The Bulletin

Liberty sexual assault suit; ‘Inequitable’ college funding; Tourism and more headlines

By: - July 21, 2021 8:04 am
Virginia Mercury

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• “Twelve women filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of a pattern of mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment, and fostering an unsafe campus environment.”—Associated Press

• Gov. Ralph Northam granted an absolute pardon to a Norfolk man who served 22 years in prison for a drive-by shooting in which no one was injured.—Daily Progress

• “A new think tank report says the way Virginia funds its colleges is ‘irrational, inequitable and unjust’ and criticizes the state for not giving enough money to the students who need it the most.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• With state mental hospitals turning new admissions away and some patients spending days handcuffed to gurneys in emergency rooms, Prince William County is considering creating its own 24-bed “crisis receiving center.”—Prince William Times

• A grand jury indicted a former Fairfax County police officer accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a teenager who participated in the department’s youth academy.—Washington Post

• Non-English speakers are calling on Virginia’s unemployment insurance system to begin providing translation options outside of English and Spanish. “We’re in a state now where there are hundreds of languages being spoken.”—InsideNOVA

• “The Virginia Beach School Board voted down an effort to make mask-wearing optional next fall.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Virginia Beach’s tourism industry is rebounding, with hotel occupancy rates rising to nearly 70 percent.—Virginian-Pilot

• VDOT says it has scientific evidence that their efforts to make highway safety notices clever are working, citing research from Virginia Tech that found messages like “It’s fall, y’all. Buckle up before you leaf” are more memorable and effective.—WAMU


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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.