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Cartoon About White Privilege Banned for Inspiring 'White Guilt'

A Virginia school district calls the educational video 'racially divisive'

(Newser) - An educational video about racial inequality has been banned by one Virginia school district after "numerous emails and phone calls" from parents calling it "racially divisive" and a "white guilt video," the Washington Post reports. The video— Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race —uses a... More »

Authorities Detail the Plot to Murder Nicole Lovell

Suspects planned everything out, they say

(Newser) - Virginia authorities have released disturbing details of the kidnapping and killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, the AP reports. Suspects David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers planned the crime, they said Thursday, deciding together that Eisenhauer would cut Lovell's throat at a remote location they pre-selected, and going to separate Walmart... More »

2nd Virginia Tech Student Now Faces Life in Prison

Charges against Natalie Keepers were upgraded Tuesday

(Newser) - A second Virginia Tech student is now facing life in prison in connection with the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old girl last weekend, ABC News reports. David Eisenhauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, were arrested on Saturday—the day Nicole Lovell's body was found in North Carolina and... More »

Va. Family of 6 Are Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Son believed to have killed everyone

(Newser) - Police who were called Wednesday afternoon to perform a welfare check at a home in Chesapeake, Va., found a dead body—and before the night was over, five more people were dead, victims of an apparent murder-suicide. An investigation of the initial scene led to another nearby home, where police... More »

DC Gets Inch of Snow, Chaos Reigns

Area could see up to 2 feet of snow over the weekend

(Newser) - A predicted blizzard isn't expected to hit Washington, DC, until Friday, but area roads are already a mess. About an inch of snow fell in the region on Wednesday evening, resulting in traffic delays and at least 163 accidents, reports WUSA . A trooper who was responding to a crash... More »

Va. Mom Who Disappeared in Nov. Is Found, Arrested

Crystal Griffin Redd picked up in Georgia; money had gone missing from her work

(Newser) - Fortunately, a Virginia mom missing for nearly two months was found safe on Tuesday, both her family and Blackstone police confirm to WTVR . Unfortunately, Crystal Griffin Redd was arrested by the Georgia police who discovered her, as she was wanted for embezzlement back in her hometown. Redd vanished on Nov.... More »

Legislators Reject Bill to Decriminalize Adultery

Virginia legislator says it should be just a civil offense

(Newser) - A legislative panel has rejected a bill to decriminalize adultery in Virginia, one of about a dozen states where infidelity is a crime. Virginia law classifies marital infidelity as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $250. Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax County proposed keeping the $250 penalty but... More »

Va. Mayor Leads Sheriff on Chase Over Expired Tags

Hizzoner took off, cop said, 'OK, this is the way it's going to be'

(Newser) - The mayor of the small Virginia city of Portsmouth refused to pull over as law enforcement officers chased him over an expired inspection sticker on his car, the sheriff said, and he now faces charges. Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson told the AP on Wednesday that he noticed the car—with... More »

Mom Who Woke to Find Baby Dead Charged With Murder

2014 case is just now being reported

(Newser) - On Nov. 8, 2014, Virginia 25-year-old Candice Christa Semidey fed her 4-month-old son, Jahari Jones, swaddled him, and put him to bed. She, too, went to sleep, only to wake up and find Jahari dead. Semidey was charged with felony murder. Why? Because she wrapped Jahari in a blanket and... More »

Girl With Cancer Gets Final, Unforgettable Christmas

'In the worst of circumstances we have seen the best in others'

(Newser) - A 4-year-old Virginia girl given months to live in September held on for one final Christmas before passing away Tuesday, reports WTVR . But thanks to friends, neighbors, and complete strangers, Virginia Rose Vandermark had a magical Christmas before Dec. 25 hit. According to ABC News , Virginia was diagnosed with acute... More »

Cops: Martial Arts Instructor Knocks Out 5-Year-Old

He's been charged with felony child abuse

(Newser) - A 21-year-old martial arts instructor was arrested this week and charged with felony child abuse after allegedly knocking a 5-year-old student unconscious, the Washington Post reports. Police say Justin Branick was teaching a taekwondo class at Virginia's Tiger Martial Arts Academy in Bristow on Tuesday when he got mad... More »

Entire School District Closed Over Calligraphy Lesson

Riverheads High students were asked to copy Islamic statement of faith

(Newser) - Students of Augusta County Public Schools in central Virginia are enjoying an early winter break thanks to outrage over a lesson in Arabic calligraphy. During a world geography unit on Islam on Dec. 11, Riverheads High School teacher Cheryl LaPorte asked students to practice calligraphy by copying an Islamic statement... More »

Cop in Sexting Case Kills Self to Avoid Arrest

He was accused of inappropriate contact with children

(Newser) - If you thought there was something fishy about police who were investigating a sexting case trying to obtain photos of a teen's erect penis , you may have been onto something. The lead investigator in that case, David Edward Abbott, killed himself Tuesday morning when officers showed up at his... More »

Car Thieves Find Boy in Backseat, Take Him to School

Mom had left child in running car while she worked at Va. post office

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy got the ride of his life when the car he was sitting in was stolen right before the start of school—and the thieves actually dropped him off at school, the Virginian-Pilot reports. Norfolk Police Department rep Daniel Hudson says the boy's mom has to be... More »

Video: Man Tased Repeatedly Before Dying in Custody

The incident happened two years ago and no charges were ever filed

(Newser) - A 46-year-old man having a medical emergency died after being tased up to 20 times by police officers while restrained and in custody, MSNBC reports. That was more than two years ago. Since then, no charges have been filed, and the three Virginia police officers involved were promoted. Now police... More »

FBI Foils Va. 'Race War' Plot to Bomb Black Churches

Virginia white supremacists tried to buy weapons from undercover agent: FBI

(Newser) - The FBI says two white supremacists in Virginia tried to buy weapons from an undercover agent so they could carry out mass shootings and bombings at black churches and synagogues. Authorities say Robert C. Doyle, 34, and Ronald B. Chaney III, 33—whom Buzzfeed identifies as belonging to a white... More »

5 Key Election Contests to Watch Tuesday Night

Kentucky's governorship, pot in Ohio, and other major issues at the polls

(Newser) - Everyone's watercooler buzz has been focused on Election 2016 lately, but there's business to be taken care of at the polls Tuesday. Some notable races and ballot items to keep an eye on:
  • The GOP hopes to address the elephant in the room in Kentucky: that there has
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Teen Girl Faces Charges in Baby Carrot Assault

'I don't even know how to combat the stupidity'

(Newser) - A 14-year-old girl could be charged with assault and battery after throwing a baby carrot at a teacher at Virginia's Moody Middle School, WTVR reports. It's an outcome the girl's mother, Karrie May, is having a hard time wrapping her head around. "I don't even... More »

22 Suspended for Wearing Confederate Flag

Christiansburg High School says flag violated dress code

(Newser) - At least 22 students were handed suspensions at Virginia's Christiansburg High School today for violating the dress code—but this was no case of exposed shoulders or short skirts. The students arrived at school wearing the Confederate flag on their clothes and refused to change to comply with school... More »

UVa Suspect Charged in 2nd Murder

Jesse Matthew accused of killing Virginia Tech student in 2009

(Newser) - A man already facing a capital murder charge has been charged with the murder of a Virginia Tech student who vanished after a Metallica concert in 2009. Jesse Matthew was indicted yesterday on charges of first-degree murder and abduction with the intent to defile in the case of 20-year-old Morgan... More »

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