Month: February 2022

People of Color Win $53 Million Fair Housing Lawsuit

February 25, 2022

By: Maria – Paula The Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, HOME of VA, together with the National Fair Housing Alliance, NFHA joined 19 other local fair housing organizations countrywide to reach a landmark $53 million settlement with the Federal National Mortgage Association, Fannie Mae. The lawsuit recorded the first time a federal court confirmed […]

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Poll: Stark racial gap in views on Black woman on high court

February 25, 2022

By CHRIS MEGERIAN (AP) — Americans are starkly divided by race on the importance of President Joe Biden’s promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court, with white Americans far less likely to be highly enthusiastic about the idea than Black Americans — and especially Black women. That’s according to a new poll […]

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Paris Perspective: A Push for More Black Republicans

February 24, 2022

By Maria Paula Republicans are riding high these days, in Virginia, and elsewhere. Virginia, which had become a reliably blue in the last decade or so, just elected its first Republican governor in a decade last November (Glenn Youngkin), its first black woman lieutenant governor (Winsome Sears), and its first Latino attorney general (Jason Miyares). […]

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Firefighting pioneer, William “Jay” Carpenter, dies at 79

February 23, 2022

When he showed up for his first day of work for the Prince George’s County, Maryland Fire Department on Nov. 06, 1967 – William “Jay” Carpenter had no idea that he was making history. “He joined because the salary was better than what he was previously earning as a postal courier,” says his former wife, Via Carpenter.  A […]

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The Two Faces of Glenn Youngkin

February 21, 2022

By Susan Milligan (USN) – In an environment of Big Lie-telling, hate-tweeting and celebration of all things partisan, Glenn Youngkin looked like a relic from the Republican past as he campaigned successfully last year to be Virginia’s governor. With his fleece vests and affable manner, Youngkin cast himself as a determined conservative eager to unite […]

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Getting your child off to a strong start: preschool program

February 21, 2022

Henrico County Public Schools is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 Early Learning Preschool program. HCPS Early Learning Preschool is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2022. Interested parents and guardians should apply and submit required documents online. Applicants […]

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Senator pushes to speed up Richmond combined sewer fix

February 15, 2022

By Sarah Vogelsong (VM) – A Republican senator’s push to bump up the deadline for Richmond to finish separating its stormwater and sewer systems by five years worries some city officials and Democrats in the General Assembly, who say city dwellers could be burdened with excessively high bills. “The big concern is the city cannot […]

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Senate advances bill to increase time to report sex offenses

February 10, 2022

BY MICHELLE PARENTE (CNS) – A key Virginia Senate committee passed a bill that increases the statute of limitations for misdemeanor sexual offenses where the victim is a minor and the act was consentual, from one to five years.  Senate Bill 227 was filed on Jan. 10, and that same day, the bill was referred to […]

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Hail to the … Commanders

February 7, 2022

For nearly two years, the National Football League’s Washington franchise has been operating under the placeholder moniker of the Washington Football Team. After documenting its rebranding journey with videos, messages from the team president and a sampling of some 40,000 fan submissions, the team recently revealed its new name: the Washington Commanders. It’s “the strong […]

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Thousands of incarcerated people in Virginia who cannot legally vote will no longer be counted in their prison’s district as if they can, thanks to a new law.

February 3, 2022

By Charlotte Woods (CT) – In Virginia, incarcerated people lose their constitutional right to vote while they are serving their sentences. And yet, those people have previously been counted where they are incarcerated — skewing population data, which affects how voting districts are drawn. The idea of people being counted in places where they don’t […]

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