WVPublic http://wvpublic.org en Retired Justice John Paul Stevens: Marijuana Should Be Legal http://wvpublic.org/post/retired-justice-john-paul-stevens-marijuana-should-be-legal Retired Justice John Paul Stevens made some news in an interview with NPR's Scott Simon on Thursday.<p>Scott asked him if the federal government should legalize marijuana.<p>"Yes," Stevens replied. "I really think that that's another instance of public opinion [that's] changed. And recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction. Alcohol, the prohibition against selling and dispensing alcoholic beverages has I think been generally, there's a general consensus that it was not worth the cost. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 10868 at http://wvpublic.org Retired Justice John Paul Stevens: Marijuana Should Be Legal Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos http://wvpublic.org/post/tyler-hicks-tells-story-behind-his-pulitzer-winning-nairobi-mall-photos A few days after winning a Pulitzer Prize for his photos of a 2013 terrorist attack in a Nairobi mall, Tyler Hicks received an email. It was from one of the women he'd photographed that day — sheltering her two young children on the floor of a cafe. She had heard about the Pulitzer and seen her photo on <em>The New York Times </em>website.<p>"It's very rare to have access to people in chaotic scenes like this," Hicks tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "You take someone's picture, it's this amazing scene and then you never find out what happened to them. ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:41:00 +0000 editor 10869 at http://wvpublic.org Tyler Hicks Tells The Story Behind His Pulitzer-Winning Nairobi Mall Photos Using Technology To Fix The Texting While Driving Problem http://wvpublic.org/post/using-technology-fix-texting-while-driving-problem On a Wisconsin street, a woman in a white hoodie stands frozen in place, stepping out of the road and onto the curb, her left hand reaching behind her. As part of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0">a public service announcement</a>, she explains why she's there as string music slowly plays under her voice.<p>"I had my brother in my hand and all of a sudden my hand was empty," Aurie says as a car drives past. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:25:00 +0000 Jessica Glazer 10867 at http://wvpublic.org Using Technology To Fix The Texting While Driving Problem Year-Long Series Looks at Black Lung in Appalachia http://wvpublic.org/post/year-long-series-looks-black-lung-appalachia <p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:18:09 +0000 Ashton Marra 10866 at http://wvpublic.org Year-Long Series Looks at Black Lung in Appalachia Dan D'Antoni the Right D'Antoni for Herd? http://wvpublic.org/post/dan-dantoni-right-dantoni-herd <p>Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick announced this afternoon a Dan D’Antoni will be the new head coach for Herd Men’s Basketball.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marshall University has announced that Los Angeles </span>Lakers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> assistant coach Dan </span>D’Antoni<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the new head basketball coach at Marshall. Dan is the younger brother of Mike, the Head Coach of the </span>Lakers<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:48:56 +0000 Clark Davis 10865 at http://wvpublic.org Dan D'Antoni the Right D'Antoni for Herd? Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says http://wvpublic.org/post/pope-oks-communion-divorced-not-so-fast-vatican-says The Vatican on Thursday sought to tamp down speculation that Pope Francis wants to reverse church teachings and allow divorced and remarried Catholics and their spouses to take Communion.<p><a href="http://davidgibson.religionnews.com/2014/04/23/pope-francis-really-tell-divorced-woman-take-communion/" target="_blank">Religion News Service walks through</a> what happened after word surfaced earlier this week that the pope reportedly called a woman in Argentina and told her it is OK for at least some divorced Catholics or their spouses to receive that <a href="http://www.americancatholic.org/fea Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 10863 at http://wvpublic.org Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S. http://wvpublic.org/post/measles-outbreak-philippines-travels-us Measles cases in the United States have spiked in the past four months, driven mostly by people traveling from the Philippines, which is in the midst of an explosive outbreak of the highly contagious virus. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:48:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 10864 at http://wvpublic.org A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S. American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine http://wvpublic.org/post/american-journalist-freed-kidnappers-eastern-ukraine Simon Ostrovsky, the Vice News journalist who was reportedly seized by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine earlier this week, has been released, <a href="https://news.vice.com/articles/simon-ostrovsky-has-been-released?trk_source=homepage-in-the-news">according to his employer</a>.<p>"VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health," the website reports on Thursday.<p>"We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 10861 at http://wvpublic.org American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill http://wvpublic.org/post/bracing-battle-vermont-passes-gmo-labeling-bill The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require food companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients.<p>Vermont Gov. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:07:00 +0000 Eliza Barclay and Jeremy Bernfeld 10862 at http://wvpublic.org Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History http://wvpublic.org/post/long-lost-wreck-san-francisco-recalls-anti-chinese-history Rewind to the year 1888: The 202-foot SS City of Chester, departing San Francisco harbor in thick fog, is nearly cut in two by the much larger liner Oceanic, arriving from Hong Kong. Within six minutes, the smaller ship disappears under the turbulent current near the site of the present-day Golden Gate Bridge, claiming 16 lives.<p>Now, fast-forward to Wednesday: <a href="http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140423_cityofchester_shipwreck.html">NOAA says</a> it's found the wreck of the City of Chester, which still ranks among San Francisco's worst maritime disasters. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 10860 at http://wvpublic.org Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History The Julian Lage Trio - "For Critter" - Live From Mountain Stage http://wvpublic.org/post/julian-lage-trio-critter-live-mountain-stage <p><span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_Sotw">This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by guitar virtuoso Julian Lage. He was playing with Bela Fleck at age 11, was the subject of an Oscar nominated documentary, and is member of fiddle legend Mark O'Connor's trio. He appears here with his own band, performing the instrumental "For Critter."</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:08:24 +0000 Josh Saul 10859 at http://wvpublic.org The Julian Lage Trio - "For Critter" - Live From Mountain Stage Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Move http://wvpublic.org/post/israel-halts-peace-talks-after-palestinian-unity-move One day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was calling off his side's participation in the next session of peace talks with Palestinian leaders, Israel's Cabinet has endorsed that decision and "unanimously decided to cut off contacts," <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israeli-fm-lashes-out-palestinian-unity-deal" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>.<p>The impetus, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/23/306149843/after-bitter-split-palestinian-factions-pledge-to-reconcile" target="_blank">as we reported on Wednesday</a>, is the announceme Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 10858 at http://wvpublic.org First-Degree Murder Conviction Reinstated http://wvpublic.org/post/first-degree-murder-conviction-reinstated <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The West Virginia Supreme Court has reinstated a man's first-degree murder convictions for the 1982 slayings of two people in Marion County.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The court ruled that the Ohio County Circuit Court erred when it granted Philip Reese Bush a new trial last year.</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:40:16 +0000 Associated Press 10857 at http://wvpublic.org First-Degree Murder Conviction Reinstated Special Prosecutor Installed for Plants http://wvpublic.org/post/special-prosecutor-installed-plants <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Special prosecutors have been installed to handle child abuse cases in Kanawha County.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The action comes after Circuit Judge Duke Bloom disqualified prosecutor Mark Plants and his staff from handling such cases. Bloom swore in special prosecutors Thursday morning.</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:34:12 +0000 Associated Press 10856 at http://wvpublic.org Special Prosecutor Installed for Plants Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law http://wvpublic.org/post/tweet-suits-social-media-and-law In the past several years, as more and more people are connected through more and more social media, the idea of turning personal grievances into class actions has been popping up, well, more and more.<p>In Virginia, a group that is against affirmative action in education went <a href="http://www.projectonfairrepresentation.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/POFR-Harvard-UNC-Wisconsin.pdf" target="_blank">fishing for plaintiffs</a> on websites recently, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/07/300308347/group-goes-online-to-find-affirmative-action-plaintiffs" target="_blank">according to NPR</a>. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 10853 at http://wvpublic.org Tweet Suits: Social Media And The Law Lawyers Use High Court Petition To Highlight Prosecutorial Misconduct http://wvpublic.org/post/lawyers-use-high-court-petition-highlight-prosecutorial-misconduct Lawyers for a computer support technician convicted of possessing ricin to use as a weapon are asking the Supreme Court on Thursday to hear his appeal, as a way to send a message about widespread prosecutorial misconduct.<p>The technician, Kenneth R. Olsen, says the Justice Department's failure to disclose an investigation that uncovered persistent misdeeds by a forensic expert who testified at his 2003 trial robbed him of a strong defense and violated his Fifth Amendment due-process rights. The forensic scientist was later fired "for incompetence and gross misconduct," the petition states. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:07:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 10854 at http://wvpublic.org No Citations Issued in Marshall Co. Explosion http://wvpublic.org/post/no-citations-issued-marshall-co-explosion <p>Williams Energy won't be cited by state environmental regulators for a natural gas pipeline explosion in Marshall County.</p><p>The April 5 explosion and fire scorched trees over a 2-acre area near Moundsville. Several homes were evacuated as a precaution. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:56:09 +0000 Associated Press 10852 at http://wvpublic.org No Citations Issued in Marshall Co. Explosion Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change http://wvpublic.org/post/obama-japans-administration-disputed-islands-shouldnt-change President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. believes Japan's administration of a contested island chain should not change "unilaterally," as he assured Tokyo that a U.S. security treaty "covers all territories administered by Japan."<p>Obama, on the first stop in a weeklong swing through the Asia-Pacific region, spoke alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 10855 at http://wvpublic.org Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change Snoopy, Garfield And Friends Go Bald For Kids With Cancer http://wvpublic.org/post/snoopy-garfield-and-friends-go-bald-kids-cancer <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDYclHkzdQk</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:31:00 +0000 Linda Poon 10847 at http://wvpublic.org Snoopy, Garfield And Friends Go Bald For Kids With Cancer This Quiz Never Bothered Me Anyway http://wvpublic.org/post/quiz-never-bothered-me-anyway Sure you have an Oscar, but do you have an <em>Ask Me Another</em> Rubik's cube? <em>Frozen</em>'s married songwriters Bobby Lopez (<em>Book of Mormon</em>,<em> Avenue Q</em>) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez let their competitive swagger shine in a game where the answers are mashed-up musicals, like "The Lion King and I." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=This+Quiz+Never+Bothered+Me+Anyway&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:23:00 +0000 editor 10850 at http://wvpublic.org This Quiz Never Bothered Me Anyway