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On this day: July 31

POSTED: 11:36 PM Jul 30 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Jul 31 2014

Mt. Fuji erupts, the Apollo 15 astronauts go for a ride, major-league baseball players end their strike, and Michael Phelps swims into Olympic history, all on this day.

OTD July 31 - Gore Vidal
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2012: Author and political activist Gore Vidal ("Lincoln," "The City and the Pillar," "Myra Breckenridge") dies of complications from pneumonia in Hollywood Hills, California. He was 86.

Crime Report

Man charged with DUI at Van Pelt Elementary School

A Washington county, Virginia man was arrested this morning after drinking and driving in the parking lot of an elementary school.

Director of local non-profit charged with embezzlement

On Aug. 20, Anita Foster-Machado, was arrested on six felony counts of embezzlement, which happened during her time as the Executive Director of the Bristol Library Foundation.

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