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A man who drowned in a lake at Mount Trashmore on Tuesday went under while trying to retrieve a toy boat that had become stuck in the water, authorities said.

The body of Frank Perez, 31, was retrieved from the lake at about 1:15 a.m. yesterday.

Witnesses told police that he went into the lake at about 8 p.m. Police said at least one person tried to rescue him and another called 911 when he didn’t resurface.

Mount Trashmore is a landfill that was converted to a park.


ACLU targets Bible courses

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is seeking more information on the Craig County School Board’s plans to add a Bible study course.

On May 6, Craig County school officials voted to offer “The Bible in History and Literature” at Craig County High School in the fall.

While schools have a right to teach courses on religious texts such as the Bible, the ACLU said the school system can’t show support for a specific faith such as Christianity.

The ACLU said the course mimics curriculum offered by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. A county in Texas dropped the course this year after eight parents sued last year.


U.S. grant spurs clean coal research

A federal grant will enable Virginia Tech scientists to increase their research on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal.

Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat, said that the Department of Energy has approved a $1.8 million grant for “clean coal” research.

He said the grant will fund a feasibility study for a large-scale test in which 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide would be injected into unmineable coal seams in Southwest Virginia. Conducting the test would require a federal investment of $60 million.

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