one in charge - no single person responsible for completing the project. They issued their report in June, though it was not publicly released.

As part of McKinsey's recommendations, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin appointed Terrie Gruber to oversee the project last month. Gruber had been an assistant deputy commissioner.

"We asked for this, this independent look, and we weren't afraid to hear what the results are," Gruber said in an interview Wednesday. "We are absolutely committed to deliver this initiative and by implementing the recommendations we obtained independently, we think we have a very good prospect on doing just that."

The revelations come at an awkward time for Colvin. President Barack Obama nominated Colvin to a full six-year term in June, and she now faces confirmation by the Senate. Colvin was deputy commissioner for 3 1/2 years before becoming acting commissioner in February 2013.

The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for Colvin for July 31.

The House Oversight Committee is also looking into the computer program, and whether Social Security officials tried to bury the McKinsey report. In a letter to Colvin on Wednesday, committee leaders requested all documents and communications about the computer project since March 1.

The letter was signed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the Oversight Committee, and Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and James Lankford, R-Okla. They called the project "an IT boondoggle."

The troubled computer project is known as the Disability Case Processing System, or DCPS. It was supposed to replace 54 separate, antiquated computer systems used by state Social Security offices to process disability claims. As envisioned, workers across the country would be able to use the system to process claims and track them as benefits are awarded or denied and claims are appealed.

But as of April, the system couldn't even process all new claims, let alone accurately track them as they wound their way through the system, the report said. In all, more than 380 problems were still outstanding, and users hadn't even started testing the ability of the system to handle applications from children.

"The DCPS project is adrift, the scope of the project is ambiguous, the project has been poorly executed, and the project's development lacks leadership," the three lawmakers said in their letter to Colvin.

Maryland-based Lockheed Martin was selected in 2011 as the prime contractor on the project. At the time, the company valued the contract at up to $200 million, according to a press release.

McKinsey's report does not specifically fault Lockheed but raises the possibility of changing vendors and says Social Security officials need to better manage the project.

Gruber said Social Security will continue to work with Lockheed "to make sure that we are successful in the delivery of this program."

Steve Field, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin, would only say that the company is committed to delivering the program.

Nearly 11 million disabled workers, spouses and children get Social Security disability benefits. That's a 45 percent increase from a decade ago. The average monthly benefit for a disabled worker is $1,146.

The report comes as the disability program edges toward the brink of insolvency. The trust fund that supports Social Security's disability program is projected to run out of money in 2016. At that point, the system will collect only enough money in payroll taxes to pay 80 percent of benefits, triggering an automatic 20 percent cut in benefits.

Congress could redirect money from Social Security's much bigger retirement program to shore up the disability program, as it did in 1994. But that would worsen the finances of the retirement program, which is facing its own long-term financial problems.

Social Security disability claims are first processed through a network of field offices and state agencies called Disability Determination Services. There are 54 of these offices, and they all use different computer systems, Gruber said.

If your claim is rejected, you can ask the state agency to reconsider. If your claim is rejected again, you can appeal to an administrative law judge, who is employed by the Social Security Administration.

It takes more than 100 days, on average, to processing initial applications, according to agency data. The average processing time for a hearing before an administrative law judge is more than 400 days.

The new processing system is supposed to help alleviate some of these delays.

Your Vents, Friday, July 25 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/DM04/140729483 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/DM04/140729483 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 n Taxes went up and I feel sorry for Charleston people, especially if they own a house. I don't think they added all those taxes to personal property last year; just real estate. They are getting an extra shot the rest of us didn't get. None of it went for roads or anything. Houses are getting the same tax rate on real estate that there is on a car.

n OK, so businesses are people and can donate to political campaigns (because they are people), and then they move their headquarters overseas to avoid paying our taxes. Doesn't that make them "foreign" people? Aren't foreigners supposed to stay out of our government and politics? Isn't there a law about that?

n I just passed a woman on the Interstate who was driving with a dog in her lap and a cigarette in her left hand. I'm just surprised she didn't have a phone in her other hand.

n A recent article said the United States government is spending $50 million to house 600 illegal immigrant kids. At that rate if there are 60,000 of them in the country it will add up to $5 billion and for a country that cannot afford to fix potholes that is pretty astounding.

n For everyone on welfare, I know a woman who has four kids with three different dads, it is a shame the taxpayers have to pay for this. The government should put a limit on the number of children if you are going to stay on welfare for the rest of your life.

n The former Sylvia's Sandwich Shop/Polo Club and Pool Club owners are making a laughing stock of Danny Jones, magistrate court and Charleston police officers. The after-party house continues on Friday and Saturday nights and early mornings until 5 a.m. at the corner of Stockton and Madison.

n Does the city of South Charleston have a building inspector? I left two messages with them within a two-week period about high bushes at the intersection of Meadow Drive and Country Club Boulevard and nothing has been done. I have to pull out in the middle of the road until I can go up or down the hill to keep from getting hit by a vehicle.

n I have to say I stopped regularly shopping at Sport Mart when they moved away from Quarrier Street.

n Congress is the one who declares an act of war. This close to an election, I don't think Obama cares if the Democrats lose the Senate. They are going to have a hard time when he acts like this and is at a $36,000 a plate dinner. Fundraising when the American people are saying, "What is going to happen next?"

n It would probably take a major terrorist attack on this country, which looks likely to happen in the near future, before impeachment proceedings would begin against our incompetent in chief Obama. Anyone else would have been impeached two years ago.

A South Charleston of old http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/DM01/140729491 DM01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140725/DM01/140729491 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Josephine Mendez When Don Evans, the owner of South Charleston's Evans Lumber Co., closed his store, he left behind a lot of memories. Two years later, the store will continue to provide a look back at the past.

Located at the corner of D Street and Second Avenue, the family-run business operated for more than 80 years.

When it was time to close down for good, Evans was left with several odds and ends including panoramic photos of South Charleston that dated back to the early 1900s.

These photos had once lined the hallway of Evans Lumber Co.

"We had people coming in all the time just to took at the photos," Evans said

Not wanting the photos to be packed away and forgotten like the rest of the leftover items from the store, Evans decided to donate the photos to the South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau where he was sure they would be well taken care of as well as appreciated.

Evans donated eight photos from his family's collection.

He is unsure how the collection began but said it was a popular tradition in the 1900s for photographers to take panoramic photos of a city's landscape and then come back to the same location year after year to take the same landscape photo.

"We never set out to have a collection; we just sort of inherited them," Evans said

Five of the photos were taken on a hill overlooking the Blaine Island on the Kanawha River. The first photo, taken in 1914, shows a rural town which consists of mostly farm land and only a few houses.

The last picture in the collection, taken in 1920, shows a completely different landscape, filled with street, residential areas and industrial buildings.

Bob Anderson, the executive director at the visitors bureau said he is thrilled to be able to have the photos on display to show the people a side a South Charleston they would not get to see otherwise.

He said his favorite photos from the collection are the three that show the large houses which housed the admirals from the old Naval Reserve Center.

Although Evans has kept the photos in pristine condition, he said they can be very misleading at first glance.

"When you look at the photo with the Kanawha River you will see a bend in the river that is not supposed to be there," Evans said. "The river is supposed to be straight but the camera they used back then made it look like it was curved."

The photos not only provide a link to the past for newcomers to the city but they also allow natives to reminisce on a time long since past.

"So many people will come in to look at the photos and point and say, 'I used to live over there,' or 'remember when there was nothing there'" Evans said. "It's nice to see the photos haven't gone to waste."

The collection can be seen Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the LaBelle Theater at 311 D St., South Charleston.

Contact writer Josephine Mendez at jozy.mendez@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-7917. Follow her at www.lifeofanintern-charlestondailymail.blogspot.com.