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    • Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart held a rally in front of ICE offices in Fairfax County and read a list of names of people he said were victims of crimes by undocumented immigrants. Counter protesters massed nearby and played Latin American music over loud speakers in an effort to drown him out. – The Washington Post
    • A Washington Post poll found Democrat Jennifer Wexton is leading Republican U.S. Rep Barbara Comstock by 12 points. It’s the third survey in a month to show Wexton leading Comstock, who observers say is being dragged down by Trump’s unpopularity in the Northern Virginia district – The Washington Post
    • The 5th District congressional candidates got into an unlikely debate over who knows more about Afghanistan, with Democrat Leslie Cockburn arguing her on-the-ground coverage as a journalist gave her a more meaningful vantage point than Republican Denver Riggleman, who she said was 3,000 miles away planning bombing raids as an Air Force intelligence officer. Republicans called her remarks “disgusting.” – The Washington Post
    • A political action committee announced that it had formed to encourage former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to run for president. – Associated Press
    • The superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools apologized after a transgender student was made to sit alone in a hallway during an active shooter drill in which other students hid in locker rooms. In a letter to school leaders, the student wrote she had never been more humiliated. “I want you to stop treating me like I am a predator.” – The Free Lance Star
    • Police in Norfolk are investigating a viral video that shows officers arresting a 16-year-old who they had pepper sprayed yelling that officers were twisting his arms. – Associated Press
    • Following up on a post-Charlottesville review, Washington and Lee announced it is changing the name of Robinson Hall to Chavis Hall in honor of the first African American in the country to receive a college education and the Lee-Jackson House to the Simpson House in honor of the first woman appointed as a tenured professor at the school. The school is keeping the name of Lee Chapel but says it will close doors at the back of the chambers to block a statue of Lee from view during school events. – The Roanoke Times
    • The Virginia State Bar suspended the former Petersburg city attorney’s law license for 90 days following his conviction last year for lying to police about a fake racist threat intended to justify the abrupt cancellation of a city council meeting at which hundreds of angry residents were expected to attend. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
    • A Richmond City Councilwoman’s proposal to rename a street for city native and tennis great Arthur Ashe drew mixed reactions from residents. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
    • A Bristol councilman is asking a judge to intervene in an attempt by his fellow council members to remove him from office. They’ve cited vague allegations of “malfeasance” and “neglect of duty,” but have not publicly explained their motives further. – Bristol Herald Courier 
    • A state-ordered audit of U.S. Census records found thousands of addresses where residents were not counted in 2010. It’s part of an effort to update records ahead of the 2020 count. – The Daily Progress
    • A grand jury indicted a former DMV employee in Prince William County on charges he accepted bribes to forge commercial license applications. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
    • A Virginia Tech leaf expert is predicting great fall foliage this year and says peak weekends for peeping will be Oct 27-28 and Nov. 3-4. – WVTF
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