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NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• “Four days before the start of freshman year, a Virginia teen was trapped in Kabul.”—Washington Post
• Thomas Nelson Community College, named for a former governor who owned slaves, is on track to be renamed Virginia Peninsula Community College.—Daily Press
• Amherst County is closing all of its schools next week due to COVID-19. “Clearly we have a major health issue in our community.”—News & Advance
• The Prince William School Board is considering limiting public comment and banning unapproved signs to avoid the type of raucous meetings seen elsewhere. Critics say the new rules stifle dissent.—WTOP
• Parents in Loudoun County are frustrated by strict rules on enrollment in distance learning. “To think that there’s no plan in [one of] the wealthiest school districts to accommodate children who have a medically compromised sibling — it’s unbelievable to me.”—Loudoun Times-Mirror
• The abrupt firing of Charlottesville’s police chief has left unanswered questions in a city struggling with senior leadership turnover.—Daily Progress
• UVA President Jim Ryan got a $200,000 bonus after senior university leaders took a pay cut during the pandemic.—Cavalier Daily
• Cardinal Press, a new nonprofit news site focused on Southwest Virginia, will launch later this month with former Roanoke Times editorial page editor Dwayne Yancey at the helm.—Virginia Business
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