Friday August 18, 2017
By MIKE HOLTZCLAW, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has filed a request with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management requesting that Virginia be exempted from a newly revised program to open up the East Coast to offshore drilling. In a letter dated Aug. 11, which was made public on Thursday,
By DAVE MAYFIELD, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, reversing field on a controversial issue, has asked federal officials to take the ocean waters off Virginia out of contention for oil and gas leases. The governor’s office disclosed McAuliffe’s position Thursday,
By ROBERT ZULLO , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, at various points in his political career an opponent and proponent of oil-and-gas drilling off Virginia’s coast, told the federal government Thursday that he opposes including Virginia waters in the new leasing program being assembled by President Donald Trump’s administration. “A primary concern that must be satisfied in order for Virginia to be included in the leasing area is a revenue-sharing agreement between participating Atlantic Coast states and the federal government,” McAuliffe wrote to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. “Today we are no closer to resolving this issue than when I became governor.”
By PATRICK WILSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe was mistaken when he said during an interview Monday that police picked up weapons “stashed around the city” during Saturday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. McAuliffe’s comment came during an interview for a podcast with civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson.
By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Republican Ed Gillespie has been fighting to keep the focus of his campaign for Virginia governor on state issues and away from President Trump. That task grew more challenging this week after Trump defended some of the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville and bashed efforts to remove Confederate statues — directly injecting national politics into the Virginia governor’s race.
Janelle Noble wants you to know she’s not your average candidate for Congress. The 35-year-old Louisa County resident is making a run for Rep. Dave Brat’s seat in the 7th Virginia Congressional District, emphasizing she is an “ordinary person” with no political experience.
By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
A chemical that killed more than 40,000 fish in Tinker Creek is no longer in the water, but questions remain about how it got there. Critics say Termix 5301, an agricultural-use chemical that leaked from a plastic storage tank sitting outside of a Botetourt County business, is not covered by state or federal regulations that might have prevented the disaster.
By BOB STUART, News Virginian
The message in one Shenandoah Valley community about manufacturing resonates across Virginia, according to the commonwealth's secretary of commerce and trade. Todd Haymore said this week that manufacturing is alive and well in Virginia, and he anticipates more manufacturing jobs coming soon.
By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
There’s the leader of the deadliest slave revolt in U.S. history, and another slave who planned an uprising against Richmond but was hanged when white authorities found out about the plot. There’s the man who shipped himself to New England in a box, becoming a powerful symbol of enslaved people’s thirst for freedom.
By TAMARA DIETRICH, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Sen. Mark Warner was aboard the Jenny S on the James River Thursday afternoon, hooking a crab pot, hauling up a trawl net and, all things considered, overdressed for the occasion. Natty in khakis, a blue button-down shirt, salmon print tie and brown loafers, the senator was on an educational boat tour arranged by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to tout successes in bay cleanup.
By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner grinned as he gingerly lifted two freshly caught blue crabs by their pincers. Standing aboard a 42-foot boat in the middle of the James River on a cloudy humid Thursday afternoon, he couldn’t resist the political jab. “This looks like some of the people I work with,” he said.
By JIM TALBERT, Richlands News-Press
Mark Warner went from small town America to cyber space during his visit to Tazewell Aug. 15. Warner was in southwest Va. for a visit to the Mountain Brew trail and after looking over the town’s newest businesses he spoke and took questions from a group at the American Legion Building. “It is great to see what is happening in this town.
By JILL PALERMO, Prince William Times
Calling the Potomac River “the last unused highway in the region,” Prince William County Supervisor Frank Principi is pushing forward with his effort to launch “fast ferry” commuter service between Woodbridge and Washington, D.C.
By LUZ LAZO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Some Virginia lawmakers, like their constituents, are unhappy with plans that put a bike and pedestrian trail alongside traffic lanes on busy Interstate 66. The Virginia Department of Transportation proposal squeezes the walking path between the highway and the concrete wall that serves as a buffer between traffic noise and adjacent neighborhoods. A jersey barrier and fence would separate trail users and traffic.
By TAMARA DIETRICH, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The violence that erupted in Charlottesville last weekend over plans to remove a Robert E. Lee statue has many other localities hastening to remove monuments to the Confederacy in their midst. On Thursday, Sen. Mark Warner said such a decision should be left to each Virginia municipality.
By QUINTON SHEPPARD , Gazette-Journal
Gloucester County staff members are working with members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans on an agreement for maintaining the space around the Confederate Monument located inside the colonial court circle. The potential agreement comes after a dispute between the county and a local SCV chapter on whether the chapter had the right to place Confederate flags around the monument.
By ONOFRIO CASTIGLIA, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)
Public dispute over the removal of Confederate memorials, in light of white supremacy demonstrations centered around them, has split the opinions of local politicians and office seekers. Some think they should stay put, some think they should go, and others believe statues, if they are to be removed, ought to be considered on a case-by-case basis. “We should consider taking down some of these monuments,” said Casey Turben, the Democratic nominee to represent the 26th District in the House of Delegates. When neo-Nazis and neo-Confederates rally around a Confederate memorial, as they did in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park on Saturday, “it’s not a heritage issue at that point.”
By JOSH JANNEY AND CATHY KUEHNER, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a statement Wednesday urging Virginia localities to remove Confederate statues on public grounds, leaving communities to ponder what they should do with theirs. “As we attempt to heal and learn from the tragic events in Charlottesville, I encourage Virginia’s localities and the General Assembly — which are vested with the legal authority — to take down these monuments and relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings,” McAuliffe’s statement said. “I hope we can all now agree that these symbols are a barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia and, while the decision may not be mine to make, I believe the path forward is clear.”
By CEILLIE SIMKISS, Danville Register & Bee
Saturday’s rally in Charlottesville has prompted many cities across the nation to remove Confederate monuments, or begin discussing the value of keeping those monuments in public spaces in their communities. That discussion has been ongoing locally for years, thanks to Danville’s and Pittsylvania County’s rich histories, which stretches back before the Civil War.
By MARGARET MATRAY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
When Amira Bethea drives downtown, her children ask about the meaning behind the Confederate monument at Court and High streets. “It’s tough,” Bethea said. Where to begin to explain it? “It doesn’t represent unity at all. It just reminds me of the war and everything we fought against,” she said. “Even today we go through struggles.”
By DONNIE JOHNSTON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins says his office is keeping a close eye on the Confederate statue on the courthouse lawn to guard against vandalism. “I’ve actually had a couple of very good quality cameras installed to monitor our courtyard monument,” Jenkins said. He added that those cameras were put in place more than a year ago, when the first talk of monument destruction began to surface.
By ANA LEY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Mayor John Rowe is calling for the city to move its Confederate monument from Olde Towne to Cedar Grove Cemetery, which has a large section of graves belonging to rebel leaders and soldiers. “This is the perfect place for it,” he said at news conference in the cemetery Thursday afternoon. “People understand that it’s a memorial to the dead. Putting it in a cemetery is appropriate.”
By KATHERINE HAFNER, ERIC HARTLEY AND RYAN MURPHY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Mayor Kenny Alexander said Wednesday that he supports moving Norfolk’s Confederate monument out of downtown, possibly to a city-owned cemetery. His comments came hours before a protest where hundreds of people called for the monument to be removed. On Wednesday morning, Alexander sent a letter to his fellow City Council members recommending a renewed debate on the issue. Two other members, Andria McClellan and Martin Thomas Jr., said they would support moving the monument to a cemetery.
By SHERRY HAMILTON , Gazette-Journal
Sons of Confederate Veterans members Joey Taylor of Gloucester and Perry Forrest of Mathews believe in preserving Civil War monuments, but they don’t believe in what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend.
By MARK ROBINSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
A Richmond city councilman said Thursday that he is planning to introduce legislation seeking to remove the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue. Michael Jones, who represents the 9th District, said he met Wednesday with City Attorney Allen Jackson and council staff members to discuss how to go about removing the monuments. Jones plans to introduce a monument-related measure at the council’s Sept. 11 meeting, he said.
By VERNON MILES, Alexandria Gazette Packet
... In the wake of these events, some attention has again been shifted back to Alexandria’s own confederate legacy. In the wake of the Charlottesville attack, a meeting planned for the renaming of Jefferson Davis Highway was cancelled and local politicians sparred on social media over the fate of the Confederate statue.
By T. REES SHAPIRO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
On the western edge of Arlington National Cemetery stands a 32-foot-tall bronze hymn to soldiers of a bygone past. Such monuments are common on the hallowed ground where more than 400,000 are buried and honored for service to the country. But the one in Section 16 commemorates those who fought for another cause. It is the Confederate Memorial. A soaring testament to Southern pride, placed in Arlington nearly 50 years after the Civil War ended, the monument features a frieze depicting Rebels shouldering rifles, a black slave following his master and an enslaved woman — described on the cemetery’s website as a “mammy” — cradling a Confederate officer’s infant.
By MATT CHITTUM, ALICIA PETSKA AND YANN RANAIVO , Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
The Roanoke and New River valleys are dotted with memorials and monuments on public land to Confederate generals and foot soldiers alike, but even in the wake of Saturday’s bloody events surrounding a Civil War monument in Charlottesville, local governments in the region are not hearing calls for their removal. Nor are they eager to take up the topic themselves.
About 100 people gathered Sunday afternoon at what used to be known as the Bridal Boutique of Gloucester at Ordinary to form a peaceful protest against the hate and violence incited Saturday in Charlottesville.
By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press
A handful of descendants of Confederate Civil War leaders Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Jefferson Davis are siding with those who believe monuments to their famous ancestors should be pulled down and moved to other settings, such as museums. And a relative of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee says he would be fine with removing statues to his storied ancestor if it helps the country heal.
Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will be making a “major announcement” Friday about the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue, the victim from Saturday’s deadly car attack and public safety for future events in Charlottesville. The announcement is slated for 12 p.m. at CitySpace, according to a release from the city. No other details have yet been released.
By FRANCES ROBLES, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Tadrint R. Washington is not one to attend protests. So when she and her sister, heading home from a friend’s house in a 2005 Toyota Camry, neared the site of a white supremacy rally last Saturday, she was stunned. She saw a sea of white faces. But they were chanting, “Black lives matter.”
By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The two Fairfax County civilian bodies created to monitor police department investigations are ready to begin reviewing allegations of improper use of force and other misconduct, county officials announced Thursday. The Independent Police Auditor and a nine-member Civilian Review Panel were appointed in response to questions about how the county handled an investigation into the 2013 shooting of an unarmed man outside his home in Springfield.
By MARK BOWES , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The significant time commitment in reviewing thousands of hours of recorded videos from police body cameras may force the Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to “radically curtail” its involvement in the prosecution of some misdemeanor and traffic offenses, Chesterfield’s top prosecutor says. “Our office is just beginning to feel the dramatic impact of the amount of video,” Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney William W. “Billy” Davenport wrote in response to an inquiry by the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the impact the new cameras will have on his staff.
By JOSH REYES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
The exploration into a fee for Yorktown Beach has ended. York County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sheila Noll announced Tuesday that the board would take no action on the issue. Talks of a user fee for Yorktown Beach began about a month ago when Supervisor Walter Zaremba said he had asked the county administrator to look into it. Zaremba said the beach is expensive to maintain and the people who use it don’t always leave it in good condition.
By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
The Roanoke City Council on Monday will consider allowing eminent domain as an option to acquire the final property rights to complete the 10-mile section of the Roanoke River Greenway. City staff is asking the council to approve condemning all or part of three parcels owned by Walker Machine & Foundry to add taking the land to its options to complete the greenway, Acting City Manager Sherman Stovall said.
By EVAN GOODENOW, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)
After his deputies were filmed on a cellphone video body-slamming and punching a homeowner while her house burned down Aug. 3, Sheriff Lenny Millholland promised a swift and transparent internal investigation, saying it would be completed “as soon as possible.” However, the public may never get to see it. Under Virginia Freedom of Information Act laws, police aren’t required to release internal investigation reports, and it’s uncertain if Millholland will ever release the report, which he said in a Tuesday email hadn’t been completed.
By JOHN BRUCE, Highland Recorder
An at least month-long series of town water system issues culminated this week in an emergency declaration, a 30-day conservation ordinance, and a boil water advisory. Help arrived Monday to fix the water outage affecting Monterey water system users.
By MARK MURRAY, NBCNews
This year's competitive gubernatorial contest in Virginia could very well serve as a referendum of sorts on the controversy over Confederate monuments. Democratic nominee Ralph Northam, the state's lieutenant governor, backs their removal.
A monument to Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will stand at Manassas National Battlefield Park. The National Park Service says it, and all Confederate monuments on national park land will remain standing.
By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF
Last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville is opening a new conversation about how local governments issue permits for groups to hold marches and rallies.
By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
If (as Rudyard Kipling might have said, if he cared about Virginia legislative redistricting) you can keep your head (well population count) when all about you/ Are losing theirs … You probably aren’t in Hampton Roads.
Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
So there we were, drifting through the last lazy days of summer, one eye closed, the other on the ripening tomatoes, when suddenly Charlottesville happened. Now it feels like the political ground has shifted beneath us. What’s the political impact?
Free Lance-Star Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
IF THERE WERE ever a ludicrous school policy that needed to be trashed quicker than month-old leftovers in the back of the fridge, it is "lunch shaming," the term given to denying a hot lunch to a child when his or her account has run dry. Most likely, the circumstance arose when a parent forgot to replenish the account, or the student has gone through a certain amount more quickly than anticipated. Hungry students do that. But in any event, it is embarrassing for the child involved.
Washington Post Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
With astonishing rapidity, the violent events at Charlottesville have accelerated an already intense debate over what to do with hundreds of Confederate monuments and related statuary across the United States.
The Friday Read
By JONATHAN SPIERS, Richmond BizSense
Before Sandy Manley was a fiscal technician with the Virginia Department of Transportation, she was Gremlina – one of the more feisty and vocal “heel” characters of the 1980s TV series “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.” Now, nearly 30 years after her six-month run on GLOW, the Highland Springs native and resident has had the curtain lifted on her former persona with the rise of social media and renewed interest in the show, which was featured in a 2012 documentary and serves as the inspiration for a new Netflix series, “GLOW.”