Law & Crime

Animal Welfare
4:51 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Natural Bridge Zoo Responds to Allegations

Last week, the Humane Society of the United States released results of an undercover effort at the Natural Bridge Zoo.  That group wants the federal government to close the place after several animals died.  It’s also asking that the owner be prosecuted for cruelty to animals, but Karl Mogenson insists the zoo did nothing.

The zoo is routinely closed over the winter, but last summer hundreds of people had the chance to see a couple of baby tigers up close.

“I’m so excited --- look, look!  See that?”

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Allegations of Racial Discrimination
4:26 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Former VA McDonald's Workers File Civil Rights Lawsuit

Some former workers at three McDonald’s restaurants in South Boston and Clarkesville have filed a federal civil rights  lawsuit against the chain and one of its franchises. 

The ten former workers , nine are African American, one is Hispanic,  allege supervisors subjected them to racial and sexual harassment. 

Rev. Kevin Chandler, president of the South Boston Halifax Chapter of the NAACP says his organization is backing the lawsuit.

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Law & Crime
8:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Outdated Trafficking Laws Could Soon Be Reformed

Virginia lawmakers say while they ARE crafting more laws to nab sex traffickers, the perpetrators they label as "evil" are getting more aggressive and elusive—which is why it's time to create one standalone statute to be able to prosecute the traffickers. 

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Part 3 of 3
7:48 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Guantanamo Bay: Conclusions from the Gulag of Our Time

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Of nearly 780 detainees brought to a military prison at Guantanamo Bay, most have been sent back to their countries without charges being filed.  Nine died in detention.  After 5 Yemeni prisoners were released to Estonia and Oman yesterday, 122 now remain, and more than half could be released if the Obama administration finds a country that will take them.  Sandy Hausman spoke with Michael Lehnert, a retired Marine General who served for many years in Virginia before building the prison at GTMO.

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Part 1 of 3
8:17 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Guantanamo Bay: General Who Built Island Prison Reflects

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During the last two years of the Obama administration, the president appears determined to make good on one of his first campaign promises -- to close Guantanamo Bay.  The Virginia-trained general who built GTMO reflects on what happened there, shared little-known details about life at the island prison with an audience at the University of Richmond.  

Major General Michael Lehnert had completed many challenging assignments in more than 30 years of military service, but none quite like the order he got in January of 2002.

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