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Oct 1, 201201:35 PM

Cheat Sheet: September 29-30--Weekend Roundup

Environmentalists Planning Protest against Dominion

Activists are busy planning five days of protests outside Dominion Virginia Power’s headquarters in Richmond this week. Environmentalists claim that the company has “ripped off” ratepayers for $76 million. The goal behind the protest is to urge changes to state rules intended to encourage development of wind, solar and other green energy. However, these rules, known as the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, or RPS, have done little in the way of cleaner energy supplies but instead have allowed the state’s largest electric utility to earn a bonus by buying cheap credits from out-of-state energy firms and by accounting for power generated at a few existing in-state facilities, some of which are decades old. (Source)

Iranian News Agency Fooled by Onion Article

An Iranian news agency picked up a recent story published by The Onion about a “survey” showing that a majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Barack Obama. As with every story on The Onion, the story was undoubtedly made up and was meant to be read for laughs. However, the agency took the story to be  real and even copied a made-up quote from an imagined West Virginia resident who would rather go to a baseball game with Ahmadinejad because “he takes national defense seriously, and he’d never let some gay protestors tell him how to run his country like Obama does.” The only part of the Onion article that the Iranian version left out is the description of Ahmadinejad was “a man who has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and has had numerous political prisoners executed.” The article was featured prominently on the Fars website until it was taken down about mid-day. (Source)

Hometown Heroes Recognized at Neptune Festival

During the last part of the day at the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, people paused to recognize the hometown heroes. There was a standing ovation for a soldier, a sailor, a marine, an airman and a member of the US Coastguard. The US Army also recognized Cpl Vincent Jorgansen who told the crowd about his order to stay on duty in Iraq: “We went out; got some information on a house. A squad went in, and some of them didn’t come out.” Captain Bob Geis, the CEO of NAS Oceana as the feature speaker, said that “The heroes give selflessly of themselves every day…” The Virginia beach fire, police and rescue were honored as well for responding to the Good Friday Jet Crash. (Source)

VA Project Promotes Voting Accessibility

A new project has been launched by Virginia officials to educated disabled and senior residents about voting accessibility. The project is a joint effort by the State Board of Elections and the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities. Voters can find online videos that show them how to register, apply for an absentee ballot of annual application, vote curbside or use assistance at the polls on Election Day. The videos are available on YouTube and also on the agency website, www.vaBoard.org. (Source)

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