NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• A parent advocacy group wants the Loudoun superintendent to resign amid a growing furor over the district’s handling of sexual assault cases.—Loudoun Times-Mirror
• Virginia Democrats are blasting the conservative rally conducted Wednesday in Henrico which featured President Donald Trump, his one-time adviser Steve Bannon, baseless claims of election fraud and a flag that the emcee said was present at what she described as the “peaceful” Jan. 6 rally, when Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin, who skipped the rally, called the pledge to the Jan. 6 flag “weird and wrong.”—Associated Press
• A Winchester man was sentenced to 45 days in jail for taking part in the storming of the Capitol.—Winchester Star
• Virginia’s new offshore wind turbines have helped nurture marine life, with the steel foundations acting as artificial reefs.—Virginian-Pilot
• A Chesterfield County teacher was fired for refusing to wear a mask.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The U.S. Justice Department is dropping a religious discrimination lawsuit after a Muslim group received permission from Stafford County to move forward with a cemetery project.—Associated Press
• First Lady Jill Biden will campaign for Terry McAuliffe in Virginia.—Associated Press
• The Eastern Shore is missing from the Virginia Museum of History and Culture’s 2021 “Official Virginia History Christmas ornament,” which consists of a Christmas tree in the shape of the state map.—Eastern Shore Post
• Douglas Martin, a greeter at a Roanoke-area hospital for 64 years, died Wednesday. “You couldn’t be in his presence without feeling a bit of his joy,” a hospital administrator said. “You were always going to get a smile, you were always going to be made special.”—Roanoke Times
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