Stonewall Jackson descendants call for monument’s removal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two men who identify themselves as the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson are calling for the removal of the statue of the Confederate general in Virginia’s capital city. Jack and Warren Christian say in a letter published by Slate late Wednesday that the removal of the Jackson statue and other Confederate monuments on Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue will “necessarily further difficult conversations about racial justice.” Jack Christian told The Associated Press on Thursday that the monuments were clearly constructed to be “markers of white supremacy” and “make black people fearful.” Christian said he’s pleased to see...

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Pence will no longer speak at Koch brothers-hosted summit

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will no longer be speaking at a Saturday event hosted by a group backed by the conservative Koch (kohk) brothers. Pence had been scheduled to address Americans for Prosperity in Richmond, Virginia. He has canceled in order to join President Donald Trump at Camp David Friday to discuss South Asia policy. Pence is also returning early from a weeklong trip to Latin America in order to attend the Camp David meeting. Americans for Prosperity is the flagship organization of the political network backed by industrialist billionaires Charles and David Koch. Pence...

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Trump disbands business panel as fallout spreads

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has abruptly disbanded two of his White House business councils in the latest fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The decision comes as the White House tries to manage the repercussions from Trump’s defiant remarks a day earlier, in which he blamed the violence at a white supremacist rally on “both sides.” Presidential advisers are hunkering down, offering no public defense while privately expressing frustration with his comments. Trump himself has stayed out of sight, though he traveled from New York to his golf club in...

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In wake of rally, Richmond’s mayor reconsiders monuments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In the wake of a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, says his city should consider removing or relocating its Confederate statues. Mayor Levar Stoney’s announcement Wednesday is a reversal from a position he took earlier this year. In June, he said he thought the monuments should stay but have context added about what they represent and why they were built. He appointed a commission to study how to do that and seek public input. Stoney’s statement Wednesday says that effective immediately, the commission will begin considering “the removal and/or...

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Governor approves $700,000 grant for company

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A biotech nonprofit is planning to expand its global headquarters in Virginia Beach thanks in part to help with state funds. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Monday that LifeNet Health will spend $12.24 million for the expansion and create 321 new jobs. McAuliffe approved a $700,000 grant for the expansion. His office said Virginia beat out Florida, North Carolina, and Washington for the...

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Governor’s Statement on President’s Press Conference on Charlottesville

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe released the following statement after President Trump’s press conference yesterday afternoon:   “Neo-Nazis, Klansmen and white supremacists came to Charlottesville heavily armed, spewing hatred and looking for a fight. One of them murdered a young woman in an act of domestic terrorism, and two of our finest officers were killed in a tragic accident while serving to protect this community. This was not ‘both sides.’   “Our Commonwealth and nation are still reeling from one of the largest outpourings of hatred and violence we have experienced in recent history. We need real leadership, starting with our...

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Police release sketch in abduction, sex assault of girl, 5

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — Police have released a sketch of a man being sought in the abduction and sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl in northern Virginia. Fairfax County Police released the sketch Tuesday of a clean-shaven, light-skinned Hispanic male in his mid-20s to early 30s. He is between 5-feet-8 and 5-feet 9 and weighs about 200 pounds. Police say the abduction occurred Sunday afternoon on Tower drive in the Mount Vernon area. A family member noticed the girl was missing Sunday evening. Shortly thereafter the girl resurfaced and reported what happened to...

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Charlottesville to mourn woman killed at rally in memorial

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mourners will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally. A memorial service for Heather Heyer is scheduled Wednesday morning at a downtown Charlottesville theater. Attendees were asked to wear purple, Heyer’s favorite color, in her memory. The 32-year-old was a Charlottesville resident and legal assistant. Heyer’s mother described her daughter as a courageous, principled woman and firm believer in justice and equality. The man accused of driving the car that slammed into the crowd has...

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Defiant Trump renews criticism of ‘both sides’ in protest

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is defiantly blaming “both sides” for the weekend violence between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Virginia and rebuffing the widespread criticism of his handling of the emotionally-charged protests. Trump addressed reporters Tuesday in New York. In his remarks, he showed sympathy for the fringe group’s efforts to preserve Confederate monuments. In doing so, Trump used the bullhorn of the presidency to give voice to the grievances of white nationalists, and aired some of his own. His remarks amounted to a rejection of the Republicans, business leaders and White House advisers who earlier...

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Construction expected to start soon on new Capitol monument

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state government is removing two magnolia trees and closing sidewalks on Capitol Square as it prepares to build a new monument to honor Virginia’s Native Americans. The Virginia Department of General Services said Monday that construction on the monument, called Mantle, is expected to start later this month. The monument is expected to be completed in December. Several trees will be planted once the monument is...

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Police response scrutinized after violence at Virginia rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police chief says he had hoped a white nationalist rally in his city over the weekend would remain peaceful and his officers were spread thin when violence erupted. But law enforcement experts say Charlottesville should have been more prepared to deal with the violent fracas. Officers seemed to stand on the sidelines as fists flew, bats swung and objects soared through the air at Emancipation Park on Saturday. Charlottesville police Chief Al Thomas says he “absolutely” has regrets about Saturday’s violence and says officers needed to make quick adjustments when the white nationalists...

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Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Protesters in North Carolina toppled a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier on Monday at a rally against racism. Activists in Durham brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated in 1924. A diverse crowd of dozens cheered as the statue of a soldier holding a rifle fell to the ground in front of an old courthouse building that now houses local government offices. Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument. The Durham protest was in...

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Deadly rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues

The deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is fueling another re-evaluation of Confederate statues in cities across the nation. It’s happening in much the same way that a mass shooting by a white supremacist inside a South Carolina church accelerated the removal of the Confederate flag. Statues are being removed or slated for removal in Gainesville, Florida; Baltimore, San Antonio and elsewhere. In Gainesville, a statue known as “Old Joe” was returned Monday to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which erected it in 1904. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe says the government shouldn’t glorify a chapter of history...

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Essex County Traffic Fatality

At approximately 11:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, Master Trooper A. Allen was called to the scene of a fatal crash in Essex County.   A 2008 GMC Sierra pick-up truck was traveling northbound on Tidewater Trail near Dangerfield Road when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a culvert and overturned.   The driver – 37 year-old Christopher P. Ball, of Champlain, Va. – was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigation revealed that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.   21 year-old Taylor Shackleford, was the only passenger in the vehicle. He...

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Anthem Annouces Exit from ACA Marketplace

The Richmond-based company of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Virginia, the state’s largest insurer on Friday announced that more than 206,000 Virginians could lose their individual health insurance policies in from the federal exchange and individual market in 2018.   It cited “the shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost-sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage.”   Anthem’s decision follows Aetna’s announcement in May that it would exit the federally operated marketplace in Virginia for the Affordable Care Act in...

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Lancaster Library Lottery @ Lancaster Community Library
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2:30 pm Democratic Primary Public Forum @ Mathews Boys and Girls Club
Democratic Primary Public Forum @ Mathews Boys and Girls Club
Jan 17 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
On Sunday, January 21, 2018, CircleUp Middle Peninsula will sponsor a Public Forum for the candidates running for the First Congressional District Democratic Primary at the Mathews Boys and Girls Club. The forum is scheduled[...]
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Wednesday Word of Worship in the... @ The Community's Christian Church
Jan 17 @ 7:15 pm
The Community’s Christian Church in Warsaw will be continuing their “Wednesday Word of Worship in the Neck” series on January 17th at 7:15 p.m. Special guests will be Pastor Rose Curry and the Willie Chapel[...]

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