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Roanoke region sees major spike in COVID-19, Herring announces re-election campaign, birthday acts of kindness, and more headlines

By: - December 17, 2020 8:41 am
Virginia Mercury

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• The Roanoke region has seen a major spike in COVID-19 cases. “This is very likely due to the Thanksgiving surge that we were expecting,” one health official said.—WVTF

• Attorney General Mark Herring formally launched his re-election bid, though he faces Democratic opposition.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Nine Norfolk Southern cars derailed in Roanoke.—Roanoke Times

• A Henrico doctor who admitted inserting his own sperm into a woman during a fertility treatment also has nearly a hundred pages of “complaints/grievances” from his contract work providing gynecological services to inmates at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland. But the Department of Corrections is keeping them secret.—WRIC

• The keel has been laid for the $500 million vessel that Dominion Energy hopes will help Hampton Roads become the fledging U.S. offshore industry.—Virginian-Pilot 

• Virginia Tech’s football players voted to skip a bowl game after a rollercoaster 5-6 season hampered by COVID-19, ending a streak that goes back to 1993.—Roanoke Times

• Charlottesville has seen a sudden increase in homicides since November, including “ambush-style” attacks that have involved dozens of gunshots.—Charlottesville Tomorrow

• An advisory commission has recommended replacing a statue of Robert E. Lee in the U.S. Capitol with one of Barbara Johns, who led protests against segregated schools in Farmville.—Washington Post

• Arlington is also changing its logo and seal to remove Lee’s old mansion, Arlington House.—Washington Post 

• The Richmond area is seeing a spike in demand for COVID-19 testing before the holidays.—NBC12

• A Roanoke woman performed 53 acts of kindness for her 53rd birthday. “It’s one of the hardest times in my history, so I figured why not make other people smile,” she said.—Associated Press

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Robert Zullo
Robert Zullo

Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers before becoming editor of the Virginia Mercury in 2018. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Contact him at [email protected]

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