McAuliffe seeks to win race that eluded him before
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — This time out, Democrat Terry McAuliffe's campaign strategy came down to three points: dramatically outspend the opponent, take advantage of outside factors and keep his outsized persona to himself.
If he wins the Virginia governor's race on Tuesday, McAuliffe will achieve what eluded him four years ago. He will win his first elected position after a political career marked by a stint as a national Democratic Party chairman and the distinction of being a Clinton family confidant.
Should he win against Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli, McAuliffe partly can credit his own political skills. Luck also has had a lot to do with his performance.
BODY IN WELL
Man to be sentenced in Md. in death of activist
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a northern Virginia activist and throwing his body in a Fort Washington well is scheduled to be sentenced.
Tyrone Lewis was convicted in September of murder and other charges in the death of Lenwood Harris, a community activist in northern Virginia. Lewis is scheduled to be sentenced Friday at the Prince George's County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro.
Prosecutors say Lewis and two other men seeking to get bail money for an arrested friend kidnapped Harris in September 2011 and demanded his ATM card and pin number. Authorities say Lewis shot Harris at an abandoned house and then helped dump his body down a well. The body was found in January 2012.
Lewis faces up to life in prison without parole plus 140 years.
WINTER MINE SAFETY
MSHA warns of winter mine safety hazards
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Mine Safety and Health Administration is warning mine operators about the increased safety risks brought on by winter weather.
Statistics show that deadly mine explosions historically occur more often during October through March than during warmer periods.
According to MSHA, lower barometric pressures and low humidity coupled with seasonal drying of surfaces on mine roofs, ribs and bottom increase the chances of an explosion. Other potential hazards are icy walkways and haulage roads, limited visibility and freezing and thawing of highwalls, which causes instability.
MSHA recommends several precautions. They include thorough examinations, sufficient ventilation, adequate rock dusting and maintaining escape routes.
Va. Tech families cite 'legacy' of campus safety
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The families of victims and survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre call campus safety measures instituted at colleges and universities nationwide a "living legacy" that won't be diminished by a court decision involving two who were killed.
The VTV Family Outreach Foundation say the changes sparked by the mass shooting remain strong despite a state Supreme Court ruling Thursday that tossed a jury's wrongful death finding against the state stemming from two students' deaths during the rampage.
Justices concluded that Tech administrators didn't have a duty to warn students that a gunman remained at large after he had killed two people in a dormitory and that they had no way to anticipate that he would go on to kill 30 more.
Police: Trick-or-treater hit by car
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Police say an 8-year-old boy was injured when he was hit by a car while trick-or-treating in Alexandria.
The incident happened at Russell Road and Aspen Street in the Del Ray area on Thursday night.
Police say the boy was taken to Children's National Medical Center with a broken leg. The driver of the car left the scene, but called police within 10 minutes was taken into custody.
Mastermind of $18M Navy kickbacks to learn fate
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mastermind of a 15-year kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million is The mastermind of a 15-year kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million is scheduled to learn his fate Friday.
Ralph M. Mariano is set to be sentenced in federal court in Providence, R.I. He pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy, theft of government property and tax evasion.
Mariano was working as a civilian at Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington and living in South Arlington, Va., when he was charged in 2011. He used his position to authorize payments to a Georgia-based contractor, which would then give him and others kickbacks. Six people pleaded guilty in the case.
Prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence of 10 years and one month, the maximum allowed under sentencing guidelines. Mariano's lawyer asked that he receive less time in prison and community service.
Bedford officials disagree on arming educators
(Information in the following story is from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/)
BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Bedford County supervisors and educators are at odds over a proposal to allow teachers to carry guns at school.
The News & Advance reports that the proposal was included in a list of legislative priorities the Board of Supervisors approved this week for the General Assembly session that starts in January.
Supervisor John Sharp said the move could make campuses safer without a big cost to taxpayers. The measure passed 6-1.
School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler said Thursday that he's very much against the idea. He complained that school board members weren't consulted about the proposal.
1 juvenile stabbed during fight at Metro station
WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro and police say a juvenile was stabbed during a fight involving several people at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station.
Officers responded to a report of a fight at the station at 7th Street and Maryland Avenue southwest around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lukas says several people were involved in the altercation, but she didn't know if it occurred on the station platform or closer to the entrance. She says the victim's condition was not available, but the victim was alert.
Lukas says Metro Transit police may have detained a possible suspect, but it was not clear if any arrests were made. D.C. police say the victim is a juvenile.
Va. minister gets 2 years for phony hate crime
(Information in the following story is from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A black minister in Chesterfield County has been sentenced to two years in prison for setting fire to his front porch and car and claiming it was a hate crime.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch says 41-year-old Olander D. Cuthrell told a judge Thursday that he was ashamed about the March incident, which he said was prompted by financial problems.
The minister of music at Gospel Shepherd Baptist Church spray-painted a racial slur on two sides of the rental home to bolster his claim of being the target of a racially motivated attack. He also ignited a bottle filled with oil and gas inside his family's broken-down car.
His son discovered the porch fire after the family dog woke him.
Cuthrell pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor arson charges in July.
FOTOWEEK DC FESTIVAL
FotoWeek opens in DC with 100+ exhibits, events
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 exhibits, programs and events are opening as part of the FotoWeek DC 2013 festival.
FotoWeek begins Friday and runs through Nov. 10. Upcoming programs include exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution and at various embassies, as well as art-making activities and photography discussions.
This year, FotoWeek's central site will be housed at National Geographic's Museum and in its courtyard. Inside, the museum will host its "Women of Vision" exhibit.
A community day at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Saturday helps open the festival, along with opening parties that night. The festival will again feature professional portfolio reviews and workshops.
Nighttime photo projections on building facades will begin next week at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and later at the National Geographic Society.
FotoWeek DC: https://www.fotoweekdc.org/