In brief: 200K felons head to the polls, new theater and more

In brief: 200K felons head to the polls, new theater and more

Historic week, part 1

Governor Terry McAuliffe restores voting rights to 206,000 felons April 22 in an election year in which his friend Hillary Clinton is running for president, and in a state where an estimated one in four African-Americans can’t vote because of felony convictions, according to the Washington Post.

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Gavin Grimm. Photo ACLU

Historic week, part 2

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rules April 19 in favor of Gloucester High transgender teen Gavin Grimm, who wants to use the boys bathroom at his school. The ruling could also affect bathroom-legislating North Carolina, which is in the same circuit.

Will they all be showing the same movies?

Another deluxe movieplex out of Austin joins Violet Crown. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema says it will open a 33,000-square-foot, 30-craft-beer-serving facility in summer 2017 at 5th Street Station, aka the Wegmans complex.

Our favorite newsletter of the week

Mike’s First 100 Days details the accomplishments of Mayor Mike Signer and his colleagues on City Council, including a balanced budget, a condemnation of the Landmark Hotel and new council meeting procedures. Officially, the position of mayor is honorary and one among equals on council.

$25K a month in alimony

That’s what Peaceable Farms owner Anne Shumate Williams, aka Golan, gets—and spends—according to testimony in Orange County Circuit Court at an April 21 bond hearing. She was charged with 27 counts of animal cruelty in November, and 13 counts of embezzlement in March. Williams was released on $100,000 bond.

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Anne Williams Photo Orange County Sheriff’s Office



Quote of the week

“Murder victims don’t get to sit on juries but now the man that killed them will. A murder victim won’t get to vote, but the man that killed them will.”—Delegate Rob Bell to the Washington Post after Governor Terry McAuliffe restores voting rights to more than 200,000 felons.