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Virginia TV reporter, photographer killed in shooting during live inte

26 August 2015 - 09:07 AM

(CNN) - A manhunt is underway for a gunman who killed a local news reporter and photographer on live television Wednesday morning during a routine interview outside Moneta, Virginia.

Alison Parker was interviewing a woman at about 6:45 a.m. when shots rang out. Both women screamed.

As the camera fell to the ground, the audience caught the briefest glimpse of a man who appeared to point a gun toward the downed cameraman.

The station cut away to a shocked anchor, Kimberly McBroom, back in the studio.

Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were killed in the shooting at Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta, the station, WDBJ-TV, reported later.

Ward's fiancée was in the control room and saw the shooting, WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks told CNN.

The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back and is in surgery, said Barb Nocera, the chamber's special projects manager said.

The gunman is believed to have fired six or seven times, Marks said.

He remains on the loose. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has joined in the manhunt, while the ATF and FBI are participating in the investigation. Area schools are on lockdown.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told WTOP radio in Washington that the suspected gunman may be a disgruntled employee of the TV station.

Authorities know the identity of the man believed to be the shooter, a law enforcement official told CNN.

"We do not know the motive. We do not know who the killer is," Marks said. "We do know the Franklin County sheriff ... they are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists," he said during the station's coverage of the shooting.

"Our hearts are broken," Marks further said. "We have people walking around here in tears, lots of hugs."

McBroom described Parker as a "rock star" and said, "You throw anything at that girl and she could do it."

Another journalist at the anchor's desk said Ward was engaged to be married to morning show producer at WDBJ, Melissa Ott, and Ward recently told her, "I'm going to get out of news. I think I'm going to do something else."

Parker is the morning reporter for the Roanoke station and a native of Virginia, having spent most of her life outside Martinsville. She started with WDBJ as an intern, her biography on the station's website says.

She previously worked with another CNN affiliate, WCTI-TV, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

She is a graduate of James Madison University's School of Media Arts and Design in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Chris Hurst, a reporter for the station, tweeted that he and Parker "were very much in love" and had just moved in together after dating nine months, "the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. We just celebrated her 24th birthday."

Hurst described himself as "numb."

"You know, you send people into war zones, you send people into dangerous situations and into riots, and you worry that they are going to get hurt. You send somebody out to do a story on tourism and -- how can you expect something like this to happen?" Marks told CNN.

A local pastor, "a friend of the newsroom," is at the station, consoling Parker's and Ward's co-workers, he said.


http://www.cnn.com/2...-shooting-wdbj/

[MotM] July

02 August 2015 - 06:58 AM

RuneScape Community brings you
Member of the Month


This competition is for the community to decide who they feel has been the best overall member over the past month. The best part of this competition is the community has a chance to choose who will be MotM, as compared to the older competition, where it was solely decided by staff members. To become member of the month, you must show a sense of dedication, and post well throughout the boards. You must also be nominated by a member.

Nomination process


In order to be eligible to nominate a person, you must be a member or above. This means, that you must have at least 50 posts. This is to ensure that no one attempts to cheat and register multiple accounts as junior members just to get their names on the list.

In order to be eligible for nomination, you must be a member. This excludes junior members and senior members*. This is for the purpose of a member gaining some recognition in the community for their successes in posting.
*Note: If a senior member was a member for at least 90% of the month (Take date they were promoted, divide by number of days in the month, multiply by 100 to find percent) in which the competition is for, they may be eligible for nomination.

To nominate a person all you have to do is PM Scott. You must label the PM as "Nomination for MotM". This will make it much easier for me to tally up nominations after I receive them all. You can nominate up to two (2) people, no more. You also may not nominate yourself**. If you do, your nomination will be void, and you will be disqualified from the competition. Also, you must not publicly display who you nominated. This is supposed to be a surprise for everyone who was nominated! Just simply PM me the name(s), and that should be all.
**Note: If you are caught asking others to vote for you, or you are bribing others to vote for you, etc., you will be disqualified from the competition. If you truly deserve the recognition from this competition, you will be nominated.

Voting Process


Following the nomination process, the staff will vote on the members nominated on who they believe is the best candidate for this award. After the voting process, the winner's name will be posted in the RuneScape Community News section of the community.

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Same-sex Marriage Is Legal in All 50 States

26 June 2015 - 08:10 AM

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In a landmark 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage legal in the United States. That means marriage equality has come to all 50 states, including the 13 states where same-sex marriage is illegal.

Today's ruling covers four cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, in which the courts in each respective state asked to uphold marriage bans. In the Supreme Court's opinion, Justice Kennedy writes that the history of marriage is one of "continuity and change" and that the times have changed to meet the needs of gays and lesbians in the country. Marriage between straight couples doesn't differ from marriage between same-sex couples, so upholding laws that discriminate against them is unlawful:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.


http://www.theverge....egal-nationwide

Charleston Church Shooting

18 June 2015 - 09:48 AM

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Nine people were shot to death by a white man at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night -- rocking a nation already grappling with institutional racism and race-related violence.

The gunman entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a weekly Bible study meeting and opened fire around 9 p.m. Eight people were found dead at the scene, police said. Two others were transported to a hospital, where one later died.

The suspect, named as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was captured Thursday morning in Shelby, North Carolina, according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Carson Cowles, Roof's uncle, told Reuters he recognized his nephew in the photograph released by police, and that Roof had received a gun from his father as a birthday gift in April.

“The only reason someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” said Charleston Mayor Joe Riley at a news conference. “It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine.”

President Barack Obama is planning to deliver a statement on the shooting at 11:45 a.m. EST, according to the White House.

http://www.huffingto..._n_7608738.html

[MotM] May

01 June 2015 - 01:38 PM

RuneScape Community brings you
Member of the Month


This competition is for the community to decide who they feel has been the best overall member over the past month. The best part of this competition is the community has a chance to choose who will be MotM, as compared to the older competition, where it was solely decided by staff members. To become member of the month, you must show a sense of dedication, and post well throughout the boards. You must also be nominated by a member.

Nomination process


In order to be eligible to nominate a person, you must be a member or above. This means, that you must have at least 50 posts. This is to ensure that no one attempts to cheat and register multiple accounts as junior members just to get their names on the list.

In order to be eligible for nomination, you must be a member. This excludes junior members and senior members*. This is for the purpose of a member gaining some recognition in the community for their successes in posting.
*Note: If a senior member was a member for at least 90% of the month (Take date they were promoted, divide by number of days in the month, multiply by 100 to find percent) in which the competition is for, they may be eligible for nomination.

To nominate a person all you have to do is PM Scott. You must label the PM as "Nomination for MotM". This will make it much easier for me to tally up nominations after I receive them all. You can nominate up to two (2) people, no more. You also may not nominate yourself**. If you do, your nomination will be void, and you will be disqualified from the competition. Also, you must not publicly display who you nominated. This is supposed to be a surprise for everyone who was nominated! Just simply PM me the name(s), and that should be all.
**Note: If you are caught asking others to vote for you, or you are bribing others to vote for you, etc., you will be disqualified from the competition. If you truly deserve the recognition from this competition, you will be nominated.

Voting Process


Following the nomination process, the staff will vote on the members nominated on who they believe is the best candidate for this award. After the voting process, the winner's name will be posted in the RuneScape Community News section of the community.

Best of luck to everyone! You can start sending me your nominations at this time. Posted Image

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