The director of archaeology at Historic Jamestowne is receiving one of Britain’s highest honors. Officials say William Kelso became an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington on Friday. Under Kelso’s leadership, archaeologists at Historic Jamestowne have discovered more than 1.4 million artifacts on Jamestown Island including the location of the original 1607 James Fort. Current excavations also have revealed the location of a church dating to 1608.
UVA is among 12 schools to offer free courses online. President Teresa Sullivan said in a statement that the online classes will expand the Charlottesville school’s role in global education while reinforcing its core mission of teaching, research and public service. Online higher-ed delivery was among topics that arose during Sullivan’s ouster and subsequent reinstatement. The first four partner institutions in the online courses were Princeton, University of Michigan, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania.
Citizens wishing to serve as officers of election in this November’s General Election may now volunteer online at www.sbe.virginia.gov/officers. Polling places will be busy on Election Day, and general registrars throughout the Commonwealth are seeking reliable and friendly individuals to serve both on and the days leading up to Election Day. Those who serve as Officers of Election are an integral part of the elections process and assist citizens in a successful and pleasant voting experience. The only qualification to serve as an officer of election is that the applicant be registered to vote.
Newport News has agreed to “Ban the Box” “have you been convicted of a crime” question from the initial job application. City job applicants will still be screened for past crimes, and it doesn’t apply to certain departments, such as police and fire. The criminal background check will now occur much later in the hiring process, The new policy would not apply to any other employer other than the city of Newport News. The change comes about after the city was petitioned by Good Seed, Good Ground, a local non-profit group that helps residents who have a difficult time landing a job.
The mother of an inmate who died after another prisoner attacked him is suing the state for $3.5 million. The lawsuit claims guards at Red Onion State Prison didn’t respond to Kawaski Bass’ pleas for help. It also says the state failed to adequately train or supervise employees responsible for maintaining safety within the housing unit where Bass was attacked. The department has said Bass was attacked in a cell at the Wise County prison on Sept. 6, 2011. He died early the next morning at a hospital in Roanoke. Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor says the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has built an early fundraising edge over his rival for next year’s Republican gubernatorial nomination, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The two men have spent about the same: just over $400,000, counting expenses. Bolling had a two-year head start in fundraising for the 2013 governor’s race. Cuccinelli didn’t enter the race until November. The GOP nominee will be chosen at a statewide convention next June.