Charleston's offbeat Ted Elden has spent years declaring that some mysterious conspiracy lay behind the destruction of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Now he's supported by a book -- Where Did the Towers Go?: Evidence of Directed Free-Energy Technology on 9/11. It was written by Dr. Judy Wood, a former engineering professor who reportedly was fired because she claims that most material of the collapsing Twin Towers never reached the ground, but was evaporated in midair by an unknown electromagnetic weapon.
A medical researcher speculated that Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson from West Virginia actually died of pneumonia after he was mistakenly wounded by his own soldiers in 1863. Meanwhile, astronomer Don Olson of Texas State University offers a tangential theory: He says a blazing full moon was behind Jackson on the fateful night, which may have prevented his soldiers from recognizing him.
Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University asked Americans if they agree with this statement: "In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties." Amazingly, 44 percent of Republicans said yes. A Marshall University professor said such people seem to contemplate treason against the United States.
Bearing arms in West Virginia: Shepherdstown teacher William Lawrence, father of a legislator, pleaded guilty to selling a gun from the back of his car to a convicted felon, without a gun dealer license.