Northam calls staying home for Thanksgiving ‘an act of love,’ gun show organizer sues over new COVID-19 restrictions, battleship in Norfolk decks the halls, and more headlines

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• Gov. Ralph Northam asked Virginians to stay home for Thanksgiving, calling it “an act of love” that would prevent worsening the spread of COVID-19.—Associated Press

• Northam said he was motivated to impose new COVID-19 restrictions after “seeing mobile morgues outside hospitals” in other states. “We don’t need that to happen to Virginia,” he said.—Roanoke Times

• The governor’s office clarified that its 250-person limit on gatherings shouldn’t be interpreted to prevent UVA from playing a football game this weekend.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The organizer of a Northern Virginia gun show is suing over the new COVID-19 rules, saying they would prevent thousands of people from coming to the event at the Dulles Expo Center.—Washington Post

• Virginia’s extended unemployment benefits program will end Saturday after federal officials said the state’s unemployment rate was no longer bad enough to require extra assistance.—Virginian-Pilot

• In an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, ousted Portsmouth police chief Angela Greene claimed she had been “wrongfully terminated because I upheld the law and my belief that no one is above the law.”—Daily Mail

• A former Green Beret who lives in Gainesville admitted to conspiring to spy for Russia, telling investigators he had a “messianic vision” of overthrowing Russian leadership.—Washington Post

• A dean and interim baseball coach resigned at Roanoke College after a report found shortcomings with the school’s implementation of Title IX policies meant to prohibit sex discrimination.—Roanoke Times

• Virginia officials certified the state’s election results Wednesday in a drama-free meeting that took less than 10 minutes.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Low interest rates and remote work have fueled record-setting home sales on the Outer Banks.—Virginian-Pilot

• A battleship docked in Norfolk is being covered in so many Christmas lights it might be visible from space.—Virginian-Pilot

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