Chesapeake will spend $40,000 to remind voters of May elections; Virginia Tech asks clothing company not to sell hoodie with bullet holes and more headlines

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• Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney fired his chief administrator after a scathing report found the city hired five of her relatives. In one case, her niece didn’t even have to apply before receiving a job offer for a position paying $70,000. – Richmond Times Dispatch

• “Lynchburg prosecutors are weighing criminal charges against three Blue Ridge Regional Jail officers accused of beating a patient at a local hospital.” – The News & Advance

• Chesapeake City Council decided not to move its local elections from May to November but has agreed to spend $40,000 to try to at least make sure voters know when to vote. “You wouldn’t even know it was Election Day until the newspaper came out with the results.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia Tech asked a clothing company not to sell a hoodie with bullet holes and the school’s name – a reference to the 2007 mass shooting. “This is not an endorsed university item, and we reject its message and imagery.” – The Roanoke Times

• A photo of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau wearing brownface makeup in 2001 is drawing comparisons to the scandal that consumed Gov. Ralph Northam earlier this year. – The New York Times

• “A white supremacist from Florida was arrested by federal authorities for making racially motivated threats against the co-founder of the Charlottesville, Virginia, chapter of Black Lives Matter, who had intended to run for city council.” – Huffpost

• The Rappahannock County Republican Party censured U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman for “abandoning party principles” on spending and immigration. Riggleman’s office, though, said it was punishment for the freshman congressman officiating a same-sex wedding in July. – The Hill

• Amtrak is selling $10 tickets on all regional train trips within Virginia to mark 10 years of state-sponsored passenger rail in Virginia. – WTOP

• A massive cloud of bugs stretching from Richmond into North Carolina  – possibly migrating dragonflies – appeared on weather radars, briefly perplexing meteorologists. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A five-legged cow is causing a stir at the Pittsylvania County Fair, but the bovine’s owners say they love her just the way she is. “As far as we’re concerned, and she’s concerned, she’s normal.” – The Danville Register & Bee

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