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Search for missing Medina Township mother goes international – News 5 Cleveland08.23.21

MEDINA TOWNSHIP, Ohio Medina Township Police are looking for leads as far away as Europe hoping to solve the baffling disappearance of a 53-year-old mother.

Jane Milota has been missing since Aug. 9. There is also no sign of her car, a brown Buick Enclave.

A flyer, showing pictures of her and a similar car, has been posted on the national Missing Person Support Center website.

Jane has been married to her husband, Warren, for 26 years. They live in a Medina Township subdivision. She's originally from Denmark where the couple got married.

Medina Township Sgt. Todd Zieja said Jane's passport is expired and investigators have reached out to family in Denmark. They too have no idea where she could be.

"Everyone in Denmark wishes Jane to know that she is on all of our minds and we miss her dearly," said her brother Jens Chr. Tegtmeier Jensen in an emailed statement. "We want nothing more than for her to come home and we want to let her know that there is no problem in this world that is too big for us to solve together as a family. We love and miss you, Jane."

Zieja said other people connected to Denmark are offering to help as well.

"The Denmark Consulate has reached out to us. Is there anything that they can do to help us at this time? We've given them all of the information that we have on Mrs. Milota," Zieja said.

Looking for national exposure on his wife's disappearance, Warren Milota was planning to do an interview with Court TV Wednesday night.

In an interview with News 5 last week, Mr. Milota said he contacted police on Aug.10 when Jane didn't come home. He stressed it's out of character for her to be away from loved ones.

"Everything was the same for years and years and years, and then one day, she just didn't come home," he said. "I just want her back. Her son wants her back."

Around 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 9, Jane dropped off her son at his job at The Westfield Inn in Westfield Center.

Later that day, she was scheduled to work at Arby's off Route 18 in Medina Township, but she never showed up.

Angela Cole, a co-worker and friend, is growing increasingly concerned now that Jane has been missing for nearly 10 days.

"We're scared. We're nervous. We want her back. We miss her a lot," Cole said. "It's very hard for me. I wake up wondering, 'Jane are you going to come back today?'"

Zieja said the department is trying every avenue possible to generate leads.

Homeland Security was contacted and has no evidence that Jane left the country.

Investigators have looked at surveillance video from about half a dozen businesses between Medina Township and Westfield Center, but didn't detect any sign of the woman or her vehicle.

Multiple area police departments have offered their support to assist in the investigation and Medina Township police have reached out to officials in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana asking for license plate readers to be reviewed.

The search for Jane is complicated since she left her cell phone at home and she doesn't use credit cards, so police are unable to track any possible movements.

Zieja said there's no evidence of foul play, but with each passing day the concern mounts.

"I think there's constant worry of what happened to her and where she's at and making sure that she's safe," he said. "The concern here is that she normally comes home and there was no indication that she was leaving and there's no way to find out if she's okay."

Jane is 5'5" and weighs 140 pounds. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes. She has a Papa Smurf with a soccer ball tattoo on one calf and a butterfly tattoo on the other calf.

A vigil for Jane is planned for Tuesday evening at the square in Medina.

Anyone with information should contact Medina Township Police at 330-723-5191.

Photos courtesy of her husband.

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Manslaughter charge for wanted Virginia teenager who shot another teen in the face – WTOP08.23.21

A 15-year-old boy has died after police said he was shot in the face by another teenager in Prince William County, Virginia. Police are looking for the other teenager.

A 15-year-old boy has died after police said he was shot in the face by another teenager in Prince William County, Virginia. Police are looking for the other teenager.

The shooting happened at a home on the 2800 block of Banks Court in Dumfries on Aug. 12.

The two boys knew each other, and a police investigation found that the 17-year-old boy was handling a firearm when it discharged and struck the other boy in the face. A firearm was recovered.

The 15-year-old was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and he died on Wednesday.

Following the boys death, the Commonwealth Attorneys Office added an additional charge of involuntary manslaughter. Prince William County police also received authorization to release the identity of the 17-year-old Ronnie Amarion Massey, of Fairfax.

Massey was arrested following the investigation of the shooting and initially charged with reckless handling of a firearm causing serious bodily injury.

However, Prince William County police told WTOP the teen could not be held in custody due to Virginia juvenile law. Now with the new charge of involuntary manslaughter, police are now asking for help in locating him.

He is described as 5 feet, 5 inches, 140 pounds with black dread locks, brown eyes and a tattoo on his forehead.

Anyone with information should call Prince William County police at 703-792-7000.

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UPDATED: Teen wanted for shooting 15-year-old in the face arrested – Inside NoVA08.23.21

Prince William County police say a teenager wanted for involuntary manslaughter for shooting a 15-year-old boy in the face was arrested in the Manassas area Friday.

Detectives on Thursday obtained a court order to publicly identify the 17-year-old boy in the Aug. 12 shooting. Ronnie Amarion Massey, 17, of the 12000 block of Golf Ridge Court in Fairfax,is wanted for involuntary manslaughter and gun charges, Prince William County police Master Officer Renee Carr said.

The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. in the 2800 block of Banks Court when Massey was handling a gun, police said.The victim and Massey knew each other.

Carr said the 15-year-old boy died Wednesday. Due to a 2017 change in Virginia law, the identity of the victim is not being disclosed.

Massey was originally charged withreckless handling of a firearm causing serious bodily injury and possession of a firearm by a juvenile, Carr said.

Police are asking for the public's help locating Massey, who is black, about 55 and 140 pounds, with black dread locks, brown eyes, and a tattoo on his forehead.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prince William County Police Department tipline at 703-792-7000 or submit a webtip topwcva.gov/policetip.

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Who are Love Islands Olivia Kaiser and Korey Gandy and are they still together?… – The US Sun08.23.21

THEIR romance wasn't plain sailing and both faced their ups and downs in the villa.

But that didn't stop Olivia Kaiser and Korey Gandy being crowned the winners of Love Island season three.

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Olivia is a 28-year-old independent business owner from Anchorage, Alaska.

She is a licensed cosmetologist who runs her own small business in Scottsdale, Arizona, called Livbeautifullyaz.

Olivia specializes in microblading and permanent make-up such as lip blushing and permanent eyeliner.

On her Instagram bio she playfully mentions her job as, "I tattoo faces" and you can follow her @oliviaannkaiser.

Korey, 28, is a rental car agent from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The hunk in trunks studied at Old Dominion University and has a bachelor's degree in business administration.

He has also worked as a sales representative at HH Gregg, a home appliances retailer.

You can follow Korey on Instagram @korey_gandy where he shares many topless snaps exhibiting his many tattoos.

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Love Island came to an end on August 15, 2021, so it remains to be seen if the pair will go the distance.

Throughout season three, Korey and Olivia were stuck on friendship island, not connecting with anyone until they confessed their emotions for each other after Casa Amor.

However, when Andre impressed Olivia and Korey was interested in Bailey, they became embroiled in a love triangle.

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Korey and Olivia selected each other at the end of the day and went on to be crowned winners of Love Island 2021.

However, some fans were less than impressed with the couple taking the title.

One tweeted: "Olivia and korey won? Huh? What a dead show."

While another fan wrote: "Well, a joke ending to a joke season...disappointing."

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Black gay men share achingly real truths in ‘The B Word’ from The Welders – DC Metro Theater Arts08.09.21

The B Word is a compilation of interviews with a fascinating assortment of Black men exploring beauty, Blackness, and the gay identity. Im not sure what I expected, but it was refreshingly insightful to hear the journeys, experiences, and perspectives of fellows from the community speak so directly about their lives.

Promotional materials for theThe B Worddescribe it as inspired by and devised from interviews with Black gay men across the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area who were asked to speak about the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality. The documentary-style streaming format brings the mens experiences directly into our personal frames of reference. Each one shares unblinking truths about themselves answering questions about various B words. From the beginning, one becomes aware that were in unusual terrain, filled with open and honest reflections and reactions that are spontaneous and achingly real. As the men answer the questions, a rhythm starts to develop and a comfort level sets in so that one can start to relate to each of them and ponder the same questions for oneself starting with When did you first feel that you were beautiful?

The opening montage filled with images of fathers playing with their sons sets the tone and the scene. Early experiences shape us in all kinds of ways. A theme that ran through the responses was that the idea of being beautiful doesnt usually apply to men, and each one had to grapple with what that truly meant. Another theme was the understanding that everyone wants to be wanted and desired. Writer Jared Shamberger, who wrote substantial segments of the piece before it was turned into an interview-style presentation, provided some of the pithiest messages and vignettes. Everyone wants to be wanted, desired, chosen, he concludes after sharing an early experience, and not just be selected for convenience.

The participants provided insights about other B words, such as Brotherhood and Black Spaces, BrokenNot Feeling Beautiful, BoldAttraction in Other Men, and eventually BiasedWhat I Communicate by How I Look. The reactions ranged from some feeling beautifully supported in their various places/spaces to others who struggled with not just self-acceptance but self-love because of the communitys and societys burdens prone to ostracize.

Through it all was the honesty. Damondre Green was particularly striking, confident and expressive, full of vitality and fun with a radiant smile and buoyant manner. When he shared that he inadvertently hurt someone with a callous remark, his entire demeanor changed as he turned quietly inward with remorse. It was a stunning moment.

Monte J. Wolfe was a joy to watch with his bold exhortations that men need to be in touch with their own tenderness and feelings, instead of the macho BS that purports to be strength. There is power in looking others in the eye, and true strength can also be stillness and silence.

Another theater persona seen in productions around town, Justin Weaks, shared that he feels empowered, understood, and relaxed in Black spaces. He noticed that even in crowds of people, hes the one a stranger will approach seeking assistance or needing directions. He appreciated that he unconsciously emits a sense of being nonthreatening, approachable. Weaks was unrelentingly positive in dealing with his health status, lifes bumps and bruises, and the social betrayal of being gay.

And then theres Alan Sharpe, the incredible founder of the African-American Collective Theater and creative influence for Brave Soul Collective, founded by Wolfe and others. Sharpe has been a staple in writing and presenting stories of Black LGBTQ+ communities. He described knowing he was different as a toddler and maintained a purposeful sense of self in each of his segments.

Shamberger had the idea for the performance in 201819, but he said it became more urgent in quarantine as we experienced this aloneness and being disconnected and relying on more nontraditional ways of connecting. A show about community, identity, and relationship seemed important so as to help us to remember who we were, who we are, and who we could be.

Also: Its important to be in control of your own story. If you are not telling your story other people will tell it for you.

Video segments add a compelling energy to the passages bringing a visual excitement and presence to the segments. While helpful to reflect the compelling messages most of the time, some of the clips started to feel superfluous and unnecessary. Once the trust and rhythm of the interviews were established, we dont need the brief cutaways to an empty stadium or classroom, tattoo track, or paint tubes to place the moment or reflect creativity. The speakers poignant words and memories and Shambergers no-nonsense delivery (including precious side-eye glances and multiple broaches) speak volumes.

The B Word is filled with compelling observations and insights. This personal, unvarnished, vulnerable truth speaking is hard to find in our often shrouded, private, and increasingly solitary lives.

Shamberger explains the need for Black men to be considered beautiful by stating that anti-Blackness is a longstanding global crisis. The Welders took this message to heart in producing this brave new work and packing their next season with Black playwrights. That is absolutely Beautiful.

The B Wordpresented byThe Welders streams on demand through August 15, 2021. Tickets are available online.

ARTISTIC & CREATIVE TEAMPlaywright: Jared ShambergerDirector: Raymond O. CaldwellFeaturing: Cristvo Alexandre, Keith Combs, Lawrence Evans, Charles H. Franklin IV, S. Zukeh Freeman II, Germaine Graham, Mario Gray, Damondre Green, Richard Jones, JR Russ, Juvaughn Scurlock, Alan Sharpe, Justin Weaks, Monte J. WolfeDirector of Photography: Jabari JeffersonEditor and Sound Design: Eric Wright Jr.Production Manager: Farah Lawal Harris

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Hokie swimmers ready to make waves in Tokyo – vt.edu07.25.21

Both Ramadan and Ivanov were led to Blacksburg by Sergio Lopez Miro, director and head coach of Virginia Tech men and womens swimming and diving. Lopez Miro, who won a bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke for Spain in the 1988 Olympics, is also in Tokyo, as is assistant coach Albert Subirats. The pair will serve as coaches for Iceland and Singapore, respectively. It will be Lopez Miros fourth Olympics as a coach and Subirats' first.

It will be a little bit different, but definitely exciting to be there with the athletes that we have been working with for the last two or three years, said Subirats, who was also a four-time Olympic athlete for Venezula.

Along with coaching their respective teams and Ivanov and Ramadan, the pair of coaches will also be keeping an eye on six other swimmers who train with their New River Valley-based team, Pinnacle Racing. That group is headlined by Hokie alum Ian Ho competing for Hong Kong and includes 2016 Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling (Singapore), Farida Osman (Egypt), Santo Condorelli (Italy), Anton McKee (Iceland), and Krystal Lara (Dominican Republic).

Its great for swimming in the New River Valley. Its a great way to share that swimming is something that can be lifelong activity for anyone, Lopez Miro said.

For Ivanov, competitive swimming began around the age of 9 and became a sport he took very seriously around 15. He holds the Bulgaria National Record in the 50, 100, and 200 fly, as well as the 200 free.

Hes not afraid to have high goals and work for them, Lopez Miro said. And hes pretty resilient too.

During the recruitment process, it was easy to see Ivanov was a very fast swimmer, but it was his connection with family that really caught the coachs attention.

The way he treated his two younger sisters, that showed me hes very passionate about what he loves, Lopez Miro said.

Once in Blacksburg, Ivanov said he was challenged by having so many life changes at once and not having immediate success in the ACC. But I was determined to trust the process here at VT and its been great, he said. Training with these coaches, I would say that brought me to the next level.

Ramadan said hes been swimming for as long as he can remember.

Its what defines me as a person I like to swim, said the rising sophomore studying engineering. I dont think I am ever as happy anywhere than in the pool competing After all the work you put in, all those turns and yards you swim, when I look up and see I beat my time, thats the best feeling in the world.

It took quite a few turns and yards for Ramadan to qualify, as hes attended multiple meets during the past months to get a qualifying time. He said it was in his ninth or 10 swims in his final meet that he finally broke through.

There were some points where I was depressed and not in the zone. Where I was about to say, screw this meet, Im going home, Ramadan said. But I kept doing what my coaches asked me to do and that last day I hit it. All of my hometown was just so happy. All of Egypt was so happy. I got so many messages I had to shut my phone down.

Lopez Miro said the future is bright for Ramadan, whose athleticism was evident from the first time the coach saw him.

I just really liked the way he dove in the water and just moved, he said. I think were going to see him swim really fast at the Olympics.

Lopez Miro said earning a second swim would be a great achievement for Ramadan, while Ivanov has an outside shot of medaling in Tokyo.

The way he can win a medal is by staying the course and not trying to do anything special, the coach said. Just keep doing what he does I think he has a lot more in the tank and he knows it.

Ivanov said hes excited to feed off the adrenaline of his first Olympics, as well as to take part in some of the Games traditions.

Im really looking forward to getting the Olympic rings tattoo, he said.

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Richard Everist Obituary (1946 – 2021) – Everett, WA – The Herald (Everett) – Legacy.com07.25.21

Richard "Dick" Dan Everist, 74, passed away peacefully in his home on June 18th, 2021 in Granite Falls WA. His wife Janice Everist and faithful dog Charlie by his side. He was Greeted by his parents, Forrest Allen Everist & Dorothy Virginia Everist, as well as his son Matthew Dan Everist.

Born Dec 19, 1946 in Kirkland Wa, He was the middle child of three brothers, Gary & David Everist. He graduated from Lake Washington High school, class of 1965.

Dick was a loving, caring father to Arlen, Angela, Matthew, Bobby & JoAnna as well to his stepchildren Sara, John & Liz. He was also notorious for "adopting" many others through the years. He was a proud grandfather "Poppy" to 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Dick became sober and part of the fellowship. He followed his passion with motorcycles and sobriety leading to co-founding Third Legacy, a 1% motorcycle club devoted to keeping bikers sober in 1985. He believed in the founders of the fellowship program and continued their word. At the beginning of every meeting, he would start his turn with "There is hope here for us alcoholics". His words and his memory will forever be held onto within the Fellowship.

Dick will be long remembered in the Tattoo community as one of the last 'old school' tattooists. During this passion, he received many awards for his art. The long-lasting favorite saying was "Good tattoos ain't cheap and cheap tattoos ain't good". He loved the industry and everything about it. He enjoyed meeting and interacting with everyone. He was a legend and will forever be remembered in the tattoo community. His art and personality will forever be on thousands of people's bodies.

He had a heart of gold and was wise beyond his years, this made his personality passionate for telling and hearing stories. His mentoring to so many made him stay forever young. These interactions were his biggest passion. Throughout his life, he loved the outdoors; hiking in the woods; riding on his motorcycle; four wheeling in his land cruiser; playing with his RC cars, these joys went to the very end.

Not only does he leave his family he also leaves his extended family and friends. Too many to mention.

Please join us in celebrating the life of Dick Everist at River Meadows Park on Sept 11,2021 at 1pm.

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NC AMBER Alert issued for abducted 1-year-old headed to Virginia – wtvr.com07.09.21

PERSON COUNTY, N.C. -- An Amber Alert was issued Friday in North Carolina for a one-year-old that was abducted in Person County and last seen headed to Virginia, according to deputies.

The Person County Sheriffs Office is searching for Gabriel Newman. Officials said he is 30 inches long and weighs 21 pounds. He is Black with black hair and brown eyes.

Deputies said he was last seen wearing a black and white Nike outfit and shorts with a black and white Nike logo.

The alleged abductor has been identified as Gregory Wendell Newman.

He is described as a 33-year-old black male that is six feet tall with black long dreadlocks and brown eyes. He also has a tattoo of a dollar sign over his right eye, love and hate tattooed over his left and right hands and a tattoo of the letter G on his right arm.

Gregory Newman was last seen wearing a white shirt with flames on it, and light-colored jeans with patches, officials said. He was also wearing a scarf over his dreadlocks.

Authorities are looking for a black 2015 Volkswagen Passat with a North Carolina tag, TDL-8320. The vehicle was last seen headed north on N.C. 57 toward Danville, Virginia.

Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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Rock climbers of color face a host of obstacles – this group is trying to change that – The Spokesman-Review06.12.21

Five years ago, Gabrielle Dickerson, then a sophomore at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, lay awake in her sleeping bag on her first overnight climbing trip, enveloped by the woods of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve near Fayetteville, West Virginia. Like many rock climbers in the D.C. area, shed been drawn to the New, as outdoor enthusiasts call it a 5-hour road trip from Washington because it offers 1,400 of the best climbing routes in the United States.

The rest of her group had swiftly fallen asleep after a day of projecting the process of strategizing about, and eventually completing, a climb with no breaks but apprehension took hold of Dickerson. I was very aware of how uncomfortable I was in the backcountry of West Virginia, Dickerson said. Not only because I was a Black woman, but also because of the relationship and trauma my ancestors had with the woods. Her grandfather had been born on a North Carolina cotton farm in 1930 and picked cotton until he escaped from the owner in his teens. On his way to Philadelphia and a new life, he witnessed his best friend get lynched in the woods.

Loneliness sank in as Dickerson realized that no one in her campsite would be able to relate: She was the only Black climber in her group. Shed been climbing in a gym in Rockville, Maryland, for six months; that day in the New was her first experience projecting in a natural space. Shed spent the afternoon struck with a sense of wonder, but that didnt offset her disquietude in that moment. She knew that the deep canyons that surrounded her overflowed with histories of Black families just like her own.

People of color have been historically locked out of the outdoors. Virginias first national park, Shenandoah, remained segregated until 1950; even after the integration effort, basic amenities like hotels and gas stations surrounding Shenandoah were still segregated.

D.C.s Rock Creek Park, designated as a national park in 1890, only began desegregating in 1949 a delayed result of a federally mandated push to improve morale in communities of color to boost the war effort.

Meanwhile, along the New River Gorge, where formerly enslaved migrants had sought work in coal mines and railroads along the east side of South River in the early 20th century, route names such as Tar Baby, Aryan Race and Slave Fingers on Cotton Top crag are painful reminders of a not-too-distant scarring history.

You have that connection, and you have that remembrance, and then you pair it with going to Cotton Top and reading the name of a route that a friend is about to gear up and get on, Dickerson, who has since become a strong enough climber to gain sponsorships from sports brands, said. Im in this state of conflicting (emotion) where Im excited to be outside, but also I feel wildly uncomfortable and unsafe, and Im in a space where the people around me usually wont understand that.

A year into the sport, however, Dickerson found an Instagram account filled with images of women of color climbing. The account belonged to a D.C.-based group called Brown Girls Climb, and now, Dickerson climbs primarily with women she met there. Over the past 4 years, Brown Girls Climb has been committed to creating inclusive and accessible opportunities for women of color in the outdoors and in the process, its challenging the narrative around what a climber looks like.

Brown Girls Climb was launched in 2016 by Bethany Lebewitz, a biracial climber living in Austin, Texas. A year later, when Lebewitz moved to D.C., she met outdoor instructor Brittany Leavitt, and together they built an infrastructure of meetups for Black and Brown women in climbing gyms and at outdoor spots in the Washington region.

I was just floored by the fact that there was this large group of people of color climbing, Dickerson said of her first Brown Girls Climb meetup, because that wasnt like what I had seen when I went to my climbing sessions at the gym, and definitely not when I was climbing outside.

As the Instagram page continued to grow it has nearly 40,000 followers Brown Girls Climb went national. There are eight chapters across the country, from California to New Hampshire, run by 23 leaders. The organization has built relationships with gyms to designate times throughout the month when Brown Girls Climb members can have dedicated space, and an app helps users find routes and like-minded climbing partners near them. Its a community-driven organization, Leavitt said: We have the knowledge to share and we want to share it with our community, and do so by creating these meetup spaces or creating events or having conversations online and in person.

Leavitt, 32, wants Brown Girls Climb to encourage conversation within the climbing community around the structural inequalities cost, historical discrimination, displacement from land, and flat-out being told that you dont belong that make the sport less accessible for Black and Brown women. She points to the surveillance women of color often face in the gym, because they dont fit the typical image of what a climber looks like.

Without it being said, its kind of like, Why are you here? she said.

White climbers can separate climbing from everyday life in a way that she and other Black and Indigenous climbers cannot, Leavitt said.

For instance: Before she heads out for the New, as Leavittt does every few months, she consults a mental checklist. She ensures she has the right equipment for the weekend, as any climber would do but she also wont leave without a full tank of gas and an expensive Garmin GPS device to emit her location in no-service zones. She braces herself for the Confederate and Dont Tread on Me flags that shell see on the way; she thinks through what would happen if her car broke down.

When you stop at a town (in West Virginia), you dont want to leave your car, Leavitt said.

Black climbers are faced with reconciling the joys they find in being outdoors with the history that kept their grandparents from doing so.

While you all were in the golden age of climbing in Yosemite, Leavitt said about her white counterparts, you were kicking (Indigenous) communities out, and Black folks werent able to go to national parks, so we cant just separate that history.

Its even harder for Black people to compartmentalize the generational trauma they carry when they regularly encounter climbing routes with violently racist names. Route names are bestowed by whoever climbs the rock first. These first ascensionists, as theyre called, are highly skilled climbers overwhelmingly white and male who scope out new rock faces, clean them and test out routes for others. The route names they choose become solidified in physical guidebooks and online maps.

The New River Alliance of Climbers, a nonprofit climbing advocacy organization, determined that 68 route names in the New were racist, sexist or intolerant. Of those, 50 have been changed after members of the groups Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which reviewed the names, spoke directly to the first ascensionists or guidebook authors. Brown Girls Climb member Marina Inoue, a 35-year-old tattoo artist in Richmond, Virginia, serves on the committee.

I love the New, and I want everybody to be able to enjoy it and not experience harm from the climbing community, she said.

Route names from California to Kentucky like Tied to the Whipping Post, Runaway Slave and Lynch Mob were redacted from online databases only this past year, after climbers of color in various organizations, including Brown Girls Climb, collected names that they found offensive in an open-source document.

Volunteers reached out to authors and publishers to change the names, putting pressure on stakeholders through grass-roots organizing. Setting a route is a privileged thing to do, and this goes way back to the history of segregation in the outdoors, first ascensionist and JEDI Committee member Jay Young said about the name changes. (Young has labeled a few routes with names that might be considered lewd, and he has since proactively changed them.)

I can go back generations in my family, and Ive ancestors who were playing outside, Young said. There are not a lot of people of color who can say the same thing.

The women of Brown Girls Climb are taking other avenues to ensure the safety of their members. They recently launched an outdoor training program for local group leaders to help them get certified in wilderness first aid, climbing and environmental and outdoor education, so that they can bring these skills back to their communities and train others. Melissa Utomo, a 29-year-old web developer and member of Brown Girls Climb, is working with 15 other developers and climbers to create a climbing guidebook app that focuses on rooting out violent language.

We want to prioritize not just physical safety, but also emotional and mental safety, Utomo said.

Users will be able to signal when they feel unsafe or targeted in an area, she said. Utomo attributes a large portion of her initial funding success for the platform she raised $6,628 for its development via Indiegogo to Brown Girls Climbs amplification of her project. The apps completion date has not been set, but Utomo said the team is wrapping its research phase in a couple of months.

Dickerson is pushing the companies that sponsor her to support more climbers of color in achieving first ascents: I talked to Marmot and El Cap the parent company of Earth Treks Climbing Centers in terms of breaking the status quo, like: Why is it that it is mostly white men that have the access to be outside and do the first ascent, and youre always sponsoring them?

Dickerson has since ended her affiliation with Marmot: Ive been disappointed with their (diversity, equity and inclusion) and anti-racism efforts, especially given the amount of free labor Ive expended in working with them, she said. Marmot did not respond to requests for comment, while a representative from El Cap wrote in an email that Dickerson has been an integral part of our gyms ability to live out our mission to advance representation in climbing. Dickerson has started her own sponsorship initiative, Our Powerful People, to highlight and pay those who do anti-racism, diversity and inclusion work in climbing.

Leavitt, along with eight other climbers, two of whom are local leaders in Brown Girls Climb, has started building a new outdoor space in Baltimore. Pigtown Climbs, scheduled to break ground and start hosting events by August, with tentative completion in summer 2022, is envisioned as a community-led recreational facility that will help people of color deepen their connection to the outdoors.

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Virginia International Tattoo returns for 2021, will be …05.31.21

NORFOLK, Va. A beloved Hampton Roads tradition is back for 2021, and this time it's outdoors!

The Virginia International Tattoo had been a staple at Norfolk Scope since 1997, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers had to cancel its live shows in 2020, instead opting for a virtual event.

It won't be back again at Scope for 2021, but instead, this year's event will be held from June 3 through 6 at Old Dominion University's Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

"While the COVID-19 pandemic will place some limitations on performing, groups that are able to travel, patrons can still expect fantastic military units, highland dancers, drill teams, brilliant vocalists, and the haunting cry of the massed pipes and drums," said Tattoo producer/director Scott Jackson.

What is the tattoo? The term evolved from a European tradition dating back to the 17th century when Low Country innkeepers would cry Doe den tap toe! Turn off the taps! as the fifes and drums of the local regiment signaled a return to quarters. It's now referred to as the ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands.

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