Author: Jay Atkins

Teen’s slaying leaves doubt about motive in Muslim community

Virginia detectives say the beating death of a teenage Muslim girl appears to have been a case of road rage, but the case has left doubt among Islamic leaders who say it looks too much like a hate crime. Police say 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was bludgeoned with a baseball bat early Sunday by a motorist who drove up to about 15 Muslim teenagers as they walked or bicycled along a road. A funeral service is planned for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for Hassanen at her northern Virginia mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. A vigil also is planned for...

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FBI to detail findings on Congressional baseball shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and other law enforcement officials are planning to detail what happened when a gunman shot a top House Republican and four other people on a northern Virginia baseball field. Leaders of the FBI’s Washington field office will discuss their investigative findings at a news conference Wednesday. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was gravely wounded in the shooting last week. He has undergone several surgeries and remains hospitalized. His condition has been upgraded to serious. Scalise and other congressional Republicans were practicing for their annual charity baseball game against Democrats when a gunman...

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Woman arrested after girl’s assault shared on social media

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police say a 32-year-old woman has been arrested after a video shared on social media showed her allegedly assaulting a child. The Richmond Police Department said Monday that Larita Cosby of Richmond has been charged with domestic simple assault. Police say she has also been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for an unrelated incident. The video shows the woman holding a girl by her hair and hitting the girl repeatedly. Police did not release the relationship between Cosby and the girl. It was not immediately Monday whether Cosby has an...

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Virginia sailor killed in collision remembered as ‘good kid’

PALMYRA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sailor killed on a U.S. Naval destroyer is being remembered as a “good kid” and a dependable volunteer firefighter. The Navy identified 19-year-old Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby of Palmyra as one of the sailors killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the Japanese coast Saturday. The sailors’ bodies were later found inside the wreckage. News outlets report that the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department says Rigsby, a graduate of Fluvanna County High School, joined the department in 2014, following in the footsteps of his mother. Assistant Fire...

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Virginia Zoo wants public’s help in naming baby giraffe

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk needs help naming a new baby giraffe. The Virginian Pilot reports the zoo is taking suggestions for names that start with the letter “I” for the calf born June 4. The calf’s mother is a Masai giraffe named Imara. A zoo spokeswoman called the calf’s birth “a happy surprise,” because zookeepers had suspicions Imara was pregnant but weren’t totally sure. Masai giraffes are native to Tanzania and southern Kenya. They can reach up to 18 feet tall. The calf was 149 pounds and stood 5 feet, 11 inches tall at...

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