Former Washington NFL team employees say women were ‘marginalized,’ FEMA approves Va. unemployment benefits, ‘Marcus Alert’ runs into trouble, and more headlines

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• A former employee of the Washington NFL team says he was told to make a video featuring “lewd outtakes” from a cheerleader photo shoot, the latest example of what many ex-staffers say is “an organization in which women say they have been marginalized, discriminated against and exploited.”—Washington Post

• FEMA has approved Virginia’s request to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance program, allowing an additional $300 a week to go to people who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.—WAVY

• Farmville officials are hoping desegregation pioneer Barbara Johns is selected to replace Robert E. Lee in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Collection.—Farmville Herald

• The General Assembly’s efforts to create a “Marcus Alert” system that could allow mental health professionals to accompany police on some calls has run into trouble in the state Senate as lawmakers debate whether it should be mandatory for localities.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Supreme Court of Virginia threw out an injunction that prevented Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney from removing any more Confederate monuments, finding the plaintiff in the case didn’t have standing to sue.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Portsmouth has begun dismantling its Confederate monument, which “sits at a site where slaves were punished on a whipping post.”—Virginian-Pilot

• A federal appeals court ruled the Gloucester County School Board discriminated against transgender student Gavin Grimm when they prohibited him from using the boys bathroom. “Grimm was treated worse than students with whom he was similarly situated because he alone could not use the restroom corresponding with his gender,” the opinion stated.—Associated Press

• VCU is converting part of its Honors College building into a COVID-19 isolation unit. One employee said she was “terrified” and the school was trying to increase its quarantine space “quietly and secretly.”—Commonwealth Times

• Four people and an infant were shot Tuesday night in Norfolk, prompting the police chief to release a video saying he’ll “await the outcry” over gun violence as protesters demand police reform.—Virginian-Pilot

• Opponents of the redistricting reform plan Virginia voters will decide on in November have formed a PAC to try to defeat it.—VPM

• The delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline is asking federal regulators to extend a key permit for another two years.—Roanoke Times

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