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    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 has been winning and losing awards as a reporter and editor for 13 years at weekly and daily newspapers, beginning at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., where he was a staff writer and managing editor. He spent 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]