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Virginia attorney general admits to wearing blackface

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/06/19, 01:40 pm

The political crisis in Virginia worsened Wednesday when state Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he once wore blackface to a party in college. Herring is second in line for the governorship behind Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who was recently accused of sexual assault, and embattled Gov. Ralph Northam. All three are Democrats.

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Virginia governor battles scandal

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/04/19, 12:05 pm

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is rebuffing calls for his resignation over racist photos in his 1984 medical school yearbook. A photo from his personal page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School publication surfaced on Friday showing two people standing side-by-side, one wearing blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe. Northam issued an apology Friday, though he did not say which costume was his. Then, during a Saturday news conference, he denied he was in the photo, though he disclosed he once wore blackface to imitate singer Michael Jackson at a dance contest.

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First recreational pot shops open on East Coast

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 11/20/18, 11:28 am

The first commercial marijuana stores in the eastern United States opened Tuesday morning in Massachusetts, more than two years after the state voted to legalize recreational pot. Just two shops opened their doors—one in the central Massachusetts town of Leicester and another in the small western city of Northampton—the first ones approved by state regulators to sell marijuana flowers, pre-rolled joints, concentrates, and edibles to adults 21 and older.

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