Confederate Statue Gone, Protests, Phase 2 Reopening | Top News

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Patch has 32 sites in communities in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Here are some of the top posts from the past week related to the new coronavirus and other topics.

DC Protester Shot In The Eye Shares Experience

Sunday was the third night in a row Matthew Leo Cima, a bartender and server who lives in Adams Morgan, had participated in the protests outside the White House. It was also the night that ended with him being shot in the eye with a pepper bullet.

Northam Orders Removal Of Gen. Robert E. Lee Statue In Richmond

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's famous Monument Avenue. Northam said he has directed the Virginia Department of General Services to remove the statue as soon as possible.

Over 200 Arrests Made As Richmond Protests Reach Third Day

Confrontations between protesters and police continued for a fourth day in Richmond in reaction to a black man's death in police custody. Virginia's capital city was among locations across the U.S. where protests turned violent in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing in Minneapolis.

Virginia Phase 2 Reopening Planned; Delay For NoVA, Richmond

Gov. Ralph Northam plans to move most of Virginia into phase two of easing coronavirus-related restrictions on Friday, June 5. Northern Virginia and Richmond are directed to remain in phase one, but Accomack County on the Eastern Shore will move to phase two.

Stafford Deputies Fire Tear Gas On Fredericksburg Protesters

The Stafford County Sheriff's Office fired tear gas at a large group of protesters who were on the Falmouth Bridge Monday demonstrating against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and police violence. The tear gas left many of the protesters with burning eyes and trouble breathing. The bridge connects Fredericksburg with Stafford County.

DC Basketball Legend Wes Unseld Dies At 74

Wes Unseld, the legendary player for the Washington Bullets who led the team to its only NBA championship, has died at the age of 74, his family announced Tuesday. The Hall of Famer is considered by many to be the most important person in Washington Bullets/Wizards franchise history.

Loudoun Sheriff, Leesburg Chief Oppose Citizen Oversight Boards

Law enforcement leaders in Loudoun County are opposing police reform measures as residents in Virginia and across the nation call for greater accountability of police and express frustration with political leaders' unwillingness to enact major policing reforms in the wake of another killing by a police officer caught on video.

Free Coronavirus Testing Coming To DC Fire Stations

District residents will be able to be tested for COVID-19, the associated with the new coronavirus, at eight D.C. fire stations starting Monday, June 8. Paramedics and EMTs from D.C. Fire and EMS will be administering the tests.

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This article originally appeared on the Old Town Alexandria Patch