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Ballot shenanigans in Hopewell; Also: KKK leader sentenced and ‘Top Gun’ in Norfolk

By: - August 22, 2018 10:12 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

Manafort, you may have heard, was found guilty

A jury in Alexandria convicted the former Trump campaign chairman on eight of 18 counts. They were deadlocked on the other 10.

He was found guilty of filing false tax returns, not reporting a foreign bank account and bank fraud.

The more impactful Trump news of the day, though, comes from New York, where former Trump fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to paying off a porn star, directly implicating the president in a crime.

Hopewell’s City Council ballot to feature some candidates in all caps

The Hopewell Electoral Board is backing a decision by the new registrar to feature some candidates’ names in capital letters, reports Graham Moomaw at the Times-Dispatch.

In one case, the registrar is accused of having a grudge with one of the candidates who is not getting the benefit of the all-caps treatment.

One board member opposed the decision, Moomaw reports: “I think it’s utterly insane if you two vote to let this stand,” said board Chairman Patrick Washington. “And it shows that this electoral board, mainly you two, are just following your own standards instead of the standard of right and wrong.”

More news

A KKK leader was sentenced to four years in prison for firing a gun during last year’s Aug. 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. – The Daily Progress

New evidence shows more mistakes were made in the days leading up to the death of Jamycheal Mitchell at Hampton Roads Regional Jail. – The Virginian-Pilot

The sequel to “Top Gun” is being filmed this week on a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier. – The Virginian-Pilot

Advocates are calling on a school safety committee created in response to school shootings to lower the required ratio of students to guidance counselors to one for every 250. – Daily Press

Democratic Congressional Candidate Elaine Luria is running a TV ad showing her on the bridge of a Navy ship at sea that was actually filmed on a museum exhibit and composited to show white-capped seas. – The Virginian-Pilot

Rep. Dave Brat and his Democratic challenger, Abigail Spanberger, agreed to debate on Oct. 15 in Culpeper County. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Department of Justice is investigating complaints of religious discrimination surrounding a Stafford County ordinance blocking a proposed Muslim cemetery. – The Free Lance-Star

The American Battlefield Trust is trying to figure out how far Confederate and Union troops could see and how proposed solar projects in Culpeper County might impact that view. – Culpeper Star Exponent

Gov. Ralph Northam was on hand for the unveiling of a large sculpture in Giles County that spells out the word love. It’s part of a state tourism campaign. – The Roanoke Times

Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville canceled its annual beauty pageant, citing allegations that the Miss America organization was bullying winners. – The Martinsville Bulletin

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.