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Former Gov. Linwood Holton dies and more Virginia headlines

By: - October 29, 2021 8:07 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Former Gov. Linwood Holton, a giant of Virginia politics who famously led by example on school integration, died Thursday at 98. “When others stood in the doorways of schools to block desegregation, our Dad walked us — and bused us — to integrated schools to show the rest of the world the way of justice,” his children said in a statement.—Richmond Times-Dispatch; Cardinal News; Washington Post

• Two white supremacists who planned violence as part of a plan to spark a civil war at a massive gun rally in 2020 were each sentenced to nine years in prison.—Washington Post

• A Loudoun County school board member has joined the calls for the local superintendent to resign over his handling of sexual assault cases.—Fox News

• Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a Christian university in Loudoun, praising parents who are waging a battle against critical race theory in schools. “Children as young as kindergarten are being taught to be ashamed of their skin color,” Pence said.—Associated Press

• After teasing that he would be in Virginia “soon,” former President Donald Trump will do a “tele-rally” for Youngkin planned for Monday.—Associated Press

• A Fox News poll shows Youngkin with an eight-point lead over McAuliffe among likely voters and in a dead heat with registered voters.—The Hill

• Is ticket-splitting a thing of the past in Virginia?—WVTF

• Neighbors who live next to a Virginia Beach golf course say the facility’s owners put up a “spite fence” to block their views after complaints about weeds.—Virginian-Pilot

• Proponents and critics sparred over whether a proposed Richmond casino would be a gain or a drain on the surrounding neighborhood.—VPM

• Opening statements began Thursday in the lawsuit filed against the organizers of the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017.—Daily Progress

• A Culpeper councilman resigned after he was confronted with a social media post in which he called a councilwoman a “hooker” and “stated she didn’t wear undergarments to council meetings.” He denied making the posts and claimed his social media accounts “were infected with a virus.”—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• Norfolk-based PETA wants to change the name of baseball’s bullpen, used since the 1870s to refer to where pitchers hang out and warm up, to the more animal-friendly “arm barn.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Workers have broken ground on a new state park in Henry County.— Martinsville Bulletin

• A White town councilman in Warsaw apologized after posting a photo in which he darkened his face to appear as a character from the 1988 Eddie Murphy hit “Coming to America.”—NBC12


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