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February 2013


Cheat Sheet: February 28, 2013

Pope steps down in historical resignation Pope Benedict XVI officially stepped down from the papacy at an emotional ceremony in Rome today. Benedict is the first pope in 600 years to resign from his duty. The doors of the Castel Gandolfo palace were shut around 2 p.m. EST, symbolizing the end of the current papacy. In his final speech as pope, Benedict pledged obedience to his successor and promised to continue working for the good of the church in his retirement. Benedict has cited health issues as his reason for resigning. (Source) Chesapeake pastor charged in internet scandal Haden Conrad, A Chesapeake pastor, was charged yesterday with computer solicitation of a child under 15. The investigation into Conrad was lead by the Chesapeake Police Internet Crimes Against...

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Cheat Sheet: February 27, 2013

‘Strength from stillness’: Rosa Parks statue unveiled in US Capitol More than half a century after she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama city bus, Rosa Parks now has a permanent spot in the U.S. Capitol. She is being honored as the first black woman to have a statue there. President Obama and congressional leaders from both parties attended the unveiling today and said that the depiction of Parks was fitting: she is shown seated, hands clasped in front of her, eyes fixed forward. “Rosa Parks’ singular act of disobedience launched a movement,” Obama said. “The tired feet of those who walked the dusty roads of Montgomery helped a nation see that to which it had once been blind.” (Source) Beach shop owner defends gun discount to...

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Cheat Sheet: February 26, 2013

Immigrants facing deportation given supervised release In a reaction to the looming budget cuts and potential sequester in three days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released an unknown number of immigration detainees being held pending deportation. These individuals have been released around the country and placed on a supervised release. The decision allegedly comes on the heels of an ICE review of the detained population and a determination that detention resources are too limited to support housing the immigrants. The agency asserts that it will continue to prosecute the cases and the immigrants will be monitored outside detention facilities. (Source) Hot-air balloon crashes in Egypt Eighteen people have been killed in Egypt due to a hot-air...

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Cheat Sheet: February 23-24: Weekend Roundup

Oscar Winners Full List Stars dressed in their best Sunday as the 85th annual Academy Awards commenced. The winners who came out on top include Ben Aflect for Best Picture for his film Argo, Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in the picture Silver Linings Playbook and Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress in Les Miserables. Hosted by Seth Macfarlane, this year’s Oscars produced some memorable moments including Daniel Day-Lewis’ record setting third Oscar win for Best Actor for his movie Lincoln. Other memorable moments include Michelle Obama as announcer for the Best Picture nominees, Adele’s Oscar for her original song in Sky Fall and Kristen Stewart’s odd behavior while presenting the Achievement for Production Design with actor Daniel Radcliffe. A...

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Cheat Sheet: February 22, 2013

U.S. troops arrive in Niger to set up drone base In a letter sent to Congress, President Obama announced that he has sent 100 U.S. Troops to the West African country Niger to set up a drone base. The base will be used to spy on al-Qaeda in the Sahara, the president said the troops would “provide support for intelligence collection” and that they would be supporting a French-led operation out of Mali. The drones require a handful of troops just to operate, as well as additional soldiers to maintain the equipment and to provide protection for the troops operating the drones. (Source) Oscar Pistorius granted bail Nine days after the Paralympian was arrested on suspicion of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair allowed Oscar...

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Cheat Sheet: February 21, 2013

Obama to speak in Newport News President Obama will visit Newport News Shipbuilding next Tuesday to speak about the looming sequester that is set to take effect March 1 if no budget agreement is made in Congress. Such cuts will likely take a toll on the Shipyard’s employees. The White House says Obama’s visit will focus on how the sequester will hurt jobs and middle class families. Senator Tim Kaine visited the shipyard on Tuesday to discuss the issue. (Source) Young girls injured in Norfolk fire Two girls, 7 and 3 years old, were hurt in an apartment fire on Obendorfer Road in Norfolk late last night. Firefighters arrived at 11:09 p.m. and found the girls on the second floor of the building. The children were unconscious at the scene but were transported to a...

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Cheat Sheet: February 20, 2013

Shipyard workers to receive WARN notice Today, 1,600 Norfolk shipyard workers will receive Worker Adjustment and Restraining Notification Act (WARN) notices. The notices, which are sent as letters to each worker from BAE Systems Ship Repair President Bill Clifford, will acknowledge the company’s plans for mass layoffs from the shipyard. A WARN notice is mandatory if a company has 100 or more workers. After a visit to Newport News workers on Tuesday, Sen. Tim Kaine said, “delayed ship repairs over budget uncertainty will have a devastating ripple effect on the Hampton Roads economy and an immediate impact on our readiness.” (Source) The effects of the American Airlines merger Last week, the two large airline companies American Airlines and US Airways...

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Cheat Sheet: February 19, 2013

Robbers make out with diamonds worth $50 million A huge diamond heist occurred at a Belgian airport last night in Brussels. Eight armed robbers managed to drive two black cars with police lights flashing onto the tarmac of the airport a few minutes before a flight's 8 p.m. departure, just as an armored car had transferred $50 million worth of diamonds into the airplane. The hooded robbers held up the pilots and transport crew with machine guns and stripped the plane of the diamonds, never firing a shot or injuring anyone. The suspects made a high-speed getaway, and so far nothing has been discovered to track them down besides the charred remains of a van possibly used by the robbers. (Source) Perjury suspect will face trial in May The 22-year-old woman charged with...

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Cheat Sheet: February 18, 2013

Alzheimer's patient accused in assault Police are now investigating an incident of assault that occurred on Saturday at an Alzheimer’s ward at a Windsor nursing home. Chief Wic Reynolds has said a man allegedly accused of the assault has been removed from the facility and has been transferred to another where his needs can be met. According to reports, a man entered the victim’s room and closed the door. He then proceeded to assault the victim who was in bed. WAVY News’ Andy Fox will be speaking to the victim’s family at 5 p.m. this evening. (Source) Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela after Cuba cancer care Four operations later and a Dec. 11 surgery, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez  returned to Venezuela after receiving treatment in...

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Cheat Sheet: February 16-17: Weekend Roundup

Cold could cause problems for roads Just when you started getting used to seeing the signs of spring, Saturday’s weather reminded us it’s still only February. Many parts of the Hampton Roads area experienced the freezing mix of rain and flurries Saturday evening. The Virginia Department of Transportation planned for the weather in hopes to reduce the risk of dangerous roads. With rain following the flurries and temperatures dropping drastically in evening hours, Chief Meteorologist Don Slater from WAVY News 10 said the roads could become problematic for motorists. Several hundred Dominion Virginia Power customers lost power during the storm, but it is not clear whether the winter storm was the cause of it. (Source) Pope blesses huge crowd in St. Peter's Square...

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Cheat Sheet: February 14, 2013

Cruise ship returning home after four dreadful days After a nightmare at sea, the cruise ship Carnival Triumph will finally make port tonight in Mobile, AL. Over 4,000 passengers have been stuck on the ship for the past four days in sickening conditions due to an engine room fire. After the fire and consequent loss of power, toilets were not working properly and waste on board became a serious issue. The lack of sanitary conditions has become a health concern, although so far there has not been a report of any outbreaks. The passengers are to receive a full refund for their trip, monetary payment for the inconvenience, a free flight home and credit for another cruise. (Source) Paralympic star suspected in girlfriend’s murder Oscar Pistorius, known as the Blade...

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Cheat Sheet: February 12, 2013

Coast Guard holds hearings over sunken ship Hearings will be held in Portsmouth today over the sinking of the HMS Bounty, which occurred off the coast of Cape Hatteras in October. The Bounty sank after taking on water. Crew member Claudene Christian died in the incident, and Captain Robin Walbridge is still missing, though presumed dead. The Coast Guard is holding the hearing, and so far the ship’s first mate has testified, and the owner of the ship has pled the fifth. (Source) Gas station argument ends in shooting A dispute at a Virginia Beach Exxon station turned into a shooting last night around 5:40 p.m. The suspect, 54-year-old John Wade McCrory, was arrested for shooting the victim in the neck. He has been charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm...

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Cheat Sheet: February 8-9: Weekend Roundup

Grammy winners list: Gotye, Miguel, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake and more win At 2013 awards A night full of stars, elegance and shiny Grammy awards took over primetime television on Sunday, Feb. 10. Known to be the biggest night for music, the 55th Grammy Awards held some of the most talked about events including Chris Brown’s disrespect toward Grammy winner Frank Ocean, Katy Perry’s now infamous mint dress and Justin Timberlake’s comeback performance with rapper Jay-Z. Some of the winners of the Grammy awards include Kelly Clarkson for Best Pop Vocal Album, Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” for Album of the Year, the Zac Brown Band for the Best Country Album, and Best Rock Album for The Black Keys’ “El Camino.” (Source) Food Drive...

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HRM Cheat Sheet: February 7, 2013

Aircraft carrier presence diminished in Persian Gulf Norfolk is feeling the strain of budget cuts as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved a plan to keep only one aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf instead of two. Both Norfolk-based carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and USS Harry S. Truman have been stationed in the Gulf, but the Truman’s deployment to the Gulf this week has been canceled. This is just one of many possible defense adjustments that may be made in light of the looming sequestration cuts. (Source) Manhunt launched in California for fired LAPD officer California police are searching for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in the murder of three people this weekend. Christopher Dorner was fired from the force in 2008 for making false...

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Cheat Sheet: February 6, 2012

Hofstadler sentenced in DUI crash After more than one year later, Sandra Hofstadler was sentenced to 12 years and 10 days of jail time for pleading guilty to two counts of DUI with a victim permanently impaired, one count of  DUI-second convictions within 5 to 10 years, and one count of failure to stop for a school bus back in Janurary 2012. Hofstadler attempted to drive around a stopped school bus when she hit a man and his three children in their front lawn. Hofstadler was featured on WAVY’s 10 On Your Side just before the New Year’s holiday in 2011 for a story on safe driving. (Source) CIA operating drone base in Saudi Arabia, US media reveal The US Central Intelligence Agency no longer holds a two-year long secret. The CIA have been operating an...

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Cheat Sheet: February 5, 2013

Monarch basketball coach dismissed after 12 years Old Dominion Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig announced today that Blaine Taylor would no longer be coaching the Monarch basketball team. Yesterday the basketball team suffered their 10th consecutive loss this season under the 12-year Monarch coach. The team is 2-20 at this point, its worst year under Coach Taylor. Until this year, Taylor was considered the most successful coach in ODU basketball history, holding the school record of 239 wins. There is no word yet on who will be replacing Taylor. (Source) Missing woman’s body discovered in Hampton The body of 28-year-old Candice Banks was found yesterday around 9:30 a.m. on Dogwood Street in Hampton. Banks was last seen January 12 and was reported missing on January...

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Cheat Sheet: February 2-3: Weekend Roundup

Ravens defeat 49ers in eventful Super Bowl After a 35-minute power outage, dozens of long-awaited $4 million commercials and a wild halftime show, the Baltimore Ravens emerged from Super Bowl XLVII victoriously. The game seemed to be going in the Ravens’ favor before halftime, but in the third quarter the San Francisco 49ers managed to turn a 22-point deficit into a mere two points. Their comeback came too late, however, and the game ended with a Ravens win of 34-31 over San Francisco. This game marks the Ravens’ second ever Super Bowl victory and a happy ending to 37-year-old linebacker Ray Lewis’ football career. (Source) Icy fundraiser yields record donations The Virginia Beach Polar Plunge Winter Festival was held this Saturday, February 2, at the VB...

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