Protests spread across Virginia, some question Northam’s pandemic leadership, fans still show for unusual NASCAR race, and more headlines

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• Clashes between police and protesters outraged by the death of George Floyd spread to Virginia Beach, where police deployed tear gas Sunday night in the city’s resort district after what had been a weekend of peaceful protests in Hampton Roads.—The Virginian-Pilot

• In Fredericksburg, someone tried to set the police station on fire.—The Free Lance-Star

• Five people were arrested in Manassas, where police ended a march with rubber bullets and tear gas. Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, said he was blinded for 10 minutes after being sprayed in the face.—Prince William Times

• In Roanoke, police arrested seven Saturday night.—The Roanoke Times

• Smaller, peaceful protests played out in Charlottesville, Danville, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and elsewhere.—The Daily Progress, The Register & Bee, The News & Advance, Daily News Record

• Northam “has struggled to adapt his quiet bedside manner to the harsh lights of politics. As a result, his performance in what should be a moment tailor-made for his leadership — a doctor in a health crisis — has left him facing mounting criticism.”—The Washington Post

• Local health officials say they don’t plan to help enforce Northam’s mask order, which went into effect Friday with mixed results. “Our job is not going to be to police anybody. We’re not going to respond to individual complaints about individual activities,” Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene said Friday.—Winchester Star

• A federal judge blocked a challenge to Virginia’s newly loosened absentee voting rules filed by the lawyer behind the Citizens United case.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Bars opened their patios to patrons in Manassas as Northern Virginia entered Phase 1 of reopening at midnight on Friday.—InsideNOVA

• “More than 120 residents gathered at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that killed 12 people and injured four more plus a police officer.”—WHRO

• Even though they couldn’t get inside, fans still showed up at the Bristol Motor Speedway for a NASCAR race Sunday. “We can enjoy hearing the cars go around the track,” one said. “It’s a great time.”—Bristol Herald Courier

• The Library of Virginia is asking residents to photograph pandemic signage and other photos from daily life it can archive for future generations.—The Virginian-Pilot

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