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The impact of the proposed Bluestone Town Center on Harrisonburg City Public Schools will be significant. That was the topic of conversation at a liaison meeting Friday afternoon between two members of City Council and two members of the School Board, along with City Manager Ande Banks and S…

Thursday, January 26, 2023
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Amanda Atwell said she can’t remember a time when she didn’t adore cats and the creativity of food. When Atwell and her husband, Brent, visited a cat cafe for the first time in Quebec, the pieces seemed to fall together — this was how she could combine her two passions.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
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The liaison committee between the Harrisonburg City School Board and Harrisonburg City Council will meet on Friday at noon to discuss the impact of the proposed Bluestone Town Center on city schools. 

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ELKTON — In the same auditorium where he once debated other school board hopefuls, Dan Breeden announced that after 23 years as a board member, he will not be seeking another term.

Wire News

Sunday, January 29, 2023
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Elon Musk’s enigmatic personality and unconventional tactics are emerging as key exhibits in a trial revolving around one of his most polarizing pursuits — tweeting. The trial, centered on a pair of tweets announcing Musk had obtained the money to take Tesla private in 2018, reeled the 51-year-old billionaire into a courtroom for three days of testimony that opened a peephole into his often inscrutable mind. Evidence submitted so far in a trial scheduled to end this week has shown Musk had made a proposal to lead a buyout, but that he hadn't locked up the money to pay for it as he tweeted in 2018.

Authorities have identified the three young children and one adult who died in a rollover crash in northern Iowa that also injured the nine other passengers Friday morning. The Iowa State Patrol said 1-year-old Marlin Borntreger, 2-year-old Rebecca Borntreger, 4-year-old Emma Borntreger and 22-year-old Ervin Borntreger all died. None of the occupants of the van were using seatbelts or child car seats. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Alex Dinkla said the driver lost control of the van on a snow-covered stretch of U.S. Highway 20 near Wellsburg. Four passengers were ejected when the van entered the median and rolled over. Dinkla said he didn't have updated conditions on the six adults and three young children who were injured.

Iowa Democrats chose a failed Congressional candidate to lead their state party as they grapple with a series of election losses and an effort from the national party to take away its first-in-the-nation status in the presidential race. Rita Hart, the former state senator who lost a 2020 U.S. House race by just a handful of votes, was chosen Saturday over two other candidates. Hart said her focus is on helping Democrats start winning elections again. But she'll also have to help the state party decide how to respond to the national Democratic Party's decision to put the South Carolina primary ahead of Iowa's caucuses on the presidential election calendar.

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Puerto Rico’s southeast coast has long been considered one of the U.S. territory’s most contaminated regions. Impoverished communities like Salinas have for years absorbed toxic ash and noxious chemicals from coal-fired and thermoelectric power plants. Then the federal government announced that Salinas also has one of the highest concentrations of a cancer-causing gas in a U.S. jurisdiction. Emboldened by the attention the federal government has put on Salinas, people are demanding a huge clean-up and penalties for those contaminating a region where residents have long complained about health conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

Hazel McCallion, who led one of Canada’s largest cities into her 90′s, has died, leaving behind a legacy of feisty advocacy and more than three decades of nearly unchallenged leadership. She was 101. Known affectionately as “Hurricane Hazel,” the longtime mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, a city next to Toronto, was an outspoken political powerhouse. Word of her death came in a statement from Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who said she died peacefully at her home in Mississauga early Sunday morning. McCallion was widely respected by other politicians and was even more revered by constituents, who voted her into office with landslide victories for 12 successive terms.

Authorities say one of the twin Ohio boys who became the center of a statewide AMBER Alert that garnered nationwide attention last month has died. Columbus police said the approximately six-month-old boy was reported not breathing shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday and was pronounced dead less than an hour later at a hospital. The boy and his brother had been in an idling car taken Dec. 20 as their mother was picking up an order at a restaurant. One child was found hours later in a parking lot near Dayton International Airport. The other boy was found on the evening of Dec. 22 in an abandoned car in Indianapolis.

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Police are refusing to release body camera video of three Des Moines officers fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy after he pointed a gun at them last month because state law prevents releasing the footage showing a minor committing a “delinquent act” before any charges are filed. The Des Moines Register reports that the police department was preparing to release video from all four officers involved in the Dec. 26 confrontation before the city's legal department intervened. Des Moines Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said the state law still applies to this situation even though the boy was killed and won't be charged. The Attorney General already ruled that the officers were legally justified in the shooting.

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“Your education. Your way. Be original. Be you.” That’s how New College of Florida describes its approach to higher education in an admission brochure. The state school of fewer than 1,000 students nestled along Sarasota Bay has long been known for its progressive thought and creative course offerings that don’t use traditional grades. To some, New College’s reputation as a haven for originality and individualized coursework is now threatened. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recently appointed six new trustees who intend to turn the school into a classical liberal arts school modeled after conservative favorite Hillsdale College in Michigan.

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Advocates for highway construction are concerned their projects are getting shortchanged in the competition for grant money under the new infrastructure law. The Department of Transportation is expected to formally announce the law's first Mega Grants this week. The initial batch, which was shared with Congress, includes some highway projects, as well as money for bridges and mass transit. But some applicants have a beef with what they say is the Biden administration's clear preference for projects that repair roads rather than build or expand them. One of the projects that failed to make the cut seeks to widen a notoriously congested stretch of interstate highway on the route between Arizona's two largest cities.

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Access has improved across the U.S. to a rescue drug that reverses opioid overdoses, but advocates say naloxone — commonly known by its brand name Narcan — still isn't getting to everyone who needs it. A small group of volunteers run an organization that appears to be the largest distributor of naloxone in Albany, Georgia. But many communities lack similar structures. Public health experts are telling state and local government officials in charge of using funds from opioid settlements to consider getting more naloxone into the hands of people who use drugs and those who are around them. In some places, it goes mostly to first responders.