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Education
12:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

VEA Marks 150 Years

The Virginia Education Association is commemorating 150 years and 50,000 members.  It was actually as the Civil War was raging in Virginia.

It began  in a Petersburg church by a few men who wanted to make sure children still received an education in wartime.





 

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Robert Christgau contributes regular music reviews to All Things Considered.

Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Hot Glass Festival

Thousands of people will converge on Staunton this week for what will, no doubt, be the hottest event in the nation.

Thirteen years ago, Caroline Sheridan and her husband Doug opened a glass blowing studio in an old Staunton warehouse, and despite a lengthy recession that bankrupted many a business, their enterprise – called Sunspots Glass Studios – has grown steadily as tourists ventured off the highway.

Up to 5,000 visitors are expected during this weekend’s Hot Glass Festival – a free event that will showcase two dozen glass artists from around the country. 

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Bald Eagles in Danger
4:43 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Poisoned Eagles

Federal and state wildlife agencies are searching for those responsible for poisoning six bald eagles last month on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 
 

Ironically, the eagles were found on a farm in Birdsnest, Virginia, a well-known migratory corridor. Eagles often arrive in late winter when food is scarce so they scavenge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say someone may have set out poisoned bait to kill a fox or coyote but killed five eagles instead.

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State Board of Education
4:33 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Changes for Online Educators

No action has been taken yet, but next month when the Virginia State Board of Education meets, it will discuss establishing new licensing requirements for educators who teach only online courses. 

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WVTF, RADIO IQ and New City Arts present "Spring Woodcuts"– new work by Josef Beery

Humanities Week Event
1:57 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Emergency Poems

Credit Keicy Tolbert via UVA

In an emergency, some people turn to drink, while others rely on prayer, but for a small and committed group at the University of Virginia, there’s nothing better in a crisis than poetry.  

 It was a warm spring night on the University of Virginia campus, and dozens of students and faculty members had gathered outside to celebrate Humanities Week and the power of poetry to soothe and console in a crisis. 

Professors Lisa Russ Spaar, Michael Levinson , Clare Kinney and Stephen Cushman organized the event and offered personal definitions of the emergency poem.
 

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