The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)
• The U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal from the Fairfax County School Board arguing it couldn’t be held liable for an alleged sexual assault on a school band trip. The case, now going to trial in Alexandria, hinges on whether a school system can be held at fault for a “single alleged assault when there had been no prior notice of a problem.”—Associated Press
• Fauquier Hospital is facing a $15 million lawsuit from the superintendent of the county’s school system over the death of his 28-year-old son, who died seven days after being hospitalized for severe vomiting.—Prince William Times
• Mike Hollins, a University of Virginia football player who survived the shooting that killed three of his teammates, has been released from the hospital.—CBS News
• The first Black superintendent of Virginia Military Institute is facing growing attacks from conservative alumni over his efforts to make the military school more inclusive.—Washington Post
• With nods to Tidewater icons like Missy Elliott, Timbaland and Allen Iverson, The Atlantic magazine has dubbed 2002 “The Year Virginia Rewrote the Rules of Popular Culture.”—The Atlantic
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