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Redskins Merchandise Pulled, Police Budget Funding | Top News

Patch logo Patch 7/11/2020 Emily Leayman
Walmart and Target pulled Washington Redskins merchandise from their websites as pressure mounts for the team to change its nickname. © Shutterstock/dean bertoncelj Walmart and Target pulled Washington Redskins merchandise from their websites as pressure mounts for the team to change its nickname.

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.

Walmart, Target Remove Washington NFL Gear From Shelves

The move by the retail giants to stop selling Washington NFL team gear comes as sponsors and investors put pressure on the team to change its name. Over the weekend, reports also emerged that minority owners in the team are looking to sell their financial stakes in the franchise.

School Board To Vote On T.C. Williams Renaming Process

When T.C. Williams opened in 1965, it was named for Thomas Chambliss Williams, the superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools from the mid-1930s to 1963. Williams was known as an opponent of segregation and argued for keeping Black and white students in separate schools.

11-Year-Old Boy Killed In July 4th Shooting: Police

Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy Saturday following a Peace Cookout in Anacostia.

Bowser Letter Blasts Council Cuts To DC Police Budget

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a letter Tuesday morning blasting the City Council's proposed cuts to her proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. The cuts include a reduction of $10 billion from the Metropolitan Police Department budget made in response to recent nationwide protests calling to Defund the Police.

NoVA Residents Spend Independence Day In Caravan Against Hate

A caravan of vehicles left Manassas late Saturday morning on their way to Charlottesville, with the goal of building unity among Virginians against hate and violence. The caravan was originally scheduled to be a three-day march, starting in Manassas, that would finish in Charlottesville on the three-year anniversary of the killing of a counter-protester at the Unite the Right rally.

Coronavirus Reaches Final Virginia County; Transmission Rate Up

The Virginia Department of Health reported 851 additional cases of the coronavirus Saturday. Bath County in the central-western region confirmed its first case, meaning the coronavirus has reached every Virginia county and city. The latest cumulative totals are 69,782 cases, 6,707 hospitalizations and 1,962 deaths.

DeVos Criticizes Fairfax Schools Reopening Plan; Leaders React

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had some criticism for Fairfax County Schools' virtual learning during the pandemic and reopening plan for the fall. Leaders from the school system, the largest in Virginia, responded in defense of the plan providing only virtual learning or a mix with two days of in-person learning.

Herndon Chief Praises Effort To Eliminate Rape Test Kit Backlog

Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard weighed in on social media Thursday morning about Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement that the state had cleared its six-year rape kit backlog.

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