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Cheat Sheet: June 29-30: Weekend Roundup

NSA espionage scope widens According to a German newspaper, the United States has been targeting European Union governments with espionage tactics. The information, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, shows US surveillance of government buildings in Washington as well as internet conversations and emails. The “top secret” documents also label Europeans as “targets” and outlines the ways in which each were spied upon, including tracking the espionage to a building in Brussels used specifically by NSA officials who used sophisticated surveillance equipment to monitor internet and telephone communications from EU and European Council members. This latest leak of spying by the US government is another layer of mistrust between the United States and...

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Cheat Sheet: June 28, 2013

Employees fight would-be robber at Virginia Beach shop A robbery almost occurred at Jersey Mike’s Subs on Northampton Boulevard in Virginia Beach last night as employees were getting ready to go home. A man whose face was partially covered with a red bandanna sprang through the back door and hit assistant manager Lenarus Parker. Manager Mike Lambeth picked up a mop and smashed the would-be robber’s face with the handle, then wrestled the assailant to the ground. Another employee joined in the fight. The fight continued outside, and finally after employees stopped hitting the attacker, he limped away, leaving his backpack and cap. Anyone with information on the suspect can call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. (Source) 1,200-year-old royal tomb...

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Cheat Sheet: June 27, 2013

Inmate jumps fence at Newport News City Farm Kim Lee with the City of Newport News said Aaron M. Morrison scaled a fence with razor wire in the courtyard area of Newport News City Farm today around 10:15 a.m. Lee said Morrison was discovered missing shortly after his escape. According to Lee, another inmate reported Morrison’s escape. Morrison was serving a three-year sentence for possession of cocaine, credit card theft and assault and battery. Newport News Police are still in search of Morrison at this time. Anyone with information should call the Crime Line right away 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. (Source) Man found dead in Chesapeake yard Chesapeake Police found a dead man in a yard on Wednesday evening. Detective Dorienne Boykin with the Chesapeake Police Department said...

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Cheat Sheet: June 26, 2013

Supreme Court ends gay marriage ban In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ended the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, effectively extending the many federal benefits heterosexual couples enjoy to homosexual couples as long as the marriage is recognized by the state in which they marry. The ruling also included a ruling of no-decision on California’s Proposition 8, or the gay-marriage ban, opening the door for the state to become the 13th to allow same-sex marriage. Proponents of the decision hail the Supreme Court as defenders of those who seek equal rights under the law, while dissenters argue that it paints those in favor of DOMA as anti-gay or morally corrupt. The case began in 2007 when a same-sex Canadian couple moved to New York and settled. After Thea Spyer passed in...

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Cheat Sheet: June 25, 2013

Taliban attack CIA station in Kabul The Taliban have taken credit for launching an assault on the Ariana Hotel, a CIA station close to the Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s palace this morning. The attack came as reporters were setting up for a scheduled conference with Karzai. Many reporters had to duck for cover as bullets whizzed overhead. One attacker blew himself up, while others were killed by security forces. Though the Afghan Taliban is seeking a platform for peace talks the number of attacks for which they take credit has increased, including one hour before an international commission handed over security responsibility of the country to the Afghan forces. The area surrounding the palace will remain on lockdown. (Source) Coal stocks unfazed by Obama's...

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Cheat Sheet: June 24, 2013

Nelson Mandela remains in “serious but stable” condition The widely admired social activist is in critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria today. The ailing first black president of South Africa has had a string of medical problems since leaving the public eye in 2010. Mac Maharaj, spokesperson for president Jacob Zuma, assures the millions across the world following Mandela’s condition that every precaution and comfort is being taken to ensure his health and privacy. Mandela, known best for his nonviolent resistance and imprisonment for 20 years during the country’s battle with apartheid became a symbol for moral activism and dignity. President Obama is scheduled to meet with Mandela on Friday, but the status of that meeting will depend on...

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Cheat Sheet: June 22-23: Weekend Roundup

Town Center Shooting Because of several complaints voiced by Virginia Beach residents, the City Council has decided to hear evidence in the case of a deadly shooting at Town Center. According to reports, multiple shots were fired early Sunday morning. Police discovered two unidentified persons suffering from gunshot wounds in front of Guadalajara’s, a popular nightclub. It is unclear if the suspects or victims came from the bar. Call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP if you or someone you know has any information about this or other ongoing investigations. (Source) Virginia just outside top 20% in child well-being study Virginia ranked 11th on the Annie E Casey Foundation’s report on the status of child well-being in the country. The report measures child...

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Cheat Sheet: June 20, 2013

Man shot while sitting in car On Wednesday night a man was shot while sitting in a vehicle in Norfolk. Investigators have determined the motive was an attempted robbery. According to police spokesman Chris Amos, the victim was in the 700 block of Newtown Road around 9 p.m. when he was shot. The gunshot wound was non-life threating. Police are still searching for the gunman. Call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP if you have any information about this case that could help the police with their investigation. (Source) 65 bottles of alcohol stolen from club Norfolk Police are still in search of the thieves who broke into the Granby Theatre in May. Chris Amos with the Norfolk Police Department said the break-in occurred May 17. 65 bottles of alcohol were taken during the...

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Cheat Sheet: June 19, 2013

Gang fight leads to child neglect case Suffolk police found young children living in deplorable conditions while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Tuesday. Officers were called to the downtown area on June 5 for a report of a fight. That investigation led officers to Kimberly Shanqua Shelton, 20, who police say assaulted another woman as a gang initiation. When officers went to Shelton’s home to arrest her, they saw a camper in the backyard and could hear children crying inside. Upon closer inspection, the door was found to be chained and padlocked from the outside. After forcing their way inside, officers found a 2-year-old girl and a 6-month-old boy alone in the camper. The windows were closed, and there was no running water or power. Police say the...

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Cheat Sheet: June18, 2013

Man dies while being handcuffed Hampton Police are investigating how a man died as officers tried to put him in handcuffs on the morning of Tuesday, June 18. According to Sgt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Division, officers received a call around 9 a.m. for a suspicious person in the 300 block of Grant Circle. When they arrived, they found a man who officers claim was disorderly and combative. According to the police, the officers believed the man to be suffering from a medical condition and they tried to place him in emergency custody. When the man resisted he was placed in handcuffs and suddenly stopped breathing. The officers then began to preform CPR. When medics arrived, the man was transported to a nearby hospital only to be pronounced dead. His identity has not been...

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Cheat Sheet: June 10, 2013

Kinky Boots wins big at Tony Awards The 67th Annual Tony Awards were last night. The biggest winners of the night included Kinky Boots with 6 total wins, Pippin with 4, Matilda the Musical with 4, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with 3. (Source) Snowden comes forward as source of NSA leak Edward Snowden has come forward as the source of the leak. He could face severe charges as he broke several federal laws by revealing confidential information. (Source)

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Cheat Sheet: June 8-9: Weekend Roundup

Debates continue over NSA scandal In light of the recent NSA scandal, a new story has surfaced about how the NSA’s records helped prevent a subway bombing in 2009, according to a U.S. intelligence official. While many are upset that the NSA has the capability to track and listen in on phone conversations and read text messages, seeing it as a violation of privacy, supporters say that they only use this technology in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks. (Source) Nadal clinches 8th French Open title In sports news, Rafael Nadal, a tennis player, wins the French Open for the 8th time. (Source)

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Cheat Sheet: June 7, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea moves toward Hampton Roads The Coast Guard advises boaters to stay off the water as Tropical Storm Andrea heads to Hampton Roads. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for this area, and the forecast calls for parts of Virginia to be drenched by up to 4 inches of rain and winds at 40 mps. Tropical Storm Andrea wasn’t expected to strengthen into a hurricane, but forecasters warned it could cause isolated flooding and storm surge before it loses steam. (Source) Virginia health officials warn consumers about berry mix Virginia health officials are warning consumers not to eat certain lots of frozen Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend sold under the Harris Teeter brand in Virginia, as they might be linked to an outbreak...

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Cheat Sheet: June 6, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea cancels Parade of Sail With the threat of the season’s first tropical storm, Festevents announced this afternoon that the Parade of Sail scheduled for Friday at noon has been canceled. Some 200,000 people are expected to attend over the weekend, and all events are being shifted. All ships that were scheduled to be open to the public on Saturday will open at noon. Other canceled attractions include All American Cornhole Blast, OBX Jet Pak, Craft Beer Tasting, Omar’s Fountain Café, Harborfest Floating Party Dock, Harborfest Town Point  Market, Waterfall Swing, Radio Harborfest, Harborfest TV, Global Inheritance Energy Playground, TRASHed Recycling Store, Virginia’s Finest Pavilion, Merbellas-See Under the Sea, Penny Farther and...

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Cheat Sheet: June 4, 2013

American woman gang-raped in India Police confirmed a 30-year-old American tourist being raped on Tuesday, June 4. The woman was said to be attacked in Manali, a tourist destination, after she entered a vehicle with three men. Police inspector Abhimanyu Kumar told the AFP that medical tests confirm she was raped. Every truck driver in Manali has been told to report to the police station. No arrests have been made at this time. (Source) Man in bifocals, wig robs Newport News bank Newport News Police are trying to locate and identify the man involved in a bank robbery near Christopher Newport University. A white male suspect with bifocals and a ponytail robbed the SunTrust Bank in the 300 block of Hiden Boulevard around 4 p.m. on Monday, June 3. The suspect reportedly did...

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Cheat Sheet: June 3, 2013

Fire north of LA forces nearly 3,000 from homes Nearly 3,000 people from some 700 homes were under evacuation orders today as a wildfire north of Los Angeles kept growing, feeding on old, dry brush. The blaze had burned about 35 square miles in the mountains and canyons of the Angeles National Forest, destroying at least six homes and damaging 15 more. It appeared to be the fiercest of several burning in the West, including two in New Mexico. In Southern California, about 2,100 firefighters were taking on the wildfire, aided by water-dropping aircraft, including three helicopters expected to stay aloft through the night. (Source) U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg dies at 89 Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, died today at 89 of viral...

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Cheat Sheet: June 1-2, 2013: Weekend Roundup

9 dead after tornadoes, floods strike Oklahoma Oklahoma City experienced severe flooding on Saturday as officials began surveying damage from tornadoes that hit the area on Friday, killing nine and injuring more than 100 people. The storm, which was the second fatal one to strike the area in 11 days, spawned several tornadoes, toppled cars and left commuters trapped on an interstate highway during Friday’s evening rush. The storm also brought heavy rain and hail, causing floodwaters to top four feet in Oklahoma City early Saturday followed by repeated rounds of thunderstorms, which have produced between four to seven inches of rain since midnight Saturday. Some highways were closed because of downed power lines, and there are more than 91,800 power outages as of Saturday...

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