SUFFOLK Residents of a weekend apartment fire in downtown Suffolk were waiting to be escorted into the building to gather personal belongings today. More than 60 residents – and two cats - were displaced from the eight-story Suffolk Towers at the corner of Market and Main streets when a fire broke out in a fourth-floor electrical room on Sunday afternoon.
RALEIGH, N.C. A coalition of North Carolina news organizations is suing the state's flagship public university to force it to disclose the nine campus employees fired or disciplined for their roles in a scheme allowing fake classes and generous grades.
RICHMOND Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that Virginia's economy is in a "very perilous" situation with potential federal defense cuts looming and that he's open to eliminating tax relief programs — including one that partially offsets the state's much maligned car tax — to fill a state budget gap.
CHARLOTTESVILLE A fraternity leader at the University of Virginia said Monday that a female student's account of being gang-raped by seven men during a party made him "sick to my stomach."
NEWPORT NEWS Police are looking for a man whose attempt to rob a convenience store early this morning was thwarted when he saw how much there was in cash drawer. About 12:30 a.m., the man went into the 7-Eleven at 744 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. and demanded cash from the clerk, police wrote in a news release. When the clerk showed the man how much was in the register, he cursed and left.
APPOMATTOX Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's copy of the terms of his surrender is returning to Appomattox for a public exhibit. The documents will be displayed at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park as part of its Civil War sesquicentennial exhibits.
RICHMOND The Virginia State Police has added 50 new troopers to its ranks. A graduation ceremony was held for the troopers on Friday at the State Police Training Academy in Chesterfield County. They were to report to individual duty assignments on Monday for six weeks of final training.
NEW YORK Sotheby's auction house says its multi-day sales of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon's furnishings, art, jewelry and other objects totaled $218 million. Three works — two paintings by Mark Rothko and a Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond — fetched over $30 million. The 9.75-carat, pear-shaped gem set an auction record for any blue diamond.
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