This year, the American Cancer Society says 1,665,540 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, and will have that first meeting with an oncologist to talk about treatment. Fransica Alvarado is on oncology nurse information specialist with the American Cancer Society, who has just written an article about that first meeting. In Richmond, a VCU Professor has developed a tool, to help doctors communicate with their patients especially during that first visit.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
Crews searched for wreckage along the Virginia coast yesterday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded shortly after launch. Tuesday nights’s explosion destroyed the rocket, damaged the pad, incinerated the cargo, frightened area residents and raised questions about the future of commercial space ventures. Helicopters took to the air at first light yesterday (10/29) to track down remnants.
All the lost materials will be replaced and the Space station crew has enough supplies to last them until Spring.
The Unemployment rate dropped last month as students returned to school and the labor force contracted. Statewide unemployment for September was 5.2%, the Richmond Region was 5.5 down from 5.9 in August and 5.7 a year ago.
Highest unemployment in the state was the City of Martinsville, once again, seasonally adjusted to 11.1%. Martinsville is the former home of furniture, textiles and a Dupont nylon plant, and once called itself the T shirt capital of the world. All of that has gone.
“Draw Back The Curtain,” a documentary about the last major Jewish Migration from the former Soviet Union, is set to premier in Richmond November 10th. The project and the film are a Jewish Family Services and University of Richmond Hillel collaboration.
At the end of the Cold War, the Former Soviet Union allowed more than one million jews to emigrate to America and Israel, but there was a catch.
An unmanned Antares rocket exploded at Virginia’s Wallops Island Flight Facility last night (10/27) marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. It happened at 6:22 p.m. when the 14-story rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo ship burst into flames and plunged to the ground. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Wallops Flight Director Bill Robel and Orbital’s Frank Culbertson warned people about picking up pieces on the beach. Instead, they ask you call the response team at (757) 824.1295.
The Virginia Department of Transportation has set its initial snow-removal budget for the upcoming winter. It may have been a relatively balmy 54 degrees over night, but winter is coming and VDOT is ready with about 145 million dollars to spend keeping the roads clear.
Last winter, snow was on the ground in various parts of the state from late October into early April.
Northern Virginia has the biggest slice of the budget at more than 50 million dollars. Richmond generally spends about 10 million. VDOT says it will spend whatever it takes.
The suspect in the abduction of UVA student Hannah Graham will be making an initial court appearance Friday (10/31) in Fairfax in an unrelated case. Thirty-two year old Jesse Matthew was indicted last week in Fairfax on attempted capital murder and other charges for a sexual assault in 2005 in Fairfax City. The victim escaped with her life when a passerby startled the assailant, and is cooperating with investigators.
Authorities say they have forensic links between this case, Graham’s abduction and the 2009 disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.
A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments over the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors’ practice of opening meetings with a prayer. It happens this morning (10/28) in Richmond before the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Triple A recently conducted a rolling experiment, with its subjects wired with heart monitors and cameras and other equipment to measure the effect of “hands free systems” on driving safety. The results were not good…
Triple A says gasoline prices have sunk to their lowest level in almost four years. Not since early 2011 have gasoline prices been so lo, with the national average at the pump dropping for 29 consecutive days.