Fairfax asks authorities to investigate sexual assault charges; Virginia Beach police still haven’t found motive in last month’s shooting; a woman will captain Elizabeth River ferry for the first time in 400 years and more headlines

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• Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax asked authorities in Massachusetts and North Carolina to investigate the sexual assault charges against him, arguing such a probe would clear his name. His accusers called it a stunt and reminded Fairfax they were willing to participate in legislative hearings. – The Washington Post

• The average price of a home in Arlington has shot up 11 percent to $742,000 since Amazon announced its plans to open corporate offices in the county. County leaders blame speculative buyers and sellers, noting Amazon hasn’t created a single job in the area yet. – The Washington Post

• An internal report shows “agitated” and “psychotic” Norfolk social services client yelled and stomped around the lobby for two hours before brutally beating another client, leaving him in a coma. Officials found no fault with the way agency staff handled the case. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Police in Virginia Beach still haven’t determined a motive for the mass shooting in a municipal building last month, but did attempt to dispel false information that’s spread about the attack, including an early report in The New York Times that the shooter had engaged in fights and other confrontational behavior. “The investigation has not uncovered evidence corroborating these allegations.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Gov. Ralph Northam said his administration will host a series of roundtables on gun violence in the leadup to the special session he’s called on gun control. – Associated Press

• A federal judge ruled the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority improperly banned books when it adopted a policy requiring case-by-case approval of any new reading material, and he said he was unconvinced by the jail’s argument that “staples and glue” in some of the publications were a threat to the facility’s safety. – Bristol Herald Courier

• Tuesday’s primaries appeared to signal a generational shift in Charlottesville politics, with a progressive UVA professor crushing a two-term city council member in every precinct of the city’s House of Delegates district and the 28-year-old co-founder of Indivisible Charlottesville besting the establishment favorite in the City Council primary. – C-VILLE

• A woman will captain an Elizabeth River ferry between Norfolk and Portsmouth for the first time in probably 400 years. “I was kind of surprised no other women have been captain,” she said. “It’s 2019.” – The Virginian-Pilot

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Ned Oliver
Ned, a Lexington native, has a decade’s worth of experience in journalism, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He also has the awards to show for it, including taking a pair of first-place honors at the Virginia Press Association awards earlier this year for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass.