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NFL fines Washington Football Team, Lucas challenges recall effort, Virginians flock to marijuana seed giveaways, and more headlines

By: - July 2, 2021 8:13 am
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• The NFL fined the Washington Football Team $10 million “for fostering a workplace culture where sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation were commonplace.” Without suspending team owner Dan Snyder, the league announced that his wife, Tanya, will run things for several months.—Washington Post

• Lawyers for Sen. Louise Lucas say the recall effort against her should be thrown out of court because only the state Senate itself can remove its members. Lucas has also filed a $6.7 million lawsuit against the former Portsmouth police chief over the felony charges Lucas faced last year.—Virginian-Pilot, WAVY

• Union workers striking at a Southwest Virginia Volvo factory say they’ve reached a tentative labor deal with management.—Associated Press

• Marijuana seed giveaways drew big crowds across Virginia on the first day of legalized cannabis possession.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, ARLNow

• “Anyone 5 and older will need to continue to wear masks in Virginia schools for at least several more weeks.”—Daily Press

• Financial disclosures show gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin are both multi-millionaires, though the open-ended forms don’t detail their exact net worth.—Washington Post

• A Covington man was charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The alleged evidence against him includes a text message that said: “i Kicked the fake news ass.”—Roanoke Times

• Republican Tina Ramirez announced she’ll try to challenge Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger in Virginia’s 7th District.—Washington Post

• UVA officials say marijuana will remain banned on Grounds.—Daily Progress

• A Frederick County man was acquitted of cockfighting charges after arguing the 168 chickens he owned were “just a hobby.”—Winchester Star

• A rare, calico-colored crustacean named “Freckles” is on display at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News after being discovered by a sharp-eyed Red Lobster employee.—Daily Press

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]