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Cheat Sheet: October 31, 2012

Va DMV: Skip '13' through multi-year car renewal In an effort to cash in on superstitious Virginians, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging multi-year renewal. By renewing vehicle registration for one year before 2012 is up, the car tags will display the number 13. As an incentive, the department is offering a discount on renewal fees if users renew their tags for two or three years. (Source) Maisie Kate Miller's passive resistance, pigtail style, tames a bully and shows us how "Who wears pigtails still? What is this, kindergarten?" belted a schoolmate of 15-year-old Maisie Kate Miller. Though this remark seems trivial, it topped off the list of bullying she was receiving about her body, boyfriend and fashion choices. Instead of...

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Cheat Sheet: October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy gaining strength Parts of Hampton Roads and the Eastern shore are still seeing the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The National Hurricane Center says the hurricane’s wind speed increased this morning to 85 mph with additional strengthening possible. The National Weather Service in Wakefield issued a coastal flood warning until midnight for Virginia Beach and Currituck, N.C. Sandy has forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets. It has sent coastal residents fleeing for higher ground and threatens to bring a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water. (Source) HMS Bounty replica sinks off N.C. coast; two missing The HMS Bounty sunk in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, succumbing to the winds of Hurricane Sandy...

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Cheat Sheet: October 27-28--Weekend Roundup

More than 30 dead in Iraq after bombings and house raids Attacks targeting Iraq’s Shiite community on Saturday left more than 30 people dead. The attacks occurred in spite of increased security for a major Muslim holiday. The deadliest blast happened on the outskirts of Baghdad where playground equipment had been set up in a market for the holiday. Elsewhere, people were killed by a bomb attached to a bus, a car bomb and a second half blast. In the city of Mosul, gunmen broke into the houses of two families, killing a boy and his parents in one and a mother and daughter in the other. (Source) ‘Killer” nanny awakens in hospitals, asks questions about her family Yoselyn Ortega, the New York nanny who allegedly slaughtered two Upper West Side children in...

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Cheat Sheet: October 26, 2012

East Coast Prepares for ‘Frankenstorm’ Dubbed "the perfect storm" or "Frankenstorm," Hurricane Sandy has already killed 21 in the Caribbean and is barreling towards the U.S., where it could bring a mix of high winds, heavy rains, extreme tides, and even snow as early as Sunday. At least $1 billion of damage is anticipated as the storm creeps up the East Coast. The State of Virginia has issued a state of emergency in preparation for landfall. (Source) $25 million Va. Beach Rec Center Opens Virginia Beach’s new Williams Farm Recreation Center opens today at 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new center includes a water slide that exits the building and then comes back in, as well as an indoor gym and track, fitness classroom,...

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Cheat Sheet: October 25, 2012

Obama Wins Early Ohio Vote According to a Time poll released today, President Obama leads Governor Mitt Romney by 5 points in the state of Ohio. The poll counts residents who say they will vote on Nov. 6 in addition to those who plan to vote early, with Obama having a 49 percent lead to Romney's 44 percent.  Obama's biggest lead is among respondents who have already voted, with 60 percent favoring Obama. (Source) WikiLeaks Releases U.S. Detainee Files WikiLeaks is publishing Defense Department documents that reportedly cover detainment policies in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay following 9/11. Julian Assange said that the files show a “dark space” where law and rights don’t apply. The documents also reveal a harsh but “formal”...

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Cheat Sheet: October 24, 2012

Ind. GOP Senate candidate stands by rape comment Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Murdock said today that he stands by his statement that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape “that’s something God intended.” He says some people have twisted the meaning of his comment and that he abhors any sexual violence. He said he firmly believes all life is precious and that he abhors violence of any kind. "I spoke from my heart. And speaking from my heart, speaking from the deepest level of my faith, I would not apologize. I would be less than faithful if I said anything other than life is precious, I believe it's a gift from god," Mourdock said. Mitt Romney and other Republicans have distanced themselves from Murdock’s stance. (Source)...

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Cheat Sheet: October 23, 2012

Apple introduces iPad Mini Apple revealed a new product this afternoon, the iPad Mini,a pencil-thin version of the iPad that’s as light as a pad of paper, according to Apple. It has a 7.9-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 by 768 screen so all software created for previous iPads will work. The new iPad is made of aluminum and has a dual-core A5 chip, FaceTime HD, a 5 megapixel iSight camera, LTE wireless, faster Wi-Fi and the Lightening connector. It will be priced at $329. (Source) Portsmouth City Manager to resign A City Hall source confirms that Portsmouth City Manager Ken Chandler will resign and is going to offer his resignation tonight because he refuses to put in writing what he told City Council members Monday night on the circumstances surrounding the...

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Cheat Sheet: October 22, 2012

Taking on Rachel’s Challenge in HR Schools Princess Anne Elementary school is one of most recent schools in Hampton Roads to take on Rachel’s Challenge--a program that uses workshops and assemblies to encourage the students to engage in acts of kindness and respect. Having just started the brand new school year, the challenge is already catching on: kids are starting to wear T-shirts with the program’s positive messages such as “compassion over bullying and hate” and “dream big.” Annie Johnson, a guidance counselor at PAES says of their enthusiasm: “They are so excited!” The purpose of the challenge is to start early with children to enhance their learning and understanding of the challenge so that when they move up to middle...

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Cheat Sheet: October 20-21--Weekend Roundup

13 local men on Boy Scouts abuse list Confidential papers revealed 13 Hampton Roads men on the Boy Scouts’ “perversion files.” The Oregon Supreme court ordered the release of 14,500 pages of files hidden by authorities, which have kept scoutmasters, and others who have been accused of child molestation, unseen from the public. The documents included “memos from local and national Scout executives, handwritten letters from victims and their parents and newspaper clippings about legal cases”. In more than a third of the instances, according to the Scouts, police were not informed of the abuse, and even when they were notified it was not uncommon for enforcement to defend the organization. (Source) Gadhafi’s youngest son reported killed amid...

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Cheat Sheet: October 18, 2012

NY Appeals Court nixes Defense of Marriage Act A divided federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down the Defense of Marriage Act today as unconstitutional, rejecting the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case in the next year. James Esseks, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the ruling “a watershed moment in the legal movement for lesbian and gay rights.” “It’s fabulous news for same-sex couples in New York and other states,” he said. (Source) Google accidentally posts earnings results early, misses on revenue Earlier today Google accidentally released its third-quarter earnings, reporting a surprising 20 percent drop in profit. The tech...

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Cheat Sheet: October 17, 2012

Zimmerman trial scheduled for June George Zimmerman’s trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin will begin on June 10, a Florida judge ruled on Wednesday. Zimmerman confessed to killing Martin in March, claiming he was using Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to defend himself against the 17-year-old. The lack of immediate charges against Zimmerman led to a national outcry both in support and against him. (Source) Violent crime up in the U.S. The rate of violent crime in the U.S. increased last year for the first time since 1993, the Justice Department said. The increase is attributed to a 22 percent jump in assaults. (Source) Daily Vitamin intake may reduce cancer risk Taking multivitamins may reduce your risk of cancer, researchers funded by the National...

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Cheat Sheet: October 16, 2012

1.7 percent increase in Social Security payments Due to lower inflation rates during the past year an adjustment of 1.7 percent will increase the monthly Social Security payments. A cost-of-living adjustment will also be made to the 8 million people who receive Supplemental Security income. The increase further affects taxes paid by workers and their employees, as the tax threshold will extend from $110,100 to $113,700. During Obama’s presidency, he reduced workers’ payments from 6.2 to 4.2 percent, less than half of the percent tax. Because of the reelection, Obama’s changes are set to expire, and these changes will begin at the start of the new year. (Source) NB arena approved in Seattle The SODO neighborhood in Seattle has been approved for the...

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Cheat Sheet: October 15, 2012

Virginia Living Museum struggling to stay open Following several years of large operating deficits, the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News is struggling to stay open. According to Executive Director Page Hayhurst, the Newport News museum has depleted its $2 million reserve fund. The remaining $400,000 in reserves could be exhausted by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2013. If they can’t obtain the funding, layoffs would be unavoidable in 2012-2014. Of course, cutting the staff would hurt the museum’s revenue by not being able to produce as many programs. A committee is being formed to go over the options. (Source) Developer gets 14 years for fraud schemes In Norfolk, George Hranowskyj was sentenced today to 14 years in federal prison after admitting...

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Cheat Sheet: October 13-14--Weekend Roundup

Boy’s leg severed by train On Sunday afternoon in Newport News a 10-year-old boy had his leg severed by a train while he was playing on the tracks of the Bellwood Road. Jahmee Harris from Hampton, was visiting family in the area. He was with a group of kids playing on the tracks at the time of the accident. James Slater, who lives near the railroad tracks, says that he had noticed the kids playing a game on the tracks over the past few days. They would jump on certain cars then let go after a couple hundred yards. The day before Slater had called 911 when he saw the boys playing near the tracks, but by the time the police had arrived the train was gone. On Sunday, he called again and, while he was giving the operator a description, he heard the screams. Slater found the boy...

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Cheat Sheet: October 12, 2012

European Union Wins Nobel Peace Prize The European Union was awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize today. This came as a surprise to many as the European Union is currently struggling with massive debt and the threat of disintegration. The 27-nation union won the Prize as a reward for its work in promoting democracy since World War II. According to some, the Prize is a message to Europe of all that is has accomplished, and to prevent the continent from disintegrating. The International Crisis Group stated, "The EU has been (...) one of the greatest conflict resolution mechanisms ever devised." (Source) New Orleans Restricts Hurricane Katrina Tours Bus tours through New Orleans show tourists several areas of the city, but the Lower Ninth Ward, where Hurricane...

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Cheat Sheet: October 11, 2012

2012 Nobel Peace Prize Curiosity is rising as the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize winner in Oslo, Norway looms near. This year's winner will be drawn tomorrow from 231 nominations, with 43 being for organizations and the rest for individuals. The names of the nominees have not yet been revealed, but speculation is running rampant. A few of the possibilities include Maggie Groban, an Eyptian Christian that has devoted her life to helping families in the slums of Cairo; Thein Sein, President and political reformer of Myanmar; and Oscar Elias Biscet Gonzalez, Cuban doctor and human rights advocate. (Source) Drugs Tested to Prevent Alzheimers In the first large-scale international attempt to stave off Alzheimers, three different preventative drugs will be tested in...

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Cheat Sheet: October 10, 2012

Two American Researchers win Nobel Prize in Chemistry According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Americans Robert  Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka made groundbreaking discoveries, mainly in the 1980s on an important family of receptors known as G-protein-coupled receptors. About half of all medications act on these receptors, and so their research will help scientists come up with better drugs. While the human body has about 1,000 kinds of receptors, the two researchers focused on the protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals such as danger or the flavor of food. Lefkowitz, 69, is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Duke University Medical Center. Kobilka, 57, worked for Lefkowitz at Duke before he...

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Cheat Sheet: October 9, 2012

Facebook Post leads to Middle School Student’s Arrest In Newport News a post on Facebook led to the arrest of a 13-year-old student. On October 8, a parent reached out to authorities regarding a disturbing message on Facebook by a student attending Gildersleeve Middle School. The student wrote that he was “tired of the disrespect at school” and that he might “give a couple of good pipe bombs on people.” After the student was tracked down and charged with threats to bomb, it was discovered that there were no bomb making materials at the student’s home. Police spokesperson Holly McPherson says the 13-year-old posted the comment because he was simply tired of being bullied. The student was released into his parents’ custody. (Source)...

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Cheat Sheet: October 8, 2012

Romney to speak in Newport News Hundreds have gathered in the rain at Victoring Landing Park in Newport News this afternoon to await the arrival of Mitt Romney, who is expected to take the stage after 5 p.m. During his speech, Romney is expected to elaborate on his plans to take a firmer hand with foreign countries such as Iran. “We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not back up by deeds,” Romney said. (Source) Sandusky to proclaim innocence in courts Former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky will address the courtroom and proclaim his innocence when he is sentenced Tuesday in his child sex abuse case, lawyer Joe Amendola told CBS News. Sandusky was convicted in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse...

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Cheat Sheet: October 6-7--Weekend Roundup

Hugo Chavez wins in Venezuela Current Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez won a close race election officials in the country said Sunday night. The announcement was based on partial results from Sunday's election. Henrique Capriles challenged Chávez on crime and cronyism, and opened a national debate on what type of government the citizens of Venezuela wanted.  (Source) 91 Sick in Meningitis Outbreak The recent meningitis outbreak in the Univted States has left seven people dead and 91 sick. Federal Health officials have warmed that New England Compounding Center sold 17,676 vials of an unsafe steroid to pain clinics in 23 states. (Source) Local schools change traditional policy to help with safety concerns New schools superintendent Samuel...

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Cheat Sheet: October 5, 2012

Protests for Political Change in Jordan  Amman, Jordan saw a protest today in regards to King Abdullah II's call for early elections close to the new year. The nonviolent rally called for constitutional reform, with protesters concerned that the king has too much power. Protesters would like to see a democratic system in which everyone has their own voice, instead of everyone being underneath the king. Such open criticism of the king is new for citizens of Jordan. In the past,unrest with the political system was merely grumbled about in private. (Source) Romney, Obama, and the Truth America thrives on leadership, charisma, and optimism when it comes to presidential candidates. As it turns out, the truth is not as relevant...

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Cheat Sheet: October 4, 2012

Presidential debate winner? Observers rated Mitt Romney as the stronger debater in Wednesday night’s first presidential debate. Romney challenged President Obama over his health care reforms, treatment of the economy, taxes and funding for Sesame Street’s Big Bird. He also called the president’s approach “trickle-down government” and accused him of spending his time in his office concentrating on passing his health care plan at the expense of creating jobs. The Denver debate was the first of three debates the two presidential candidates will have before Election Day. (Source) Watermen accused of illegal dredging for oysters in James River Virginia Marine Police arrested four commercial watermen on Wednesday who are accused of dredging for...

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Cheat Sheet: October 3, 2012

Meningitis Outbreak in Five States Twenty six people in the United States have been infected with a non-contagious form of Meningitis. Five states have seen serious cases, including Virginia. All of the infected have received steroid injections to the spine. The cause of the outbreak is said to be methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid used to treat pain and inflammation. The FDA is currently investigating the outbreak, and more cases are expected to emerge as the infection can take 28 days to develop. (Source) Students Killed at Nigerian School On Monday, twenty five students were killed at a school in Mubi, Nigeria. The attack was suspected to be an inside job as the gunmen went to their victims' houses and called out their names before killing them. The gunmen used...

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Cheat Sheet: October 2, 2012

15-year-old arrested in death of Lake Taylor student This morning a 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with murder and felonious use of a firearm in the fatal shooting of Lake Taylor High School student David L. White, 19. White was fatally shot around 9:15 p.m. Friday on Goff Street. The shooting occurred a few blocks from where Lake Taylor played at Booker T. Washington. All Norfolk high school varsity home football games will be played during the day for the rest of this season, according to Elizabeth Mather, a schools spokeswoman. (Source) Pennsylvania voter ID law enforcement halted by judge Today a Pennsylvania judge, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, ordered state officials not to enforce the commonwealth’s voter identification requirement on...

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Cheat Sheet: October 1, 2012

Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars The Academy has decided that a whole cast of characters will host the Oscars this year—all in the person of Seth MacFarlane.“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” the event’s producers said in a statement on Monday. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.” (Source) U.S. Manufacturing Grows After three months of decline, the Institute for Supply Management’s index of manufacturing activity grew this month. The index came in at 51.5, beating 49.7, the consensus expectation among economists surveyed by Bloomberg. (A number greater than 50 indicates...

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