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A second time capsule that was stored at the former site of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond is uncovered on Monday. Photo: Office of the Governor of Virginia/Twitter

Virginia officials on Tuesday opened a second time capsule found at the former site of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond and found Confederate money, a bible, copper coins and more.

Driving the news: On Monday, officials found a second time capsule, and last week, Virginia historians opened a capsule they believed to date to 1887, though it did not hold highly anticipated contents related to the Confederacy.

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  • Historians have been looking for a time capsule with 60 objects detailed in an 1887 newspaper article, including possibly a rare photo of Abraham Lincoln in his coffin that was documented in the report. But, the capsule opened Tuesday did not contain the items historians were looking for.

Catch up quick: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday historians found a second container 11 days after finding the first one, which held books and a British coin, among other objects.

  • The newly discovered capsule is made from copper and matches the size listed in historical records. Northam said initial X-rays show there may be books, coins, buttons and ammunition from the Civil War among in the container.

Flashback: The statue of Virginia's Robert E. Lee was one of dozens of Confederate monuments to come down after the murder of George Floyd in 2020 sparked protests for racial justice.

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Historians open 19th century time capsule found under Lee statue

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (center) watches as the contents of a time capsule from the pedestal that once held the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee are removed. Photo: Virginia first lady Pamela Northam/Twitter

Virginia historians on Wednesday opened a 19th century time capsule found last week in the pedestal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which was removed from Richmond's Monument Avenue this year.

What they're saying: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam denounced the monument's Confederate myth that seeks to minimize slavery's role in the American Civil War, but said the capsule's opening was "an important day for the history" of Virginia as it "gives us an idea what folks were thinking about at this time of our history," per the Washington Post.

Updated 27 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Swastikas found outside Union Station in D.C.

People walk through Union Station on Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Drawings of swastikas appeared etched around the entrance to Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning.

Driving the news: "An investigation is underway with Amtrak Police and the Metropolitan Police Department after swastikas were reported on the exterior of Washington Union Station on Friday," Amtrak spokesperson Kimberly Woods said in a statement to Axios.

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