RUNNING OF THE BULLS
Running of the bulls comes to central Va.
DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) — A bull-running event inspired by the traditional Spanish spectacle has made its Virginia debut.
The Great Bull Run staged seven runs Saturday at a drag-racing strip in Dinwiddie, south of Richmond. Organizers said about 12,000 attended the event, including spectators, and that one minor injury occurred on the final run.
The event was inspired by the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Some people have criticized the treatment of bulls used in the run. An outspoken critic is the Humane Society of the United States.
The president and CEO of the animal protection group, Wayne Pacelle, attended the Virginia event to ensure there was no mistreatment of animals.
Pacelle described the run as boring and a "frat boy event."
Later runs are planned for six other states.
Another dead dolphin found in Va. waters
(Information in the following story is from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Another dying dolphin has been found in Virginia waters.
The dolphin was found Saturday morning in a creek near downtown Portsmouth. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the ailing animal had to be euthanized.
In a typical year, about 60 sick and dead dolphins wash up on Virginia's coastline. So far this year, 170 dead dolphins have been recorded in the Chesapeake Bay or along the Atlantic coast.
From New Jersey south to Virginia, more than 230 dolphin deaths have been reported. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared an unusual mortality event, which clears the way for an intensive scientific inquiry into what is causing the deaths.
No definitive conclusions have been reached, but many suspect a virus.
DC zoo will try again for exam of baby panda
WASHINGTON (AP) — A team of panda caretakers at Washington's National Zoo will have to wait a bit more to get the first close look at a day-old panda cub during an exam.
The minutes-long health assessment was planned for Saturday, but panda mom Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) didn't give keepers an opportunity to take her cub, which is about the size of a stick of butter. Zookeepers will try again Sunday.
During the exam, they'll try to listen to the cub's heart and lungs, record its weight and collect a DNA sample.
The cub born Friday evening is Mei Xiang's third, but the cub she gave birth to last year died after living just a week. Before that, her last cub was born in 2005.
Zookeepers plan to be more hands-on with this cub after last year's death.
MARCH ON WASHINGTON
Only surviving speaker of 1963 March says he won't let court take away right to vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — The only surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington is railing against a recent Supreme Court decision that effectively erased a key anti-discrimination provision of the Voting Rights Act.
Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was also a leader of a 1965 march in which police beat and gassed marchers who demanded access to voting booths.
Lewis spoke during events Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. The actual anniversary is on Aug. 28.
The congressman noted that he "gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Ala., for the right to vote," and he said he isn't going to let the court take that right away.
Tens of thousands of people marched to the King Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.
MARCH ON WASHINGTON-TOURISM
Museums retrace March on Washington 50 years later
WASHINGTON (AP) — Numerous exhibits and programs in the nation's capital will allow visitors to retrace the historic steps of the 1963 March on Washington 50 years later.
Students took a prominent role in the civil rights movement in the early 1960s, leading up to the march. Their role is the focus of a new exhibit that has opened at the Newseum, a museum about journalism and the First Amendment.
The exhibit, "Make Some Noise," features a section of the original Woolworth's lunch counter from Greensboro, N.C., where four black college students launched a sit-in movement after being denied service because of their race.
The Newseum also is launching a three-year changing exhibit "Civil Rights at 50," which will be updated each year with key milestones in the civil rights movement.
Deadly force by Va. police officer ruled justified
(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com)
AFTON, Va. (AP) — The fatal shooting June 8 of a 21-year-old man by Albemarle County police has been deemed justified.
The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/1dcJk0s ) reports that the conclusion was announced Friday by Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford.
Gregory Allen Rosson Jr. was shot six times after police responded to a 911 call and found a woman in Rosson's chokehold and gasping for breath. Police said when Rosson was ordered to release the woman, he began punching her in the head, then dropped her and raced toward the officer.
Rosson was shot five times in the chest and once in the neck.
Lunsford said the officer was confronted with a situation that could have resulted in his death or injury.
NORFOLK STATE-PRESIDENT FIRED
Norfolk State president fired by visitors
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The governing board of Norfolk State University has fired President Tony Atwater.
The Board of Visitors' 7-4 vote Friday stunned Atwater, who called the decision "unexpected and disappointing." He had 10 months left on his contract.
While board members declined to explain their decision, media reports say the vote came months after the state and the university's accrediting agency had signaled trouble at the historically black university.
Atwater's contract allowed the board to fire him without cause for the "convenience of the university." His contract calls for him to receive his base salary of $295,000 through next June.
Sandra DeLoatch is provost and vice president for academic affairs. She was named acting president.
ESCAPED SLAVE HOUSE
Conn. city looks to preserve escaped slave's house
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city that acquired the former house of a fugitive slave through tax foreclosure is determined to preserve the property.
The house in Norwich was once the home of James L. Smith, who arrived after a daring escape from Virginia in 1838.
Local historian Dale Plummer says there are few such properties in Connecticut with a clear association to a fugitive slave.
Norwich Mayor Peter Albert Nystrom (NY'-struhm) agreed and appointed a group of experts to find a way to save the house.
Smith wrote an autobiography after the Civil War in which he described his escape from slavery despite a serious leg injury and how he prospered with his own shoe shop. He said he bought the house and paid off the mortgage within a few years.