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• A state senator discovered discarded gravestones along the shore of his home on the Potomac River. They were from a historic Black burial ground in D.C. and “illuminated a dark truth about how Washington became the city it is today.”—Washington Post
• A fake doctor who treated more than 100 patients, including children, while pretending to be a psychologist was sentenced to 11 years in prison, a punishment far above the state’s sentencing guidelines.—Free Lance-Star
• Outgoing U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Nelson, took his anti-QAnon crusade to “Meet the Press” Sunday, saying the GOP should stop trying to appeal to “people that believe ‘Lord of the Rings’ is a documentary.”—Axios
• The contest to replace Riggleman in Virginia’s sprawling 5th Congressional District is looking like a toss-up, with Democrat Cameron Webb making an aggressive push against Republican Bob Good to flip what has been a reliably red district.—Roanoke Times
• The Hampton Public Defender’s Office claims judges have a conflict of interest in every case involving Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, who works as a prosecutor while serving on a legislative committee that oversees courts. Mullin says the claim is meritless.—Daily Press
• A wedding at Wintergreen appears to have spread COVID-19 to the resort’s staff. At least 20 food and beverage employees are in quarantine.—News & Advance
• A new poll found Gov. Ralph Northam’s approval rating at 56 percent, up from 43 percent after the blackface scandal in early 2019. He also got high marks for his handling of the pandemic.—Washington Post
• The governor won’t reveal how he voted on the redistricting reform amendment that’s sharply divided Democrats.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A Black contractor who helped remove Confederate statues from Richmond’s Monument Avenue says he has no regrets despite death threats and “allegations of cronyism over past political donations to the city’s mayor.”—Associated Press
• Caroline County’s Confederate monument was dismantled over the weekend by a crew of volunteers after county leaders balked at high prices from out-of-town contractors. The removal cost around $6,000.—Free Lance-Star
• A Virginia Beach teen wanted to be the first prince in the Neptune Festival’s royal court, which has been princesses only. Organizers turned him down.—Virginian-Pilot
• “Jeopardy!” contestants didn’t know what Arlington is.—ARLNow
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