So far this year, the number of mumps cases in Virginia has tripled

BY: - August 27, 2018

It’s that time of year again, and Virginia’s college campuses are swarming with students who might gain a lot over the next semester: hopefully some knowledge, maybe a few pounds and possibly mumps. So far, there have been 157 cases of mumps this year, more than three times the typical number the state sees. There […]

Documenting hundreds of mentally ill people who died in jail; more long prison sentences for white supremacist rally attendees

BY: - August 24, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Hundreds of deaths, brutal treatment The Virginian-Pilot’s Gary A Harki is out with a massive and beautifully presented investigation into the terrible treatment mentally ill receive in the nation’s jails, no doubt prompted by a string of deaths in Hampton Roads Regional Jail. As […]

Another Virginia inmate says he was locked in solitary over prison politics

BY: - August 24, 2018

Kevin Rashid Johnson – active in the push to reform prison labor — says he was placed in a cell on death row despite never having been sentenced to death. “There can be only one reason they have put me here – to shut me up and prevent me fraternising with other prisoners as they […]

Could climate change make mosquitoes worse in Virginia? The answer is more complicated than you might think.

BY: - August 24, 2018

All over the state, Virginia residents have been quick to condemn this year’s especially wet summer. But those torrential downpours might be why you have fewer mosquito bites on your arm. As the climate grows steadily warmer, the risk of increased illness from heat-loving insects like mosquitoes grows with it. The research group Climate Central […]

Virginia ERA campaign launches Sunday

BY: - August 23, 2018

As we reported last month, only one more state needs to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and advocates think there’s a good chance it could be Virginia. Those advocates say they’re kicking off their statewide campaign on Sunday with screenings around the state of “Iron Jawed Angels,” which tells the story of the women who […]

SOL pass rates down; more on Reublicans’ Corey Stewart angst; a clinic for truckers

BY: - August 23, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. SOL pass rates are down across the state They dropped slightly in every subject, with 79 percent of students passing in reading, 78 percent passing in writing, 77 percent passing in math, 81 percent passing in science and 84 percent passing in history […]

At the 1892 dedication of this Confederate memorial to the Howitzers Battalion, the keynote speaker focused not on valor, but a laying out a long justification and defense of slavery. The statue now sits on the edge of Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park campus.

Like UNC, VCU has its own Confederate memorial dedicated with explicitly white supremacist speech

BY: - August 23, 2018

Earlier this week, protesters on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tore down a long contested Confederate memorial dubbed “Silent Sam,” which was targeted in part for the explicitly white supremacist speech that marked its 1913 unveiling. Confederate veteran Julian Carr extolled the Confederacy’s defense of the “Anglo-Saxon race” and […]

‘It’s a statement that we have your backs:’ Legislation to prevent disclosing religious affiliation heads back to the General Assembly

BY: - August 23, 2018

A bill that would protect Virginians’ religious affiliations from being reported to the federal government will head back to the General Assembly next year. Del. Kathy Tran, D-Springfield, said she created the bill in response to fears about a nationwide Muslim registry. As drafted, it would specifically prohibit colleges and correctional facilities from turning over […]

A $2,000 glass of whiskey, a state law banning bars and a years-long fight lawmakers can’t seem to untangle

BY: - August 23, 2018

It’s really thick, intensely flavored and, at McCormack’s Whisky Bar in Richmond, it goes for $2,000 a glass. “It’s absolutely unique compared to other spirits,” says owner Mac McCormack, describing The Macallan M, one of the world’s most expensive whiskeys. A bottle retails for as much as $6,500, so the mark up is reasonable in […]

Ballot shenanigans in Hopewell; Also: KKK leader sentenced and ‘Top Gun’ in Norfolk

BY: - August 22, 2018

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Manafort, you may have heard, was found guilty A jury in Alexandria convicted the former Trump campaign chairman on eight of 18 counts. They were deadlocked on the other 10. He was found guilty of filing false tax returns, not reporting a foreign […]

Virginia lawmakers want to get in on this blockchain thing

BY: - August 22, 2018

Now they just have to figure out how and why. Blockchain, the decentralized database technology behind Bitcoin, has emerged as an endlessly recurring buzzword in tech fields. And, to be fair, the technology is promising in a lot of ways to the extent that it protects against data loss and manipulation, making it a potentially good […]

State board won’t touch pipeline permits

BY: - August 21, 2018

Following four hours of review Tuesday, the State Water Control Board decided not to take action on state-issued water quality certifications for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline projects. Instead the board voted to “aggressively” enforce compliance standards, pass some information on to the national agency that issued water permits for the pipelines’ construction […]