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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

Science Matters: World Osteoporosis Day Reminds Us of Dangers, Prevention and Treatment

This is World Osteoporosis Day, to remind us that half of all women over 50, and 20% of all men, will break a bone due to Osteoporosis.

Doctors say most of us won’t even know it, until a bone breaks.

Dr. Alan Stern is Director of the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center at Bon Secours.

Learn more in this Science Matters video.

State Department of Corrections Wants To Downsize Juvenile Units

The State Department of  Corrections wants to close two facilities and build two smaller ones in Richmond and Hampton Roads.

Department Director Andrew Block told the House Appropriations Committee yesterday (10/19) that the state has only 420 juveniles in custody, down from more than 1,000 in 2006, and it would save money and make sense to downsize.

Man Killed By Off-Duty Richmond Police Officer Unarmed

Police say a man killed by an off-duty officer at a car wash was unarmed.

It happened Saturday (10/17) in the 7500 block of Midlothian Turnpike, when 18-year old Paterson Brown, Jr.  was shot during a confrontation with an unidentified, off-duty Richmond police officer.

Officials say Brown, who was not an employee of the car wash, got into the officer’s car and drove it out of the washing stall, and that the officer confronted him.

UVA Law Professor Says Reduction In Death Sentencing Is Due To More Vigorous Representation

A Law professor at the University of Virginia says a decline in death sentences in Virginia is at least partly due to a more vigorous legal representation during the sentencing phase of capital murder trials.

Brandon Garret compared the 21 capital murder trials since 2005 to a group of similar trials the decade before and found that the sentencing phase for the earlier group took an average of two days, while the average for the later group took four.

Gasoline Prices Hold Steady Near the Two Dollar Mark

Gasoline prices in Virginia are holding steady, and Richmond currently claims the lowest prices in the state.

The state average is still around $2.00, Richmond ticks in at $1.95 on average.

Triple A MidAtlantic says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel this week is $2.00.

It does have a downside for social security recipients, who will not get a cost of living increase in their checks next year. Fuel prices are a major factor in that calculation.

Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute Treating Only a Fraction of Projected Patients

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute has treated only a fraction of the cancer patients it was expected to serve since it treated its first patient in September 2010. 

The $225 million dollar facility is unique in Virginia, and largest of its kind in the world. Both VCU and UVA passed on the new technology, and the Hampton facility has treated only about one patient per day in five years, about one-tenth its initial projections.

Virginia’s Jefferson Lab One of Top Two Candidates For Billion Dollar Atomic Collider

Hampton’s high-tech Jefferson Lab is one of two facilities now competing for a $1 billion dollar cutting edge atomic collider. The Nuclear Science Advisory Committee recommended yesterday (10/15) that the US Department of Energy build the electron ion collider. They say this could lead to massive technological advances and restore the country to the forefront of nuclear research.

It would also pump over $700 million dollars into the state’s economy and create 5,000 construction jobs.

Richmond Commonwealth Attorney Will Not Prosecute Police In Fatal Shooting

Richmond Commonwealth Attorney Michael Herring says he will not seek charges against Richmond police officers involved in a fatal shooting in August.

Twenty-year old Keshawn Hargrove was shot in a running gun battle with police, after they responded to reports of a man with a gun on Cary Street.

New Trail Gives Access To Midlothian Mine

The remarkable remains of the beginnings of America’s industrial might still stand tall deep in the woods in Chesterfield County.

Chesterfield County was the coal capitol of the country, shipping coal all over the colonies from mine shafts sometimes 700 feet deep.

Robert Peppy Jones used to walk all over this abandoned mine when he was a child and came to love the history and the stories of the miners. It was dangerous. The county is riddled with mine shafts and the state has spent years filling them in. But not this one.

About 1.5 Million Virginians Sign Up For Earthquake Drill Today

About 1.5 million Virginians are signed up for a multistate earthquake drill today (10/15).

Schools, businesses, government agencies and individuals are joining the Great South East Shake Out Drill this morning to guard against the next big one, like the Louisa quake of 2011.

But Martin Chapman, Director of the Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory, says there is no way to predict exactly when one could happen.