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Cheat Sheet: March 8, 2013

Man charged in deadly Norfolk shooting

According to the Norfolk Police, 25 year-old Joseph Clark Chatfield was arrested Friday and charged with murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. The victim, Casey. E. Hardesty, 35, was shot on the 6600 block of Glenoak Drive at around 3 a.m. Friday, as reported by Karen Parker-Chesson of the Norfolk Police Department. He was pronounced dead after he was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Anyone with information on the situation is urged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. (Source)

Venezuela holds Hugo Chavez state funeral

In the wake of Hugo Chavez’s sudden death, large crowds attended the state funeral for the late president. Vice President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in Friday as acting president, and must call elections within 30 days. Although Chavez battled cancer for a number of years, officials did not disclose the nature of his illness. Chavez’s coffin was honored with the placement of 19th-century Independence leader Simon Bolivar’s sword at the beginning of the funeral, who was Chavez’s inspiration during his 14 years leading Venezuela. (Source)

Great news on jobs: Unemployment rate falls to 7.7%, 236k added to payrolls

Some of the best economic news was announced Friday as the United States unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, the lowest in months. According to the United States Department of Labor, more than 236,000 jobs were added to the U.S. employment payroll in February as compared to January. Although this news was positive, the numbers for March will be more unpredictable due to the government’s sequester. (Source)

Papal Conclave Date To Elect New Pope Will Be Tuesday, March 12 Says Vatican

Last month, Pope Benedict XVI resigned his position due to his failing health. After 115 cardinals gathered for talks, the Vatican announced Friday that Roman Catholic cardinals will begin electing a new pope on March 12. The secret ballot known as “conclave” will partake in the Sistine chapel, where cardinals will vote for the best successor. A decision will be made once there is a two-thirds majority, and white smoke will be released from the chapel, which means a consensus has been reached and a new pope has been elected. (Source)

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