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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.

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Russian National Sentenced to Life Plus 30 Years For Attack Against American Forces in Afghanistan

Russian National Irek Hamidullin has been sentenced to life plus 30 years for supporting Taliban terrorists in an attack against US forces in Afghanistan.

The case is unprecedented. Hamidullin was found guilty in August of providing material support to terrorism and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in a 2009 attack against US forces on the Afghan border.

Hamidullin says “I do not accept your law.”

Bon Air Neighbors Post Sign Supporting Muslims

A message of love, not hate, from the Bon Air neighbors of the Islamic Center of Virginia--when he first saw the sign from a distance, Imam Ammar Amonette thought, “oh no, some hate thing.”

The center located on Buford Road has about a thousand people visiting every week. It has been a tense time. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said last week it has received more reports of discrimination and threats against American Muslims after the November 13th Paris attacks that at any other time since 9/11.

GOP Front-Runner Campaigns In Virginia

GOP Presidential front-runner Donald Trump addressed a rally in Prince William County last night (12/2) and asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of those killed in San Bernadino California earlier in the day.

Trump spoke to a large crowed in Manassas at the Prince William County Fairgrounds.

He praised the efforts of police on the scene and said we don’t appreciate them enough.

Trump was accompanied by a group of black pastors, including Steve Parsons, formerly of the Richmond Christian Center.

Ashland’s Landmark Theater To Be Preserved As Non-Profit, Seek State Grant

Ashland’s landmark movie theater is going to be preserved as a non-profit and could be in line for a million dollars for re-development.

The Ashland Theater was dedicated in 1948 and remains relatively unchanged long after malls and multi-screen complexes put it out of business. But last night, Town Council voted to bring it back to life as a non-profit, and meet tomorrow (12/3) with state officials over a $500 million dollar industrial revitalization grant that has been offered, to see if their plans meet the criteria.

Republican Delegate Rob Bell To Announce Candidacy For Attorney General

Republican Delegate Rob Bell is set to announce his candidacy for Virginia Attorney General.

Forty-eight year old Rob Bell is a former prosecutor who has represented an area just outside Charlottesville since 2002, and wants to take on Democrat Mark Herring, who will seek re-election.

Bell unsuccessfully pursued the GOP nomination in 2013. He reportedly has $450,000 of campaign cash on hand, and Geoff Skelley at the UVA Center for Politics says he will be a strong candidate for his party’s nomination. He lost to Mark Obenshain by a close vote in the 2013 GOP convention.

UVA Coach Mike London Resigns After Six Disappointing Seasons

University of Virginia Head Coach Mike London resigned yesterday morning (11/29), ending his six-year career there.

London was popular and respected, even with his losing. Virginia was 27-46 under his leadership. His last loss was to arch-rival Virginia Tech 23-20 at UVA on Saturday.

Cavalier Athletic Director Craig Littlepage called London “an outstanding representative of the university and a tremendous mentor for his players and many of our coaches.”

Hurricane Season Ends Today

The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season is over and Virginia escaped with barely a squall.

Today (11/30) marks the end of the season. Forecasters had predicted it would be a below-normal season for the Mid-Atlantic with 11 named storms and for hurricanes, and that is exactly what happened.

None made landfall in the United States.

But there was Juaquin, that for a time looked massive and dangerous and poised to become the “perfect storm,” had it followed the path some forecasters feared, but it, too, wound up far out to sea.