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Va. Gov: Dump Confederate License Plates

Symbol 'unnecessarily divisive and hurtful': Terry McAuliffe

(Newser) - Walmart has dumped its Confederate flag merchandise , South Carolina pols are pushing to rid the symbol from the Capitol , and now Virginia's governor says he wants to erase the icon he calls "unnecessarily divisive and hurtful" from license plates. Terry McAuliffe announced his intentions this morning in Richmond,... More »

Remains of Boy Last Seen in 2004 Found in Mom's Trunk

Virginia's Tonya Slaton, 44, charged with concealing dead body

(Newser) - The case of a vanished teenager appears to have gotten more confusing with the discovery of his body, rather than less so. Quincy Jamar Davis was last seen in 2004 when he was just 14, living with his mother in Virginia Beach. On June 6, however, a Virginia State Police... More »

Va. School Finds Its Lost SATs— in Own Building

Oddly, 236 tests were in the shipping area

(Newser) - A month after 236 SATs went missing , school officials in Loudoun County, Va., found the tests yesterday—and they weren't exactly in the hands of UPS as the school had initially claimed, reports NBC Washington . Rather, they were neatly boxed up sitting in a cart in Broad Run High... More »

Man Spends 29 Years in Jail ... for Looking Like Rapist

Michael Kenneth McAlister's conviction had been in doubt for decades

(Newser) - Michael Kenneth McAlister was freed Wednesday after spending about half his life in prison for having the wrong face at the wrong time. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe granted a full pardon to the 58-year-old after a serial rapist who bears a very strong resemblance to McAlister—side-by-side mugshots can be... More »

At Heart of Odd Custody Ruling: a Turkey Baster

Joyce Bruce said because they never had sex, she should be sole parent

(Newser) - In Joyce Bruce's mind, Robert Boardwine was just an old friend who helpfully agreed to donate sperm so she could have a child—no parental rights attached. To Boardwine, however, and now according to a Virginia court, he's entitled to see his young son, CNN reports. The Virginia... More »

Convicted of Killing Wife, Guy Kills Himself in Court

Mark Faville, 72, died moments after verdict was read

(Newser) - A Virginia man died Friday moments after he was convicted of his wife's murder, apparently by killing himself in the courthouse, the Roanoke Times reports. Found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—which carries a sentence of one to ten years—72-year-old Mark Faville was taken to a holding room. The... More »

College Suspends Rugby Team for Necrophilia Song

UMW team also ordered to take classes on sexual assault for party chant

(Newser) - The University of Mary Washington's entire rugby team has been suspended after video surfaced of several of its members singing an obscenity-laced chant describing the sexual assault of a prostitute's corpse. The song was recorded by a student at an off-campus party, per Jezebel ; the student posted the... More »

Cops Dig for Sisters Lost in 1975 Cold Case

Sheila and Katherine Lyon disappearance remains unsolved

(Newser) - Investigators armed with fresh leads have gone digging for the bodies of two young girls who went missing long ago, the Washington Post reports. Sheila and Katherine Lyon vanished 40 years ago this week—on March 25, 1975—at a shopping mall in suburban Maryland. But investigators have kept looking,... More »

Boy, 11, Suspended for Year Over a Leaf

Parents sue school as boy grapples with psychological issues

(Newser) - The details of the story are hazy, but what's certain is this: An 11-year-old was suspended from school in Virginia after school officials in late September found what they believed was a marijuana leaf in his backpack, along with a lighter. (A suit filed in the case alleges the... More »

Virginia to Pay This Man for Forcibly Sterilizing Him

Lewis Reynolds is one of 11 known surviving victims

(Newser) - Lewis Reynolds' first wife left him when she found out he couldn't father children. His second marriage lasted 47 years, until his wife's death, but he recalls how they'd sometimes cry because they could never have a biological family. Although no amount of money can fully erase... More »

Ex-First Lady of Virginia Gets One Year in Prison

Maureen McDonnell sentenced in corruption case

(Newser) - A judge in Virginia today spoke of "two Maureen McDonnells," and then sentenced the one who cashed in on her role as the state's first lady to a year and one day in prison. The judge allowed McDonnell to remain free while she appeals, reports the Richmond ... More »

Former DC-Area Cabbie on Terror Most-Wanted List

Suspect's brother is fighting no-fly list in court

(Newser) - Nobody knows a city as well as a taxi driver, which is why the FBI says it is very worried about the latest addition to its most-wanted terror list. Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, is a Somali-born US citizen who was driving a cab in Washington, DC's northern Virginia suburbs... More »

Vacuum Demo: Best Birthday Ever for Autistic Teen

Dylan Johnson, 14, knew more about vacuums than salesman did at his birthday bash

(Newser) - For 25 years, Al Archie has been a salesman for the Kirby vacuum company, but he finally met his match in appliance expertise over the weekend: Dylan Johnson, an autistic teen whose mom had commissioned Archie to come to Chesterfield, Va., to do a vacuum demo for her son's... More »

Virginia, NC Ready to End 63-Year Lake Dispute

It looks as though they may finally agree on a name

(Newser) - For 63 years a lake on the North Carolina-Virginia line has suffered from an identity crisis—and visitors have gotten whiplash. Now, after decades of disagreement about the lake's name, Virginia may finally be ready to yield. To Virginians, it's always been Buggs Island Lake, ever since the... More »

Jailhouse Smuggling 101: Don't Use Greeting Cards

Sender's method of getting heroin into Western Tidewater Regional Jail failed

(Newser) - Someone, somewhere, must be unaware jail officials screen mail before handing it over to inmates. While checking the post at Virginia's Western Tidewater Regional Jail last week, officials came across a homemade card with the gift of heroin inside, WTKR reports. This was no isolated incident: Officials have recently... More »

Virginia Lawmaker Spends Nights in Jail

Joseph Morrissey is serving 6-month sentence

(Newser) - Better the crook you know? Virginia Del. Joseph Morrissey won re-election in a special election this week despite the fact that he's in jail. The former Democrat stepped down from his 74th District seat after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but he ran as... More »

Ex-Governor of Virginia Gets 2-Year Sentence

Bob McDonnell going to prison after corruption conviction

(Newser) - Bob McDonnell asked for community service but got two years in prison today for corruption during his days as governor of Virginia. Still, the judge went easier on him than federal sentencing guidelines suggested he should, and prosecutors had wanted 10 years. “I stand before you a heartbroken and... More »

Newlywed, 95, Dies After 96-Year-Old Wife Taken Away

Eddie Harrison was reportedly heartbrroken

(Newser) - A 95-year-old newlywed Virginia man has died just weeks after his 96-year-old wife was taken away by family to Florida. Eddie Harrison died yesterday in a hospital after suffering from influenza, said Rebecca Wright, who was caring for the couple in their home in Alexandria, Va. Harrison became distressed after... More »

Ex-Virginia Governor Likely to Get Minimum 10 Years

Bob McDonnell will be sentenced next month for corruption

(Newser) - Bob McDonnell is going to spend more than twice as long as a federal inmate than he did as governor of Virginia if the sentencing judge follows federal recommendations. The US Probation Office has recommended McDonnell—who was convicted of corruption in September—serve a minimum of 10 years and... More »

School Bans Transgender Boy From Men's Room

Kids in Virginia district must use restrooms of 'corresponding biological genders'

(Newser) - "When I returned to school, it was under a new name with new pronouns," says transgender student Gavin Grimm, 15. "Easy as pie." And while he says his peers at Virginia's Gloucester High School "were open-minded, open-armed" about his decision to return as a... More »

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