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Robert E. Lee Statue Meets Its Fate
Robert E. Lee Statue
Meets Its Fate

Robert E. Lee Statue Meets Its Fate

Monument formerly in Charlottesville is destroyed in relatively secret fashion

(Newser) - A statue of Robert E. Lee that stoked much controversy in Charlottesville, Virginia , is no longer a statue. As the Washington Post and NPR reveal, the monument to the Confederate general has been melted down. The plan now is for the resulting bronze ingots to be turned into an as-yet...

White Supremacists Must Pay Millions Over Charlottesville

Jury delivers a mixed verdict against white supremacists

(Newser) - It's a mixed verdict, but one that requires white supremacists to pay millions of dollars to people injured in the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. The AP reports that a federal jury on Tuesday awarded more than $25 million to nine people who sued...

Heather Heyer's Family Seeks New Way to 'Extinguish Hatred'

Susan Bro, husband, son want $12M from killer in wrongful death lawsuit

(Newser) - The mother of the woman fatally struck by a car at a 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., hopes to "extinguish hatred" with a $12 million lawsuit against her daughter's killer. White supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. is the sole defendant in the wrongful-death suit filed Aug. 30...

Charlottesville Killer Asked for Mercy, Gets 29 Life Terms

James Alex Fields Jr. is sentenced without the possibility of parole

(Newser) - He pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, then pleaded for mercy in the hope of avoiding a life sentence. But James Alex Fields Jr. did not get any mercy Friday from a federal judge in a Charlottesville courtroom. The 22-year-old white supremacist will spend the rest of his life...

Charlottesville Driver Wants 'Mercy'
James Fields Seeks 'Mercy' 

James Fields Seeks 'Mercy'

Man convicted in attack that killed Heather Heyer will be sentenced on Friday

(Newser) - The man convicted of plowing his car into a group of counter-protesters during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville would like to not spend the rest of his life in prison, reports the AP . Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr. filed memos with the court in Virginia, ahead of...

Jury: Life, Plus 419 Years for Charlottesville Driver

James Alex Fields Jr. will be sentenced in March

(Newser) - James Alex Fields Jr.'s sentence in the death of Heather Heyer will officially be handed down March 29, but a Charlottesville jury made its recommendation known Tuesday: life in prison, and then some. The Daily Progress reports the jury recommended life in connection with Heyer's first-degree murder,...

Fellow Inmate Attacks Charlottesville Suspect

Cops: Friend of murder victim Heather Heyer assaults James Alex Fields Jr.

(Newser) - The man Charlottesville police have charged with plowing his car into a group of counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally in August 2017 has been assaulted behind bars, reports the AP . James Alex Fields Jr., who has pleaded not guilty in the death of Heather Heyer, was being attended by...

Charlottesville, One Year Later: 'You Don't Get to Silence My Kid'
A Year Later, Charlottesville
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A Year Later, Charlottesville Braces for Trouble

State of emergency in effect as city marks one-year anniversary of racial violence

(Newser) - Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., and city officials are trying to avoid any repeat. States of emergency have been declared for the city and the entire state, and downtown Charlottesville will be under heavy watch from city, state, and federal law enforcement...

Suspect in Charlottesville Car Attack Pleads Not Guilty

James Alex Fields enters his plea in federal court Thursday

(Newser) - The man accused of driving a car through a group of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last year has entered a plea of not guilty in federal court. James Alex Fields Jr. , who is accused of 30 federal hate crimes, entered his plea Thursday. Prosecutors say the Ohio man's...

New Street in Charlottesville: Heather Heyer Way

City renames portion of street in honor of victim of summer violence

(Newser) - Just over four months after a young Charlottesville woman was killed when a car plowed into people protesting a white nationalist rally, the Virginia city will dedicate part of the street where she was marching in her honor. Charlottesville is holding a ceremony Wednesday morning to designate part of 4th...

Charlottesville Police Chief Steps Down

Al Thomas was sharply criticized for his response to the deadly white supremacist rally in August

(Newser) - The police chief of Charlottesville, Va., abruptly retired today, four months after a rally held by white nationalists in the city turned deadly and two weeks after a city-commissioned review slammed the police department for its response. Alfred Thomas had served as chief of police since May 23, 2016, CBS...

Charlottesville Suspect Faces New Murder Charge

Prosecutors upgrade charge against James Alex Fields

(Newser) - The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex...

Mother of Heather Heyer Blames Trump for Her Death

'He definitely pushes forward a hateful agenda'

(Newser) - If you ask Susan Bro, there is plenty of blame to go around for her daughter's death: 20-year-old James Fields, who is charged with second-degree murder; unprepared local authorities; white supremacists; and, yes, even President Trump. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Beast , Bro says she is "...

Kendrick Lamar Wins Big at VMAs
Best Moments From the VMAs

Best Moments From the VMAs

Kendrick Lamar the big winner on emotional night

(Newser) - Kendrick Lamar was the king of Sunday's 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, winning six awards on a night full of emotional performances, political moments, and a new, eye-popping Taylor Swift music video. Lamar's "Humble" won video of the year, best hip-hop video, direction, cinematography, art direction, and...

Car Moves Through Protesters Gathered in St. Louis

3 minor injuries reported; police arrest driver

(Newser) - A dangerous moment during a street protest in St. Louis on Tuesday night: Protesters gathered around a car at an intersection, and the driver eventually pushed through the pack, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Police say three people had minor injuries, though all declined medical attention. This tweeted image shows...

Charlottesville Rally Organizer Issues 'Vile' Tweet on Victim

Jason Kessler's account goes after 'Communist' Heather Heyer

(Newser) - The Charlottesville resident who organized last weekend's alt-right rally appears to have insulted victim Heather Heyer in crude language. A tweet (no longer accessible) from the account of Jason Kessler Friday said this: "Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist. Communists have killed 94 million. Looks like it...

Trump Praises 'Incredible' Charlottesville Victim
Trump Praises 'Incredible'
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Trump Praises 'Incredible' Charlottesville Victim

He says Heather Heyer 'will be long remembered by all' as city holds memorial

(Newser) - A day after setting off a firestorm for remarks giving the "alt-left" its share of the blame for the violence in Charlottesville, President Trump has tweeted kind words about its female victim. "Memorial service today for beautiful and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman," the...

After Show, Moore Leads Audience to Trump Tower

With Mark Ruffalo, they chant the name of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer

(Newser) - Michael Moore led the audience of his Broadway play to Trump Tower on Tuesday to protest President Trump's comments about the deadly violence in Charlottesville. On Facebook, Moore urged people to join him at the tower following Tuesday night's performance of his one-man show The Terms of My ...

NC KKK Leader 'Glad Protester Died'

He says there will be more violence to come

(Newser) - They don't call it a hate group for nothing: The chief of a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan group says he's glad that 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. "I'm sorta glad that...

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...

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