Month: August 2021

William Fox

Parents are changing their minds on in-person school

August 30, 2021

 William Fox Elementary School in Richmond. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury 2019) By Kate Masters (VM) – It seemed like the pandemic had finally reached a turning point when Melissa Yeager made a decision about the upcoming fall semester. Families with Richmond Public Schools had until June 1 to choose between enrolling virtually or attending classes […]

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Virginia Department of Corrections chief paints dire picture of prison staffing

August 27, 2021

The perimeter of Greensville Correctional Center, which is protected by multiple layers of fencing, razor wire and guard towers. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury) BY: NED OLIVER – AUGUST 25, 2021 The head of Virginia’s prison system, Harold Clarke, told lawmakers Wednesday his department is short 1,500 correctional officers, leaving essential posts unmanned and forcing remaining workers to work […]

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Residents encouraged to provide input to shape vision for Henrico’s future

August 18, 2021

Henrico County is inviting residents to share their vision for public services, growth, economic development and other needs and priorities as it prepares to update its Comprehensive Plan for the next 20 years.The Department of Planning is launching HenricoNext, a process to create a cohesive, countywide vision for Henrico in 2045. To begin shaping that […]

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Virginia is struggling to recover from new unemployment claims

August 12, 2021

Virginia is struggling to recover from new unemployment claims, with last week’s claims higher than at the start of 2020, according to WalletHub’s updated rankings for the States Whose Unemployment Claims Are Recovering the Quickest. Key Stats: Weekly unemployment claims in Virginia increased by 354.32% compared to the same week in 2019. This was the biggest […]

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Va. DOC reopening of correctional facilities to the public

August 11, 2021

The Virginia Department of Corrections reported this week that it began reopening its facilities to the public on July 15 and will enter another important phase of reopening on Sept. 1, when families will be able to visit inmates in 10 facilities across the state. On July 15, all state correctional facilities opened to attorneys […]

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Users Privacy is Paramount: Facebook Kicks off New York University Researchers From Platform

August 7, 2021

By Maria-Paula Facebook late Tuesday disabled the personal accounts, access, and pages, belonging to two New York University academic researchers, Damon McCoy and Laura Edelson connected to the NYU’s Cybersecurity for Democracy project. The duos access to Facebook’s Ad Live was cut off from studying political ads and COVID misinformation in its platform. The worlds […]

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8-year-old dead in school, dumped in morgue in Nairobi, Kenya

August 2, 2021

By Maria- Paula A human rights case is brewing in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, the East African country led by Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the nation’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta. On July 27, 2021 Njeri Migwi, Wambui Ochieng’, Bange Mecha, Rogers Otieno, Julius Omondi, Innocent Joel and Moses Okoth, human rights activists connected […]

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