NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• A federal judge in Virginia issued an arrest warrant for a neo-Nazi podcaster who promoted and attended the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, finding the man was in “total disregard” of court orders issued in a lawsuit stemming from the event.—Associated Press
• Major employers in the Washington region say it could be next summer before their workers return from teleworking.—Washington Post
• Researchers at Virginia Tech are monitoring sewage on campus in an effort to detect early outbreaks of COVID-19. “It gets a little gross when you start thinking about it.”—Roanoke Times
• Students at JMU say it was “bizarre, chaotic and paranoia inducing” to watch hundreds of students around them test positive for the virus.—New York Times
• A month after its launch, the state health department says more than 500,000 people have downloaded COVIDWISE, which works out to an estimated 12 percent adoption rate among smartphone users.—WVTF
• Sixty staffers at the Democratic Party of Virginia announced that they’d unionized. “Campaign workers and staff at DPVA have spent years working to elect pro-worker candidates who fight for organized labor. It’s only right that we as a party live up to our values and recognize the right to join a union,” said DPVA Chair Susan Swecker.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Lee Enterprises announced newsroom layoffs at five of the Virginia newspapers it owns, The (Fredericksburg) Free Lance-Star, The (Lynchburg) News & Advance, The Roanoke Times, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the (Charlottesville) Daily Progress.—Virginia Business
• For the second year in a row, UVA failed to make the U.S. News & World Report’s top 25 best colleges ranking.—Daily Progress
• “A supposed FBI raid on the (Arlington) home of an infamous Republican dirty trickster appears to have been a ruse—one that began falling apart even as its perpetrators managed to dupe a major national newspaper.”—Daily Beast
• A Roanoke man who loves chewing gum got permission from Wrigley’s to have his casket decorated like a pack of Juicy Fruit.—WSLS
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