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Friday News: Brawl in Brooklyn; Special Election Set in Virginia State Senate


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, April 15. Also check out video of last night’s brawl in Brooklyn.

  • Video: John Kasich…or Whitbeck? Either way, they are utterly clueless on Judaism (and in general).


  • And the right decision for economic, environmental and moral reasons is…DIVEST NOW!!!

    University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors to Make Decision on Fossil Fuel Divestment

    Fredericksburg, Virginia – 4/15/16: This morning at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center at 9:00 AM EST, the UMW Board of Visitors is set to discuss and make a decision on fossil fuel divestment. The President’s Council on Sustainability Report, which was released on March 29th, outlines two options: 99% and 98% divestment from fossil fuels. This report is the product of a 21 day sit-in last year in George Washington Hall, which ended exactly one year ago today with the arrests of two UMW students and one community member.

    Regardless of the decision by the Board, DivestUMW will continue to push for a more just and sustainable world. Divestment is not the end of the fight for climate justice, but is simply a means to an end. If our university wants to be thought of as a leader in higher education, its administrators must lead with us on the journey to save our planet and its inhabitants.

    “The Board has a moral responsibility to both its students and our planet to vote yes on divestment. Students have been advocating for divestment for over three years, and it is time for the UMW administration to take action. With the support of the University Faculty Council, the Student Government Association, and thousands of individuals, this issue has been advocated through consensus. There is no room for missteps; divestment is the only way forward.”

    – Drew Shannon, Political Science Major, UMW Class of 2019

  • Video of “The Voice” finalist Owen Danoff from a performance at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia back in December 2009 (Danoff is on the right behind the piano player).




  • Check out this group of Virginians running to be delegates for the bigoted neo-fascist.


  • Quizzical

    Greenland ice sheet melting so fast that researchers are shocked

  • Andy Schmookler

    About the unfortunate “Brawl in Brooklyn,” this quote from a Washington Post election news summary:

    ““’Early on, I thought Sanders was making Clinton a better candidate,’ writes New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. ‘But as this feud becomes more poisonous, I fear it tarnishes both.’”

    A terrible missed opportunity, as I see it:

    Bernie and Hillary, Give Us the Campaign We Need

    • I loved Bernie for a long time during this campaign’s beginning and middle periods. Recently, though…uh, no.

  • Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate is Lowest Since June 2008

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percent in March and is now at 4.0 percent—the lowest rate since the June 2008 rate of 3.9 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which increased in March to 5.0 percent.

    Virginia’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 4,900 jobs in March to a total of 3,921,200, setting a new record for employment in the Commonwealth.

    In March, Virginia’s over-the-year employment growth of 2.8 percent surpassed the national growth rate, which was 2.0 percent. Over-the-year growth in the Commonwealth has exceeded the national growth rate for six consecutive months and has been 2.0 percent or higher eight of the last nine months.

    Virginia had the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states and had the fourth best rate among the states east of the Mississippi.

    “I am proud of the continued growth of Virginia’s economy and the real impact it has on Virginia families and communities,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We are working every day to grow and diversify an economy that offers opportunity to people from every walk of life, in every corner of the Commonwealth. These new numbers are a clear indication that those efforts are paying off, but we must continue to expand on our historic success and build a new Virginia economy.”

    “Virginia’s job growth continues to accelerate at an impressive pace,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “The private sector, in particular, is adding jobs in almost every industry. Now is the time for us to continue to make strategic investments in talent, infrastructure and education that will ensure that this season of robust growth endures.”

    From March 2015 to March 2016, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment increased by 108,000 jobs. Over-the-year employment growth has been positive for the past 24 months, with the private sector recording an employment gain of 104,600 jobs, and the public sector gaining 3,400 jobs. Compared to a year ago, on a seasonally adjusted basis, eight of the eleven major industry divisions experienced employment gains.

    For a greater statistical breakdown visit the Virginia Employment Commission’s website at http://www.vec.virginia.gov.

  • Levar Stoney resignation letter notes “the honor and the privilege of serving,” “the most rewarding experience of my life”