The death toll from the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka has now risen to over 350. 18 suspects were arrested last night with the total detained now reaching 58. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks in apparent retaliation for the New Zealand mosque massacre last month. According to AP News the seven bombers were all Sri Lankan. State officials say investigators were still examining the extent of the bombers’ foreign links.
Richmond City Councilman Parker Agelasto announced his resignation Tuesday after facing legal action over his decision to move out of the 5thdistrict he was elected to represent. Agelasto said in a newsletter he would resign his seat on Nov. 30, a year before his term is set to end. He said the decision was “exceptionally difficult” but necessary to avoid legal costs in court against two former Richmond councilmen pursuing his removal.
Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax’s team told the Democratic Party of Virginia his Political Action Committee wanted to make a $2,500 donation to reserve a table at the Blue Commonwealth Gala. The party responded that it would not accept the donation for the June 15 event. Fairfax issued a statement yesterday slamming the state party, saying he had planned to bring a group of African-American pastors to the event. The request from Fairfax came around the time that his two sexual-assault accusers, Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, did interviews with CBS about the assaults.