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Potpourri: Does anyone remember Bill Overstreet?

Does anyone remember Bill Overstreet, a famed World War II fighter pilot who headed Charleston Aviation in the late 1940s? During a dogfight over Paris in 1944, a German pilot flew beneath an arch of the Eiffel Tower in an attempt to elude Overstreet -- but the American buzzed his P-51 Mustang right behind and shot down the Nazi plane. The scene was immortalized in a wartime painting. Overstreet left Charleston in 1950 to become an accountant at Roanoke, Va. In 2009, he was given France’s Legion of Honor. He died recently at age 92.

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Director Scott Finn says West Virginia Public Broadcasting must switch to more local shows, instead of funneling British programs. But if PBS channels ever drop “Downton Abbey” or “Call the Midwife” or “Mr. Selfridge,” they will lose their main attraction for many fans we know.

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On Saturday, the day before Easter, the state’s child-oriented Easter Carnival will be held on the Capitol grounds, with games, food, prizes, eggs, bunnies, face-painting, balloons -- and even a marbles tournament. Because of the separation of church and state, religious aspects of Easter don’t arise at the government festival.

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Bearing arms in West Virginia: Police think a five-year-old boy found a pistol at a Cross Lanes home and wounded his four-year-old sister. Both parents are charged with child neglect.

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After spending 25 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, a New York man was freed last week. Ever since he was charged, plenty of records showed that he was in Florida at the time of the crime -- but they were ignored. If the death penalty had been applied, this injustice couldn’t have been undone. Thank heaven, West Virginia long ago stopped putting people to death.

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A Republican candidate for Congress, Jim Moss of Hurricane, told Gazette editors that God called him to run. When primary election returns are counted May 13, watch to see whether the Almighty backed up his call.

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An Oklahoma man is trying to find descendants of about 2,700 West Virginia soldiers buried in military cemeteries in Europe. He has names of 386 from World War I and 2,313 from World War II. If you want to aid his effort, you may visit his Web site -- apieceofhomeusa.com -- or write to: Michael Beach, P. O. Box 582, Maysville, OK 73057.


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