A bill before the Legislature would expand the state human rights law to protect gays from being fired from jobs or evicted from apartments, just because of their orientation. The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists wrote to Gov. Tomblin, voicing strong objection to the bill. Apparently, Southern Baptists think that blacks, Jews, women, oldsters and other minorities deserve human rights, but gays don't.
Connie Maynor of Wyoming County says she went to a thrift store and paid $4 for an old mink stole. Inside was a 1975 label from Charleston's long-gone Coyle & Richardson department store. Yesterday's luxury slowly became today's castoff.
Bearing arms in West Virginia: Four shooting cases made news on the same day: John Hudson of Boone County pleaded guilty to shooting a woman to death, but claimed it was accidental. Garland Murray of St. Albans, who shot a victim three times in the head, was declared a habitual felon under the state's "three strikes" law. John Watkins of Logan was arrested after firing a small pistol at state troopers. And Jeffrey Zirkle of near Elkins wounded his ex-wife with multiple gunshots, then was killed as he menaced police with his gun.
Delegate Danny Wells, D-Kanawha, was the only committee member who voted against a plan to let legislators keep loaded pistols in their cars at the Capitol. Meanwhile, Wells distributed a grammar note urging fellow lawmakers to stop saying "myself" instead of simply "me."