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Morgantown Dominion Post (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, Morgantown, West VirginiaMorgantown, West Virginia dominion post.com Newsstand: 75 cents SATURDAY March 21, 2015 ® Local Store hosts icy giveaway Rita’s, community celebrate first day of spring. Page 7-A Sports Nation FBI asks for public’s patience in man’s hanging in Mississippi Spokesman: 30 agents were working to determine how he died. Page 2-A WVU’s big 3 buries Buffalo Mountaineers hold off a late charge by Bulls. Page 1-B World Emails show agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency U.N. group says it was worried about countries’ responses. Page 6-B WEATHER Fog in the morning; partly sunny, warmer. High Low 60 32 Your complete forecast Page 10-A Tomblin vetoes gun bill Page 3-A OBITUARIES GILL, Debra Lynn SMITH, Ruth E. TOOTHMAN, Linda Sue TRADER, Evelyn June (Ringer) WATSON, Carl Neil VANMETER, David Lee Jr. Page 9-A Horizontal drilling U.S. tightens rules for disclosure of fracking chemicals. Page 6-A WVU wrestling Freshman Moisey to compete in NCAA finals tonight. Page 1-B Pope weighs in on death penalty Says punishment represents ‘failure,’ fosters vengeance. Page 5-A N.C. State imposes ban Alcohol temporarily prohibited from fraternity activities. Page 3-A Jury convicts grandmother Page 2-A COMING TOMORROW New stop light Sunnyside Up plans traffic control on University Avenue. INSIDE BRIDGE ..................................... 6A CLASSIFIEDS ....................... 6B-8B COMICS .................................... 9B CROSSWORD ........................... 9B LOCAL ......................... 2A, 7A, 9A NATION ....................... 2A, 3A, 6A OPINION .................................... 8A RELIGION ............................. 4A-5A SPORTS .............................. 1B-6B STATE ........................................ 3A 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 Associated Press MILLERSBURG, Pa. — Why did the chickens cross the road? The answer may come in a Pennsylvania court- ro o m . State police this week cited a 23-year-old chicken farm proprietor for disor- derly conduct. A neighbor reported see- ing some of her fowl acting out the age-old riddle. Troopers said the chick- ens went AWOL Tuesday and wound up in a Millers- burg man’s yard. Anneliese Dorson faces up to 90 days in jail and up to a $300 fine if convicted of the summary offense. Woman cited after chickens cross the road BY ANDREW HESNER The Dominion Post A WVU Reed College of Me- dia professor said journal- ism’s future is “u n k n ow n , ” “in flux” and “e xc i t i n g . ” Dana Coester also said there is a growing need for reporters and editors, due to the vast amounts of informa- tion and news shared via so- cial media and through the Inter net. Coester, deemed by her col- leagues as the college’s media futurist, said the industry is entering a new ecosystem, in which technology is the “d e- ciding factor” for the field and how it is monetized, including adver tising. Don Smith, executive direc- tor of the West Virginia Press Association, said, “Adver tis- ers now benefit from print and online advertising. ... And consultants now talk about Google Analytics, mobile, geo- targeting, as well as cost-per- inch rates.” Smith also shared Coester’s enthusiasm regarding the fu- ture of journalism. “It’s an exciting time right n ow, ” he said. “The need for news is greater than ever and ... the opportunities to present it are more than ever ... online … mobile … E- e d i t i o n s. ” Smith also lauded the Reed College of Media, saying it is “putting out the next gener- ation of journalists who will understand what the readers want and how they want it d e l ive re d . ” Maryanne Reed, the col- le ge’s dean, said the medi- ums in which they gather news is changing. Reed said with the in- creased need of 24/7 news, the role of news curators (ed- itors and reporters) will be more important. “On social media, your friends (and followers) are the curators,” she said, “and in newspapers, reporters are the curators.” The role of newspapers All three officials said newspapers and print media are going through a tough and challenging period. However, they all agreed that print will not die, nor will all newspapers go digital. “We will work through it ... WVU officials say reporters are vital The Dominion Post When Gianna Fancher’s fam- ily was planning the party for her third birthday, talk turned to getting donations for the An- imal Friends Sanctuary, instead of gifts for the young girl. Her mother, Alicia West Fancher, said Gianna is always cuddling with the family’s bea- gle/blue heeler mix dog, Alex, and their cat, Frehley. Alicia also wants Gianna to learn about helping others, and Gi- anna agreed. So, when the party was held Jan. 31, guests brought animal toys, treats and food instead of Barbies and beads. On Friday, Gianna and her mother delivered the dona- tions, including $100 cash, to the shelter off Grafton Road. According to its website, An- imal Friends of North Central West Virginia is “committed to ending the mistreatment and killing of all animals by pro- moting public awareness.” For information on donat- ing, volunteering or adopting from Animal Friends, go to animalfriendswv.org or call 304- 290-4PET (4738). 3-year-old gets shelter donations for birthday Animal-friendly party BY BEN CONLEY The Dominion Post The city of Morgantown is considering new protocols for city council members who wish to pass information to depart- ment heads and employees — who fall under the city man- a g er’s authority. Council Member Ron Bane said the topic was addressed as part of an executive session called at the end of Tuesday’s regular meeting to discuss per- sonnel matters. During the public portion of that same meeting, Jim Manilla, a former Morgantown mayor and council member, said he was able to obtain emails through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that show coun- cil members giving directives to city employees in violation of the city charter. The Dominion Post filed a sim- ilar FOIA request and is reviewing those emails, totaling 1,149 pages. The executive session is also mentioned in a March 6 email obtained by The Dominion Post from City Manager Jeff Mikorski to council members. Mikorski explains that he has provided copies of the informa- tion requested by Manilla for each member of council. The message states, “Once I finish reviewing and categoriz- ing the emails, I will provide my analysis on communications that I was not aware of, or have City to tweak email rules Will alter how council passes info to staff Submitted to The Dominion Post WVU recently received a $4.7 million grant from the North American Nanohertz Observato- ry for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) Physics Frontier Center Award. NANOGrav, according to its website, is a collaboration of scientists working to detect and study gravitational waves — tiny ripples in the fabric of space and time. The award will expand the Pul- sar Search Collaboratory (PSC) program, which is a joint project between WVU and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), in Green Bank. This award will fund summer salaries for three associate pro- fessors, a post-doctoral scholar, four graduate students and a sys- tems administrator at WVU, a press release said. “The award will also provide funds for project-related equip- ment, travel and support for up to eight undergraduate students,” the release said. Students will have the op- portunity to participate in all aspects of NANOGrav research, including local and remote op- eration of the world’s most sen- sitive radio telescopes, and analysis of the data collected to find new pulsars. The grant was applauded by WVU gets funding for p hy s i c s staf f $4.7M grant to pay for summer salaries UPDATE SEE EMAIL, 2- A SEE GRANT, 2- A Tyson Murray/The Dominion Post Gianna Fancher, 3, and her mother Alicia West Fancher, pet Hoss, a house cat, Friday at Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia’s sanctuary, off Grafton Road. Journalists will still gather news in evolving mediums 75TH ANNIVERSARY Tyson Murray/The Dominion Post Gianna Fancher holds Talula, a long-haired white Chihuahua. SEE REPORTERS, 2- A OPEN-MEETING laws are still as crucial as ever. Page 7-A

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