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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 »

Radio Hosts Punished for Calling On-Air Killings a Hoax

Station manager apologizes, suspends pair

(Newser) - A Missouri radio station manager has cleared the air—somewhat literally—offering an apology to listeners and suspending two morning show employees who made inappropriate comments about the on-air shooting of three people in Virginia. Four days after WDBJ7's Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed by a former... More »

Sole Survivor of On-Air Murders Goes Home

Vicki Gardner, survivor of live TV killings, released from hospital

(Newser) - Vicki Gardner, the third victim and sole survivor of last month's live television shootings, was released from a Virginia hospital yesterday, WDBJ-7 reports. "Good News! Vicki’s Home!" reads a post on the Facebook page dedicated to Gardner's recovery today. "Vicki has been released from... More »

Virginia TV Shooting: Is This the New Normal?

WDBJ observes moment of silence as killing's social-media presence resonates

(Newser) - Roanoke station WDBJ-TV observed a moment of silence at 6:45am today to mark the moment that reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot to death on live TV yesterday, reports AP . Their deaths, and the way killer Vester Flanagan went about them, continue to resonate:
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Cameraman Filmed Gunman's Nasty 2013 Firing

Station bosses told Flanagan to get help

(Newser) - The Virginia gunman who killed two former colleagues during a live news broadcast yesterday morning had a long and troubling history of clashing with co-workers during his broadcasting career. At WDBJ in Roanoke, where he worked with victims Adam Ward and Alison Parker, Vester Lee Flanagan was ordered to get... More »

TV Reporter, Videographer Shot to Death on Air

Police seeking shooter in Virginia

(Newser) - A live news report in Virginia turned to horror this morning when a gunman shot to death a female reporter and a male videographer, reports CBS News . Killed were Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, of the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, WDBJ-TV . Parker was conducting an interview at Bridgewater... More »

Signs 'Welcome' Freshman Girls in Worst Way Possible

Old Dominion University president decries 'freshman daughter drop off' banners

(Newser) - Students, college officials, and the public at large are infuriated after banners hung from a private house near Virginia's Old Dominion University "welcomed" this year's freshman class with banners described by WAVY as "upsetting." A photo captured in a screengrab by the Huffington Post (which... More »

College Demands Sexual History of Alleged Rape Victim

Virginia Wesleyan College wants names of anyone she's ever had relationship with

(Newser) - A woman is suing Virginia Wesleyan College for $10 million after she says she was drugged and raped during freshman orientation in 2012, but the school is digging in. The college's lawyers have been battling with a lawyer for the student, "Jane Doe," for her complete sexual... More »

No. 17: Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore Enters Race

He's also a former Army intelligence officer

(Newser) - Fox might have to make room for one more at next week's Republican debate . Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has filed the necessary paperwork to run for president, reports the Wall Street Journal . He plans a formal announcement next week. Gilmore served as governor from 1998 to 2002, and... More »

Old Well May Delve Into US History

A magazine calls the find 'tantalizing'

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Jamestown—the first permanent English settlement in the Americas—say they may have found another well that delves deep into US colonial history, Popular Archaeology reports. Spotted in a seven-foot-deep cellar dating to the early 1600s, the partially visible find is "a pretty good-sized pit," says... More »

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 »

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