Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in Washington, where he was accused of punching a man who tried to join a picture the singer was taking with two women outside a hotel.
Brown was sentenced to time served on Tuesday. He had been in jail for two days in the case.
He had been arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in October after the scuffle outside the W hotel. The victim in the case says Brown hit him after he tried to get in a photograph Brown was taking with two women.
Brown had previously acknowledged to a judge in Los Angeles that he had violated probation by committing a crime in Washington. He had been on probation for a 2009 attack on the singer Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time.
FORMER GOVERNOR TRIAL
Jury to begin deliberations in ex-governor trial
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal jury will hear instructions from a judge before beginning deliberations in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
U.S. District Judge James Spencer is to read his instructions to the seven-man, five-woman jury Tuesday morning. Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up the five-week trial Friday.
The McDonnells are charged with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.
Bob McDonnell testified he did nothing other than extend routine political courtesies to Williams. Maureen McDonnell did not testify.
Williams testified under immunity that he spent freely on the McDonnells only to secure help promoting his company's chief product, the anti-inflammatory Anatabloc.
Richmond's J.E.B Stuart monument vandalized
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond police are searching for whoever spray-painted graffiti on the city's J.E.B. Stuart monument.
Police tell media outlets that someone spray-painted an expletive followed by "work" on the monument honoring the Civil War general. There also was a drawing of what appeared to be a hammer and a sickle.
The vandalism was discovered Monday.
Police say they have no suspects.
The monument is one of several commemorating Civil War Confederate figures on Monument Avenue. There also is a monument honoring Richmond native and tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.
ERIC CANTOR-NEW JOB
Ex-House majority leader joins investment bank
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has a new job as vice chairman and managing director of a global independent investment bank.
New York-based Moelis & Company announced Cantor's appointment Tuesday in a news release.
Cantor lost his re-election bid in the June primary and left Congress in August. The Virginia Republican had served seven terms representing the state's 7th Congressional District.
Cantor says in the release that he considered his career options and knew he wanted to join a firm with what he calls "a great entrepreneurial spirit that focused on its clients."
Moelis & Company has 15 offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Virginia farm real estate value increases
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The value of farm real estate in Virginia has increased over the past year.
A federal survey shows that the value of land and buildings on farms was an average $4,320 per acre this year. That's up from $4,310 per acre in 2013.
Cropland value increased by $10 per acre to $4,460. The value of pastureland was unchanged at $3,930.
Cash rent paid for cropland also increased. Irrigated cropland rent paid to landlords rose by $15 to an average $100 per acre. Dryland cropland rent increased by $4 to an average $54 per acre.
Cash rent paid for pasture was unchanged at an average $21 per acre.
The survey was conducted by the National Agriculture Statistics Service.
WASHINGTON POST PUBLISHER
Politico founder to be Washington Post publisher
WASHINGTON (AP) - Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as publisher of The Washington Post and will be replaced by Frederick Ryan, who previously led Politico.
Weymouth, a member of the Graham family that owned the Post for 80 years, announced Tuesday that she will leave the Post after serving for 17 years in various roles. She has been publisher for seven years.
The move follows the sale of the publication last year to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.
On Tuesday, Bezos also announced the appointment of Ryan as the new publisher. Ryan had served as president and CEO of the political news outlet Politico, which he co-founded in 2007. In the 1980s, Ryan was chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan.
In a statement, Ryan called the Post a "crown jewel" of journalistic values.
DC POLICE SHORTAGE
DC could face police shortage amid retirements
WASHINGTON (AP) - A significant increase in retirements and departures of some young officers could leave the District of Columbia with a severe shortage of police officers as the city continues to grow.
The Washington Post reports hundreds of officers who joined the force during a hiring binge 25 years ago are at or near retirement age.
At the same time, younger officers are leaving the D.C. police force for better pay with suburban police departments or cite complaints with the city bureaucracy.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the department is going to fall behind. She says she is hiring 300 officers a year, which is the maximum she can with her budget and training resources. The department has nearly 4,000 officers, and Lanier says it should not get much smaller.
SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS
1st day of classes brings changes for Va. schools
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - About 400,000 Virginia students are heading back to school in the Washington area and will find some changes this year.
In Fairfax County, one of the biggest changes is the elimination of early release Mondays for elementary students. That will provide more instructional time and could eliminate the need to add makeup days for snow.
The county is also opening a second building for Bailey's Elementary after converting a five-story office building to relieve overcrowding. Fairfax expects to enroll nearly 187,000 students, making it the largest school division in Virginia.
In Prince William County, 600 teachers have joined the school system. It will enroll 86,000 students.
High school students in Alexandria will find new city-issued computer tablets, and Arlington students can take American Sign Language classes for the first time.
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