VMI denies systemic racism but pledges cooperation with probe, Virginia’s tight congressional races, a big flap over Richmond geese, and more headlines

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• VMI leaders pledged to cooperate with a third-party review of the school’s culture while insisting “systemic racism does not exist here.”—Roanoke Times

• A $127 million lawsuit has been filed against Cumberland Children’s Hospital in New Kent County by former patients who say they suffered “years of sexual and physical abuse” at the facility.—Tidewater Review

• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Henrico, debated Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, on issues like health care, the minimum wage and policing in what’s expected to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the country.—Washington Post

• There were sharper exchanges at a debate between U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia Beach, and former GOP congressman Scott Taylor, who spent their matchup “accusing each other of lying and using scare tactics to try to win.”—Washington Post

• Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is “staying out of the crossfire of Washington’s Russia wars” as he looks to hold off GOP challenger Daniel Gade. If Democrats flip the Senate, he’s in line to chair the Senate Intelligence Committee.—POLITICO

• Roanoke Del. Sam Rasoul, a Democrat who became the first Muslim member of the Virginia General Assembly in 2014, filed paperwork to run for lieutenant governor in 2021.—Roanoke Times

•  A Leesburg man has been accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $2.5 million in federal PPP loans and using the money on a Lexus and a Cessna airplane.—Loudoun Times-Mirror

•An anti-Mountain Valley Pipeline protester was fined $1,000 after being convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery over a scuffle with construction workers.—Roanoke Times

• A Richmond neighborhood is beset with goose drama. Specifically, people aren’t happy that visitors keep feeding the geese white bread, which makes for sidewalks covered in goose poop.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The lights have gone out for Country Cookin buffets. The Roanoke-based company said it has shut down all its restaurants in Virginia for good due to the pandemic.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• “Superman and Batman wanted in Chantilly robbery”—Inside NoVa

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