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Gene Marrano

(ABC News) At least three people, all wearing orange wristbands, died from drug overdoses early Sunday and four others were hospitalized after police responded to a medical emergency at an apartment complex in Pittsburgh, officials said.

Police and paramedics were called to the Southside Works City Apartments around 2 a.m. and discovered seven people in medical distress, including two who were unresponsive, police said. All of the victims were wearing orange wristbands apparently connected a venue they had been to Saturday night, police said.
“The victims — including three people who died and four who remain hospitalized — appear to have been at the same venue together, and then to have gone to a second location at a private residence where they apparently overdosed on drugs,” the Pittsburgh Police Department said in a statement. “The victims all took the narcotics at the same time and in the same location.”

Police did not immediately say what kind of drugs the victims overdosed on, but expressed concern about a “tainted, potentially deadly batch of drugs in the community.” One man was found passed out in the street outside the apartment building and later died, police said at a news conference. Another victim was found unresponsive in an elevator, according to authorities.
When police officers went inside the apartment where the drugs were allegedly taken, they found five other people in need of medical assistance, authorities said.


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police in Norfolk say four people are dead following a fiery car crash at the city’s airport. Police say the car was headed toward the departures area at Norfolk International Airport early Saturday when it left the road, crashed into a tree and caught fire. Authorities say the crash was reported around 1 a.m. They say the four people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims have not been identified. Authorities say the crash remains under investigation.

(Fox News) In the midst of brewing economic escalation, White House adviser Larry Kudlow said he couldn’t promise a finalized trade deal with China by the 2020 election, but claimed a major trade announcement was coming, during an interview with CNN. “I can’t make any promises. I don’t want to make any forecasts,” he said Sunday, on “State of the Union.” “I will repeat, however, that the negotiations between the two great countries continue. And I think it’s always better to talk than not to talk.”

Kudlow claimed the announcement of a trade deal with China was forthcoming and said the U.S. is simultaneously closing a separate deal, which would encompass Mexico and Canada as well. “We’re planning on having China come and… there’s an imminent announcement coming, this afternoon here… with a large-scale trade deal with China that would include agriculture, as well as e-commerce and other areas,” he said. “Not only is there a successful trade deal being brokered with Japan, but we have a terrific deal with USMCA — our partners in Canada and Mexico, which will add between half to one percentage point additional GDP per year.”

Gov. Ralph Northam

Governor Ralph Northam, who has made a number of moves including calling for the removal of Confederate monuments and signage since his own blackface scandal earlier this year has now announced the establishment of a Commission on African American History Education. The Commission is “charged with reviewing Virginia’s history standards, and the instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African American history in the Commonwealth,” according to a news release from the Governor’s office (excerpted below).

Hampton – Governor Northam made the announcement speaking at the 2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing, a ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in 1619.  “The full history of Virginia is complex, contradictory, and often untold—and we must do a better job of making sure that every Virginia graduate enters adult life with an accurate and thorough understanding of our past, and the pivotal role that American Americans have played in building and perfecting our Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam.

“The important work of this Commission will help ensure that Virginia’s standards of learning are inclusive of African American history and allow students to engage deeply, drawing connections between historic racial inequities and their continuous influence on our communities today.” The Executive Order tasks the Commission with issuing a report no later than July 1, 2020, with recommendations for improving the student experience.

(LYNCHBURG PD) The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that occurred at JoJo Pizza overnight. On August 4 at 10:37 a.m., officers responded to 1400 Lakeside Drive for a report of breaking and entering. An unknown offender or offenders were able to escape with an undisclosed amount of money.  The Lynchburg Police Department extends its appreciation to the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted the investigation with the use of a police K9.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Davis at 434-455-6166, or Crime Stoppers at (888)798-5900. Enter a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s attorney general has decided not to appeal a ruling that struck down a state law allowing police to arrest and jail people designated as “habitual drunkards.” Mark Herring said Friday that he will not appeal the ruling last month by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a statement, Herring called the law “strange and regressive” and said Virginia’s General Assembly should have taken it off the books a long time ago. Herring said the state “can find better ways” to address alcohol disorders. The full appeals court found that the law is unconstitutionally vague, reversing earlier rulings dismissing a lawsuit challenging the law.

Virginia Amateur Sports website

The opening ceremony for the biennial State Games of America capped a busy Friday and signaled the start of a hectic final two days around the greater Lynchburg area. Virginia Amateur Sports president Dan Foutz said around 11,000 athletes have either competed in events or are scheduled to compete from Monday through Sunday in the biennial State Games of America. The athletes range from age four (track & field) to 94 (figure skating). There are 46 sports being played at 44 different venues in the greater Lynchburg area, Roanoke and Christiansburg. Forty-nine of the 50 states are represented (North Dakota did not send any athletes), plus athletes from Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Spain, France and Mexico also are in attendance. The Commonwealth Games of Virginia has made a multiyear commitment to the Lynchburg area and lured the State Games for 2019. (from News and Advance reporting)

The Lynchburg Hillcats organization is issuing an apology for what it calls last night’s “lackluster” fireworks show after the game. Hillcats president Chris Jones says they are addressing that issue with the fireworks company. In the meantime, everyone is invited back to City Stadium tomorrow for a night of free baseball — and another fireworks show.

From the Lynchburg Hillcats: “On behalf of the entire Lynchburg Hillcats organization, we would like to apologize to our fans for yesterday’s disappointing fireworks show,” said Hillcats President Chris Jones. “We understand how much fireworks mean to our fans and community, especially on Independence Day, and the satisfaction of our fans is our highest priority. We are currently in communication with the fireworks company to address the unfortunate deficiencies with the show that was supposed to be the biggest and best of the year.”

With that in the mind, the Hillcats would like to invite the entire community back to City Stadium on Saturday, July 6, to enjoy the baseball game and our next fireworks show FREE of charge. Anyone that has already purchased tickets for July 6 will be able to redeem those for any other fireworks night for the remainder of the season.