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42 Years After Girls Vanish From Mall, a Guilty Plea

Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. sentenced to 48 years in prison

(Newser) - A 60-year-old man who pleaded guilty in the killing of two young sisters from Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to 48 years in prison, more than four decades after the girls vanished during a trip to a local shopping mall, the AP reports. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. entered his plea in... More »

Charlottesville Concert Lineup Released

Dave Matthews Band, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande among performers

(Newser) - Dave Matthews Band will take the stage in their hometown for a concert to benefit the victims of violence in Charlottesville, Va. The Sept. 24 concert at the University of Virginia will be the only live performance of the year for the band, which was first to suggest such a... More »

Suspect in Charlottesville Beating: I Hit Victim 'One Time'

Alex Michael Ramos arrested in Georgia, to be extradited to Virginia

(Newser) - A Georgia man is in custody and set to be extradited to Virginia for his alleged role in the beating of a black man during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. The Daily Progress reports that 33-year-old Alex Michael Ramos turned himself in to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office... More »

Thomas Jefferson Statue Vandalized at UVa

Also, Charlottesville mayor says police chief told him to stay out of safety talks

(Newser) - While the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville continues to play out on a national level, developments are emerging locally as well. The Daily Progress and WTOP shed some light on what's been happening in the college town, as well as in the state of Virginia, since... More »

Rabbis Pull Out of Annual Presidential Conference Call

They're protesting Trump's comments on Charlottesville

(Newser) - A coalition of rabbis won't hold its annual presidential conference call this year, accusing President Trump of showing support for "those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia," ABC News reports. Per the Washington Post , the coalition—which includes the Rabbinical Assembly, the Central Conference of American Rabbis,... More »

Tearful White Nationalist Surrenders, Faces 3 Felonies

Christopher Cantwell turns himself in in Virginia, will head to Charlottesville

(Newser) - White nationalist Christopher Cantwell has obeyed police instructions and surrendered to authorities. The New Hampshire man faces two felony charges of illegal tear gas use and one felony charge of malicious bodily injury over his role in the Charlottesville violence, reports the BBC . He turned himself in to police in... More »

Virginia Catholic Priest Reveals KKK Past

Rev. William Aitcheson is taking a leave of absence

(Newser) - A Catholic priest in Virginia has stepped down from his duties, at least temporarily, after publicly revealing his position as a "grand cyclops" in the Ku Klux Klan 40 years ago, the Washington Post reports. Rev. William Aitcheson wrote about his "despicable" role with the KKK in an... More »

Down With Confederate Monument, Up With Missy Elliott Statue?

If 25K petitioners have their way, yes

(Newser) - The more than 25,000 people who've signed a viral online petition so far don't just want a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia, removed—they want it replaced with a monument to Missy Elliott. The idea isn't as random as it might seem; the iconic rapper hails... More »

Workers Started Getting Sick. Someone Suspected the Coffee

Mayda Rivera Juarez sentenced to 3.5 years for putting Windex, dish soap in work java

(Newser) - A Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for poisoning her co-workers' coffee with Windex and dish soap, the AP reports. Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman announced the sentence Thursday for 33-year-old Mayda Rivera Juarez of Sterling. She pleaded guilty in February to... More »

Sisters Say They Were Heading Home in Va. Then, 'Mayhem'

Micah and Tadrint Washington, injured in Charlottesville, sue white nationalists

(Newser) - Two sisters injured in Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Va., are suing suspect James Alex Fields Jr., rally organizer Jason Kessler, and more than 20 alt-right and neo-Nazi groups for $3 million. In their lawsuit, Micah and Tadrint Washington say they were injured when Fields plowed into a crowd of... More »

Cops: Charlottesville Suspect Threatened Disabled Mother

911 calls reveal troubling family past

(Newser) - The man accused of driving his car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, threatened his disabled mother on more than one occasion, according to police records seen by USA Today . Records show that police were called to the Kentucky home 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. shared... More »

Mourning the 3 Who Died in Charlottesville

RIP to state troopers H. Jay Cullen, Berke MM Bates and civilian Heather Heyer

(Newser) - Friends and family are mourning the three people who died over the weekend during a white nationalist rally in Virginia, per the AP . Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he was touched by the deaths of two state troopers, whom he knew personally, who died when their helicopter crashed in a... More »

Cop After Deadly Car Crash in Va.: 'Hahahaha love this'

Massachusetts officer under investigation for what he calls 'stupid comment'

(Newser) - A police officer far removed from the weekend violence in Virginia faces disciplinary action because of it. That's because Conrad Lariviere, a cop from Springfield, Mass., made what even he admits is a "stupid comment" online about Saturday's fatal car crash , reports MassLive . "Hahahaha love this,... More »

Neo-Nazi Site Hit by GoDaddy, Anonymous for 'Obscene' Post

Daily Stormer violated its terms of service after article on Va. victim

(Newser) - GoDaddy gave the Daily Stormer the boot for violating its terms of service after the white supremacist website published an inflammatory article that used "sexist and obscene language" about Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., per the Arizona Republic . GoDaddy has been... More »

Hip-Hop Artist: Charlottesville Cops Didn't Stop Beating

'They were trying to kill me out there'

(Newser) - A hip-hop artist badly beaten during Saturday's unrest in Charlottesville says he's lucky to be alive—especially since police saw the attack and failed to act. De'Andre Harris tells the Los Angeles Times that around five white nationalist marchers singled him out from other counter-protesters and chased... More »

1 Dead, 19 Injured as Car Rams Protesters in Virginia

Victims appear to be people counter-protesting white nationalist rally

(Newser) - One person was killed and 19 people injured after a car rammed into two other vehicles and a group of counter-protesters following Saturday's failed white nationalist rally in Virginia, CBS News reports. According to Mediaite , which has graphic video of the incident, a car drove at high speed into... More »

Emergency Declared During White Nationalist Rally

Violence erupts in Charlottesville, Virginia

(Newser) - Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency in response to a white nationalist rally that is expected to draw up to 6,000 people, the AP reports. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said via his Twitter account on Saturday morning that the declaration was made in order "to aid... More »

White Nationalists March on University of Virginia

Officials are worried about violence at neo-Nazi rally Saturday

(Newser) - Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and other members of the alt-right clashed with counter-protesters Friday night at the University of Virginia ahead of what the Southern Poverty Law Center says could be the "largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States," CNN reports. Images from Charlottesville, Virginia,... More »

A Virginia Driver Is Masquerading as a Car Seat

It's part of a Virginia Tech study of autonomous cars

(Newser) - It's still a couple of months until Halloween, but some in Arlington, Va., are already dressing up—as car seats. An NBC Washington reporter spotted a seemingly autonomous van driving around Arlington on Monday. On closer inspection, he realized there actually was a driver—the man was just disguised... More »

Airbnb Makes Big Move Against Alt-Right Rally Attendees

Service cancels bookings for those coming to Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' event

(Newser) - An alt-right rally planned in a Charlottesville, Va., park Saturday is a follow-up to protests in May against the removal of a Confederate statue there . But those attending may have to rebook their lodgings: After Airbnb got wind of large groups making reservations through its system to ostensibly attend the... More »

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