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Ned Oliver

Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.

Low expectations for special session; A new tally on fraudulent signatures and Confederate imagery in Albemarle schools

By: - August 27, 2018

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. The special session of the General Assembly called by Gov. Northam this week to redraw House districts in response to a federal court ruling isn’t expected to yield new maps or much of anything else. – WVTF Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart appeared together at a Virginia […]

Documenting hundreds of mentally ill people who died in jail; more long prison sentences for white supremacist rally attendees

By: - August 24, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Hundreds of deaths, brutal treatment The Virginian-Pilot’s Gary A Harki is out with a massive and beautifully presented investigation into the terrible treatment mentally ill receive in the nation’s jails, no doubt prompted by a string of deaths in Hampton Roads Regional Jail. As […]

Another Virginia inmate says he was locked in solitary over prison politics

By: - August 24, 2018

Kevin Rashid Johnson – active in the push to reform prison labor — says he was placed in a cell on death row despite never having been sentenced to death. “There can be only one reason they have put me here – to shut me up and prevent me fraternising with other prisoners as they […]

Virginia ERA campaign launches Sunday

By: - August 23, 2018

As we reported last month, only one more state needs to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and advocates think there’s a good chance it could be Virginia. Those advocates say they’re kicking off their statewide campaign on Sunday with screenings around the state of “Iron Jawed Angels,” which tells the story of the women who […]

SOL pass rates down; more on Reublicans’ Corey Stewart angst; a clinic for truckers

By: - August 23, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. SOL pass rates are down across the state They dropped slightly in every subject, with 79 percent of students passing in reading, 78 percent passing in writing, 77 percent passing in math, 81 percent passing in science and 84 percent passing in history […]

At the 1892 dedication of this Confederate memorial to the Howitzers Battalion, the keynote speaker focused not on valor, but a laying out a long justification and defense of slavery. The statue now sits on the edge of Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park campus.

Like UNC, VCU has its own Confederate memorial dedicated with explicitly white supremacist speech

By: - August 23, 2018

Earlier this week, protesters on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tore down a long contested Confederate memorial dubbed “Silent Sam,” which was targeted in part for the explicitly white supremacist speech that marked its 1913 unveiling. Confederate veteran Julian Carr extolled the Confederacy’s defense of the “Anglo-Saxon race” and […]

A $2,000 glass of whiskey, a state law banning bars and a years-long fight lawmakers can’t seem to untangle

By: - August 23, 2018

It’s really thick, intensely flavored and, at McCormack’s Whisky Bar in Richmond, it goes for $2,000 a glass. “It’s absolutely unique compared to other spirits,” says owner Mac McCormack, describing The Macallan M, one of the world’s most expensive whiskeys. A bottle retails for as much as $6,500, so the mark up is reasonable in […]

Ballot shenanigans in Hopewell; Also: KKK leader sentenced and ‘Top Gun’ in Norfolk

By: - August 22, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Manafort, you may have heard, was found guilty A jury in Alexandria convicted the former Trump campaign chairman on eight of 18 counts. They were deadlocked on the other 10. He was found guilty of filing false tax returns, not reporting a foreign […]

Virginia lawmakers want to get in on this blockchain thing

By: - August 22, 2018

Now they just have to figure out how and why. Blockchain, the decentralized database technology behind Bitcoin, has emerged as an endlessly recurring buzzword in tech fields. And, to be fair, the technology is promising in a lot of ways to the extent that it protects against data loss and manipulation, making it a potentially good […]

The lengths Republicans are going to do avoid Corey Stewart; Also, stinkbugs and calculating partisan lean

By: - August 21, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Avoiding Corey The state’s Republican congressional candidates are going to lengths to avoid appearing with (or even near) Corey Stewart as they campaign for office, citing his past associations with white supremacist groups and penchant for saying things that draw negative attention. One […]

Regulators getting cozy with gambling interests? Also Nic Cage, poop and a Roanoke riverwalk

By: - August 20, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. How cozy are state regulators with the company hoping to bring casino gambling to Virginia? So cozy that, when accused of being too cozy, the chairman of the Virginia Racing Commission let the company’s representatives ghost write the first draft of a letter […]

BETTER KNOW A BOARD: Wigs, barbering theory and the Koch brothers

By: - August 20, 2018

This is the first in an occasional series exploring some of Virginia’s more obscure state boards and commissions. Name: Board for Barbers and Cosmetology. Purpose: To regulate the practice of cosmetology and related professions in the state of Virginia. Meeting location: An office park in Henrico County. Stephen Kirschner has some bad news for the […]