65-Pound Alligator Snapping Turtle Enters Neighborhood: Patch PM

Emily Leayman

Here are the share-worthy stories from Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia Patches to talk about tonight:

Alligator Snapping Turtle Found In Southeast Fairfax County

It's not uncommon to see wildlife sightings in the suburban areas of the DC region. But residents in southeastern Fairfax County recently encountered something you'd normally see in the far south.

South County High Alumni Lead March Against Racial Injustice

Hundreds of people rallied and marched at an event in Lorton Saturday, organized by alumni of South County High School, to call for an end to police brutality and bring awareness to the structural racism in many aspects of life in the United States, from education to health care to policing.

Police Reform Will Be Tackled During VA Special Session: Speaker

A top Virginia Democrat is promising quick action on police reform when the General Assembly reconvenes this summer for a special legislative session.

DC Could Enter Phase 2 Of Reopening This Week

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed the District could enter Phase 2 of its phased reopening as soon as Friday, provided the numbers health officials are using to track the progress of the new coronavirus continue to improve.

Coronavirus Hospitalizations Fall Below 1K In Virginia

While some states are seeing surges in coronavirus cases, there is continued progress on Virginia's public health metrics a month since Gov. Ralph Northam started to ease restrictions. On Monday, 380 additional cases and six new deaths were reported statewide, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The latest cumulative totals are 54,886 cases, 5,588 hospitalizations and 1,552 deaths.

GOP Candidate Likens VA Coronavirus Plan To 'Communist Regime'

The Republicans are not holding a primary to select a candidate to run against Wexton, who won election to her first term in Congress in 2018. Even before the coronavirus, the party had planned to hold a convention instead of a primary. But due to the coronavirus crisis, the 10th Congressional Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia has chosen to have a drive-thru convention to nominate its congressional candidate.

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