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Cheat Sheet: April 5, 2013

Driver charged in fatal bus crash

In a fatal accident on Friday, a bus of students on their way to “High School Day” at Hampton University overturned due to wet roads. The crash happened on the Eastbound lane of Route 58 near Route 652 at 7 a.m. and occurred after the driver lost control of the bus, overturning in a ditch on the side of the road. Two passengers were ejected from the bus, and one of them died at the scene. The deceased passenger has been identified as Doval Emmanuel Watson, 58, from Chapel Hill N.C. Virginia State police and local troopers continue to assess the situation, attempting to uncover what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The driver, who was 62-year-old Larry Brocks, was charged with reckless driving. (Source)

Hiring slowed to 88K jobs in March; unemployment rate drops to 7.6 percent

In an unexpected turn of events, the government released data stating that businesses in the United States only created 88,000 jobs during the month of March, which was half of the expected contribution Wall Street had previously predicted. The low numbers had many factors, including 12,000 lost jobs within the U.S. Postal Service alone. The largest impacts came from the month’s sequester cuts in federal funding, which have already affected businesses across the board. There will still be more cuts made down the road, which could mean a weaker economy than what was previously thought. (Source)

VB man freed from Afghan jail

David Gordon of Virginia Beach has been released from an Afghan jail, as reported on Friday. Gordon, a contractor working in the country, was arrested without charges and beaten in a jail in Kabul. It was reported that his release was due to the media and heavy pressure by Rep. Scott Rigell. Afghan officials asked for a $2.4 million bail amount for Gordon’s release, but no one confirmed whether or not the amount was given to them. Gordon currently is receiving medical treatment, and officers expect he will make his way back to the country within two to three days. (Source)

Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti resigns

After footage of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice shoving and shouting at players was released, athletic director Tim Pernetti announced his resignation in a letter to the University. The athletic director stated that he originally wished to fire the coach, but Rice was fined $50,000 and instructed to take anger management classes instead. Pernetti received criticism from his fellow colleagues for allowing Rice to remain in his position for such a long period of time. The athletic program at Rutgers also released an apology for the homophobic slurs used by Rice in the video. (Source)

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