NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• A former Old Dominion University student was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for his role in a White supremacists’ swatting conspiracy that targeted a Black church, his own university and a cabinet officer, among others.—Associated Press
• Those vaccine appointment emails from the CDC are for real, not a pandemic scam.—Virginian-Pilot
• Since Henrico schools began reopening for in-person instruction on Feb. 22, there have been 33 COVID-19 cases at 20 schools, resulting in 361 people in quarantine. The school system says none of the cases were caused by transmission at schools.—Henrico Citizen
• More than 40 Lynchburg police officers have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began.—News & Advance
• Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pam, got doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Monday.—WTVR
• A look at how the mask mandate debate played out along the Virginia-Tennessee border: “I think so much of the lack of understanding is because of that political undertone the mask took on early on,” a Ballad Health official said.—Bristol Herald Courier
• The vaccination campaign in Virginia and the rest of U.S. could fail “if it becomes another litmus test in America’s raging culture wars, just as mandates for mask-wearing were a point of polarization at the onset of the virus.”—Associated Press
• A Prince William County supervisor said that “Republicans are just slitting their own throats” by allowing more apartments to be built in the county in a recorded conversation that surfaced Sunday on a blog.—Prince William Times
• Richmond’s law and consulting firm McGuireWoods is under scrutiny for its role on both sides of a dispute between a Trump administration official and the Open Technology Fund, a nonprofit dependent on federal funding that helps develop the software used in platforms like Signal and Tor that help people who live under repressive regimes communicate securely.—NPR
• Two men, including a security guard, were killed and four others were wounded in a shooting at a Henrico shopping center.—NBC12
• Virginia’s unemployment rate fell from December to January but still remained more than twice as high as in January of last year.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner back some type of filibuster reform.—Washington Post
• Virginia Tech’s women’s basketball team got its first invite to the NCAA tournament in 15 years.—Roanoke Times
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