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Virginia declares state of emergency over protests


Virginia declared a state of emergency on Sunday due to the protests over George Floyd’s death. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed an emergency declaration that allows resources like the Virginia National Guard to become available to localities addressing demonstrations across the state.

VaNews June 1, 2020

Black Lives Matter protest draws “all walks of life”

By DON DEL ROSSO, Fauquier Now

More than 200 people Sunday afternoon attended a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside of the old courthouse in downtown Warrenton. “We just wanted to bring peace and awareness to recent events,” most immediately the brutal May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, said Arleena Allen of Warrenton who organized the gathering through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

VaNews June 1, 2020

Peaceful rallies in Fredericksburg region give way to confrontation, arrests

By JAMES SCOTT BARON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

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VaNews June 1, 2020

Virginia Beach police deploy tear gas during protest at Oceanfront

By PETER COUTU, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

After a weekend of peaceful protests throughout Hampton Roads, tension escalated at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach Sunday night as hundreds marched following the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for help as a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis last week. Police lined Atlantic Avenue in riot gear and appeared to deploy tear gas. Several Oceanfront businesses were damaged, according to social media posts.

VaNews June 1, 2020

Big crowd turns out in Leesburg for peaceful demonstration, protest

By JOHN BATTISTON, Loudoun Times

The streets and sidewalks of historic downtown Leesburg were clogged Sunday afternoon with more than 1,500 people exercising their right to peacefully protest in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer earlier this week. Protesters of all ages and nationalities wrapped around the block comprising King, Loudoun, Wirt and Market streets beginning at roughly 3 p.m. Most wore personal face masks — in keeping with Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) recommendations for “Phase 1” reopening in northern Virginia — and many carried signs.

VaNews June 1, 2020

'What is the world coming to?' Broad Street business owners, residents clean up damage from protests.

By JESS NOCERA, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Early Sunday, Abbas Jahangiri got a call from ADT telling him that the glass at his restaurant near the Virginia Commonwealth University campus had been broken. He immediately made his way downtown, discovering once he got there that protesters had vandalized his shop, where he has sold sandwiches since 2003. Cash in the store was gone. So were some drinks and food.

VaNews June 1, 2020

Approximately 2 dozen demonstrators detained after 9 p.m. Sunday night in Richmond

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

A third night of protesting in Richmond – and the first with a state-ordered curfew – unfolded without the destruction that took place previously, but police arrested dozens for staying out past 8 p.m. Roughly two dozen people had been detained by police as of 9:45 p.m., with others not yet reported as police and the National Guard, activated by Gov. Ralph Northam earlier in the day, swept downtown streets.

VaNews June 1, 2020

States Warn That Virus May Doom Climate Projects

By CHRISTOPHER FLAVELLE, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 1 to 2 articles a month)

Connecticut is preparing to build a first-of-its-kind underground flood wall. Virginia has planned an intricate system of berms, pump stations and raised roads to keep the flood-prone city of Norfolk dry. Louisiana has broken ground on a new community for people forced to flee a village on its sinking coast, the country’s first government-resettled climate migrants. Projects in 13 cities and states, which were part of the Obama administration’s push to protect Americans from climate change after the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, are now in jeopardy because of the coronavirus pandemic, state and local officials warn. And they need Republicans in Congress to save those projects.

VaNews June 1, 2020

Group protests outside Lynchburg restaurant for its support of Jerry Falwell’s mask tweet


A group of protesters showed up to a Lynchburg restaurant on Sunday. This protest wasn’t related to the recent ones across the country regarding the police treatment of African Americans, but a tweet made by the restaurant. . . . The restaurant supported Falwell’s tweet using the blackface photo from Northam’s medical school yearbook on a face covering, asking if it could have them for its employees.

VaNews June 1, 2020

We counted shoppers at stores in Fredericksburg. Here's how many were wearing masks.

By STAFF REPORT, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Judy Mayfield and two of her friends decided to drive into downtown Fredericksburg Friday afternoon after exploring the gardens at historic Chatham Manor just across the Rappahannock River. They were wearing masks when they stopped first at Hyperion Espresso on William Street to get something to drink, and then as they strolled Caroline Street to get some exercise and do a little retail therapy.

VaNews June 1, 2020