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DETROIT (AP) - Vestiges of racism and intolerance are slowly being moved and removed in Michigan and other northern states as calls continue in the South to take down such monuments. Crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo have taken apart a nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - Ben Cline, a state delegate and former staffer for retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has been chosen as the Republican nominee for Virginia's 6th Congressional District. Cline won the nomination at a convention Saturday that drew more than 2,000 delegates to James Madison University. News reports indicate Cline received 52 percent of the votes on the first ballot in an eight-person field. His chief competitor, Cynthia Dunbar, moved after the first ballot to nominate Cline by acclimation.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy has died after an accident at a northern Virginia elementary school. Wesley Lipicky was participating in an after-school program Friday at Franconia Elementary School. Police say Wesley and a teacher simultaneously pressed a button to open a large, motorized room partition. The boy suffered head injuries when he became caught between the partition and a wall. He was pronounced dead Friday night. Police say the death is accidental and they do not expect to bring charges.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter started his commencement address at Liberty University in Virginia with a gentle jab at President Donald Trump, who took the same podium a year earlier. Carter said his host told him Saturday's crowd was even bigger than 2017. Carter drew laughter when he said, "I don't know if President Trump would admit that." The remark harkened back to controversies over Trump's claim of a massive inauguration crowd.
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