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Douglas Imbrogno

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Ex-W.Va. activist now fighting in Nicaragua


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Rob Currie first came to West Virginia after working as a Jesuit in India from 1966 to 1975.

After India, he spent a year in Canada, then came down to the Mountain State with two other Je...

Frontier eating from pioneer log cabins to the Blennerhassett Mansion


Their diets couldn’t have been more different.

The table served while entertaining at the large mansion on Blennerhassett Island in, say, 1801, groaned under the weight of a two-course meal — soups, f...

Charleston teen has rugged adventure in Patagonia


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It was a whiteout snowstorm. Ben Glasser, 19, of Charleston, and three of his friends were lost in the Andes in Patagonia.

They’d been trying to navigate via an Air Force map, by v...

New app uses social media to flag suicide risks


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Twitter is a social media platform where a torrent of emotions and states of mind are tweeted in real time. Might it also, then, be a place where someone’s suicidal intentions could be n...

Family keeps funerals intimate, and at home


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The handmade pine coffin sat downstairs in Helen Lee’s house in Putnam County near Poca for decades.

“It was Mamaw’s coffin. She kept her books in it. She kept her bl...

Writing from the front lines of alcoholism


Frances Simone is a professor emeritus of Marshall University’s South Charleston campus. Central Recovery Press recently published her memoir, “Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows.&#...

Mountain Pie Co. offers upscale pizzas and more


HURRICANE, W.Va. — Don’t go looking for apple pie at Mountain Pie Co., located at 3522-A Teays Valley Drive in Hurricane, tucked into a corner of a small shopping mall acr...

Tribute: Late singer made deep connection


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jason Molina never had arena-level fame as a singer-songwriter.

But the indie performer toured internationally and developed a deep connection with both a devoted set of fans and with oth...

Hurricane family’s videos promote healthy eating


HURRICANE, W.Va. — At one time, Kirk and Mandy Curry were poster parents for being too busy to bother with proper nutrition for themselves and their offspring. They had just had ...

Making things at Digiso Maker Camp


With 3-D printers, a high-tech multimedia “capture space” and some savvy instructors, the high school students at last week’s Digiso Maker Camp had quite a range of things they could try to actually ...

Secular humanists gather to create community


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Anna Eplin used to be an active member of a fundamentalist Baptist church.

“I went through a time of questioning my religion. It eventually led me to a different belief system alto...