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Sports · August 10, 2015

8/10 briefing: Marshall cyclist wins Utah race

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Marshall native Joe Dombrowski, 24, wins the Tour of Utah.
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Laurie Cooksey (center) with here children Hannah Cate Cooksey, 16, Blake Cooksey, 22, and Ellis Cooksey, 19, before the bear attack in Bath County.
After 29 years of thrills, the “Shockwave” closed Sunday at Kings Dominion.
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The 24-year-old Marshall native continues to climb the ranks as one of the world’s best cyclists.

Joe Dombrowski won the Tour of Utah on Sunday, putting an exclamation mark on his comeback from leg surgery.

After early success, Mr. Dombrowski’s career halted for nearly two seasons with left leg issues diagnosed as iliac artery endofibrosis. He had surgery and missed most of last season.

The Velo News report on his victory Sunday in Snowbird, Utah:

Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale-Garmin) won the Tour of Utah on Sunday as Lachlan Norris (Drapac Professional Cycling) took the final stage, a 125.5km leg starting and ending on Main Street in Park City.

Norris and Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) came to the line together after the fast descent off the beyond-category Empire Pass, and while Bookwalter was first to jump, it was Norris who was first to finish. Natnael Berhane (MTN-Qhubeka) rounded out the podium in third.

Behind, race leader Dombrowski confirmed his overall title with a ninth-place finish as his main rival for the yellow jersey, Michael Woods (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), slid out in the final left-hand corner.
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Elsewhere in Virginia


Midlothian woman survives bear attack at Douthat State Park

Richmond Times-Dispatch

A Midlothian woman survived a bear attack Saturday at Douthat State Park in Bath County that left her with 14 stitches in her back and 14 in her leg.

An adult female black bear believed to be the attacker was tracked and killed early Sunday. The bear attack prompted the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to close several miles of trails on the west side of state Route 629, which was scheduled to be reopened today.

Laurie Cooksey was hiking Saturday with three of her four children after a day of canoeing and camping the night before. When they reached the Tuscarora Overlook and took a selfie, rain clouds were quickly forming, she said. So about 6 p.m., the foursome headed down the steep, windy trail — with Cooksey and her 19-year-old son Ellis walking ahead of her daughter Hannah Cate, 16, and son Blake, 22.
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Culpeper County High School’s two-year renovation complete for first day of class

Culpeper Star-Exponent

During the two-year renovation at Culpeper County High School, Madeline Clore and many of her classmates had to endure several temporary changes.

“When they started renovating the band room, that was really frustrating,” said the 16-year-old rising senior, whose father is also the school’s longtime band director. “We had to use the auditorium and had to move all our chairs, stands and everything into the auditorium. And that’s where our rehearsals were.”

But when the auditorium was being used for other purposes, the younger Clore said band members had to vacate the school’s assembly room as well.
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Stafford High School continues to see delays, officials say

The Free Lance-Star

The first day of school for Stafford students is less than one month away, and delays persist in the construction of Stafford Senior High School.

The builder’s expected completion date for the $66.6 million school has been pushed back, according to school officials, who say they aren’t totally confident in the new date.

The expected date for substantial completion is Aug. 14, Stafford County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Operations Scott Horan said Wednesday.
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Church members gather at the river for old-fashioned baptismal

The Free Lance-Star

Dressed in a white shirt and olive-colored waders that went up to his chest, Bishop Calvin Davis Sr. called members of his church to him at Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg.

“All right,” he said, “let’s go down to the river.”

What followed was a scene straight out of the New Testament or the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” for those who need a more modern reference.
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Shenandoah County ends push to regulate noise

Northern Virginia Daily (Strasburg)

WOODSTOCK – An effort by Shenandoah County to tackle loud music and noise died Thursday.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 at a work session not to pursue the creation of an ordinance aimed at curbing loud music and other noises in the county.

Chairman David Ferguson and Supervisor Cindy Bailey supported the idea of county staff drawing up a proposed ordinance that the board could then consider at a regular meeting. Ferguson sought the ordinance to give law enforcement a tool to go after people playing loud music or creating other noises. The board would have been required to hold a public hearing on an ordinance. While the board doesn’t usually take official action at its work sessions, members have in recent years used the sessions to determine what topics should move forward to their regular meetings.
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SOL scores reveal testing performance but don’t fill in all the blanks

The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk)

Standards of Learning test results reveal a lot about a school.

The annual pass rates, to be released by the Virginia Department of Education on Tuesday, will show the percentage of students, by school, who met certain targets on core subject tests.

Educators can use the scores to home in on academic problems, and parents can learn how children fared in a certain subject.
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After years of thrilling riders, ‘Shockwave’ closes at Kings Dominion

Richmond Times-Dispatch

When the Shockwave roller coaster opened at Kings Dominion in 1986, it was a big deal for visitors and for park employees.

“There were vigorous arguments about who would test-ride it in the morning,” recalled Mike Byers, who spent the summer of 1991 working the ride. “It was the most demanding ride to work, but also the most energetic and fast-paced. Plus, it was the only ride where the operator’s booth was air-conditioned.”

On Sunday, Byers and his family were among the past and present fans of the Shockwave who queued up to take one last ride before the park shut the attraction down for good at the end of the night.
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Synthetic marijuana use spikes in Danville area

Danville Register & Bee

After 48 hours of lying in a hospital bed hearing his voice outside of his head and feeling an impossible pain behind his left ear, Nathan Adkins decided he needed to tell his story. A month earlier, he was trying to get high on a drug that most tests can’t detect.

“Oh my god I had a bad reaction, probably other than death the worst reaction you can have,” Adkins recounted through tears.

He had spent the last month smoking hand-rolled cigarettes of synthetic marijuana, also called K2. Through the grueling and endless pursuit of a better high, Adkins felt a wide range of highs off the drug that isn’t consistent from one batch to the next due to slight chemical changes.
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