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Rising Stars
Students connect academics, real world
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There are 17 Rising Stars at Grace Presbyterian Church in Martinsville.

They are the students enrolled in the Rising Stars program at the Grace Center, a community resource center created at the church to foster success by connecting academics to real-world experiences.

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Fewer face death penalty in Virginia

RICHMOND (AP) — A prosecutor’s decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment’s decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation.

Virginia has sent only six people to death row in the last nine years after sending 40 over the previous eight years, according to statistics compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center. As a result, the state only has eight inmates awaiting execution — down from a high of 57 in 1995 — and unless something changes, Jesse Matthew Jr. won’t be joining them.

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Howell to retire as safety director
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By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

The teamwork and camaraderie between area emergency responders are what Rodney Howell will miss most.

Howell, 66, will retire as director of the Henry County Department of Public Safety on June 1.

“I’ve enjoyed my job and I’ve enjoyed my time here,” said Howell, who joined the department as a part-time fire inspector in 1993, then moved up the ranks to become director in 2012.

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Baltimore curfew is lifted

BALTIMORE (AP) — Six days after riots sparked by Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore’s mayor lifted a citywide curfew Sunday and faith leaders called for continued activism until justice is achieved.

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Farmers market opens in city
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The Martinsville Uptown Farmers Market opened for the season on Saturday. From left, Violet Foley with Snow Creek Nursery waits on John Christian, who is holding his grandson, Mac, and Christian’s daughter-in-law, Leslie Christian. The Christians live in Martinsville. (Bulletin photo by Tim Cox)

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