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Another Stewart staffer steps in it; cheating at a Richmond elementary school and other headlines

By: - July 31, 2018 1:35 pm

Our round-up of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

Corey Stewart staffer called majority black cities “shitholes”

His senate campaign has paid more than $100,000 to the consultant, whose racist social media posts were first reported by the Daily Beast.

Rich Shafton, who works as Stewart’s spokesman, called majority-black cities “shitholes” and said football players should stand for the anthem “instead of sitting on the bench eating a banana.”

Stewart declined to comment on the posts other than to tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the banana post was prompted by a news story that described a football player eating the fruit.

Another Corey Stewart campaign staffer has admitted he was a member of a group chat with the organizer of last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

More news

  • The D.C. police chief says he plans to bring out the whole department in response to a possible white nationalist rally on the Aug. 12 anniversary of deadly clashes in Charlottesville.  — WTOP
  • A state investigation found staff at a Richmond elementary school celebrated for its academic success had inflated test scores by giving students help and answers.                  – The Richmond-Times Dispatch
  • Norfolk uses Waze to identify and close flooded streets. – The Virginian Pilot
  • Two historians resigned from UVA to protest the university’s decision to hire a former Trump White House staffer. – The Daily Progress
  • Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder dropped his lawsuit against the former dean of the government school VCU named after him. –  The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Public housing residents are no longer allowed to smoke cigarettes within 25 feet of their houses under new HUD regulations. — WTVR
  • The state horse racing industry already wants bigger equine-themed slot parlors. The draft regulations would allow up to 700 machines at off-track sites in large localities like Richmond, but only with approval from the local city council or county board.  – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Leaders from Watertown, Wisc., visited Danville for revitalization advice. – Register and Bee

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Robert Zullo
Robert Zullo

Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers before becoming editor of the Virginia Mercury in 2018. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Contact him at [email protected]