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    Press HeraldVirginia puppy headed for Maine in time for ChristmasPress HeraldLt. Tom Cotton, who presides over the department's Facebook page using the initials TC, recounted the conversation between Officers Jordan Perry and Danny Place as he tried to sell the two on the puppy detour: TC: “Can you two bring a puppy back from ...and more »

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  • From a 911 call, a friendship bloomed between Baltimore cop and...From a 911 call, a friendship bloomed between Baltimore cop and...

    A 911 call led Baltimore police Det. Wendy Morton to develop a friendship with 98-year-old Hazel Reed-Oden.

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  • LeBron wears 1 black shoe, 1 white shoe saying 'equality'LeBron wears 1 black shoe, 1 white shoe saying 'equality'

    LeBron James made a statement with his shoes.

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  • Jury convicted woman of stealing then paid her fineJury convicted woman of stealing then paid her fine

    FAIRFAX, Va. (NBC4/WAVY) —  A woman working as a house cleaner in Fairfax City confessed to stealing three rings from a home. A jury convicted her of a felony, but they imposed a fine of only $60 and gave her money to pay the fine, plus an extra $20. The woman had faced as long as 20 years in prison and a fine of as much as $2,500. After The Washington Post first reported the story, News4’s David Culver spoke with the maid and the jury foreperson on Friday. The group chose to have compassion toward the maid, Sandra Mendez Ortega, 19, a mother of two, jury foreperson Jeff Memmott said. “I could see in her that she was a good person that made a mistake,” said Memmott. Mendez Ortega was working inside a home when she swiped the rings. They were the victim’s engagement ring, wedding ring and a third, inexpensive ring, the Post reported. Speaking inside her simple apartment in Falls Church, Va., with her baby boy at her side, Mendez Ortega said she took the rings out of desperation. “I only work to provide for my kids,” she said in Spanish, through tears. Mendez Ortega initially denied stealing the rings. But she confessed later and gave them back. The jury found her guilty, but thought she didn’t deserve time in prison. They decided on a $60 fine, but wanted to do more. “One of the female jurors pulled out a $20 bill and said, ‘I want to help pay for her fine,'” Memmott said. “And I don’t know if it was everybody, but the vast majority of jurors did the same thing, including me.” Together, they collected $80, $20 more than the cost of the fine. The jurors’ action did not sit well with the crime victim, Lisa Copeland. “I just pray that they’re never in my shoes,” she told the Post. She did not respond to News4’s inquiries. Memmott said he feels good about what he and his fellow jurors did. “They weren’t out anything. They got back their property. They got justice,” he said, referring to the victims. Mendez Ortega said she was relived. “I feel very happy,” she said, overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.Filed under: News, Virginia

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  • More people moving out of Virginia than moving in - The Charlottesville NewsplexMore people moving out of Virginia than moving in - The Charlottesville Newsplex

    The Charlottesville NewsplexMore people moving out of Virginia than moving inThe Charlottesville Newsplex(AP) -- More people are moving out of Virginia than they are moving to the Old Dominion. The Daily Progress reports that Virginia has seen higher numbers of people leaving the state than moving in since 2013, according to University of Virginia's ...and more »

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  • Virginia I. Berkey - WatertownDailyTimes.comVirginia I. Berkey - WatertownDailyTimes.com

    Virginia I. BerkeyWatertownDailyTimes.comVirginia “Ginny” I. Berkey, 78, of Liberty Street, Adams, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday December 16, 2017. She had been under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County. A memorial service will be at 4:00 pm Saturday at ...and more »

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  • News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. ESTNews Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

    A new city ordinance will prohibit Chesapeake firefighters from raising money for charity at busy intersections like they've done in past years. The Virginian-Pilot reports that city officials passed a new ordinance...

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  • Dog expert: What makes a dog turn on its owner?Dog expert: What makes a dog turn on its owner?

    RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) —As authorities in Virginia continue their investigation into the death of 22-year-old Bethany Stephens, many people online are questioning the manner in which she died. A medical examiner determined Stephens was mauled to death by her two pit bull dogs. Many people following this story online said they find it hard to believe her dogs would commit such a tragedy. Valerie Paul, a certified master trainer at Impawsible Pups in Richmond, Virginia said it’s unusual for dogs to attack their owners out of nowhere. “That’s not something I would normally see,” she said. “If a dog has teeth, it can bite, but to go from a lovable no-bite history dog to one that is causing harm would be fairly rare.” Paul said it’s hard to determine exactly what happened to Stephens without knowing the dogs. She said there are several factors to consider if the 22-year-old’s dogs turned on her. “Either something frightened them or there was an altercation between the two dogs that [Stephens] happened to be in the middle of,” Paul said. Investigators said the pit bulls guarded her when they discovered Stephens’ body. “A lot of people are saying [the dogs] wouldn’t guard if they killed, but the reality is if it’s a resource, they may guard that as their food source or their toy the same way that a dog might guard a bone on a blanket,” Paul explained. Dog owners at a Carytown pet supply store fear this investigation feeds into the stigma surrounding pit bulls. Catherine Brooks, an owner of two pit bulls, said she’s stunned by what Goochland County investigators said happened to Stephens. “I’ve never heard of something like that happening where the dogs would inflict it and then turn around and change their mind on it,” Brooks said. Goochland County Sheriff’s Office is working to have the dogs euthanized.Filed under: News, Virginia

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  • Virginia woman found dead in woods, mauled by her two pit bulls - FOX 13 News, Tampa BayVirginia woman found dead in woods, mauled by her two pit bulls - FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

    Chicago TribuneVirginia woman found dead in woods, mauled by her two pit bullsFOX 13 News, Tampa BayGOOCHLAND, Va. (AP) - Police say a Glen Allen, Virginia, woman was mauled to death by her two pit bulls. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Bethany Lynn Stephens' body was found by Goochland County deputies around 8:18 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area ...Virginia Woman Mauled To Death By Her Pit Bulls During Walk In Woods, Sheriff SaysNPRWoman's own pit bulls are blamed in her grisly death. But is there more to the story?Sacramento BeeTwo dogs mauled their owner to death during a walk in Virginia woods, sheriff saysChicago TribuneNew Hampshire Public Radio -Fox News -New York Daily News -Richmond.comall 154 news articles »

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  • Firefighters barred from raising money at intersectionFirefighters barred from raising money at intersection

    A new city ordinance will prohibit Chesapeake firefighters from raising money for charity at busy intersections like they've done in past years.

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  • Virginia's governor-elect angers Democrats by saying he won't push for Medicaid expansion - SalonVirginia's governor-elect angers Democrats by saying he won't push for Medicaid expansion - Salon

    SalonVirginia's governor-elect angers Democrats by saying he won't push for Medicaid expansionSalonVirginia's newly elected governor, Ralph Northam, hasn't even been sworn into office, and he's already angering the Democratic base that rallied to elect him last month. In an interview with the Washington Post, Northam said that he would make it a ...Virginia's new governor campaigned on Medicaid expansion, but now is sending mixed signalsThinkProgressRalph Northam Draws Progressive Ire Over Medicaid CommentsHuffPostall 4 news articles »

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  • Danville looks to honor racing legend Wendell ScottDanville looks to honor racing legend Wendell Scott

    The Danville City Council is set to consider a proposal to put new road signs honoring former local NASCAR driving legend.

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  • More people moving out of Virginia than moving inMore people moving out of Virginia than moving in

    More people are moving out of Virginia than they are moving to the Old Dominion.

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  • Road made famous by transgender candidate not a simple fixRoad made famous by transgender candidate not a simple fix

    Danica Roem made history when she became the first transgender woman elected to a state legislature. In the process, she made a northern Virginia highway famous by relentlessly touting her plan to fix the clogged road.

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  • Virginia Tech Foundation's purchase of University Club an uneasy transaction - Roanoke TimesVirginia Tech Foundation's purchase of University Club an uneasy transaction - Roanoke Times

    Roanoke TimesVirginia Tech Foundation's purchase of University Club an uneasy transactionRoanoke TimesBLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech's private foundation purchased the University Club building Friday, ending what was a sometimes tense transaction process for the school and a social club that can trace its roots at Tech to the 1920s. The move ends an ...

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  • Vet Believes Virginia Mauling Incident Needs Further Investigation, Says ‘Dogs Don’t Typically Just Out of the Blue Attack Their Owners’Vet Believes Virginia Mauling Incident Needs Further Investigation, Says ‘Dogs Don’t Typically Just Out of the Blue Attack Their Owners’

    A Virginia veterinarian said it's highly unusual for a dog to attack its owner, and she has a lot of questions about what actually happened when a local woman was allegedly m

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  • Here's a guide to pronunciations in Virginia newsHere's a guide to pronunciations in Virginia news

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  • 10 new year's wishes toward the pursuit of happiness10 new year's wishes toward the pursuit of happiness

    Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne disembarks from Amtrak in Roanoke as he arrives Oct. 30 with dignitaries including Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke; Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea; Jennifer Mitchell, director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation; and Court Rosen, a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

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  • Devon Hall helps leads No. 16 Virginia past Davidson 80-60Devon Hall helps leads No. 16 Virginia past Davidson 80-60

    U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the Transportation Security Administration to speed up plans to equip transit hubs with sc PHILADELPHIA - Shizz Alston Jr. scored 12 points and Temple got a big contribution from its bench in beating Drexel 63-60 on Saturday. LOS ANGELES - Kyle Washington had a rough day when Cincinnati lost to UCLA in the NCAA Tournament last season.

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  • Northam vows bipartisan approach in Virginia after tough campaignNortham vows bipartisan approach in Virginia after tough campaign

    Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has the weight of a Democratic landslide to throw around in the State Capitol, but he's holding back. He could pluck a few Republicans out of the General Assembly - where the GOP is holding onto the majority by a thread - and give them jobs in his Cabinet to tilt the balance of power toward Democrats.

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  • Volunteers place wreaths at Arlington National CemeteryVolunteers place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

    People stand during The Pledge of Allegiance at the annual Wreaths Across America event at Wilmington National Cemetery in Wilmington, N.C. Saturday, Dec.16, 2017. More than 5,000 wreaths were placed

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  • Johnson, Hall lead No. 16 Virginia past Davidson 80-60Johnson, Hall lead No. 16 Virginia past Davidson 80-60

    Nigel Johnson, Devon Hall send No. 16 Virginia past Davidson 80-60

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  • Gov. McAuliffe, End New Jim Crow Voter Suppression TacticGov. McAuliffe, End New Jim Crow Voter Suppression Tactic

    Imagine a wonderful parting gift from Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Imagine if Gov. McAuliffe put an end to Virginia's strange and inexplicable participation in a GOP voter suppression trick that reeks of Jim Crow.

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  • Kentucky foils Virginia Tech with pressure defense and 3-pointers - Roanoke TimesKentucky foils Virginia Tech with pressure defense and 3-pointers - Roanoke Times

    Roanoke TimesKentucky foils Virginia Tech with pressure defense and 3-pointersRoanoke TimesKentucky's Hamidou Diallo (right) dunks the ball near Virginia Tech's Chris Clarke during Saturday's game at Rupp Arena. The eighth-ranked Wildcats defeated Tech 93-86 in front of 22,690 blue-clad fans. With the loss, the Hokies fell to 9-2. Photos by ...UK Basketball: Postgame notes and updated season stats from win over Virginia TechA Sea of BlueKentucky makes its case for greater respect in victory over Virginia TechLexington Herald LeaderVirginia Tech stays close but can't seal the deal against KentuckyRichmond.com247Sports -SECcountry.com -The Courier-Journalall 189 news articles »

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  • Knox, Diallo lead No. 8 Kentucky past Virginia Tech 93-86Knox, Diallo lead No. 8 Kentucky past Virginia Tech 93-86

    Knox scores 21, Diallo 20 to lead No. 8 Kentucky past Virginia Tech 93-86

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  • Billboards nationwide to honor slain Virginia trooper - Virginian-PilotBillboards nationwide to honor slain Virginia trooper - Virginian-Pilot

    Billboards nationwide to honor slain Virginia trooperVirginian-PilotRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Billboards around the country will thank law enforcement officials later this month on behalf of the family of a Virginia State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty. WTVR-TV reports that the family of slain Trooper ...and more »

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  • Billboards nationwide to honor slain Virginia trooperBillboards nationwide to honor slain Virginia trooper

    Billboards around the country will thank law enforcement officials later this month on behalf of the family of a Virginia State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty.

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  • More people leaving Virginia than moving in - The Daily ProgressMore people leaving Virginia than moving in - The Daily Progress

    The Daily ProgressMore people leaving Virginia than moving inThe Daily ProgressMore people are moving out of Virginia than in, reflecting changes in home prices, rates of retirement and federal spending since 2013. Virginia's population isn't declining — it's just gaining more of its new residents from births rather than move ...and more »

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  • No. 8 Kentucky gets past Virginia TechNo. 8 Kentucky gets past Virginia Tech

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kevin Knox scored 21 points and Hamidou Diallo added 20 to power No. 8 Kentucky to a 93-86 victory over Virginia Tech Saturday at Rupp Arena. In a game that featured 11 lead changes

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  • No. 16 Virginia downs Davidson by 20No. 16 Virginia downs Davidson by 20

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Senior Devon Hall poured in a career-high 20 points as No. 16 Virginia dispatched Davidson 80-60 on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena. Hall was among three Cavaliers scoring i

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  • Officers say a woman was mauled to death by her pit bullsOfficers say a woman was mauled to death by her pit bulls

    GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) — Officers say a 22-year-old woman from Glen Allen was mauled to death by her two pit bulls Thursday night. Bethany Stephens was found dead in a wooded area of eastern Goochland County after officers were called to the 2200 block of Manakin Road around 8 p.m. Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew says her body was being guarded by her two very large pit bulls and they could see she had suffered “severe trauma.” “It was an absolutely grisly mauling. In my forty years of law enforcement I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again,” said Agnew. He described Stephens as being “petite,” while both her pit bulls are approximately 100 to 120 pounds. Bethany Stephens. WRIC Photo. Initial reports from the medical examiner said Stephens had defensive wounds on her hands and arms, proves she was alive when she was attacked. Meanwhile, one of the Stephens’ best friends said she does not believe the animals would have done anything to hurt her, considering she had raised them since they were puppies. “I wasn’t able to see the body, so I can’t tell you what happened. I can’t tell you if it was a blunt force or if it was a mauling, but I know those dogs didn’t do it,” Barbara Norris said. Friends say Stephens had recently been receiving death threats prior to the incident, which is another reason why they question whether the dogs were to blame. Police do not believe this to be a homicide, but are waiting on toxicology reports to make a determination. The dogs are being held at Goochland County Animal Control and Agnew said they are working to have the dogs euthanized.Filed under: News, Virginia

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  • Davidson's Peyton Aldridge (23) drives past Virginia's Isaiah Wilkins (21) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (Zack Wajsgras/The ...Davidson's Peyton Aldridge (23) drives past Virginia's Isaiah Wilkins (21) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (Zack Wajsgras/The ...

    Davidson's Peyton Aldridge (23) drives past Virginia's Isaiah Wilkins (21) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)

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  • In his first sit-down interview since winning the Virginia governorship ... - Washington PostIn his first sit-down interview since winning the Virginia governorship ... - Washington Post

    Washington PostIn his first sit-down interview since winning the Virginia governorship ...Washington PostPeople are “looking for a moral compass right now,” says Gov.-elect Ralph Northam in first extended interview after election.and more »

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  • Police: man injured in officer-involved shootingPolice: man injured in officer-involved shooting

    Newport News Police say a man faces life-threatening injuries after being shot by a police officer.

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  • Police: man injured in officer-involved shooting in VirginiaPolice: man injured in officer-involved shooting in Virginia

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a man faces life-threatening injuries after being shot by a police officer. Newport News Police say the 33-year-old man fled a traffic stop on foot Saturday around noon. The man was not identified. Police say the man was pulled over for not having a front license plate on his vehicle. According to a police statement, after a foot chase, the officer caught up to the man and then shot him. Police say a firearm belonging to the man was found near the scene. The man was transported to a local hospital. No further details about what may have caused the shooting were immediately released. The officer was not injured.

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  • Large group of volunteers place wreaths at ArlingtonLarge group of volunteers place wreaths at Arlington

    A huge number of volunteers are placing wreaths on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

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  • The Bill of Rights, Thomas Jefferson, and the danger of - God-given rights'The Bill of Rights, Thomas Jefferson, and the danger of - God-given rights'

    We celebrate that heritage today. But for President Trump and many religious Americans, those rights are not secured by the Constitution or "We the People."

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  • Police: robbery suspect dies in officer-involved shootingPolice: robbery suspect dies in officer-involved shooting

    Virginia State Police say they are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting at a shopping center in Rockbridge County.

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  • How an informant anchored a takedown of a Virginia gangHow an informant anchored a takedown of a Virginia gang

    In the pre-dawn on Dec. 6, hundreds of federal agents and police officers waited on alert outside 20 homes in the Washington area for the clock to hit 6 a.m. Once the hour arrived, law enforcement officers simultaneously shattered the morning quiet as they knocked down doors and tactical teams tossed flash-bang grenades in several homes to arrest targets of a months-long investigation into the activity of a gang and another armed group and gun and drug trafficking. "All 20 houses got hit at the same time," said Special Agent in Charge Thomas L. Chittum III of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Washington field office.

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  • Early peek at Christmas weather in Virginia looks wet and coolEarly peek at Christmas weather in Virginia looks wet and cool

    Wetter-than-average weather is favored for Virginia and the regions shaded in darker green for the days surrounding Christmas. It's not a guarantee of snow because the freezing-cold air could be trapped to our north and west.

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  • GO Virginia issues first grants with high bar that Richmond region doesn't clearGO Virginia issues first grants with high bar that Richmond region doesn't clear

    You have reached the limit of 5 free articles per 30 days. To continue, log in now or sign up for a digital Richmond Times-Dispatch subscription for only $8.99 per month.

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  • Two innocence claims filed Friday for Virginia man who was freed from ...Two innocence claims filed Friday for Virginia man who was freed from ...

    Gary Bush, who spent about 10 years in prison for another man's robberies, fished near his parents' home outside Covington in June. A prayer with a frame is placed at Gary Bush's room.

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  • Feeling it out: Students at Virginia center for blind cut Christmas trees for needy familiesFeeling it out: Students at Virginia center for blind cut Christmas trees for needy families

    Montrell Rodgers feels a tree to check if he likes it or not at Whispering Pines Tree Farm on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired takes an annual trip to the farm.

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  • Indiana man charged in Charlottesville assault sentencedIndiana man charged in Charlottesville assault sentenced

    An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to charges for punching a man and woman demonstrating against a white nationalist protest in Virginia over the summer faces nearly a year in jail.

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  • Virginia football commit Martin Weisz gets into the holiday spirit with rivalry dig at Virginia TechVirginia football commit Martin Weisz gets into the holiday spirit with rivalry dig at Virginia Tech

    The holiday season is officially upon us, but future Virginia Cavaliers offensive lineman Martin Weisz is going to find himself on some naughty lists in Blacksburg this year.

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  • Teen charged with stabbing cop says he wants to apologize 3 hours agoTeen charged with stabbing cop says he wants to apologize 3 hours ago

    The Virginian-Pilot says Riley Miller told a Virginia Beach judge that he wants to tell the injured officer he's sorry. The 17-year-old suspect made the comments at his first court appearance on charges of attempted capital murder and malicious wounding of an officer.

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  • Virginia Regional Ballet, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra present 'The Nutcracker'Virginia Regional Ballet, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra present 'The Nutcracker'

    The Virginia Regional Ballet will perform "The Nutcracker" to a live score by the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra at the College of William and Mary this weekend. The ballet company has performed "The Nutcracker" in Phi Betta Kappa Memorial Hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary for more than 40 years.

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  • Trump does not rule out pardoning Michael FlynnTrump does not rule out pardoning Michael Flynn

    The President slams the FBI before visiting the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia.

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  • No. 8 Kentucky ready for stiff test vs. Virginia TechNo. 8 Kentucky ready for stiff test vs. Virginia Tech

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 8 Kentucky, according to coach John Calipari, will get its most severe test of the season on Saturday when Virginia Tech visits Rupp Arena. "Hard game for us to win, really hard

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  • Police: Virginia woman mauled to death by her pit bullsPolice: Virginia woman mauled to death by her pit bulls

    Police say a Glen Allen, Virginia, woman was mauled to death by her two pit bulls.

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  • Jury pays maid's fine after convicting her of stealing ringsJury pays maid's fine after convicting her of stealing rings

    A Virginia jury has chipped in to pay the fine of a maid it convicted of stealing three rings from a house she was cleaning.

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  • Suspect in car attack faces new charge: first-degree murderSuspect in car attack faces new charge: first-degree murder

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex Fields that they were seeking to upgrade the second-degree murder charge he previously faced in the Aug. 12 collision in Charlottesville that left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and dozens injured. The judge agreed to that and ruled there is probable cause for all charges against Fields, including nine lesser felony counts, to proceed. Fields’ case will now be presented to a grand jury for an indictment. Authorities say the 20-year-old, described by a former teacher as having a keen interest in Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler, drove his speeding car into a group of counterprotesters the day of the “Unite the Right” rally that drew hundreds of white nationalist from around the country. The attack came after the rally in this Virginia college town had descended into chaos — with violent brawling between attendees and counterdemonstrators — and authorities had forced the crowd to disband. Surveillance footage from a Virginia State Police helicopter, played by prosecutors in court, captured the moment of impact by the car and the cursing of the startled troopers on board. The video then showed the car as it reversed, drove away and eventually pulled over. The helicopter had been monitoring the violence, and prosecutors questioned Charlottesville Police Detective Steven Young about the video as it played. People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP) Another surveillance video from a restaurant showed the car head slowly in what Young testified was the direction of the counterprotesters, who were not in view of the camera. The car reversed before speeding forward into the frame again. After that footage, a man in the crowd shouted an expletive and cried out, “Take me out.” He and others left the courtroom. Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, sat quietly in a striped jumpsuit with his hands cuffed during the hearing. His attorney Denise Lunsford did not present evidence or make any arguments at the hearing, although she did cross-examine the detective. Fields was photographed hours before the attack with a shield bearing the emblem of Vanguard America, one of the hate groups that took part in the rally, although the group denied any association with him. A former teacher, Derek Weimer, has said Fields was fascinated in high school with Nazism, idolized Adolf Hitler, and had been singled out by officials at his Union, Kentucky, school for “deeply held, radical” convictions on race. During her cross-examination of Young, Lunsford asked if searches of Fields’ computer, phone or social media revealed any evidence that he was part of Vanguard America or any other white nationalist group. Young said, “No.” Young also testified that he was among the first officers to respond to the scene where Fields pulled over. No weapon was found in the car, he said. Lunsford asked the detective what Fields said as he was being detained. Fields said he was sorry and asked if people were OK, according to Young. When Fields was told someone had died, he appeared shocked and sobbed, Young said. Young said authorities had identified 36 victims of the car attack, including Heyer — a number higher than officials have previously given. Some have significant injuries and now use wheelchairs, Young said. Fields would have faced between five to 40 years in prison for a second-degree murder conviction. First-degree murder carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison. Charlottesville General District Court Judge Robert Downer Jr. also presided over preliminary hearings Thursday for three other defendants. Charged in cases related to the August rally are Richard Preston, who is accused of firing a gun, and Jacob Goodwin and Alex Ramos, who are accused in an attack on a man in a parking garage that was captured in photos and video that went viral. The judge certified the charges against all three men. All those cases will also head to a grand jury. Jason Kessler, the main organizer of the Unite the Right rally, was in court to watch the proceedings. When he arrived Thursday, a small crowd of angry protesters outside the courthouse chanted, “Blood on your hands.”Filed under: National, News, Virginia

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  • Murder Charge Upgraded Against White Nationalist in Virginia Car KillingMurder Charge Upgraded Against White Nationalist in Virginia Car Killing

    A white nationalist accused of killing a 32-year-old woman when he plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was charged with first-degree murder Thursda

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  • Judge certifies charges against 4 connected to Aug. 21 violence in CharlottesvilleJudge certifies charges against 4 connected to Aug. 21 violence in Charlottesville

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) — A Charlottesville General District Court judge is certifying all the charges against four men accused of violent acts from August 12. Judge Robert Downer presided over several preliminary hearings in Charlottesville Circuit Court Thursday, December 14. The general district cases had been moved to the larger circuit court due to safety concerns. James Alex Fields Jr., Richard Wilson Preston, Alex Michael Ramos, and Jacob Scott Goodwin were all in court Thursday afternoon. A grand jury will take up all of their cases on Monday, December 18, now that Judge Downer has certified the charges against each of them The final defendant that went before the judge was Fields. The 20-year-old Ohio man was facing second-degree murder and nine other charges in connection to an apparent car attack in the area of the Downtown Mall. Prosecutors are now charging Fields with first-degree murder in connection to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Fields was seen taking part in Jason Kessler’s Unite the Right rally at Emancipation Park with Vanguard America, a known racist, right-wing group. Authorities said Fields was arrested about a half mile up the road, still driving the Dodge Challenger involved in the deadly incident. Fields maintained he feared for his life at the Downtown Mall crossing, and hit the accelerator in panic. Authorities said a total of 36 people were injured, including Heyer. Downer certified all of the charges against Fields after 5:30 p.m. Fifty-two-year-old Preston was the first hearing to be taken up. The Maryland man is a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and is accused of firing a gun during the clashes between Unite the Right supporters and protesters. The American Civil Liberties Union says it caught the incident on video. Preston was arrested on August 26 in Towson, Maryland. He told the Baltimore Sun he came to Charlottesville as a member of a militia intending to protect rally participants. Judge Downer certified a charge of discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school around 3 p.m. The same grand jury will also hear the cases against 34-year-old Ramos and 23-year-old Goodwin, both of whom are charged with malicious wounding. The judge certified those charges after 4 p.m. Video shows both men, along with 19-year-old Daniel Patrick Borden, beating DeAndre Shakur Harris, of Suffolk, Virginia, inside the Market Street Parking Garage. Downer said the standard to advance the case is probable cause, and that there is no doubt they were acting to harm Harris. Ramos was arrested in Georgia on August 28, and was extradited to Virginia in September. Meanwhile, Goodwin was arrested in his home state of Arkansas and extradited back in November. A judge has already certified Borden’s charge to the grand jury, which is also scheduled for Monday. Harris was facing a charge of felony unlawful wounding, but now prosecutors have filed a motion to lower that to misdemeanor assault and battery. Barriers were set up around Charlottesville Circuit Court earlier, and many law enforcement officers were on hand. Police had expected large crowds in the courtroom, as well as out in the cold. The city closed a portion of East High Street and Hedge Street to traffic for most of Thursday. Authorities also limited what people could bring into the courtroom. A few people could be seen outside of court before the preliminary hearings, including community activists, members of Congregate Charlottesville and other religious groups, and rally organizer Jason Kessler. Some outside expressed outrage with anyone who would support the “alt-right.” “It’s important for us to be here to continue to say white supremacy is evil, white supremacy is a sin, and we will continue to live out lives in a way to call that out,” said Brittany Caine-Conley with Congregate Charlottesville. Protesters chanted “blood on your heads” and yelled obscenities at Jason Kessler as he made his way inside the courthouse. Things began to calm down afterwards, and the crowd size grew smaller, but not everyone dispersed. “I feel like we should have had this resolved and the fact that we haven’t is why I’m taking a stand to push back against it, because I think when people don’t stand up is when it becomes a problem,” said Matthew Christensen. “We are concerned about security and the welfare of this part of town, because we only live a few blocks away,” Bruce Dembling said. Most people hung around simply because they were worried Charlottesville could see violence again if Unite the Right supporters showed up. A few of those supporters did, but nothing came of it.Filed under: National, News, Virginia

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  • Richmond police shoot suspect who fired at officers with assault-style rifleRichmond police shoot suspect who fired at officers with assault-style rifle

    RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — An officer-involved shooting is under investigation in Richmond after police shot a suspect who fired at them with an assault-style rifle in the city’s northside. The incident began Thursday morning after police responded to reports of gunshots on St. John Street. Officers there found an adult male who was suffering from a non life-threatening gunshot wound. Minutes later, an officer on scene spotted a car that matched the description of the suspect vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. A pursuit then continued into city’s northside. When the suspect vehicle approached a dead-end near Dill Avenue and Pollock Street, the vehicle stopped. RPD actively working an officer-involved shooting that included two crime scenes: (1) Gilpin Court on St. John's & Federal St. (2) N. Highland Park area near Pollack St. & Dill Ave. We have crews at both locations. One suspect shot, police searching for another. pic.twitter.com/8c240AIxWG — Roxie Bustamante (@Roxie8News) December 14, 2017 Police say someone inside the vehicle got out and began shooting at officers with an assault-style rifle. Officers immediately returned fire and struck the suspect, who was then transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Another occupant inside the vehicle fled the scene. It is unclear at this time if the suspect is still on the loose or in custody. 8News’ Amy Simpson reported roughly a dozen officers staged at the scene in the city’s northside. It appeared officers had guns drawn and were actively searching for a suspect. No officers were injured during the pursuit or shooting. jQuery(function( $ ){ map = new google.maps.Map( document.getElementById( "lin-map-0" ), { center: new google.maps.LatLng( 37.578789039459, -77.338602430664 ), zoom: parseFloat( 10 ), mapTypeControlOptions: { style: google.maps.MapTypeControlStyle.DROPDOWN_MENU } }); marker = new google.maps.Marker({ position: new google.maps.LatLng( 37.5717144, -77.4120735 ), }); marker.setMap( map ); }); Filed under: News, Virginia

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  • Soldiers, retired women come together to bring Christmas cheer to veteransSoldiers, retired women come together to bring Christmas cheer to veterans

    RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Two unusual groups are coming together to bring Christmas cheer to local veterans. Dozens of retired women recently teamed up with soldiers at Fort Lee to give Christmas presents to veterans at McGuire VA Hospital. Those involved say giving back to veterans around this time of year is just their small way of saying thank you for their service. Credit: WRIC 8News Finding a special Christmas gift for that special someone can be a challenge when limited mobility is a factor. That’s why 1st Sgt. Arthur Ireland is offering his time to patients at McGuire VA Hospital. “Makes me feel good as a soldier to know that there are so many people to give back to the soldiers that give back to our country,” Ireland said. Soldiers from Fort Lee helped McGuire patients participate in a holiday extravaganza. The event brings tables full of goodies for patients to choose from since most of them aren’t able to go out shopping for themselves. Charlotte Bailey helped organize the event. “We have children’s gifts, we have gifts specifically for women, specifically for me, specifically for families,” Bailey said. And it’s made possible by Bailey and a group of retired women who call themselves LARKS: Ladies’ Acts of Random Kindness and Services. “We were already doing volunteer work at the hospital so we said, oh, we’ll just take these to the hospital,” Bailey said. It’s a concept that takes about a year to put together. Soldiers from Fort Lee said they are proud to take part. “It’s just something that we can do as soldiers,” he said. “We stand on the shoulders of past soldiers, so it’s the least we can do on holiday time to help them feel a little bit more comfortable during the holiday season.” This is the third year LARKS held the holiday extravaganza.Filed under: Army, Military, News, Veterans, Virginia

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  • Study: One-third of Va. kindergartners not ready for schoolStudy: One-third of Va. kindergartners not ready for school

    RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — In Virginia, one out of every three children in kindergarten is not prepared to be there. That is an estimate from a legislative study released this week that looked at Virginia’s childhood development programs The report to the to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found 34 percent of kindergarten students start school lacking the social, self-regulation, literacy or math skills needed for the grade. But the impact goes beyond that first year of school. The study says children who are not ready for kindergarten are more likely to be held back, enroll in special education classes and perform poorly in later grades. It says those same students are more likely to commit crimes, become teen parents and rely on public assistance later in life. While an estimated one-third of students fall into this category, the exact number is not known. That is because no statewide comprehensive data on this exists. The assessment was designed and administered by the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP), a state-funded initiative. It looked at data from 2014. But only 63 out of Virginia’s 132 school divisions participate in VKRP, making it tough to identify children and families at risk and guide them to the state’s early childhood development programs. In the report, one of 18 recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly is the require all schools to participate in VKRP to form a clearer picture of readiness. “Without statewide participation, it is not possible to know whether each child is ready, or in what domains each child need to improve to be successful in kindergarten,” the study says. The study recommends Virginia join 18 other states that assess the readiness of all kindergartners across multiple readiness domains. The report also looked at the effectiveness of the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). It found VPI improves literacy, but its impact on kindergarten readiness is not known because the state is lacking sufficient data. It laid out design and implementation concerns about the program. One is that the implementation of VPI is local, and at the state level, there are few staff resources available to administer the program. It also notes there are few features to make sure the program is providing high-quality pre-K experiences across the commonwealth. “For example, despite the critical importance of high-quality teacher-child interactions, VPI has few assurances that they are occurring in VPI classrooms. In addition, the state has minimal effective controls over the quality of the curricula used by VPI providers. Many agency staff and experts expressed concern about the quality of curricula used by providers. JLARC staff identified eight VPI providers that reported using curricula that (1) do not appear to be research-based or (2) are not actual curricula,” the study reads. Another recommendation is to require and provide sufficient resources for the Virginia Department of Education to have a “more meaningful role in ensuring the quality of VPI implementation.” After learning the details of the report, Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) plans to introduce legislation. His office said that is still in its preliminary stages.Filed under: News, Virginia

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  • Sen. Kaine fighting to preserve health care tax benefits, lower prescription costsSen. Kaine fighting to preserve health care tax benefits, lower prescription costs

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Senator Tim Kaine says he’s fighting to preserve health care tax benefits and lower prescription drug prices. Kaine says the tax reform bill being worked out right now could end up eliminating the tax deduction for out-of-pocket medical expenses. He says that would hurt thousands of Virginians, especially retirees. And when it comes to drug prices, Kaine recognizes that most manufacturers have helped people live fuller lives, but not all of them. “There are bad actors in this field who find drugs that people depend on, where there are not many competitors, and then buy those drugs or companies and dramatically jack up prices, treating patients as hostages in a way that’s truly abusive,” said Kaine. The most notorious recent case involved the man known as “pharma bro”, Martin Shkreli. He increased the price of one of his drugs by a factor of 40. It saves the lives of newborns and people with compromised immune systems from a rare condition. Shkreli was convicted of federal securities fraud and is in jail awaiting sentencing.Filed under: National, News, Virginia, Virginia Politics

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    RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — After hours of public comment Monday, it was the Virginia State Water Control Board’s turn to talk Tuesday. The board was weighing whether to give a water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The natural gas pipeline would cut through three states, including Virginia. After much back and forth, the panel voted 4-3 to approve a key permit for the controversial project, though it is not yet in effect. It’s all contingent on the board getting more information about its environmental impact. It’s something Mara Robbins has been fighting. She has also been vocally opposed to the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would cross western Virginia. The same board issued a certification for that project last week. “We have fought arm in arm,” said Robbins. “It’s all one pipeline. They are not wanted. They are not needed. Not here, not there, not anywhere.” Robbins said Virginia is one big backyard and has seen several groups come together to try and stop the projects. “We are a movement now and there are people here supporting this, supporting the protection of our waters. It is our single most valuable natural resource and we have to come together to protect it,” she said. The passion was evident in the crowd. Opponents of the project could be seen wiggling their fingers at the board’s comments they supported and flashing their thumbs down at those they opposed. But not all commentary from the audience was silent Tuesday. An outburst in the crowd followed by chanting caused a short recess. David Sligh of Wild Virginia said the pipeline projects have drawn an unprecedented level of passion. “We have never seen this kind of uprising of people in this state on an environmental issue. I’ve been working on these issues for over 35 years,” said Sligh. “I have never seen this kind of effort. I’ve never seen this kind of unity. That is important and I think they recognized it.” Dominion Energy spokesperson Aaron Ruby issued a statement following the vote, calling the certification “a very significant milestone for the project and another major step toward final approval.” Ruby said the board reached its decision after “the most thorough environmental review of any infrastructure project in Virginia history.” Ruby said Dominion Energy has made protecting water quality a priority at every stage of the project. “In many cases, we’ve gone above and beyond regulatory requirements and adopted some of the most protective measures ever used by the industry,” he said in the statement. But board members still want more information about the project’s impact to water quality before their “yes” vote is finalized. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) spokesman Bill Hayden said it will be “a while” until that happens. “Those reports must be completed, DEQ must analyze and approve them and present them to the water board,” said Hayden. “Once that happens, the certification would take effect.” Hayden said a timeline for that is not yet known. While opponents said outright denying the certification was ideal, a conditional permit — which signals a delay — leaves hope. “The overall vote means that Dominion does not have an effective certification today,” said Sligh. “I am pleased that the board recognized that there are serious flaws here.”Filed under: Virginia, Virginia Politics

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  • McAuliffe: Virginia ‘perfectly positioned’ to house second Amazon HQMcAuliffe: Virginia ‘perfectly positioned’ to house second Amazon HQ

    RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says bringing Amazon to the Commonwealth would be a “game-changer” for some areas. McAuliffe recently spoke with Capitol Bureau reporter Evanne Armour about the possibility to Amazon building its second headquarters in Virginia. The Commonwealth has bid on seven possible sites for the project — including Virginia Beach. “I think we’re perfectly positioned. They have west coast, they need east coast,” McAuliffe said. “We’ve got the educational system. We have all the new fiber — the new gigantic Marea cable that came in from Spain. That’s in Virginia Beach, it serves Virginia. So I think we’re in great shape. But you never know what they’re gonna do.” Other potential sites include Northern Virginia and Richmond. Amazon will bring 50,000 jobs to the area that wins — and will spend more than $5 billion to integrate into that community. Big players outside of Virginia include New York and Philadelphia.Filed under: Local News, News, Politics, Top Video, VA Governor, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia Politics

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  • Richmond council rejects Confederate statue removal proposalRichmond council rejects Confederate statue removal proposal

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WRIC) — Richmond City Council has rejected a proposal to facilitate the removal of Confederate statues. Council voted against Councilman Michael Jones’ proposal to ask the Virginia General Assembly to grant the city authority to remove the Monument Avenue statues on Monday. Following a public hearing in which 13 people spoke in favor of Jones’ proposal and 10 people spoke against it, six councilmembers said they could not support it as Mayor Levar Stoney’s Monument Avenue Commission hasn’t yet finished its public engagement process and rendered recommendations. Jones introduced the proposal in September, following August’s violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Credit: WRIC 8News Monument Avenue features statues of Confederates Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Matthew Fontaine Maury.Filed under: News, Virginia

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  • ‘It was wonderful’: Incarcerated parents hug the children they usually see through a barrier‘It was wonderful’: Incarcerated parents hug the children they usually see through a barrier

    The Arlington County Detention Facility hosted a holiday party that brought families together.

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  • Virginia open houses Dec. 16-17Virginia open houses Dec. 16-17

    A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

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  • Alexandria and Arlington crime watchAlexandria and Arlington crime watch

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  • Fairfax County police seek suspect in fatal stabbing in Va. woodsFairfax County police seek suspect in fatal stabbing in Va. woods

    Endless Taylor, 24, was identified as a suspect in the killing of a man whose body was found Dec. 1.

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  • Class of KidsPost: Third-graders from Arlington Traditional SchoolClass of KidsPost: Third-graders from Arlington Traditional School

    Students in the “Star Block” love soccer, videos and pizza.

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  • Cities turn to ‘missing middle’ housing to keep older millennials from leavingCities turn to ‘missing middle’ housing to keep older millennials from leaving

    Duplexes, triplexes and smaller buildings can provide affordable alternatives to moving to suburbs, planners say.

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  • A 14-year-old told of a teen’s killing by MS-13. Then, he disappeared too.A 14-year-old told of a teen’s killing by MS-13. Then, he disappeared too.

    The teenagers went missing in 2016, and their bodies were found in a Virginia park.

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  • Virginia open houses Dec. 9-10Virginia open houses Dec. 9-10

    A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

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  • Interstate 66 tolling starts Monday. Here’s what you need to know.Interstate 66 tolling starts Monday. Here’s what you need to know.

    All Express Lanes users need an E-ZPass; the rush-hour period also is extended.

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  • Arlington public aquatics center wins approval, four years after postponementArlington public aquatics center wins approval, four years after postponement

    Construction of Long Bridge Park aquatics center may begin as early as summer.

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