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COVID-19 hospitalizations fall in western Va., supporters say no parallel between Cuomo and Northam scandals, the world’s hottest beer(?), and more headlines

By: - March 18, 2021 8:08 am
Virginia Mercury

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• Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in western Virginia continue to fall.—WVTF

• Some are trying to draw parallels between the crisis facing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal, though Northam supporters don’t see the comparison.—Associated Press

• A group in Southwest Virginia is trying to revive the mighty American chestnut, a once widespread tree that was decimated by a blight in the early 20th century. “We lost a treasure, so let’s try to bring it back where and when we can,” one advocate said.—The Citizen

• Outdoor graduations in Virginia can have up to 5,000 people in attendance this spring, Gov. Ralph Northam said.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Virginia’s governor’s race “is more crowded than any other in modern history, perhaps ever, with 13 declared candidates in the running: seven Republicans, five Democrats and one independent.”—Washington Post 

• Students at Gar-Field High in Prince William mourned the loss of a well-liked math teacher, who died after a two-month battle with COVID-19. “Mr. Z was hands down the most understanding teacher. He made us laugh, and he just made everyone feel so comfortable,” one student said. “He was just a really genuine person. That’s probably why it hurts so bad that he passed away.” —Prince William Times

• The College of William and Mary’s “Lemon Project” is an effort to research the enslaved people who lived and worked at the college.—WHRO

• Meet the 49-year-old Marion man who takes in hundreds of sick, orphaned and injured wild animals a year for rehabilitation. “My goal is to give these animals another day to live and enjoy the life they were meant to have,” he said. — Bristol Herald Courier

• Severe weather, including the possibility of tornados, could be on the way for some parts of Virginia today.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Fredericksburg brewery thinks it might have made “the hottest beer in the world,” even asking a chemist to prove it. “We took a barrel of our pineapple IPA and dosed it with approximately 500 Carolina Reaper chilis,” the brewery’s co-owner said. — WVTF

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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]