Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he's 'sick and tired' of his government being criticized for the I-95 traffic pileup that left hundreds stranded for hours
"I don't know why you're sitting there saying, 'What went wrong?'" Northam told a reporter. "This was a storm that we haven't seen for a long time."news.yahoo.com
Virginia preps for more bad weather amid storm of questions
With more bad weather looming, Virginia officials are seeking to reassure the public they are prepared as they reacted to harsh criticism of their response to a storm earlier this week that left hundreds of motorists stranded on Interstate 95.
Judy Chicago, founding mother of feminist art
She's been an artistic chameleon for more than six decades. Now, at 82, Judy Chicago is being celebrated with her first career retrospective, at San Francisco's de Young Museum. Correspondent Martha Teichner talked with Chicago about how she gave up being like "one of the boys" in a male-dominated art world, to forge her own identity; her landmark piece, "The Dinner Party"; and the subsequent work that has defined her as an artist of unusual breadth.news.yahoo.com
Experts open time capsule found at Gen. Lee statue site
Conservation experts in Virginia’s capital Tuesday pulled buttons, coins, documents and other artifacts from a time capsule found in the remnants of a pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The lead conservator for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Kate Ridgway, said that the measurements and material, copper, match historical accounts, so they believe it’s the 1887 time capsule they’ve been looking for. Conservators had already made several cuts before the media was invited to observe Ridgway make the final cut.news.yahoo.com
Again, crews find apparent time capsule at Lee statue site
Crews wrapping up the removal Monday of a giant pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond found what appeared to be a second and long-sought-after time capsule, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said. The governor tweeted photos of a box being removed from the site and said conservators were studying the artifact. News accounts described its dozens of donated artifacts, including Confederate memorabilia.news.yahoo.com
1887 time capsule found at base of Lee statue to be opened
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is scheduled to witness the opening Wednesday of a time capsule from 1887 that was buried under a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. The massive bronze equestrian statue of Lee — long seen as a symbol of racial injustice in the former capital of the Confederacy — was taken down in September. The time capsule was found Friday by crews working to remove the pedestal where the Lee statue had stood.news.yahoo.com
Crews may have found 1887 time capsule in Lee statue base
Crews working to remove the pedestal where a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee towered over Richmond for more than a century believe they've found a time capsule that was buried there in 1887. The massive bronze equestrian statue of Lee, erected in 1890, was taken down in September, more than a year after Gov. Ralph Northam ordered its removal after protests over racism and police brutality erupted across the country following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The day after the statue was removed, work crews spent more than 12 hours searching for the time capsule in the 40-foot (12-meter) tall pedestal, but were unable to locate it.news.yahoo.com
General Robert E. Lee statue removal date set for September 8, Virginia governor says
Preparations for the statue's removal will begin 6 p.m. Tuesday when crews will install protective fencing. Once the statue is hoisted off the pedestal, it's expected to be cut into two pieces for transport.cbsnews.com
Black men executed in 1951 rape granted posthumous pardons
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam granted posthumous pardons Tuesday to seven Black men who were executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman, in a case that attracted pleas for mercy from around the world and in recent years has been denounced as an example of racial disparity in the use of the death penalty. Cries and sobs could be heard from some of the descendants after Northam's announcement. The “Martinsville Seven," as the men became known, were all convicted of raping 32-year-old Ruby Stroud Floyd, a white woman who had gone to a predominantly black neighborhood in Martinsville, Virginia, on Jan. 8, 1949, to collect money for clothes she had sold.news.yahoo.com
More Virginia sites set to welcome Afghan immigrant influx
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration has received notification that the Department of Defense has authorized the use of Marine Corps Base Quantico to house Afghan refugees, as well as a national guard installation in central Virginia.
Accused Whitmer kidnap plotters discussed attacks on Ohio, Virginia governors, prosecutors say
Federal prosecutors claim five men accused of planning to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can’t prove they were entrapped by the FBI because they were predisposed to attack governors of Michigan, Ohio and Virginia, according to new court filings. Prosecutors claim the accused kidnapping plotters were already planning violence against public officials before undercover FBI agents entered the picture. Daniel Harris, another defendant, is accused of offering his explosives expertise to the group in May 2020, prosecutors said. READ MORE ON MLIVE:FBI agent accused of beating wife after swingers’ partyThe ties that bind men accused in Whitmer kidnap plotMichigan man turns on militiaNew charges: ‘Weapons of mass destruction’Twins charged in kidnap plot to remain tetheredmlive.com
GOP governors tie economy to relaxed approach to coronavirus
Republican governors running for reelection have begun trumpeting the party’s more hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic as they try to flip the script on an issue that helped Democrats win the White House and control of Capitol Hill in 2020.
Biden marks vaccine progress, thanks troops ahead of holiday
President Joe Biden started the Memorial Day weekend by visiting a rock climbing gym in northern Virginia as the state lifted all COVID-19 distancing and capacity restrictions at private businesses and much of the nation pushes toward a greater sense of normalcy.