Police clear crowds at Lee monument, Northern Va. couple faces charges for virus relief fraud, state judge rules Nunes can’t sue Twitter, and more headlines

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• Police again dispersed a crowd at Richmond’s Lee monument overnight. This time, they said were able to do it without using chemical irritants. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Northern Virginia couple is facing charges after fraudulently obtaining more than $1.4 million in federal virus-related relief. — Associated Press 

• A Virginia judge has ruled that U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes cannot sue Twitter over statements made by an account purporting to be one of his cows. — Newsweek

• Democrat Cameron Webb’s convincing win in the 5th Congressional District primary shows the strength of Black political power. — Associated Press

• Busch Gardens won’t reopen when the state enters Phase 3. Its president says he’s “extremely disappointed” outdoor theme parks are being “lumped in with unrelated models like bowling alleys and skating rinks.” — The Virginia Gazette

• A Black UVA professor’s challenge of his tenure denial is drawing national attention. — CBS19

• UVA garnished a Charlottesville couple’s tax refund to pay a 20-year-old medical debt. — Kaiser Health News

• Faculty at Washington and Lee University are starting to discuss dropping Robert E. Lee from the school’s name. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Loudoun County High School might drop its Raiders mascot. Officials say the name was inspired by a Confederate battalion. — Loudoun Times-Mirror

• The Henrico Division of Police spent more than $69,000 to send 200 officers to assist the Richmond Police Department during five days of protests in the city between May 29 and June 14, a police spokesman told the Citizen Wednesday. — Henrico Citizen

• The University of Richmond yanked the acceptance of an incoming student over an “offensive and racially charged” video posted on social media. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Liberty University has been roiled by its own racial reckoning. — The Associated Press

• Arlington County is seeing a “noticeable uptick” in copperhead sightings. Officials aren’t sure if there are more snakes or people are just spending more time outside. — ARLnow

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