The Bulletin

Yes, those CDC vaccine appointment emails are real, COVID among Henrico schools and Lynchburg police, McGuireWoods faces scrutiny over Open Technology Fund dispute, and more headlines

By: - March 16, 2021 8:13 am

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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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]