The Bulletin

COVID shots at colleges, NRA skips Youngkin for endorsement, ‘Roller Dude’ is back, and more headlines

By: - July 23, 2021 8:02 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Gov. Ralph Northam said he’s leaving the decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccination up to colleges and universities.—VPM

• The National Rifle Association skipped over GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, even as it endorsed other Republican candidates on the ticket.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Police in Fredericksburg credited two bystanders with saving a police officer from a beating at the hands of a suspect.—Free Lance-Star

• Terry McAuliffe is pledging a ban on assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines if he’s elected.—WVTF

• An Arlington man who was sick of dog pee killing the bushes outside his house became the target of social media ire after a neighbor posted photos of the plastic “scat mats” he installed to protect his shrubbery. “Two people suggested that people should actually bottle up their urine and dump it on my property, which I think is a rather serious offense,” he said.—WTOP

• In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Virginia, a man from Petersburg pleaded guilty to the burglary of an Ettrick deli after he was linked to the crime by the “yellowish-green luminescent smears of SmartWater — a colorless and odorless liquid nanotechnology coded with a unique signature for each user.”—Richmond Time-Dispatch

• The nationalization of Virginia’s gubernatorial race creates a problem for Glenn Youngkin, because “it raises the question of whether he would campaign alongside Trump — who remains popular with the GOP base but strongly disliked in the vote-rich urban and suburban parts of Virginia that are crucial to winning statewide.”—Washington Post

• In Chesapeake, “Roller Dude” is back.—Virginian-Pilot


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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]