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Richmond Police: 'Hero Citizen' Thwarted July 4 Shooting Plot

The intended target was reportedly the Dogwood Dell

(Newser) - Updated with more details on the alleged plot. Police in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday said a mass shooting was planned for their city on July 4, but that they fielded a tip that allowed them to thwart the plot. In an afternoon press conference, Police Chief Gerald Smith said a...

These Are the 10 Most LGBTQ-Friendly US Cities

San Francisco ranks No. 1, per LawnStarter

(Newser) - June is Pride Month, and as LawnStarter notes, "Everyone wants the American dream—a home in a safe and supportive community—including LGBTQ people." That's why the site looked at 200 of the country's largest cities to see which ones qualify as LGBTQ-friendly, factoring in 19...

With Removal of Statue Comes Rare Find
With Removal of Statue
Comes Rare Find
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With Removal of Statue Comes Rare Find

Crews working to take down a Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond discovered a time capsule

(Newser) - Update: Inside the base of a Robert E. Lee statue recently taken down in Richmond, Virginia, were books and other texts, a coin, and an envelope. Conservators chipped the time capsule out of the granite box Tuesday, and preservationists unsealed it Wednesday, NPR reports. Inside, they found just a fraction...

White Nationalist Insignias Deface Arthur Ashe Mural

Richmond, whose racial atmosphere drove the tennis great away, plans to restore tribute

(Newser) - Arthur Ashe moved away from his Virginia hometown as a teenager, weary of the racial segregation that extended to the city's tennis courts. "I left all that Richmond stood for at the time—its segregation, its conservatism, its parochial thinking, its slow progress toward equality, its lack of...

Lee Statue Is Gone, but Search for 'Piece of History' Continues
Search for Time Capsule
in Lee Statue Is a Bust
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Search for Time Capsule in Lee Statue Is a Bust

Crews in Richmond found no sign of the items from 1887

(Newser) - Update: They couldn't find it. Workers who dismantled the giant Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Va., struck out Thursday in their search for a time capsule thought to have been tucked into the pedestal more than a century ago, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . It's possible, though unlikely,...

One of Our Largest Remaining Statues to Confederacy Falls

Robert E. Lee removed from pedestal on which he stood in Richmond, Va.

(Newser) - Update: A statue of Robert E. Lee that stood in Richmond, Va., for 131 years has come down. The Times-Dispatch reports it was hoisted off its pedestal to cheers at 8:55am. The AP , which calls it one of America’s largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy, reports it will...

This Isn't a Kohl's Package You Want to Get in the Mail
Retailer: Sorry for 'Unusual
and Inexplicable' Package
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Retailer: Sorry for 'Unusual and Inexplicable' Package

Illinois woman says she received someone's COVID test in an order of garden flags

(Newser) - A Christmas gift-wrapping session turned a bit alarming (and a lot weird) over the weekend when an Illinois woman found a surprise addition in the package she'd ordered from Kohl's. Andrea Ellis tells the Quad-City Times she was prepping presents at her aunt's house in East Moline...

She Blends Irish Dance, Hip-Hop, Gets a Big Call
She Blends
Irish Dance,
Hip-Hop, Gets
a Big Call

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She Blends Irish Dance, Hip-Hop, Gets a Big Call

'Riverdance' wants Virginia's Morgan Bullock

(Newser) - Morgan Bullock is a 20-year-old resident of Richmond, Va., who posted a video of herself dancing to hip-hop on TikTok. Not so unusual. But in Bullock's case, she accompanied the music with traditional Irish dancing, her passion since she first saw it performed as a young girl, reports the...

Former Confederate Capital Orders Removal of Monuments

Stonewall Jackson was the first to go

(Newser) - Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has taken down Stonewall Jackson. The towering statue of the Confederate general was removed from Monument Avenue on Wednesday, hours after the Virginia city's Democratic mayor invoked emergency powers to order the immediate removal of all Confederate statues on city land, CNN reports. Stoney said...

Arthur Ashe Statue Defaced With 'White Lives Matter'

'I was disheartened about it,' nephew of tennis legend says

(Newser) - A man who told witnesses his name was "Everybody" vandalized a statue of Arthur Ashe in Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday, spray-painting "White Lives Matter" and "WLM" on the monument to the black tennis legend. Witnesses say the man, who is white, returned after somebody painted "BLM" over...

This Time, Statue Topplers Take Down the 'President'

Protesters tear down statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy

(Newser) - A statue of Jefferson Davis was torn down along the famed Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday night. The statue of the president of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11pm and was left lying on the ground in the middle of an intersection, news outlets reported. Richmond police...

Christopher Columbus Statue Meets Grisly Fate

Another is thrown in a Virginia lake

(Newser) - It started with a chant: "Take it down." Then, a short time later Tuesday evening, protesters at Byrd Park in Richmond, Va., followed through, returning to the spot where an 8-foot-tall Christopher Columbus statue has stood since 1927 and yanking it down with ropes, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports....

Governor Wants 'Divisive Symbol' Gone, Judge Says Hold Up

Attempt to remove Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Va., is temporarily blocked

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northham last week ordered the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond "as soon as possible"—but now a judge is saying not so fast. On Monday, a judge in the former capital of the Confederacy issued a temporary...

Protesters Target Confederate Statues
Protesters Target
Confederate Statues 
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Protesters Target Confederate Statues

Multiple cities see graffiti attacks

(Newser) - Protesters took to the streets of cities across America for a fourth night of rallying against the death of George Floyd, and the AP reports that Confederate monuments in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Mississippi were targeted. One at the University of Mississippi was spray-painted with the words "spiritual genocide,...

Couple's 'Nightmare' Uber Driver: 'I Have Never Been That Scared'

With 2 passengers in car, Olufemi S. Olomola is accused of chasing another driver

(Newser) - It wasn't the date John Murray and Tameka Swann expected, or wanted. WTVR and CNN report that the husband and wife from Richmond, Va., were picked up by an Uber around 8pm Monday to take them to dinner, but the night started off with a jolt when someone rear-ended...

Big Richmond Gun Rally Sees Just 1 Arrest

Richmond's pro-gun rally draws 22K

(Newser) - Fears of a violent clash in Richmond, Virginia, over gun rights never materialized on Monday. The two big numbers: 22,000 pro-gun protesters and only one arrest, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . The single arrest was that of a 21-year-old woman for wearing a mask in public, per the newspaper and...

Pro-Gun Rally Brings Thousands to Richmond
Pro-Gun Rally Brings
Thousands to Richmond
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Pro-Gun Rally Brings Thousands to Richmond

Large protest underway in Virginia

(Newser) - Gun-rights supporters gathered en masse at Virginia's state Capitol in Richmond Monday, and things have been peaceful in the early going. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the march, which is taking place amid a heavy police presence and temperatures in the 20s. "...

Va. Preps for Gun Rally With 'Enormous Potential to Go Bad'

Capitol Square gun rights demonstration expected Monday in Richmond

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies in Virginia are planning a "strong presence" Monday as gun rights advocates are set to converge upon the state's capital of Richmond to protest proposed gun control measures. The rally is happening amid a governor-issued state of emergency barring weapons from Capitol grounds through Tuesday...

Woman Confronts Bannon in Bookstore; Owner Calls Cops

Richmond store owner says woman called Bannon 'a piece of trash'

(Newser) - A Virginia business owner says he was forced to call police after a customer confronted Steve Bannon inside his bookstore. Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books in Richmond, tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that a woman in his store called Bannon "a piece of trash" while the former White...

Ex: Man Who Killed Trooper Hated Police

Trooper may have been trying to make small talk at Greyhound station

(Newser) - More information is emerging about the shooter and Virginia state trooper killed in Thursday's violence at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond. The AP reports 37-year-old Chad Dermyer, a former Marine, was participating in a counterterrorism exercise at the bus station with a dozen or so other troopers. Part...

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