App will pay commuters to use public transit; Beto visiting deep-red Bland County and more headlines

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• Virginia Beach’s city manager resigned amid persistent criticism of his response to the May 31 mass shooting in the city, including from several council members, who “raised concerns over his ability to continue leading the state’s largest and most populous city.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• Northern Virginia officials rolled out a commuting app that offers cash incentives to users who use transit instead of driving during rush hour. “We can’t force behavior change, but we can encourage it and make it more beneficial.” – WAMU

• “Two years after white supremacists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, the final criminal court case opened as a result of the events that unfolded August 11-12, 2017, came to an end Tuesday evening. Tyler Davis, 51, was sentenced to two years and one month in prison for his role in the assault of DeAndre Harris in the Market Street Parking Garage.” – C-VILLE

• Some UVA faculty members and students continue to call for participants in a Aug. 11 tiki-torch march through campus to be prosecuted under a state law that makes it illegal to burn an object with the intent to intimidate, but authorities have said they don’t think they can make the case. – The Daily Progress

• Beto O’Rourke is making another campaign swing through the state Friday and Saturday, including stops in Charlottesville, Blacksburg and Bland County, the latter of which delivered the highest margins for Trump of any locality in the state and, as far as anyone can remember, has never been visited by a presidential candidate from either party. “During his time in Virginia, Beto will continue to encourage Americans to connect the dots on how Trump’s recklessness and racism is harming the American people,” a campaign announcement said. – The Roanoke Times

• One of Ralph Northam’s appointees to the Virginia Council on Women resigned after derogatory social media messages targeting Catholics and other groups surfaced. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Fort Monroe hired a Detroit sculptor to design a memorial honoring the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia 400 years ago. – Daily Press

• Virginia legislative leaders are attempting to woo a Tel Aviv-based company that turns garbage into plastic to open its first U.S. plant in Virginia. – Daily Press

• A Richmond man was sentenced to five years in prison for setting a pit bull named Tommie on fire. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Hundreds of people are paying $20 each to tour an industrial site in James City County storing decaying, 20-foot-tall busts of the nation’s presidents. – Daily Press

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