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The past is still present in a changing Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When 92-year-old Dr. Fergie Reid was a young man growing up in Richmond, he resented the massive statues of Confederate leaders lining Monument Avenue. But Reid says black people knew better than to speak out. “If you complained, they’d probably put you in jail,” said Reid, who was Virginia’s first black state lawmaker since Reconstruction. Virginia has come a long way since then. Once the home of the capital of the Confederacy and the hub of the segregationist movement known as … Read the referenced story here:…

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Virginia Clashes Draw Attention to Anti-fascist Movement

The deadly white nationalist demonstration in Virginia has brought new attention to an anti-fascist movement whose black-clad, bandana-wearing members have been a regular presence at protests around the country in the last year.   Members of the “antifa” movement were among those protesting the Charlottesville rally last weekend. During a combative news conference Tuesday, President Donald Trump did not mention antifa by name but said there was blame “on both sides” for the violence. He said the counter-demonstrators charged at white nationalists with clubs and suggested they also had a…

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Startling Reality Facing U.S. in Wake of Virginia Violence

Michael Goodwin, NY PostPresident Trump should have left well enough alone. His Monday denunciation of costumed sheet-wearers and Nazi wanna-bes could have cleared the way for Americans of all stripes to focus their outraâ?¦ … Read the referenced story here: Startling Reality Facing U.S. in Wake of Virginia Violence

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Virginia Rally Participant Withdraws from Boston University

An 18-year-old student who attended the white nationalist rally in Virginia last weekend says he has withdrawn from college in Boston in part because of death threats. Nicholas Fuentes tells The Boston Globe he has received 15 death threats via email and social media. Fuentes said he considered leaving Boston University in January after protests in the city against President Donald Trump. He gave it more serious consideration in recent weeks and on Tuesday had an exit interview with the school. The university confirmed he is no longer enrolled. Fuentes…

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Mourners Gather to Remember Woman Killed at Virginia Rally

Mourners will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally that descended into violence last weekend. A memorial service for Heather Heyer is scheduled Wednesday morning at a downtown Charlottesville theater. Attendees were asked to wear purple, Heyer’s favorite color, in her memory. The 32-year-old was a Charlottesville resident and legal assistant whose mother described her daughter as a courageous, principled woman and firm believer in justice and equality. Heyer was…

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Police response scrutinized after violence at Virginia rally

AP Photo/Steve Helber CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police chief said he “absolutely” regrets violence that erupted over the weekend when dozens of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counterprotesters. As the world watched pandemonium in Charlottesville unfold live on television Saturday, officers seemed to stand on the sidelines as fists flew, bats swung and objects soared through the air. “We were hoping for a peaceful demonstration,” Chief Al Thomas said at a news conference Monday. “Gradually the crowd … Read the referenced story here: Police…

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Virginia violence adds to push to remove Confederate statues

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey As a descendant of Civil War soldiers who wore both the blue and the gray, a Kentucky mayor said he’s taking his own stand – marshalling support to remove two Confederate statutes from prominent spots in his city. Violence that erupted over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, added momentum to a wave of efforts across the South to remove or relocate Confederate monuments. Lexington, Kentucky, Mayor Jim Gray moved up his announcement in reaction to the bloodshed, … Read the referenced story here:…

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Police Stood By as Mayhem Mounted in Virginia

Thompson & Faturechi, ProPublicaThere was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. At about 10 a.m. today, at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counter-protesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot. On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon. One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised…

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Family, friends mourn 3 dead in Virginia rally violence

AP Photo/Steve Helber RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Virginia was described as a “true American hero” who died doing what she loved – standing up for people. Two state troopers also died when their helicopter crashed in a wooded area while deployed as part of a large-scale police effort to contain Saturday’s violence. They were remembered for their commitment and love of their jobs. Heather Heyer, 32, … Read the referenced story here: Family,…

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Virginia city rocked by white nationalist protests; 1 arrest

AP Photo/Steve Helber CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville Saturday afternoon, ratcheting up the tension in an increasingly chaotic confrontation in this usually quiet college town. It is unclear how many were injured; an Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment immediately after the car careened into the line of several hundred people. Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said … Read the referenced story here: Virginia…

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