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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 25. Banks’ father, Charles Jones, told reporters he believes Banks’ ex-boyfriend, Curtis Brazier, to be involved in his daughter’s death. Brazier was arrested on January 14 for stealing Banks’ purse, but no official connection has been made between Brazier and Banks’ death. (Source)

Boy held hostage in Alabama bunker rescued

A week-long hostage crisis in Alabama ended yesterday. Last week, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes shot and killed a school bus driver in Midland City, AL, and then kidnapped a 5-year-old boy, holding him hostage in a bunker on his property. The FBI raided the bunker yesterday after the week-long negotiations began to deteriorate and Dykes became increasingly hostile. Dykes was killed in the raid. The young boy is physically unharmed and home safe with his family. There will be a school-wide party soon to celebrate his birthday, which is this Wednesday, and also to commemorate the bus driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., who died defending the other children on the bus last week. (Source)

Mastermind of US Cole bombing loses pre-trial hearing

Pre-trial hearings began yesterday for Abd Rahim Nashiri, the man accused for planning the bombing on the US destroyer Cole in October 2000 in Yemen. Seventeen US sailors were killed, and 37 were wounded in the attack. The judge ruled against Nashiri’s attorneys, who claimed that the government was eavesdropping on their confidential conversations. The court is currently in a recess until Nashiri’s attorneys determine whether or not they will continue to represent him. The suspect has been in US custody since 2006. (Source)

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