Tech students hold walkout over sexual assault case handling; A look at rejected vanity plate requests; A Northern Virginia peacock is looking for a mate and more headlines

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Hundreds of Virginia Tech students participated in a walkout that took aim at the university’s Title IX office and its handling of sexual assault cases. — The Roanoke Times

• Environmental groups are pressuring Gov. Ralph Northam to veto budget language that would hobble an attempt to join a network of carbon-trading states. The governor is weighing the legal risks of the veto. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

•  A former dean at VCU’s Wilder school has dropped his suit accusing the man the school was named for, former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, of defamation. —Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A special project takes a look at the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia. — The Washington Post

• Earlier this month, Portsmouth City Council voted to stop broadcasting speakers who take the lectern at the end of their meetings. But a City Hall regular is now recording those comments and posting them on YouTube. —The Virginian-Pilot

• Lawyers for an inmate at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women have filed an emergency motion alleging repeated and life-threatening mismanagement of her medication. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

•  The expansion of Micron Technology Inc.’s Manassas plant is key to maintaining the company’s place as a supplier in the growing autonomous vehicle market, the company’s CEO and president said last week. — Inside Nova

• Petersburg police charged three Virginia State University fraternity members with causing bodily harm to 10 students during an alleged hazing incident Sunday on Pocahontas Island. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• For some insight into your fellow Virginians, consider that DEEZNTS, H8MYEXS and DRFART were among the hundreds of personalized license plate requests rejected by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in 2018. — Washingtonian.

• It’s tick season, and health and pest-control officials saying it’s going to be a bad one. — The Free Lance-Star

• A missing peacock in Northern Virginia is looking for love. — The Washington Post

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Robert Zullo
Robert has been winning and losing awards as a reporter and editor for 13 years at weekly and daily newspapers, beginning at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., where he was a staff writer and managing editor. He spent 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]