Good Morning, RVA: Big stack of bummers

Man, what’s with the bad news today?

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 57 °F. With highs barely cracking 70 °F and a solid chance of rain, today may end our recent streak of stunning weather. All’s not lost, however: warmer weather returns this weekend. Don’t be a dope, take advantage of it!

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Here’s a crazy story about developer Billy Jefferson. Business buddy of infamous, now jailed, tax-credit swindler Justin French, Jefferson will spend the next decade or two in jail for similar crimes.

The founder and CEO of HDL has stepped down either amid “national scrutiny and a federal investigation” or “to help her brother develop a company he started after his wife’s death two years ago.” Which one depends on how conspiratorial you’re feeling this morning.

One of the five new cheetah cubs born at the Metro Richmond Zoo died yesterday. From a release: “Later this morning, she took a turn for the worse, stopped urinating, became unresponsive, and began to struggle with her breathing. She was humanely euthanized to prevent any undue suffering. A necropsy (animal autopsy) will be performed, but this may not determine the reason for her health problems. Milani and her other four cubs continue to thrive.”

Both the United States and India had satellites enter Martian orbit this week. India is the first country to succeed on their first mission to Mars–most of them tend to drift off into space or incinerate in the planet’s atmosphere. The country’s Prime Minister: “When our cricket team wins a tournament, the nation celebrates. Our scientists’ achievement is greater.”


  • Nats mashed the Mets, 4-2. They’ve won 10 of the last 12 and sit at first place in the division with only a few days left in regular-season play. They’ll meet the Mets again tonight at 7:05 PM.

This morning’s longread

This Is Katie F-​-​-ing Ledecky: A Thesis About Kicking Ass

A wonderful article about Katie Ledecky, the world’s greatest swimmer. Time to feel sportsemotions!

Katie Ledecky is 17 years old. She’s a senior at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland. She swims freestyle. That is a bad way to describe what she does, but technically it’s accurate. You have to swim freestyle before you can annihilate freestyle. You have to swim freestyle before you can leave the whole concept of freestyle wrecked and gasping and clutching at air in your wake.

This morning’s Instagram

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