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Saturday, July 02, 2022
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A proposed policy presented by Rockingham County School Board member Matt Cross would make it against School Board policy for teachers to call a student by their requested name if it deviates from the name they are registered as. In addition, parents would be notified by an administrator of …

Friday, July 01, 2022
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James Madison University, Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University have entered into a system-wide agreement for telehealth and tele-mental health services with TimelyMD. TimelyMD is the leading virtual health and well-being resource for institutions of higher education and has wor…

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ELKTON — Elkton Town Council members and some of the town’s residents were at odds at a special meeting Thursday after council abruptly fired its town manager, Greg Lunsford, on June 20.

Thursday, June 30, 2022
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LURAY — A Luray woman charged in connection to her comments at a Page County School Board meeting in January will serve one year of supervised probation and be subject to 20 hours of community service, a judge determined Thursday.

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Saturday, July 02, 2022
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North Korea has slammed the U.S., South Korea and Japan for pushing to boost their trilateral military cooperation targeting the North, warning that the move is prompting urgent calls for the country to reinforce its military capability. Sunday’s statement comes as North Korea’s neighbors say the country is ready for its first nuclear test in five years as part of its provocative run of weapons tests this year. The Foreign Ministry statement took issue with a recent trilateral meeting among the U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders, during which they underscored the need to strengthen their cooperation to deal with North Korean nuclear threats.

Police in Washington, D.C., say that two people died when a vehicle struck a fireworks stand at an intersection in Northeast Washington. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police Department says multiple pedestrians were struck by the vehicle Saturday evening at the corner of Minnesota Avenue and Hunt Place NE. The two adult fatalities were declared dead at the scene. Information on the extent of other injuries has not been released.

Argentina's economy minister has resigned unexpectedly at the end of a week in which the peso hit an all-time low against the dollar and truck drivers struck diesel shortages. Martin Guzman announced Saturday on Twitter that he had sent a multi-page resignation letter to President Alberto Fernandez. The value of the Argentine peso has tumbled amid high inflation. Prices have risen nearly 30% this year, and analysts predict inflation could rise above 70% for all of 2022. The work stoppages by truck drivers have disrupted economic activity, including the delivery to ports of grain, which is one of Argentina’s main imports.

Attorneys for multiple women suing Deshaun Watson over sexual misconduct are seeking the documents from the NFL’s investigation into the former Houston Texans quarterback. According to the motion filed Friday by the women’s attorneys, the legal team seeks any and all reports and files from the NFL’s investigation into Watson. That includes recorded interviews, witness statements and communications. Watson, who was later traded to the Cleveland Browns, has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear his name. He is facing discipline from the NFL over the allegations. In June, Watson settled 20 of 24 lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct.

A 35-year-old New York man is facing trespassing and stalking charges after authorities said he entered two New York City residences linked to the famed singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Police say the suspect entered a Tribeca residential building linked to Swift on March 26. Authorities say he fled on foot when security told him to leave. On June 12, police say the same man entered another residential building on the same street linked to Swift and “made threats through the intercom toward a 32-year-old female." He was arrested Friday. The 32-year-old Swift has had prior issues with alleged stalkers. In 2018, police said a man broke into her Tribeca townhouse and took a nap.

A person used a flamethrower set fire to a Pan-African flag flying on a pole outside the headquarters of a Black international socialist group based in Florida. Security video released by the Uhuru Movement shows the driver of a white sedan pulling up outside the group’s St. Petersburg headquarters on Saturday morning. The driver pulls a flame thrower from the trunk and shoots a tower of fire at the flag flying 30 feet above the ground. The group says the driver stopped when a worker inside the building yelled at him. The video shows the person putting the flamethrower back in the trunk and then driving away. Police are investigating.

The first Black woman has been appointed as Connecticut’s chief public defender. TaShun Bowden-Lewis officially began her job on Friday in the Division of Public Defender Services. She tells The Hartford Courant that she hopes to provide minority clients with a greater sense of trust in the state’s criminal justice system. She says she wants clients and families to understand her office is “in the trenches with them.” Bowden-Lewis was appointed in late May by the Public Defender Services Commission. The division represents clients in more than 100,000 criminal, child protection, delinquency defense, and family support cases annually.

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The Israeli military says it has shot down three unmanned aircraft launched by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that were heading toward an area where Israel recently installed an offshore gas platform. The launch appeared to be an attempt by Hezbollah to influence U.S.-brokered negotiations between Israel and Lebanon over their maritime border. The area is rich in natural gas. Israel says the aircraft did not pose an “imminent threat.” But the incident drew a stern warning from Israel's caretaker prime minister, Yair Lapid. Israel says the gas rig is in its internationally recognized economic waters. Lebanon has claimed it is in disputed waters. Hezbollah confirmed on Saturday sending three unarmed drones toward the area and said that its “message was received.”

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A small hole-in-the-wall Pakistani restaurant with plastic chairs and metal tables has become a staple of Dubai’s food culture, attracting everyone from the local population to international stars. That's unusual in a city dotted with sea-view brunches and flowing champagne, Michelin star restaurants, and endless high-end Asian food options. The authentic restaurant is so popular that Adidas approached Ravi restaurant for brand sponsorship, launching a sneaker called the Superstar Ravi. The small, family-owned place is rooted in the community of South Asian workers who helped build Dubai. Yet over the decades, it's become a staple of the food culture in a city that usually gravitates to everything glitzy and over-the-top.

Google will automatically purge information about users who visit abortion clinics and other places that could trigger legal problems now that the U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door for states to ban the termination of pregnancies. The company behind the internet’s dominant internet search engine and Android phone software outlined the new privacy protections in a Friday blog post. Other places Google plans to erase from location histories include counseling centers and fertility centers. The move is made as Google and other Big Tech companies face escalating pressure to safeguard the sensitive personal information collected through their products.