The ping heard round the world,” as Time magazine would later call it, took place 50 years ago in Nagoya, Japan, where the U.S. table tennis team had gathered with other global ping-pong squads to compete in World Table Tennis Championship.
Sen. Ted Cruz, who repeatedly called out former President Barack Obama for vacationing during times of crisis, deserves to eat a slice of humble pie — preferably frozen — for ditching his fellow Texans during a power meltdown and epic winter storm to catch some rays with the fam in Cancún.
Last April, as the rest of America was just beginning to grasp the deadly potential of the newly arrived coronavirus pandemic, Ohio’s Mike DeWine became the nation’s first governor to order schools to close.
With Gov. Jim Justice and the Legislature’s Republican supermajority poised to take action on eliminating personal income taxes in West Virginia, a number of alternative funding schemes are likely to be examined to keep state government afloat.
With the national shortage of canned dog food now apparently behind us, all of our dogs’ favorite brands, in all their favorite flavors, are once again stowed in the cupboard, making a moment of quiet reflection possible.
Among lessons to be learned from the storming of the U.S. Capitol: While self-promotion can be a cheap and effective marketing tool, you may want to avoid practicing it while committing a federal crime.
A new year with a new president creates a great opportunity to attract new interest in old products through the low-cost marketing tool known as re-branding.
I dedicate this week’s word salad to Keith Richards, who is celebrating his 77th birthday, though he doesn’t look a day over 76.9, as I type these words late Friday night.
Richard Nixon’s legacy will forever be linked with the scandal that prematurely ended his presidency, leaving his many forward-looking political achievements to languish in the shadow of Watergate.
Every morning when I pore through my email to separate the two or three messages worth reading from the 97 to 98 that are not, I encounter dozens of equally disposable pop-up ads in the margins of my inbox.
At the time this late Friday dispatch is being typed, the race between the two major presidential candidates has yet to be officially decided, causing widespread anxiety among many of the 150 million or so Americans who voted for them.
I was reading a Bill Lynch story in last week’s Gazette-Mail about the documentary movie “The Mothman Legacy,” to be released on Tuesday, when I had a “whatever happened to” moment involving Bat Boy, another celebrity supernatural figure with West Virginia roots.
If research is the key to human progress, work undertaken by the recipients of the annual Ig Nobel Prize show us why the advancement of civilization lately seems to be unable to overcome inertia.
Sure, America has more than its share of world-class COVID-19 deniers, from Morgantown bar-hoppers to Lake of the Ozarks pool partiers and those attending rallies for motorcyclists and presidential candidates.
There was a lot missing from last week’s virtual version of the Democratic National Convention — and that’s not a bad thing.
Spoiler alert: Last week, recording artist, presidential candidate and Harriet Tubman denier Kanye West collected more than twice the number of signatures needed to secure a spot on West Virginia’s General Election ballot.
Just as the Trump administration has delayed naming permanent appointees to many cabinet posts, the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins has opted to assign a temporary name to its NFL franchise.
In the age of the coronavirus, my favorite way to practice social distancing during my free time involves taking long, mostly off-trail walks in the woods in places I’ve not previously ventured just to see what’s out there — besides ticks.
The racist past of West Virginia’s former senior senator, Robert C. Byrd, was so appalling even he eventually became sickened by it.
Since this weekend honors both Father’s Day and West Virginia’s birthday, it seems like an apt moment to look back at the time when the state’s founding fathers found themselves in quandary about what to name the soon-to-be-born state.
It’s been a bad week for Confederate generals, secessionist leaders and New World explorers, whose statues have been defaced, dismantled or decommissioned as part of the national uproar over racism.
When I got an email from my brother informing me that a BLM protest had taken place last Sunday in the small Central Oregon town in which we went to high school, I thought at first that he was referring to the Bureau of Land Management, which has a district office there.