It’s been a month since 20-year-old Grace Mann was murdered in her Fredericksburg home. The University of Mary Washington student had been active with a group called Feminists United, which had been the target of threatening posts online. Now, a national group has filed a complaint with the federal government – charging the school did too little to protect women on campus.
Children typically have a state-provided safety net if they're left without a suitable parent—especially when they've been abused. But what about the elderly adult or someone who suffers from a disability or mental illness? Who do they turn to? Who takes care of them, and who pays for it? These are some of the many questions the Commonwealth is trying to answer.
Last year alone Adult Protective Services investigated more than 17,000 reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation, with about 1,800 of them perpetrated by family members.
While a domestic violence victim may be too afraid or embarrassed to admit that he or she is being abused, pets that witness or endure it don't lie. And now with a backdrop of the trauma endured by pets, animal control, law enforcement, and victims’ advocates are learning how to identify and pursue domestic abuse cases.
It is tick season, and that also means there is a risk of contracting Lyme disease. It’s often said the "Deer tick" is the source of the bacteria that causes the disease in humans but that is not so. The "Lonestar" tick is the one that is known as the deer tick, and that one is not involved in the disease in humans.
The culprit for people is the Blacklegged tick. Tab O’Neal spoke with David Gaines, State Public Health Etymologist with the Virginia Department of Health, about the tick – and how to avoid any encounters.
When it comes to writing about controversial current events, sometimes fiction can go where journalism cannot. A novel by a former journalist examines political corruption and the misdeeds of the powerful. And while it may be a work of fiction, its author says it’s based on real events, people and places.
“I had to change a lot of names, so I had that liberty to flesh things out, to make them larger than life and, of course, to make them dramatic.”