Thursday, April 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be executed on April 25.
Announcing his decision at the Virginia State Capitol today, Governor McAuliffe delivered the following statement (as prepared):
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. I am joined today by my Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, and my Counsel, Carlos Hopkins, both of whom have devoted countles
Saturday, December 13, 2008
“At night when you’re sleeping poison ivy comes a creeping around.” No, there were no students twitchin’ and itchin’ in Forest Park Academy’s gym Friday but 14 students danced to tunes like the song “Poison Ivy” originally recorded by The Coasters in 1959.
The Forest Park Academy gym is where Donna Dilley teaches what started out as a “ballroom dance” class but evolved into other dances like the cha-cha and some good ol‘ rock and role moves. In addition to dance classes, Dilley conducts etiquette training programs for young people through the National League of Junior Cotillions. These programs help High School students build self-esteem, confidence and character.
“Dr. Bishop wanted to build social capital in all activities,” said Principal Eric Anderson. Anderson admitted that his own experience failing the traditional waltz test at a wedding sold him on the need for the dance class.
The same students have taken the classes since they started in November. Eighteen students or nine couples in total. “If they do their work all week then they can go to dance class,” said Anderson.
The excitement during the 2:00 to 3:30 PM Friday afternoon dance class was proof of their motivation to “do the work.” The students’ next challenge could even be a “Dance with the Stars” competition.
This Friday was the Academy’s “highest attendance day ever,” said Principal Anderson. He admitted that the first year of Forest Park Academy has been a challenge. Not all students have stuck it out but as Anderson said to students on orientation day, “staff is not babysitters … if you don’t want to be here then this is not the school for you.”
Anderson said staff is “learning [the program] as they go.” The Outreach Department goes to students’ homes while the Fulfillment Department holds student planning sessions where all career paths are open to them.
Posted By Valerie Garner