Bipartisan backlash for Trump after questioning Khan family

By LISA LERER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Donald Trump sparked bipartisan backlash after the Republican attacked the bereaved parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who spoke at the Democratic convention last week.
Critics from both parties on Saturday questioned whether Trump had the empathy and understanding to be president, particularly after he questioned why mourning mother Ghazala Khan stayed silent during her husband’s Thursday night address.
“He was kind of trying to turn that into some kind of ridicule,” Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said after a campaign event in Pittsburgh. “It just demonstrates again kind of a temperamental unfitness. If you don’t have any more sense of empathy than that, then I’m not sure you can learn it.”
Former President Bill Clinton, who joined his wife and Kaine at the event, agreed: “I cannot conceive how you can say that about a Gold Star mother.”
Lawyer Khizr Khan gave a moving tribute to their son, Humayun, who received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart after he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. During the speech, Khan’s wife, Ghazala, stood quietly by his side, wearing a headscarf.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said, in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”
Ghazala Khan has said she didn’t speak because she’s still overwhelmed by her grief and can’t even look at photos of her son without crying.
Trump also disputed Khan’s criticism that the billionaire businessman has “sacrificed nothing and no one” for his country.
“I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures,” Trump said.
Trump’s comments sparked immediate outrage on social media, including from Republican strategists, who criticized Trump both for attacking a mourning mother and because many considered them racist and anti-Muslim.
Senior Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, remained silent, as did vice presidential nominee Mike Pence.
Hillary Clinton told voters gathered in a Youngstown gymnasium late Saturday: “Donald Trump is not a normal presidential candidate. Somebody who attacks everybody has something missing.”
“He attacked the distinguished father of a soldier who sacrificed himself for his unit, Captain Khan,” she said. “I think it is fair to say he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified.”
Late Saturday night, Trump released a statement calling Humayun Khan “a hero” but disputing his father’s characterization.
“While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things,” said Trump.
Trump’s comments about Khan came a day after he criticized retired four-star Gen. John Allen and slammed a Colorado Springs, Colorado, fire marshal for capping attendance at the event. The fire marshal, Brett Lacey, was recently honored by the city as “Civilian of the Year” for his role in helping the wounded at a 2015 mass shooting at a local Planned Parenthood.
“Our commander in chief shouldn’t insult and deride our generals, retired or otherwise,” Clinton told a crowd gathered Saturday on a factory floor in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Clinton has used the days following her convention to try and win back some of the white working class voters that once made up a key piece of the Democratic Party’s electoral coalition. Trump’s anti-trade message has appealed to those voters, who feel frustrated with an economic recovery that’s largely left them behind.
While Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, attempted to sell their positive economic message, much of their strategy centers on undermining Trump, particularly the business record that makes up the core of his argument to voters.
Trump has made plans to visit some of the same areas Clinton is campaigning in during her three-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania, scheduling Monday stops in Columbus and Cleveland.
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Lemire reported from Denver.
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Violent fugitive task force in Ohio makes 40,000th arrest

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service’s violent fugitive task force in northern Ohio says it has made its 40,000th arrest.
Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/2aBhI8R ) the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force hit the milestone on Tuesday, 13 years after its creation.
The group consists of 300 deputy marshals and officers from more than 100 departments.
The task force caught James Daniel III, known as the “early morning’ rapist.” He is serving a 144-year prison sentence for a series of rapes in Cleveland. It also arrested Donnell Lindsey, who is charged with aggravated murder in the drive-by shooting death of a 3-year-old.
Marshals say the group has arrested thousands, including more than 1,000 fugitives wanted for homicide. It has also seized more than 1,500 firearms, 1,700 pounds of drugs and more than $3.6 million.
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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

Insurer’s demise forces Ohioans to find new coverage

By ANN SANNER, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohioans have been pushed to find new health insurance this summer as their financially troubled carrier winds down operations, an inconvenience that could come with a higher price tag.
Becky Mohler said she went to get a prescription filled only to be told by the pharmacist that her insurer was being liquidated, and she would have to pay the full cost of her medicine. She later got a letter from the suburban Columbus-based Coordinated Health Mutual Inc. about its financial troubles.
“I had no idea that something like this could happen,” said Mohler, 60, of Logan.
Ohio regulators took over the company in late May after a judge granted the state’s request to do so. A financial review showed the company’s losses would prevent it from paying future claims. The insurance co-op sold policies under its InHealth Mutual brand.
Such insurance co-ops were created under President Barack Obama’s health care law to provide a nonprofit alternative to commercial insurers. But they struggled to build their businesses and more than a dozen have collapsed.
InHealth Mutual provided health insurance to nearly 22,000 Ohioans, who may now end up paying more for their coverage.
Most InHealth customers have switched insurers, according to state and federal regulators. But with their new plans, they likely will have to satisfy new deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums — even if they met their previous ones.
That’s what Mohler discovered when she changed her coverage in June.
She had heart bypass surgery earlier this year and had already met InHealth’s individual deductible of roughly $6,250 and her out-of-pocket maximum. Now she has to meet a new $6,500 deductible and pay a premium that’s roughly $40 more per month.
“It doesn’t seem fair in the middle of the year that I have to do that,” she said in a recent interview.
The move to a new plan also meant she had to forgo the remainder of her cardiac rehab sessions, which were fully paid by InHealth but too steep to afford with her new coverage.
“That was kind of crappy,” Mohler said. “It would have been probably over $1,000 to finish their program out of my pocket.”
Health care advocates, industry groups and the state’s insurance department have urged insurers who pick up InHealth members to apply any medical expenses already incurred toward their new deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. But it’s unclear if any have or will.
“It just isn’t workable for many people,” said Kathleen Gmeiner, of the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio, one of the groups calling for relief.
About 7,800 customers are expected to remain on InHealth plans come August, according to the state’s insurance department. Those people are no longer eligible for the government subsidies that help lower their monthly premiums.
Customers still covered by InHealth may be eligible to switch insurers through the federal marketplace. They face an Aug. 29 deadline to make the change.
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Associated Press writer Lisa Cornwell contributed to this report from Cincinnati.

Cincinnati’s annual Paddlefest down the Ohio set for Aug. 6

CINCINNATI (AP) — A fleet of canoes and kayaks will stream down the Ohio River in a new route Aug. 6 in Cincinnati’s 15th annual Paddlefest.
The event will begin at Schmidt Recreation Complex east of Cincinnati and go nearly a mile farther to end up 8.9 miles away at Gilday Riverside Park. The U.S. Coast Guard will close the river to commercial and powerboat traffic during the paddling event from 7 a.m. EDT to 12:30 p.m.
It will be the second straight year the event takes place in August. It was moved to August last summer after high water and heavy rain forced a June postponement.
Some 2,000 people are expected to take part this year.
Paddlefest weekend includes a benefit party Friday evening and a finish-line festival, among related events.
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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

Group hopes campaign will bolster relationships with Muslims

CINCINNATI (AP) — A multi-faith group in southwest Ohio hopes educational pamphlets can increase understanding of Muslims and decrease prejudice against them.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/2awN9Uy ) the Bridges of Faith Trialogue, based in the Cincinnati area, planned to distribute hard copies at several locations, including a mosque and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.
The group, made up of dozens from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, says they want to dispel the negative stereotypes of Muslims and counter the wrongful “scapegoating” Muslims receive for terrorism and the actions of “political extremists.”
The pamphlet titled “Getting to Know Our Muslim Neighbor: Islamophobia — not in our community,” will also be available on the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s website.
“In the process of promoting interfaith understanding, the campaign will attempt to dispel the negative stereotypes of Muslims and counter the unjust scapegoating of all members of this esteemed world religion based on the terrorist actions of political extremists,” said a member, Robert “Chip” Harrod.
The Cincinnati region has about 25,000 Muslims
“While their numbers are relatively small, their civic contributions are large,” Harrod said. “Local Muslims are extremely active in and contributing leadership to nearly every major civic enterprise in Cincinnati and its immediate area. The public needs to be reminded of this, and that’s our aim.”
The group’s publication says fear is rooted in the unknown and that those fears reveal more about the fearful than the feared.
It also encourages outreach to boost familiarity and includes a resource page. Eight contacts are listed that will provide entry into the Muslim community, ranging from mosques to human relations groups
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Hue’s Turn: coach Jackson determined to rebuild bad Browns

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Dressed in an orange jacket and matching orange shorts, Browns coach Hue Jackson is easy to spot on a practice field crowded with players, coaches, ball boys and onlookers.
Standing in the middle of every drill on the first day of training camp, Jackson resembled a construction barrel — perhaps a fitting comparison considering the reclamation project he’s overseeing.
Jackson is taking on the Browns, one of the NFL’s worst teams who are on their eighth coach since 1999 and have had just two winning seasons since their expansion return 17 years ago.
It’s early, but there’s something different about Jackson, who at age 50 has not lost an ounce of the enthusiasm that steered him toward a football life 29 years ago as a college graduate assistant at Pacific. The former Oakland head coach — he led a talent-thin Raiders team to an 8-8 record in 2011 — has impressed his players with a tough but fair attitude.
“It’s always difficult to compare and contrast the coaches because I can’t remember all of them in 10 years,” cracked Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, who is on his fifth head coach since 2007. “But one thing I think all of the players have been drawn to Hue with has been his passion and his attention to detail. He’s not the type of head coach who wants to sit back and let his assistants do the coaching.
“He’s a guy that demands so much of his coaches that he actually wants to be in there doing the coaching himself. He can’t help himself.”
That’s obvious while watching or listening to Jackson, a virtual chatter box during practice. He’s constantly offering players either a compliment or criticism. On Friday, Jackson laid into rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, stopping him from running a play with a profane outburst before making the third-round pick explain why he called out a particular formation.
There’s no doubt the Browns are Jackson’s team. He has far more experience than anyone in Cleveland’s revamped front office, which now includes Paul DePodesta, the team’s chief strategy officer who first made his mark as a baseball analytics expert. Jackson won’t have final say on roster decisions, which will be made collectively, but his voice will be the strongest and loudest on such matters.
And while Jackson’s message of a turnaround is a familiar one to Browns fans, who have heard catch phrases like “it’s a process” and “we have to be patient” before from his predecessors, some of his players believe a culture change is underway in Cleveland.
“Absolutely, it’s a palpable difference,” said linebacker Paul Kruger, who signed with Cleveland in 2013 after winning a Super Bowl in Baltimore. “There’s an energy here that I don’t think I’ve felt yet here. It’s extremely positive, and I think that one of the best things that Hue brings to the table is that he unites. He unites the organization, the players, and I believe that’s something that is rarer than you’d think, a coach who can just unite the players and get everybody feeling the loyalty and the positivity.
“That’s what really inspires me the most about coach Jackson.”
Just the second coach hired by the Browns since ’99 with NFL head coaching experience, Jackson has a proven track record of fixing quarterbacks and offenses. He spent the past four seasons in Cincinnati, where he coached running backs for two years before taking over as coordinator for one of the league’s most potent attacks.
His new job is more daunting, and Jackson, who spent 14 years coaching in college before joining Washington’s staff as an assistant in 2001, only knows one way the Browns will succeed.
“It’s just hard work,” he said. “We’re going to put our head down and come out here and practice hard and then prepare hard and work our process and give us the best opportunity to win. I know that our staff and our players are going to do that and that’s pretty important to me.”
NOTES: For the second straight day in a row, inclement weather prevented the Browns from opening practice to the public for safety reasons. The team practiced in its indoor field house. … Browns will be in full pads for the first time Sunday and Jackson promised, “We’re going to hit.” Jackson plans to sound a siren during the workout and once it’s heard, “anything goes.” Jackson would not divulge any particulars about the contact drills but said “we’re going to be bumping into each other.”… DB Pierre Desir, who made six starts at cornerback last season, is getting a look at safety. … Rookie WR Cory Coleman, the team’s first-round draft pick, made several nice catches. Jackson said, “He’s stacking good days together, he’s just getting better.”
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Kipnis hits 1 of Indians’ 4 HRs in 6-3 win over At

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Billy Butler’s bat flip gave the Cleveland Indians the boost they needed Saturday night.
The Indians answered Butler’s flip after his game-tying home run in the fourth with a four-run inning that propelled Cleveland to a 6-3 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Butler and Cleveland catcher Chris Gimenez exchanged words during the at-bat, which ended when Butler homered into the left-field bleachers, a drive that traveled an estimated 440 feet.
Butler tossed his bat several feet from home plate, which began a shouting match between the two players. Gimenez paced around the home plate area as Butler slowly rounded the bases.
“I kind of took offense to the whole situation,” Gimenez said. “I felt like there was a little bit of showmanship right there. I was definitely not thrilled that he turned around and screamed in my face. I let him know I would be waiting for him when he got back.”
Umpire Trip Gibson stood beside Gimenez during Butler’s trip around the bases and then issued warnings to both dugouts.
“I imagine he wasn’t too happy with me just like I was still not happy with him,” Butler said. “That’s all it is. I got no personal problem with Chris.”
Gimenez agreed there were no issues between the two players, but thought the incident may have given the Indians a spark.
“Things like that are going to happen,” he said. “It won’t be the last time. It kind of rallied the troops, I’ll take it.”
Abraham Almonte and Mike Napoli homered in the fourth. Jason Kipnis drove in two runs and homered while Jose Ramirez also went deep for the AL Central-leading Indians.
Josh Tomlin (11-3) allowed two runs in seven innings and moved into a tie with Danny Salazar for the team lead in wins.
Dillon Overton (1-2), recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game, gave up five runs and 10 hits, including three homers, in 3 1/3 innings.
Danny Valencia’s two-out single gave Oakland the lead in the first, but Kipnis hit his 17th home run, tying a career high, in the bottom of the inning.
Ramirez led off the second with a home run. Butler’s homer tied the game, but Cleveland responded. Almonte homered to start the inning and Kipnis’ RBI double finished Overton.
Napoli hit his team-leading 23rd homer to dead center off Liam Hendricks.
Tomlin praised his teammates for rallying after he allowed Butler’s home run.
“That was awesome,” he said. “That kind of quieted them down and gave me a cushion.”
Marcus Semien homered with two out in the ninth off Indians closer Cody Allen.
Butler and Gimenez both voiced minor disagreement with Gibson’s strike zone prior to the home run, which led to them exchanging words with each other.
Butler was loudly booed in his next two at-bats by the crowd of 32,850. He walked in the seventh and flied out in the ninth.
SOMEONE’S WATCHING
Gimenez had some second thoughts about losing his temper as Butler completed his home run trot.
“Would my wife want my kids seeing me do something?” he said. “Thankfully nothing happened.”
TRAINER’S ROOM
Athletics: LHP Rich Hill was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, a move retroactive to July 20. He’s eligible to return Thursday.
UP NEXT
Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray will replace Hill against the Indians on Sunday. He’s 2-8 with a 6.31 ERA in his last eight starts, but is 2-0 in four career outings versus Cleveland.
Indians: RHP Corey Kluber is 0-4 in five career appearances against Oakland. The All-Star got a no-decision in his last start against Baltimore.

Cavs waive veteran Dahntay Jones

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The team announced the move Saturday.
Jones, who was signed on the final day of the regular season, came off the bench in Game 6 and scored five straight points to slow a Golden State rally. He also drew a pair of fouls on Warriors forward Draymond Green.
The Cavs brought in the 35-year-old Jones to give them depth and another perimeter defender. He had plenty of postseason experience before joining Cleveland and he wound up making a significant, if small, contribution.
Jones has averaged 5.4 points and 1.7 rebounds in 13 seasons. He began his career with Memphis 2003 and has also played for Sacramento, Denver, Indiana, Dallas, Atlanta and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Thome heads list of Indians’ Hall of Fame class

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Thome said he had only one regret as he entered the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame: Albert Belle, another slugger who teamed with Thome on Cleveland’s powerful teams in the mid-1990s, wasn’t in attendance for Saturday’s ceremony.
“I was looking forward to seeing him,” said Thome, the franchise leader in home runs with 337. “I know the fans would have loved to see him. It would have been exciting.”
Belle provided a menacing presence in Cleveland’s lineup but was known as much for his temper, which led to several suspensions. He has had a chilly relationship with the Indians organization since leaving as a free agent following the 1996 season.
Belle declined an invitation to attend this weekend’s ceremonies. He also didn’t attend a 20-year anniversary celebration of the 1995 team that won Cleveland’s first pennant in 41 years.
The Indians paid tribute to Belle with a video package featuring several of his memorable moments with the team.
Frank Robinson, who became the first African-American manager in the major leagues with the Indians in 1975, and outfielder Charlie Jamieson, who starred for the team in the 1920s, also were inducted.
Thome, who received a long standing ovation as he walked on the field, played for the Indians from 1991-02 and again in 2011. His 13-year-old daughter, Lila, sang the national anthem.
“We made it fun here,” said Thome, who will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2018. “Cleveland will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Indians manager Terry Francona’s teams went against Thome several times over the years.
“I used to scream at him when he came up to hit, tell him to bunt,” Francona said. “He was one of the handful of guys if I wasn’t managing I’d pay to watch hit. He took those big swings and hit those majestic home runs. He had one thing on his mind when he was hitting.”

TV show re-purposes timber for New River Gorge pavilion

By RICK STEELHAMMER, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
LANSING, W.Va. (AP) — Barnwood Builders crew members Tim Rose, Graham Ferguson and Sherman Thompson traded playful insults and bits of unhelpful advice while trying their hands at lobbing bocce balls at a pallino, or target ball, in a court next to their Fayette County work site.
There, technicians from a DIY Network film crew were busy adjusting lights and sound equipment in and around a virtually complete antique log framework for what will become a community pavilion for homeowners and guests at Wild Rock, an upscale residential development on a wooded stretch of canyon rim bordering the New River Gorge National River.
As the site for the final scene of the popular reality show’s 12th episode of its third season was prepped for filming (it aired July 10 on the DIY Network), Barnwood Builders’ host, Kanawha County native and Lewisburg resident Mark Bowe, grabbed a patch of shade and met with the production crew’s staff to go over details for the day’s closing shots. On a dirt road behind him, crew member and forklift maestro Johnny Jett used a small endloader to haul no longer needed construction gear from the work site to a truck to prepare for the move to the next Barnwood Builders location.
Since 1996, Bowe has been buying and tearing down centuries-old barns, cabins and outbuildings with salvageable hand-hewn logs, huge beams and solid joists, and re-purposing the materials in new homes built for people who appreciate, and can afford, fine craftsmanship.
“Most of the crew we have now has been with me since 1998,” he said.
It’s a process that has a following. More than 1 million viewers a week have tuned in to watch the Barnwood Builders crew crisscross the country to reverently recycle rural relics from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The show is now most of the way through its third season.
During a brief break between his shade-tree planning session and the resumption of filming, Bowe took a few moments to reflect on the show, its success, his added role this season as its producer, and his passion for making Barnwood Builders a vehicle for enhancing his home state’s image.
The show traces its roots to a short documentary about a Bowe re-purposing project that was shopped to the networks years before Barnwood Builders came into being.
“If I hadn’t been approached by the right network and the right production company at the right time, this show would never have happened,” Bowe said.
The DIY Network, like Bowe, had no interest in producing a reality show that included scripted dialogue, manufactured drama, or backward Appalachian stereotyping, “and we quickly found out that the production folks from New York work as hard as we do,” Bowe said. “When you work together 20 weeks a year, explore the country and listen to music together, you can become pretty tight, It’s proof that there really is something to the idea that being nice and working hard are good things.”
As the show’s producer as well as its host, “I get to wear a lot of different hats,” Bowe said. “I spend time working with the cameramen to make sure they get the shots they need, and I work on the story arc with directors in New York, and figure out ways to tie the region we’re working in to its pioneer spirit.”
Compared to running his business before it was being filmed and televised, “a painful amount of slowdowns” are needed to accommodate shooting and add the dialogue and visual imagery needed to explain the design and purpose of historic structures and way of life experienced by the people who built and used them.
While the Barnwood Builders crew delivers to clients a solid, handcrafted, historic framework, “the homes are completed by talented designers and tradespeople who don’t get filmed in our show,” Bowe observed. “Sometime, I’d like to follow the rebuilding process to the finish and show the work these people can do.”
Since Bowe’s crew has taken down more than 400 antique barns over the years and has to range farther afield each year to find more, his business may soon find itself searching for unique structures from the mid-20th Century to re-purpose.
“The logs we used for this pavilion came from an old barn we took down in Canada,” Bowe said. “As used materials from the 1850s start to disappear, we may find ourselves looking for materials and technology from the 1950s to reuse. Either we adapt like the pioneers or we disappear, too.”
Bowe said the show has developed a loyal following of people “who reach out to us from all over with kind words for the passion, pride and reverence that they sense in what we are doing. People long for a simpler life — one that is more connected with nature — and they want to know that old-time craftsmanship is still here.”
Bowe, the son of a coal miner and foundation contractor, grew up in Glasgow and earned degrees in management and safety engineering at West Virginia University before launching his current business in Lewisburg, along with an insurance agency in White Sulphur Springs. He said he relishes the chance to portray West Virginia and West Virginians in a more positive light.
“I’m glad to hold the flag for West Virginia,” Bowe said. “I’m tired of being ranked last. For years, people have taken away our coal, taken away our timber, fracked our ground and made things hard for our people. West Virginia is full of kind, loyal, hardworking people.
“Why hasn’t industry come here for that? That’s what we should be promoting.”
“Everyone in the cast and crew worked their butts off during the week they were here,” said Wild Rock developer Carl Frischkorn. “An incredible amount of work went into making a 40-minute show. It was totally unscripted and a fascinating process to watch.”
One section of Wild Rock’s Peregrine Park Pavilion, expected to be complete sometime in August, will be open-air and equipped with a stone fireplace, while the other will be enclosed and contain a kitchen, dining area, fully equipped bar, restrooms and flat-screen television. Antique wood fence rails will be incorporated in the siding of the enclosed portion, and the structure’s roof is made of Corten steel, the same type of weathering steel used to make the nearby New River Gorge Bridge.
Three weeks after the Fayette County episode was shot, Bowe and his crew put work on the series on hold to focus on helping friends, neighbors and strangers in Greenbrier and neighboring counties get back on their feet following epic flooding. Bowe’s Antique Cabins and Barns storage and sorting facility north of White Sulphur Springs, known as the “Boneyard” to Barnwood Builders followers, was flooded, but not significantly damaged, and all of the crew members’ homes escaped damage, according to a post from the show’s Facebook page. Bowe organized flood recovery supply drives at Lowe’s outlets in Lewisburg, Beckley and Summersville and helped load donated items into distribution trailers and dispensed free hugs and back-pats as needed. According to the Twitter account for WVU’s College of Business and Economics, of which Bowe is an alumnus, the Barnwood Builders host raised more than $175,000 for flood relief.
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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.