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After Boy, 6, Shoots Teacher, Superintendent Shown the Door

School board votes to remove him effective Feb. 1

(Newser) - Shortly after news broke that the Virginia teacher shot by a 6-year-old student would sue the school district, it was reported that the superintendent of that district will be replaced. The Newport News School Board on Wednesday voted 5-1 to remove George Parker III as superintendent effective Feb. 1, NBC...

Family: Boy, 6, Who Shot Teacher Has 'Acute Disability'

Handgun was locked and kept out of reach, attorney for Virginia boy's mother says

(Newser) - The family of a 6-year-old boy who shot a teacher at an elementary school in Virginia earlier this month has an "acute disability" and was under a specialized care plan, his family said Thursday. "The week of the shooting was the first week when we were not in...

Jury Finds Mostly in Favor of Police Sued by Soldier

Lt. Caron Nazario was beaten, pepper sprayed during traffic stop in Virginia

(Newser) - A federal jury in Virginia on Tuesday found mostly in favor of two police officers who were sued by a US Army lieutenant after he was pepper sprayed, struck, and handcuffed during a traffic stop. Video of the 2020 incident in the small town of Windsor got millions of views...

Schools Chief: Staffer Knew 6-Year-Old Might Have Gun

But Newport News official didn't seize weapon before 6-year-old shot teacher: superintendent

(Newser) - Administrators at the Virginia school where a first grader shot his teacher last week learned the child may have had a weapon in his possession before the shooting but didn't seize the 9mm handgun he brought to his classroom, the school system's superintendent said. Superintendent George Parker told...

This State's Bill Grants Fetus the Right to Be HOV Passenger

Critics push back on Virginia legislation, saying it would strip abortion rights via 'personhood' concept

(Newser) - Pregnant but don't have a carpool companion? In Virginia, new legislation seeks to allow you to use the HOV lane anyway, counting your fetus as a second passenger. But reproductive rights advocates are wary, countering that Republicans are using the bill to try to push the concept of "...

Teacher Shot by Boy, 6, Got Kids to Safety: Cops

Abigail Zwerner was reportedly the last one to leave her classroom

(Newser) - The Virginia teacher allegedly shot by a 6-year-old while teaching class is being hailed as a hero for getting the rest of her students to safety. After Abigail Zwerner was shot—the bullet going through her hand, which she held up in a defensive posture when the gun was pointed...

Prosecutors' Dilemma: Shooting Suspect Is Only 6

Condition of Virginia teacher improving after being shot in classroom

(Newser) - The one piece of good news out of Newport News, Virginia, after a classroom shooting is that teacher Abigail "Abby" Zwerner is improving. Though she originally had injuries described as life-threatening, Zwerner, believed to be in her 30s, is "trending in a positive direction" in the hospital, says...

Police: 6-Year-Old Accused of Shooting His Teacher

Teacher in Virginia's Newport News in critical condition; shooting wasn't accidental, cops say

(Newser) - A teacher at a Virginia elementary school was shot at work on Friday, and police say it wasn't an accident. They've also nabbed a suspect. "The individual is a 6-year-old student," Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said at a presser later Friday, per CNN . "...

40K-Pound Meatball Delivery Goes Very Awry

Tractor-trailer crash in Virginia sent lots of meatballs onto Interstate 95

(Newser) - A tractor-trailer accident this week left a big mess on a Virginia highway, and it wasn't just debris from the crash. WAVY reports that Virginia State Police were called to the scene of an accident on Interstate 95 in Greensville County around 12:30am on Friday, where one big...

State Police Messed Up in Hiring 'Catfishing' Cop

'Incomplete database query' cited in hiring of Austin Edwards, who'd been on psych hold in Virginia

(Newser) - Virginia State Police hired a state trooper, later accused of killing three people and himself , as a result of "human error." An administrative review found "human error resulted in an incomplete database query" in the hiring of Austin Lee Edwards, who allegedly killed the mother and grandparents...

'Catfishing' Cop Made Odd House Purchase

Austin Lee Edwards blacked out its windows

(Newser) - The Virginia law enforcement officer who allegedly abducted a teenage girl after killing her mother and grandparents in California had threatened to kill people before. A years-old police report obtained by the Los Angeles Times describes a Feb. 7, 2016, incident in which Austin Lee Edwards refused medical treatment for...

Family of Victims in 'Catfish' Killing Speaks Out

Relatives plead with parents to talk to their kids about online activities

(Newser) - Family members mourning the three people slain in what police describe as a murderous catfishing scheme are speaking out. "Parents, please know your child’s online activity, ask questions about what they’re doing and whom they are talking to. Anybody can say they’re someone else and you...

These Are the Best, Worst States for Jobs

Washington tops WalletHub's list; West Virginia comes in last

(Newser) - After a tumultuous couple of years marred by the pandemic, the job market is looking up, with many employers eagerly seeking new workers for their payrolls. Conditions for the job hunt are better in some states than in others, and WalletHub is here to break it all down. The site...

Shooter's 'Death Note' Calls Out Walmart Workers

'I was harassed by idiots,' he wrote among references to demons and Satan

(Newser) - The employee who opened fire at a Virginia Walmart on Wednesday, killing six co-workers and himself , left behind a manifesto claiming "my intent was never to murder anyone" but "things just fell in place like I was led by the Satan." Andre Bing apologized to God for...

Walmart Says Mass Shooter Was Overnight Manager

Coworkers say Andre Bing seemed paranoid, had a 'nasty attitude'

(Newser) - The Walmart employee who killed six people in a mass shooting Tuesday night before taking his own life was a night manager with a "nasty attitude," workers say. Walmart has identified the employee as Andre Bing, a 31-year-old team leader at the Chesapeake, Virginia, store. Walmart says he...

Prosecutor: One UVa Victim Was Shot as He Slept

Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. makes first court appearance via video link from jail

(Newser) - The University of Virginia student accused of killing three football players on a bus as a field trip wrapped up shot one victim as he slept, according to a witness. That was one of the details Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney James Hingeley shared during Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.'...

Football Player Among Victims in UVa Shooting
3 UVa Football Players
Killed; Suspect in Custody
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3 UVa Football Players Killed; Suspect in Custody

2 other players survived, and the suspected shooter is in custody

(Newser) - The suspected gunman in a shooting at the University of Virginia that claimed three lives Sunday night is in custody. All three victims were members of the school's football team, reports the Daily Progress , which identifies them as wide receiver Devin Chandler, linebacker D'Sean Perry, and wide receiver...

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He Lost 30 Years of Memories. His Wife Came Up With a Plan

A motorcycle accident took Andrew Mackenzie's memories—for a time

(Newser) - The second-scariest moment of Kristy Mackenzie's life came when a driver ran a stop sign and collided with the motorcycle carrying her and her husband Andrew on June 19. They were thrown 60 feet from the bike and suffered horrific injuries: Andrew, 58, broke two vertebrae, a pelvic bone,...

This Is the Most Giving State in America

Congrats to Utah, according to WalletHub's ranking of the most, least charitable states

(Newser) - If you're in a position to be philanthropic, whether that means donating your money or your time, where you live can make a difference in terms of enthusiasm from fellow locals—which in turn might inspire even more of your own altruism. WalletHub looked at 19 metrics across all...

Youngkin Sends Nancy Pelosi 'Personal Note' of Apology

Governor told rally that GOP voters were sending her to be with husband after attack

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he has sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a personal note to apologize for remarks he made about the Oct. 28 attack on her husband. "There’s no room for violence anywhere, but we’re going to send her back to be with him in...

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