The killing of Trayvon Martin, the trial of George Zimmerman, and the public discourse in the aftermath of the verdict have awakened memories I had frankly put in the old news pile of my mind.
The tally in the low turnout election was just under 50 percent for Tomblin, 47.5 percent for Republican drilling executive Bill Maloney, with the remainder going for Mountain Party candidate.
Blair Mountain was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, but coal operators pressed to have it removed in 2010.
The EPA vetoed the permit for the Logan County mine, a symbol of the debate over mountain top removal mining that has been embroiled in litigation since 1998.
There were two stories about the beginnings of the Civil War this week: Georgia acknowledges slavery, while neo-Confederates ignore it.
Could it be about the November elections?
In the 2006 Senate election in Virginia, incumbent Republican George Allen was defeated by Democrat Jim Webb after undergoing what is called here his "macaca moment."