Judge blocks new monument removal in Richmond, Neptune Festival canceled, VMI alumni request review of building names, and more headlines

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• A Richmond judge issued a 60-day injunction preventing Mayor Levar Stoney from removing any more Confederate statues, but most of them are already down. The judge took Stoney’s administration to task over “rioters” and police being told to “stand down.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, criticized a Black Lives Matter banner put up in the small Northern Virginia town of Clifton, calling it “dangerous posturing that can invite mob rule and property looting.” — Washington Post 

• Virginia Beach’s Neptune Festival has been canceled for the first time in its 47-year history due to the pandemic. — WAVY

• VMI alumni have sent a letter to the military school’s leaders “requesting a commission be formed to examine and reassess the school’s traditions, monuments and building names.” — Roanoke Times

• A member of the Chesapeake School Board is under scrutiny for spreading misinformation about COVID-19 on Facebook, including a false claim that masks don’t work. — Virginian-Pilot

• COVID-19 infection rates are still climbing in Hampton Roads. — WAVY

• Devils Backbone temporarily shut down its Nelson County brewery after a COVID-19 scare. — News & Advance

• The state ended its budget year with a $236 million shortfall, not nearly as bad as the $1 billion loss officials feared. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Virginia Lottery Board has pre-certified Hard Rock International and its local partners to operate a casino resort in Bristol, which voters still have to approve in November. — Bristol Herald-Courier

• An Agave americana, also known as a “century plant,” is showing rare blooms after standing outside a Virginia Beach surf shop for 20 years. “It was surreal,” the owner said. “Here you got these strange times and this beautiful thing of nature is going on.” — Virginian-Pilot

• A rabid fox attacked an 85-year-old woman near Martinsville. — Martinsville Bulletin

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