Air Force helicopter struck by ground fire, Charlottesville marks third anniversary of Unite the Right, Dennis Quaid adopts cat named…Dennis Quaid, and more headlines

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• A U.S. Air Force helicopter was struck by ground fire while flying over Northern Virginia, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Manassas Regional Airport. The FBI is investigating. — McClatchy

• Demonstrators held a peaceful event in Charlottesville to mark the third anniversary of the Unite the Right rally. Activist Don Gathers said people should keep showing up to “shout down racism and hatred and all of its evil forms.” — Daily Progress

• A Halifax Town Council member says he won’t step down after being roundly criticized as racist for penning a letter in which he said he was raised around “good colored people back in the day when children were born in wedlock and expected to behave like civilized human beings.” — WSET

• The Luray Town Council voted to formally censure Mayor Barry Presgraves over a Facebook post that said Joe Biden had “announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick.” — Daily News-Record

• After another wave of destructive protests in Richmond, some residents say they’re getting tired of it. “Regular citizens [feel] caught in the middle,” said one Monument Avenue homeowner. — Washington Post

• The Virginia political world was briefly alarmed Wednesday afternoon by a tweet that suggested the building that houses the attorney general’s office had collapsed. The building was fine, but a pole had fallen on it. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Dominion is speeding up its efforts to put power lines underground in areas that might be vulnerable to storm damage. — Daily Press

• Human remains found in a Chesterfield County landfill in 1986 were recently identified as those of a 16-year-old girl who went missing from her Richmond apartment that same year. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Sentara Healthcare — one of the largest providers in the Hampton Roads area — intends to merge with Cone Health, a hospital chain in North Carolina. — Virginian-Pilot

• The COVID-19 pandemic has created a business boom for RV dealers, campgrounds and Smith Mountain Lake rental homes. “It was like somebody flipped a switch and everybody was running outside.” — Roanoke Times

• A federal judge overruled the Trump administration’s attempted rollback of laws protecting wild birds. A coalition of states and conservation groups “argued that birds already were being harmed by the administration’s policies, most notably in the destruction last fall of nesting grounds for 25,000 shorebirds in Virginia to make way for a road and tunnel project.” — Associated Press

• A massive sinkhole opened up in Manassas Park, preventing about 400 residents from getting in and out of their neighborhood. — WUSA9

• Someone stole a LOVE sign from a yard in Culpeper County. — Star-Exponent

• Actor Dennis Quaid contacted the Lynchburg Humane Society to adopt a cat named Dennis Quaid. “I’m out to save all the Dennis Quaids of the world,” said Dennis Quaid. — WSLS

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