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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are trying to stop people from ripping down tarps that cover statues of Confederate generals.

The Daily Progress reported Tuesday that the city has placed plastic fencing around the monuments to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The tarps have been ripped down six times.  

The coverings are a gesture of mourning for Heather Heyer. She was killed Aug. 12 when a car plowed into a group of people at a rally in which white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Richmond say they will restrict certain weapons and shut down some streets during a weekend demonstration over the city's Confederate monuments.

Mayor Levar Stoney and Police Chief Alfred Durham held a news conference Thursday about the city's preparation for the Saturday event.

A Tennessee-based Confederate heritage group is helping organize a rally near Richmond's massive monument of General Robert E. Lee. Counter-demonstrations are expected, although Durham says police don't know exactly who is coming.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A group of people has covered up a statue of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the shrouding occurred Tuesday night on the campus of the University of Virginia. The group of about 100 people included students, faculty and community members.

The protesters gathered at the Rotunda, the same place that drew chanting white nationalists with tiki torches one month ago.   

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man is suing the city of Charlottesville, its police chief and the Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence.

Nexus Caridades Attorneys Inc. filed a complaint Thursday in federal court on behalf of Robert Sanchez Turner. The complaint says Turner was at the rally Aug. 12 to peacefully protest.

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day says he is joining nearly 300 mayors in backing an initiative to combat hate.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the effort is to promote more education about hate and bias in schools and law enforcement agencies.

The plan is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors including 270 city chief executives and the Anti-Defamation League

The initiative follows the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in which Heather Heyer was killed.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville, Virginia, is planning to cover the statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in black fabric.

The Daily Progress reports the city council voted unanimously early Tuesday to shroud the statues in fabric to represent Charlottesville's mourning of Heather Heyer. The 32-year-old woman was killed Saturday when a car rammed into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in the city.

The rally was sparked by the city's decision to remove a statue of Lee.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - A Confederate memorial has been removed from outside a Maryland courthouse.

Photos posted on Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman's Facebook show the memorial outside the Circuit Court in Ellicott City being removed Monday night and placed onto a truck.

Kittleman said the "more appropriate place for the memorial is in a museum, along with other artifacts and information on the Civil War."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he is "most likely" to submit legislation to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's iconic Monument Avenue.

The Democratic governor also told reporters Monday that he is considering ways to prevent people from having weapons at highly charged demonstrations, such as the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. He did not offer details on what such move might look like, but has taken executive action in the past to limit where people can carry guns.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Confederate monuments have been removed overnight in Baltimore.

Local news outlets report that workers hauled the monuments away early Wednesday, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly.

WBAL-TV reports that a crane removed a monument to Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson" from its pedestal around 3 a.m. and placed it on a flatbed truck 45 minutes later.

Photos taken by The Baltimore Sun shows workers taking away a monument dedicated to the Confederate Women of Maryland.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The mayor of Baltimore says she has contacted two contractors about removing the city's Confederate monuments.

Mayor Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun on Monday that she intends to "move forward with the removal of the statues."

Pugh said she wants the statues to be placed in Confederate cemeteries elsewhere in Maryland.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The organizer of a weekend rally that's expected to draw hundreds of "alt-right" activists and white nationalists is suing a Virginia city over its decision to relocate the event.

Attorneys for right-wing blogger Jason Kessler filed the federal lawsuit Thursday against Charlottesville.

The city says Kessler's Saturday event can't take place in its downtown Emancipation Park. Citing safety considerations, they ordered it moved to a park about a mile away.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville spent nearly $33,000 on the police response to a Ku Klux Klan rally last month.

About 50 members of the Loyal White Knights came to Charlottesville on July 8 to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. They were met by more than 1,000 protesters condemning the rally.

Officials tell local news media outlets that the response cost the Charlottesville Police Department about $32,835.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville is seeking bids from design firms to develop a new master plan for two downtown parks previously named for Confederate generals.

The city announced Thursday it had issued a request for proposals to have architectural design firms redesign Justice Park and Emancipation Park, which used to be called Lee and Jackson parks. It is part of an effort by the city to "tell the full story of race" in its public spaces.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia's president is urging students and faculty to stay away from an upcoming Ku Klux Klan rally in the city.

Local news media outlets report that University President Teresa Sullivan urged community members in an email to "avoid the rally and avoid confrontation" when the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights come to Charlottesville on July 8 to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Local leaders have advised residents the Ku Klux Klan have planned a rally to protest a Virginia city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
 
The Daily Progress reports Charlottesville officials told residents at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church on Monday about the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights' rally scheduled for July 8 at Justice Park, renamed from Jackson Park after a city council vote in early June.
 

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A torch-wielding group including a prominent white nationalist has protested against plans to remove a Confederate monument in Virginia.

Local media outlets report that the group rallied around the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville on Saturday night.

Among those there was Richard Spencer, who popularized the phrase "alt-right." Spencer spoke at an earlier Charlottesville rally Saturday and tweeted a picture of himself holding a torch at the night protest.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The city council in Charlottesville, Va., has voted 3-2 to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from Lee Park.

The motion, which passed Monday, gives city management staff two months to recommend how to move the imposing equestrian monument. The council also voted Monday to re-name the park.

Councilor Wes Bellamy said community members feel the statue is culturally offensive and a symbol of white supremacy. Councilor Bob Fenwick provided the swing vote after both praising Lee and saying his record of fighting to preserve slavery is undeniable.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A task force in Charlottesville, Virginia, says two Confederate statues should remain in the city but possibly be moved.

News outlets report the Charlottesville Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces unanimously voted Monday to send two options to the City Council for each statue: move the monument to a different park or leave it in place but add historical context about racism.

The council will vote on the fates of the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues individually.

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Hampton residents will get a chance to weigh in on whether to rename two school campuses named after Confederate figures.

The Daily Press reports that the Peninsula Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is pushing for the school division to rename the Davis Middle School and Campus at Lee.

The schools are named after the prominent Confederate figures Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee.

School Board Chairwoman Martha Mugler said the board wants to make a decision that's based on "the true will" of the community.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Activists in Virginia are calling on officials to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park.
 
News outlets report that Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer announced Monday that he will create a task force to review the issue. The group will be created within 30 days and the process will include public engagement.
 
Signer says the city must continue to "heal the wounds" created by slavery, racism and the Jim Crow era.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia church known as the "Cathedral of the Confederacy" is shedding images reflecting its ties to the Confederacy.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond is removing plaques with versions of the Confederate flag and the church's coat of arms, among other remnants of the Confederacy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that church leaders say they also hope to erect a memorial to honor slaves in Richmond, including those who were members of St. Paul's.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says he wants to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park.

Kamenetz said in a news release Monday that county officials have been considering changing the name of the park just over the northern Baltimore City line from the Confederate general's.

The county executive wants to change the name of the 450-acre park to Lake Roland Park for the lake in the park.

Because Baltimore City has the title to the land, permission to change the name must come from city officials.