Wednesday, February 1, 2023

ICYMI: Confederate memorial removal, mask or no mask, police transparency and more

With dozens of headlines every day, it’s easy to miss some here and there.

Get in on the conversation with this list of WYDaily’s most-read stories from the past week.

Confederate memorial removal

The council voted following an hours-long public hearing Tuesday for the removal of the Confederate memorial at Bicentennial Park — it’s been there for two decades. READ MORE

Williamsburg City Council votes to remove Confederate memorial

Mask or no mask

Law enforcement have frequent contacts with the public and presumably are following such guidelines. READ MORE

Social distancing, mask wearing: Police have to follow them, too but it depends. Here’s what’s up in the Historic Triangle

Police transparency

Here in Williamsburg and James City County, a new justice group wants the same for local law enforcement, starting with the creation of a civilian review board. READ MORE

Community justice group wants more police transparency in Williamsburg, James City County

Braids and boardroom

Known nationally as The Crown Act, it was passed in March and makes it illegal to discriminate based on hair texture and type historically associated with race, such as braids, locks and twists. READ MORE

Braids and boardrooms: New law addresses generations of racial hair discrimination

Historical markers

The Historical Highway Markers program has been around for a century, but some local areas find themselves with a scarce amount of markers. READ MORE

There are only a few historical highway markers in York County and Williamsburg. Here’s why

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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