The Latest: Northam shows signs of trying to move forward

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The Latest: Northam shows signs of trying to move forward
In this Feb. 2, 2019, photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, accompanied by his wife, Pam, speaks during a news conference in the governor's mansion in Richmond, Va. Democrats are hoping there’s a silver lining to the Northam mess - that it shows they won’t tolerate racism. Every level of the party has condemned the Democratic Virginia governor and demanded he step down. That follows disclosure that his medical school yearbook page features photos of a man in blackface standing with someone dressed in Klu Klux Klan attire.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from a racist photo that appeared on the 1984 medical school yearbook page of Virginia’s governor (all times local):

2: 15 p.m.

Despite pressure to resign, Virginia’s governor is showing signs of trying to move forward with public business by offering condolences to a fallen state trooper.

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statement Tuesday paying tribute to State Trooper Lucas Dowell, who was killed in the line of duty this week.

The most-awaited statement from Northam is whether he will resign over a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. The photo became public Friday.

Northam has been huddling privately with advisers to figure out his course amid mounting calls to resign.

Northam’s condolence message was met on Twitter with a mixture of sympathy for the fallen officer and calls for the governor to step down.

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2 p.m.

Eastern Virginia Medical School alumni say a racist photo on Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 yearbook page is likely to have gone unnoticed after it was first published.

Several say students were too busy in the intense program to pay much attention.

Dr. John “Rob” Marsh was Northam’s roommate for two years before graduating in 1983.

Marsh says the yearbook was put out after graduation, when he and Northam both rushed off to the military. Others were beginning their medical residencies.

The photo depicts someone in blackface standing next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Northam says it’s not him in the photo, but there have been a barrage of calls for the 59-year-old Democrat’s resignation.

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8:15 a.m.

Amid the political upheaval over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page featuring a racist photograph, a woman who accused the state’s lieutenant governor of sexual assault is consulting with a law firm.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax strongly denied the allegations Monday. They were initially circulated on a conservative website.

A person close to the legal team who’s not authorized to speak publicly says the woman accusing Fairfax has retained Washington law firm Katz Marshall & Banks and is consulting about next steps. The person insisted on anonymity.

A firm founding partner, Debra Katz, represented Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago when they were teenagers. He denied the allegation and was confirmed to the court.

The Associated Press is not reporting the Fairfax allegation because the organization hasn’t confirmed it.

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Associated Press writer Julie Pace contributed from Washington.