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Despite budget cuts, CA’s office still hopes to analyze racial disparity in prosecutorial decisions

When pressed earlier this summer to release data about how people of different races are prosecuted locally, Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst publicly committed to greater transparency on that issue. Her ability to provide that information hinged on a new case management system her office was supposed to get this summer, but, as it turned out, was scuttled soon thereafter by budget cuts.

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Black Lives Matter signs pop up across Hburg, surpassing group’s early expectations

What began as a plan to distribute 100 “Black Lives Matter” signs has increased to more than six-fold since June, as demand for signs across the city continues to rise.

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After call-in complaint campaign, city council scrutinizes public housing authority

Complaints about conditions in city subsidized housing prompted both expressions of support for residents and indignation from members of the Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday evening, as current and former tenants along with activists from across the state called in to the livestream meeting.

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Community agencies prepare for “tsunami” of evictions in Harrisonburg following moratorium end

Winnette Dickerson was still adjusting to life in the pandemic at the beginning of April, when she lost her job, fell behind on rent and found herself facing eviction – an experience that felt like being “tied upside down.”

A valley between them: While one group has brought signs to local racial justice rallies, another carried guns

A few hundred people knelt in silence in Heritage Park in Broadway earlier this month. Drops of sweat beaded on their brows amid the muggy early evening air as eight minutes and 46 seconds passed quietly. The silence was meant to honor George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis and whose death has sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the globe. It was interrupted by a counter-protester on the ridge overlooking the park.

Salsa dancing, leather bags, and fresh beer: forgiven loans help local businesses survive COVID

Dancers have once again begun to fill the Friendly City Dance Room, one of the local businesses which has stayed open or reopened with the help of a Disaster Impact Loan from the city.

Pandemic produces partnership to keep summer day camp operating in Harrisonburg

Unable to occupy the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center due to COVID-19, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County needed a location to hold its annual summer day camp in the city for a 19th consecutive year. Eastern Mennonite School came through, and with some modifications, the camp is running for the month of July.

With U.S. Covid cases rising, school board changes plan to mostly online learning this fall

Instead of requiring students to attend school a couple days a week this fall, the latest plan for the Harrisonburg City Public Schools will be to require most students to learn from home virtually five days a week, as a result of the discussion during Tuesday’s school board work session.

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