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Cheat Sheet: July 30, 2013

Rap lyrics help solve homicide case from 2007 Newport News Police say a local rapper’s song helped link him to a cold case involving a double homicide in 2007. On May 10, 2007 officers were dispatched to the 23rd Street and Orcutt Avenue area where they found Brian Dean lying on a front porch suffering a gunshot wound to the head. A second victim, Christopher Horton, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. Both men died, and the case eventually went cold. Four years later, the case was assigned to another detective with the Newport News Police Department, and three men were identified as possible suspects. Witness told police that Horton fought with one suspect, Antwain Steward, prior to the homicides and that a rap song had been produced by Steward,...

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Cheat Sheet: July 29, 2013

More than 100 teens rescued in sex-trafficking raids More than 100 teenagers—many from broken homes—were rescued over the weekend in a sex-trafficking crackdown that swept more than 70 cities. The youngest victim was 13 years old. The sting resulted in the arrest of 159 “pimps” from San Francisco to Miami who were involved in the commercial exploitation of adults and children. It was the FBI’s largest action to date focusing on the recovery of sexually exploited children. (Source) 35 injured in Swiss train collision At least 35 people were injured in a head-on collision of two trains in western Switzerland late Monday. One person had yet to be recovered from the wreckage. The crash happened near the station of Granges-pres-Marnand shortly...

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Cheat Sheet: July 27-28: Weekend Roundup

Drowning at Virginia Beach Oceanfront A teenager died Saturday after vanishing in the surf at the Oceanfront. Emergency personnel responded shortly before 2:15 p.m. to a call for a boy who had been seen struggling in the water near 79th Street. Rescue efforts were switched to recovery efforts at about 3:30 p.m., and the boy was found in the water about a half-hour later near 78th Street. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. (Source) At least 38 dead in Italy bus crash A coach has plunged off a flyover in southern Italy leaving at least 38 people dead in the country’s worst road accident for decades. The coach hit several vehicles before smashing through a barrier and toppling down a steep slope near Avellino. At least 10 were injured. The coach was taking about...

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Cheat Sheet: July 26, 2013

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn to be tried for pimping Ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be tried in France no pimping charges after a long inquiry into sex parties attended by the man whose presidential hopes were dashed by a separate 2011 U.S. sex scandal. Investigating judges in the case determined that Strauss-Kahn, 64, should be judged by a criminal court over allegations he was complicit in a pimping operation involving prostitutes at the Carlton hotel in the northern city of Lille. Under French law, pimping is a broad crime that encompasses aiding or encouraging prostitution. Strauss-Kahn will stand trial on the more serious charge of “aggravated pimping,” which carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a 1.5 million euros ($2 million) fine....

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Cheat Sheet: July 25, 2013

Spain train crash kills 78 At least 78 people have been killed in the passenger train derailment in north-western Spain on Wednesday. More than 140 were hurt, 36 seriously injuried after all eight carriages of the Madrid to Ferrol train came off the tracks near Santiago de Compostela. The train may have been traveling at more than twice the speed limit around a curve. Officials say one of the train’s drivers has been put under formal investigation. (Source) Filner asked to resign as mayor Four women, including a retired U.S. Navy admiral, publicly identified themselves Thursday as targets of Mayor Bob Filner’s unwanted sexual advances as San Diego Democratic party officials asked him to step down. The accusers spoke about inappropriate touching and comments...

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Cheat Sheet: July 24, 2013

Snowden to leave airport For over a month former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower has been living in the transit area of the Sheremetyevo Airport in Russia, unable to leave because the United States has revoked his passport and he is waiting for a ruling on his plea for asylum. Now Snowden and his lawyer are waiting for a certificate announcing that his plea is under review; a paper which would grant Snowden the ability to leave the airport and enter Russia. The decision could take months, but when that is happening Snowden would be able to travel the country and even leave Russia, something he would need to legally be able to do if he hopes to find asylum in other countries in Latin America who have granted an ear to his pleas but he would have to travel to the country....

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Cheat Sheet: July 23, 2013

First look at Britain’s royal baby Today the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William of Great Britain gave the first debut of their first child. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the palace gates where the birth was announced at just before 4:30 p.m. The third heir to the throne is described as being healthy and up to this point unnamed. The family gave a statement thanking the medical staff of St. Mary’s Hospital in Central London. There have been few details surrounding the pregnancy and birth despite the age of technology; a bubble of privacy upon which the royal family has prided itself. The celebration in Great Britain and across the globe will continue throughout the week. (Source) Selig gives Braun the boot In the first...

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Cheat Sheet: July 22, 2013

Earthquake demolishes northwest China A between 5.9 and 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Gansu province in northwest China Monday morning, killing 89 and injuring 584. Rescue teams are already headed to the epicenter, including the Red Cross and armed police and heavy machinery, but efforts will be restricted due to the heavy rain the region has experienced over the past month. Tremors continue to ripple through the area, causing roofs to collapse and trees to fell, cutting crucial communication lines to the province. Train services have also been suspended until the region has been deemed safe again for travel. (Source) Kate Middleton in early stages of labor The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital early Monday morning and is expected to...

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Cheat Sheet: July 20-21: Weekend Roundup

Highly toxic pesticide linked to schoolchildren deaths in India Last week, we reported on a story out of India, where 23 schoolchildren died after eating contaminated food, leaving the Bihar Province in northern India distraught and asking questions. Now, some of those questions have been answered, as the district magistrate overseeing the investigation has released information pertaining to the contaminated food. The school-provided meal was covered with a concentrated pesticide, monocrotophos, from the cooking oil used to prepare the food, at levels, according to the report, of over five times the normal amount. It is suspected the cooking oil was kept in containers formally used to store the pesticide. Officials from Bihar province, a place still being rocked by protests, are...

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Cheat Sheet: July 19, 2013

Indian village reeling over deaths of schoolchildren 23 schoolchildren, some as young as 5, died yesterday from eating what appears to be a contaminated school lunch in a village in Bihar, a state to the northwest of the country. After a midday lunch of rice and potatoes, students walked to the village’s only water pump to wash their dishes. It wasn’t long after that students began vomiting and convulsing on the ground. Many were rushed to a local medical building, but they could do little for the children. They were then rushed to a larger hospital in the capital city of Patna, where many died. It is unclear what exactly has caused the deaths that have rocked the entire state into a frenzy of mourning, questioning and protests, but NGOs have already stopped providing...

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Cheat Sheet: July 18, 2013

Woman’s death reclassified homicide According to the Norfolk Police Department, a woman found dead in a Norfolk hotel room in January was the victim of homicide. On Jan. 25, Mercedea Tubens of Norfolk was found dead in a room at the Knights Inn located on East Ocean Avenue. Police investigated the death as an undetermined death. Six months later, toxicology results were returned and the Medical Examiner’s Office reclassified the death as a homicide, said Chris Amos with the Norfolk Police Department. Tubens’ cause of death is not being released. A Newport News man, Lincoln Thomas Peters, has been arrested in connection to Tubens’ death. Peters is currently incarcerated in the Norfolk City Jail. (Source) Nude woman bit YMCA employee’s face...

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Cheat Sheet: July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone cover causes controversy Rolling Stone made a profile of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the cover story of their next issue, but their choice of photo has many people upset and has prompted retail chains to boycott the entire issue. The layout, which is described as “shocking” and “offensive” resembles any number of rock star images that have graced the magazine over the years, which make many people feel that the editors chose to make Tsarnaev look like a teen heartthrob and not the accused murderer and terrorist that he is. (Source) Cory Monteith cremated in Canada Cory Monteith’s body was cremated yesterday in Vancouver following a private viewing with his family and girlfriend Lea Michele. Cory’s father wasn’t...

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Cheat Sheet: July 15, 2013

Gay marriage bill clears Britain’s House of Lords Britain’s gay marriage bill has cleared its last major hurdle, passing the House of Lords and prompting celebrations from campaigners outside Parliament. Supporters of the bill wore pink carnations today as the Lords agreed to send it back to the House of Commons, where lawmakers will review government amendments before it becomes law. That is expected to go without a hitch, as the House of Commons earlier passed the bill 390 to 148. The bill will enable gay couples to marry in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, though the Church of England, which is divided on the issue, is barred from offering same-sex ceremonies. (Source) US Air Force combat aircraft no longer grounded The U.S. Air...

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Cheat Sheet: July 13-14: Weekend Roundup

George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin’s death Late Saturday night, a Florida judge found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin. The verdict puts an end to a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race. The six jurors—all of them women—deliberated for 16 ½ hours before deciding on a verdict. When he heard his fate, Zimmerman had little visible reaction. Both sides of the case asked for peace after the verdict although the Internet erupted with outrage. (Source) “Glee” star Cory Monteith dead at 31 People are still searching for answers to what caused the death of “Glee” star Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the popular Fox TV show....

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Cheat Sheet: July 11, 2013

Bullets hit babies in Hampton shooting Sgt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Division confirmed multiple calls came in around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday for shots fired near the intersection of Childs Avenue and 50th Street in Hampton.  A 1-year-old boy and a 7-month-old boy were shot and transported to a local hospital with non-life threating injuries.  According to the police, the 1-year-old was hit in the lower torso and the 7-month-old in the upper torso. The boys were with a caregiver in the front yard of a house when the shooting occurred. No one inside the house was injured. Police are still looking for possible suspects. Anyone with information that could help with the investigation is asked to call the Hampton Police Division at 727-6111, or Crime Line at...

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Cheat Sheet: July 10, 2013

A harbinger of Chinese language China has for millennia found pride and patriotism in the longevity of its rich and ancient lineage. That heritage received another piece today as scientists and archeological scholars revealed over 200 artifacts with what appears to be the precursors to Chinese writing. The inscriptions have yet to be examined outside of China, but experts believe the inscriptions have been dated around 5,000 years old, almost a century and a half older than previously discovered writing and on par with some of the oldest known writing in the world. While the inscriptions on bone, jade, ceramic, wood and other materials are not enough to identify a writing system, they do indicate more than just as symbolic representation and may be a forerunner to the development...

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Cheat Sheet: July 9, 2013

Kroger to buy Harris Teeter Kroger announced this morning that it plans to buy Harris Teeter for $2.44 billion and assume about $100 million of the smaller company’s debt. This merger would make Hampton Roads one of a few markets where the two grocers overlap—in some cases with stores right next to each other. Kroger officials said the merger would allow it entry or expansion for markets in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast where it now has no or few stores. Kroger has seven locations in Hampton Roads and is set to open the region’s first Kroger Marketplace—a larger store format that sells furniture and jewelry in addition to groceries—later this month in Virginia Beach and has two other locations for that concept in the works in Portsmouth and Suffolk....

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Cheat Sheet: July 8, 2013

SEAL files on bin Laden raid secretly moved to CIA The nation’s top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA to be shielded from being made public. The secret move set off no alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped federal rules and possibly the Freedom of Information Act. Agency spokesman Preston Golson said the documents were handled in a manner consistent with the fact that the operation was conducted under the direction of the CIA director and that it is “absolutely false” that records were moved to the CIA to avoid legal requirements. (Source) Drunk man electrocuted peeing on...

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Cheat Sheet: July 6-7: Weekend Roundup

Police identify Hampton biker killed in crash Hampton police were called to the first block of Wind Mill Point Road around 8:25 p.m. Sunday after receiving calls about a collision between a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a 1996 Nissan pickup truck. Officers found the 48-year-old motorcyclist, William Edward Crooker III, of Hampton, suffering from life-threatening injuries. He died at the scene after members of the Hampton Fire and Rescue Division arrived. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. (Source) Teens who died in Asiana crash were bound for church camp On Saturday morning Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport with 307 passengers and crew members on board—including Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, two...

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Cheat Sheet: July 3, 2013

Lack of change forces Egypt to the brink Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi stood firm against the 48-hour deadline issued by protesters and the military Wednesday. Morsi’s opponents argue his regime has done little to change the after the country’s first public elections last year and that Morsi and his staff are pushing for an Islamic Egypt—one many Egyptians do not want. However, Morsi still has great backing in government and many supporters, as thousands from each side clashed in the streets of Cairo for the second week. A large outbreak of violence was located in Giza, where 16 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in front of Cairo University, raising the death toll from protests to 39. All of this has affected gas prices in the US, which have...

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Cheat Sheet: July 2, 2013

Snowden applies for asylum in 21 countries The 30-year-old National Security Administration whistleblower has applied for asylum in over 21 countries, including China, India and countries in South America and Europe. However, many are reluctant to grant safe harbor to Snowden and risk tension with the United States. Indeed, India, Poland and the Netherlands have already declined Snowden’s request. Though President Vladimir Putin said he will not extradite Snowden to the U.S. the American cannot stay in Russia because he has not agreed to stop leaking top secret information. Other countries, such as China and Ecuador, remain open to Snowden, as Ecuador granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and China is still reeling from the tongue-lashing it took from the U.S....

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Cheat Sheet: July 1, 2013

48-hour ultimatum in turbulent Egypt Though the protests in Cairo against Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi have been very large and mostly peaceful, 16 people have died and more than 700 wounded since Sunday. In response, the Egyptian military leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has given President Morsi 48 hours to meet with opposition leaders.  Al-Sisi repeated that the military would remain neutral as protector of the people and country but that the civil unrest is becoming a threat to national security and the military may be forced to intervene. The protests against the Islamic Morsi come after a year of turbulence and political crisis from the first publicly-elected president of Egypt. Since then, clashes between government supporters and protesters have turned...

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