Month: August 2020

Grants will help low-income students and students with disabilities

August 31, 2020

The federal TRiO Student Support Services grants will be used to provide assistance that enhances academic success. Virginia Commonwealth University has been awarded $2.6 million in federal TRiO Student Support Services grants to help low-income and first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities.  A grant in the amount of $261,855 for five years that was […]

Read More

Health system to offer free prostrate screenings

August 30, 2020

If you’re man in the Newport News area on Sept. 24 between 5 – 7 p.m., Riverside Health System wants you to stop by for a free prostate screening at the Riverside Cancer Care Center on the Peninsula, 12100 Warwick Blvd. Appointments are required to participate in this event and can be made by calling […]

Read More

Chadwick Boseman embodied Black icons

August 29, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — First Chadwick Boseman slipped on the cleats of Jackie Robinson, then the Godfather of Soul’s dancing shoes, portraying both Black American icons with a searing intensity that commanded respect. When the former playwright suited up as Black Panther, he brought cool intellectual gravitas to the Marvel superhero whose “Wakanda forever!” salute […]

Read More

Trump 2020: Outrage, Fear and Fireworks

August 28, 2020

By Susan Milligan UNWR – President Donald Trump painted a dire picture of America under Democratic rule, casting the choice this November as one to protect the “American way of life” or to give in to “a radical movement to completely dismantle and destroy it.” In a nomination acceptance speech that presaged the president’s strategy as […]

Read More

Driver who caused 3 traffic deaths is arrested

August 28, 2020

With the assistance of the United States Marshal Service, police arrested Travis Benjamin Vigil, this week, on three warrants for felony involuntary manslaughter in the July 23 deaths of three Emporia girls, ages 9, 11 and 12. Vigil, 49, of Lancaster, PA, was arrested and taken into custody in Montana where he is currently being […]

Read More

House committee votes to expand workers’ comp, mandate paid quarantine leave

August 27, 2020

Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-Prince William, stands during a moment of prayer in the House of Delegates during the 2020 legislative session. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury) By Kate Masters VM- Virginia workers scored a preliminary victory on Wednesday when a House committee approved two bills on workers’ compensation and paid quarantine leave — both major concerns amid […]

Read More

Report: COVID-19 now the 3rd leading cause of death among Black Americans

August 27, 2020

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA America’s economic situation has substantially deteriorated since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and families across race and ethnicity feel the pain, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution, which notes that the coronavirus now stands as the third leading cause of death among Black Americans. “If I […]

Read More

AG Herring announces $85M Honda settlement over deadly airbag defects

August 25, 2020

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring this week announced a more than $85 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. (collectively “Honda”), over allegations that Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United […]

Read More

Democrats wrap historic convention

August 21, 2020

“All elections are important. We know in our bones this is more consequential. This is a life-changing election.” – Democratic nominee for president, Joe Biden.

Read More

Kamala Harris makes history in accepting nomination for vice president

August 20, 2020

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden stood on stage socially distanced from each other at the end of the convention Wednesday night. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES By STEVE PEOPLES, MICHELLE L. PRICE and ALEXANDRA JAFFE The Associated Press, Updated August 19, 2020, 11:12 p.m. WILMINGTON, Del. — Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president Wednesday night, cementing her status […]

Read More