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Holes in alleged Richmond mass shooting plot claims and more Va. headlines

By: - August 4, 2022 10:32 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• Under questioning from a judge, a Richmond prosecutor said he had no evidence two Guatemalan men charged with gun crimes were planning a mass shooting at a Fourth of July celebration held in a city park, contradicting earlier claims from city officials that made national news.—Axios Richmond

• At a news conference, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said he stands by his department’s handling of the case, and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said he still has confidence in the police chief.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Hanover County school officials apologized after distributing t-shirts with a design that resembled a swastika.—WTVR

• A U.S. Senate committee found lax oversight of organ donations by the Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing contributed to at least 70 deaths and numerous wasted organs.—Washington Post

• The Norfolk City Council has been working to take more control over, or potentially dissolve, the city’s troubled public housing authority.—Virginian-Pilot

• LGBTQ advocates are raising concerns new rules on sexually explicit material in schools could have a “chilling effect” on discussions of same-sex relationships.—Washington Post

• Two localities in Southwest Virginia are working to put up statues of Henrietta Lacks. “Each, if successful in their fundraising efforts, will become one of the few places in the country to erect a statue to a Black woman.”—Cardinal News

• Some Arlington restaurants aren’t happy about the end of looser rules on outdoor tents. “It’s too much brain damage for us now,” one restaurant owner said of the system that requires eatieries to take tents down and apply for a permit to put them back up.—ARLNow

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