Cyclist who flipped off US president wins local election | AFP

A cyclist who was fired after raising her middle finger to US President Donald Trump’s motorcade has been elected to local office in Virginia. Juli Briskman, whose one-handed salute was captured in an AFP photograph that went viral, beat the Republican incumbent to a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in state elections. – REFILE FROM OCTOBER 2019

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Democrats win control of Virginia legislature

Democrats flipped control of Virginia’s Senate and House and gained outright control of state government in a state that is often a battleground for the White House. (Nov. 6)

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Virginia gears up for legislative elections

Eyes on Virginia as voters head to the polls on Tuesday. Could a political shift in the suburbs signal changing winds across the country? (Nov. 4)

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Cargo capsule reaches International Space Station

A supply ship docked with the International Space Station on Monday, with sports car parts, an oven for baking cookies and a vest to protect against radiation. Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule for NASA from Wallops Island, Virginia. (Nov. 4)

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Alec Baldwin campaigns for Virginia Democrats

Alec Baldwin, known for his mocking impersonations of Republican President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” is in Virginia to help Democratic legislative candidates. (Oct. 22)

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Company begins drone deliveries in Virginia town

Wing, a Google affiliate, is beginning its test run of drone-delivered packages in the Virginia town of Christiansburg. (October 18)

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Amazon holds career day at HQ2 site in Arlington, Virginia | AFP

Thousands of job seekers flock to Amazon’s career fair in Arlington, Virginia, hoping to land a job at the tech giant’s HQ2 site. Amazon plans to fill 400 jobs at the new headquarters by the end of the year, and hire 25,000 employees over the next decade.

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Liberty University students protest on campus

Students at Liberty University in Virginia have gathered to protest in the wake of news reports containing allegations that school president Jerry Falwell Jr. “presides over a culture of self-dealing” and improperly benefited from the institution. (Sept. 13)

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House believed to be that of alleged high-level spy pulled out of Russia by the US | AFP

Images of a house in Virginia believed to be that of an alleged high-level mole in the Russian government who had confirmed President Vladimir Putin’s direct role in interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, according to US media. The alleged agent is claimed to have been the highest-level US source inside Russia, with regular access to Putin. IMAGES

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Hurricane Dorian wind and rain reach Charleston

Hurricane Dorian, back to a Category 3 storm, raked the Southeast U.S. seaboard late Wednesday, threatening to inundate coasts from Georgia to Virginia with a dangerous storm surge. Strong wind and heavy rain reached Charleston, South Carolina. (Sept. 5)

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Manhunt ends with capture of naked man

Police in Virginia caught a naked 18-year-old after an intense manhunt in the slayings of two women and a child. Investigators say the man, who is related to the victims, emerged from a wooded area, attacked a church worker then ran past cameras. (Aug. 28)

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US marks the arrival of Angela, the ‘Eve’ of enslaved Africans | AFP

Angela, one of the first known African slaves brought to British North America, appears in records in 1619, arriving after a long and arduous journey that saw her ripped from her homeland in present-day Angola, forced to endure a sea voyage across the Atlantic, attacked by pirates and ultimately forced to work for British settlers in Jamestown, Virginia. 400 years after her arrival, the country looks back on America’s beginnings, and what would lay the foundation for slavery, as well as inequality and hardship that still exist today.

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Ghana draws African-American tourists with ‘Year of Return’ | AFP

African-American visitors flock to Ghana as it marks the “Year of Return” to remember the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship landing in Virginia. The West African nation is banking on the commemorations to give a major boost to the number of tourist arrivals as it encourages the descendants of slaves to “come home”.

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Trump hails Virginia’s ‘four incredible centuries’

President Donald Trump is marking the 400th anniversary of the rise of American democracy in Jamestown, Virginia by celebrating “four incredible centuries of history, heritage and commitment to the righteous cause of American self-government.” (July 30)

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US: DEA agent on bringing down the ‘almost untouchable’ El Chapo | AFP

From 2012, DEA Special Agent Ray Donovan spearheaded the investigation of the Sinaloa cartel that resulted in the arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was sentenced to life in prison last week. Donovan, who worked from Virginia to coordinate efforts to track down Guzman in Mexico, says the Sinaloa cartel continues to control “the drug distribution markets in the United States.”

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Today in History for July 21st

Highlights of this day in history: First major battle in America’s Civil War fought at Bull Run in Virginia; Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’ concludes; Peace deal ends Indochina War; Author Ernest Hemingway and actor-comedian Robin Williams born. (July 21)

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Church sign says “America: Love or Leave It”

A church sign in Virginia is drawing attention over a message that says: “America: Love or Leave It.” (July 18)

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Man sentenced to 2nd life term in VA car attack

An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on state charges for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. (July 15)

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Black Students In Virginia Spent Months Archiving Images Of White People In Blackface (HBO)

After a few months of searching through Virginia yearbooks for people in blackface, a group of students had cataloged over 380 examples of offensive images and words — ranging from the less-surprising in the 1920s to the ’70s.

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Pence lauds ‘Bedford Boys’ on D-Day anniversary

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, and paid tribute to the “Bedford Boys” and all veterans who fought to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany. (June 6)

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Northam announces special session on gun control

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that he’ll recall lawmakers to the state Capitol in the coming weeks to take up a package of gun-control legislation to prevent killings, like Friday’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach. (June 4)

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Shooting survivor says colleague saved lives

Holding back tears, a survivor of the Virginia shooting that killed 12 people says her colleague saved her and others before being fatally shot. (June 3)

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Virginia Beach shooter had submitted resignation

The city manager of Virginia Beach, Virginia told reporters that the suspected gunman in Friday’s massacre that killed 12 had notified a superior of his intention to resign by email. Authorities are still trying to determine an exact motive in the shooting. (June 2)

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Virginia Beach Mayor: Focus is on the victims

The gunman who killed 12 people in a Virginia Beach municipal building was identified by police on Saturday as a 15-year city employee who had served in the military and was described by neighbors as quiet and rarely smiling. (June 1)

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