Wednesday, February 21, 2024

ICYMI: Meaning of Confederate battle flag, how Williamsburg’s Black business sector died, pay cut for W&M prez 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.

Williamsburg’s Black business sector

Williamsburg is known for celebrating history, but the stories of a Black business sector in the 20th century are still being preserved by those who remember it. READ MORE

Paying the price: How Williamsburg’s Black business sector died in the 20th century

Confederate battle flag

The Confederate battle flag has a complicated history from being associated with slavery and protesting racial integration to Southern pride t-shirts and shot glasses. And the recent calls to remove the flag from public spaces show just how divisive the symbol really is. READ MORE

The Confederate battle flag: Different meanings for different people

An apology

A Toano-based business has issued a formal apology for selling a mini skirt that featured a Hindu deity on the front. READ MORE

Toano business apologizes after selling culturally offensive item

Pay cut for Rowe

William & Mary would offset its financial strain from the coronavirus pandemic by reducing three senior leadership’s salaries, creating a new voluntary furlough program and other budgeting measures. READ MORE

W&M prez offers to cut her salary by 15%; advises voluntary staff furloughs, reassignments

Coronavirus and the homeless

Is the Virginia Department of Health and the Peninsula Health District tracking positive cases of the coronavirus in the local homeless population? READ MORE

Is the health department tracking positive coronavirus cases in the local homeless population? Not really

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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