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Republican Glenn Youngkin is highlighting cases of alleged sex crimes in schools to help repair the GOP's standing in the Virginia suburbs, where educated moms and dads have turned against Donald Trump’s Republican Party. Youngkin’s suburban strategy in the Virginia governor's race emphasizes an approachable image and "kitchen table” issues like taxes, public safety and education, while largely avoiding Trump. Youngkin has also tried to link his education platform to the frustrations of activist groups already animated by school coronavirus pandemic restrictions, transgender policies and classroom curricula they see as too liberal and un-American. Trump has endorsed Youngkin. Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s campaign privately concedes the race is a toss-up.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, has been released from a Washington hospital after an overnight stay early in his 12-day visit to the United States. Bartholomew is 81 and is scheduled to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House. He's also scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said the patriarch is feeling well. Bartholomew is considered first among equals alongside other Orthodox patriarchs, a position of prominence rather than direct power.

A former Georgetown University tennis coach is expected to plead guilty Monday in Boston federal court in the ongoing college admissions bribery case. Gordon Ernst was accused of accepting more than $2 million to help the children of wealthy parents get into the school in Washington. The 54-year-old had been slated to face trial in November. Prosecutors say in the plea deal that they'll recommend Ernst serve no more than four years in prison. Ernst has agreed to plead guilty to multiple counts of federal programs bribery and forfeit $3.4 million earned from the scheme.