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Priceless Vol 13 Number 4


Norfolk State University Versus North Carolina A&T


Page 8


Senators Plan to Introduce Bill to Back Pay Federal Contractors After Shutdown


Virginia is home to 170,000 federal employees and tens of thousands of federal contractor


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Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006


Screening of Miniseries Filmed at Hampton University, a Success


Page 9


Travel: Shaking off the Daily Grind in Greece


Free January 2019


Page 4


Dr. Gladys West Inducted into Space and Missiles Pioneers Hall of Fame


Senator Tim Kaine SPECIAL TO THE HAMPTON ROADS MESSENGER


WASHINGTON, D.C. –


U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced plans to introduce legislation to secure back pay for the federal contractors who have gone without pay during the government shutdown. Warner and Kaine were joined


by Senators Tina Smith, Sherrod Brown, Chris Van Hollen, and Ben Cardin.


Each day, thousands of


federal contractors provide critical services to support the federal government, often


at low wages, and


many have been furloughed or forced to accept reduced work hours as a result of the government shutdown.


Senator Mark Warner


Many of these workers are janitorial, food, and security services workers. “The ripple effect of this government


unnecessary


shutdown has already been felt by families of all stripes and walks of life across Virginia. Federal employees should be—and always have been—paid


retroactively


after a government shutdown.


case for many low-wage federal


janitors, security guards, and cafeteria staff—many of whom are already living paycheck


to paycheck,”


Warner said. “Virginians and Americans across the country have entrusted


SHUTDOWN PAGE 4


Health Editorial Education


This Edition’s Highlights 11


Medicaid Expansion Hits Milestone Shaking off the Daily Grind in Greece


Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


8th Annual STEM Essay Contest Free Bank On Norfolk Classes Coffee Talk with Portsmouth City Council African American History Essay Contest


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contractors—like Public Warned About Fraudulent Calls That isn’t the


Threatening Arrest, Other Legal Action continues to receive reports from across the country about


fraudulent phone


calls from people claiming to be from SSA. Recent reports have indicated that unknown callers are using increasingly threatening language in these calls. The callers state, due to improper or illegal activity with a citizen’s Social Security number (SSN) or account, a citizen will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number to address the issue.


This is


a scam; citizens should not engage with these calls or


Security, citizens


The Acting Inspector General of Social Gale


Stallworth to remain Stone, vigilant is urging of telephone


impersonation schemes that exploit the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) reputation and authority.


The Office of the Inspector General (OIG)


provide any personal information. SSA employees do contact citizens,


generally those who have ongoing business with SSA, by telephone for customer-service purposes. However, SSA employees will never threaten you for information; they will not state that you face potential arrest or


FRAUDULENT CALLS PAGE 6


Air Force Space Command Vice Commander Lt. Gen. DT Thompson presents Dr. Gladys West with an award as she is inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame during a ceremony in her honor at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. West's work led to the invention of the GPS we use today. She graduated from Virginia State College (now VSU). Photo by Adrian Cadiz.


SPECIAL TO THE HAMPTON ROADS MESSENGER Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. -- Lt.


Gen. David Thompson, Air Force Space Command vice commander, presented Dr. Gladys West with the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers award for her decades of contributions to the Air Force’s space


program. West was unable to attend the formal induction ceremony that took place August 28, where three others joined the elite list of professionals who have greatly impacted the Air Force space program. Dr.


Gladys West is among a small DR. GLADYS WEST PAGE 4


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