UR law professor earns presidential appointment

President Barack Obama recently announced that he intends to appoint University of Richmond School of Law professor Azizah al-Hibri to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Obama made the announcement in a White House news release issued last week.


"For decades, Azizah al-Hibri has been a leading international voice for religious freedom and human rights," Law School Dean John Douglass said. "We are honored to have her as a colleague at the University of Richmond, and we applaud her appointment to the commission."

Members of the independent, bipartisan, federal commission are appointed by the president and leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Their principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the president, secretary of state and Congress.

In addition to her law school post, al-Hibri is founding editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and founder of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. She has written extensively on Islam and democracy, as well as women's and human rights in Islam. She has traveled extensively throughout the Muslim world in support of women's rights and was a consultant to the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Qatar in the development of that country's personal status code.

al-Hibri guest edited a special volume on Islam by the Journal of Law and Religion and is currently completing a book on the Islamic marriage contract in American courts. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut and both a law degree and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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Deep Run Recreation Center will host a night of water-themed games, relays and activities from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Parent or legal guardian must sign a liability waiver provided on site at the time of drop off. Space is limited to the first 50 children. For ages 8-12. Event is free. For details, call 652-1441 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec. Full text

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