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Jalane Schmidt, a local activist and University of Virginia professor, leads history teachers from Albemarle and Charlottesville schools on a local monument tour Wednesday, March 11, 2020, around downtown Charlottesville, Va. (Erin Edgerton/The Daily Progress via AP)

New history curriculum created to aid anti-racist teaching

Jul. 4, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Local teacher Zoë Padrón believes telling a true and complete history of the United States to Albemarle County students prepares them to be citizens of the 21st century. Key, she says, is ‘true and complete,’ an aspect not necessarily included in all...

Long-controversial Robert E. Lee marker in Ohio vandalized

Jun. 29, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — A vandal or vandals over the weekend spray-painted a marker honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the southwest Ohio city of Franklin. WHIO-TV reports they also wrote “no racist monuments” on the road in front of the marker, which was moved from alongside a public...

In this June 11, 2020 photo, Rita P. Davis, the Counsel to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, is shown in her office in Richmond, Va. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post via AP)

Lee statue case devised by lawyer descended from slaves

Jun. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) — It was an explosive question, delivered by text message, and Rita Davis was ready for it: Could the governor simply take down Richmond’s divisive statue of Robert E. Lee? As legal counsel to Gov. Ralph Northam, Davis had been researching that very topic for a year. Now it was...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Spencer has avoided a jail term in Montana by resolving a legal debt connected to his divorce case, court records show, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

White nationalist leader avoids jail over unpaid legal fees

Jun. 24, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

White nationalist leader Richard Spencer has avoided a jail term in Montana by resolving a legal debt connected to his divorce case, court records show. Spencer had owed more than $60,000 in fees to Joyce Funda, the court-appointed “guardian ad litem” who represented the interests of...

In this March 2018 photo, Cameron Webb teaches during a section of a health policy class at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. Webb, a political newcomer, says he didn't plan it this way, but his campaign was made for these unprecedented times. With the country gripped by a pandemic and racial unrest, Webb is a Black doctor and lawyer who is the director of health policy and equity at the University of Virginia. “I feel like the moment is one that my campaign is literally built for,

Convincing win in Virginia shows strength of Black vote

Jun. 24, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Political newcomer Cameron Webb says he didn't plan it this way, but his campaign was made for these unprecedented times. With the country gripped by a pandemic and racial unrest, Webb is a Black doctor and lawyer from Charlottesville who is the director of health policy and equity at...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, White nationalist leader Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. A federal magistrate judge has agreed to let an attorney withdraw from representing Spencer in a lawsuit over violence that erupted at a rally in Virginia nearly three years ago. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Hoppe’s order on Monday, June 22, 2020, leaves Spencer to defend himself against the lawsuit, which names him as one of the organizers of the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

White nationalist Richard Spencer loses lawyer in lawsuit

Jun. 22, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

A federal magistrate judge agreed Monday to let an attorney withdraw from representing white nationalist leader Richard Spencer in a lawsuit over violence that erupted at a rally in Virginia nearly three years ago. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Hoppe’s order leaves Spencer to defend himself against the...

FILE – In this Dec. 6, 2016, file photo, white nationalist Richard Spencer poses between interviews in College Station, Texas. A judge in Montana has told  Spencer that he faces two weeks in a county jail if he doesn’t reach a plan this week to pay off a legal debt stemming from his divorce case, according to court records. On Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Spencer said “I have every confidence that we will reach an agreement and this will be quickly forgotten and under the bridge

White nationalist leader faces jail in legal fees dispute

Jun. 17, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

A judge in Montana has told white nationalist leader Richard Spencer that he faces two weeks in a county jail if he doesn’t reach a plan this week to pay off a legal debt stemming from his divorce case, according to court records. The state judge presiding over Spencer’s divorce case found him in...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020 file photo police move demonstrators away from St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House, as they gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Washington. Only a few legacy-defining moments have clung to President Donald Trump. But the forceful clearing of demonstrators from the park across from the White House has resonated like few others, sending Trump’s poll numbers tumbling and prompting top military leaders and usually lockstep Republicans to distance themselves from the president. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Lafayette Square could decide Trump's legacy — and election

Jun. 17, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlottesville. Helsinki. The children in cages at the Mexican border. And now Lafayette Square. Only a few legacy-defining moments have clung to President Donald Trump, who often appears to emerge relatively unscathed from a seemingly endless stream of crises and controversies. But the...

People march down the street towards the Georgia state capitol to protest against the mistreatment of black people and to press for policy change, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Atlanta. The NAACP March to the Capitol Monday coincided with the restart of the Georgia 2020 General Assembly. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Latest: Portland reporters injured by police at protests

Jun. 16, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Two Portland reporters injured by police at protests against police brutality — FBI director visits Minneapolis, is briefed on Floyd investigation. — Man charged in Colorado in connection with Minneapolis fires. — Richmond, Virginia, police chief ousted after...

This updated logo was provided by the University of Virginia Athletics Department Tuesday, June 16, 2020. On Monday the University of Virginia announced they would change their new athletics logos to avoid a design element that refers to the school’s history with slavery. (University of Virginia Athletics Department via AP)

UVA changes athletics logo design linked with slavery

Jun. 16, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia is changing the logos it uses for its athletics teams just two months after they were unveiled after criticism that a design element referred to the school’s history with slavery. Fans raised objections to the serpentine curves put on the...