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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Firefighters in Virginia have rescued a man who got stuck in a tree while trying to retrieve a cat. The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that the man was trying to rescue a feline perched on a limb in Norfolk. The man climbed past the ladder he had used and ultimately went about 50 feet up the tree before getting stuck. Firefighters brought him to safety within 30 minutes. And because their gear was already deployed, they used their ladder truck to rescue the cat, too.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia say a man stole an ambulance, drove it while intoxicated and then crashed it. The Virginian-Pilot reported that 27-year-old Theodore E. Gasiorowski was charged with grand larceny and DUI. He was released from jail on bond Friday morning. Police said he stole the ambulance Thursday at a hospital in Virginia Beach. He allegedly took the vehicle while its crew was dropping off a patient. Police said they found him four miles away and trapped inside the overturned vehicle.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia students had expected to bring 10,000 people to the State Capitol as part of a nationwide protest against school violence. Even though the event only drew about 300 people, students said they weren't discouraged. The National School Walkout Friday was held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. Richmond-area students walked out of school, held a voter registration drive, then marched to the State Capitol.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The boring machine that will help expand Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has been named Chessie, after the fabled sea monster who according to legend has been sighted for decades in the bay. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the name was chosen from an online contest. It was submitted by Grace Bentley of Nandua Middle School in Onley on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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