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Washington football team expected to change name, a confusion of Lees in Lee County, restaurants struggle with mask mandate, and more headlines

By: - July 13, 2020 8:05 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• The Washington NFL franchise is expected to announce it’s changing its name amid mounting pressure from corporate sponsors.—Washington Post

• Gov. Ralph Northam suggested he might modify reopening guidelines as COVID-19 cases, particularly in Hampton Roads, continue to rise.—WSET

• A woman from Puerto Rico says she was physically abused and got negligent medical care at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail by guards who were “sick of her complaining about getting the wrong medications, sick of treating her diabetes, sick of not being able to understand her Spanish.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Arthur Ashe’s statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue isn’t going anywhere after all.—Associated Press

• Richmond police posted use-of-force data that omit the recent high-profile uses of force against Black Lives Matters protesters. “We’re way behind,” a police official said. “It’s been an extraordinary time.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

•  Richmond police officers saved the life of an 18-year-old gunshot victim by applying tourniquets to his legs.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Fauquier County sheriff’s deputy has been accused of faking a story about a roadside assault after he was found lying facedown at an intersection.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• A far Southwest Virginia school system won’t be changing the name of its high school, despite a letter from Gov. Ralph Northam, because it’s named after the namesake of Lee County, “Light Horse” Harry Lee, not his more famous son, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.—Kingsport Times News

• Culpeper County officials say they have no control over a Confederate flag that flies over a public park because they gave it back to the elderly brothers who used to own the land.—Culpeper Star-Exponent

• Virginia health officials say contact tracing efforts are showing signs of progress.—Virginian-Pilot

• Richmond restaurants are struggling with “how, when or whether to enforce the state’s mask mandate.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Dr. Lorna Breen, the New York emergency room supervisor who died by suicide in Charlottesville, was considered “unflappable” by those who knew her. Then the pandemic struck, and she was “thrown into a drastic scenario that had no defined answers.”—New York Times

•  A Georgetown law professor isn’t having much luck convincing Lynchburg-area officials their local militia groups may be violating laws against paramilitary activity. “They can stay the hell in Georgetown as far as I’m concerned,” said one county supervisor.—Lynchburg News & Advance

• A 54-year-old diver is on a mission to explore every shipwreck off the Outer Banks. He’s dived 59 of the 90 wrecks he knows about.—Virginian-Pilot

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Graham Moomaw
Graham Moomaw

A veteran Virginia politics reporter, Graham grew up in Hillsville and Lynchburg, graduating from James Madison University and earning a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Before joining the Mercury in 2019, he spent six years at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, most of that time covering the governor's office, the General Assembly and state politics. He also covered city hall and politics at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Contact him at [email protected]