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Judge Orders Halt to Confederate Statue Removal

It will be at least 60 days before any more statues, with one exception, come down.

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The great Confederate Statue Removal of 2020 looks to be on hold for now.

Yesterday Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley B. Cavedo granted an anonymous plaintiff’s request for a temporary injunction on the removal of any more statues. Mayor Levar Stoney had been operating under “emergency powers” and in what he states is for the safety of citizens.

The Judge disagreed and barred his administration from taking any more Confederate statues down for 60 days. The move comes more than a little late. The only major monument that remains is A.P. Hill on Northside. The issue with A.P. Hill is more complicated due to Hill’s remains being interred at that location.

City Council will host a public hearing on August 3rd for residents to voice their opinion on the ultimate fate of the Confederate symbols.

RTD has more details on the situation above and one more statue that will still come down.

One more statue will come down temporarily: the Arthur Ashe monument.

Stoney’s lawyers shared the plans during the hearing. Ashe’s relatives made the request, fearing the lone monument to a Black man on the famous street would be damaged in an act of retaliation for the Confederate statues coming down.

“Ashe family members made the request during the recent period of civil unrest,” said Jim Nolan, a Stoney spokesman. “The matter is still under consideration and we continue to have discussions with the family regarding their wishes.”

The racist undertones of statues being removed are being directly felt by Mayor Stoney and he shared the following yesterday on Twitter.

The RTD article linked to above also mentions that the police have received what they consider credible threats against Mayor Stoney and have recommended that in some situations he uses a security detail.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Mass Vaccination Site at Richmond Raceway Reopens Today

If you qualify for a booster, or have not yet been vaccinated, you can schedule an appointment at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877 VAX-IN-VA. Officials said walk-ins are also welcomed.

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The Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at the Raceway will resume COVID-19 vaccine operations Tuesday, Oct. 12 and will operate Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you qualify for a booster, or have not yet been vaccinated, you can schedule an appointment at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877 VAX-IN-VA. Officials said walk-ins are also welcomed.

More from Vaccinate Virginia on who is eligible for the booster.

Certain groups are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster, if they received the Pfizer vaccine and if it’s been 6 months or more since their last shot.

We recommend these groups receive a booster this fall:

  • Ages 65 and older
  • Residents in a long-term care setting
  • Ages 50-64 with an underlying medical condition.

In addition, these groups may also benefit from a booster this fall:

  • Ages 18-49 with an underlying medical condition
  • Ages 18-64 with an increased risk COVID-19 because of where they work or live.

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Today is Last Day to Register to Vote in 2021 General Election

Make sure your voice is heard and register to vote today.

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Register to vote, update your current Virginia voter registration, apply to vote absentee by mail, or view your polling place, election district, absentee ballot status, and voting history at the Department of Virginia Elections website.

Don’t forget that this election if voting by absentee you’ll need a witness signature.

In 2020 at total of 5,975,696 people were registered to vote an increase of 6.18% from the previous year. Of those 5.9 million, 4,486,841 or 75.08% actually voted. The population of Virginia is around 8,536,000.

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Walk-up Free Vaccination Events for this Week

In Virginia there have been a reported 869K cases of Covid and 12,806 deaths. That’s more deaths than the population of Poquoson.

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