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    The start of June marks the beginning of Pride month around the United States and some parts of the world, a season intended to celebrate the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people and to protest against the rollback of hard-won civil rights gains. The events take place in June in time with the 1969 uprising at New York City's Stonewall Inn, a catalyst for global LGBTQ+ movements. This year’s Pride takes place in a contentious political climate where legislative action coming out of many statehouses has banned drag shows and access to gender-affirming care.

      People on both sides of the political aisle pointed out the irony of conservatives boycotting a restaurant that states its corporate purpose as being “(t)o glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A” — even to the point of being closed on Sundays.

        Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked off his first visit to New Hampshire as a declared presidential candidate on Thursday by turning his focus to President Joe Biden and criticizing him for championing a move to demote the early voting state from its prominent role picking presidential candidates. The appearance by DeSantis before New Hampshire voters comes as former President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail in Iowa, marking the first time both Republicans were pitching themselves before voters as official candidates.

          When child welfare workers and police knocked on Sarah Perkins’s and Joshua Sabey’s front door well past midnight one weekend last summer, the parents were shocked to learn the state of Massachusetts had come to take their two young sons. It’s the kind of harrowing scene that plays out daily…

          The New River Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will hold their Fifth Annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, June 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the SEEDS Blacksburg Nature Center, located in Price House, 107 Wharton St. SE, Blacksburg (corner of Lee and Wharton streets). Parki…


          The Radford Police Department, which has 42 sworn officers, has experienced a run of recent problems involving its force, although city officials said Chief Jeff Dodson had their full support.

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