Tag Archives: Virginia

Restaurant To Pay $40K For Anti-Gay Abuse Of Staffer

The Associated Press reports: A Virginia restaurant operator has agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve a lawsuit that claims its employees routinely harassed a gay server with homophobic epithets and taunted him about his sexuality. A federal judge on Thursday signed off on the settlement between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Mejia Corp., which does business as El …

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USA Today HQ Evacuated After Report Of Gunman

USA Today reports: USA TODAY’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia was being evacuated Wednesday amid a heavy police presence after police reported a man with a weapon at the suburban Washington building. Alarms sounded at the building as police squad cars converged on the scene. Law enforcement officers with rifles and body armor were patrolling the area and a helicopter hovered …

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SCOTUS Rules For Virginia Dems On Gerrymandering

The Hill reports: The Supreme Court has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case that represents a victory for Democrats in the state. In the 5-4 ruling, the justices found that the House didn’t have the standing to appeal a lower court ruling that found that the new district maps must be used ahead of …

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VIRGINIA: Governor Calls Legislature Back For Special Session On Gun Control After Latest Mass Shooting

The Associated Press reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.” Northam, a Democrat confronted with a Republican-controlled General Assembly in the middle of an election year, also …

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BREAKING: Mass Shooting In Virginia Beach, At Least Eleven Dead, Multiple Injuries, One Gunman In Custody

The Virginian-Pilot reports: Multiple people were injured by a shooter who has been apprehended at the city’s Municipal Center on Friday afternoon, police said. Master Police Officer Allen Perry confirmed there was a shooter in building 2, which is next door to City Hall. At 4:50 p.m., the Virginia Beach Police Department tweeted that one shooter has been taken into …

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Former VA Gov. Terry McCauliffe Won’t Run For WH

Politico reports: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday night that he would not be running for president in 2020, quelling speculation that he would join an already sizable group of Democratic hopefuls vying to push President Donald Trump out of office. “I love campaigning. I love fighting,” McAuliffe told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I would love to have been on …

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VIRGINIA: Teenager Pleads Guilty To “Ethnic Cleansing” Terror Threat That Closed Charlottesville-Area Schools

The Daily Progress reports: A Virginia teenager has pleaded guilty to posting a racist threat online that shut down Charlottesville City Schools for two days last week. News outlets report the 17-year-old boy was convicted Wednesday and is set to be sentenced April 24. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Samantha Markley says the teen told authorities he was bored and joking when …

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VIRGINIA: Teenager Arrested After “Ethnic Cleansing” Terrorism Threat Closes Charlottesville Area Schools

NBC News reports: City police are charging a teenager in connection with an online threat to Charlottesville High School. The Charlottesville Police Department announced Friday, March 22, that a 17-year-old boy was arrested at 6 a.m. The minor is charged with threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property, and harassment by computer. Police said they were …

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Fairfax Accuser Also Accuses Former NBA Star Of Rape

CNN reports: Meredith Watson, who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape, also says she was raped by former Duke University basketball player Corey Maggette, according to her attorney. Maggette, who went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA and is now a freelance basketball analyst on Fox Sports West, denied the allegation in a statement to …

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POLL: Virginians Split On Gov. Ralph Northam’s Fate

The Washington Post reports: Virginians are deadlocked over whether Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should step down after the emergence of a photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page depicting people in blackface and Ku Klux Klan garb, with African Americans saying by a wide margin that he should remain in office. The poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday, finds residents …

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Fairfax Calls For FBI Probe Into Assault Allegations

NPR reports: Virginia’s lieutenant governor showed no intention of resigning Saturday, the day after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax released a statement late Saturday requesting that “no one rush to judgment,” and called for an FBI investigation so that “due process will provide the fairness, justice and honesty that is …

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Northham: I Overreacted To First Reports On Yearbook

The Washington Post reports: Gov. Ralph Northam (D), amid continued calls for his resignation over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, sought to defend his determination to remain in office by promising to pursue racial reconciliation. “I overreacted,” he said, by putting out a statement taking blame for the picture. “If I had it to do over …

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VIRGINIA: Second Woman Accuses Lt. Gov Of Rape

The New York Times reports: A second woman came forward Friday with claims that she had been sexually assaulted by Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, alleging that he raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 and demanding that he resign immediately. The statement released by a lawyer for Meredith Watson — who sent a letter to …

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SERIOUSLY: Northam To Make Amends By Focusing On Racial Equality And Reading Alex Haley’s Novel Roots

Buzzfeed News reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, still facing calls to resign as governor a week after the revelation that his page in a medical school yearbook features a racist photograph, is now tightly focused on coming up with plans to survive. His office has begun to explore how it might recalibrate Northam’s legislative agenda to focus closely on race …

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VIRGINIA: League Of The South Member Is Fourth Man Convicted In 2017 Charlottesville Attack On Black Man

NBC News reports: A fourth man has been found guilty of taking part in a violent beating inside a downtown Charlottesville parking garage. Fifty-year-old Tyler Watkins Davis appeared in Charlottesville Circuit Court early Friday, February 8. The Florida man entered an Alford plea to malicious wounding, meaning he admits there is enough evidence to convict him of that charge. The …

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Virginia GOP Leader Also Ensnared In Blackface History

The Virginian Pilot reports: A Virginia Military Institute yearbook overseen by future state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment in 1968 features a host of racist photos and slurs, including blackface. Norment, R-James City County, was managing editor of The Bomb publication that year. He went to VMI in Lexington after graduating from James Blair High School in Williamsburg and has …

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Virginia Cop Linked To White Supremacist Groups

NBC News reports: The Virginia Division of Capitol Police said Wednesday that a sergeant has been put on paid administrative leave after pictures surfaced on social media accounts that could be linked to white supremacy or nationalist groups. A source close to Capitol Police tells NBC12 the investigation is surrounding these pictures of Sgt. Robert A. Stamm. “There is a …

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Virginia Attorney General: I Wore Blackface In 1980

The Associated Press reports: Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. The revelation further roils the top levels of Virginia government. …

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Northam’s Medical School Canceled Yearbook In 2013 After Three Students Posed In Confederate Uniforms

The Washington Post reports: The head of the medical school whose yearbook sparked controversy after racist photos surfaced on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in 1984 got rid of the annual after he found pictures of students in Confederate garb, according to a report on Monday. Shortly after Provost Richard Homan hired Mekbib Gemeda as vice president of diversity at …

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Joe Lieberman: Ralph Northam Shouldn’t Resign Yet

The Hill reports: Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Monday came to the defense of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), saying he shouldn’t yet resign despite the revelation that his medical school yearbook page included a racist photo. Lieberman said during an interview on CNN that there has been a “a rush to judgment that is unfair to” Northam. “One, …

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