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The organizer of last August’s deadly white nationalist rally had been seeking a federal court order allowing him to mark the anniversary of the event with a second rally – a prospect city leaders and residents have vehemently opposed.
Jason Kessler abruptly dropped his request during a hearing Tuesday, offering no explanation but later tweeting that he was “focusing exclusively” on plans to instead hold the event in Washington. The Associated Press reports that the National Park Service hasn’t yet issued a permit for the event.
Meanwhile, officials in Charlottesville have told The Daily Progress that they’ll continue preparing for “a large event, regardless of the permit situation.”
The loose alliance of white nationalist and supremacist groups that attended the first rally has dissolved and fallen into disarray. Kessler has complained that he’s received little support in his efforts to organize a second rally.
ICE arrests in Virginia
In its second major operation in Virginia since Trump’s election, ICE arrested 132 immigrants in Virginia and Washington this month. Of those arrested, 25 were in the Richmond area, WTVR reports. DCist
It’s been raining a ton
“I had carp swimming around in my front yard,” one Virginia Beach resident told The Virginian-Pilot. “Big ones, too.” The city opened a shelter for flooded-out residents.
Two people died and a tornado touched down in Fairfax County, where a Washington Post meteorologist described the current weather system as “like a water hose in the sky that’s pointed right at us.”
- Congressional ethics investigators are looking into Rep. Tom Garrett’s alcohol use and whether he had staff members perform personal errands. – The Washington Post
- Experts urged state lawmakers to prioritize preventing school shootings over security enhancements like panic buttons and bulletproof clipboards. – The Roanoke Times
- The National Compassion Fund will begin distributing $206,000 raised for victims of the car attack in Charlottesville. – The Daily Progress
- Archeologists found a skeleton at Jamestown. – The Washington Post
- The state health department is giving out free Narcan in Southwest Virginia to residents who take a class on how to use the drug to reverse opioid overdoses. – The Coalfield Progress
- Dominion Energy announced a multi-billion-dollar grid modernization plan and solar expansion. It stems from legislation the utility sought and won in the General Assembly this year. – Richmond Times Dispatch
- Smithfield Foods swears it’s going to keep making its famous Smithfield hams. – The Virginian-Pilot