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Oct 22, 201304:23 PM

Cheat Sheet: October 22, 2013

Car’s driver killed in crash with Virginia Beach school bus

A man was killed and several high school students were taken to hospitals this morning after a school bus crashed into a car at South Independence Boulevard and Holland Road. The driver was ejected and hit by the bus. He died at the scene. His name is not being released until police contact his family. Seven students were transported to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital and four to the Sentara Independence free-standing emergency room. All students were expected to be treated and released. (Source)

TSA adds more security checks

The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.  The new measures give the government greater authority to use travelers’ data for domestic airport screenings. Previously this level of scrutiny applied only to individuals entering the United States. (Source)

Norfolk’s Larchmont community sees spike in crime

Norfolk police said the Larchmont community has seen a spike in crime, including break-ins and car thefts. Online statistics showed eight car thefts and five burglaries over the past 20 days. Former police officer and Larchmont resident John Vellines said he is urging neighbors to be more vigilant and wrote an email with suggestions on how to stay safe, recommending that his neighbors turn more lights on around their houses, including motion sensors on lights. (Source)

SpongeBob gravestone removed from Ohio cemetery

The headstone of Iraq veteran Kimberly Walker, 28, was made in the likeness of her favorite cartoon character, SpongeBob SquarePants, and erected at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati on Oct. 10, almost eight months after she was found slain in a Colorado hotel room. Officials at the cemetery removed the headstone after deeming it inappropriate for their traditional grounds. The officials are planning to meet with the soldier’s family to explore possible solutions. Despite getting the cemetery’s prior approval of the headstone design, Walker’s family said that cemetery staff called them the day after it was installed to say it would have to come down. Cemetery President Gary Freytag said the headstone has been removed and will not be allowed back up, adding that the employee who approved the headstones made an inexplicable error in judgment, given the cemetery’s traditional appearance. (Source)

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