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January 19, 2014

Hundreds visited local hospitals after West Virginia chemical spill

  • 411 the number of patients that have been treated for various chemical-related ailments at local hospitals since the West Virginia chemical spill took place nearly two weeks ago. The last bans on drinking water ended Saturday, but the period was harrowing for those affected: The West Virginia Poison Center had received 2,302 calls from people concerned about the effects of the ban on both themselves and their animals. source
12:39 // 7 months ago
January 17, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 17, 2014

Freedom industries, the company responsible for the chemical spill that led to a major drinking water shortage in West Virginia, filed for bankruptcy on Friday, a move that protects them from the nearly two dozen lawsuits filed against them already.

Thailand’s anti-government protests got violent on Friday, after an explosive was thrown into a crowd of protesters marching in the streets. At least one person was killed and nearly three dozen injured.

In 1974, Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda was discovered in the Philippines, operating under orders to not surrender 29 years after World War II ended. Onoda, who died Friday at 91, eventually gave in.

Nintendo’s Wii U is doing so badly that the company is talking about making games for smartphones. It’s gotten that bad.

Here’s a guy who got stuck in a pipe.

23:15 // 8 months ago
January 12, 2014
We’d had their recommendation on the books for several years now. This gives us another opportunity to look at what they recommended.
Kanawha-Charleston, West Virginia Health Department Director Dr. Rahul Gupta • Discussing a recommendation, made three years ago by federal regulators, to push local regulators to create a program to prevent chemical spills in the region, which is reliant on coal mining. Despite this, nothing was done during that period—and now the region is dealing with a major chemical spill that is expected to prevent people from drinking tap water for several more days.
17:48 // 8 months ago
January 9, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 9, 2014

The managing editor of Mediaite apparently made up an identity for himself to hide the fact that he’s a convicted felon. He came clean over the weekend.

Thanks to a massive chemical spill in West Virginia, more than 100,000 people can’t drink tap water in the state right now.

Tunisia, the country which got the Arab Spring off the ground in 2010, just saw its prime minister resign.

Looking to save money on a ride? Uber just got even cheaper.

Snapchat is sorry for being indifferent to your security.

21:55 // 8 months ago
June 29, 2013

How the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings are affecting state politics

  • changing gears Politicians in a number of states, most notably Oregon, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, have started discussing repealing laws which bar same-sex marriage in the state, whether through laws or through amendments. (29 states have amendments similar to the one struck down in California.) In the case of Oregon, the state’s Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber, argues that the federal ruling underscores the urgency of the issue. “Oregon has not yet lived up to the ideal of equal rights for all,” he stated. A court decision in Michigan involving a same-sex couple adopting one another’s children could also play a factor in that state—that decision was on hold due to the Supreme Court decisions.
  • doubling down In the case of West Virginia and Indiana, however, Republicans in the states are considering strengthening state laws barring same-sex marriage through the usage of amendments. One advocate in Indiana, the American Family Association of Indiana’s Micah Clark, argues that the decision should be left up to voters. “The future of marriage matters,” he told the Associated Press. “And it belongs in the hands of Hoosier voters, not the courts, not Hollywood, and not the activists seeking to change it from what it is and always has been.” source
11:15 // 1 year ago
March 9, 2013

bylinebeat:

Lego Spill Shuts Down Section Of West Virginia Highway

A mysterious Lego spill shut down traffic on a section of Highway I-79 in Harrison County, West Virginia, on Sunday.

According to the local fire department, it took a few hours to clean up the lane, pushing traffic on that section of the highway to one lane.

Photo Credit: (Facebook)

Considering they hurt so bad when you step on them, imagine what they do to tires.

(via bylinebeat)

8:14 // 1 year ago
January 4, 2013
I watched the producer actually talk to the lady and tell her exactly how he wanted her to come off on film. I guess they thought that we were all uneducated.
Melissa Whitman, a woman who lives down the street from where the cast of “Buckwild” was filmed. “Buckwild,” the newest “authentic comedic series” from MTV, premiered on Jan. 3. It details the lives of nine young adults who live in West Virginia. Umm … it might exaggerate some things.
12:31 // 1 year ago
October 31, 2012

New polling data shows President Obama gaining ground in OH while slipping in FL and WV

  • Florida A new Quinnipiac University/NY Times/CBS News poll shows Mitt Romney has drastically cut into the the 53 - 44 lead enjoyed by President Obama in late September. Romney still trails among early voters though, sitting 6 points behind President Obama in a 50 - 44 race.
  • Ohio According to the same poll, President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 7 points, with current reports suggesting a 50 - 45 split, which he has maintained for more than a week now. Early voting in Ohio heavily leans towards the incumbent as well, with President Obama leading Mitt Romney 60 - 34. 
  • Virginia Mitt Romney has also managed to gain some ground in Virginia, where he trailed the President 51 - 46 as recently as October 11. The former governor of Massachusetts still trails President Obama 49 -47; however, the candidate is undoubtedly happy about shaving the five point spread. Early voters in Virginia also tend to back President Obama, where he currently holds a 57 - 38 lead. source
13:54 // 1 year ago
May 23, 2012
Random long-shot candidates doing well against Obama in the south
Last night, a guy from Tennessee named John Wolfe Jr. scored 42 percent of the vote against Barack Obama in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Who? Exactly. (If you’re curious, read up over here.) But that said, it’s not the first time that’s happened in this election. This map, thrown together by Wikipedia, shows Obama’s victories by county in the 2012 primary season. A very interesting story being told here — “uncommitted” did very well in Kentucky, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry got a solid number of votes in Oklahoma, and prison inmate Keith Judd did well in West Virginia. But Wolfe, a serious but long-shot candidate, actually did better in Arkansas in 2012 than Hillary Clinton (who, remember, is from that state) did in 2008. To be clear — Obama has this in the bag, and these are states he doesn’t need to win in November, so Wolfe doing well is symbolic at best. But still: A bizarre but fascinating phenomenon.

Random long-shot candidates doing well against Obama in the south

Last night, a guy from Tennessee named John Wolfe Jr. scored 42 percent of the vote against Barack Obama in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Who? Exactly. (If you’re curious, read up over here.) But that said, it’s not the first time that’s happened in this election. This map, thrown together by Wikipedia, shows Obama’s victories by county in the 2012 primary season. A very interesting story being told here — “uncommitted” did very well in Kentucky, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry got a solid number of votes in Oklahoma, and prison inmate Keith Judd did well in West Virginia. But Wolfe, a serious but long-shot candidate, actually did better in Arkansas in 2012 than Hillary Clinton (who, remember, is from that state) did in 2008. To be clear — Obama has this in the bag, and these are states he doesn’t need to win in November, so Wolfe doing well is symbolic at best. But still: A bizarre but fascinating phenomenon.

11:09 // 2 years ago
May 9, 2012

Good work, West Virginia: You gave a prison inmate a delegate

  • 70,000 people voted for a prison inmate source

» 41 percent of the vote in the WV Democratic primary: Keith Judd, who has been in prison on extortion charges for over a decade, found himself scoring an unlikely level of support against President Obama last night — in what was likely intended more as a statement against Obama rather than one in favor of a guy who has run in every presidential campaign since 1996. Judd’s expected to be released in 2013, so if he did beat Obama, he might be out of prison in time to take office.

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10:43 // 2 years ago