Schools around Virginia reopen virtually, officers allege an ‘entrenched racist culture’ among Portsmouth police, a bad year for farmers, and more headlines

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• As schools around Virginia reopen this week, students are preparing for the unknown. “It’s different, but you can’t change what’s happening. I’m still excited.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Local school districts say they have plans to accommodate special education students, but parents say they’re unsure how the programs will work in practice. “If I can’t get my son to be online for 25 minutes, how am I going to get him acclimated for a full day of school?” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Hanover County is delaying the start of classes at one of its middle schools after three faculty members tested positive for COVID-19.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene was removed from her position Friday morning, weeks after she announced felony charges against state Sen. Louise Lucas and more than a dozen others stemming from a protest and vandalism at the city’s Confederate monument in June.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Police officers in Portsmouth describe a department with “an entrenched racist culture that hurts female and minority officers and the predominantly Black community alike.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Bristol’s electric authority says it owns city hall and is demanding millions in back rent from the city. The claim comes in response to a lawsuit the city filed demanding a share of proceeds from the authority’s sale of its telecommunications division.—Bristol Herald Courier

• Eight buildings, six vehicles and 16 dumpsters were burned in the first 18 days of protests and civil unrest in Richmond, causing nearly $4 million in damage, according to the city fire department.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Liberty University’s top lawyer instructed staff members Thursday to refrain from communicating with ousted former president Jerry Falwell Jr., who he warned had placed ‘uncomfortable’ calls to various employees in the days following his resignation.”—News & Advance

• It was a lousy summer for farmers, who say first it was too dry, then it was too wet, and the whole while the pandemic made it hard to market and sell their products.—WVTF

• Fredericksburg is planning a reverse Christmas parade for the COVID era. “Instead of thousands of spectators lining Caroline and Princess Anne streets to watch the parade go by, the floats will line Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard in Celebrate Virginia South and the spectators will drive by.”—Free Lance-Star

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