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Morgantown Dominion Post (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Morgantown, West VirginiaThe kindest cut Cancer victim’s wife donates hair to make wig. Page 7-A Post T H E D O M I N I O N R Newsstand: 50 centsMorgantown, West Virginia www.dominionpost.com For Home Delivery: (304) 292-6301 For News: (304) 291-9425 SATURDAY Nov. 8, 2008 Wall Street gains ground After 2 days of heavy selling. Page 8-B Weekend’s Worth Want to get out and about? Find out what’s going on in the area. Page 6-A Clerics reject U.S.-Iraq security pact One day after Washington delivers agreement. Page 10-B MOORE, Sheila K. SISLER, Genevieve J. “Jenny” TURNER, Robert L. Sr. W.Va. lawmaker Eustace Frederick dies at age 78. Page 9-A Obituaries DAILY 6 316891 01100 INSIDE BRIDGE COLUMN .................... 8B CLASSIFIEDS.......................6B-8B COMICS ...................................9B CROSSWORD...........................9B ENTERTAINMENT......................6A LOCAL ............................... 7A, 9A NATION ..............................2A, 8B OPINION ...................................8A RELIGION LISTINGS..............3A-5A SPORTS ..............................1B-5B STATE.......................................2A TV SCHEDULE ........................10A WORLD ..................................10B COMING TOMORROW Mountaineer Week Event kicks off with WVU-Cincinnati game. TODAY’S WEATHER Your complete forecast Page 10-A 53 Breezy, cooler; some sun. High Low 38 TO FIND OUT about school closings or delays, go to dominionpost.com. Local BOG discusses economic crisis Financial woes not affecting university so far. Page 7-A Sports UHS girls blank champs WVU women’s soccer loses to UConn, 4-2 13’s the charm for Knights PHS beats Nicholas County, 28-14, for berth in the playoffs. Page 1-B Shootout seals their fate in Big East tournament. Beat Jefferson 2-0 to move into finals of state tourney. Associated Press BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — Every vote counts. Just ask the newly elected commissioner in Mississip- pi’s Lincoln County. Challenger Janie Sisco col- lected 1,580 votes from her district’s six precincts. That was one better than 20- year incumbent Charles Mon- roe Smith. ‘‘Wow,’’ Sisco said after hearing the result. ‘‘I never thought it would be that close.’’ But not so fast. Vanessa Collins, a deputy circuit clerk, said Friday that Smith has asked for a re-count in the county in the southern part of the state. Looks like she voted for the right person Obama calls for swift action on economy Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving senator in history, is stepping down from his cherished post as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Byrd, 90, has become increasingly frail in recent years, and the move didn’t come as a surprise. The West Virginia Democrat is a Senate icon and a legend in his own state, where he’s single-handedly responsible for directing huge sums of federal largess for roads, uni- versities and economic development pro- jects. It was a perk of his powerful perch as chairman or top minority member of the Steps down from Appropriations chair position Submitted to The Dominion Post “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Those Biblical words from Ecclesiastes 3:1 express my feelings about this partic- ular time in my life. I have been blessed to have had the honor to represent the people of West Vir- ginia in the United States Senate for 50 years. I have been honored to lead the Senate as its Majority Leader for 12 years. I have been privileged to be a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee for 50 years and to have chaired the Committee for ten years, during a time of enormous change in our great country, both culturally and polit- Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s statement SEE STATEMENT, 2-A SEE BYRD, 2-A Club Z loses liquor license for December Follows Sept. ABCA sting, 30 citations BY KATHY PLUM The Dominion Post Club Z’s license to sell alcoholic beverages is being suspended for the month of December, as the result of a Sept. 17 raid on the downtown bar that produced 30 citations for underage drinking and selling alco- hol to intoxicated people. Action by the State Alcohol Bev- erage Control Administration is also pending against Fins Beach Bar, a club raided Oct. 17. Club Z’s license holder, Robert Lightner, has reached an “agreed order” with the ABCA. According to ABCA spokesman Gig Robinson, an agreed order “implies that the matter is agreed upon by the WVAB- CA and Club Z. It is necessary they comply with this agreement to avoid further administrative actions.” Under the agreed order, Club Z’s state license to sell any type of alco- hol will be suspended for 30 days, from midnight Nov. 30 through 9 a.m. Dec. 31. WVU students have final exams the week of Dec. 8, then most will leave town. Asked why this time period was picked for the license sus- pension, Robinson said, “in order to provide the necessary training and revision of policy, this is what was agreed upon.” The club is also being fined $3,000 and agreed to revise club policies and procedures to promote compliance with ABCA laws and rules, “thus promoting a safer venue to imbibe,” Robinson said. Club Z also will have a mandatory responsible beverage service class (TipS) offered for all employees on site. According to court documents and various public records, Club Z used to be Speedy’s Disco, which SEE CLUB Z, 2-A Mobile mammography unit unveiled BY DANIELLE CONAWAY The Dominion Post Women in rural West Virginia counties will be able to undergo life- saving breast cancer screenings closer to home with WVU Hospitals’ new mobile digital mammogra- phy unit, called Bonnie’s Bus. WVU and Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center officials displayed Bonnie’s Bus at the new WVU Erickson Alumni Center on Friday. Starting in spring 2009, a mam- mographer, traveling with a coor- dinator and driver, will begin screening women in West Virginia counties with the worst breast cancer mortality rates in the state. According to the National Can- cer Institute, West Virginia has the fifth highest death rate from breast cancer in the country. Death rates are rising in McDowell Coun- ty, even though rates nationwide and statewide are falling. Mercer County and Mingo County could also be among the first counties vis- ited because their rural nature creates access issues. Also according to the NCI, death rates are higher than the national average in other West Virginia counties, including Taylor, Mari- on, Wayne, Mason, Logan, Min- eral, Greenbrier, Cabell, Berke- ley, Fayette and Jefferson. In addition to the digital mam- mography machine, which is faster and exposes women to less radia- tion, the 40-foot long bus also has a patient consultation area, a small kitchenette, restroom and wait- ing area. Bonnie’s Bus is a result of the largest philanthropic gift in WVU history, made by native West Vir- ginians Jo and Ben Statler, who gave $25 million to the university in October 2007. From that, $2.5 million was designated for the cancer cen- ter for the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program. The bus and program are named after Jo Statler’s mother, Bonnie, who succumbed to breast cancer in 1992. “Mammograms were not avail- able when mother was diagnosed,” Jo Statler said, “and had they been, she would have been diagnosed much earlier and would probably still be living today. This was some- thing we could do in memory of my mom and it’s something that will be great for the state of West Vir- ginia. We just feel like if we save one life, it’s all worth it.” Breast cancer survivor and can- cer center volunteer Gina Stew- art said women in rural parts of the state are often medically under- served and do not have access to early breast cancer screenings. Bonnie’s Bus “is going to be a tremendous asset for rural folks,” Stewart said, “It’s especially hard with gas prices the way they are now to be able to travel clear to Mor- gantown or to a local hospital that actually has mammography. With Bonnie’s Bus, we’re going to take that to them, so more women are able to have mammograms and in turn be diagnosed early enough and then cured.” Before Bonnie’s Bus can hit the road, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will evaluate the quality of mammography images as well as record keeping and other issues under the Mammography Quality Standards Act. The mammograms will not be free. But billing services will be pro- vided, and women who lack insur- ance will be matched to govern- ment or nonprofit charities. Mammograms provided by Bon- nie’s Bus will be billed to the patient’s insurance. Women, who need follow-up exams as a result of their mam- mogram, will be referred to doctors or hospitals in their home com- munities. “Over time, we will see some change in the breast cancer mor- tality rates,” said Dr. Scot Remick and Mary Babb Randolph Can- cer Center director, “That’s real- istic because this is a relatively small state and even if we reach small numbers of women, we should be able to make changes in their lives.” THE AMERICAN Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older have a mammogram every year. For more info about Bonnie’s Bus or to schedule an appointment at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, call 293-4500 or (877) 427-2894. Jason DeProspero/The Dominion Post photos Jo Statler delivers remarks during the ribbon cutting ceremony for “Bonnie’s Bus” on Friday afternoon. The bus was named after Statler’s mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. Bonnie’s Bus is a mobile digital mammography unit that will trav- el the state screening women. Bonnie’s Bus will serve rural counties starting in spring ’09 Associated Press CHICAGO — President-elect Obama assembled his economic team Friday and soberly told the nation that strong action is need- ed to confront “the greatest eco- nomic challenge of our lifetime.” In his first news conference since being elected Tuesday, Obama called on Congress to extend unem- ployment benefits and pass a stim- ulus bill. But his more ambitious remedies, he said, must wait until he takes office Jan. 20. Obama displayed an air of authority and confidence, stand- ing before a dozen economic advis- ers and rows of American flags as he spoke for 20 minutes. He mixed lighthearted remarks about fami- ly pets [even calling himself a “mutt”] with grim-faced assess- ments of the nation’s economic predicament. “Some of the choices that we make are going to be difficult,” he said, reading a statement before tak- ing several questions. “It is not going to be easy for us to dig our- selves out of the hole that we are in. But America is a strong and resilient country.” Obama urged Congress to pass an economic stimulus measure and extend unemployment benefits either before or just after he takes office. As for bigger decisions, he said, the nation has “only one gov- ernment and one president at a time,” and now it is President Bush. However, he said, “immediate- ly after I become president, I will confront this economic crisis head- on by taking all necessary steps to ease the credit crisis, help hard- working families, and restore growth and prosperity.” “I’m confident a new president can have an enormous impact,” he said. Obama said he would focus on producing jobs, and he mentioned actions to help the auto industry, small businesses and state and local governments. He left open the possibility that economic conditions might prompt him to change his tax plan, which would give a break to most families but raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 annually. “I think that the plan that we’ve put forward is the right one,” he said, “but, obviously, over the next several weeks and months, we’re going to be continuing to take a look at the data and see what’s taking place in the economy as a whole.” W.VA. LEADERS RESPOND to Byrd stepping down. Page 2-A Byrd gives up chairmanship

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