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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

Judge Sets Date For Matthew Trial

An Albermarle County judge has set a July 2016 trial date for Jesse Matthew, charged in the death of a UVA student.

Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins sets Matthew’s trial date yesterday (6/25), after rejecting a defense motion that she recuse herself from the case.

Matthew’s attorney had asked for another judge because Higgins approved search warrants that will be challenged at the trial. He also pointed out the judge’s daughter is a second-year student at UVA. So was Hannah Graham, the young woman Matthew is accused of killing.

Confederate Monuments Targeted, Including Virginia

Vandals targeted Confederate monuments in a half-dozen states yesterday, painting the slogan “Black Lives Matter,” where the landmarks stand in parks and outside government buildings.

Virginia was one of them, and Richmond’s Jefferson Davis statue was defaced with the slogan, sprayed in black paint.

City crews power-washed it yesterday (6/25), but the worlds remain visible, and professional contractors will likely be hired to finish the job. But the symbols remain across the South, and on Monument Avenue.

Portsmouth Councilman Wants Confederate Monument Moved From Downtown

A Portsmouth city councilman wants the city’s Confederate monument removed from downtown.

Councilman Mark Whitaker says it is inappropriate to have a memorial to a cause that supported slavery in a public place.

The Portsmouth monument consists of a 35-foot high obelisk and four statues representing Confederate artillery, infantry, navy and cavalry and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Whitaker made the comments at a council meeting Tuesday night (6/23), following efforts to remove the Confederate flags from public places throughout the South.

UVA Wins College World Series

The University of Virginia has won its first-ever College World Series championship, and ended a 60-year drought for the ACC.

The Cavaliers won the national title last night (6/24), beating Vanderbilt 4-2 in game three of the College World Series in a wild finish with unlikely heroes.

Pitcher Brandon Waddell was one of them. Waddell powered through 104 pitches on three days rest, and allowed only two hits in seven innings, before Nathan Kirby came in and made the save, Kirby struck out five of eight batters.

Activists Want Cycling Championship to Avoid Monument Avenue

Activists who battled a ballpark in Richmond’s former slave-trading center are now taking aim at the route of the upcoming World Road Cycling Championship in Richmond.

Fans from around the world are anticipated for the races in September which will include a stretch down Monument Avenue, and they say that’s a problem.

These same activists say Monument is a “virtual shrine to the Confederacy,” featuring towering statues of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, among other, and they want the route changed.

Beach Police Crack Down On Illegal Shark Fishing

Police in Virginia  Beach are cracking down on fishing for sharks along the beach after three recent attacks along the North Carolina Coast and a siting in Virginia waters.

Fishing for sharks along the beach is illegal because it draws them in closer to where people are in the water. Also, the hot weather has driven baitfish closer to shore, with the predators in pursuit, and Virginia Beach charter captains say they are seeing more sharks.

A large shark was spotted in waist-deep water yesterday morning (6/23) off 73rd street.

Richmond Railroad Museum To Hold 100th Anniversary Gala

In 1915, the Southern Railway opened a new passenger station in Richmond at 102 Hull Street, now home to the Richmond Railroad Museum, and next month, they’ll be celebrating with a party, to which you are invited.

It was on this very line that Jefferson Davis ran from Richmond with Union soldiers in hot pursuit.

Steve Tarrant is a Director of the Richmond Railway Museum, which on Saturday, July 18th will open its doors to a 100th anniversary party.

Virginia Recognizes Pocahontas Island With Historical Marker

Virginia is recognizing a thriving African-American neighborhood in Petersburg with a state historical marker.

Petersburg Celebrated its second Juneteenth Freedom Festival over the weekend, beginning Friday on the 150th anniversary of June 19th, 1865, considered by many as the date when the last slaves were officially freed in America.