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A weekend of unrest in Richmond, Black workers hit hard by COVID-19 job losses, Hampton Roads seabird relocation a success, and more headlines

By: - July 27, 2020 7:48 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• A weekend protest march in Richmond turned destructive as attendees clashed with police, lit a dump truck on fire and damaged several businesses and VCU buildings. The event was advertised as a show of solidarity with like-minded demonstrators squaring off against federal agents in Portland.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The unrest continued Sunday night as police detained demonstrators near Monroe Park. A dumpster was later seen burning nearby.—Commonwealth Times

• A calmer rally unfolded in an Alexandria neighborhood Sunday morning as a group gathered outside the home of acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to protest federal tactics in Portland.—Washington Post

•  Around 450 people attended a pro-police rally in Virginia Beach Saturday. “Lord knows what this world would be like without them,” said one attendee.—Daily Press

• Joblessness claims filed since late June show Black workers are being hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 crisis.—Roanoke Times

• Lexington, a liberal college town steeped in the legacies of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, “finds itself reassessing its identity, divided between the growing imperative to eradicate symbols of slavery and decades of cultural and economic ties to the Confederates who fought to preserve it.”—New York Times

• Almost three years after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, the legal wrangling continues in a FOIA lawsuit seeking to force the Virginia State Police to disclose planning documents.—Daily Progress

• A pair of inmates who escaped from a Virginia juvenile prison through a hole in a fence were captured at a Michigan hotel after almost two weeks on the run.—Associated Press

• Virginia’s plan to relocate a massive colony of migratory seabirds in the Hampton Roads harbor is working. “It’s nice when you get a win,” one bird conservationist said. “It gives hope. On so many fronts.”—Virginian-Pilot

• A parakeet named Jim flew away from his home in Portsmouth but may have been spotted in a mulberry tree in Norfolk.—Virginian-Pilot

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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]