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Teen Ends Up in Burn Unit After Cutting Down 'Weed'

Virginia's Alex Childress suffers severe burns after coming across giant hogweed

(Newser) - The "giant horror plant" that recently popped up in Virginia sent a teen working his summer job to the VCU Medical Center burn unit in Richmond, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . Alex Childress, who plans on attending Virginia Tech in the fall, was weed-whacking around Fredericksburg on Tuesday when he... More »

Wonder Woman Surprises Virginia Children's Hospital

Gal Gadot turned up in costume while filming sequel

(Newser) - Gal Gadot may not have actual superpowers but she definitely has a big heart. The Wonder Woman star, who is filming sequel Wonder Woman 1984 in Washington, DC, and northern Virginia, surprised kids at a Virginia children's hospital by turning up in costume, the Daily Dot reports. "The... More »

Helicopter Slams Into Virginia Townhouses

'I just heard a loud 'bam' and the whole house was on fire'

(Newser) - At least one person was killed in a helicopter crash in a residential area in Virginia, authorities say. A 911 call came in Sunday before 5pm about an aircraft crashing into a residential structure in Williamsburg near Settlement Drive, Virginia State Police say. The crash caused a massive fire at... More »

Arizona Lawyer Threatened Over Fundraiser for Red Hen

It was closed after exceeding its $5K target

(Newser) - Amid a hectic few days that included scathing criticism of its canopies from the president of the United States, the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., received help from across the country. Phoenix attorney Jimmy Cool says he decided to start a fundraiser when the restaurant was inundated with bad... More »

She Thought It Was a Date. There Was Only Murder

David Eisenhauer gets 50 years in Nicole Lovell's slaying

(Newser) - A man described by his alleged accomplice as a "sociopath" following his arrest for the killing of a 13-year-old Virginia girl will serve 50 years behind bars. Convicted in February of the 2016 murder of Nicole Lovell following no contest pleas, David Eisenhauer, 21, was sentenced Tuesday to 60... More »

Mom Shoots Guy Trying to Break In to Confront Teen Daughter

Troy George Skinner traveled 8K miles, 'had very bad intent,' police say

(Newser) - A man who traveled more than 8,500 miles to confront a teenage girl who had cut off communication with him online was shot in the neck by the girl's mother as he tried to break into their home, police say. Troy George Skinner, 25, traveled from New Zealand... More »

Now Trump Has Harsh Words for 'Filthy' Red Hen Restaurant

"If a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!' he says of eatery that booted Sanders

(Newser) - The restaurant in Lexington, Va., that booted Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday night had to shut down Saturday due to what the owner says were death threats, and the president himself is now piling on. President Trump tweeted early Monday that the eatery "should focus more on cleaning its... More »

Ex-Ethics Chief: Sanders' Restaurant Tweet Broke Federal Rules

She shouldn't have used official account, he says

(Newser) - Sarah Sanders shouldn't be using her official social media accounts to complain about restaurants, according to a former federal ethics chief. Walter Shaub—who served as director of the Office of Government Ethics during the Obama administration and stepped down last year after publicly clashing with President Trump—says... More »

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Gets Kicked Out of Restaurant

The owner apparently doesn't like President Trump

(Newser) - Sarah Huckabee Sanders went out for dinner Friday night in Lexington, Virginia—for a couple of minutes, at least. A server briefly attended to Sanders and her family at the Red Hen until the owner recognized Sanders and had the lot thrown out, CBS News reports. "I just served... More »

Child Immigrant: I Was Strapped to Chair for 60 Hours

Federal lawsuit alleges abuse at Virginia detention center

(Newser) - Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and left nude and shivering for long periods in solitary confinement. The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton are detailed in a federal lawsuit that includes... More »

First Civil War 'Limb Pit' Is Excavated

Find at Manassas National Battlefield Park reveals the aftermath of battle

(Newser) - A utility crew working at Virginia's Manassas National Battlefield Park unearthed what at first just seemed like portions of bone. Then came more bones, so far 11 limbs in all, nearly all of them leg bones. Now, thanks to help from forensic anthropologists at the Smithsonian's National Museum... More »

'Horror Plant' Discovered in Another US State

Giant hogweed, which can cause severe burns and blindness, has spread to Virginia

(Newser) - What ScienceAlert calls a "giant horror plant" has made its way to yet another US state, and people who come in contact with it could feel the pain. Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium tweeted last week it had IDed a giant hogweed (aka Heracleum mantegazzianum) plant in Clarke County,... More »

Judge Sides With Transgender Teen in School Bathroom Case

Gavin Grimm wins after long legal battle

(Newser) - A federal judge in Virginia has sided with a transgender teen who claims a school board's bathroom policies discriminated against him, the AP reports. US District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen on Tuesday declined the Gloucester County School Board's request to dismiss the case. Allen found that federal... More »

White Supremacist Guilty of Charlottesville Beating

He could get 10 years for attack on DeAndre Harris

(Newser) - A white Arkansas man charged in the beating of a black man during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been found guilty of malicious wounding. Jacob Scott Goodwin, 23, was found guilty Tuesday for the August attack on 20-year-old DeAndre Harris, the AP reports. He is the... More »

Deaf Publix Worker Didn't Hear Customer. Then, a Hit on Her Back

Liberty Gratz says female customer couldn't be identified

(Newser) - Publix employee Liberty Gratz is deaf and partially blind, so she normally interacts with customers using pen and paper. She's now on the lookout for one customer who she says didn't give her that opportunity. Using American Sign Language translated by her mother, 21-year-old Gratz tells WRIC she... More »

He Tried to Flee From Cops. He Forgot One Thing

Headshaking incident happened in Virginia

(Newser) - A northern Virginia man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana after a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself, the AP reports. Fairfax County Police released dashboard video of Tuesday's incident in which 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu is seen getting out of his... More »

Cops: Missing Mom's Killer Strangled Her in a Rage

Virginia woman Terri Lynn St. John was apparently killed by acquaintance

(Newser) - A Virginia woman found dead last week was apparently murdered by an acquaintance during a vicious argument, the Washington Post reports. Middlesex County investigators say Terri Lynn St. John, 23, whose disappearance last week sparked an investigation , was killed by Alvin Keyser outside her home. "Keyser stated to detectives... More »

Body of Missing Woman Found Near Her Home

Acquaintance charged with murder of 23-year-old TerriLynn St. John

(Newser) - The body of a Virginia woman reported missing Tuesday after her young children were found home alone was discovered Thursday morning about a mile from her house, WTVR reports. According to WVEC , the 23-year-old acquaintance who led authorities to the leaf-covered body of 23-year-old TerriLynn St. John has been arrested... More »

Young Mom Vanishes From Yard, Kids Found in House

Virginia police are searching for 23-year-old TerriLynn St. John

(Newser) - A Virginia community is imploring anyone with information about the disappearance of a young mom to come forward after she vanished while getting ready to go to work Tuesday. ABC7 reports that 23-year-old TerriLynn St. John never showed up to her job that day, and when her father was notified,... More »

Autopsy Confirms Mauling Some Still Can't Believe

Sheriff says Bethany Stephens' own dogs killed her

(Newser) - The revelation that two pit bulls were spotted eating the rib cage of a 22-year-old woman found dead in Virginia late last year wasn't enough to convince some that the victim's own dogs had killed her. But Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew hopes an autopsy will. The report... More »

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