An emerging baseball star gets rescued from kidnappers while a local guy wins the Cy Young award, Mayor Jones’ next door neighbor gets becomes the new battleground of Occupy Richmond, and Google adds ANOTHER thing to its plate. This is your week in review.
Last week, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in Venezuela while preparing to play winter baseball. After a couple of days with no word from his captors, I thought for sure Ramos was dead. But on Friday, Venezuelan police busted in and shot up the place where Ramos we being held. Hooray! Crazily, the guy is going to stay in Venezuela and play in the winter league!
A woman’s body was pulled from the James River near the Huguenot Bridge. Her abandon truck was found nearby.
- Woman’s body retrieved from James River near Huguenot Bridge; Richmond Times Dispatch
- James River Deaths; James River News Hub
Despite the effort Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli put into getting Virginia’s challenge to Obama’s Health Care Reform in front of the Supreme Court, it looks like SCOTUS will be hearing Florida’s (not Flo Rida’s) case instead. Several states had cases against “Obamacare” headed toward the Supreme Court, all on different merits. Confused? Make sure you read Cuccinelli’s take below.
- 4th Circuit ruling: My Take; Cuccinelli.com
- Justices to Hear Health Care Case as Race Heats Up; New York Times
The Occupy Richmond protestors continued their nomadic voyage across Richmond, and this time ended up next door to the Mayor’s house. After #occupyrichmond was evicted from various public parks, the publisher of the Richmond Free Press offered up his yard as a temporary encampment. Luckily for occupiers (and unluckily for Mayor Jones?) he lives next door to the Mayor!
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Local guy Justin Verlander was unanimously awarded the American League Cy Young award. The Detroit Tigers pitcher posted 24 wins, a 2.40 earned run average, and 250 strikeouts. That is CRAZY good! Verlander went to Goochland High School and attended college at Old Dominion University. He was the Tiger’s first round draft choice in 2006.
Some small start-up company named Google launched its foray into the digital music realm with Google Music. Attempting to compete with iTunes’ digital domination of the music industry, Google Music will offer over 13 million songs at a going rate of $0.69-$1.29 per track.