The program should provide "nutrition assistance," not snacks. The public needs usage information to see what tweaks can be made to this program.
PARKERSBURG police were called to the Jackson Avenue area late Tuesday night to check on a 6-foot suspect who was roaming the area. It was a bear.
Evidently, it was quite a night. Police Chief Joe Martin said there were so many people on the street that it looked like the Parkersburg Homecoming.
The fact that people wouldn't get off the streets eventually forced authorities to put the bear down.
"There was no way for us to herd the animal," Martin told the Parkersburg News. "There was nowhere for it to go. Our options were very limited and I didn't feel comfortable letting it roam."
Over the years, Parkersburg Police have had to deal with deer, coyotes and even an alligator. Charleston and other cities already have urban deer hunts. Will bear hunts be next?
The killing of an urban bear was a sad occasion. But the sighting of a bear in the city reminds us that the state's bear population has rebounded from a low of 500 bears in the late 1970s to more than 10,000 today.
A cold winter was hard on German taverns, as beer sales dropped to under 2 billion liters (4.2 million pints) in the first three months of 2013 -- the worst quarterly sales in at least 20 years.
"We had a long, snowy winter, so people did not go out that much to have beer in the sun," said Marc-Oliver Huhnholz, a spokesman for the German Brewers Federation.
This is part of a 37-year decline, which has seen per person consumption drop by one third since 1976, when consumption peaked.
An aging population, bans on drinking at work and an influx of Muslims, who don't drink alcohol, helps explain the decline. But Germans remain second only to the Czechs when it comes to drinking beer.
What massive change is next for the world?
A decline in tea consumption in China? Vegetarianism in Texas? Common sense in Washington?