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Most Read Articles March 5, 2021


Northam endorses Norfolk delegate for Virginia attorney general, bypassing incumbent Herring

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Gov. Ralph Northam is endorsing Del. Jerrauld C. "Jay" Jones (D-Norfolk) for state attorney general over two-term incumbent Mark R. Herring (D), saying the time has come for new, more diverse leadership in the office. If elected, Jones, 31, would be the first African American to serve as Virginia attorney general.


Email shows OSIG shared parole board report with Attorney General's office


A draft of a report that was highly critical of the Virginia Parole Board was sent from a state government watchdog to the Virginia Attorney General's Office one month before a shortened, official version of the report was sent to the Office of the Governor, according to emails obtained by CBS 6. The report, written by Virginia Inspector General Michael Westfall, concerned the board's handling of the release of Vincent Lamont Martin, who had been serving life in prison for the murder of a Richmond police officer before he was set free last year.


From VPAP Maps, Timeline of COVID-19 in Virginia

The Virginia Public Access Project

Our Virginia COVID-19 dashboard features VDH vaccination data, including what percentage of the state's population has received at least one shot and the number of vaccinations per 100,000 residents in each city and county. Our dashboard also makes it easy to track the latest available data for tests performed, infections, deaths and hospital capacity. There's also a filter for each city and county, plus an exclusive per-capita ZIP Code map. Updated each morning around 10:30 a.m.


EDITORIAL: More interesting details in Virginia's marijuana legalization bill

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Our reading list for March begins with Senate Bill 1406, the 264-page bill that the General Assembly just passed that will legalize marijuana in 2024. It’s not the most riveting prose we’ve ever read, but it is fascinating in its own peculiar way. Whether you favor legalization or oppose it, the odds are that Virginians don’t fully comprehend what the legislature has set in motion. On Tuesday, we wrote about three aspects of the bill, which might get even longer if Gov. Ralph Northam proposes amendments, as many think he will.


Northam endorses challenger Jay Jones in Virginia AG race

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has thrown his support to Democratic Del. Jay Jones, who is challenging two-term incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring in this year’s election. Jones’ office announced Northam’s endorsement in a news release Thursday morning that included a statement from the governor saying “ it is time for a new generation of leaders to take the reins.”


Gonna need a second boat: Man catches 9½-foot bluefin tuna in 22-foot Grady-White off OBX coast

By SALEEN MARTIN, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Josiah VanFleet once caught a 3-pound flounder. He was 6 years old, and his grandparents took him on a party boat to fish. “I actually won the pool for the largest fish on the boat,” recalled VanFleet, now 38. “I made like $60.” Well, he has another big catch under his belt.


Marlboro Maker Asks FDA to Convince Americans Nicotine Isn’t That Bad

By TIFFANY KARY, Bloomberg News

Marlboro-maker Altria Group Inc. wants to enlist an unlikely partner in convincing Americans that nicotine isn’t as bad as they think—its regulator. The company asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to tackle misperceptions about nicotine as part of a proposed $100 million advertising campaign to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, according to a letter seen by Bloomberg News.


Crystal City developer, businesses and neighbors all fear the Route 1 redesign has gone off track

By ALEX KOMA, Washington Business Journal (Subscription required for some articles)

As a new vision for Crystal City’s portion of U.S. Route 1 comes into focus, local businesses, neighbors and the area’s dominant landlord are all becoming increasingly concerned the highway redesign process has gone off the rails. The preliminary plans have raised alarms among some powerful interests in South Arlington. Renderings unveiled in a Virginia Department of Transportation meeting Wednesday night have united the National Landing Business Improvement District, JBG Smith Properties and some neighborhood activists in opposition over fears that the designs are still too car-centric.


EDITORIAL: Delegates paid for staying home

Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

When Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler–Corn, D–Fairfax, decided that legislators would work socially distanced online during the 2021 session, she should have made it clear that they would not be eligible for their usual per diems to cover travel expenses, hotel rooms and restaurant meals in Richmond. After all, if delegates stayed home, they wouldn’t incur any travel expenses. Instead, House members received $211 per day, for a total of over $800,000 in per diem travel stipends anyway.


Manassas council rejects flags for neighborhood utility poles


The Manassas City Council has rejected a proposal that would have allowed American flags to be flown from city-owned utility poles in residential neighborhoods, rebuffing an effort from community members on Clover Hill Road who began a flag-flying project last year.