Charlottesville judge sentences James Fields; Bedford woman accused of operating illegal medical facility in Uganda; Isle of Wight museum hosts a sleepover for stuffed animals and more headlines

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• A Charlottesville judge sentenced James Fields, 22, to life in prison plus 419 years for murdering Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more during a violent white nationalist rally. Testifying during the hearing, one of Fields’ victims addressed him as “scum,” “a terrible waste of flesh” and “human feces” before court officials stopped her. – The Daily Progress

• Parents of children at a coveted, majority-white public elementary school in Richmond are threatening to move or send their children to private school if it’s combined with a nearby majority-black school. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Bedford woman who started a religious charity in Uganda is being accused by the government there of operating an illegal medical facility and causing “the death of hundreds of children.” She denies the accusations, but says she’s afraid to return. – The News & Advance

• Conservative Republican Congressman Denver Riggleman presided over a same sex marriage in Crozet, saying government “needed to treat straight and gay the same out of basic fairness.” LGBTQ advocates note he voted against the Equality Act and a resolution opposing Trump’s ban on transgender service members. – The Washington Post

• A man who blames the Mountain Valley Pipeline for the failure of the water system on his farm was arrested and charged with assaulting a pipeline worker during a protest Monday. “I’ve had to sell my cattle and now I’m watching my friends go to jail,” he said. – The Roanoke Times

• A federal judge tossed a lawsuit accusing the Culpeper County sheriff of violating an immigrant’s rights by holding him in jail past his release date so he could be transferred to ICE. – Culpeper Star-Exponent

• The Catholic church suspended a Norfolk priest after a “complaint about a violation of the church’s code of conduct with minors.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia’s pension fund managers are expecting lower investment returns, meaning the state and local governments may need to pay more every year to cover retirement costs for public employees. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker – an Olympic gold medalist, champion boxer and Hampton Roads native – died in Virginia Beach after he was struck by a car. He was 55. – The Virginian-Pilot

• The Isle of Wight County Museum held a sleepover party for stuffed animals to celebrate the 117th birthday of the world’s oldest ham. – Daily Press