West Virginia

West Virginia nonprofit director Pamela Ramsey Taylor lost her job after she referred to first lady Michelle Obama as an "ape in heels" in a November Facebook post. The termination coincided with a state agency vowing to keep a closer watch on the nonprofit Clay County Development Corp. following weeks of controversy.

William Ronald Pulliam, 62, allegedly shot 15-year-old James Harvey Means after the two bumped each other on the street.

Beverly Whaling, the mayor of Clay, West Virginia, has officially resigned after posting an approving comment on a racist Facebook post that compared First Lady Michelle Obama to an "ape in heels."

Rose believes that the rape accusations caused indelible harm to his image.