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Cheat Sheet: July 3, 2012

London calling, Hampton Roads athletes answer

Two local athletes will compete for the gold in this year’s London Olympics. Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach and T’erea Brown of Hampton will represent Hampton Roads from across the pond. Douglas earned the number one spot on the women’s gymnastics team while Brown took third in the 400-meter hurdles. Both athletes have been training for the Olympics for several years and are excited for the chance to compete. (Source)

Solar Fireworks for the Fourth

On Monday, the sun sent out a flare that disrupted radio communications in Europe. Tomorrow, electrically charged particles colliding in the sky may cause an aurora, or natural light display. So whether you leave home to watch the fireworks or set them off in your own backyard, look up into the sky for nature’s own Fourth of July show. (Source)

“America’s favorite sheriff” dies at 86

Hollywood icon Andy Griffith died in his North Carolina home this morning. Griffith starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the set of “The Andy Griffith Show” and also produced and starred in the TV series “Matlock.” The actor won a People’s Choice Award in 1987 for the series “Matlock” and was later awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. He is survived by his wife and daughter. (Source)

Chesapeake boy dies at Oceanfront, red flags warn of rip currents

On Sunday afternoon, a 10-year-old Chesapeake boy went missing in Oceanfront waters. Crews immediately began searching for the boy but did not recover him until the early hours of Monday morning. Copeland had struggled to swim back to shore after stepping off a sandbar. WAVY 10 reports that red flags are currently flying at the Oceanfront and in the Outer Banks to warn swimmers of rip currents and other hazardous conditions. (Source)

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