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13 May 2011

Slave Names Will Be ‘Unknown No Longer’

This fall, the Virginia Historical Society will launch a free, searchable online database of Virginia slave names called “Unknown No Longer.” It will allow people, especially African-Americans, to trace their ancestry without compromising their privacy or paying fees.

13 May 2011

The Struggle to Commemorate Slavery

The Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality want to give the African Burial Ground in Richmond the respect it deserves. First, that means persuading Virginia Commonwealth University to stop using the site as a parking lot.

01 May 2011

Transsexual’s Smile Hides Pain-Filled Life

Dawn Storrud was born with a male body, but from around age 3, she says, she felt that deep down, she was female. As a result, Storrud said, she faced discrimination, harassment and even violence as a child and later as a transgender woman. Today, she advocates in Virginia for equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

22 Apr 2011

VCU Gives Earth Day the Green Light

Students, faculty and staff crowded the Student Commons Plaza on Friday to celebrate Earth Day. This year marked VCU’s fourth celebration of the international event

01 Mar 2011

With Camel, VCU Celebrates Qatar Day

Hundreds of VCU students, faculty and staff members on Tuesday celebrated VCU Qatar Day, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Middle East — and even a camel — on the Student Commons Plaza.

25 Feb 2011

Tribute to Unwitting Medical Contributor

Members of the Virginia General Assembly honored Henrietta Lacks’ memory and presented her family with a resolution highlighting “her amazing legacy, which has altered medical research and care and relieved the suffering of untold millions.”

05 Feb 2011

Faith and Hope in Fighting Childhood Obesity

On United Methodist Day at the General Assembly, church leaders held a press conference to discuss childhood obesity and legislation to fight it.

03 Feb 2011

Flu Season Is Back with a Bang

As the weather warms slightly, cases of influenza in Virginia are increasing. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between Jan. 23 and Jan. 29, Virginia was one of 30 states where flu has been widespread.

30 Jan 2011

CNS Stories for Week 3 (Jan. 24-30)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Marijuana Decriminalization Advocates Unfazed” … “Animal Cruelty Bill Sparks Controversy” … “Panel Kills Fines For Not Removing Snow” … “When Can We Ride The Tide?”

20 Jan 2011

Gay Rights Group Lobbies For Equality

At least 75 members of Equality Virginia, the state’s foremost gay rights organization, gathered Wednesday at the Library of Virginia for the group’s annual Lobby Day. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and heterosexual men and women from all over Virginia participated.

16 Jan 2011

Lawmakers Target Discrimination Against Gays

At least eight measures in this year’s General Assembly take aim against discrimination based on sexual orientation.