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Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• After 15 months, Virginia’s state of emergency declared in response to COVID-19 is coming to an end.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Once-acclaimed Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey worked at Old Dominion University. Now the school is facing accusations it ignored concerns he was sexually harassing and abusing women while teaching there.—Virginian-Pilot
• Rapper Meek Mill joined Gov. Ralph Northam Thursday for the ceremonial signing of a probation reform bill.—NBC Washington
• Instead of putting up new statues on Richmond’s Monumement Avenue where Confederate leaders once stood, city officials are recommending removing the empty pedestals and replacing them with pavement or landscaping.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Two neo-Nazi group members whose talk of planning an attack at a Virginia gun rights rally was secretly recorded by the FBI pleaded guilty on Thursday to gun charges.—Associated Press
• A state delegate says he’ll file a bill to end a carveout that prevents VMI cadets from being immune from drug or alcohol violations if they report a sexual assault.—Roanoke Times
• It’s not yet clear how the LGBTQ panic defense, which Virginia lawmakers just voted to ban, might come into play in the murder charge against Virginia Tech football player Isi Etute, who is accused of killing a person he met for a sexual encounter. Family members have described the victim as a gay man, but a defense attorney said Etute thought he was meeting a woman.—Roanoke Times
• A Dinwiddie County man fatally shot his best friend after mistaking him for an intruder.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A bear that got stuck in the ceiling of a Volvo factory was removed safely thanks to a dart and a forklift.—WDBJ7
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