The Bulletin

Va. info for sale on dark web; Unemployment complaints; Blocking broadband and more

By: - July 16, 2021 8:35 am
Virginia Mercury


Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• A listing on a “dark web” marketplace, “a kind of back-alley eBay specializing in the sale of leaked and hacked information,” offered a trove of information from the Virginia Defense Force, a group of volunteers that supports the state National Guard.—WHRO

• With thousands of people still awaiting payment by the Virginia Employment Commission, advocacy groups are calling for action.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Spotsylvania County deputy was indicted on a felony charge in the shooting of an unarmed man earlier this year.—Free Lance-Star

• In a new book, an emeritus professor at Virginia Tech argues that telecommunications companies have successfully lobbied for barriers
to community and municipal broadband in Virginia. “Their lobbying efforts within Richmond have been successful in creating legislation that makes it very difficult in Virginia for municipalities to create broadband network systems,” he said.—WVTF

• Virginia Beach will become just the second city in the state to employ ShotSpotter technology, which automatically alerts police to gunfire.—Virginian-Pilot

• A look at the landscape on evictions and assistance to renters and landlords in Virginia.—Associated Press

• “Lawmakers in charge of ensuring Virginia is adequately treating people with mental health problems heard directly Thursday from the state official who says low staffing at state hospitals has brought unprecedented levels of danger.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• COVID-19 cases are up in some parts of Southwest Virginia, thanks in part to the Delta variant.—Bristol Herald-Courier 

• A rugby player from Richmond is in Japan as a member of the U.S. women’s Olympic team. “I think that every opportunity to compete on the world stage is a huge privilege.”—VPM


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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]