Morgantown Dominion Post (Newspaper) - March 14, 2015, Morgantown, West VirginiaMorgantown, West Virginia dominion post.com Newsstand: 75 cents SATURDAY March 14, 2015 ® WEATHER Periods of rain; areas of morning fog. High Low 57 37 Your complete forecast Page 12-A State legislature n Committee delays action on charter schools bill. Page 4-A n House approves tank bill. Page 9-A OBITUARIES BERNING, Dollie CHRISTOPHER, R. Mae KEENER, Kathryn J. ‘Katy’ (Weaver) SYPOLT, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ WATKINS, Stephen Gregory WINSTON, Lois Eney Page 11-A Helicopter crash Fallen Marine awarded Silver Star days before wreck. Page 2-A Pope interview Francis predicts his papacy to be 4-5 years, misses pizza. Page 7-A WVU baseball Longhorns winners, 4-3, in extra innings. Page 1-B Charleston landslide More rain expected this weekend. Page 2-A COMING TOMORROW Girls’ basketball Coverage of Morgantown High’s state championship game against Parkersburg South. 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Page 9-A Associated Press WASHINGTON — To d ay is the day when love of math and a hankering for pastry come full circle. Today is Pi Day, a once-in-a-year calen- dar date that this time squares the fun with a once- in-a-century twist. Today is 3-14-15, the first five digits of the mathemat- ical constant pi: 3.141592653. The best times to celebrate are at 9:26 and 53 seconds, morning and evening. The next time that happens is in March 2115. The Ultimate Pi Day will be celebrated from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Aull Cen- ter, 351 Spruce St., next door to the Morgantown Public Library. Free pie will be given away. Going for math and pastries on a special Pi Day Associated Press APEX, N.C. — Of all the pieces Julie Moore crafts in her home studio, the most popular is a brightly colored fabric ves- sel she calls “the party jar.” But in this case, the guest of honor is inside the jar. “People that are vivacious and celebrate life — this one is what they really like,” she said, lifting the ornately woven lid from the urn. “I want it to be a piece of art that they look at and they don’t think, ‘Oh. That’s Dad’s ashes.’ ” Cremations in the United States have tripled since 1985, accounting for about 44 percent of all “d i s p o s i t i o n s, ” a c c o rd i n g to the Cremation Association of North America. With families becoming increasingly tran- sient, the organization expects that to grow to 55 percent dur- ing the next decade. And as cremations soar, more people are looking for urns that, well, don’t look like urns. “At least one in five Amer- icans have an urn in their h o u s e, ” said Robin Simonton, executive director of Raleigh’s historic Oakwood Cemetery. “And if you’re going to put someone on your mantle, you want them to look nice.” On April 19, Oakwood is host- ing its first Urn Art & Garden Faire — a juried competition t h at ’s drawn entries from across the country. Although the idea of a national urn contest has raised some eyebrows, Simon- ton thinks it’s an appropriate way to recognize this trend in “the personalization of death.” Some have taken it to an e x t re m e. Foreverence, a funeral prod- ucts company in Eden Prairie, Minn., uses 3-D printing to al- low customers to design urns in the shape of a favorite musical instrument or car, and to even create a lifelike bust of the de- ceased. For the family of Devo guitarist Bob Casale, the com- pany created an urn shaped like “The Energy Dome” — the synth pop/new wave band’s iconic tiered hat. Oakwood has received more than two dozen entries, made of everything from wood, ceramic and fabric to North Carolina longleaf pine needles. The far- thest submission is from Wyoming. Crafted of tooled leather, it features an American Indian brave, slumped in the saddle, and the words: “A horse we all must ride someday.” With cremations up, urn artists create beauty for death BY CONOR GRIFFITH The Dominion Post The widow of Douglas Brady is suing the employer of her hus- band’s killer. Cathy Brady, representing the late Douglas Brady, filed the suit against J&J Towing and Repair LLC, on Thursday. Jody Hunt, the man behind four killings around Monon- galia County, was employed by J&J Towing as its manager and d r ive r. Hunt murdered four people in a three-site shooting spree Dec. 1. Michael Frum and Sharon Berkshire were shot at a res- idence off Sunset Beach Road. Doug Brady was shot at his West- over towing shop. Jody Taylor was shot outside a residence along Sweet Pea Lane. Hunt elud- ed police for hours after the shootings until he killed himself inside his truck. B r a dy ’s lawsuit alleges wrongful death and that the shooting was motivated by busi- ness rivalry. “The incident occurred while Jody Hunt was acting in the course and scope of his employ- ment for defendant J&J Towing and thus defendant is vicarious- ly liable for the act,” the lawsuit read. “The shooting was directly related to business and opera- tions of J&J Towing and the only apparent motivation for the ar- gument was the matter of the towing business in which Hunt Killer’s employer sued Brady’s widow seeking damages from J&J Towing BY BEN CONLEY The Dominion Post Morgantown City Council Member Nancy Ganz said that she d i d n’t initially know how to re- spond to claims by Morgantown businessman and city council candidate, George Papandreas, that council members abused their authority and were guilty of gerrymandering in their work late this past year on the city’s new wards and boundaries map. Papandreas made the claims at We d n e s d ay ’s meeting of the Monongalia County Commission, where he asked that his concerns and documentation be passed along to Prosecuting Attorney Marcia Ashdown for review. Ganz said that she and the other council members executed an open process that included sev- eral opportunities for public par- ticipation, and that council made the best decision it could with the information it was given through- out the process. She also said that redistricting has been a big issue throughout West Virginia in recent years and that recordings of all the meet- ings during the entire process are available on the city’s website for anyone who wants to watch. UPDATE Ganz says council did best on map Addresses claim that wards gerrymandered BY CONOR GRIFFITH The Dominion Post Textbooks and worksheets took a backseat Friday, as Mountainview Elementary School took part in National Digital Learning Day. Principal Karen Collins said the school hosted a “No Paper and Pencil Day” in 2011 to sharpen students’ skills with computer technology. The event caught the atten- tion of the Alliance for Ex- cellent Education, a Washing- ton, D.C.-based national policy and advocacy organization, and the first National Digital Learning Day was held at schools across the country the following year. Lessons and activities vary. First-graders put their key- board skills to the test by typing short stories they wrote. Third-graders worked with programs that taught basic animation and graphic design, while fifth-grade stu- dents learned basic computer programming through math and puzzle-solving games. “Honestly, it gets hard but it’s fun,” fifth-grader Kaiden Pinkerton said. “There are about 20 levels of coding, so it encourages me to push to the next level.” Technology integration spe- cialist Jennifer Smith said stu- dents look forward to Digital Learning day during the year. When the students aren’t in the school’s computer labs, they use tablets in the classrooms and learn about the state’s ter- rain and wildlife through apps developed in partnership with Carnegie Melon University. Lessons taught without papers, pencils at school High-tech learning at Mountainview SEE SUED, 2- A AP photo Julie Moore puts a finishing touch to a funerary urn at her home studio in Apex, N.C. SEE COUNCIL, 2- A Ron Rittenhouse/The Dominion Post photos Fifth-graders Hunter Barnett (above, left) and Andrew Garner listen to direc- tions from a coding program as teacher Jen- nifer Smith watches Friday, at Mountainview Elementary. Kaiden Pinker- ton empties the car trash during a lesson.