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High school student dies in Nicaragua

A 17-year-old class president and soccer player died suddenly while on a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua, his family said.

Douglas Robert Wardle suffered a brain hemorrhage Thursday and died in Managua, his family told the Daily Progress of Charlottesville.

Douglas would have been a senior at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. He and his soccer teammates hoped to make a run at the state championship this year, but the highlight of his summer was the trip where he and 19 classmates built houses for the poor, said his father, Bill Wardle.

Douglas was on his second trip to Nicaragua with an organization called Bridges to Community. His mother, Nancy, accompanied him last year; his father went along this year.

The teen was in a tent with a friend when he collapsed. He was rushed to a hospital, but nothing could be done, his father said.


Thousands sign up for campus alerts

More than 6,400 people have signed up for the University of Virginia’s new emergency- notification system, and the school said yesterday that organizers hope to have 10,000 registered by the end of September.

The system will send text messages, limited to 125 characters, to those who register. The messages also will be displayed on a dozen computer screens throughout campus, which were planned for installation before the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech.

The 13 preapproved messages deal with anticipated emergency situations, including severe weather, gunmen, bomb threats, chemical spills and major electrical outages, the school said.

The university yesterday also announced the creation of an office of emergency preparedness to oversee the school’s policies for natural, epidemic and terrorist emergencies.

Marjorie L. Sidebottom, who has served as director of emergency preparedness for the university’s health system since 1993, will oversee the office, which has been in the planning stages since last fall, the school said.


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