Government corruption in Florida can't compare with sleaze that once tainted Mingo County, former West Virginia newsman Fred Grimm wrote in the Miami Herald. In the late 1980s, he said, he covered Mingo, where "60 city and county officials had just been busted. The police chief was nabbed for selling drugs; the fire chief for arson. The school board president was busted for bribing jurors. The head of the antipoverty agency was stealing program money. Federal investigators photographed a handwritten sign taped to a walk-up window by the Kermit police station: 'Out of drugs. Back in 30 minutes.' Federal investigators said Kermit's convenient 'drive-in, carry-out' became so busy peddling pot, cocaine, LSD, PCP -- some of it filched from the Mingo County sheriff's evidence locker -- that the town cops had trouble finding a parking place .... Even the cook at the county jail was convicted of bribing a public official."
As you use the Internet, tracking systems compile a profile of your interests, enabling advertisers to send you tailor-made pitches. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D.W.Va., has drafted a plan to let computer users select "Do Not Track" to avoid this hustle. A New York Times report says Rockefeller naturally wants this reform because he is shy and private -- "an introvert, a person who would rather stay at home and listen to Bach fugues than attend Beltway shindigs."
A couple of years ago, a Toronto police official blamed women for being raped, saying they "should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized." This triggered an angry backlash called the "slutwalk" movement. Last month, a group called Slutwalk West Virginia held a rally at WVU's Mountainlair and marched through Morgantown to spotlight sexual attacks on women.