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  • Virginia man bought his first home only to have it catch fire two days laterVirginia man bought his first home only to have it catch fire two days later

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A Virginia Beach man said he bought his first home only to have it catch fire two days later. The sold sign still out front of Jordan Weymouth’s new home on Lake Meadow Road in Virginia Beach. “I fell in love with it when I walked in,” Weymouth told WTKR. Weymouth said he bought it last Tuesday. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment He and his girlfriend moved a bunch of their stuff in and left at around 9 o’clock Thursday but about an hour later the place was on fire. Weymouth said he had the gas turned on that day and he thinks it might have been an electrical problem. He said he was devastated and stunned after saving his money for years. “My whole life savings is in that house. I didn't think two days after closing I'd be in a house fire,” said Weymouth. But his co-workers started a GoFundMe account for him. His loved ones including his girlfriend’s family are also showing support along with complete strangers who live in his new neighborhood. He said dozens have been coming by offering to help. “I fell in love with the house initially and I didn't know the neighbors but seeing the reaction from the neighbors and the community, it makes me fall in love with this place even more,” said Weymouth. Weymouth said they are waiting to hear from the insurance company. The fire department has an investigation into the fire. Weymouth is grateful no one was harmed in the fire, but he knows the next few months will be financially very difficult as he works to replace all the things they lost. But he said he will never forget the kindness and generosity offered by many as he deals with his toughest challenge yet. “Everybody's been willing to help and for me, I'll remember that. Of course, I'll remember how terrible this was but to have people helping, I'll remember that for the rest my life,” said Weymouth. Click here to make a donation to the Weymouth family. 

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  • Richmond man killed after car runs off I-95, overturns into woodsRichmond man killed after car runs off I-95, overturns into woods

    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – Police have identified the Richmond man killed after his car ran off Interstate I-95 and overturned into the woods Tuesday morning. At approximately 8:43 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash with fatality at northbound I-95 in Henrico County. A preliminary investigation reveals that a 2018 Toyota Avalon was traveling northbound on I-95 and ran off road right, spun, and overturned into the woods, according to State Police. Jeffery Neal Shipp, 58, of Richmond, Va., who was the sole occupant of the car, was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation.

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  • Richmond man killed after car runs off I-95, overturns into woods - wtvr.comRichmond man killed after car runs off I-95, overturns into woods - wtvr.com

    WRICRichmond man killed after car runs off I-95, overturns into woodswtvr.comHENRICO COUNTY, Va. – Police have identified the Richmond man killed after his car ran off Interstate I-95 and overturned into the woods Tuesday morning. At approximately 8:43 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash with ...Snow prep is underway in Richmond and HenricoWRICall 5 news articles »

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  • Booker on WH’s defense of Trump vulgar comment: ‘I don’t believe it at all’Booker on WH’s defense of Trump vulgar comment: ‘I don’t believe it at all’

    Watch Video Democratic Sen. Cory Booker says he doesn’t believe the White House’s explanations for comments President Donald Trump allegedly made in a closed-door meeting last week. “I don’t believe it at all,” Booker, a New Jersey senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday. “Not only do I trust Dick Durbin, he’s a man of immense character, but also Lindsey Graham, who’s been a friend and a partner on many things, who has said everything, nothing that is contrary to what has been reported by others that happened in that room.” Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as “shithole countries” in that meeting, arguing that the wording he used was different from the words that Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and others attributed to him. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!” Trump tweeted. Watch Video Conflicting stories coming from those in the room about what exactly was said have caused a mix of condemnation and confusion. Booker made headlines earlier Tuesday during a testy oversight hearing in which Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen denied hearing Trump say the words “shithole” or “shithouse” when talking about immigrants from African countries in the White House meeting. “The commander in chief in an Oval Office meeting referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and vulgar language, that language festers,” Booker told Nielsen in a fiery speech. “When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power it is a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity.” Later, Booker told Cuomo that he had been frustrated with the sentiments Trump reportedly expressed in the meeting. “It’s not the vulgarity, it’s definitely not the vulgarity,” Booker told CNN. “It’s the bigotry and discrimination that comes from the mouth of the President that in our climate today causes damage. Those words don’t just disappear. … This has been an angering few days for me, but also a sad few days.”

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  • 9 Park Service advisory board members quit9 Park Service advisory board members quit

    Nine members of the National Park System Advisory Board quit Tuesday, citing concern over the Trump administration’s priorities regarding the national parks, according to a letter obtained by CNN. The letter, sent by nine members of the board to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, says the group has been unable to meet with Zinke and the Interior Department during his first year in the position. The author of the letter, former Alaska Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles, said the board is supposed to meet twice a year. However, he said, he’s been told things were “suspended.” Previous administrations met with the board immediately, Knowles noted, having served on the board for seven years. A request for comment has not been returned by the Interior Department. The Washington Post reported the resignations Tuesday evening. “Here we were just being basically stonewalled. … They had no interest in learning our agenda, and what we had to brief them on,” Knowles told CNN. “The board said we need to make a statement. We can’t make a statement to the secretary, then we need to make a public statement.” Eight of the nine who were part of the letter had terms expiring in May, and suspected Interior was running out the clock. “For the last year we have stood by waiting for the chance to meet and continue the partnership between the NPSAB and the DOI as prescribed by law,” the letter reads. “We understand the complexity of transition but our requests to engage have been ignored and the matters on which we wanted to brief the new department team are clearly not part of its agenda.” “I have a profound concern that the mission of stewardship, protection, and advancement of our National Parks has been set aside,” the letter said.

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  • Whistleblower claims local pediatric dental office did not properly sanitize equipment, water linesWhistleblower claims local pediatric dental office did not properly sanitize equipment, water lines

    RICHMOND, Va. -- Catching up on the day, Ann Latham-Anderson and her son Daniel look over his new school pictures. "Those are so cool, I like them, you look handsome," Latham-Anderson said using sign language. The pair communicate using sign language because Daniel is deaf. He also has a complicated dental case. So, even though they live deep in Goochland, mom opted to stick with Daniel's dentist after she moved to a new pediatric practice in Richmond: Dr. Richard Byrd and Associates. "I know she has a really high standard of care, so I didn't even give it any thought," Latham-Anderson said. Ann Latham-Anderson and her son Daniel But, after a few visits there, she said her son's dentist confided in her that the practice was not properly cleaning the hand pieces used to remove cavities and polish filings. "As she said was told to her they were simply wiping them down rather than sterilizing them between patients," Latham-Anderson said. "I was mortified." Daniel's dentist agreed to speak with CBS 6 under the condition we not identify her. "I don't know what else to do, but parents need to know,” she said. She said she learned about the sterilization issue in late August when a staff member told her that the practice only had one working high speed hand piece, and that it was only being wiped off with an intermediate level disinfectant between patients. "You are supposed to, after it has been used on a patient, you are to take it to a separate sterilization area. It should be cleaned and lubricated with a special fluid. It should be packaged and placed into a heat sterilizer or an autoclave," she said. "So, bacteria or pathogens could have remained on the equipment?" CBS 6 investigative reporter Melissa Hipolit asked. "Absolutely. Blood. Saliva. Bacteria and viruses. Viruses are more likely to remain there," she replied. The dentist also said she learned the lines that supply the water used to clean patients' teeth were not being properly treated to CDC guidelines, which recommend all dental units use systems that treat water to meet drinking water standards. "And if you're not properly taking care of the water that is being used, what could develop in the water?" Hipolit asked. "It creates a biofilm and its heterotrophic bacteria that can live and multiply in those lines, things like E. coli, endotoxins, which are a very serious concern, mersa has been found inside these lines," she replied. Another dentist at the practice corroborated this account to CBS 6. CBS 6 were also provided with emails and texts from a third dentist, who had collected samples of the water at the Forrest Hill Avenue clinic, and sent them to a lab to be tested. The results show a heterotrophic bacteria count 13 times greater than acceptable drinking water standards. Daniel's dentist said that she immediately reached out to a number of staff members about the issue, and showed CBS 6 a text chain between multiple dentists at the practice. A text from one dentist said "my techs are telling me more stuff. I feel ill.  My mind is blown right now.  Our OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) officer claims she never actually received proper training, which is obvious." And another text from another dentist read: "I think Byrd is covering his butt not trying to make it right for the patients." Daniel's dentist said she also emailed the owner of the practice, Dr. Richard Byrd, and his General Manager, Reid Sowder, on August 27, 2017. Owner Richard Byrd, and his General Manager, Reid Sowder "Over the course of the following week after this occurred, I got several email updates from the owner and the manager saying they were working to take protective action to protect the staff and the patients," the dentist said. In various emails between Sowder and Daniel's dentist, he thanks her for "bringing to our attention some areas of concern that have given us the opportunity for improvement." He told her he ordered new hand pieces and was evaluating their infection control sterilization systems and will make any necessary changes. He said the practice scheduled the installation of an in-line infiltration system for each dental unit, along with the cleaning of each water line and full laboratory testing. He said they also scheduled staff-wide OSHA training. In another email, Dr. Byrd himself told her "I am extremely concerned" and said the "issues are being addressed." But, the whistleblower said she still felt compelled to file a complaint with the Virginia Department of Health Professions. "In the hopes that they would immediately step in to keep patients from being treated until the details of this infection control breach could possibly be evaluated," she said. But the dentist said it took the department over a month to request additional information about her complaint. An email from a state investigator shown to CBS 6 by the dentist shows the state requesting that information. "It feels like the only person being protected is the practice," Latham-Anderson said. Three other dentists allowed their names to be included in the complaint, and Daniel's mom filed her own. Daniel's mom also said Dr. Byrd never told her that her son may have been exposed to unsanitary equipment and water, though she said Byrd did call, but just to let her know that OSHA changed their regulations. She recorded the conversation, transcribed it, and showed CBS 6 a copy. Ann Latham-Anderson "Never mentioned that something hadn't been done properly?" Hipolit asked. "In fact, I asked, I specifically said does that mean there was something that was not up to OSHA standards that you have not rectified? ‘That just means, no, no, no… when they make changes, we make our patients aware," Latham-Anderson said of Byrd’s response. And that's why Daniel's dentist said she turned to the CBS 6 Problem Solvers, because she doesn't believe the practice ever informed parents about the issues. "And at this point you believe they have not been notified?" Hipolit asked. "That is correct, it is my understanding that patients do not know what happened… that they have been exposed to infectious material, as far as I am aware, no patient has been offered counseling or testing," the dentist replied. CBS 6 called the practice and spoke with the General Manager, Reid Sowder, over the phone. He said the practice is beyond compliance and maintained OSHA standards across the board. He said they only had one incident where an instrument was cleaned with a high-level disinfectant instead of being sterilized with an autoclave, and he said they alerted the two patients in question. Sowder also claimed the practice had the dental board come by and investigate, and they found no incidents of non-compliance. And, he claimed that Daniel's dentist was a disgruntled employee. Sowder offered to give us a tour of the clinic, and CBS 6 were in the process of scheduling that when he texted to say the practice had retained legal counsel, and all questions should be directed to their lawyer. Daniel's mom said she took her son to a pediatrician, and he tested negative for any problems potentially related to his visits to Dr. Byrd's office, but he still has to wait several more months and be re-tested before he's completely in the clear. "You expect as a patient to have some protection against these kinds of things, and from what I can tell the only person protected is the practice, and the patients are not protected," Latham-Anderson said. CBS 6 contacted the Department of Health Professions, but they would not confirm to us that they are investigating the allegations. Daniel's dentist has filed a whistleblower lawsuit through OSHA claiming that Byrd's practice stopped scheduling her to work because of her complaints. Meanwhile, the attorney representing Dr. Byrd and his practice sent the station a letter late Tuesday in response to Daniel's dentist's allegations. In the letter, the attorney states that federal law prohibits the disclosure of any patient care information, therefore, the disclosure of any patient care information would be improper. The attorney also states that a complaint filed by Daniel's dentist to the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) office alleging improper sterilization and water line safety was closed by VOSH and the agency took no action against Dr. Byrd. Furthermore, the lawyer wrote Dr. Byrd and his practice fully cooperated with the Virginia Department of Health Professions review of the matter, and no comment can be made on the review. He also said Dr. Byrd and his team provided and continue to provide excellent patient care, and the care is supplemented by routine and regular OSHA safety training, education, and inspections. He highlighted that there is no evidence of any patient being harmed by Dr. Byrd's office. CBS 6 News is working for you. Click here to email a tip to the CBS 6 Problem Solvers. Be sure to leave us your name, phone number and detailed description of the problem. You can also leave a message by calling 804-254-3672.

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  • Man dies after vehicle runs off of I-95, overturning into woodsMan dies after vehicle runs off of I-95, overturning into woods

    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A 58-year-old man from Richmond is dead in Henrico County after his vehicle ran off of I-95 and flipped into the woods. Police said the accident happened at around 8:45 p.m. as Jeffery Neal Shipp was traveling northbound on I-95 just north of Chamberlayne Avenue. Shipp was driving a 2018 Toyota Avalon when the vehicle ran off the road right, spun and overturned into the woods. Police said Shipp was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Nobody else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Virginia State Police said the cause of the crash remains under investigation. Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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  • Daughter charged after man’s body found encased in concrete inside crawl spaceDaughter charged after man’s body found encased in concrete inside crawl space

    BRIGHTON, Colo. -- The daughter of a man whose body was found inside a Colorado home has been charged with first-degree murder, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Dayna Jennings, 44, was arrested Wednesday in the death of her father, 69-year-old William Mussack, whose remains were found inside a home in the 10000 block of Eliot Circle in Federal Heights. Court documents say his body was found in the crawl space encased in concrete and Jennings admitted to pouring that concrete. Although those documents do not list a cause of death, it does say family members believe Mussack was drugged because of a prior incident where he was found unconscious for 15 hours last December after taking a bite of a hamburger Jennings gave to him. Jennings has been charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and tampering with a deceased human body. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 15 in Adams County District Court. Family and friends had been searching for Mussack for two weeks and notified authorities in late December. Police executed a search warrant on the home on Wednesday where Mussack's body was found. The Federal Heights Police Department said Jennings and Mussack shared a house. Neighbors said Jennings' boyfriend also lived at the home. Authorities have not said when they suspect Mussack was killed.

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  • Flashing light, loud ‘boom’ over Michigan may have been a meteorFlashing light, loud ‘boom’ over Michigan may have been a meteor

    DETROIT — A flash that lit up the sky and a loud “boom” noise recorded Tuesday evening by southeast Michigan residents may have been caused by a meteor, officials say. Several residents reported the incident from Ann Arbor to Detroit, with some saying they felt the ground shake, according to WJBT. Meteor/Fireball over Detroit tonight. I caught the light on my Nest Cams. #meteor #metrodetroit pic.twitter.com/OeAXC2fAB7 — Todd (@T_Slisher) January 17, 2018 Dispatch centers in West Michigan say they also received reports of a flash of light in the sky. Reports were made in Barry, Ionia and Ottawa counties. The National Weather Service tweeted that there was no thunder or lightning in the area, and that it was likely caused by a meteor. The are continuing to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for confirmation Tuesday night. After reviewing several observational datasets, the NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor. We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor. #miwx — NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) January 17, 2018 #Meteorite or #meteor over #Clarkston #Michigan tonight at 20:08:30 local time #science #astronomy @NASA @wxyzdetroit @Local4News @CNN pic.twitter.com/Zrq6NhcKPA — Tim (@tflyer85) January 17, 2018 Freaky bright flash in the sky…must be a meteor. To cold for lightning…both cameras picked it up. pic.twitter.com/4SpnL9s8la — ;) (@MelTXD) January 17, 2018 When you realize that light in the sky might have been a #meteor. pic.twitter.com/rMafHjIfEr — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) January 17, 2018 This is a developing story

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  • Pay raises, new school buildings highlight Chesterfield school budget proposalPay raises, new school buildings highlight Chesterfield school budget proposal

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Pay raises, new school buildings, and in-house custodial work are all included in Dr. James Lane's proposed 2019 school budget for Chesterfield County Schools. The superintendent presented his $647 million proposal to school board members Tuesday afternoon. School leaders said this budget will allow them to invest in several areas that will directly impact Chesterfield school families and school employees. The proposed FY 2019 budget includes the following changes: $8.1 million to give eligible school employees a 2% pay raise $2.5 million to hire 42 teachers to keep up with student population growth (projected 500 more students countywide next school year) $7.7 million to hire in house custodial workers after outsourced janitorial staff did not meet cleanliness standards Dr. Lane said the funding structure from the 2013 school renovation bond referendum approved by Chesterfield voters has gone better than projected. An increase in debt capacity allows the district to build new school buildings at four elementary schools that were previously slated for renovation, Lane said. If approved by the school board, Crestwood Elementary, Ettrick Elementary, Harrowgate Elementary, and Reams Elementary would get new school buildings.  Planning on the projects would begin next fall, but actual construction would not begin until fall 2019. “We basically came to the conclusion that this is a better value for the community to do new construction," said John Erbach, Chairman of the Chesterfield County School board. "The goal is always to try and co-locate the building at the current location of any of those schools, where they are now.  But bottom line, this will be more value for the county in the long run.” Dr. Lane said his 2019 FY budget includes funding to implement new technology that would allow parents to fill out school forms and pay school fees online instead of in person. The project is still in the bidding phase, but Dr.Lane promised the new system would be implemented by the beginning of the next school year. “We believe it will be a new system that will allow parents to log in with their student’s information, fill out the information online, pay fees online, and then the information will be there in perpetuity," Dr. Lane said. "So every year when they come back, it will be there and they won’t have to fill out new information." Chesterfield Schools already has funding for the new form/fee software, but Dr.Lane said the FY 2019 budget proposal includes funding that will pay for the extra 10 work days school counselors would need to input and check the information submitted by parents each year. The Chesterfield School Board will be reviewing and working on the proposal over the next few months. School leaders encourage parents to attend one of six town hall sessions on the budget. Those meetings are scheduled to take place over the next two weeks. January 17th at 6pm at Matoaca Middle East (6001 Hickory Rd.) January 18th at 6pm at Elizabeth Davis Middle (601 Corvus Court) January 23rd at 4pm at Midlothian High (SB Budget Work Session) January 25th at 6pm at James River High School (3700 James River Rd.) January 25th at 6:30pm at Falling Creek Middle School (4724 Hopkins Rd.) January 31st at 6pm at Chesterfield Career and Technical Center (13900 Hull Street Rd) You can review Dr. Lane's budget presentation to the School Board here.

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  • Former CIA officer is arrested, accused of stashing top secret infoFormer CIA officer is arrested, accused of stashing top secret info

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former CIA officer who allegedly kept small notebooks with handwritten lists of the real names of covert agency employees was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday night, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a 13-year veteran of the spy agency, was charged with unlawful retention of national defense information and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. The notebooks, described in a court filing as a datebook and an address book, were discovered in FBI searches of hotel rooms Lee stayed in in 2012, wrapped in a “small, clear plastic travel pack” inside his luggage, according to the court documents. Written in their pages were the names and phone numbers of CIA assets and undercover employees, as well as the addresses of covert facilities and operational notes — pieces of secret and top secret information “the disclosure of which could cause exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States,” the government wrote. Lee, 53, made an initial court appearance in Brooklyn on Tuesday and did not enter a plea, the Justice Department said. His attorney could not be immediately reached Tuesday evening. A trained CIA case officer, Lee maintained a top secret security clearance from 1994 through 2007, when he left the agency, court documents say. Lee, a naturalized US citizen currently living in Hong Kong, was in the process of moving to northern Virginia from Hong Kong when the FBI conducted the hotel room searches in August 2012. Lee and his family lived in northern Virginia until June 2013, court documents say. Monday, when Lee was arrested in New York, was his first time back in the country since he moved in 2013, a person familiar with the case said.

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  • New video, court documents gives insights into the night a tow truck driver was gunned down in PetersburgNew video, court documents gives insights into the night a tow truck driver was gunned down in Petersburg

    PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A newly released video gives new insights into the night a tow truck driver was gunned down in Petersburg. The video shows what happened moments before and after the murder. 8News reporter Kristin Smith reported live in Petersburg with new information about the investigation. The suspect in the case, a 20-year-old Petersburg man, was arraigned Tuesday morning. He’s charged with 1st-degree murder. Court documents reveal that the case may be about more than just a repossessed car. Elwood ‘Allan’ Humphries was just doing his job the night he was killed. In a security video shot near the murder scene, you can see the 42-year-old driver for River City Recovery park in a nearby lot before heading to a home on Westwood Drive to repossess a car. Court records show police discovered Humphries dead with a gunshot wound in the back of the head slumped in the driver’s seat of his tow truck. You can read the full documents here: Search Warrant, Search Warrant 2 This search warrant suggests the suspected shooter, 20-year-old Anton Robinson, stood on the steps of his home and fired a single shot into the rear window of the tow truck’s cab. No one was inside the home when police arrived. But later, he returned and was arrested. His vehicle was subsequently searched for evidence related to the homicide. Court documents show that detectives recovered drugs, gun cartridges and counterfeit money inside the car. They also found counterfeit bills at the home on Westwood Drive. It is not clear at this time whether the counterfeit money has anything to do with why the suspect didn’t want his girlfriend’s car repossessed. For now, there are more questions than answers about the case. Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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  • Jury duty no shows a growing problem in ChesterfieldJury duty no shows a growing problem in Chesterfield

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — In Chesterfield Circuit Court there are hundreds of cases seen by judges every day and thousands throughout the year but more and more some of those cases are being put on hold and aren’t able to move forward, because of a growing issue of people not showing up for jury duty. “I don’t know that the average citizen understands the ramifications of not showing up,” said Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk Wendy Hughes. Hughes says her staff works tirelessly to make sure a jury pool shows up for scheduled trials. In addition to sending summonses, they also send and information sheets explaining what to do and what could happen if you don’t show up. “There are a lot of moving parts,” said Hughes. Those moving parts include preparation by prosecutors and defense attorneys. Both sides gather witnesses, and evidence for a trial that’s scheduled months in advance. Hughes says when jurors don’t show up, it can cause a delay leaving victims, and the accused without a resolution for months. “Put yourself in their shoes, and if you’ve waited so many months to have your day in court and then you find out that you’re not able to go forward, your life is on hold,” said Hughes. “It’s a serious matter. This isn’t junk mail and isn’t spam. This is a legal document requesting your presences for jury duty,” said Chesterfield Sheriff Karl Leonard. Leonard says the judges are getting closer to sending deputies out to retrieve jurors who don’t show up in the future. “In the near future you may see deputies actually going out in the community finding those who were supposed to sit on juries who didn’t come,” said Leonard. Last year more than one hundred people were called to explain why they failed to show in front of a judge. Of those 24 people were found in contempt of court. Hughes wants to remind people that it is against the law to skip jury duty and you could face a fine of up to $200. Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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  • High school wrestler with Down syndrome completes ‘undefeated’ seasonHigh school wrestler with Down syndrome completes ‘undefeated’ season

    NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio - For many high school athletes, the end of their senior season is bittersweet. Some will be remembered for their records, but few will have inspired teammates more than Ohio teen Cedric Lehky. Starting in the 8th grade, Lehky was invited to be a part of the North Royalton wrestling team. Although he has Down syndrome, he has never been viewed as having limitations. "If we sprint he sprints. If we do push-ups, he does push-ups. If we do sit-ups, he does sit-ups. It's all the same so in that regard we try to say you are a wrestler, and when he is in here he's just a wrestler. His name is 'Ced,' coach Sean Folk told WJW. During his high school career he has been embraced by teammates and classmates and voted as the Homecoming King. Among his wrestling teammates, he has been an inspiration. "He's a big part of this team. When our morale is at the lowest when we are cutting weight, you know our energy is at its lowest, he brings us up," said Aaron Hertel. On Friday, Lehky wrestled his final match and, like so many matches before it, he did so to the cheers of parents, fans and members of both teams. It was his final time on the mat, 'pinning' a cooperative opponent and ending what can be viewed as an undefeated season. "They would all come up and high-five him and sit down and talk to him and I thought that was really nice too. It wasn't just the North Royalton wrestlers but it was also the other teammates," said his mother, Jeanette Brinkley. "Some kids came down and sat right next to him and they had some conversations and they were genuinely just happy that Cedric was there and talking to him," she added. Brinkley says she can see the impact her son has had, not only at the school where he is somewhat of a celebrity, but outside of the school as well. "Just to give hope to any other parent with special needs. He does everything that everyone else would do and I just never had any expectations that he well exceeded and it's beyond amazing."

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  • Michigan father of two deported after living in U.S. for 30 yearsMichigan father of two deported after living in U.S. for 30 years

    DETROIT – A family is torn apart after immigration officials deported a Michigan father who had lived in the United States for three decades, according to WXYZ. Jorge Garcia came to the United States illegally with his parents when he was 10 years old. He’s now 39. He arrived one year before he could qualify under DACA. He has a wife and two children who are United States citizens. Monday morning, the Garcia family had a family friend drive them to the airport, where they had been told Jorge would be deported. Cindy Garcia said the moment didn’t feel real until the ICE agents stepped up to take him. “That’s when the tears just started flowing, because we knew that was going to be it it wasn’t much that we could do,” said Cindy Garcia. Cindy said she and her husband have been working since 2005 to help Jorge become a legal citizen. He’s regularly checked in with ICE agents and filed extensions. “In total we’ve given immigration over $125,000,” said Cindy Garcia. Cindy said some bad legal help set them back and they’ve never had a clear path to citizenship for Jorge. Which means they’ve been checking in for years, hoping to find a solution. “We’ve never done anything without the permission from immigrations, because anytime we leave the city you have to tell them where you are going,” said Cindy Garcia. The last time the family checked in with immigration agents in November, they told them Jorge would have to leave on January 15th. Cindy said agents said because Jorge doesn’t have a criminal record, he could stay through the Christmas holiday. Cindy said, 12-year-old Jorge Jr. and 15-year-old Soleil are devastated. “It’s a nightmare, they’re sad, they’re depressed, they don’t really comprehend everything that’s going on, all they know is their dad is gone and they don’t know when they’re going to see him again,” said Cindy Garcia. Cindy said she is working on getting Jorge back to the U.S. but it’s going to be at least 18 months until she get a hearing with consulate. WXYZ contacted the local immigration office on Monday, but they were unable to comment on Garcia’s case.

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  • Virginians split on student athletes participating in anthem protests, VCU poll showsVirginians split on student athletes participating in anthem protests, VCU poll shows

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District lines are redrawn every 10 years in accordance with the U.S. census, but a number of federal court cases have the potential to require immediate redistricting in certain Virginia localities. “I think it favors both parties to be able to make sure that we have the body and the rules available by which we would be able to draw lines should a court case come down a certain way,” Rasoul said. “I look forward to being able to work with Republicans and Democrats to get this done.” Rasoul said redistricting reform hinges upon a “fundamental question of fairness” that he believes the majority of Virginians agree upon, regardless of party affiliation. So far this session, legislators – both Democrats and Republicans – have introduced about 20 bills that would affect how political districts are drawn. They include: HB 205, which would establish criteria for remedial redistricting. HB 158, which would authorize the General Assembly to make technical adjustments to existing redistricting standards. Senate Bill 106, which would create a size limit for congressional and state legislative districts. Additionally, lawmakers have proposed eight constitutional amendments. The amendments – which require approval from the General Assembly this year and next, then approval by voters – would fully prohibit gerrymandering. But this session, legislators must craft the state budget for the next two years, and it’s not realistic for them to approve a constitutional amendment as well, according to advocates of redistricting reform such as Brian Cannon of OneVirginia2021. However, Cannon is optimistic that measures such as Rasoul’s proposed commission can be steps toward ending gerrymandering. Cannon said support for the initiative is widespread, suggesting “70-some” percent of Virginians desire redistricting reform. “This could be a dry run for setting up a commission, letting them do their work under good rules and a transparent process,” Cannon said. “By this time next year, if the process is good, we can adopt it; if it needs tweaks, we can do that, too.” Cannon believes the election of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and an influx of new Virginia legislators reflect a “good-government wave.” Cannon said the political climate is not conducive to incumbent protection schemes like gerrymandering. “There’s definitely reason for optimism. This is not a nerdy little issue anymore. This is the ethical issue in politics,” Cannon said. “The overall goal here is a constitutional amendment for Virginia so that we can take it out of the hands of the politicians, have good clear rules about keeping communities together and have transparency in the process.” Although advocates such as Cannon are enthusiastic about the prospects of redistricting reform in Virginia, political experts are more skeptical. Mark Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, noted that officials elected under the current redistricting system are not likely to support changes such as interim commissions, much less a constitutional amendment in 2019. “Despite strong public opinion in favor of redistricting reform, the elected officials who benefited from the current system have so little enthusiasm to change it,” Rozell said. “Further, not everyone is convinced that a reformed system will do any better than the one that we have now. Public opinion may be in favor (of redistricting reform), but this is not an issue that generates much citizen passion. With no strong public passion on the issue, there isn’t a lot of pressure on elected officials to push major reforms.” Nevertheless, Rasoul believes there is bipartisan support for tackling gerrymandering in Virginia and establishing new ways to draw political districts. “What we need is not Republicans or Democrats fighting as to who’s going to draw the unfair lines,” Rasoul said. “It’s once and for all creating rules and boundaries so that districts are drawn fairly given population, political boundaries, common communities of interest, the Voting Rights Act and a number of different criteria that need to be considered.” Cannon is confident that the bills before the General Assembly can act as stepping stones toward the goal of eliminating gerrymandering in the commonwealth. “We have a big opportunity this session to have this conversation in preparation for getting the final product ready to go this time next year,” Cannon said. “The reason they’ve been able to get away with this is it’s a dirty deed done once a decade that they think we all forget about. We’re not forgetting anymore.” By Zach Joachim/Capital News Service Capital News Service is a flagship program of VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture. Students participating in the program provide state government coverage for Virginia’s community newspapers and other media outlets, under the supervision of Associate Professor Jeff South.

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  • 8News speaks with woman who warned others about massive apartment fire in Petersburg8News speaks with woman who warned others about massive apartment fire in Petersburg

    PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A massive fire early Tuesday ripped through an old luggage company and destroyed several apartments, leaving dozens of people homeless. It all started at the old Seward Trunk Company on High Street in Petersburg. Fire officials told 8News reporter Gretchen Ross that the fire’s cause has not yet been determined, but that the fire spread from the business to the nearby High Street Lofts apartment building. Fire officials said the fire spread along a catwalk which connected the two buildings. “Fire, heat, smoke was pushed through that catwalk and ignited a working fire,” Petersburg Deputy Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant said. Katherine Lord, who lived in the apartments and escaped said that she was watching when the catwalk fell. “I remember hearing a loud bang and it turned out the bridge that connected the warehouse to the building that had been blocking my view when I first came out had come crashing down,” Lord said. Fortunately, no people were harmed in the fire. This is partly due to the quick thinking of the High Street Lofts Leasing Agent and tenant Rhonda Harris who leaped into action when she heard the fire was spreading her way. “I just think my adrenaline was just running and all I was worried about was just getting everybody out safe,” Harris told 8News. “Because everybody was sleeping, they had no idea what was coming. That’s when I hit the alarm and just went crazy screaming. Bruised knuckles and that was just because I was beating on the door.” Harris said she could only think about the safety of her tenants as the fire spread from the Seward Building into her apartment building.   “And I saw people everywhere. People walking and I was just screaming go, go, please run,” Harris said. Even with Harris’ quick thinking, the fire destroyed the Seward Building along with 10 townhomes and several condos. However, 40 apartment units were spared by the fire. “Everybody helped everybody,” Harris said. “It was a big to do for everybody.” Due to low water pressure in the area, six and a half million gallons of water had to be pumped from the Mount Vernon tank that served the City of Petersburg. With snow on the way, fire crews will have to work fast to clean up the rubble. Sturdivant described one of the group’s priorities. “To demolish and tear down an unstable chimney that is causing a collapse potential for us,” Sturdivant said. In the meantime, the Red Cross is working to house dozens of residents who are left without a place to sleep tonight. Katherine Lord said she hopes she can return home soon. “We love everything about it,” she said about the High Street Lofts apartment. “We will be sad if we have to move.” PREVIOUS STORY: Historic Petersburg building destroyed in massive morning fire   Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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  • Death of Amelia teen ruled suicide by self-inflicted gunshot woundDeath of Amelia teen ruled suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound

    AMELIA COUNTY, Va. -- The death of 17-year-old Hannah Green has been ruled suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The Amelia high school senior died Saturday after she was shot in the stomach inside a storage building at an Amelia property. Hannah was conscious and able to talk to deputies, but later died at Chippenham Hospital. As of Monday evening, family said investigators have told them very little, only that the Sheriff’s Office had received a call Saturday night that Hannah had received a gunshot wound while in a storage building at a property in the Morefield Meadows subdivision. Investigators have not released any additional information on what happened the night Hannah died. On Monday, Hannah’s stepmother Tina Green said there was no indication that "she would have done this to herself" based on the last time she spoke with her stepdaughter. Hannah's grieving family said her infectious smile was what they will remember most. "Hannah was always smiling, always happy. She loved playing softball and she loved being with her friends. She loved family,” said her father, William Green. Family members say Hannah loved softball and played volleyball, was set to graduate this Spring and planned to attend Longwood University this fall. Hannah Green Hannah Green remembered at vigil In song and in prayer, more than a hundred classmates, teammates and family friends came together at the Amelia High School softball field to remember the life of Hannah Green. Softball coach Robin Gary, who helped organize the candlelight vigil, said teammates wanted to pay tribute to the beloved student. Hannah’s best friend Deanna Dorton said Hannah would have been humbled by the turnout at the vigil, which included students from several surrounding schools like Powhatan and Goochland. “I can’t put into words how happy she would have been from this, knowing how many people loved her,” she said. Friends and family set up a GoFundMe to help Hannah's family pay for funeral costs. Any addition money raised would be donated to the Amelia High School softball team in Hannah's name, Tina Green said.

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"Harry, don't you ever invite that man back," she commanded, as the famous Englishman's car wound its way out of Capitol Square. Churchill was bound for Fredericksburg and more slogging through thickets and open battlefields where North and South had clashed so bloodily some 75 years before. In May 1929, the energetic Churchill, 54, suddenly found himself out of political power and with a rare chunk of time on his hands with the parliamentary defeat of the Conservative government. He lost his position as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and not unimportantly, the salary that came with it. Churchill was well known however, internationally for his other accomplishments: as a soldier, war correspondent, member of Parliament, historian and cabinet minister. Seeking to generate some income, Churchill decided to step up his writing, a skill for which he also was widely recognized. His new projects included a biography of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, an ancestor, as well as a series of 10 newspaper articles for London's Daily Telegraph that would chronicle his North American trip. The 1929 stay with Sittie and Harry Byrd came near the end of Churchill's nearly three-month, mostly-for-pleasure transcontinental journey, which took his party westward across Canada then back to the U.S. East Coast. His American literary agent welcomed the proposed U.S. visit, figuring it would bolster readership of future books. And Churchill wrote in anticipation, "It's fun to get away from England and feel one has no responsibilities for her exceedingly tiresome and embarrassing affairs." In planning his carefully choreographed itinerary, Churchill turned to Bernard Baruch, an American friend and prominent figure in financial circles worldwide. Baruch suggested not only important figures in politics, business and entertainment with whom Churchill might hobnob, but also people who might underwrite the travel expenses. Because Baruch was traveling in Europe in the spring of 1929, he and Churchill consulted regularly on the logistics of the autumn excursion, especially those willing to foot the bill. Mary Churchill Soames wrote that her father was good at "combining pleasure with profit." Churchill also was a high-maintenance traveler, infamous for his expensive tastes. During his military service as an officer in the First World War, when stationed in the field he demanded a private bathtub, large towels, food boxes from Fortnum and Mason and quantities of ham, corned beef, Stilton cheese, cream, sardines, and dried peaches — not to mention brandy and other liqueurs. Baruch contacted deep-pocketed potential hosts such as Charles Schwab, chairman of Bethlehem Steel, whom Churchill had met in 1914 in the early days of World War I; California-based newspaper mogul, William Randolph Hearst; and the Pittsburgh banker, art collector U.S. Treasury secretary Andrew Mellon. To accompany him, Churchill took his son Randolph, a spoiled and precocious 18-year-old; his brother Jack, a down-to-earth stockbroker; and Jack's happy-go-lucky son, John, 20, who excelled in swimming, diving and acrobatics as well as being a budding artist. Churchill's wife, Clementine, stayed behind to recover from an illness. The two younger men had been close friends since childhood and shared living quarters at Oxford where they were students in 1929. For Churchill, it had been 30 years since he'd visited North America and he wanted his son and nephew to share his excitement with its people and cultures. Travel was essential, he wrote: "One must have time to feel a country and nibble at some of the grass." He thought it'd be useful for the boys to see "the mighty [North American] lands at a period in their lives when the proportion of things are established in the mind." In early August the party sailed from England to Quebec City via the Empress of Australia, a ship that saw service in the First World War and recently had been retrofitted to accommodate 1,400 passengers. The Churchills were among those 400 on board occupying first class quarters. "Jack and I have large cabins with big double beds and private bathrooms," Churchill wrote his wife in one of his frequent and descriptive letters. "There is a fine parlor with an observation room at the end and a large dining room which I use as an office." Upon disembarking in Canada, the Churchill men boarded a Canadian Pacific Railroad train to which Charles Schwab's private rail car, the Mont Royal, was attached. In exchange for Schwab's and the railroad's largesse, Churchill agreed to give four speeches to mostly business groups at various established points while he crossed the vast Canadian landscape. Churchill was intrigued by major oil operations, gas industries and other industrial installations he observed and visited. He hoped that a major goal for the trip would be to meet "leaders of its [the continent's] fortune," and he was not disappointed. Throughout the trip, he remained in good spirits, chatting up everyone, whether rich or of modest means. Teenaged Randolph, on the other hand, wrote in his diary of being bored and missing his circle of posh college swells back in England. But he was considered dazzlingly handsome, highly opinionated, and a fierce partisan of his father. From all reports this made him a hit with the ladies he met during the trip. Men more often found him "abominable, arrogant and rude." Cousin John, by contrast, was considered cherubic, yet "having a trace of the satyr in his smile." As the comfortable Canadian Pacific train and Schwab's personal car reached Vancouver on the Canadian west coast, Winston inquired as to whether the railroad might continue on to his destinations in the United States. For numerous reasons, including the illegality of the railroads offering free rides, this wasn't possible. The Churchills transferred to a public railroad for the trip through Washington and Oregon en route to San Francisco. And luxurious, it apparently wasn't: "I am lying on the top berth of our compartment," Randolph wrote in his diary. "Papa is unpacking and swearing down below. We miss the Mount Royal." In San Francisco the party was received by prominent banker William Crocker, who provided an excellent introduction to California. But the next stop impressed even Churchill, who was born to luxury in the 186-room Blenheim Palace — the only private English home allowed to use "palace" that isn't connected to the royals. It was San Simeon, the country, Pacific-front estate of publisher Hearst and his wife, Millicent. They enjoyed the stupendous accommodations for a week. After leaving the Bay area, the party traveled to Los Angeles, where it lodged in a hotel and was introduced to Hollywood royalty. Churchill and his companions visited Charlie Chaplin on the set of "City Lights." The two men reportedly got along famously. Chaplin must have had a connection with great men because upon the movie's release two years later, Albert Einstein sought Chaplin out and they also became friends. During their Los Angeles stay, the party also was entertained lavishly and warmly by Marion Davies, Hearst's mistress and an actress with operatic aspirations. A decade later art imitated life when Orson Wells wrote, produced, directed and starred in "Citizen Kane." The script depicted Hearst, his newspaper empire, his castlelike home, and his relationship with the wannabe diva. Churchill wrote to Clementine extolling the hospitality and his fondness for "both of Mr. Hearst's wives." Leaving Southern California, the Brits snaked their way across the United States, stopping at the Grand Canyon. Somewhere along the way they were joined by Charles William Slingsby Duncombe, or Lord Feversham. The 22-year-old had become both a protégé and advisor to Winston. And despite his pedigree, high social status and relative youth, he was socially conscious and keenly interested in reforming the British probation system — and to a lesser degree, the penal system. These issues were of great interest to Churchill as well. After a stop in Chicago it was on to New York. Randolph and Johnny sailed back to England for the start of the school year. Churchill spent a number of days trading American stocks from a financial distict office that his patron, Baruch, had set up for him. On the evening Oct. 18, the same night he was planning to continue southward from Manhattan to Richmond, Churchill again was lavishly feted by Millicent Hearst, this time in the family's upper West Side apartment on Riverside Drive. Among the guests were such A-list names as Astors, Vanderbilts and Nasts. After dinner the high-steppers were entertained by Rudy Vallee, the era's most popular male singer. It's not surprising that Churchill missed his train. He caught a later connection and settled into a sleeper car for the all-night ride to the former Confederate capital. This stop would be considerably more low-key than the Big Apple. Churchill's guide to Virginia was another of his acquaintances from World War I, Cary T. Grayson, a Navy physician and admiral. A resident of Culpeper, Grayson had attended three presidents — Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson. He had accompanied the latter, who was in failing health, to Paris after World War I for peace talks at Versailles. It was there that he and Churchill struck up a friendship. Dr. Grayson drove himself to Richmond in plenty of time to meet Churchill at the Broad Street train station the next morning — which is now the Science Museum of Virginia. Meanwhile, because Churchill had left New York late, the schedule was thrown off considerably at the Virginia Executive Mansion. It was decided that rather than check in there, Churchill would leave directly from the terminal to his first stop of Civil War touring. The carefully planned, late luncheon scheduled for 2:30 at the mansion was scrapped — which probably didn't sit well with Virginia's first lady. Churchill stepped from his private railcar at 11:30 a.m. into the perfect autumn sunshine wearing a brown suit, green golfing shirt, black bow tie and black hat. The News Leader reported that he looked "youthful and enthusiastic." In addition to Grayson, the greeting party included Eppa Hunton, president of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, and John Stewart Bryan, publisher of the Richmond News Leader. Alongside Bryan was one of his trophy journalists, Douglas Southall Freeman, editor of the editorial page. Freeman would be Churchill's guide to Civil War sites and battlefields. Later that evening Bryan held a formal dinner for 22 guests in Churchill's honor at Laburnum, his family's handsome country place near Ginter Park, which is now part of the Veritas school campus. Freeman, for whom a Henrico County high school is named, was practiced at playing guide to visiting luminaries. In 1921 he showed Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch, commander of the Allied Forces in World War I, around town, including making stops for a wreath-laying at the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue and further afield at Civil War battlefields. In 1923 Freeman waltzed British Prime Minister Lloyd George on a similar tour. Since those visits, however, Freeman had made considerable progress on an ambitious, multivolume biography of the life of Lee. In other words, he was well primed for Churchill, no slouch himself when it came to Civil War knowledge. Freeman and Churchill shared something else, too — the same New York publisher, Charles A. Scribner & Son. The first stop was at the Battle Abby on Boulevard, now the Virginia Historical Society. Churchill reportedly was impressed by the four "Seasons of the Confederacy" murals by Charles Hoffbauer. The party visited the State Capitol to see the spot in the old House of Delegates chamber where Lee had accepted command of the Army of Northern Virginia. Next they stopped by the Confederate Museum which at the time occupied the White House of the Confederacy. Churchill was moved by the threadbare or torn Confederate battle flags he saw there. The motorcade then sped to eastern Hanover and Henrico counties to visit sites of the Seven Days Battles — Malvern Hill, Mechanicsville and Gaines Mill. Churchill listened intently while Freeman described the bloody encounters of 1862 when Union Gen. George McClellan was closing in on Richmond but had his 80,000 men driven back by Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and James "Jeb" Stuart. Freeman was impressed at how much Churchill knew. At the time of his visit, Churchill had begun to research and write what would be his literary major opus, "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples." In the multivolume work he included considerable space in the "Great Democracies" section to the Civil War. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for this work. Later in the afternoon, the touring party paid a call at Westover plantation in Charles City County and its owner, Mrs. Richard Crane. The ancestral home of the Byrds had been a staging ground for McClellan in the days during the Seven Days campaign. And Crane's husband had been the first U.S. diplomat assigned to Czechoslovakia and was an acquaintance of Churchill. It was a "brilliant tea," the visitor wrote. Churchill finally reached the Executive Mansion in the early evening, tired but exhilarated by what he'd seen. While certainly neither as showy nor as large as other places he'd stayed since arriving in North America, the Executive Mansion possesses an understated dignity. Today it is the nation's oldest governor's mansion still in use as a residence. Built in 1812, it was looking sharp at the time of Churchill's visit after undergoing an extensive redecoration in 1926, the first year of Harry Byrd's administration. A devastating fire on New Year's Day of that year resulted from a Christmas tree being ignited by a sparkler waved around by Billy Trinkle, the governor's son. Although there was some discussion of moving the official residence to Richmond's suburban West End, Harry Byrd — whose family history parallels that of the commonwealth — opted for a restoration. Among other improvements was the transformation of the former kitchen, a separate building, into a guesthouse. The governor's mother was enounced there. The redecoration had been overseen by Elsie Cobb Wilson, a fancy New York decorator. Churchill, soon after being shown his guest room on the mansion's second floor, apparently stripped down to his underwear and wandered about before dressing for the formal dinner at the Bryans'. Harry Byrd Jr., the governor's 14-year-old son who was living there, later recalled his mother's displeasure at their half-dressed guest. That's perhaps reflected in the paucity of photographs of the visit. There also was the issue of Churchill's need to imbibe throughout the day. Churchill's trip coincided with the Prohibition years, and Byrd was a strict teetotaler, even years later refusing to serve alcohol at his daughter's wedding reception. Nonetheless, it seems that someone was dispatched from the mansion to Shockoe Bottom to rustle up some hooch. And the sophisticated Bryan, who had famously stashed away booze at Laburnum, answered the call and sent excellent Scotch whisky to the mansion for the prominent guests' consumption. Churchill still wasn't dressed for dinner when he descended the stairs to the mansion's broad entrance hall in search of a newspaper. A number of Byrd kinfolk had arrived for the ride over to the Bryan estate. When Churchill spotted formally dressed R. Gray Williams, a prominent lawyer and cousin of the first lady in the hallway, he assumed he was a butler — or maybe not, considering Churchill's often arch antics. He instructed him to fetch him a newspaper. Harry Jr. accompanied his cousin to the nearby Hotel Richmond, now the Barbara Johns Building, at Grace and Ninth streets. Churchill tipped Williams a quarter — a coin the attorney pocketed as a souvenir. Young Byrd also recalled that at one meal, maybe at breakfast Oct. 20, Churchill requested mustard to apply to his serving of Virginia ham. After Sittie Byrd sent word to the kitchen, the response was that there was none. She laughed it off, suggesting to her guests that they could run out to the store. Churchill stood his ground, and Harry Jr. was again called into action: He bolted to a nearby grocer. Later that morning Dr. Grayson's car came around, and Churchill bid farewell to his Richmond hosts. 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High on Fire, Radio Moscow and Amplified Heat at Strange Matter Monday, Feb. 5 Matt Pike, the stoner guitar god from Sleep, leads this bludgeoning Oakland metal trio that once sold T-shirts of Richard Pryor's head in flames above the band logo. If you love old-school power trios, this bill is stacked: San Diego's bluesy Radio Moscow is the closest thing to heyday-era Blue Cheer out there, while Austin's Amplified Heat continues the Lemmy-approved, pure rock assault. 8 p.m. $25. Talib Kweli, Niko is … Everything featuring DJ Spintelect at the Broadberry Wednesday, March 28 Known as one of the most socially aware rappers, Kweli has been crafting creative and lyrically impressive hip-hop for more than20 years with consistent quality. As comedian Dave Chapelle once described him: "The man who made Kool-Aid say 'Oh yeah!'" 8 p.m. $22-$27. Bettye LaVette Duo at the Tin Pan Wednesday, April 4 A fierce soul original, LaVette was rediscovered around the turn of the century and has since been reinterpreting songs mostly in the rock and folk realms — including an album of Bob Dylan covers that will be released on Verve Records on March 30. This intimate show should feature a nice selection of those songs like you've never heard them. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $42.50 to $47.50 (at door). Action Patrol, Iron Reagan, Champion Chills and Sick Bags at the Broadberry Friday, April 13. An April 14 reunion show at Strange Matter featuring popular emo-hardcore, mid-'90s bands Action Patrol and Sleepyime Trio sold out faster than you can say "assorted pork chops." So they just added this second show featuring a different line-up but same frenetic, beloved headliner from Richmond. Expect these to go fast, too. 8 p.m. $15. St. Vincent at the National Friday, March 2 One of the most intriguing performers in pop music, guitarist and vocalist Annie Clark always puts on a theatrical, highly choreographed show. This will be one of the last dates on her Fear the Future tour for the critically acclaimed and layered "Masseduction" album that delves into the very pop questions of artifice and authenticity. 8 p.m. $32.50. Spoon at the National Wednesday, March 7 These indie rock veterans from Austin, Texas, are still touring behind their ninth album, "Hot Thoughts." Live they can easily move the room with stomping, melodic hooks, but are just as comfortable exploring new electronic palettes. Either way, the lyrics and songwriting of frontman Britt Daniel are worth checking out at least once. 8 p.m. $28.50-$33. Insane Clown Posse and Attila at the Canal Club Friday, March 9 Horror-core bill of demented white dudes who rap or scream — in various states of clown dress — their over-the-top tales of thug life. They've got millions of YouTube views and the Posse's fans, or Juggalos, have strangely been labeled gang members by the FBI in 2011. According to a Washington Post story from last year, the Virginia Department of Corrections classifies the Juggalos among the major gangs in state prisons. The author also noted that they're in strong contention for "America's most hated subculture." All of which, we're sure, will only attract more fans to this small venue. 6 p.m. $30. Out of Town for the Win Hopewell Dave Davies at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, April 12: Co-founder of the Kinks, guitarist Davies sings like his better-known brother, Ray, and has mostly returned to form after a stroke years ago. Expect a night peppered with classics, both known and unknown. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $30-$50. Charlottesville Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins with Ane Diaz at the Southern on Saturday, Feb. 24: The Modern Lover gone acoustic returns with his trusty sidekick to perform songs of the heart with a little flamenco flair, accompanied by drummer Tommy Larkins. Opener and Venezuelan ex-pat Ane Diaz did time in cult band the Causey Way. 9 p.m. $15-$17. Yo La Tengo at the Jefferson Theater on Sunday, April 8: An indie rock mainstay with ties to Charlottesville, Hoboken's finest always puts on a great, meandering show of adventurous rock with power that sneaks up on you. 8 p.m. $20-$25.

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    Sunday, Jan. 21. Rockabilly and roots musician Dex Romweber (Flat Duo Jets) of Chapel Hill is one of musician Jack White’s favorites if that gives you an idea to his rock proclivities. He’ll be joined by local rockabilly vets Chrome Daddy Disco and the “maximum rock and soul mayhem” of Poison Ivy League. Free. banditosburritolounge.com.

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  • Cannabis ConferenceCannabis Conference

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  • Double Feature at Vis ArtDouble Feature at Vis Art

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  • Escape-Ism and Knife Wife at Steady SoundsEscape-Ism and Knife Wife at Steady Sounds

    Friday, Jan. 19 After touring both sides of the Atlantic, legendary Washington frontman I.F. Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses, the Make-Up) brings his debut solo project filled with primitive guitar, drum box and sexy crooning about social Darwinism. Washington band Knife Wife, featuring Nico Electra, the talented daughter of longtime Richmonder David Castleman, opens. 5 p.m. Free in-store.

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  • Neko Case at the NationalNeko Case at the National

    Thursday, Jan. 18 The redheaded solo performer and member of Canada’s New Pornographers returns to Richmond with her distinctive voice and popular, genre-mixing ability to connect with audiences. 7:30 p.m. $22.50-$25. thenationalva.com.

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  • REVIEW: Intermission Beer Co.Deserves to Be a Part of Your RotationREVIEW: Intermission Beer Co.Deserves to Be a Part of Your Rotation

    Admittedly, I needed an attitude adjustment. Intermission Beer Co., the new brewery at Virginia Center Commons, started off on my bad side. Despite my complicated calendar, I rushed there on opening day, Friday of Labor Day weekend. It wasn't open as announced. I shouldn't have let the first impression dissuade me. Granted, it's not in my neck of the woods, but my need for updated information would have suggested an imperative to experience it firsthand. Finally, three months later, I did. Tucked beside a Goodyear shop off of Brook Road, it's in a challenging location to attract the regular brewery-hopping crowd, but I was pleasantly surprised. It certainly deserves to be on the regular rotation for those checking out Richmond-area breweries. On my visit, I ordered a flight of beers. Each one was clean and well executed, with a fluffy head and good clarity. The English mild — not a style you see every day — offers a caramelly malt goodness for malt lovers, with a hint of dried fruits and molasses in the brown-hued beer. The Fuggles hops tempers the malty sweetness without contributing bitterness or the piney and citrusy American hop notes that can turn off nonhopheads. Better yet, the English mild is a sessionable 4.2 percent alcohol with plenty of flavor. If you like a hint of smoke in your beer or your whiskey, give the Smoky Wheat a try. Thanks to the wheat, the beer offers plenty of body. The smoke is apparent in the nose and on the palate: not subtle, but certainly not as overpowering as Laphroaig scotch can be, hinting at tobacco. The mild Smoky Wheat is both sessionable and flavorful. True to style, the pale ale is nicely balanced, with enough malt backbone to both offset and accentuate the Cascade hops. The beer is also spiced with coriander and orange peel, not necessarily to style, but adding a pleasing complexity. The West Coast-style India pale ale at 7.8 percent alcohol offers a beer for the diehard hophead. Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade hops provide deep citrus notes. Lastly, the milk stout offers a pleasing way to end the flight. The beer is dark and roasty, with lactose sugars contributing sweetness and a satisfying mouth feel, and sufficient hops to keep the sweetness from being cloying. This would certainly make the menu for dessert, like that Hershey's dark chocolate that finishes off my dinner. The lineup changes, so if these styles don't float your boat, new releases include the cream ale, Irish red, and Winter Warmer with a cinnamon sugar rim. The Intermission name and tasting room theme reflect the owners' back story. Justin and Courtney White met in Virginia Commonwealth University's theater program, so playbill pages and ticket stubs cover the table tops, and a popcorn machine, cherry red concrete floors and valances further hint at the theatrical theme. The brewery also offers regular events, including game nights on Wednesdays and trivia night every Thursday as well as special events, such as sketch comedy and movies on a projection screen. In chatting with Courtney and Justin during my visit, I learned the reason for the late opening: An essential part of the tap system didn't show up until much later than promised. I also learned that the Whites later discovered a way they could have opened despite lack of that essential part — the learning curve of any new business. My reminder for the day: After negative first impressions of a new business, give it a second chance. Pleasant surprises may await. S Intermission Beer Co. 10089 Brook Road, Glen Allen 585-0405 intermissionbeer.com

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  • Meet the Vegan Black Metal Chef Behind the “Seitanic Spellbook”Meet the Vegan Black Metal Chef Behind the “Seitanic Spellbook”

    Call it food blogging set to heavy metal. The Vegan Black Metal Chef, the avid home cook formerly known as Brian Manowitz, is a YouTube star and cookbook author who's bringing his culinary prowess to Richmond with a live demonstration and book signing. With plant-based eating considered a food trend for 2018, the timing couldn't be better. For the costumed cooking videos he began posting online in 2011, he does it all: cooking, filming, recording, mixing and mastering the music. Rather than talking to the audience, he sets each episode to a heavy metal soundtrack of his creation, with lyrics containing the recipe and instructions. For those who don't speak metal, there are subtitles. The man who's been listening to metal since first grade and a vegan since his first year of college in 2000 wrote his cookbook, "The Seitanic Spellbook" — seitan is meat substitute made of wheat protein — to encourage others to try veganism. Style: What were your expectations with your first video? Vegan Black Metal Chef: I didn't have any other than hoping people learned to make a kick ass pad thai and were entertained watching it.  But you're hoping you can convert people to veganism? Absolutely. Not only do I hope to help people on their new or old vegan journey, I teach a doable form of veganism for the masses. Everyone can do it, especially if they choose what goes into their mouths and on their bodies. Where does the inspiration for your recipes come from? I'm self-taught. I learned to cook well by experimenting a ton and coming up with what became the basic cooking concepts in each section of the book. The methods of doing things are the it. Why a cookbook? I wanted to write a cookbook about three years into doing the videos. I found that I had many concepts and dishes to show people, but the videos take so long to make. I wanted a format I could get a lot out in. There are hidden videos for the other dishes in the book that aren't as produced as the standard videos on my channel. They're more for people who just want to see how to make something. So it's easy to use? I'm a very visual person, so there are pictures of each step along the way of every main concept in there. There are also QR codes to scan next to each recipe that bring up a video of how to make it. The videos are essential, not just a side aspect What can Richmond audiences expect? They'll learn how to make some awesome vegan jambalaya and pasta Alfredo. It typically turns into an improv comedy show along with a rolling question-and-answer period while things cook. How much intersection do you see between the vegan and metal worlds? There's getting to be more overlap all the time, especially as members of various metal bands openly say they're vegan. It seems more fans are going vegan as well. It's a growing movement for sure. Goal in life? Make some legendary music, help the world go vegan and make art in general to the best of my ability. Vegan Black Metal Chef's demonstration will be held Jan. 26 at Strange Matter, 929 W. Grace St. Tickets cost $10. 8 p.m. strangematterrva.com.

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  • Northam asks lawmakers to pass progressive agenda in addressNortham asks lawmakers to pass progressive agenda in address

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  • Richmond students unfurl banner on T. Pot Bridge honoring MLK DayRichmond students unfurl banner on T. Pot Bridge honoring MLK Day

    Students at a Richmond-area school celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by unfurling a 135-foot-long banner on the T. Tyler Potterfield bridge Monday afternoon. 200 students at Sabot at Stoney Point School, a local private school, worked together to create the banner, which reads "Celebrate MLK Junior: Listen to One Another."

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  • Taubman wine festival returnsTaubman wine festival returns

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  • More than 300 education-related bills have been filed in the 2018...More than 300 education-related bills have been filed in the 2018...

    Lobbyists reach for a copy of the amended version of Del. Kathy J. Byron, R-Bedford's HB350, her bill dealing with certificate of public need, during a meeting of the Senate Education and Health committee inside the General Assembly Building in Richmond, VA Thursday, March 3, 2016.

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  • Villa Heights mansion use still up in air says one possible tenantVilla Heights mansion use still up in air says one possible tenant

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  • Keeping It IsraelKeeping It Israel

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  • Roanoke 100 Miler has kicked offRoanoke 100 Miler has kicked off

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  • How to give back on Martin Luther King Jr. DayHow to give back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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  • A very basic (and excellent) ad promoting bus transit by GRTC/Richmond, VirginiaA very basic (and excellent) ad promoting bus transit by GRTC/Richmond, Virginia

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