Decades-old Richmond law firm going out of business; pipeline developers again ask court to remove tree sitters who are blocking construction; Bob Ross exhibit coming to Loudoun County and more headlines

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• “LeClairRyan, the three-decade-old Richmond law firm that just a few years ago had nearly 400 attorneys but has been battered in recent months by mass departures, is going out of business.” – Richmond BizSense

• Fairfax County school officials made sex jokes after they heard about an alleged sexual assault against a high school junior. “Now, a jury in Alexandria federal court will decide whether the school’s reaction was so cavalier as to violate the girl’s civil rights under Title IX.” – The Washington Post

• After an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia, in Chesterfield, health officials say they found the bacteria that causes it at seven locations, including a hospital and three schools. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen’s prosecution of the Rise Above Movement for violence in Charlottesville represents “the first time federal authorities have tried to disrupt a violent white supremacist terrorist organization on charges other than drug- or gun-dealing or murder.” – The Washington Post

• The developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are asking a Montgomery County judge to remove tree sitters who have been blocking construction for nearly a year. The request comes after a federal judge denied a similar request. – The Roanoke Times

• Virginia Beach’s police chief turns 65 in April, the mandatory retirement age for the position. City Council members are considering raising the age to 70 so he can stay on. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A UVA doctor is among three Democrats who say they’re seeking the party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman next year. – The Daily Progress

• The Culpeper Board of Supervisors voted to create a drug court “to provide resources, counseling and hope to repeat drug offenders who otherwise seem to get stuck in a revolving door of incarceration.” – Culpeper Star-Exponent

• A Charlottesville City Council discussion about the city’s “Unity Days” event devolved into disharmony, with attendees calling councilmembers white supremacists and “Hitler’s best friends.” – The Daily Progress

• Private developers pursuing a deal with Richmond to redevelop the area around the city’s coliseum say they’ve spent $20 million on design, market studies, planning and legal work. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s book on white supremacist violence in Charlottesville hit number 13 on the New York Times nonfiction best seller list, slotting in just below “A Dream About Lightning Bugs” by Ben Folds. – The New York Times

• The first major of exhibit of Bob Ross’ work will be staged in Loudoun County, where the late host of “The Joy of Painting” enjoyed antiquing. “It’s quite poetic,” said the president of Bob Ross Inc. – Loudoun Times-Mirror

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