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Jul 9, 201201:28 PM

Cheat Sheet: July 7-8, 2012 - Weekend Roundup

Second Oceanfront Death

A middle-aged man drowned at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Saturday, July 7. This incident follows shortly on the heels of a previous drowning, that of a 10-year-old Chesapeake boy whose body was located on July 2. Emergency personnel responded to the most recent incident a little after 4 p.m. at the 33rd Street, but the man was later pronounced dead at a hospital. (Source)

Virginia Reduces Bay Pollution

Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that Virginia has reduced nitrogen and phosphorous pollution with wastewater facilities surpassing previous reduction goals. The conclusion of the two-year program has left Virginia with the second best record nationwide for preventing nitrogen from seeping into waterways. Environmentalists applaud the results but state that the Chesapeake Bay still has a long way to complete restoration. (Source)

Heat Wave Grips Nation

Temperatures surpassing 100 degrees have been blamed for 30 deaths nationwide and have caused road damage and buckling interstates in the Midwest. As the heat wave entered its second oppressive week, Americans holed themselves up with air conditioning or else hit the streets in search of water attractions. In the Mid-Atlantic region, thousands of people still lacked power due to vicious storms, while in Washington D.C., the electric company Pepco announced that the running air conditioners have put pressure on the electric system. (Source)

New Voter ID Laws Cause Confusion

New voter ID laws that safeguard against voter fraud have come under fire after hundreds of votes were rejected in the Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee primaries. The new law, which requires voters to present a valid form of photo identification, has been criticized for affecting primarily the ballots of the elderly, poor and minority citizens. As the November election approaches, supporters say that more stringent laws safeguard everyone’s legal voting rights, while detractors state that the number of valid ballots rejected would exceed the number of fraud cases prevented. (Source)

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