Patch has 32 locations in communities in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Here are some of the top posts from the past week related to efforts to rename highways named after Confederate generals and other topics.
Gravestones dumped along the Potomac to be repatriated with remains
In their research, historians traced the headstones back to Columbian Harmony Cemetery, a historic African-American cemetery in Washington, DC that was excavated and relocated in 1960 to make way for commercial development, including where Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood Metro Station currently stands.
Capitol officers are suing Trump, far-right groups over Jan. 6 attack
Seven US Capitol Police officers filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, longtime advisor Roger Stone, and members of far-right groups, alleging they plotted on January 6th to attempt to prevent Congress from the results of the 2020 presidential election.
5.8 magnitude earthquake in VA leaves aftershocks 10 years later
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia and DC in the early afternoon of August 23, 2011, causing people to flee their office buildings across the area wondering what had happened.
Mask, Compulsory Vaccination Preferred: Results of the Virginia Survey
At the start of the school year for many school departments, a majority of respondents in a Virginia Patch poll endorsed masking and vaccination requirements in schools.
5-time Paralympian Joshua George competes in the Tokyo Games
Joshua George, a 37-year-old Herndon High School graduate, will compete as a member of the US Paralympic Team.
Afghan refugees get a helping hand from the Viennese Presbyterian
A church in Vienna is one of the local organizations helping refugees fleeing Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.
VA man gets 18 months in prison for burning a cross in the front yard
A Virginia man was sentenced to 18 months in prison after burning a cross in the front yard of an African American family in June 2020.
Fairfax police dog K9 Silas dies after fighting cancer for several years
K9 Silas, who came to the Fairfax County Police Department as a puppy with his brother K9 Bolt in 2013, died of cancer on Saturday, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. After a year of training, the brothers joined the force as K9 officers.
Sick, dying bird reports to Virginia, bird feeding resumes
After reports of mysterious diseases that sickened or killed birds in late May, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources says reports are continuing to decline. The State Department recommends that bird feeding can resume in the affected areas of Virginia with precautionary guidelines.
Kittens rescued from the engine of a van by animal welfare officials
Caroline Elpers, an assistant animal welfare officer in Arlington County, answered a call from a woman on Aug. 15. The woman said she was walking her dog and heard a cat meow from a parked van in the street.
Proud boy leader gets jail sentence for burning the BLM church banner
Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the extremist group Proud Boys, was sentenced to 155 days in prison Monday for helping steal and burn a Black Lives Matter flag from a church in Washington, DC, in December, Reuters reported and other.
Fall Foliage Summit 2021 Map: When the Leaves Are At Their Best in Virginia
The fall equinox is still on the calendar about a month from now, but it’s not too early to use the Fall Foliage Forecast Map 2021 to plan a fall leaf peering tour in Virginia.
March for voting rights in DC: time, place, more
Thousands of people in Washington, DC and other cities across the country are expected to take to the streets on Saturday to ask Congress for more action to protect voting rights in the United States.
DC, Virginia Museums celebrate Museum Day with free entry
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day returns on Saturday September 18 to celebrate the reopening of museums across the country after long closings related to COVID-19 by offering free entry to participating museums.