A new page on Virginia’s tourism website is written in Chinese. Virginia.org/China is the new Chinese-language page to help travelers plan their next visit to Virginia. It provides Chinese travelers with access to itineraries and resources, including information about Virginia’s history, shopping opportunities, cultural experiences, outdoor activities and food.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
A Russian national captured by American and Afghan forces in 2009 while allegedly fighting with the Taliban appeared in federal court in Richmond yesterday to face terrorism and other charges. Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond, says it represents the Obama administration's latest attempt to show it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects.
His arraignment on 12 charges has been set for Friday morning.
Ashland has had a love-hate relationship with the railroad since 1836. Tonight (11/5), there is a public meeting on a possible high-speed link that, like everything else, will run right through the town. Emily Stock is Manager of Rail Planning for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, which is holding the first of four public meetings tonight on a proposed high-speed rail segment through central Virginia. Each should have received a notification by now, and everyone is invited to come and listen and comment.
In a voluntary agreement announced yesterday (11/4), the two hospitals signed on to a plan to treat any Ebola case that occurs in Virginia and cannot be transferred to a national biocontainment facility like Emory University Hospital or the National Institutes of Health. Both VCU and UVA are teaching hospitals with experts in infectious disease control and epidemiology.
As voters go to the polls today, a Virginia Tech professor says we are hard-wired to be either liberal or conservatives in our genes, and he has a test to show which one. He does it by showing people graphic pictures of dead things and dirty kitchen sinks, and scanning their brains with an MRI in the process.
The National Weather Service issued an overnight freeze warning for most of the Richmond area until eight this morning (11/3).
Triple A Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $2.77 on Sunday (11/2). That's 6¢ less per gallon compared to the previous week and 34¢ less compared with the same week a year ago.
Average prices range from $2.66 per gallon in Richmond to $2.84 in Charlottesville. Motorists in the Norfolk area are paying on average $2.80 per gallon. Nationally, gas prices average $2.99 this week, first time that has been below three dollars since 2010.
Republican Ed Gillespie continues to close the gap in his race against Democratic Senator Mark Warner but the final Wason poll released this morning (10/31) indicates it won’t be enough. Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Poll says the negative ads, from both sides, have not changed anybody’s mind, but might suppress voter turnout, and that could be a factor.
The final Wason poll was conducted October 23-29th among 819 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9%.
This year, the American Cancer Society says 1,665,540 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, and will have that first meeting with an oncologist to talk about treatment. Fransica Alvarado is on oncology nurse information specialist with the American Cancer Society, who has just written an article about that first meeting. In Richmond, a VCU Professor has developed a tool, to help doctors communicate with their patients especially during that first visit.
Crews searched for wreckage along the Virginia coast yesterday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded shortly after launch. Tuesday nights’s explosion destroyed the rocket, damaged the pad, incinerated the cargo, frightened area residents and raised questions about the future of commercial space ventures. Helicopters took to the air at first light yesterday (10/29) to track down remnants.
All the lost materials will be replaced and the Space station crew has enough supplies to last them until Spring.