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A GoFundMe for Richmond monument removal, Wilder accuses Library of Va of racism, Redskins mull name change, and more headlines

By: - July 6, 2020 8:01 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Lexington’s City Council says it will change the name of Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. Jackson was buried there in 1863, but it wasn’t named for him until 1949.—WSLS

• A supersized American flag was removed from the construction site of the new General Assembly building in downtown Richmond because it was deemed a target for protesters.—Washington Post

• Richmond’s monument removal will cost the city almost $2 million, but supporters have launched a GoFundMe to try to cover the cost.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The judge who issued an injunction halting the removal of Richmond’s Lee statue is recusing himself from part of the case. He lives near Monument Avenue, and property values have been raised as an issue.—Richmond BizSense

• Former Gov. Doug Wilder has accused the Library of Virginia of racism for failing to make records available from his term as the nation’s first elected Black governor.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, who is running for governor, headlined a pro-gun rally at the Capitol that drew some boogaloo boys and white supremacists.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Prosecutors have spent six months investigating a fatal Newport News police shooting involving a mentally ill man accused of “abusing the city’s 911 system.”—Daily Press

• Geofence warrants, which allow investigators to get cellphone location history data from companies like Google, will get “their first significant court challenge” in a case involving a Richmond-area bank robbery.—Associated Press

• There were dueling protests in the Southwest Virginia town of Marion Friday, but the day ended peacefully with no arrests.—Smyth County News & Messenger

• Culpeper residents want the county to take down a Confederate battle flag that still flies near the entrance to a public park.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• “The Washington Redskins moved Friday toward what team owner Daniel Snyder once vowed was unthinkable: changing their controversial name in a bow to pressure from their largest corporate sponsors and the fierce winds of societal reckoning sweeping the country.”—Washington Post

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]