Good Morning, RVA: A rainy, gross tax day

Gotta give the tax man his due.

Good morning, RVA! It’s almost 70 °F out there, but don’t let that fool you into playing hooky. For almost the entirety of today, we’ve got a greater than 50% chance of rain or thunderstorms, and there’s a freeze warning in effect from 3:00 – 9:00 AM Wednesday morning. What gives!

Water cooler

Did you see the lunar eclipse? I did not, but I did see a ton of pictures in this NASA-owned Flickr group.

Style Weekly’s Ned Oliver called last night’s City Council meeting a “weird, chaotic” mess. The whole thing’s almost too embarrassing (on all accounts) to link to, but Graham Moomaw at the RTD has the story, if you must. In the real-news portion of our city government, they approved a 30-year, one-dollar lease of Monroe Park to the nonprofit Monroe Park Conservancy.

University of Richmond alum Chris Hamby won a Pulitzer in investigative reporting for his “reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.”

It’s tax day! If you didn’t already know that, well, it’s probably too late to do anything about it. You can get free French fries from Arby’s today if it makes you feel any better about sending those checks off to the government.

It’s also the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Photo by: Philip Taylor PT

This morning’s longread

The trouble with too much T

This is a brutal article, that feels like it can’t possibly have been written in the 21st Century, about what it means to be one of the world’s elite female athletes.

Since the athletes were all born as girls but also had internal testes that produce unusually high levels of testosterone for a woman, doctors proposed removing the women’s gonads and partially removing their clitorises. All four agreed to undergo both procedures; a year later, they were allowed to return to competition.

This morning’s Instagram

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