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Local writer and educator’s memoir offers a glimpse into what it was like to be a ‘celebrity’ foreigner in ’80s China

Isolated in another country, two teachers found themselves living what they considered to be a “celebrity life” in a closed-off city in China. 

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2023 in Harrisonburg: Here’s what people were reading

Readers in 2023 really wanted to know about Harrisonburg’s new high school — and can you blame them? It seems like it’s been in the works for ages. 

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Community Perspective: From Madrid to Paris

A contributed perspectives piece by Anna Rose Geary: An overnight train trip offers more than chaperones on this school trip bargained for.

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Nick Swayne left Harrisonburg last summer to run a college. Instead, he walked into political and legal sagas that have engulfed a community.

Nick Swayne, the former Harrisonburg School Board chair and former director of JMU X-Labs, has been embroiled in a months-long fight to save a community college in Idaho from losing accreditation after a right-wing takeover of the college’s board of trustees.

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Statewide environmental news roundup – Feb. 2023

A public radio station story explored the effects of declining coal on electric bills in Virginia, where natural gas, nuclear power and renewables “now supply far more electricity.” The US Energy Information Administration provides extensive data on Virginia’s energy profile, including this: “In 2021, natural gas accounted for 57% of Virginia’s total electricity net generation, nuclear supplied 30%, renewables—mostly biomass and solar energy—provided 9%, and coal fueled less than 4%.”

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‘Connected by things more powerful than grief’

In the year since the fatal shootings of Bridgewater College Police Officer John Painter and Campus Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson, the college and surrounding community have endured the grief, sadness and disbelief that accompanies such violent acts, while trying to heal and memorialize the two lives lost. 

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The fun of getting out: Local escape room taps into our love of puzzles, fear

A Harrisonburg escape room business has some interactive, collaborative puzzles — with new ones on the way. Here’s the story of how Escapism Escape Rooms came about and why we humans like these (sometimes scary) activities so much.

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Rev. Barber calls for people to honor King’s legacy by opposing injustice

Minister, activist and author Rev. William Barber II urged the crowd at Bridgewater College’s Cole Hall auditorium on Wednesday to pick up where Martin Luther King Jr. left off by protesting injustices.

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