Friday, December 09, 2022
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With temperatures dipping and holidays approaching, the possibility of snow is starting to enter the minds of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County residents. Some folks, however, have been thinking about it for longer.

Wednesday, December 07, 2022
Tuesday, December 06, 2022
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A Rockingham County Circuit Court judge decided to move forward with and dismiss parts of a seven-month lawsuit against Harrisonburg City Public Schools regarding its teaching materials and practices with gender identity and treatment of transgender and gender-questioning students.

Monday, December 05, 2022
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It's no secret that the rates of RSV in kids has been on the rise this year across the country. But what would a trifecta of RSV, flu and COVID-19 look like? Could it cause a super storm of seasonal illness?

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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Harrisonburg Fire Department firefighters rescued a woman Friday afternoon from a Deer Run Apartments unit that had caught fire in the 800 block of Port Republic Road, according to a press release from the department. She was unable to evacuate due to her disabilities.

Harrisonburg Fire Department firefighters discovered evidence of an intentionally set fire while responding to a call in the Shannon Hill Office Park on East Market Street around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a Monday press release.

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A 40-foot shipping container has been sitting behind the parking lot of New Creation’s retail store on South Main Street for months now. The stark white box transformed into a colorful mural this past holiday week, with a clear message to passerby on the road.

Friday, November 25, 2022
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In June, the city purchased a property with plans to turn it into a low-barrier shelter for people experiencing homelessness. This month, a group of architects and engineers are getting started on plans for the long-awaited space.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022
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It’s about that time when school divisions start preparing for the inevitable winter weather and the choice of whether to have students in the school building or to keep them home.

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Friday, December 09, 2022
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A California woman who warned a judge last year about the danger posed by the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooter says the deaths could have been prevented if earlier charges against the suspect weren’t dismissed. Jeanie Streltzoff, who is related to suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich, urged Colorado Judge Robin Chittum in a letter last November to incarcerate Aldrich. She told The Associated Press on Friday that Aldrich should have been in prison and prevented from obtaining weapons after the suspect's 2021 arrest uncovered a stockpile of more than 100 pounds of explosive materials, firearms and ammunition.

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The U.S. Air Force pilot who held the record for the highest parachute jump for more than 50 years has died. Retired Col. Joseph Kittinger died Friday in Florida at age 94. Kittinger gained worldwide fame in 1960 when he jumped from a balloon-lifted gondola that took him nearly 20 miles above the New Mexico desert. Dressed in a pressure suit, he hit speeds of over 600 miles per hour before the thickening air and then his parachute slowed him down. Kittinger also served as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. He was shot down in 1972 and spent 11 months in a Hanoi prisoner of war camp.

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A New Orleans Police Department employee who was moonlighting as an Uber driver was stabbed to death by a passenger in what a sheriff said was a random act of deadly violence. New Orleans police chief Shaun Ferguson said the victim, 54-year-old Yolanda Dillion, was a fiscal analyst with the police department. She died in nearby Jefferson Parish. Sheriff Joe Lopinto says she was stabbed multiple times in her car in the parking lot of a hotel. Lopinto said she had picked the suspect up in New Orleans. A 29-year-old man staying at the hotel was arrested and faces a second-degree murder charge.

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Several students at a Kansas high school have been disciplined for their behavior after a coach accused them of making racist and offensive statements to his team. The controversy began after a basketball game Dec. 3 between Valley Center High School and Topeka High School. Topeka coach Coach Geo Lyons accused students from Valley Center of shouting racist and insulting chants at his players. Principals of the two schools said in joint statement Friday that several Valley Center students have been disciplined but federal laws prevents them from providing details. The principals also said that some reports of what happened at the game were inaccurate or exaggerated, leading to “disappointing” responses from both communities.

Philadelphia is being ordered to remove the plywood box it placed over a statue of Christopher Columbus after 2020 protests over racial injustice. That's according to a judge's ruling on Friday. Mayor Jim Kenney spokesman Kevin Lessard responds that the box will be removed as soon as it’s “practically and logistically feasible.” The statue has been the subject of a yearslong dispute between the city and the Friends of Marconi Plaza, where the likeness stands. Supporters say they consider Columbus an emblem of their Italian heritage. The mayor has said Columbus was venerated for centuries as an explorer but had a “much more infamous” history, enslaving Indigenous people and imposing punishments such as severing limbs or even death.

French President Emmanuel Macron says France will make condoms free in pharmacies for anyone up to age 25. Girls and women 25 and under in France already can get free birth control. Existing measures don’t apply to men, however, or address access for transgender or nonbinary people. Inflation is cutting especially deeply into the budgets of France’s poorest, and sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise among young people. So Macron had announced Thursday that condoms will be free in pharmacies for anyone 18 to 25 starting Jan. 1. But after critcs asked him online Friday why it didn't apply to minors, the president agreed to expand the program.

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A lawsuit says racism motivated Oregon’s largest city to destroy Black residents’ homes and force them out of their neighborhood decades ago. The lawsuit filed Thursday by 26 Black people with ties to the neighborhood targets Portland, the city’s economic and urban development agency and a hospital. The case is another example of urban improvement projects or construction of the nation’s highways often coming at the cost of neighborhoods that aren't predominantly white. Between 1971 and 1973, the Portland Development Commission demolished an estimated 188 properties, purportedly to make way for a hospital expansion that never happened. Of the forcibly displaced households, 74% were Black.

A 76-year-old Minnesota man is facing criminal charges because he was shooting at a squirrel and a bullet went through a child’s bedroom window in a neighboring home. East Grand Forks police say they arrested the man Sunday after his neighbor reported some bullet holes in the siding of their home and a hole in the window of their son’s bedroom. Police say the man told officers he had shot at squirrels at least six times over the past two years because he considered it “war” when they got into his bird feeder.

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You could call choreographer Annie-B Parson a “downtown” choreographer. She's known for her work on David Byrne's “American Utopia” and as co-founder of Big Dance Theater, based in Brooklyn. Now, she's trying her hand at the opera for the first time, with “The Hours” at the Metropolitan Opera. The opera is based on the Pulitzer-winning novel about three women of different generations, connecting through Virginia Woolf and her writing. Parson is the only woman on the creative team, and says one of her first decisions was to hire a 13-member cast of all female or female-identifying dancers, to embody what she calls Woolf's feminist voice. The production runs through Dec. 15.