Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

June 29, 2008

We’re going around the world

The front page of the newspaper you are holding may have already been viewed by someone in Scotland, or Japan, or India — thanks to the technology of The Newseum.

The Cumberland Times-News is one of 575 newspapers worldwide that every day submit their front pages for posting on The Newseum’s Web site.

Located in Washington, the Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism. It is operated through funding from the Freedom Forum, a non-profit foundation dedicated to “free press, free speech and free spirit of all people.”

To look at today’s Times-News front page or any of the other 500-plus newspapers, go to and look for Today’s Front Pages.....

There has been talk about charging a toll for motorists traveling on US 522, US 340 and WV 9 in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle. But for Route 9 and Route 340, the idea seems to be dead.

A study for the West Virginia Department of Highways found that the 4.7-mile section of Route 9 between Martinsburg and the Virginia border does not appear to be feasible due to the short distance, low traffic volumes and diversions of existing traffic to other routes. The same factors appear to make the Route 340 toll idea not feasible.

Still being discussed is Route 522, which covers 19 miles between the Virginia border in the south and the Maryland border in the north....

Every year, GMAC Insurance polls drivers in all 50 states to see how many would be able to pass a written driver’s test exam if it were given today. Maryland drivers ranked 42 out of 50 states and West Virginia drivers came in at No. 43. Pennsylvania was only slightly better at No. 36.

In Maryland, drivers had an average score of 76.8. New Jersey was last with an average score of 69.9.

The survey polled 5,524 drivers in all 50 states and D.C., using actual questions from state motor vehicle department exams.

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