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Gun control groups box out gun rights groups for rally permits, Bedford residents seek anti-shutdown resolution amid regional case surge, a mysterious red panda escape, and more headlines

By: - November 25, 2020 8:08 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Pro-gun control organizations booked almost all available time slots for permitted demonstrations on Capitol Square on the same day gun rights groups planned to stage a repeat of their rally last year that drew thousands.—Washington Post 

• Ballad Health officials say November has been the deadliest month for COVID-19 at their facilities in Tennessee and Virginia.—Bristol Herald-Courier

• A “No Shutdown” resolution opposing any pandemic restrictions and calling for the arrest of any state officials attempting to enforce them is being pushed in Bedford.—News & Advance

• Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Department of Health are looking for thousands of volunteers to participate in a study to discover how many people in Southwest Virginia have had COVID-19 as the virus surges there. “All of this is a public health effort directed to stemming the tide,” a doctor with the hospital said.—Roanoke Times

• An inmate is dead and 300 others are infected amid a COVID-19 outbreak at a prison in Culpeper.—WVIR 

• Despite being separated by more than 100 years, there are lots of parallels between the 1918 flu and the current pandemic.—WVTF

• OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges, including paying doctors to keep prescribing the highly addictive opioid that has ravaged communities across the country, including in Virginia.—The New York Times

• A Rockingham County sheriff’s deputy was shot four times during a traffic stop Tuesday morning.—Daily News-Record

• A Richmond startup is offering “augmented reality” tours of Monument Avenue that use new technology to teach about the street’s history, “from the Civil War and the erection of the Confederate monuments to the civil rights protests and removal of many of those monuments this year.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Bruce Carver Boynton, a civil rights pioneer from Alabama who inspired the landmark “Freedom Rides” of 1961 after he was arrested for entering the White part of a Virginia bus station, died at 83. He is credited with “launching a chain reaction that ultimately helped to bring about the abolition of Jim Crow laws in the South.”—Associated Press

• Nearly four years after it occurred, the disappearance of a red panda from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk remains “the greatest mystery” in the zoo director’s career.—Virginian-Pilot 

•  Richmond animal control officers did their own turkey pardon after finding two domesticated birds roosting in a city park. “We have two turkeys — if not reclaimed they will need a home. NOT a home where they will be eaten,” the agency said in a social media post.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Robert Zullo
Robert Zullo

Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers before becoming editor of the Virginia Mercury in 2018. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Contact him at [email protected]