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Parents Say Counselor Knew Teen Was Suicidal, 'Kept It a Secret'

Erin and Timothy Gallagher allege negligence in son's death

(Newser) - Erin and Timothy Gallagher were heartbroken by their son's suicide on Feb. 3, but their pain only grew when they discovered his school counselor knew he'd had suicidal thoughts and "kept it a secret from us." That's the claim made in a $5 million wrongful-death... More »

Man Who Walked 11.5K Miles to Help Homeless Comes Home

Leroy Bailey says he raised enough money over 29 months to start building shelter in Va. Beach

(Newser) - For more than two years, Leroy Bailey has been hoofing it around the US to raise money for hope—and on Saturday, he finally made it home. The 54-year-old contractor has been on the road for the past 29 months—he took leave of his Virginia Beach home in June... More »

Mom's Surprising Note to the 'Other Woman' Goes Viral

She thanked ex's girlfriend for caring for her daughter

(Newser) - Audrey Loving has a simple message for parents of blended families: "Just be a grown-up and put the kid first," she tells Today —and she's leading by example. In a Nov. 2 Facebook post , the 24-year-old mom from Virginia describes how thankful she is for the... More »

Police Break Woman's Windows to Rescue Kid Who Doesn't Exist

She claims they don't want to pay for the damages

(Newser) - Police in Suffolk, Virginia, have a little egg on their face, Newsnet5 reports, after they broke into a woman's car on a hot day intending to save a trapped child, and instead found nothing but a wig. Jasmine Turner, the owner of the car, says she was surprised when... More »

College Football Player Says He Was Bullied, Forced to Fight

Former University of Virginia player Aidan Howard has sued

(Newser) - A former University of Virginia football player was bullied and harassed by teammates because of his learning disability and seriously injured after being forced to fight another athlete in order to prove his "manliness," according to a federal lawsuit filed against the school this month. Aidan Howard said... More »

Charlotte Police: No 'Definitive' Video Proof Man Pointed Gun

Family and neighbors have said Keith Scott was unarmed when shot by officer

(Newser) - Body camera footage from the scene shows no proof Keith Scott pointed a gun at anybody before being shot and killed by an officer Tuesday in Charlotte, the Charlotte Observer reports. "The video does not give me absolute, definitive visual evidence that could confirm that a person is pointing... More »

Charlotte Police Say Man Killed Had a Gun, Not Book

Family of Keith Scott says the father of 7 was shot by officers while holding a book

(Newser) - Police say they found a handgun—but no book—at the scene where Keith Scott was shot and killed by an officer Tuesday afternoon in Charlotte, CNN reports. Family says the 43-year-old father of seven was reading a book in his car while waiting for his son to get out... More »

Darth Vader Is Cleaning Up Va. Roadsides

Luke, I am your litterbug-shamer

(Newser) - A Virginia man troubled by litter along the highway has decided it's time for the empire to strike back, reports the AP . Henry Wakley of Blacksburg on Thursday dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader while cleaning a stretch of highway that he "adopted" through the Adopt-a-Highway... More »

Frat Suspended for 'Grossly Offensive' Email

Richmond punishes Kappa Alphas over party invite

(Newser) - The University of Richmond has suspended a fraternity for what it says was a "grossly offensive" email inviting students to a Kappa Alpha Order party last Friday, CBS News reports. "Tonight's the type of night that makes fathers afraid to send their daughters away to school" and... More »

Cops: Florida's Fake Teen Doctor Is at It Again

Malachi Love-Robinson was trying to buy a Jaguar in Virginia

(Newser) - A Florida teen accused of pretending to be a doctor and stealing money from an 86-year-old patient faces new charges in Virginia after authorities say he fraudulently tried to buy a luxury car, the AP reports. Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft after he attempted to... More »

US Smoothie Chain Linked to Hepatitis A

40 cases have been identified, with more possible

(Newser) - Virginia health officials say there are now 40 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations across the state, up from 28 cases less than a week ago. The Virginia Department of Health said in a news release Monday that about... More »

13K Felons in Virginia Now Have Voting Rights

Governor is restoring rights case by case

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's autopen has had a busy month. The Democrat announced Monday that he has signed papers restoring voting rights to 13,000 former felons, and he's working on restoring rights to up to 193,000 more, reports the Virginian-Pilot . McAuliffe signed an order in April... More »

Wedding Ends With Caterer's Murder

Tyonne Johns stabbed to death in Virginia; teenage park worker is charged

(Newser) - The wedding meal in a Virginia park Saturday went off without a hitch, but afterward it turned deadly: Police say 35-year-old caterer Tyonne Johns was loading folding chairs into a company vehicle when 19-year-old park employee Kempton Bonds began arguing that the chairs were the property of the Fairfax County... More »

Mayor of Wealthy DC Suburb Traded Meth for Sex: Cops

Scott Silverthorne was arrested in sting operation Thursday

(Newser) - The mayor of Fairfax, Va., is not having a good couple of years. Richard "Scott" Silverthorne, 50, was laid off from his job with the National Association of Manufacturers in June of last year; his house was foreclosed on months later; he was diagnosed with cancer; and then, on... More »

Va. Cop Guilty in Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen

Stephen Rankin plans to appeal manslaughter conviction

(Newser) - A former Portsmouth, Va., police officer was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday after shooting an unarmed black teen last year—the second fatal shooting of his career. Though Stephen Rankin was charged with first-degree murder, a jury convicted him of the lesser charge and recommended he spend two and a... More »

Supreme Court Blocks Trans Student From Using Boys Restroom

But that's likely to change in the next few months

(Newser) - Seventeen-year-old Gavin Grimm will start his senior year of high school once again banned from using the boys restroom, the AP reports. In a 5-3 decision on Wednesday, the US Supreme Court put a hold on the decision of a lower court that would have allowed Grimm, a transgender male,... More »

Ex-Virginia Tech Students Indicted in Girl's Murder

Trials in disturbing case set for March next year

(Newser) - Two former Virginia Tech students were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday in one of the year's most shocking murder cases. David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers, both 19, are accused of plotting to kill 13-year-old Nicole Lovell and could be sentenced to life in prison without parole when their... More »

Teen's Heart Stops After Baseball Hits Him, Then a 'Miracle'

Steve Smith's life may have been saved by a quick-acting teammate

(Newser) - Two Virginia teens are suddenly more than just baseball teammates after a near-death experience during a practice July 14, NBC Washington reports. Steve Smith was running the bases when a throw from the catcher inadvertently nailed him under his left armpit, causing cardiac arrest. “His heart stopped immediately,"... More »

She Raised $800K for Those Battling ALS. Now She's One of Them

'I hope that my story will inspire others'

(Newser) - Over seven years, Virginia's Beth Prever raised $800,000 for ALS research because she "felt like having ALS would be a worst-case scenario diagnosis. It's like living in a glass coffin—your mind is intact, but your body is failing," she tells People . She now understands... More »

Va. Gov. Vows to Restore Voting Rights, Felon by Felon

Republicans say he's trying to help Clinton

(Newser) - It's safe to assume that there will be some serious hand cramping in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s future. The Democratic governor vows to "expeditiously sign nearly 13,000 individual orders" to restore the voting rights of felons in his state, NPR reports. "And I will continue... More »

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