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HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.

“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent. > Read more.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above). > Read more.
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Henrico residents urged leniency for McDonnell


UPDATE: JAN. 6, 3 P.M. – Prominent Henrico County residents wrote letters attesting to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s character and integrity and urging a federal judge to show leniency in sentencing him for public corruption.

Senior U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer, who today sentenced McDonnell to two years in prison, received 443 letters from across the country on McDonnell’s behalf, including several from Henrico.

The letter writers included Patricia O’Bannon, who chairs the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. > Read more.

Highland Springs man found dead

A 21-year-old Highland Springs man was found dead Jan. 5 at about 6 p.m. at the intersection of Green Pasture Road and Hanover Road in Eastern Henrico.

Henrico police officers responded to a medical emergency call at the site and found Brandon Nathaniel Wright, of the 100 block of North Rose Avenue in Highland Springs, dead upon arrival. Wright's body showed signs of trauma, according to police. > Read more.

Smoke detector saves family of 5 in Eastern Henrico

The residents of small two story home in Eastern Henrico were awoken early this morning to the sound of a working smoke alarm, which helped save their lives after their house caught fire.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 200 block of South Fern Avenue for the report of a house fire shortly before 7 a.m. and found heavy fire from the second story window of the residence. Initial fire attack crews learned that the entire family of five had made it out of the house safely. > Read more.

Tougher driving laws for seniors take effect

Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers - including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific in-person renewal procedures - took effect Jan. 1 in Virginia.

A new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80. It also shortens the license renewal cycle for drivers 75 and older from every eight years to every five years. > Read more.

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Community

Seeing red

It was a red-out in the nurseries of Bon Secours hospitals Feb. 1, as all the babies were dressed in red knit caps and blankets as part of National Wear Red Day to kick off American Heart Month. At right, St. Mary's Hospital CEO Toni Ardabell holds one of the newborns at that hospital. Each of the knit caps worn by the infants was knitted by Bon Secours volunteers. > Read more.

Troop 3715 earns Bronze Award

Girl Scout Troop 3715, composed of fifth-grade girls from The Collegiate School, recently earned its Bronze Award – a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Troop members are Emma Blackwood, Layla Brinster, Sarah Carrington, Caleigh Deane, Katie Dunn, Chandler Eddleton, Sarah Kate Gentry, Caroline Laskin, Caitlin Long, Gwen Lynch, Teresa Markiewicz and Avery Schebell. The troop donated 113 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to families who adopted pets from the Richmond SPCA and also made and donated more than 1,000 “happy socks” (cat toys constructed from socks stuffed with fiberfill and catnip) to the SPCA. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Two Black History Month events will take place this weekend at Dorey Recreation Center and The Academy at Virginia Randolph. Other weekend options: Celebrate electricity at Meadow Farm Museum or enjoy the sounds of Italian bluegrass music and The Diggity Dudes. Click here for more! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Magnificence on display

Jolie sparkles in Disney’s otherwise odd combination film
Maleficent is not Sleeping Beauty. It’s not a remake; not a prequel; not a version of the same story but from the point of view of the lady with the big horns. It’s not Wicked with a Disney sparkle.

It’s some odd combination of all of them, a film that starts out a straight-ahead Sleeping Beauty prequel, then decides to just be Sleeping Beauty itself and then abruptly yanks away the back half of Sleeping Beauty (boy meets girl, boy murders dragon-woman, boy kisses girl) for something new and different and very Maleficent-heavy. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s a great weekend to have fun and support several local charities. Turning a tragedy into a fundraiser, the Hockey Fights Hunger Campaign will present Jeremy’s Game at SkateNational Plus in Short Pump. The Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center will host its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday. And let the canines in your family in on the fun too! Dogtopia West End will hold a charity dog wash on Sunday to benefit Paws With A Cause. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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