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The Latest: Northam won’t participate in university ceremony

February 4, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and racist photo in medical school yearbook (all times local):

12 p.m.

The president of a Virginia university says Gov. Ralph Northam won’t be a part of her official inauguration this week after the revelation of a racist photo in his medical school yearbook.

William & Mary President Katherine Rowe said in a statement Monday that Northam was scheduled to participate in Friday’s celebration that will also mark the school’s 326th anniversary. But after conferring with Northam’s office, Rowe says he won’t be part of the program.

Under the circumstances Rowe says Northam’s “presence would fundamentally disrupt the sense of campus unity we aspire to and hope for with this event.”

Northam, who is facing calls from within his own party to resign, denies being in the photo even though he had apologized for it Friday and said previously that he was in it.

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9:10 a.m.

The Republican speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates says there’s little appetite to try to impeach the state’s embattled governor and that he should step down instead.

Speaker Kirk Cox repeated calls Monday for Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to step down because of a photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook that shows someone in blackface.

Northam denies being in the yearbook photo even though he had apologized for it Friday and said previously that he was in it.

Asked whether lawmakers could seek to remove Northam, Cox said lawmakers would be hesitant to do so because it would amount to overturning an election. He said there would be a very high standard for removal. He said he hopes the governor steps down instead.

He said that “regardless of the veracity of the photograph the governor has lost the confidence of the people and cannot effectively govern.”

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6 a.m.

Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, is clinging to office amid rising calls from within his own party to resign over a photo of someone in blackface in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

Northam denies being in the yearbook photo even though he had apologized for it Friday and said previously that he was in it.

The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus said Sunday that Northam “still does not understand the seriousness of his actions.”

California Rep. Karen Bass, a fellow Democrat, says she thinks Northam is being “dishonest.” She has told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Virginia governor knew this picture was there and could’ve been open about it decades ago with African-Americans that he’s close to.

Northam worshipped Sunday at his home church, the predominantly black First Baptist in Capeville, but otherwise kept out of sight as calls intensified for him to step down.

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