We’ll see cooler, cloudier weather today and tomorrow, according to Meteorologist Myles Henderson of WTKR News 3.
Warmer temperatures and more sunshine are expected as we close out the workweek. The weather over the weekend should be ideal for the many outdoor events planned, like the Mariners’ Park Fall Festival and Scrumptious 2022.
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Now to the news.
1. Nao Trinidad, a replica of a tall ship commanded by Magellan, has docked in Yorktown.
- The Nao Trinidad, a life-size replica of a ship commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century, has docked at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. It will be open to visitors through Nov. 6.
- The ship is based on the Armada del Maluco, which was commanded by Magellan during his first expedition around the world from 1519-1522. According to the Nao Trinidad’s website, the original ship left Seville, Spain, in August 1519 and sailed across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Philippines.
- The Nao Trinidad weighs 200 tons, and it’s over 95 feet long and 26 feet wide. The ship has four masts, five sails and five decks. Additionally, it features an interactive, educational display about Magellan’s circumnavigation around the world.
- The ship will be open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm through Nov. 6. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children and $35 for families (2 adults and up to 3 kids). However, admission will be free until Nov. 3. School groups that arrive on a bus will receive free admission to see the ship any day.
The Nao Trinidad, a life-size replica of a 16th-century ship commanded by Ferdinand Magellan, has docked at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. (Photo by Visit Yorktown).
2. Colonial Williamsburg is offering new programming in November for Native American Heritage month.
- Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating National Native American Heritage Month by offering new programming through its American Indian Initiative.
- As part of the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to tell an accurate and more complete story of America’s origins, the American Indian Initiative will offer a variety of special programs throughout November, including the public debut of Oconostota, Colonial Williamsburg’s newest Nation Builder. Oconostota is a member of the Cherokee nation and part of a Cherokee delegation that came to Williamsburg in 1777.
“Members of local tribes including the Pamunkey, Mattaponi and Chickahominy as well as representatives from tribal nations from farther away like the Cherokee, Shawnee and Wyandot had a profound influence on what we think of as American culture and democracy today,” said Fallon Burner, Colonial Williamsburg’s Assistant Research Historian focusing on Indigenous histories. “Better understanding of those influences not only humanizes and honors the people of the past but also brings us to a more accurate understanding of how our nation and culture were forged.”
- Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative – established with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2002 – was designed to give a voice to the untold stories of the native people of eastern North America.
- Since its inception, the initiative has hosted panel discussions and lecture series, renewed relationships with American Indian descendant communities, facilitated community discussions and created numerous programs featuring the histories of 18th-century American Indians. For additional information and a full list of the special programs offered for National Native American Heritage Month, visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website.
Kody Grant, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta and a descendant of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, portrays Colonial Williamsburg Nation Builder Oconostota at the Governor’s Palace. (Photo by Brendan Sostak, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation).
3. Williamsburg police are looking for two armed robbery suspects.
- Investigators are asking for the community’s help in identifying two suspects who carried out an armed robbery in the 400 block of Dunning Street in Williamsburg at about 9 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
- According to police, two suspects with guns approached a man while he was in his vehicle. One of the suspects struck the victim in the face with a pistol and stole $800 in cash from him. One of the suspects fired a gun during the robbery. Both men then fled the area on foot.
- The victim went to Sentara Regional Medical Center at about 10:45 pm and reported that he was assaulted and robbed. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
- Police describe the suspects as black men who were wearing dark clothing, including ski masks that covered their faces. One suspect is reportedly between 5’10” and 6’0″ tall with a skinny to average build. The other is described as between 5’6″ and 5’9″ tall with an average build.
- Anyone who has information about either suspect’s identity is asked to call investigators at (757) 220-2331. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online. Police are currently offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
4. Jamestown Rediscovery welcomed The Colonial Dames of America for a special rededication of newly restored historic gates.
- The Colonial Dames of America (CDA) recently visited Jamestown Rediscovery to re-dedicate the historic site’s newly-revitalized North Gates. The gates were originally donated by CDA over 100 years ago in 1907.
- The North Gates are located at the entrance to Jamestown Island. They welcome staff and distinguished guests to the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation’s offices, research center and collections lab.
- While the gates survived for decades, they began to show signs of wear after enduring more than a century of changing seasons. With the support of CDA, Jamestown Rediscovery’s Director of Collections and Conservation, Michael Lavin, took action to restore the gates. He enlisted a world-renowned monuments conservator and a master welder to develop a unique restoration plan. After an extensive process that began in 2019, the gates were reinstalled over the summer.
“The CDA North Gates are more than simply an entrance to Jamestown Island,” said James Horn, President of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation. “They stand as a symbol of the enduring friendship and partnership between The Colonial Dames of America and Jamestown, and we are deeply humbled by their generous and continuing support.”
- The Colonial Dames of America is the oldest colonial society in America, according to the organization’s website. Founded in 1890, CDA works to promote historic preservation and the study of early U.S history.
The Colonial Dames stand in front of the restored North Gates. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown Rediscovery).
5. A fiery crash in Hampton left a man with serious injuries.
- A man was transported to the hospital via Nightingale medevac after sustaining serious injuries from a crash Monday afternoon on I-64 in Hampton. The accident happened shortly after 4:00 pm on LaSalle Avenue.
- According to a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, a Ford safety cushion truck made a lane change into the path of a 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that was pulling a small camper. The camper overturned in the roadway upon collision. The Ford truck then ran off the road through the guardrail and into trees, catching on fire.
- The driver of the Ford truck, a 58-year-old man from Virginia Beach, is believed to have suffered a medical emergency, according to the investigation. He was life-flighted to the hospital after the crash. No charges have been filed at this time.
A man was transported to the hospital via Nightingale with serious injuries after a crash on I-64 in Hampton on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. (Photo by Virginia State Police).
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Local Covid-19 Update
New cases: ➕ VDH reports that an additional 7,537 people in Virginia tested positive for Covid-19 last week (up from 7,142 cases reported during the previous week). The biggest increases in new cases on the Peninsula were reported in Newport News (202) and Hampton (143), according to WTVR News 6.
Hospitalizations and deaths: An additional 143 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 in Virginia last week (down from 200 the week before), according to VDH data. 81 Covid-19-related deaths also occurred in the state last week (up from 76 reported in the week before).
Vaccination rate: 73.0% of Virginians are fully vaccinated (no change from last week).
In the National News
- North Korea Fires 23 Missiles: South Korean residents were evacuated to underground bomb shelters after North Korea fired 23 missiles Wednesday, one of which landed less than 40 miles off of South Korean’s coast. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said the act amounted to “territorial encroachment” and said North Korea will “pay the price” for their actions, Reuters reports. It marked the first time a ballistic missile has landed near the South’s waters since the peninsula was divided in 1945. It was the most missiles ever launched by the North in one day.
- CVS to Pay $5B in Opioid Settlement: CVS Health is set to become the first major pharmacy chain to reach a nationwide settlement over its handling of prescriptions for potent and addictive opioid painkillers. The company announced that it has agreed in principle to a deal to pay out $5 billion over 10 years, the AP reports. CVS has also developed educational programs and installed safe drug disposal units to reduce the misuse of opioids. State governments throughout the nation have initiated lawsuits alleging that pharmacies were filling prescriptions that should have been flagged as inappropriate, thereby contributing to the rise of the nation’s opioid epidemic.
- Voters Reveal Top Concerns: Inflation is the top concern for the majority of voters, according to a NewsNation and Decision Desk HQ poll released on the heels of the 2022 midterm elections. The majority of respondents also said they are more motivated to vote than they have been in previous midterm cycles. 67% of voters said they are “very concerned” about inflation, while 26% percent said they are “somewhat concerned.” Only about 6% said they were either “not too concerned” or “not at all concerned” about the impacts of inflation. Among those polled, 76% said they are “very likely” to vote in the upcoming midterms.
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