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WHITE SUPREMACY, HATE ARE CANCERS ON AMERICA

News & Advance Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

As Virginia and the world viewed the weekend’s events in Charlottesville with horror and increasing alarm, one thing must be said: If you think this was only about two statues, you’re sadly mistaken. No, it was about ugly white supremacy rearing its head again in America.

VaNews August 16, 2017



MALEVOLENCE AND MAYHEM IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

Daily Progress Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

It should not have been too much to hope that Charlottesville’s atmosphere of cerebral gentility could withstand the temporary invasion of a backward mob, however cretinous. But few likely anticipated the horrific scope of the violence that erupted. The blackhearted spirit of the alt-right movement mars whatever it touches — and in Charlottesville it did much worse than that.

VaNews August 16, 2017



CHARLOTTESVILLE CATASTROPHE REQUIRES AMERICANS TO STAND UP TO HATRED

Virginian-Pilot Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Temping though it may be, do not look away from the awful tragedy that unfolded in Charlottesville over the weekend. Do not dismiss it or attempt to minimize its importance. Stare directly into that hateful abyss. Confront it and see it for what it was. That is our charge today, as Americans and as Virginians.

VaNews August 16, 2017



VIRGINIA’S TEST SCORES HOLD STEADY OVERALL BUT ENGLISH LEARNERS MAKE STRIDES

By MORIAH BALINGIT, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Eighty percent of Virginia students passed state reading tests this year, equal to the previous year’s results, as data released Tuesday showed minimal changes in performance on several academic subjects. But English learners made significant strides in narrowing achievement gaps. Statewide, 64 percent of those students passed in reading, up three points from 2016. Some school officials attributed the gain to better approaches for teaching students English, including transitioning more of them to general education classes even before they are totally proficient.

VaNews August 16, 2017



VRS INVESTMENTS END YEAR HIGHER THAN EXPECTED AT 12.1 PERCENT

By MICHAEL MARTZ , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Virginia Retirement System earned a 12.1 percent return on its investments in the last fiscal year, which should ease pressure on the contribution rates it will approve this fall for the next two-year state budget. The final return, announced Tuesday by the VRS Board of Trustees, was higher than the preliminary 11.8 percent investment gain reported to legislators last month after the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

VaNews August 16, 2017



PERFORMANCE ON STATE STANDARDS OF LEARNING TESTS HOLD STEADY ACROSS THE STATE; RICHMOND RESULTS 'UNACCEPTABLE'

By K. BURNELL EVANS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Student performance on state Standards of Learning tests held relatively flat across the state and region last year, with Richmond Public Schools remaining among the worst-performing divisions in Virginia. Data released Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Education reflect one bright spot and more bad news for the city’s schools at a time when ink is drying on a monitoring agreement with the state that requires all 44 division schools to meet full accreditation requirements within the next decade. Right now, 17 do.

VaNews August 16, 2017



ORGANIZER WITHDRAWS REQUEST TO HOLD SEPT. 16 RALLY AT RICHMOND'S LEE MONUMENT

By PATRICK WILSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Confederate heritage advocate Bragdon Bowling is withdrawing his request to the state to hold a Sept. 16 rally at the Robert E. Lee statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue after white supremacists caused violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Bowling said by email Tuesday that “due to the potential for violence after Charlottesville, the rally on Sept. 16 will not be held.”

VaNews August 16, 2017



SCHAPIRO: CHARLOTTESVILLE NARROWS GILLESPIE'S PATH TO RICHMOND

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

This is not the first election for Virginia governor defined by ugly racial tension, menacing displays of force and laments over disputed declarations by politicians. But it could be the second time in 60 years that such events align to cost the Republican nominee the election. In 1957, Ted Dalton’s ambitions for governor were vanquished in late September of that year, when President Dwight Eisenhower dispatched 1,000 paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Ark., to restore order after rioting in response to the court-imposed desegregation of Central High School.

VaNews August 16, 2017



REP. SCOTT TAYLOR SEEKING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTERNSHP FOR VA MEDICAL CENTER IN VIRGINIA BEACH

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Rep. Scott Taylor is working with Virginia Beach officials and the federal Veteran Affairs Department to press for a public-private partnership to build a massive VA outpatient clinic near other medical facilities in the city’s Princess Anne Commons. “We will make this happen,” Taylor said Tuesday.

VaNews August 16, 2017



COUNCILMAN WANTS PORTSMOUTH TO BAN RACIST GROUPS FROM PROTESTING IN THE CITY

By ANA LEY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Councilman Mark Whitaker said he wants city leaders to consider banning racist groups from protesting in Portsmouth. Whitaker sent an email Tuesday to City Council members, City Manager Lydia Pettis Patton and City Attorney Solomon Ashby asking that the group discuss the issue at the Aug. 21 public work session. Mayor John Rowe said it has been added to the agenda.

VaNews August 16, 2017