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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

Activists Battling Shockoe Bottom Ball Park To Reveal “Alternate Plan”

Activists battling the development of a baseball stadium in Richmond’s former slave-trading center say they have a better idea. 

They say they will reveal details today (6/19) on what they say is a plan that would block any future attempt to build a ballpark in the city’s historic Shockoe Bottom.

Ana Edwards of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project says she will also discuss a proper memorial for tens of thousands of enslaved people who passed through the slave-trading center.

Richmond Police Arrest White Man Threatening Black Congregation

Richmond police have arrested a white man who shouted racial slurs and threatened to kill black congregants gathered inside a Southside church. 

It happened just two days after the incident in Charleston, S.C. The story has just been posted nationally on Reuters News, quoting Bishop Oren Pullings as saying, “All I know is he had a weapon in his hand, banging on the glass.” The man then started to yell racial slurs.

Reuters said it was unable to contact Richmond police.

NASA Reaching Out To Middle School Girls and Boys For Free Summer Mentoring Program

NASA is recruiting middle school girls and boys for an on-line summer mentorship program beginning next month that offers a rare opportunity to get a taste of technology, science and space. And as Charles Fishburne of 88.9 WCVE tells us in this Science Matters report, it has generated quite a bit of excitement. Click to download an information flyer (PDF).

NASA Reaches Out To Kids for Free Mentoring Program

NASA is recruiting middle school girls and boys for a summer mentorship program beginning next month that offers a rare opportunity to get a taste of technology, science and space. It has generated quite a bit of excitement.

Ava was 12-years old when she participated online and got so excited she and her dad built and launched a soda-powered rocket.

She was participating in a program open to both boys and girls, and beginning next month whereby a NASA mentor will spend an hour a week with them online, teaching them about the marvels of space and technology.

Former Wrestling Champion Faces Attempted Murder

A former Cosby High School wrestling champion is scheduled to be in court today (6/18), on charges of stabbing a pastor and his wife who befriended him.

Twenty-one year old Maxim Chisolm will be arraigned this morning on charges of attempted murder of Pastor Hugh Mayes and his wife Carol.

Both were stabbed repeatedly, and identified Chisolm as their attacker.

Prosecutor: ABC Agents' Force Not Excessive

A Charlottesville prosecutor said yesterday (6/17) that he found no evidence of excessive force or racism on the part of ABC officers who arrested Martese Johnson outside a Charlottesville nightclub.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman said he would not have hesitated to charge any of the three ABC agents involving Johnson’s bloody arrest, but he believed they used restraint and did not respond to Johnson’s cursing and calling them racists.

Northrup Grumman Lays Off 51 State Employees

Northrup Grumman has laid off 51 state employees it has managed under a $2.3 million dollar contract with the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. 

Some of the 51 work at a Chester facility that Northrup Grumman built under a contract it signed with the state in 2006 to manage the government’s information system. 

A spokesperson for the agency says the layoffs were Grumman’s decision and prompted by its review of staffing levels and required skills. 

VCU Health System Appoints New CEO

Virginia Commonwealth University’s health system has a new CEO. 

She is Dr. Marsha D. Rappley, currently dean of the College of Medicine at Michigan State University, where, during her 10-year tenure, research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other federal entities doubled, endowments grew by 80%, and the medical school expanded to serve all of Michigan.

She is also a tenured professor of pediatrics and human development and replaces Dr. Sheldon Retchin who left VCU after more than 30 years to take over as CEO at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.