Fire investigators have completed their report on a fire that claimed the life of a Gallaudet professor and her daughter in Falls Church, Virginia. County fire officials say the January fire was definitely an accident and it was started by a wall mounted natural gas heater in the living room. Read more about the accident and Laura Gardnerhere.
Randy Pease was struck by a car on Saint Patrick's Day and killed. Local media reports the deaf-blind man was forced to live in a home 100 miles away from his Virginia Beach home because mental health officials told his family there was no room for him closer to where he lived. WWBT-TV in Richmond, Virginia has a video report (with captioning). The Richmond Times-Dispatch offers a written story here.
A memorial service will take place Sunday in honor of the Gallaudet University math professor who died in a fire with her daughter. Laura Snyder-Gardner and her daughter, Mary Ann, were both hard of hearing. The fire that engulfed their home in Falls Church, Virginia took their lives--along with ten family pets. Authorities are investigating the cause. Mary Ann was a junior at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf where Snyder-Gardner helped coach the girls soccer team.
A Gallaudet math professor died in a fire along with her daughter in the northern Virginia town of Falls Church. Laura Gardner and her teenage daughter, Marry Ann, had moved from Florida to the DC suburb about two years ago. Neighbors say the neighborhood was rocked by a loud noise before the fire broke out. WUSA-TV has this video report (no captions). Gardner was 48 years old and had worked at Gallaudet since 2009. She served as an assistant coach of the girls' soccer team at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf last year.
A deaf woman was attacked in a DC suburb near a metro station this past weekend. Police say the unnamed woman was at the Rosslyn Metro Station in Alexandria when she was sexually assaulted. She had just been dropped off by a taxi and entered the station, but decided not to wait for a train. She started walking along a main road but was forced into an alleyway where a man put his hand down her pants. She was able to escape before he could do anything else because she bit his hand.
VP Joe Biden stops to make a comment about the sign language interpreter at a campaign stop in Danville, Virginia. He says, ""I have more to say, but I am saying too much already because these guys get me going... and you're (referring to the interpreter) gonna have trouble translating all this! That poor lady, she's gonna have tendinitis by the time she finishes this." Here's the video.
The ASL Club at Radford University will hold a talent show tonight (April 12) to show how the deaf community can enjoy music. The Western Virginia school's Deaf Jam Talent Show includes a dozen songs and performances by Radford's Department of Dance. There's more information here.
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