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A few yards from the central memorial for the shooting victims, a clown hands out snow cones and toys for free to all. S...
06/01/2022
In Uvalde, a woman in clown colors makes kids smile

A few yards from the central memorial for the shooting victims, a clown hands out snow cones and toys for free to all. She says it's her way to give back — and she wants the gun violence to stop.

Neighboring florists are stepping up in Uvalde to help with funeral services. Kelly, a local florist, says she's putting...
06/01/2022
Neighboring florists step in to help provide flowers for Uvalde funerals

Neighboring florists are stepping up in Uvalde to help with funeral services. Kelly, a local florist, says she's putting aside sunflowers for one of the victims — the daughter of a former classmate of hers.

"Their baby's favorite was sunflowers," she said.

A local florist says she's putting aside sunflowers for one of the victims, the daughter of one of her high school classmates. "Their baby's favorite was sunflowers," Kelly Baker said.

awyer Michael Sussmann has been acquitted of one charge of lying to the FBI — dealing a blow in the first verdict render...
06/01/2022
Special Counsel Durham fails first courtroom test in his three-year probe

awyer Michael Sussmann has been acquitted of one charge of lying to the FBI — dealing a blow in the first verdict rendered during Trump-era special counsel John Durham's investigation.

Michael Sussmann was acquitted of one charge of lying to the FBI in the first verdict rendered during the probe by a special counsel appointed in the Trump administration.

Her colonoscopy was supposed to be free of charge under the Affordable Care Act. She thought she was done with it — unti...
05/31/2022
Cancer screenings like colonoscopies are supposed to be free. Hers cost $2,185

Her colonoscopy was supposed to be free of charge under the Affordable Care Act. She thought she was done with it — until a medical bill came for $2,185.

Preventive care, like screening colonoscopies, is supposed to be free of charge to patients under the Affordable Care Act. But some hospitals haven't gotten the memo.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government introduced legislation Monday that would put a freeze on importing, ...
05/31/2022
Canada's government moves to make selling or importing handguns illegal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government introduced legislation Monday that would put a freeze on importing, buying or selling handguns.

The laws to freeze Canada's total number of handguns likely will be enacted this fall. Other new rules strengthen "red flag" laws and require all rifles be modified to hold no more than five rounds.

Federal prisoners who are deemed to be highly dangerous are sent to a special unit in an Illinois prison. Violence, abus...
05/31/2022
How the newest federal prison became one of the deadliest

Federal prisoners who are deemed to be highly dangerous are sent to a special unit in an Illinois prison. Violence, abuse, and a string of deaths among inmates there have been revealed by NPR and The The Marshall Project

Federal prisoners said to be the most dangerous are sent to a special unit at an Illinois penitentiary. NPR and The Marshall Project have uncovered violence, abuse and a string of inmate deaths there.

The National Rifle Association's annual convention came to a close on Sunday, going on as planned in Houston some 300 mi...
05/30/2022
Days after the Uvalde shooting, the NRA convention went on as planned

The National Rifle Association's annual convention came to a close on Sunday, going on as planned in Houston some 300 miles from Uvalde and days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers there.

Thousands gathered inside of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston for the NRA convention while swaths of others convened outside in protest, advocating for gun control legislation.

Students at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), a private Christian university in Seattle, protested after the campus admi...
05/30/2022
Students protest against a Seattle university's ban on hiring LGBTQ employees

Students at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), a private Christian university in Seattle, protested after the campus administration voted last week to uphold rules that ban the hiring of LBGTQ+ staff from working at the university.

Seattle Pacific University Board of Trustees Chair Cedric Davis says the trustees made their decision based on what they believed was most in line with the college's mission, according to a statement.

It's been four years since Vikki and Mark Pier last visited their son Noah's grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Vikki...
05/30/2022
'My heart is in Arlington': What Memorial Day means to one Gold Star family

It's been four years since Vikki and Mark Pier last visited their son Noah's grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Vikki said she hopes that she and Mark can manage to make the journey for Noah's birthday on July 28; he would have turned 38 this year.

Vikki and Mark Pier used to regularly travel to Arlington National Cemetery to visit their son's final resting place. But due to health issues, they have been unable to visit for the past four years.

UVALDE, Texas — A retired Baptist pastor in Uvalde, Julián Moreno, stepped up to the pulpit last week to console his con...
05/29/2022
A former pastor grieves the loss of his great-granddaughter in Uvalde

UVALDE, Texas — A retired Baptist pastor in Uvalde, Julián Moreno, stepped up to the pulpit last week to console his congregation during the most soul-jarring event in the history of this community.

Julián Moreno is the retired pastor of a Baptist church in Uvalde. Members of the congregation gathered to remember his great-granddaugher and another girl who was killed in the shooting.

JERUSALEM — Nearly 2,000 Jewish pilgrims visited Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site early Sunday ahead of a nationalis...
05/29/2022
Unrest erupts at Jerusalem site ahead of nationalist march

JERUSALEM — Nearly 2,000 Jewish pilgrims visited Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site early Sunday ahead of a nationalist parade through the Old City, prompting Palestinians barricaded inside the Al Aqsa Mosque to throw rocks and fireworks at the visitors and nearby Israeli police.

Jewish pilgrims visited early Sunday ahead of a nationalist parade through the Old City, prompting Palestinians to throw rocks and fireworks.

This week's massacre in Uvalde, Texas, was yet another grim reminder that in the U.S., where civilians own nearly 400 mi...
05/28/2022
The U.S. is uniquely terrible at protecting children from gun violence

This week's massacre in Uvalde, Texas, was yet another grim reminder that in the U.S., where civilians own nearly 400 million firearms, children are more likely to die from gun violence than in any other high-income country.

The massacre in Uvalde, Texas, was yet another grim reminder that in the U.S., children are more likely to die from gun violence than in any other wealthy nation. And it's getting worse.

Mass shootings are so commonplace in America that there's now a checklist that guides mayors through the first 24 hours ...
05/28/2022
Mass shootings are so common that mayors now have a checklist for when one happens

Mass shootings are so commonplace in America that there's now a checklist that guides mayors through the first 24 hours after a massacre — and outlines major decisions they will need to make.

Mass shootings have become so common in the U.S. that one group has created a mass shooting protocol checklist to guide mayors and city officials during the first 24 hours after a tragedy occurs.

A composer created an app that tells the oral history of Chinatown — drawn from the memories of 5 Chinese Americans — an...
05/28/2022
A new app guides visitors through NYC's Chinatown with hidden stories

A composer created an app that tells the oral history of Chinatown — drawn from the memories of 5 Chinese Americans — and set to music that pairs with their distinct pattern of speech.

Composer George Lam wanted people to experience a landmark neighborhood from the inside.

Corrie Lynn Green was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. Drawing from her deep roots in rural Appalachia, she wri...
05/28/2022
Local Songwriter - Corrie Lynn Green - Releases Debut Album

Corrie Lynn Green was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. Drawing from her deep roots in rural Appalachia, she writes and reflects the secrets and stories of life in a small town.

Corrie Lynn Green was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. Drawing from her deep roots in rural Appalachia, she writes and reflects the secrets and stories of life in a small town. Her debut album is released

Fourth-grade teacher Irma Garcia was killed in her Texas classroom on Tuesday, massacred along with her co-teacher and 1...
05/28/2022
A brokenhearted husband dies after his wife is killed in the Texas school shooting

Fourth-grade teacher Irma Garcia was killed in her Texas classroom on Tuesday, massacred along with her co-teacher and 19 students. Two days later, a family member says her brokenhearted husband, Joe Garcia died.

Joe Garcia had dropped off flowers at his wife's memorial on Thursday, The New York Times reported. He "pretty much just fell over" after returning home and died of a heart attack, his nephew said.

A Texas police official said there were 19 officers in the Uvalde school for most of the shooting — but only after more ...
05/27/2022
Officials call it the 'wrong decision' to delay confronting the Uvalde school shooter

A Texas police official said there were 19 officers in the Uvalde school for most of the shooting — but only after more than an hour did they obtain keys to the classroom where the gunman was located, as a student repeatedly called 911 for help.

Col. Steven McCraw of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday that the incident commander believed responders were dealing with a barricaded subject rather than an active shooter.

Law enforcement's timeline of the Uvalde shooting has been so contradictory that Rep. Joaquin Castro is urging the FBI t...
05/27/2022
The evolving narrative of what happened at Uvalde the day of the shooting

Law enforcement's timeline of the Uvalde shooting has been so contradictory that Rep. Joaquin Castro is urging the FBI to investigate. "My confidence is shaken," the Texas Democrat said.

Law enforcement is still investigating the shooting at Robb Elementary School. But accounts from officials have offered a confusing look at the timeline of Tuesday's shooting.

The latest episode of our podcast with Virginia Humanities - Folklife Fieldnotes - is out today featuring Lemlem Gebray ...
05/27/2022
Lemlem Gebray

The latest episode of our podcast with Virginia Humanities - Folklife Fieldnotes - is out today featuring Lemlem Gebray and the tradition of an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies are focal points for making connections with friends and loved ones. It’s not a small undertaking, with three servings of coffee paired with popcorn, barley and other baked goods after a multi-course lunch or dinner. Lemlem Gebray is teaching her daughters, ...

After recycling's failure to appreciably reduce the amount of plastic the U.S. throws away, some states are taking a new...
05/27/2022
We never got good at recycling plastic. Some states are trying a new approach

After recycling's failure to appreciably reduce the amount of plastic the U.S. throws away, some states are taking a new approach, transferring the onus of recycling from consumers to product manufacturers.

New York is the latest, and largest, state to consider charging product-makers to dispose of their packaging. But lawmakers are clashing over how much to involve industry in creating a new system.

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Teachers! Join us on Thursday, April 29 at 7pm ET for an exclusive live chat with award-winning director Ken Burns. Together with PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars David Olson, Larissa Wright-Elson and Paige Somoza, we’ll explore creative ways to bring history to life for your students. Whether you’re teaching remotely, or, eventually, when we get back to our classrooms, this discussion is perfect for educators who want to help their students make connections between the past and present and effectively tell their own stories. The discussion is live, so participants will be able to ask Ken Burns and fellow educators questions in real-time. Come prepared for a rich, deep and honest conversation that will help you connect to your students, and help make yesterday’s lessons relevant to today’s learners.
We at VPM understand these are uncertain and challenging times for our community. We're listening to leaders and partners in our community and are very concerned with the needs being expressed by families, educators, and community leaders. 1) The attached schedule for VPM Learning Plus programming for April 13-17. 2) The attached VPM Home Learning one-sheet. (Note: This includes a different URL from the vpm.org/resources URL). 3) The following link to five short clips that VPM created with the First Lady of Virginia, Daniel Tiger and Katerine Kittycat offering helpful tips for families. https://vpm.org/articles/12291/five-tips-from-virginias-first-lady-to-keep-your-kids-active-and-healthy 4) The following link to information about the “VA TV Classroom." VPM, Blue Ridge PBS, WETA and WHRO Public Media worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education to create “VA TV Classroom” to provide instruction, including Standards of Learning-aligned content, to students in grades K-10 who are unable to access other distance learning options due to a lack of high-speed internet. Instructional content will air from 1-3 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning Monday, April 13. https://vpm.org/articles/12336/new-va-tv-classroom-airs-sol-programs-for-virginia-students I have also attached a resource one-sheet for your use. Feel free to share with those that you might feel this information would be helpful. Stay safe and well!
Can WMRA provide link to morning episode (Monday April 13th) on COVID19 droplets and references? This would be really useful to have and share! THANKS for the special COVID19 coverage.
Was there a Trump press conference announced for today, Sat. March 21 that hasn't happened? Or was I on a repetitive dialtone in some other world?
Officials have reported the first death in Virginia due to the novel coronavirus -- a man in his 70s in eastern Virginia. We have the details, and much more on what state officials say you should do to avoid catching the virus, at WMRA.ORG. https://www.wmra.org/post/virginia-reports-states-first-death-coronavirus
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