A federal judge has heard from a legal team that’s accused the General Assembly of racial gerrymandering. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three voters in the Third Congressional District. The plaintiffs say the General Assembly packed African-American voters into Virginia’s only black majority congressional district. Bobby Scott (D-Newport News) has represented the 3rd District since 1993. Scott (pictured) is the only African-American who’s represented Virginia in Congress since Reconstruction. The plaintiffs say the boundaries make the districts that border Scott’s safer for Republican incumbents. Virginia is one of several states where Democrats have gone to court to challenge redistricting plans drawn by Republicans who want to maintain control of the House of Representatives.
An obsessed fan of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been arrested and charged with sending death threats to the rocker and his family.
Arcade Fire are baffled by the avalanche of online file-sharing because fans will regularly buy expensive coffee but expect to get records for free.
Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist militants in the enclave.