THE answer to the question "can you hear me now?" will soon be yes along more parts of the signal-stymieing West Virginia Turnpike.
The Register-Herald in Beckley reported that final approval is pending to have Verizon build several cellphone towers, including locations at the Morton travel center and at the Chelyan toll plaza.
Other companies could also use the towers.
Mobile phones are a must for travelers in case of emergencies. The problem is that the places where a cellphone are most needed are the places where signals are most likely to be cut off.
Good coverage is simply a necessity. It's good to hear the improvement is coming.
FATHER-daughter dances were a tradition in Cranston, R.I. Officials expanded the events to include mother-son couples.
But Cranston School Superintendent Judith Lundsten banned the events after the American Civil Liberties Union complained that they play to gender stereotypes and discriminated against a girl who is being raised without her father.
"I acknowledge that many of these events have long traditions and for many parents, these types of gender-based events are not an issue," Lundsten wrote.
"However, this is a public school system and under no circumstances should we be isolating any child from full participation in school activities and events based on gender. Please be all-inclusive when planning your events."
Fair enough. The way to battle discrimination is to include.
PRESIDENT Obama could not have been thirsty at a New York City fundraiser hosted by singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z.
The event at Jay-Z's 40/40 club featured an 8-foot tower of 350 bottles of Armand de Brignac champagne, which costs $800 a bottle.
Along with a stop at the Waldorf for other rich donors, Obama expected to receive more than $8 million for his campaign, the New York Post reported.
Democrats portray Republicans as the party of the rich. But Obama has held more fundraisers for elite donors than any president in history.