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  • West Virginians head to Canada to find affordable insulin

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A group of West Virginians left the country Sunday in search of affordable insulin — they went to Canada, where insulin prices are reported to be about a tenth of what it costs people in the United States. Across the border, no prescription is even necessary to purchase the life-saving medication, The...
  • Glaring St. John’s weakness will be tested by West Virginia

  • The honeymoon period has yet to end. In most St. John’s fans’ eyes, new coach Mike Anderson can still do no wrong. Seven wins in nine games will do that when preseason expectations were so low. So will the unexpected production of overshadowed players and the kind of consistent effort against weaker opponents that has...
  • West Virginia corrections officers give Nazi salute in class photo

  • Several employees for the West Virginia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation have been suspended after posing for a photo while performing a Nazi salute under the text “Hail Byrd!” The picture, first published by WCHS-TV, features about 30 blurred faces and appears to have been recently taken for the state’s “Basic Training Class #18” —...
  • From D-Day to Dinner: Chef Boyardee Goes to War

  • Cans of Chef Boyardee Beefaroni, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, ravioli and chicken Alfredo have filled American children’s dinner plates and students’ dorm pantries over the years. The line of easy Italian eats was invented back in 1938 by an Italian immigrant chef named Ettore Boiardi, better known as Hector Boiardi, who made a mean tomato sauce. But the reason Chef Boyardee now comes in such a convenient package is all thanks to the U.S. military. It began when Boiardi moved stateside from a northwest Italian town called Piacenza. He was one of the immigrants to go through Ellis Island in 1914, and he landed quickly on his feet and found a job. He worked at none other than New York City’s Plaza Hotel and, a year later, was promoted to head chef. Chef Boiardi also oversaw the catering for President Woodrow Wilson’s wedding reception at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. Ultimately, he left those jobs to open his own establishment called Il Giardino d'Italia (Garden of Italy) in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1924. People kept coming back to Boiardi’s restaurant and complimenting his sauce. So another business opportunity arose, and the chef decided to sell his sauce. In 1938, he opened his very own factory, dedicated to canning his pasta dishes and sauces. At the time, they went for 15¢ a pop. This huge commercial culinary accomplishment didn’t go unnoticed—during World War II, the U.S. military gave Boiardi a call and commissioned his company to supply food for the troops. Suddenly, the chef’s company became the largest supplier of rations to U.S. and Allied Forces. By the end of the war, the military demand dissipated, and the factory was too large. Boiardi decided to hand his company over to American Home Products, which rebranded the chef’s canned goods into easy-to-make meals. Today, Chef Boyardee is a household name, and though the brand is no longer carried by the Boiardis, the family still has respect and appreciation for the product. Hector Boiardi’s granddaughter chef Anna Boiardi told NPR in an interview, “I try to inspire people to cook for themselves, but even when I was growing up — and my mom is a fabulous cook — she would open up a can of Chef Boyardee for us on certain nights when there just wasn't enough time." Next time you reach into the pantry and help yourself to some Chef Boyardee, know that you’re actually eating rebranded World War II rations based on a legendary Italian chef’s recipes. And that’s pretty cool.
  • Nervous groom gets pranked during his first look

  • This groom got a head-turning surprise on his big day. Watch as newlywed-to-be Billy Hunt gets pranked by his best man during the “first look” photoshoot. The hilarious switcheroo at Little Creek Park in South Charleston, West Virginia, caused the giddy groom to keel over with laughter at the sight of his buddy in a...
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