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2:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Big City Graffiti Mural Under Harrisonburg

WMRA News (tw) screencap of Paul Somers / OldSouthHigh video of the BMBPRF duck mural creation

The street artist known in cities as "Bombproof" or just "BMBPRF" has Harrisonburg roots (EMHS Class of 2000) and in November of 2013, he returned to paint a tribute mural.   Apparently, the picture is in the Black's Run tunnel system. The image is a little edgy, a little funky, and a lot of: duck.

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WMRA News
5:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

A Giant Dies in Bridgewater

Risner in early 1965 (Time magazine cover) , in 1973 (USAF photo), and in the 2010s (POWnetwork.org). Composite: WMRA News (tw)

In the fall of 2013, veterans were in the news a lot. First, vets were in the headlines when denied access to the National World War II Memorial during the Government Shutdown of 2013. Shortly afterward, during Veterans Day activities, televised tributes to vets poured in. Between these peaks of veteran-awareness, a giant of military history (and also of sheer human willpower) quietly passed away in Bridgewater, Virginia: General James "Robbie" Risner, age 88.

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WMRA News
2:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

McAuliffe & Clinton Stumping in Virginia

Democractic Candidate for Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe on stage at JMU with former President Clinton
Terry Ward

Early Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, along with President Bill Clinton, made a campaign stop at James Madison University in Harrisonburg as part of their “Putting Jobs First” tour.

Future Campaign Stops:

Wednesday, October 30 at 10:45am
Charlottesville
The Paramount Theater
Tickets link: here
 

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Main Street Community Partnership
1:01 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

School Bomber Foiled by Tipsters and SRO?

Image credit: Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office

An apparent would-be terrorist did not get a chance to launch plans concerning Stonewall Jackson High School; a School Resource Officer (SRO) alerted by Northern Virginia sources who were tipped off by watchers of social media helped prompt a successful bomb squad raid.

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Main Street Community Partnership
3:32 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

School Police Funds Restored in Albemarle

Image credit: (derived from) photo by Wikipedia user Engine173351

During budget cuts in 2008-9, Albemarle county's public schools lost "School Resource Officer" (SRO) funding. SROs are uniformed police officers in schools who once had the somewhat mellow duty of giving "Just Say NO" talks and of being law enforcement's goodwill ambassadors among school kids.  However, the recent wave of mass shootings has rekindled interest in having trained first-responders present in schools.

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Main Street Community Partnership
4:48 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

NPR's Terry Gross in Charlottesville

A Terry Gross lecture (2007). Photo credit: Flickr user Pete via Wikipedia Commons

Fresh Air host Terry Gross will be appearing at The Paramount in Charlottesville, Thursday, September 26. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:34 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Harrisonburg Gets More Artsy Films

Frame of the 1929 film Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov.

Downtown Harrisonburg's Court Square Theater has ramped up the number of films it shows. Now they often have movies daily.  They favor artsy cinema unlikely to appear at chain multiplex moviehouses. Woody Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine, is hitting their screen.

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Main Street Community Partnership
6:44 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

All "Songs" Considered Stars Played Charlottesville

Drawing of an xx album cover; Image credit: Wikipedia Commons users The xx and Quibik

The xx, an English alt-indie-electronic band whose haunting ambient song called Intro frequently appears as bumper music on NPR's All Things Considered, will perform in Charlottesville on Friday (Sept 20, 2013).

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News Archive
6:10 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

WMRA News Partnering with Select Blogs

Image credit: Wikipedia Commons used Themanfrom4g

The headline says it all, no? 

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WMRA News
2:23 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

MLK Street-Rename Opponents (And A Typo?)

Harrisonburg city officials have decided to rename Cantrell Avenue in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., but the decision was not without controversy.

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