Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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  • Should we lower the age of consent to protect teen?

    Concern over running afoul of the law prevents sexually active teenagers from seeking help from adults when they need it, Ashton said.

    November 19, 2013

  • What's the weird new social-media trend? Being nice

    First it was Jimmy Kimmel declaring his love for Jimmy Fallon. Then it was the Yankees being nice to the Red Sox, which was almost unfathomable, yet also understandable and gracious in the wake of the Boston bombings.

    November 18, 2013

  • Video games aren't bad for kids?

    The eternal question: Are you a bad parent if you let kids have video games?

    November 18, 2013

  • What it's like to have your food stamps cut?

    On Nov. 1, the largest cuts in the history of our country's food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, went into effect when the increase ordained by the 2009 economic stimulus package expired.

    November 14, 2013

  • DOGS.jpg The lost man who ate his dog

    Canadian outdoorsman Marco Lavoie spent three months stranded in the wilderness of the Nottaway River in Western Quebec. Eventually Lavoie, starving and dehydrated, struck his pet German shepherd on the head with a rock and ate him.

    November 13, 2013 1 Photo

  • Are democracies better at dealing with disasters?

    Will improving democratic conditions in the country make any difference in the country's disaster relief efforts? They could.

    November 12, 2013

  • The gun-training class that teaches students to keep firearms under the bed, loaded

    As Bullard tells it, his class was dominated by random questions from the students - "What if my ex-husband tries to come to the house?" - and reckless advice from the instructor - "If he doesn't have a right to be there, then you do what you gotta do. . . . Remember, they don't have to be breaking in for you to shoot."

    November 11, 2013

  • HOLIDAY-EARLY72.jpg The myth that Christmas season starts earlier every year

    It's the kind of jump-the-gun October ad that brings the same excuse, year after year: "This may SEEM a little premature to you - but it really is NOT . . . " Ah, yes: It's once again the time of year when retail giants begin their insistent reminders that there are "not many days left in which to do your Christmas buying."

    November 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • Asking the Internet 'Am I ugly?'

    Last month, the Internet collectively frowned over a depressing new genre of viral video: Teen-age girls taking to YouTube to ask anonymous strangers, "Am I Pretty or Ugly?" The good/bad news is that this plugged-in permutation of adolescent insecurity isn't just a girl thing.

    November 7, 2013

  • Don't sweat the death-threat tweets

    Dearest reader: I'd just like to let you know that I intend to kill you.
    Calling 911 yet? Why not? I just threatened your life! If not a police call, then my threat at least merits a blog post, right?

    November 1, 2013