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Sep 18, 201205:10 PM

Cheat Sheet: September 18, 2012

Romney Campaign Set Back by Leaked Video

In a leaked video published by Mother Jones Magazine, Romney speaks to a private audience of campaign donors. In the video, he says that Obama supporters will vote for the president “no matter what” and that these voters account for “47 percent of voters.” Because of this he does not “worry about these people.” The Republican presidential nominee also tells the donors that the pursuit of Middle East peace is likely to remain “an unsolved problem” because the Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever” in reaching a peach agreement with Israel. However, the Republican Party platform clearly expresses support for “two democratic states–Israel with Jerusalem as its capital and Palestine–living in peace and security.” Democrats have already launched a new ad campaign focusing on the “47 percent” remarks. At a news conference on Monday night, Romney stood by his remarks although he admitted that they were not “elegantly stated.” (Source)

Women killed after running through I-264 traffic

Last night shortly after 7 p.m. a state trooper made a traffic stop on a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu for suspicious of driving under the influence. The Malibu pulled over onto the right shoulder on I-264 westbound, east of Military Highway. During the stop, the driver, James Duesberry, 48, of Virginia Beach, was taken into custody on a DUI charge. When the officer approached the passenger, Kathleen Jean White of Virginia Beach, to determine if she was intoxicated, White said she had not been drinking and was taking medication for her blood pressure. Without warning White ran into the westbound lanes. The trooper ran after her, but White was hit by a van and died at the scene. (Source)

Virginia Obesity Rate Could Reach 50% in 2030

A new report was released Tuesday by Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.2 percent of adults were obese in Virginia in 2011. If rates continue on course, the rate could reach 49.7 by 2030. That increase could lead to millions of new cases of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and other obesity-related diseases. Unfortunately, the obesity-related health care costs in Virginia are expected to climb to around 23.8 percent during this time. (Source)

Gabby Douglas visits Virginia Beach

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas visited an AT&T on Virginia Beach Boulevard today to warn against the dangers of texting and driving and to sign autographs. The 16-year-old gymnast said she hasn’t talked with former teammates or coaches from a local gym since she complained of bullying and discrimination there during an August TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, and had no regrets over her comments. (Source)

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