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Cheat Sheet: September 14, 2012

Virginia Beach Sports Arena Vote Postponed

Mayor Will Sessoms has stated that the proposed vote on the $350 million arena planned for the Virginia Beach Oceanfront will be pushed back to next year, with no specific date commitment.  Originally planned for the end of October, the vote will be for an 18,500-seat arena that is intended to attract a major-league sports team to Virginia Beach. Sources have hinted that the NBA’s Sacramento Kings are the city’s target team.  (Source)

HRT Light Rail Holds Informational Open Houses

HRT will be holding several public meetings to inform Hampton Roads citizens of the proposed light rail extension to Virginia Beach. The first open house will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on September 29th. Mayor Will Sessoms told 13News this past Thursday that the light rail decreases traffic congestion and also helps attract young people to the city of Virginia Beach. However, firefighters and police unions are in opposition to the extension because of budget concerns. (Source)

Prince William and Duchess Kate’s Privacy Invaded

This Friday, a French magazine published topless photos of Duchess Kate sunbathing privately at a villa in Southern France. The first major press incident involving William and Kate, this invasion of privacy brought back painful memories of Princess Diana’s paparazzi harassment that occurred until her tragic death in 1997. Palace officials have stated that representatives of the royal couple are currently consulting with lawyers about the incident. (Source)

Yosemite Park Expands Hantavirus Health Advisory

Nine people have recently been infected with hantavirus and three have died. Deer mice, which spread the incurable virus, have exploded in population at Yosemite National Park in California; they are now being trapped and killed. More than 230,000 people have been mailed precautionary letters that include symptoms to watch for. One third of cases are fatal. (Source)

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