Richard Sharp, longtime CEO of electronic retailer Circuit City and co-founder of the CarMax chain, has died at the age of 67.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
There are new revelations this morning on the number of heavily-laden oil trains passing through Virginia and the rest of the country.The Associated Press has obtained documents that indicate every week in Virginia, approximately 2 to 5 trains carrying one million gallons of oil or more, pass through twenty Virginia counties.
The routing of oil trains has become an issue of rising concern after a string of fiery accidents. Those include derailments in Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, New Brunswick and Quebec, where a runaway oil train crashed last July killing 47 people.
An upcoming launch from NASA’s Wallops Island facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore will be testing new suborbital rocket technologies. NASA says the launch is expected to take place between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. this Saturday (June 28), weather permitting.
The world’s most powerful telescope, built to help unlock the secrets of the universe is located high in the Chilean Mountains. But its access to all of North America, begins in Charlottesville. After decades of planning and construction, the 1.3 billion dollar radio telescope is peering into secrets of the universe, never before seen. Charles Blue at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville has visited the site three times.
The investigation continues today into the accident of a tractor trailer hauling milk that overturned in Hanover County yesterday, killing the driver. The accident occurred in the 13,500 block of Verdon Road about noon yesterday. The identity of the driver has not yet been released.
The Virginia Racing Commission yesterday (June 24) warned both sides it is ready to shut down the 2014 racing season at Colonial Downs if an agreement isn’t reached this week. The racing track and Virginia’s horseman have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract since the old one expired in January. A special meeting yesterday apparently brought them no closer and the commission rescinded a previous order that would have allowed 25 days of racing this year, contract or not.
A Virginia-led consortium on transportation research is getting $5 million in federal funding. U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine say the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center includes the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University.
The Iraqi civil war has sent gasoline prices higher, and it could get worse. Virginia gasoline prices have inched up an average of three cents per gallon last week. Triple A MidAtlantic reports the average price in the state was 3.48 yesterday, up from 3.45 a week ago and seven cents higher than this time last year. Richmond is 3.43, up from 3.40 a week ago.
The summer sizzle is once again raising awareness of a naturally, environmentally-friendly way to help keep cool and avoid major runoffs from drenching rains. Nestled into the riverbank along the James, is the VCU Rice Rivers Center, the state’s first Platinum-rated LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, whose crowning glory is a green roof.
It appears Hanover County is about to get a new neighborhood Walmart market at Sliding Hill Roads and Charters Hill Court. The planning Commission has approved a rezoning request for a 42,000 square foot complex that includes a fueling center and a drive-through pharmacy. The layout plans and the developer are the same as a planned Walmart in Henrico, though the commission would not, or could not confirm it.