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'Tumor Eroded Through Skin': A Graphic Look at Prison Health Care

'Pacific Standard' charts the case of Debbie Daley

(Newser) - Pacific Standard sets out to expose the "twisted world of for-profit prison health care" in a lengthy piece that the easily queasy may struggle through. John H. Tucker charts the case of Debbie Daley, an inmate at Virginia's Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women who in July 2014... More »

Virginia Executes Man Who Killed 2 During Escape

Mental health advocates tried to save William Morva

(Newser) - A Virginia man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff's deputy after escaping from custody in 2006 was executed Thursday after an unsuccessful campaign to spare his life over concerns about his mental health. William Morva, 35, was pronounced dead at 9:15pm after a lethal injection... More »

Charge: Watchman Murdered Grandpa Playing Pokemon Go

Security guard says it was self-defense; prosecutors disagree

(Newser) - A 22-year-old security guard has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Virginia grandfather whose family says he was playing Pokemon Go in an effort to connect with his grandchildren. WTKR reports Johnathan Cromwell was working as a security guard for a Chesapeake neighborhood last January... More »

Colonial Williamsburg Has Been Losing $148K a Day

And layoffs are coming

(Newser) - Colonial Williamsburg plans to outsource many of its commercial operations and lay off some workers in response to declining attendance and hundreds of millions in debt, the AP reports. The living history museum at Virginia's 18th-century capital announced plans Thursday to contract with outside companies to run its golf,... More »

Man Torches Memorial for Murdered Muslim Teen

Thousands attend funeral for Nabra Hassanen in Virginia

(Newser) - A memorial to murdered Muslim teenager Nabra Hassanen was set on fire in Washington, DC, Wednesday—but as with the murder itself, police say there is no evidence it was a hate crime. Police say 24-year-old South Carolina man Jonathan Solomon was arrested Wednesday morning after the memorial of flowers... More »

Police Disclose Details of Muslim Teen's Murder

They say it was road rage, not a hate crime

(Newser) - The murder of a Muslim teenager in Virginia appears to have been a "road rage incident," not a hate crime, police say—although 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen's relatives do not agree. Police say Nabra was among a group of around 15 teens who became involved in a dispute... More »

Virginia Teen Kidnapped, Killed After She Left Mosque

Police say murder could have been a hate crime

(Newser) - The murder of a Muslim teenager who was kidnapped and killed after leaving a mosque in northern Virginia early Sunday is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police say. Police say 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was part of a group of teens who were walking back to the All Dulles... More »

After Va. Shooting, Senator Slammed for 'Second Amendment' Tweet

Rand Paul referred to 'tyrannical' government

(Newser) - Politicians have called for unity and prayers after Wednesday's congressional shooting in Virginia , but the incident has only deepened controversies including the Second Amendment debate. After Sen. Rand Paul—who was in the batting cage when James Hodgkinson opened fire on the baseball field—spoke about the shooting, critics... More »

Sanders Condemns Shooter Who Volunteered on Campaign

James Hodgkinson was an ardent Sanders supporter

(Newser) - James Hodgkinson, the 66-year-old Illinois man police say shot and wounded multiple people during a GOP congressional baseball practice Wednesday, was a former volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, Politico reports. Sanders condemned the shooting "in the strongest possible terms," calling it a "despicable act." "... More »

Yearbook Features Student's Furry, Four-Legged Friend

Service dog Alpha lets Andrew Schalk know when his blood sugar levels are off

(Newser) - A Virginia high school student who attends school with a service dog found himself side-by-side with his canine in the school's yearbook photos, the AP reports. Andrew Schalk has Type 1 diabetes and uses his dog, Alpha, to alert him when his blood sugar levels are off. The black... More »

After Virginia Mayor Slams Rally, 'Bigots' Go After Him

Mike Signer says he's been targeted online

(Newser) - The mayor of Charlottesville says he has been targeted by bigots online after criticizing torch-carrying pro-Confederate protesters in the Virginia city as either "profoundly ignorant" or trying to instill fear in minorities. Mike Signer says the anti-Semitic abuse he's receiving is a sign of the "juvenile mentality"... More »

7 Best States for Immigrants

California is the place to be

(Newser) - Making a life in a new country is never easy—but some US states make it easier than others. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the best states for immigrants based on factors including median household income, poverty rates, unemployment, and the share of non-native residents. The top seven: More »

Alleged Cat-Shaver on the Loose in Virginia

Police are investigating

(Newser) - Someone is shaving cats in Virginia, and police and pet owners alike are at a loss. The Roanoke Times reports at least seven cats in a Waynesboro neighborhood have been shaved, apparently with some type of razor, since December. The cats are being shaved on their lower abdomens and groin... More »

12-Year-Old Uses Van's Safety Feature to Stop Carjacker

Maddie Weiler put van in drive, then started pummeling 21-year-old suspect

(Newser) - Maddie Weiler has been given explicit instructions from her mom and dad on what to do if anyone ever tried to abduct her. The 12-year-old from Williamsburg, Va., got to put that advice to good use on Saturday when a man tried to carjack the van she and her younger... More »

Employee Accidentally Shoots Self at NRA Headquarters

The 46-year-old's gun went off during firearm training

(Newser) - An NRA employee was hospitalized Thursday after accidentally shooting himself during firearms training at NRA headquarters in Virginia, NBC Washington reports. According to the Fairfax County Police Department , the 46-year-old man was holstering his pistol when it fired. He suffered a minor injury to his lower body. Officers discussed the... More »

iPhone Thief Gets Creative Inside a Target Store

Cops: She dressed as employee, stole $40K worth of iPhones

(Newser) - She wasn't a Target employee, but a woman who sure seemed like one allegedly made off with around $40,000 worth of iPhones from a Virginia store. NBC Washington reports Fairfax County cops are looking for the retail impostor, who they say donned attire resembling a worker's getup,... More »

Dog Owner Says Alleged Animal Cruelty Was Actually Kindness

'If your animal needs you, you gotta be there for her'

(Newser) - A Virginian man charged with animal cruelty for allegedly shooting his dog of 15 years says it was an act of kindness, not abuse, WTKR reports. Michael Whalen says his dog Allie was one of his best friends. "We did everything together," he says. Last year, Allie was... More »

Joker Arrested in Virginia, Batman Nowhere To Be Found

Jeremy Putman was nabbed for wearing a mask in public, a felony in Virginia

(Newser) - Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword, the AP reports. Winchester Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as... More »

Sailors Convicted of Rape, Murder Get Full Pardons

The 'Norfolk Four' were convicted 20 years ago

(Newser) - Virginia's governor pardoned four former sailors who became known as the "Norfolk Four," ending a decades-long fight to clear the men of rape and murder convictions based on intimidating police interrogations, the AP reports. A spokesperson for Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the governor has granted absolute pardons... More »

Cops: Burglar Broke Leg, Left Tracks in Snow

He was arrested after calling 911 for help

(Newser) - A robber in Virginia ruined his own getaway—first by breaking his leg in a jump off a balcony, and then by calling the authorities to help him. Police say 21-year-old Leoul Yosef will be charged with burglary for robbing an Alexandria apartment on Wednesday and then jumping off the... More »

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