‘Medieval’ drunkard law upheld; a novel concept in rally policing; Loudoun couple fight for their meadow

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    Upholding a ‘medieval’ law

    A federal appeals court shot down a challenge to a Virginia law that allows police to arrest people designated as “habitual drunkards” if they are caught with alcohol, finding that the state has a “legitimate interest” in discouraging alcohol abuse. A Legal Aid Justice Center attorney called it a “medieval law.” — The Associated Press

    ‘When they are in the same area at the same time, it leads to violent confrontations’

    Here’s an idea: Instead of letting them beat each other bloody, Washington, D.C., officials say they plan to keep rallygoers and counter protesters separated at the ‘Unite the Right’ anniversary. Pearls of wisdom from the D.C. police chief: The goal “will be to keep the two groups separate. . . . When they are in the same area at the same time, it leads to violent confrontations. Our goal is to prevent that from happening.”  — The Washington Post

    More headlines:

    • The Mountain Valley Pipeline has been halted for now by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after a federal court stripped it of its permit to cross U.S. Forest Service land. But that hasn’t stopped FERC and the developers from beginning “scoping meetings” for a potential expansion. — The Danville Register & Bee
    • A Loudoun couple is battling their homeowners’ association’s grass-cutting rules to preserve the two-acre meadow they’ve cultivated on their property. — The Washington Post 
    • A year ago, Christiansburg civil rights activist Nannie B. Hairston died at 95. But she’s not finished telling her story yet. An oral history project and book about her life are in the works. — The Roanoke Times
    • A former West Virginia prosecutor with a long rap sheet will get three years of home electronic monitoring after she was convicted of stabbing a man in Augusta County in 2016. — The News Leader
    • Ready to hit the beach? A more than 1,600 pound great white shark (tagged for research purposes) surfaced off the coast of Virginia Beach. The Virginian-Pilot

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    Robert Zullo
    Robert has been winning and losing awards as a reporter and editor for 13 years at weekly and daily newspapers, beginning at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., where he was a staff writer and managing editor. He spent five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.