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January 20, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
All businesses are at the mercy of their supply chain. Few are as vulnerable as a water utility. Witness West Virginia Water, a subsidiary of American Water Works Co. of Voorhees. On Jan. 9, a sweet licorice odor was noticed in the air around the Elk River as it wound its way south through Charleston, the state capital. The source was identified as 7,500 gallons of a chemical known as MCHM that had leaked from a 35,000-gallon tank belonging to Freedom Industries. The spill occurred less than a mile upstream from West Virginia Water's intake facilities.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THERE ARE only four Division II teams still playing football. West Chester (13-1) is one of them, for only the second time ever and first in 9 years. The other time the Golden Rams made it this far, they lost at eventual national champion Valdosta State (Ga.), 45-21. Realistically, they didn't have much of a chance. That's the way it often works at that level, once you get to a certain point. But this time, well, maybe things are a little different. "Right now, we're going to approach it like we're going there to win," said coach Bill Zwaan, whose team will be at 12-1 Lenoir-Rhyne (Hickory, N.C.)
SPORTS
December 8, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
The details of Dalton Pepper's last time playing at the Wells Fargo Center don't come back to him easily. The memory is fogged by the nearly four years that have passed, and there isn't much to tell. Then a freshman at West Virginia, Pepper scored three points and played eight minutes in an overtime win over Villanova. Odds are, his trip to the big arena Saturday won't be so easily forgotten. Now a senior, Pepper plays a key role for Temple (4-3), which rides a three-game winning streak into a noon meeting with similarly young Texas squad at the Wells Fargo Center.
SPORTS
November 13, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
SAINT JOSEPH'S now has practically a whole team of commitments for its Class of 2014. First, it was a point guard from New York, followed by a power forward and wing from North Carolina and now, a center from West Virginia by way of Nigeria. The latest to commit is 6-10 Obi Romeo, from Greenbriar East High in Lewisburg, W.Va. According to Rick Romeo, who has adopted Obi, his son was first spotted at an American-style basketball camp in Nigeria. He came to America 2 years ago to go to a school that was forming.
SPORTS
November 13, 2013
St. Joseph's received its third oral basketball commitment when 6-foot-10, 228-pound senior Obi Romeo of Greenbriar East High in West Virginia chose the Hawks. Originally from Nigeria, Romeo has been in the country for about three years. His adoptive father, Rick Romeo, said that St. Joseph's was the first school to contact him. Rick Romeo said that Florida Gulf Coast, East Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Longwood were among the others that were in the picture. Romeo joins two high school players from North Carolina as Hawks recruits: 6-7 power forward Markell Lodge and 6-6 wing player James Demery.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police in West Virginia believe alcohol was a factor, and they have charged two out-of-state gas workers with murder, but what set off the weekend confrontation that led to the death of a college student from Bucks County remained a mystery Tuesday. The attack occurred early Saturday off the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University as the victim, senior Kevin Figaniak, 21, of Perkasie, and an identified companion were walking home from a bar. "Everybody we have talked to, the one remaining victim and the two men arrested, have not been able to definitely give us what was said, what those words were," said Sgt. Gregg McKenzie of the Wheeling Police Department.
SPORTS
August 23, 2013 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
NICK APOSTOLU thought his eyes were betraying him. There before him, amid the squalor, lived a family in a squat, gutted home. It looked as if someone dropped a bomb on the place. There was no electricity. No running water. None of the most minimal essentials we take for granted daily. It's when Apostolu, a human 6-5 1/2, 305-pound bulldozer, went to work. Most Division I-caliber football players spend their summers building themselves up to attract heavier interest from major schools.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Third in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. Flanked by three scientists and joined by a former Energy Department secretary via webcam at a town-hall meeting Tuesday in West Windsor, N.J., called "Geek Out Live," the campaign message was clear: Rush Holt is an unabashed geek. The signs are everywhere: from the campaign bumper stickers proclaiming "My Congressman IS a Rocket Scientist" to his frequent reminder to voters that he beat the IBM computer Watson on Jeopardy!
NEWS
July 20, 2013 | By Alan Fram, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Senate plugged two more vacancies in President Obama's second-term leadership team on Thursday, confirming Thomas Perez as labor secretary and Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. After months of Democratic complaints that Republicans were stalling Obama's efforts to staff his administration and the federal courts, the spurt of movement followed a bipartisan deal reached Tuesday. Republicans agreed to allow votes on seven nominations, and Democrats in return shelved efforts to change Senate rules to weaken the minority GOP's powers.
SPORTS
July 17, 2013
Aaric Murray, the 6-foot-10 center who transferred in 2011 from La Salle to West Virginia, is on the move again. The Mountaineers said Monday that Murray has left the basketball team after one season. Coach Bob Huggins did not give a reason for Murray's departure, saying it was by mutual agreement. CBSsportsline.com reported that Murray was kicked off the team. Murray was charged with marijuana possession while he sat out the 2011-12 season. CBSsportsline.com reported that Murray has graduated from WVU but still has a year of eligibility remaining.
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