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Jury awards damages to Black woman injured by Petersburg police officer, a secret algorithm transforming DNA analysis, Virginia Tech’s star soil judging team, and more headlines

By: - July 14, 2021 8:12 am
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• “A jury in Petersburg has awarded $300,000 in damages to a Black woman who sued a police officer for excessive force and false arrest after she was forced face-down onto the pavement during a traffic stop.”—Associated Press

• A Fairfax County robbery trial could give the public its first look at a secret algorithm that’s quietly transformed how police analyze DNA evidence.—Washington Post

• “A divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a Charlottesville case Tuesday that longstanding federal law banning licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds is unconstitutional.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Crews in Charlottesville began demolishing the pedestals that once held two Confederate statues that became rallying points for white supremacists.—Daily Progress

• “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed a task force to recommend new names for Lee Highway and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, part of a broader reckoning over Virginia’s veneration of the Civil War.”—Washington Post

• Amazon is donating undeveloped land in Arlington County for 550 units of middle- and low-income housing in the neighborhood of its new office complex.—Washington Post

• The line to address the Franklin County School Board extended into the parking lot Monday as residents upset by national reports about critical race theory packed the meeting. Local leaders said it’s not taught in the district.—Roanoke Times

• Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he’s never used marijuana, says that hasn’t changed since the drug became legal in Virginia. “I’ve been very busy.”—WAVY

• Virginia Tech’s soil judging team has been racking up regional and national titles in the little-known but highly competitive field. “It never feels like work. Looking at dirt is a good part of my day.”—Roanoke Times

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association. Contact him at [email protected]