News to Know for March 3: J&J vaccine arrives in Va.; Adam Oakes vigil; Mostly breezy, sunny day

News to Know for March 3: J&J vaccine arrives in Va.; Adam Oakes vigil; Mostly breezy, sunny day
Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

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Mostly Breezy, Sunny

Today should be the best weather day of the week as we go above average with lots of sun.

Lows in the low 30s, highs around 60.

Wednesday Forecast: Mostly, Breezy, and a little ABOVE average

Rocket Attacks

At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops on Wednesday, the coalition and the Iraqi military said. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Johnny Perez, a mortarman assigned to Task Force Al Asad, with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, loads gear into a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehiclewhile at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 5, 2017.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Johnny Perez, a mortarman assigned to Task Force Al Asad, with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, loads gear into a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehiclewhile at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 5, 2017. (Source: U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)

The rockets struck Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar province at 7:20 a.m., coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Doses For All Adults In The U.S.

“We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May,” Biden said.

President Joe Biden said Tuesday the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated.

(Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden also announced that drugmaker Merck will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved one-shot vaccine, likening the partnership between the two drug companies to the spirit of national cooperation during World War II.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Arrives In Va.

The Richmond-Henrico Health District announced it’s expecting a shipment of 5,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses by the end of this week.

The first shipment arrives Wednesday and the second shipment is scheduled to arrive Thursday.

The shipment will be used for a mass vaccination event next week for pre-registered vaccine-eligible individuals.

The health district says there is no word yet on how many they will receive in the future.

Illegal Dumping In Chesterfield

Chesterfield police are investigating illegal trash dumping behind apartments.

Piles of tires were found behind Stonebridge Apartments and Cloverleaf Lake Apartments.

(Source: Cindy Wonderful)

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

Also, anyone who happens to see illegal trash dumping in progress in Chesterfield is asked to call 804-748-1251 with good descriptors so officers can respond.

Vigil For Adam Oakes

As the VCU community continues to mourn and remember Adam Oakes, a virtual vigil for the 19-year-old will take place Wednesday night.

A childhood friend started a GoFundMe for post-mortal costs. In two days, the fundraiser has raised more than $30,000.

Adam Oake's dad and cousin say they’re heartbroken over losing who they call their teddy bear, who was full of love and wanted to show that to everyone he met.
Adam Oake's dad and cousin say they’re heartbroken over losing who they call their teddy bear, who was full of love and wanted to show that to everyone he met. (Source: Family Photos)

The memorial will be held on Zoom from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, March 3rd. Throughout the day Wednesday, there will be a memorial at the Monroe Park Fountain.

Virginia Commonwealth University has launched an independent review of Greek life on campus following the death of Oakes.

Adam Oakes’ family believes hazing led to his death after he was offered a bid to join Delta Chi at VCU.

Richmond Falcon Cam Is Now Live

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) announced that the Richmond falcon cam has returned for another season.

This is the fifth year that the DWR, which manages the threatened birds, is partnering with Comcast Business.

To view the live video, click here.

Final Thought

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened - Ludwig Jacobowski

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