Morgantown, West Virginia dominion post.com Newsstand: 75 cents MONDAY Feb. 8, 2016 ® Husen, fundraising coordinator and foster mom, said. Homeward Bound put baskets for dogs and cats together for a raffle. In addition to encouraging pet adoption, Homeward Bound sold Tshirts, dog collars, magnets and more. All proceeds and donations go toward care and treatment of each animal. Cat adoptions are $95 and dog adoptions are $300 with a $50 rebate with proof of spay or n e u t e r. Homeward Bound will return to Petco from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, for its “Love Changes E ve r y t h i n g ” adoption. For more info, visit homeward boundwv.org or email contact @ h o m ewa rd b o u n dw v. o r g . Local Puskar to get service award Will be honored for work with breast cancer. Page 7-A Sports WVU grapplers stand pat as Pitt eats mat Mountaineers win 6 of 10 matches. Page 1-B Seggie’s crawl the right call MHS alumna shows off ground game in win. Page 1-B WEATHER Cooler, with periods of rain and snow. 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Page 3-A Stats and More Page 5-B COMING TOMORROW IN THE POST Jazz ensembles perform at CAC INSIDE BRIDGE ..................................... 4A CLASSIFIEDS .......................... 7-8B COMICS .................................... 9B CROSSWORD ........................... 9B LOCAL ...................... 2-4A, 7A, 9A NATION .............................. 5A, 9A OPINION .................................... 8A SPORTS ................................ 1-6B STATE ........................................ 2A WORLD ...................................... 6A For home delivery: 3 0 4 2 9 2 6 3 01 For news: 3 0 4 2 91 9 4 2 5 Hospitals’ future in limbo BY KATHY PLUM The Dominion Post A hearing was requested on a proposal to sell Hopemont Hospital, in Preston County; the John Manchin Sr. Health Care Center, in Fairmont; and two other stateowned long-term care hospitals. HB 4352, introduced last week, calls for the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to, “Divest of the facilities; land; buildings and improvements; contents; employment, patient and contractual interests; licenses; and all other assets excluding any cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of Hopemont Hospital, Jackie Withrow Hospital, John Manchin Sr. Health Center and Lakin Hospital, providing for all licensed beds to be sold by July 1, 2017.” Preston County Commissioners Dave Price and Don Smith learned about the bill from the media. “My first reaction is for the employees who have been there a long time and the patients,” Price said. “The [patients] I have seen there could not be on their own in the community.” “What are you ultimately going to do with the money?” f ro m the sale, “and what ultimately are you going to do with the people?” Smith wondered. Their concerns were echoed by Hopemont employees and union representatives. Two employees said they learned of the proposed sale from an article in the paper. “It would be very devastating,” said one employee, who has 14 years until retirement. “It’s a good place to work.” The newspaper agreed to Data provided by the DHHR; graphic by Eric J. Tomlinson Bill proposes 4 facilities’ sale; hearing sought SEE LIMBO, 2A Bills could help, hurt gas drilling BY DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON — West Virginia mineral and surface owners are keeping their eyes on several bills tied to natural gas drilling that could either help them or hurt them. Some are working their way through the system. A few potentially harmful bills appear doomed, and they hope they stay doomed. Three are awaiting introduction. We ’ll take a look at the numbered ones in reverse order, then briefly preview the bills yet to come. n HB 4426, the long-awaited Horizontal Well Unitization and Landowner Protection Act of 2016 is the pooling bill negotiated during the course of two years and carrying the support the state Farm Bureau, the West Virginia Royalty Owners Association, the West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization (SORO) and the two oil and gas associations. Among other things, the proposed act requires 80 percent of those controlling the proposed net pool acreage to consent before an operator can apply to create the pool — the highest threshold in the nation. People following the bill said its introduction was delayed by opposition from some legislators and protracted negotiations. One proposed section that fell by the wayside dealt with a utility right of way, which allows the well bore to pass through that property, but the bore isn’t perforated so the minerals in that section remain intact. A version of this bill died on the final night of the 2015 session. Conservative opponents contend that any involuntary pooling violates property rights. SupportPooling measure on to-be-introduced list SEE DRILLING, 3A Cocoa caper reported at N.M. school Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities said a thief broke into an Albuquerque elementary school and stole more than a dozen boxes of Student Council chocolate. The bandit broke into Ernie Pyle Middle School last week and also took $120 in Student Council cash, a laptop, a wheel barrow and a garbage can. Officials say the cash and chocolate belonged to the Student Council for fundraising and school projects. BY KATELYN LESTER The Dominion Post Homeward Bound WV kicked off its Super Bowl 50 celebrations Sunday with pet adoption day at Petco. H o m ewa rd Bound is a foster organization devoted to saving dogs and cats. The volunteer group is based out of Arthurdale and the majority of fosters are based out of Monongalia and Preston counties. With the intent to have a “Kit ty Bowl” in honor of Super Bowl 50, a playpen was set up with a small plastic football for some of the kittens up for adoption to play with. They quickly became tuckered out from excitement leading up to big game. The Broncos beat the Panthers, 24-10. Four dogs and 13 cats were up for adoption. Two were adopted Sunday. “Any time you get one animal adopted, it’s a good day so to have two, it’s a pretty good turnout,” Lisa Van Petco presents feline football FOR SUPER BOWL 50 coverage, see Pages 1-B, 4-B. Michaela Michael/The Dominion Post photos Sherri Davis holds Piglet during the Homeward Bound “Kitty Bowl” on Sunday, at Petco. Emily Hunt picks up Eeyore. Ashley Doering holds Collette. Ella Simpson shows off Asher. Study explores how black men find college success Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Ja m e s Wanda, a senior at Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College and one of two black computer science majors in his class, said at times he has felt pressure to succeed not just for himself, but for his entire race. “I realized if I fail, in some ways, it means that people might take that as either confirmation that other black students will fail, or as a sign that they might fail,” said the 21year-old from Arlington, Va. For black students — especially men — at many mainstream colleges, these pressures, racial slights and other negative interactions can push them to transfer or even drop out. A new study in the Har vard Educational Review is highlighting how some black male college students are overcoming those challenges, and the reasons for their success. Shaun Harper, a professor and executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, surveyed more than 140 students at 30 predominantly white public and private colleges. Among his findings: While high-achieving black male students aren’t immune from racial stereotypes, they have found a way to push back against them — often through taking on confidence-building campus leadership roles that can change perceptions of them among their white peers and faculty. “White students get to be students and learn; students of color have to deal with racial s t re s s, ” Harper said in an interview. “As they become more skillful at not internalizing low expectation, it frees them up from this distraction.” Columbia University psychology and education professor Derald Wing Sue has researched the stress-producing slights and insensitivities tinged with bigotry, or microaggressions, cited in Harper’s study. He said the positive responses outlined in his research are a kind of social activism that gives black men a feeling that they have the ability to impact their enviro n m e n t .
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