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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

Black Bear Loose in Mosby Court Neighborhood This Morning

Richmond police are warning residents of a black bear sighting early this morning (6/30) in the Mosby Court area.

The adult black bear was first spotted by a resident about 11:00 p.m. in the 1800 block of Rogers Street.

It was seen just after midnight in a wooded area near the intersection of Coalter and Redd Streets.

Police are asking people to keep their distance from the bear and not to approach it for any reason, and to call them at 646-5100.

Animal Control and the Game Warden have been notified.

Shark Attacks Continue As July 4th Holiday Approaches

As the July 4thholiday weekend approaches there is a specter of shark attacks looming in North Carolina Waters.

So far this year there have been six attacks in three weeks, more than all of 2014. 

None of the victims has died, but two involved the loss of limbs. 

But specialists are saying you have a better chance of getting into a car accident than being bitten by a shark over the holiday and it’s all about statistics.  There are more people.  And more sharks. 

Delegates At NEA National Convention Complain To Lawmakers About too Little Money, Too Many Tests

Nearly nine thousand educators from every state are meeting in Orlando, for the 153rd Annual Meeting of the National Education Association.  VEA President Meg Gruber, who is there, talked about issues facing students, schools and the teaching profession.

The NEA says a quarter of a million teachers quit in 2011 and 2012, but not just because of pay. They say working conditions are deteriorating, the equity gap between rich and poor school districts is increasing, and high stakes testing is completely out of hand.

Male Contraceptive Pill in the Works at UVA

Why isn’t there a male contraceptive pill? Researchers at the University of Virginia are making progress in developing an effective male “contraceptive pill” that has eluded scientists for years. Charles Fishburne of 88.9 WCVE has more in this Science Matters report.

Charles Fishburne: The Pill for women has been around for 50 years. A male equivalent is much more difficult to produce.

Dr. Herr: And really the main reason is that most women ovulate only 1 egg each month.

Science Matters: UVa Working On Male Contraceptive Pill

Researchers the University of Virginia are making progress in developing an effective male “contraceptive pill” that has eluded scientists for years.

The Pill for women has been around for 50 years. A male equivalent is much more difficult to produce.

The same problems with steroids that have plagued the pill for females are therefore much worse for males.

Emerging African Leaders In Richmond For White House Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

Virginia Commonwealth University is one of the host institutions for this year’s Mandela Washington Fellowships for Young African Leaders.

The program is one of President Obama’s signature efforts to invest in the next generation of global leaders.

The participants were among 500 selected from more than 50,000 applicants, and brought here to this country to spend time at various locations around the country for six weeks this summer.

Eighteen-year Old North Carolina Man Bitten By Shark off Outer Banks

An 18-year old man bitten by a shark on North Carolina’s Outer Banks was reported in serious condition over the weekend, but his condition is said to be improving.

The teenager was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hopsital and arrived in critical condition, after he was bitten in three feet of water near Waves about 4:00 p.m. Saturday (6/27).

It is the second shark-related injury in the Outer Banks in two days.

Friday (6/26), a North Carolina man was bitten on his back and leg in Avon, while playing in the surf with his children.

Confederate Flag Flies Over Danville Museum; City Council Refuses To Order It Down

A controversial Confederate flag still flies over a Southside Virginia city known as the last capitol of the Confederacy, and city officials say their hands are tied to do anything about it.

The flag is flying outside the city-owned Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, a former mansion where Confederate President Jefferson Davis spent a week after the fall of Richmond, and where he learned about Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

Most Americans Will Experience Foot Pain: Many Wait Too Long To Seek Help

Three quarters of Americans will, at some point in their lives, endure foot pain, which is commonly brought on by ill-fitting shoes, weight gain, or a spike in physical activity.

James Shadbolt is a West End Podiatrist in practice for 23 years, and he says he sees too many people who have abused their feet and ignored the symptoms.

Shoes are important. Proper shoes, stretching and attention to pain early on, can literally keep you on our feet.

Most Americans walk 75 thousand miles on their feet by the time they reach 50, but proper care can make them last.

State Water Control Board Approves Settlement With Duke Energy Over Coal Ash Spill

The State Water Control Board has approved a $2.5 million dollar settlement with Duke Energy over a massive coal ash spill in the Dan River.

Although the spill actually occurred at a Duke plant in North Carolina, the Dan River carried the gray sludge into Virginia.

Especially hard-hit was the City of Danville, where it piled up behind a dam downtown.

And, the consent decree does not prohibit other localities from pursuing their own compensation, which Danville is doing.