Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday ordered an independent investigation of the Virginia Military Institute after Black cadets and alumni spoke out against racism they endured while attending the public military college.
A third party will review VMI’s “culture, policies, practices, and equity in disciplinary procedures” and share preliminary results by the end of the calendar year, Northam wrote to the college’s board of visitors.
The Civil War itself seemed to be on trial Monday in the former capital of the Confederacy, as a circuit court judge heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Ralph Northam's effort to take down the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue and lawyers debated the root causes of the nation's most divisive conflict.
The suit was brought by a small group of local residents and hinges, in part, on a deed the state legislature accepted in 1889 promising to protect the memorial forever.
Facing the threat of a Title IX lawsuit, William & Mary announced on Monday afternoon that it is reinstating the sports of women’s gymnastics, swimming and volleyball.
W&M announced September 3 that those sports, along with four others, would be eliminated at the end of the 2020-21 academic year amid seven-figure athletic department deficits.
Virginia Tech said Monday that “every effort will be made” for more in-person classes during a spring 2021 semester to still be altered by COVID-19 precautions.
All courses will be online for the first four days of classes, which begin Jan. 19. The university said this will help with a gradual move-in of residential students and orderly COVID-19 surveillance testing.
About 1 in 5 students in Richmond Public Schools are on track to be chronically absent, according to data presented to the Richmond School Board on Monday.
As of Oct. 5, 20 days into the school year, 21.2% of students in the school system had missed 10% or more of the school year, up 3 percentage points from last year’s rate. Harry Hughes, RPS’ chief of schools, said much of the data has been driven by 13 elementary schools and one middle school.
This past March, Mitchell’s Point Marina co-owner Jeff Prowse was preparing for the worst. He was seriously considering his options, some of which included bankruptcy, due to the possibility no vacationers would be coming this year. Seven months later, he is still reeling from the busiest and most profitable summer he has ever experienced. “It was unprecedented,” Prowse said of this summer’s record number of customers, especially his boat rental business. “Every day was like the Fourth of July.”
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Coca-Cola is discontinuing a number of beverages including, TaB, Diet Coke Feisty Cherry, Coke Life and regional brands Delaware Punch and Northern Neck Ginger Ale.