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Rahul Chowdhry Sharma

Rahul Chowdhry Sharma

Mercury intern Rahul Chowdhry Sharma is a rising senior at the University of Virginia, where he is majoring in English and government. He has held several positions with the student newspaper, the Cavalier Daily, including senior associate news editor.

Youngkin vows to ‘protect life’ as Supreme Court overturns right to abortion

By: , and - June 24, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin applauded Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision abolishing the constitutional right to an abortion and said Virginia Republicans will get to work on legislation “protecting the life of unborn children” by potentially banning most abortions after 15 weeks. “The Supreme Court of the United States has rightfully returned power to the people and […]

‘Punched, kicked, spit on’: Va. health care workers say they face more violence since pandemic

By: - June 21, 2022

Expressing frustration with what they say are increasing incidents of violence at work, doctors at the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians are urging federal lawmakers to support a U.S. Senate bill that would give greater protections to health care workers.  “I have been assaulted by patients hundreds of times —  have been punched, kicked, spit […]

Judge dismisses restraining orders against Sen. Joe Morrissey over radio show outburst

By: and - June 15, 2022

A Republican delegate and a Democratic senator huddled in the corner of a courtroom Tuesday afternoon, trying to make out what was said on a garbled audio recording that captured some of the expletives hurled in a heated altercation last month in a Richmond radio studio. “Is that: ‘I will f**king knock you down’?” asked […]

COVID-19 cases have climbed in Virginia over the spring

By: - June 7, 2022

Seven-day COVID-19 case averages in Virginia have been climbing over the spring, from about 700 cases a day in early April to nearly 3,000 daily last week.  Hospitalizations, currently with a seven-day average of 573, have seen a comparatively modest increase, but tend to lag behind case counts as infections take time to develop and […]