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Getting lost is one thing, but staying lost on the road of life is another

“Why are you turning here?” my wife asked. “It’s a shortcut, don’t worry,” I assured her. “I know where I am going.” Famous last words. An hour or so later, after zigzagging through miles of orchard-covered hills, I was gritting my teeth and continuing to insist that I knew ...

This Week In W.Va. History

CHARLESTON — The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org. Aug. 18, 1885: Artemus Ward Cox was born on a farm at Red Knob, Roane County. In 1914, Cox bought the George Ort Department ...

Stocks march higher

(AP) — Stocks marched broadly higher Friday as Wall Street capped a turbulent week on an upbeat note, though the market still posted its third straight weekly loss. Technology stocks and banks drove the rally. Bond yields rose, recovering some of the ground lost after they tumbled earlier ...

Checking the facts

Fact-checking journalists lean left, as Mark Hemingway documented in a canonical Washington Examiner analysis that is just as valid today as when it was published in 2011. But as John F. Kennedy once said, when asked why he wasn’t supported by an odoriferous Massachusetts Democrat, ...

Ban on assault weapons?

WASHINGTON — For all the talk about a possible breakthrough on background checks for gun buyers, it would be only a minor success if military-type assault weapons remain on the market. Their continued availability since expiration of the ban enacted by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein in ...

Medical examiner confirms Epstein death a suicide

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein’s prison death has been confirmed a suicide by hanging, the medical examiner’s office said Friday. Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Aug. 10, touching off outrage and disbelief over how ...

AP sources: Trump has talked about buying Greenland for U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to put his mark on the world map, President Donald Trump has talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the U.S. A Trump ally told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Republican president had discussed the purchase but was not serious about it. And ...

Paine: I didn’t mean to downplay homeless students

CHARLESTON. (AP) — The head of West Virginia’s school system says he didn’t mean to downplay the seriousness of the rising number of homeless students in the state at an education board meeting earlier this week. Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine issued a statement Friday saying he ...

President Trump’s re-election hopes get a shot in the arm

President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes hinge on two things: the state of the economy in 2020 and the identity of the Democratic nominee. The further left the Democrats go to select their candidate, the greater the probability Trump wins a second term. Thus Trump got good news this ...

The voters don’t have to settle

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — It is difficult to discourage and impossible to manage Justin Amash because he, unusual among politicians, does not want much and wants nothing inordinately. He would like to win a sixth term as congressman from this culturally distinctive slice of the Midwest. He ...

Datebook

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Datebook is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. Unless otherwise noted, events listed should be considered free and open to the public. Due to numerous entries, items may appear for only one week. Entries appear in chronological order and as there is space. The ...

Meeting Memos

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meeting Memos column is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. SATURDAYS ELKINS FARMERS MARKET will be from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May through October behind the Elkins Railroad Depot. Items for sale will include fresh vegetables and fruit (in season), ...

Reunions

ELZA-CARR: The Elza-Carr reunion will begin at noon today at the Elkins City Park. THOMASON: The descendants of Martin and Izora Thomason will host the sixth annual Thomason family reunion today at the John and Anita Wright farm, home place of the late Ray Thomason in Long Run. Those ...

Jimenez, Barron share PGA Tour Champions lead

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied three of the final six holes Friday for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Monday qualifier Doug Barron in the PGA Tour Champions’ Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Jimenez had eight birdies and a bogey at En Joie Golf ...

Vikings get long look at RBs

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Mike Zimmer knows the potential and importance of running back Dalvin Cook to the Minnesota Vikings, so the coach is taking the cautious approach to Cook’s workload during the preseason. The advantage is two-fold: Cook stays fresh and injury-free, while the Vikings get ...

Return of the Mac-killer: Nate Diaz ends hiatus at UFC 241

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The mostly empty arena rumbled with outsized excitement when Nate Diaz stepped onto the stage. The fans erupted into cheers while Diaz lit a joint and took a big drag before doing a little shadowboxing for the cameras. Even before he said a word at his open workout ...

Horoscope

Mars heads into Virgo for some practical nurturing. Use what experience has taught you about caring for others. Usually interaction is better than none and closeness is better than space, even if it’s more difficult or irritating. The bottom line is that often people think they want to be ...

Hints From Heloise

Walking in sunshine Dear Readers: It’s the middle of August, it’s hot, but our dogs still need their EXERCISE. Here are some dog-walking hints from the Humane Society (www.humanesociety.org): • Get outside early in the morning or late in the evening. The heat at noon and into the ...

Mormon church warning: Beware of those fancy coffee drinks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by “competent” doctors. The ...

Man putting off divorce is causing problems

Dear Annie: I have been with my boyfriend for six years. He is still legally married to his wife, and his children are grown. I have a great relationship with his family and children. The problem is that, for whatever reason, he keeps putting off officially getting a divorce. He gives excuse ...