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Two badly decomposed bodies found in Virginia were linked to the serial killer dubbed the “shopping cart killer.”
Two communities are mourning a high school hockey player who died after a tragic collision.
A high school basketball coach was suspended after his team won 92-4.
A Virginia police department this week identified two badly decomposed bodies found in a large plastic container near a shopping cart on Dec. 15 in Fairfax County.
The women were victims of a suspected serial killer dubbed the "shopping cart killer" because he used shopping carts to move and dump murder victims' bodies in remote areas, according to police. The suspect is in jail in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Fairfax County police identified the victims as a woman from Washington, D.C., and a woman from California, officials said at a news conference Friday night.
The suspect, Anthony Eugene Robinson, was arrested in November and charged with the death of two other women. He may also be linked to the death of a fifth woman, who was was found dead this week in a shopping cart in D.C., police said. »Fairfax County Police Identify 2 Victims Of 'Shopping Cart Killer', via Greater Alexandria, Virginia, Patch
Lab Boosts Rapid COVID Test Production
As demand for COVID-19 testing skyrockets during the omicron surge, officials at Illinois-based Abbott Labs hope to soon be making twice as many BinaxNOW rapid test kits as the company produced at peak during previous waves of the coronavirus pandemic. »Abbott Labs Boosts Production Of BinaxNOW Rapid COVID-19 Tests, via Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, Illinois, Patch
Your Good News Fix
The motorists stranded for hours on an icy stretch of Interstate 95 could smell fresh bread like a wanderer sees mirages. A University of Virginia math major plans to use the $1 million surprise he found in his Christmas stocking to pay his and his sister's tuition, and the police dog Enzo has done it again. These tales are among several in this week’s collection of good news stories sure to make you smile. »9 Good News Stories: Goodwill On Terrible, Awful, Dangerous Day, via Across America Patch
An ‘Incredible Young Man’
Two Connecticut communities are mourning a high school hockey player who died after another student-athlete collided with him on the ice Thursday at Brunswick School in Greenwich. Teddy Balkind, a sophomore for visiting St. Luke's School in New Canaan, was remembered as "an all-around incredible young man, son and brother." » High School Hockey Player Dies During Game, via Greenwich, Connecticut, Patch
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'Very High' COVID Spread In All 21 NJ Counties, via Woodbridge, New Jersey, Patch
List Of Philly Area Public Servants Dead From COVID Grows, via Radnor, Pennsylvania, Patch
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