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The marijuana industry’s lack of access to banks is also a problem for regulators and the police. “You don’t want just huge amounts of cash in these places,” Attorney General Eric Holder explained during an appearance at the University of Virginia in January. “They want to be able to use the banking system. There’s a public safety component to this. Substantial amounts of cash, just kind of lying around with no place for it to be appropriately deposited, is something that would worry me, just from a law enforcement perspective.”
Thirty-seven South American high school students are wrapping up a week in Charlottesville by giving back to the community. They're here as part of the state department's Youth Ambassadors Program.
The students are here from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, some of them in the United States for the first time.
... Sen. Richard Saslaw, D-Fairfax, expressed concern about a provision in the legislation that discourages colleges and universities from making up $90 million in spending cuts in the next two years by raising tuition. Without the possibility of raising tuition, Saslaw warned that universities might resort to more drastic measures, such as cutting classes, to make up the lost revenue.
Authorities are lining up a mass search starting Saturday for missing University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham. It's the first time authorities have officially invited the public to help find her.
As the search for Hannah Graham expands, people here are hopeful for a miraculous outcome. More people means more eyes and ears on the ground-- and hopefully a clue that will help find Hannah.
James Madison University lent its support to the University of Virginia community during its student-led vigil for Hannah Graham Thursday evening.
The JMU Student Government Association organized the event where students sang “Amazing Grace,” spoke freely about their concerns and lit candles as a show of solidarity to bring Graham home.
...On Wednesday Sept. 17, members of the West Potomac softball team met before Back to School Night to paint the school’s rock with handprints and the words “Bring Hannah Home,” hanging her special senior softball on a nearby tree. “That was an emotional moment,” said Craig Maniglia, Graham’s softball coach at West Potomac.
A candlelight vigil in Alexandria Thursday night was a time for the community to come together for missing University of Virginia student, Hannah Graham.
Dozens attended the event at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Dennis Perry says students at West Potomac High School, where Graham graduated in 2013, initially asked the church to host a prayer vigil just for them. ... Maniglia says another vigil is already being planned at the school softball field for some time next week.
At Aldersgate United Methodist Church, nearly 200 people prayed and sang for the safety and well-being of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.
"I believe that she's strong, she's safe,” said Craig Maniglia, Hannah's former softball coach at West Potomac High School in Alexandria. “She'll figure it out if she can, if the opportunity presents itself. She'll be smarter than whatever situation she's in.”
... Hundreds came out last night for a vigil in support of Graham and her family. Among them, two friends who had traveled with her in France this summer – Emily McDuff and Samantha Westrum . They said Graham’s disappearance had created a stronger spirit of community on campus.
“The support network of this community is incredible, I mean it’s been more evident than ever tonight and this week that UVA is a family. We might have 15,000-20,000 kids at this school, but we all do care about each other. People are giving each other rides when they didn’t necessarily know each other that well last week, and they are caring a little bit more every day for each other.”
..."We live in a community of trust at U.Va.," said President Teresa Sullivan. "But we are not invincible." Sullivan said it is natural to feel deep concern about Hannah, but also to feel hope. "Talk to each other," Sullivan said. "And if there is someone in your life whom you love, tell them that tonight."
... Dean of Students Allen Groves said he remains hopeful. "Hannah we believe is still out there, and we want to bring her back and have everyone focused on this case." He said the university will continue to emphasize to students that they should always inform friends where they are going and what time they will arrive.
State emergency management officials are seeking volunteers for what they call a mass search Saturday for a missing University of Virginia student.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is organizing search volunteers in hopes of finding leads in the disappearance of Hannah Graham. She’s been missing since last weekend.
All volunteer searchers are subject to a background check and must register online at http://helpfindhannah.brmrg.org no later than 5 p.m. Friday.
Police continued to search this college town for a fifth day Thursday, looking for any sign of the 18-year-old student who disappeared while walking alone after drinking with friends last weekend.
... Students held a candlelight vigil at the U-Va. amphitheater on campus Thursday night. Student council members passed out boxes of tissues and pink Starbursts, Graham’s favorite confection. More than 2,000 students gathered in honor of the student who friends said has a spunky, spontaneous sense of humor. As a member of the ski team, she bowled friends over heading down the mountain wearing a flapper dress and draped in a Union Jack flag, a nod to her British heritage, said the Class of 2017 president, Abraham Axler.
“We miss you,” said student Lani Galloway, who spent spring break last year with Graham building houses in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Addressing Graham directly, Galloway asked: “Where are you? We want you back where you belong.”