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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
- 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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