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Richmond’s towering 1890 Robert E. Lee statue is transformed by protests following the killing of George Floyd. John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Latest legal hurdle to removing Confederate statues in Virginia: The wishes of their long-dead white donors

A Richmond court says the city cannot remove its controversial Robert E. Lee sculpture because an 1890 land deed gave the Confederate monument 'to the people' of Virginia, not its government.
Richmond’s towering Robert E. Lee statue is transformed by protests following the killing of George Floyd. Is removal next? John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Dead white men get their say in court as Virginia tries to remove Robert E. Lee statues

On June 19, a court will decide whether Virginia must obey a 1890 deed that gave the state a plot of prime Richmond land as long as it would 'faithfully guard' the Robert E. Lee statue erected there.
Florida’s Turkey Point Nuclear Plant shut down 12 hours before Hurricane Andrew made landfall in 1992. AP Photo/Phil Sandlin

Nuclear reactors in hurricanes: 5 questions answered

Lessons learned from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and the Fukushima disaster in 2011 have changed how utilities brace for big storms.
Gov.-elect Ralph Northam won handily in Virginia with a campaign focused on abortion rights, racial justice and support for immigration. He has black voters and northern Virginia’s diverse suburbs to thank for the victory. Cliff Owen/Reuters

Democrats’ sweep of Virginia shows the state is moving beyond its Confederate past

In Virginia, suburbanites, city-dwellers and black voters together rebuffed racism as an electoral strategy and handed Dems a huge win. Is this diverse coalition the future of Old Dominion politics?
Ralph Northam, Democrat of Virginia, has cruised to a comfortable victory over his Republican rival. But you wouldn’t have predicted that based on Virginia’s newspaper endorsements. Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

Northam win in Virginia shows why newspapers should stop endorsing candidates

It's time for newspapers to stop telling their dwindling number of subscribers how to vote.
Virginia coalminers in the industry’s 1970s heyday. Jack Corn/EPA/US Natl Archives & Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons

No politician can singlehandedly bring back coal – not even Donald Trump

America's coal heartland is delighted with Donald Trump's election win. But like King Canute, he can't turn back the tide of the global market push away from coal and towards renewables.

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