A deep quandary of philosophy is the "problem of evil," first outlined by Epicurus 23 centuries ago. It asks: If an all-loving Father Creator made everything, why did he make diseases that kill children -- and predator animals that rip defenseless victims apart -- and hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, tsunamis and other killers of people? Now, Liberty University, established by the late evangelist Jerry Falwell, says it can answer the puzzle of "Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?" The explanation is in a movie titled "Unstoppable," to be broadcast to 700 U.S. theaters at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Former Kanawha County teacher Karl Priest, the state's best-known opponent of the theory of evolution, says the film will be shown at Regal Nitro Stadium 12 near the Cross Lanes Wal-Mart.
A brief 1932 movie promoting the attractions of "Charleston, Beautiful on the Kanawha," is posted on the Internet at: www.youtube.com/ watch?vF04ZPAVBVv8. (The 0 is a zero, not a capital O.)
Bearing arms in West Virginia: A Kanawha grand jury indicted Roy Pittman, 69, on charges of shooting his adopted teenage daughter to death, wounding his son in the leg, and attempting to kill himself.
When a Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg was dedicated in 1863, various orators spoke at great length -- but only brief words by President Lincoln struck a national chord and became immortal. A century later, when blacks rallied for equality in Washington in 1963, only the "I have a dream" eloquence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. resonated forever. Short, powerful insights with an ability to sway multitudes become historic.