Portsmouth officials condemn city jail; Hanover County residents protest their Supervisors’ response to KKK recruitment rally; “the Super Bowl of horses” and more headlines

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• Officials in Portsmouth condemned the city jail, which is still in active use, plastering bright orange notices on the doors and ordering its immediate evacuation, citing unsafe conditions. The abrupt announcement surprised the sheriff. “I don’t think it’s unsafe,” he said. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said he resigned from a Jamestown commemoration committee over their decision to invite President Donald Trump. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Dozens of residents protested the Hanover County Board of Supervisors’ response to a KKK recruitment rally earlier this month. “We have a right to expect you to speak up and say that it’s not acceptable here.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Virginia Beach judge dismissed a disturbing the peace charge lodged against a city employee who told her manager she was “exactly the same type of supervisor that probably pushed” the gunman in the recent mass shooting to snap. The judge called the comments harsh, but not criminal. – The Virginian-Pilot

• Charlottesville’s former city clerk pleaded guilty to misdemeanor embezzlement for failing to return an iPhone X and Apple Watch to the city. A judge sentenced her to 200 hours of community service. – C-VILLE

• Richmond Public Schools parents are circulating a petition in support of a plan to merge schools to increase racial and economic diversity. The plan initially drew feedback from some parents that the superintendent said “sounded similar to the kinds of things that many families said to resist integration in the 1950s and 1960s.” – WCVE

• Amherst town council voted to expel one of its members earlier this month, a rare move that they have refused to explain publicly. In the lead up to the vote the member had expressed frustration that she was not getting information she requested ahead of scheduled votes. – The News & Advance

• A 72-year-old man who threatened to have Roanoke City Council members shot during a meeting last year was barred for life from city hall. – The Roanoke Times

• Crowds cheered as the Chincoteague ponies – only their heads visible bobbing in the water – made their 94th annual swim across Assateague Channel. “It’s like the Super Bowl of horses,” said one onlooker from Boston. – The Virginian-Pilot

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