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Officials gloss over crises at Hampton Roads Regional Jail, Richmonders ‘antsy’ to travel again, Bon Air window messages brighten pandemic, and more headlines

By: - March 19, 2021 8:16 am
Virginia Mercury

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• You wouldn’t guess the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which had local sheriffs pull inmates out of its custody because of deteriorating conditions, is beset by numerous crises based on a recent meeting of the governing board. “There were a few jokes about ‘negative press’ — some of which garnered laughs from board members — but no mention of the 53 people who have died at the jail since 2008.”—Virginian-Pilot

• A busier airport and train station suggests Richmonders are getting “antsy” to travel again.—VPM

• Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, says he’s still feeling effects of COVID-19 nearly a year after his infection.—Washington Post 

• Three people died and three others were injured in a fiery collision on I-95 when a woman fleeing police “crashed through the barriers at the Express Lanes near Dumfries and struck three cars in oncoming traffic.”—Inside NOVA

• UVA fired its entire volleyball coaching staff Thursday, a decision that came amid a review into a “personnel matter.”—Daily Progress

• U.S. Rep. Bob Good, R-Campbell, was among a dozen Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted against a resolution to award medals to Capitol Police officers who protected the Capitol during the deadly attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump.—Washington Post

• A flight nurse from Charlottesville, who knows that the airborne emergency medical trips can saddle patients with massive bills, has raised thousands for a nonprofit that buys and forgives medical debt.—Associated Press

• Southwest Virginia will get roughly half of the latest round of state money for expanding broadband access.—Roanoke Times

• A Bon Air woman has posted messages in her window on a nearly daily basis to help pass the time during the pandemic. “We’ve gone through a lot,” she said, “but if you aren’t laughing, you’re crying, and I’d rather be laughing.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Robert Zullo
Robert Zullo

Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers before becoming editor of the Virginia Mercury in 2018. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Contact him at [email protected]