The recent discovery of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United States has underlined the need for International Cooperation, and local vigilance. Charles Fishburne talks with a VCU doctor who literally wrote the book on the subject--six books, actually, and about 500 scientific publications.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
The Average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has dropped again, just in time for holiday travel. In its weekly survey, Triple A says gasoline has continued its slide by another penny, to 3.65 a gallon nationally.Virginia has also dropped a penny to 3.46, but Richmond is down three cents to 3.38.
One million Americans are suffering from a disease that is often misdiagnosed until it has done its damage and is too late to treat.
Brown Versus Board of Education and Massive Resistance was met with relative quiet in Chesterfield County, but a generation of Chesterfield County children still suffered through the period and that is the subject of an exhibit at the Chesterfield County Museum. Sixty-seven year old Herbert Townes lived through a period of school desegregation in Chesterfield that is almost forgotten.
Russia has announced that it does not plan to use the International Space Station beyond 2020, casting a shadow on US plans to extend the life of the orbiting laborary until at least 2024, and Virginia has a considerable stake.
Missions to supply the space station have been launched from Wallops Island since last year. Orbital has launch facilities and personnel at Wallops, corporate headquarters in Northern Virginia, and a 1.9 billion dollar contract with NASA.
Authorities have officially confirmed the identities of the three people who died in a hot air balloon crash in Caroline County Friday. State police released what they say was their final report on the accident, confirming names of the victims. They say the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified them as 65-year old Daniel T. Kirk of Hartley, Deleware, the pilot, and 24-year old natalie M. Lewis of Richmond and 44-year old “Ginny” T. Doyle of Glen Allen, both passengers.
Gay rights groups in three states have a special interest in a federal appeals court hearing on Virginia’s same sex marriage ban today. A three-judge panel of the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments today on a lower court ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on gay marriage. North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia are also part of the 4th Circuit.
The Mariners Museum has resumed work to conserve and restore the USS Monitor’s turret and other large artifacts from the Civil War ironclad, thanks to a new infusion of cash from its partner, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Monitor survived a historic battle with the Merrimack in Hampton Roads but a storm off Cape Hatteras put her on the ocean bottom. Ann Holloway at the Mariners Museum says the Monitor was under tow, but efforts to save her were futile.
The Washington Monument is set to reopen today for the first time since the 2011 Louisa earthquake caused widespread damage. With more than 150 cracks patched and repaired in its white marble, the 130-year old memorial honoring George Washington will reopen for public tours this morning. It has been closed for 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive restoration of the 555 foot stone obelisk. There have been new exhibits installed at the top and visitors will once again be able to ride an elevator to look out from the highest point in the nation’s capitol.