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Charlottesville Shuts Down Schools After Racist Threat

Teen is arrested after online post about plans for a high school shooting

(Newser) - Charlottesville, Virginia, site of the 2017 white nationalist rally that left a counter-protester dead , is now dealing with another high-profile racial issue. The city school district closed all schools Thursday and Friday after an online threat emerged against black and Latino students, reports the Daily Progress . After a post on...

Neo-Nazi Group's New Leader Is Black Activist

James Stern has vowed to dismantle NSM

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black civil rights activist who has vowed to dismantle it. Court documents filed Thursday suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as director and president of the National Socialist Movement to...

Jury: Life, Plus 419 Years for Charlottesville Driver

James Alex Fields Jr. will be sentenced in March

(Newser) - James Alex Fields Jr.'s sentence in the death of Heather Heyer will officially be handed down March 29, but a Charlottesville jury made its recommendation known Tuesday: life in prison, and then some. The Daily Progress reports the jury recommended life in connection with Heyer's first-degree murder,...

'Crying Nazi' Vows Revenge on Charlottesville

Christopher Cantwell says Fields verdict 'will drive us toward your complete and total destruction'

(Newser) - The white nationalist known as the Crying Nazi had some tough talk in the wake of Friday's conviction of James Fields Jr. in Charlottesville, though the Washington Post notes that "his vow was at least somewhat blunted by his dramatic fall and humiliating nickname." Cantwell took to...

Charlottesville Suspect's Meme Gets Reporter Blocked From Facebook

Hawes Spencer posted it alongside eerily similar image of car actually plowing into protesters

(Newser) - Facebook temporarily blocked a reporter for posting the same meme James Alex Fields Jr. posted three months before allegedly driving into counterprotesters at the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The meme, which shows a car driving into a group of people and is overlaid with the words...

Charlottesville Suspect's Legal Team Hints at Self-Defense

Jury selection underway in trial of James Fields

(Newser) - It looks like the man accused of deliberately ramming his car into a crowd of people in Charlottesville will try to sway jurors with a self-defense strategy. Lawyers for James Fields suggested as much Monday as jury selection got underway in the closely watched murder trial in Virginia, reports C-ville ...

&#39;Something I Can Do for Heather&#39;: A Huge Trial Starts
'Something I Can Do for
Heather': A Huge Trial Starts
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'Something I Can Do for Heather': A Huge Trial Starts

James Alex Fields accused of driving his car into Charlottesville counterprotesters

(Newser) - Small town, big trial: Jury selection got underway Monday in the trial of a man accused of deliberately ramming his car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year. James Alex Fields , 21, faces charges including first-degree murder for the incident on Aug....

Fellow Inmate Attacks Charlottesville Suspect

Cops: Friend of murder victim Heather Heyer assaults James Alex Fields Jr.

(Newser) - The man Charlottesville police have charged with plowing his car into a group of counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally in August 2017 has been assaulted behind bars, reports the AP . James Alex Fields Jr., who has pleaded not guilty in the death of Heather Heyer, was being attended by...

UVA to Richard Spencer: Stay Away Till 2022

White nationalist, 9 others banned from campus for 4 years

(Newser) - If Richard Spencer wants to try to stir up any trouble in Charlottesville , he's going to have to do it anywhere other than the University of Virginia, at least for the next four years. That's because, per the Washington Post , the UVA grad and noted white nationalist has...

Alleged 'Serial Rioters' Arrested in Connection With 'Unite the Right' Rally

4 men accused of traveling to Charlottesville, Virginia, to incite a riot, attack counterprotesters

(Newser) - Four members of a militant white supremacist group from California have been arrested on charges they traveled to Virginia last year to incite a riot and attack counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally that turned deadly, federal authorities said Tuesday. The defendants—Benjamin Drake Daley, Michael Paul Miselis, Thomas Walter...

Obama: Trump Is &#39;a Symptom, Not the Cause&#39;
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Obama Goes After Trump: 6 Big Lines

How hard it is to say that Nazis are bad, wonders the former president

(Newser) - Barack Obama has largely refrained from criticizing his successor, but that changed Friday in a speech at the University of Illinois. Some of the big lines from the speech, which is expected to be a theme of Obama's on the campaign trail before the midterms, as cited in the...

Cops Say Officer Was Assaulted During Charlottesville March

Hundreds of anti-racists marched in Va. city

(Newser) - Virginia authorities say they are investigating an assault of a Charlottesville police officer who was knocked down during a anti-racist demonstration related to a deadly 2017 far-right rally, the AP reports. Hundreds of people marched in Charlottesville on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the far-right "Unite the Right"...

Amid Police Tensions, Charlottesville Remembers

In contrast to last year, police were over-prepared; some complain about heavy presence

(Newser) - A day after tensions between police and activists nearly boiled over on the University of Virginia's campus, Charlottesville is marking Sunday's anniversary of a deadly gathering of white supremacists with a rally against racial hatred. Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told the AP that she has been...

Trump Tweet Recalls His Old 'Both Sides' Remark

And critics are quick to point that out

(Newser) - President Trump marked the eve of the Charlottesville-riot anniversary with a tweet that—surprise, surprise—may be dividing the nation, USA Today reports. "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division," the president tweeted Saturday . "We must come together as a nation....

Lots of Cops, Peaceful Events Mark Rally Anniversary

Three people are arrested on a mostly reflective day in Charlottesville

(Newser) - Charlottesville, Virginia, marked the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence with marches, vigils, and other community events that began unfolding peacefully Saturday amid a heavy police presence, the AP reports. As many businesses in a popular downtown shopping district began to open Saturday, law enforcement officers outnumbered visitors....

Charlottesville, One Year Later: &#39;You Don&#39;t Get to Silence My Kid&#39;
A Year Later, Charlottesville
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A Year Later, Charlottesville Braces for Trouble

State of emergency in effect as city marks one-year anniversary of racial violence

(Newser) - Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., and city officials are trying to avoid any repeat. States of emergency have been declared for the city and the entire state, and downtown Charlottesville will be under heavy watch from city, state, and federal law enforcement...

A Year Later, Charlottesville Battens the Hatches

Jason Kessler is trying to hold another Unite the Right rally on Aug. 12

(Newser) - The clock is ticking down on the Aug. 12 anniversary of the Unite the Right rally that led to deadly violence in Charlottesville, and white nationalist Jason Kessler wants to throw another event to mark it. The city of Charlottesville is taking him to federal court to try to block...

Suspect in Charlottesville Car Attack Pleads Not Guilty

James Alex Fields enters his plea in federal court Thursday

(Newser) - The man accused of driving a car through a group of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last year has entered a plea of not guilty in federal court. James Alex Fields Jr. , who is accused of 30 federal hate crimes, entered his plea Thursday. Prosecutors say the Ohio man's...

Dozens of Hate Crime Charges for Suspect in Charlottesville Car Attack

James Alex Fields hit with federal charges

(Newser) - James Alex Fields Jr., who allegedly drove into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, has been indicted on 30 hate crime charges by a federal grand jury, including a hate crime resulting in the death of Heather Heyer. According to court...

NPS Gives OK for 'White Civil Rights' Rally in DC

Organizer Jason Kessler led the Charlottesville rally last year where Heather Heyer was killed

(Newser) - Police in Washington, DC, are going to be busy on Aug. 11 and 12: The National Park Service has given initial approval for Jason Kessler, organizer of last year's deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, to hold rallies to mark the anniversary of the Virginia event, WSET...

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