Archive for July, 2015

Riots At the University of Virginia Campus

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

After several days of unrest and violence order seems to be restored to the UVA campus in Charlottesville, VA.
A riot began on the evening of the 15th following the acquittal of three Charlottesville policemen for their part in the January shooting of a student and the subsequent unrest. Angry protesters and students stormed the county courthouse and several buildings on campus.
Authorities secured the courthouse by the following morning. The last rioters were not dispersed on campus until Friday night.
Damage estimates are still being prepared.

Student Volunteers Save Historical District from Fire.

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

A major fire broke in Lexington, VA on Tuesday the 21st. The blaze began at a gas station and spread to several nearby buildings. High winds pushed the flames in the direction of the historic downtown district.
Local firefighters were joined by cadets from the Virginia Military Institute and students from Washington and Lee University. Together they contained the fire and prevented damage to the many historical buildings in the area.

Chemical Spill Closes Interstate

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Saturday July 4th
An accident on I-81 /I-64 resulted in a spill of Uranium hexaflouride being transported to Oak Ridge Nation Laboratory. The spill caused the closing of both north and south bound sections of the interstate. All traffic is being rerouted onto alternate routes creating major traffic blockage in the Shenandoah valley.

Clean up of the spill has begun but authorities expect the Interstate to remain closed for several days.  The exact scale of the contamination is still being determined.