A group of seven former and current rural female mail carriers working out of the Hayes Post Office won a collective $519,000 judgment against the U.S. Postal Service earlier this summer over claims they were subjected to continuing sexual harassment, disparaging and offensive comments and verbal and physical intimidation by a male co-worker and bosses who failed to take action on their complaints. He frequently made disparaging remarks about women saying they should be “barefoot and pregnant” and not in the work place, and he told one woman he wished her sister who was sick with cancer would hurry up and die because he was sick of hearing about her illness.
Then, at 5:15 p.m. yesterday, Gov. Bob McDonnell called Johnathon Montgomery and told him he was granting him a conditional pardon. The governor apologized for the injustice that has kept him locked up for the past four years. The pardon allowed for Montgomery’s immediate release about a month after his accuser admitted she lied in 2008 when she claimed Montgomery sexually assaulted her eight years earlier. Though he is not “restricted in movement,”Montgomery must get approval to travel out of the state. Officials are considering a plan that would allow him to travel to his father’s home in North Carolina for Thanksgivng.
STRATEGICALLY PLACED THE DAY AFTER BLACK FRIDAY IS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, A DAY DESIGNED TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE THAT SMALL BUSINESS IS THE ENGINE THAT KEEPS THE ECONOMY GOING. NICOLE RILEY, THE STATE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES (N-F-I-B), SAYS THIS FAIRLY NEW EVENT IS COUNTER TO BLACK FRIDAY, WHICH TENDS TO FOCUS ON THE BIG BOX STORES. A RECENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE N-F-I-B AND AMERICAN EXPRESS FINDS THAT NEARLY HALF OF ALL INDEPENDENT MERCHANTS PLAN TO INCORPORATE SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY INTO THEIR HOLIDAY MARKETING PLANS, WHILE TWO THIRDS PLAN TO OFFER SPECIAL DISCOUNTS ON SATURDAY.
The Virginia-based charity Operation Blessing International is teaming up with a community-based group to serve up a Thanksgiving feast for first responders in a waterfront New York community hit especially hard by Superstorm Sandy. The feast will be served up Wednesday in Breezy Point, N.Y., where roughly 100 homes burned to the ground in a massive wind-swept fire. Operation Blessing has already delivered 280,000 pounds of food, water and supplies to Sandy’s victims.
An arsonist is on the loose on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Virginia State Police say there have been 16 fires set at abandoned structures in Accomack County since Nov. 13. No injuries have resulted from the fires. Investigators with the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office and the state police criminal investigation office in Chesapeake are seeking the public’s help with any sightings of vehicles or people near the torched structures. A reward of $5,000 is being offered by the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators for an arrest and conviction.
Three Virginia State Parks have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. All three parks were developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid-1930s and later became part of Virginia’s park system. The three are: Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland County, Holliday Lake State Park in Appomattox County and Twin Lakes State Park in Prince Edward County. The CCC was created by President Franklin Roosevelt to help put Depression-era men back to work. Like the first six Virginia State Parks, the three parks added to the National Register were developed by the CCC.