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The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday defeated a bill that would have kept secret the lethal injection process used in executing death row inmates, even under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Senate Bill 1393 sought to keep confidential the names of pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the chemicals used for lethal injections. Many of these foreign companies have been under public scrutiny for facilitating the death penalty and stopped selling the drugs for executions in the U.S.
The bill, which had passed the Senate 23-14 on Feb. 10, failed in the House on a 42-56 vote.
Virginia gives inmates the choice between death by the electric chair or lethal injection, which involves a three-drug compound. > Read more.
Last summer, Kate Noon, a mother of two in Richmond, read a news article about Virginia’s dubious distinction as a state where women don’t have the right to breast-feed their children in public. It made her angry, and so she called her state delegate, Jennifer McClellan. About the same time, 100 miles away in Fairfax County, Rebecca Geller, had recently given birth to her third child. “While nursing my newborn daughter, I was alarmed to learn that Virginia did not have legal protections in place for breast-feeding women who wanted to feed their children in public places,” she said. So Geller reached out to her delegate, Dave Albo.
The two mothers were working in parallel paths, attempting to update the law on breast-feeding in Virginia. It is one of three states – along with South Dakota and Idaho – where women lack the right to breast-feed in public. > Read more.
At the 2015 NASCAR Marketing and Communications Summit, the Richmond International Raceway marketing team was presented with the 2014 Track Marketing Team of the Year by NASCAR. RIR developed a three-year strategy to retain first-time fans, re-engage lapsed fans and drive loyalty among avid and casual fans while also revitalizing the track brand. From TV to radio, direct marketing and social media, RIR worked to ensure that all marketing campaign elements were consistent. Coupled with this program is a steady effort to further enhance ticket value to create a thrilling, memorable and unparalleled race-day experience. The RIR team successfully executed popular and creative fan-focused platforms in 2014, that required coordination across many industry stakeholders. Two of these programs were the inaugural Track Takeover in April and Post-Race Party in September, which debuted to resounding successes. Both events gave fans unique access to the facility and NASCAR’s stars as a part of their race ticket. > Read more.
The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow home-schooled students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, debate and band at their local public school.
Senators voted 22-13 in favor of House Bill 1626, sponsored by Del. Robert Bell, R-Albermarle. The bill had already passed the House on a vote on 57-41.
The legislation, known as the “Tebow Bill,” states that public schools could allow students under home instruction to engage in extracurricular activities. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/18/2015 Public Safety
A Henrico County man was arrested after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Jan. 15, when the TSA officers detected a gun along with dozens of rounds of ammunition in his carry-on bag.
TSA officers detected the .22 caliber semi-automatic gun loaded with six rounds in the Sandston, Virginia, resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. TSA officers also detected an additional magazine loaded with six more rounds and a pill case with 48 more bullets inside of it, all in the traveler’s carry-on bag. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/17/2015 Features
One hundred people attended the opening of an art exhibit hosted by Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation Feb. 6 at the Robinson Gallery at Lakewood, a continuing care retirement community in western Henrico County.
The exhibit featured works by two residents of Lakewood: woodcarver Margaret Leith and photographer Bill Draper (pictured).
Leith has been carving wood for nearly 15 years. An engineering design draftsperson in her career, she always loved architecture and wood. > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 09/15/2014
Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.
Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.
As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.
Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.
"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen has opened registration for its Winter/Spring 2015 classes, which include more than 120 offerings for children, teens, adults and families.
The classes will cover topics ranging from confectionary arts to ceramics to fiber arts, visual arts, performance arts and more. The center structures instruction to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages.
Class sizes are kept small, with generally no more than 15 students per session. > Read more.
The holidays are over and it’s time to sit back and relax. Winter-themed movies like Ice Age and Frozen are playing this weekend, as well as Cha Cha’s Cadillac and the RJ Marshall Band – both performing at Sonny’s Bar and Grill in Lakeside. You can also check out comedian Faizon Love at the Richmond Funny Bone. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Melito’s earns its longevity with classic meals
Melito's has been around as long as I can remember; in fact it’s been around longer than I can remember; the business is more than 30 years old.
Since I was a little girl, my family has been making memories at Melito’s. It’s the place where my date took me for prom and where my family ate after church on Sundays.
There is something familiar and reliable about this old favorite situated at the corner of Three Chopt and Eastridge roads. It's not in the city and it's not in Short Pump, but it finds its home near Regency Mall and Westbury Pharmacy, a nice reprieve from both central locations.
The bar is always full and the line is usually out the door with families, couples and diners of every age waiting to get a classic, American meal in friendly wooden booths. Every time I step into the cozy hole-in-the-wall restaurant, it is packed from wall to wall. > Read more.
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