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• Hundreds came out to watch the removal of the Robert E. Lee memorial from Monument Avenue in Richmond. “It’s very difficult to imagine, certainly, even two years ago that the statues on Monument Avenue would actually be removed,” said Ana Edwards, a community activist and founding member of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality. “It’s representative of the fact that we’re sort of peeling back the layers of injustice that Black people and people of color have experienced when governed by white supremacist policies for so long.”—Associated Press
• In Southwest Virginia, Ballad Health says its worst-case scenario is unfolding as it treats a record 700 patients for COVID-19.—Bristol Herald Courier
• A poll by Monmouth University found an overwhelming majority of voters – 67 percent – believed face masks should be required in schools. Fifty-eight percent said there should be a vaccine mandate in schools.—The Hill
• Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Hampton on Friday.—Daily Press
• Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Winsome Sears fired her campaign team. “Campaigns retool all the time,” Sears said. “We’re trying to be more lean and that’s it. There is no big story here.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker dropped her reelection bid. She is the City Council’s only Black member and accused her colleagues in a Facebook post of “blindly following whiteness.”—Daily Progress
• Prince William County police and fire employees submitted paperwork to force the local board of supervisors to vote on whether to allow them to collectively bargain through their unions.—Prince William Times
• “A Hampton Roads medical practice will recruit a handful of patients for a clinical trial to study a new drug that could stop people from contracting the coronavirus from others in their homes.”—Virginian-Pilot
• Former President Donald Trump issued a statement decrying the removal of the Lee Monument. He mused that Lee, who famously lost the Civil War, would have prevailed in present-day Afghanistan. “What an embarrassment we are suffering because we don’t have the genius of a Robert E. Lee!”—Politico
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