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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

Seventh Shark Attack In Three Weeks In North Carolina Waters

Authorities have reported a seventh shark attack in three weeks off the North Carolina Coast. 

It happened around noon yesterday (7/1) on a beach on Ocracoke Island.

Hyde County Emergency services say 68-year old Andrew Costello was swimming with his adult son about 30 yards offshore, directly in front of a lifeguard stand, when he encountered a seven-foot long grey shark. The shark pulled him underwater and he received bites to his ribcage, hip, lower leg and both hands as he fought him off.

Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. Delivers On Promises: Twice As Much And Two Days Early

The nonprofit group that led the drive to save Sweet Briar has delivered its first installment to keep the school open and then some.

Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. was supposed to deliver $2.5 million by tomorrow, under terms of the mediated settlement.

They made it an even $5million and even delivered it two days early. This payment clears the way for new leadership, which will officially take place tomorrow.

Sons of Confederate Veterans To Fight Order To Remove Confederate Flag License Plates

The Virginia Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans says it will oppose Governor McAuliffe’s order to have its logo removed from state issued license plates.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is calling it a witch-hunt and banning the plates is unconstitutional.

The Governor says he will give the group the option of redesigning their plate without the flag, but he expects the current plates to be eliminated within a matter of months.

They say they will fight it, “whatever the cost.”

HDL Petitions Bankruptcy Court To Set Procedures for Sale

Richmond-based blood-testing company Health Diagnostic Laboratory has asked a bankruptcy court to set procedures for a sale.

HDL had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 7th. Company officials say the intent of the sale process is to sell the company as a going concern, and is planning to move “expeditiously,” to preserve the value of the business.

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.

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