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Good morning, RVA: An explainer, Sally Tompkins, and bulk & brush

Good morning, RVA! It's 41 °F, and, what the heck, highs today will nearly hit 60 °F! Warmer weather continues throughout the week. Enjoy!

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Justin Mattingly has written up an explainer of the Richmond Public Schools facilities plan if you didn't want to read the the giant PDF. High fives to this sentence explaining the relationship of Paul Goldman's Ballot Referendum to getting better school facilities for our students and teachers: "The measure has more to do with the mayor." 🔥

Sarah King covers the 27th annual memorial service for friends and family of homicide victims, which took place this past week. This piece is a good chaser to her profile of Police Chief Alfred Durham, which you should read if you haven't already.

The RTD's Andrew Cain has a long and informative piece about Sally Tompkins, who will be included in the new Virginia Women's Monument at the Capitol and was also...a captain in the Confederate army. This particular monument will consist of 12 bronze statues of women from throughout Virginia's history and a glass wall inscribed with the names of over 200 more Virginian women. I understand that Tompkins accomplished many great things and saved many lives while running her hospital, but you'd have a really hard time convincing me that in all 400 years of Virginia's history there is not a single other woman who'd be just as deserving of recognition but did not serve in the Confederate army.

Edwin Slipeck at Style Weekly writes another charmer about the 100 year anniversary of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral—aka the host of Richmond's annual Greek Festival.

Just an FYI, my new favorite City project, the Cannon Creek Greenway (PDF), heads to Planning Commission today with a recommendation for approval from the Urban Design Committee (with a couple of tweaks to improve access).

The newly revamped Bulk and Brush Collection Program begins today! Whenever your recycle gets picked up, city crews will also pick up bulk and brush items that are not any of these things: mattresses, indoor furniture, construction materials, carpet, car parts, and tires. But other bulky or brushy things, totally A-OK.


  • Rams beat Bucknell, 85-79.
  • Hokies couldn't get it done against Kentucky, losing 87-93.
  • Wahoos downed Davidson, 80-60.
  • Dukes dominated South Dakota State, 51-16, and will advance to the FCS Championship for the second year in a row.
  • Washington conquered the Cardinals, 20-15.

This morning's longread

The most striking thing about the problems of millennials is how intertwined and self-reinforcing and everywhere they are.

From Patron Caitlyn comes this longread about how Boomers have screwed an entire generation of folks.

But generalizations about millennials, like those about any other arbitrarily defined group of 75 million people, fall apart under the slightest scrutiny. Contrary to the cliché, the vast majority of millennials did not go to college, do not work as baristas and cannot lean on their parents for help. Every stereotype of our generation applies only to the tiniest, richest, whitest sliver of young people. And the circumstances we live in are more dire than most people realize.

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Good morning, RVA: Violence, the state's budget, and a train derailment

Good morning, RVA: Continued violence, the Police Chief, and Paul Goldman returns