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Charles Fishburne

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Charles Fishburne is a correspondent for WCVE Public Radio. He brings over 40 years experience as a broadcast journalist and news executive in Richmond, Washington D.C. and New York. Charles was also a long-time television news anchor and news director in Richmond.

Articles by Charles Fishburne

Historical Marker Dedicated to Virginia Diner In Wakefield

A Virginia historical marker will celebrate a Wakefield diner and the rise of roadside commerce in Virginia.

That marker is to be dedicated today (8/12) at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield, planted near the popular stop for travelers for fried chicken and peanut pie, among other things.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources says the marker highlights the development of US Route 460, which links southwest Virginia with Hampton Roads.

Today’s dedication will include local dignitaries and the family that started the diner in 1929.

VCU Identifies Security Firm Whose Guard Was Involved In Fatal Altercation

VCU has identified the security company, whose guard was allegedly involved in a fatal scuffle at the Medical Center pharmacy last week. 

VCU says the security guard involved worked for the local security firm LEW & Associates and although they have not named the guard, he reportedly has not been at the medical center since the incident that led to the death of 64-year old Butch Whitaker, and he is expected to face charges.

Lowe’s Dismisses Three Managers Over Incident Involving Black Drivers

Lowe’s Home Improvement has dismissed three managers at a Danville store for acquiescing to a customer’s request they send “no black drivers” to deliver to her home.

One of the drivers, Marcus Bradley says a manager ordered him off an August 3rd delivery at the customer’s request.

Bradley says he was told it was because he is black and the customer did not want him at her house, and that when he returned to Lowe’s a white driver had replaced him.

Noted Historian and Author Charles F. Bryan, Jr., Releases New Book, “Imperfect Past”

Charles F. Bryan Jr., was for years President and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society and helped transform it into a gathering place of scholars and students and families and people who had no idea they were about to get hooked on history. He has done the same thing in a book just released called Imperfect Past: History in a New Light.

Richmond Police Investigating Death of Henrico County Man at VCU Medical Center Pharmacy

Richmond Police are investigating the death of a Henrico County man who died Sunday (8/9) after an altercation with a security guard at VCU Medical Center. 

Sixty-four year old Phillip Whitaker, was waiting to get a prescription filled at VCU’s ambulatory Care Center Pharmarcy, when, according to his family, he had a disagreement with a security guard over his place in line.

An altercation ensued, and Whitaker wound up on the floor with life-threatening injuries. Despite efforts to save him at VCU Medical Center, he died Sunday.

Wallops Launch Will Carry Virginia Tech Student Experiments

A Rocket carrying experiments developed by students is scheduled to be launched from Virginia’s Eastern Shore tomorrow morning (8/11). 

The two-stage suborbital rocket is set to launch between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m. tomorrow (8/11) from Wallops Island, carrying experiments developed by undergraduate community college and university students from across the United States as part of an 872 pound payload flying on a NASA rocket, expected to reach an altitude of 94 miles, then land 15 minutes later about 63 miles off the Virginia Coast.

Congressman Bobby Scott To Hold Forum On Criminal Justice Reform

Third District Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott is hosted a forum (8/10) in Richmond on Criminal Justice reform. 

It will be the first of two forums he is hosting this week to discuss legislation he introduced this summer to reduce recidivism, increase the use of alternatives to incarceration and to save money. He says he wants to create a pipeline for troubled students to college and careers instead of prison.

Midlothian Woman Attacked By Bear In Douthat State Park

A Midlothian woman escaped with her life after being attacked by a bear Saturday (8/8) at Douthat State Park in Bath County. 

Laurie Cooksey was hiking with three of her four children and was headed down a steep trail near the Tuscarora Overlook with a storm brewing, when they spotted a bear peering at them from behind a tree about ten yards away.

The bear charged and they ran, but the bear caught Cooksey from behind and knocked her down. Both slid in wet leaves off the trail and the bear bit her leg twice, but lost traction and she was able escape.

Danville City Council Votes To Remove Confederate Flag From City Museum Flagpole

Danville City Council voted last night (8/6) to take down the controversial Confederate battle flag flying over a city museum.

A crowd packed council chambers and spilled out into the street as Council voted 7-2 to limit the flying of flags on city-owned property, and a Danville utilities bucket truck was immediately dispatched to cut it down.