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Real beauty right now, Sunshine 69 degrees up to around 80 today. Mm hmm. Good morning. I'm Deborah Feinstein and I'm Mark Lewis with the top local stories we're following at this hour. It has been a tradition in our area for a long time. And this morning we've learned the annual Fourth of July celebration is back on in D. C. And once again, the National Park Service will host the annual Independence Day Fireworks celebration on the National Mall. Mike Litters of the National Park Service. Fireworks were shot off last year, but the public was asked to watch from home, he says. There's Nothing like having the Lincoln Memorial or the capital or the Washington Monument as a backdrop with the fireworks going off. This is really the first event that we've had that marks a step forward as we emerge from the pandemic dialogue can stain w DLP news. Should police back off of making arrests for possession of marijuana or public safety leaders in Montgomery County talked about that possibility. Last night, the commission heard from retired police captain Sonia Pruitt, who said arrests for marijuana are a direct pipeline into what she called the black and brown heavy prison industrial complex. Charges for simple possession of drugs has yielded unnecessary criminal records. On the other side of the coin, Police Sergeant Kate Brewer told the commission. Police get multiple complaints each day. People smoking pot, their community members as well. And I mean, that's a daily call that we get. In Montgomery County. The commission plans to advise the county Council on Policing Matters. Take Uliano w T o P. News. Even though Virginia's new marijuana legalization law goes into effect July 1st. It is not stopping universities from banning pot. Virginia Tech recently cleared the air pot isn't allowed on campus. Even after it's within the law to light up, But if you're off campus smoking or eating it legally, you won't face student code of conduct violations. The Blacksburg school is the first in the Commonwealth to revise its code of conduct in response to legalization. Other universities across the state, like Radford and VCU also plan to keep marijuana banned on campus. According to the Roanoke Times. Back at tech penalties for students who violate policy include academic probation, writing an essay about the incident and meeting with a drug counselor. Bath small W T o P News. 10 05. My life has been a story of privilege. That's what Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is saying. Two years after a scandal over a racist yearbook photo, The governor admits to The New York Times that some of his policy accomplishments would have never happened. Had it not been for the 2019 scandal over racist photo on his medical school yearbook page. It's a photo of a man in black face next to another in a Ku Klux Klan robe. And it led to widespread calls for his resignation as the governor claims he still can't remember which of the two figures is him. Instead of leaving office, the governor went on a listening tour, which he says made him a better person and helped him understand black oppression. Northam also agreed that he is privileged, adding that it's the reason why he wants to level the playing field A Catia James w. T o P News The first students to desegregate a Virginia public school back in the 19 fifties are now being recognized for their courage. With the dedication of a new trail walking along the Stratford commemorative Trail at Dorothy Ham Middle School, four panels detail the historic moments that led to 4/7 graders. Being the first black students to attend the school. Gloria Thompson, Ronald Deschenes, Lance Newman and Michael Jones were honored for their courage. During a dedication ceremony. He Leslie Hem Jr. The son of the activists, who helped make it all possible, thank the students in the community for their commitment to change and for all of you who may have come behind us and continue to cherish decency. And importantly, democracy. You make us all very, very proud. Melissa Howell wt opinion is coming up next. Would help Children's national be named among the best of the best. I'm Kristi King 10.

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