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Flying Umbrella Kills Woman on Virginia Beach

Lottie Belk died after wind-flung umbrella stabbed her in chest

(Newser) - A celebratory day at the beach turned to tragedy after a woman was killed Wednesday when a beach umbrella blew out of the sand and stabbed her in the chest, WHNT reports. WTKR IDs the woman as Lottie Michelle Belk (the station says she was 55; WHNT says she was... More »

Trump Makes Appearance in Man's New Bathroom Tile

As he's wont to do

(Newser) - Slate offers kudos to a Virginia CBS affiliate for "breaking the scoop" of the Election 2016 campaign cycle: the story of a Midlothian man who says he sees Donald Trump in his bathroom tile. Per WTVR , Clayton Litten was perusing his new bathroom floor from his perch on... More »

Mother of 3 Gives Huge Gift to Dying Friend

Beth Laitkep needed someone to take in her 6 children

(Newser) - When Beth Laitkep's breast cancer spread to her brain and spine, doctors knew she didn't have much time. But what should be done with her six children? "She said to me, 'If a miracle doesn't happen and I don't make it, can you take... More »

Major Civil War Battlefield Is Now a Crime Scene

Looting a federal battlefield is a crime that can carry a $20K fine, 2 years in prison

(Newser) - Just days before the area's major commemorative events linked to Memorial Day, the National Park Service has announced that Virginia's Petersburg National Battlefield is an "active crime scene," reports CNN. "Earlier this week, one of the park employees was out doing landscape work and noticed... More »

Virginia Murder Suspect Was a 'Sociopath in Training'

Suspected killers of Nicole Lovell, 13, attend court hearing

(Newser) - The alleged killers of a 13-year-old Virginia girl sat in court Friday as police painted a grim portrait of them, People reports. Former Virginia Tech students Natalie Keepers, 19, and David Eisenhauer, 18, heard how Nicole Lovell was allegedly lured from her home on Jan. 27, murdered by Eisenhauer, and... More »

Feds Probe Virginia Gov. for a Year Without Him Knowing

Terry McAuliffe investigated over campaign donations

(Newser) - Not only are the FBI and Justice Dept. investigating Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe—they've been doing so for at least a year without him knowing, CNN reports. The investigation is at least partly trying to determine whether the Democrat received illegal donations during his 2013 gubernatorial campaign, officials say.... More »

Guinness World Record-Setting Teen Did So Many Pull-Ups

He was inspired by his dad's fight with cancer and powered by sushi

(Newser) - Three new Guinness World Records were just set by a 17-year-old Virginia kid inspired by American Ninja Warrior and his dad's fight against colon cancer and fueled by pineapple and boxes of sushi, the Washington Post reports. Andrew Shapiro has been training for the past seven months, watching Star ... More »

1st Grader Wins Handwriting Contest Despite Lack of Hands

'Anaya is a remarkable young lady'

(Newser) - A first-grader from Chesapeake, Virginia, won a national handwriting award this week—no small feat considering she was born without hands. "We looked at her writing and were just stunned to see how well her handwriting was," the competition's director tells ABC News . CNN reports 7-year-old Anaya... More »

Artist Giving Away Life-Size 'Foamhenge'

He has to move Virginia monument to make way for park

(Newser) - "Foamhenge," a life-size plastic foam replica of England's famous Stonehenge monument in Natural Bridge, Va., has made appearances in TV shows and attracted curious visitors from around the world. Artist Mark Cline must move the monument before Aug. 1 because it sits on property that will become... More »

Before Suicide, Firefighter Was Harassed Online

Nicole Mittendorff targeted by users claiming to be colleagues

(Newser) - Authorities are investigating whether anonymous posts in an online forum pushed Virginia firefighter Nicole Mittendorff to suicide . In a thread for emergency workers on website Fairfax Underground in December, the 31-year-old was called derogatory names including "slut," Fairfax Fire Chief Richard Bowers tells the New York Daily News... More »

Virginia Ditches Civil War-Era Rule, Lets Felons Vote

Gov. Terry McAuliffe restoring rights to felons

(Newser) - Since the Civil War, convicted felons in Virginia have been stripped of their right to vote. That will change Friday as Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs an executive order restoring the voting rights of some 206,000 nonviolent and violent felons, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . They'll also be able to... More »

Search for Missing Firefighter Comes to Tragic End

Nicole Mittendorff found dead in national park

(Newser) - The search for missing firefighter and paramedic Nicole Mittendorff came to a sad end on Thursday when her body was found in a remote area of Virginia's Shenandoah National Park. Police say they found a suicide note in the 31-year-old's vehicle and foul play is not suspected, WJLA... More »

Target: Use Restroom That Matches Your Gender Identity

Retailer takes a stand for 'inclusivity,' solidarity with transgender community

(Newser) - A "religious freedom" mandate in Mississippi and North Carolina's so-called "bathroom bill"—which dictates, among other things, that transgender people must use bathrooms aligned with their birth gender—has triggered big-name stars , TV and film production companies , and businesses to boycott. Now Target is taking a... More »

Va. Governor Blocks Bill on Electric Chair

Would have been Plan B if lethal injection drugs ran out

(Newser) - Death-row inmates in Virginia won't have to face the electric chair—unless they want to. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has blocked a measure that would have made death by electrocution the mandatory Plan B if the state runs out of lethal-injection drugs, reports the Washington Post . McAuliffe had until midnight... More »

Exonerated Man Released From Prison After 33 Years

DNA evidence shows he's innocent of a 1982 murder and rape

(Newser) - After 33 years in prison, Keith Harward was released from the Nottoway Correctional Center on Friday after the Virginia Supreme Court agreed that DNA evidence proves he's innocent of the 1982 killing of Jesse Perron and the rape of his wife in Newport News, the AP reports. Harward was... More »

Michael Vick's Brother Busted in Assault on Va. Officer

Cop was trying to arrest him on another charge

(Newser) - Michael Vick 's brother, 32-year-old Marcus Vick, has multiple arrests under his belt, per the Virginian-Pilot , and now there's one more to add to the list: assault of a police officer, the AP reports. Court records say that Marcus Vick, who lives in Georgia, was arrested in... More »

Ex: Man Who Killed Trooper Hated Police

Trooper may have been trying to make small talk at Greyhound station

(Newser) - More information is emerging about the shooter and Virginia state trooper killed in Thursday's violence at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond. The AP reports 37-year-old Chad Dermyer, a former Marine, was participating in a counterterrorism exercise at the bus station with a dozen or so other troopers. Part... More »

The CIA Left Explosives on a School Bus

Um, whoops ...

(Newser) - As a parent, it's not exactly an email you want to get from your child's school district: For almost a week, "explosive training material" was left under the hood of a school bus in Loudoun County, Va., that carried dozens of kids while the material was inside.... More »

Trooper, Gunman Dead in Bus Station Shooting

It took place at a Greyhound station in Richmond, Virginia

(Newser) - A gunman fatally shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were also shot but were expected to recover, reports AP . It's unclear what motivated the attack,... More »

Alleged American ISIS Fighter: I Followed a Girl

Mohamad Jamal Khweis says he made a 'bad decision'

(Newser) - The accused ISIS defector from Virginia says he made a "bad decision" and now regrets his actions. In an interview with K24 TV , Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 26, says he left the US in December, visited London and Amsterdam, then arrived in Turkey, where he met a woman from Mosul,... More »

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