Good Morning, RVA: Almost paradise

The beautiful weather continues in a beautiful way.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 62 °F, which is a bit chilly if your early-morning form of transportation has two wheels or lacks a roof. If that’s the case, maybe throw on your jeans jacket. This afternoon’s looking a bit warmer, with highs in the mid-80s, but just as beautiful as yesterday.

Water cooler

Saveur cofounder Colman Andrews, writing for Departures Magazine, has declared Richmond “the next great American food city.” Two things to know when deciding, for yourself, whether or not this is a Big Deal. First, Andrews is A Guy in food circles. Second, Departures Magazine is only available to American Express Platinum cardholders. This is a magazine to which I will never subscribe. Luckily the ever-industrious Karri Piefer has a grainy scan of the article on

A couple of days after the Washington Post’s editorial board announced they would no longer use the word “Redskin,” the RTD’s Michael Paul Williams confesses his growing unease with the word and calls on Bon Secours and the city to change the name of the training camp. It’s one thing for editorialists to avoid using the word, it’s a totally different thing when Tony Dungy avoids it.

Headline of the day, from WTVR: Chesterfield considers changing rules when it comes to cats in the county.

Is your iPhone 5 battery a total piece of crap? Mine is. Luckily, I’m eligible for a replacement under a new recall program from Apple. Just hit the previous link, and enter your serial number (Settings > General > About) to see if you’re eligible.


  • Squirrels over Altoona, 5-4. That win, combined with some other stuff around the league, guarantees them a trip to the playoffs. Only three more games against Altoona (tonight’s begins at 7:00 PM) before the Squirrels return home for their last regular-season series on Friday.
  • Nats lost a close one to the Phillies, 2-3. They’ll try again tonight at 7:05 PM.

This morning’s longread

You Can’t Quit Cold Turkey

Jared and I have a lot in common, but in a couple of key ways we’re different. My athletic peak was church league basketball. Lorenzen is the all-time leading passer at Kentucky and earned a Super Bowl ring backing up Eli Manning for the Giants.

The other thing is, I’m just an everyday fat guy. Jared Lorenzen’s fat went viral.

Photo by: sandy’s dad

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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