Good Morning, RVA: Bundle up and then bundle up again

And don’t forget to let your faucets drip!

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 22 °F, and the cold weather continues. Below-freezing days are the name of the game until probably Tuesday. Plenty of sun this weekend, though.

Water cooler

Ten thumbs up for Henrico Supervisor Tyrone Nelson, who heard the Henrico School Board apologized for teaching kids about white privilege and said, “I’m not really sure what we’re apologizing for.” Michael Paul Williams adds his two cents–which come with the context of having grown up in Richmond shortly after desegregation.

Back in the city proper, earlier this week folks took to the steps of City Hall to rally for Richmond’s public schools. School facilities and teacher salaries will be two of the big issues in this year’s budget talks and, later, elections. Just a general timeline FYI: The budget process kicks in to gear next month and the filing deadline for elections is June 14th.

A couple of days ago the Virgini Pilot ran this profile on potential mayoral candidate Secretary Levar Stoney. Stoney currently serves in the McAuliffe administration as the Secretary of the Commonwealth, which is maybe a thing you did not even know existed! It’s a position with a grab bag of responsibilities that include handling the governor’s appointments and restoration of voting rights.

This recap of a community forum on homelessness held by the city’s Department of Human Services illustrates some of the “gaps in shelter and food service” across the city. Two big changes, the end of meal service at the Salvation Army and the pending closure of Monroe Park for renovations, are pushing nonprofits and the city to work together on filling some of those increasing gaps.

100% of the gun-toting Oregon militants have been removed from federal property. They’ll now face federal charges and a chance to spend some more, mandatory, time on federal property.

Well you guys, Sunday is Valentine’s Day–but you probably knew that. If you didn’t and you need some heart-shaped ideas, take a look through our Valentine’s Day guide. Next up on the weird holiday docket: St. Patrick’s Day.

And, as if you needed another one, there’s a Republican debate this Saturday on CBS at 9:00 PM.


  • Rams dropped their second game in a row, losing to a pretty bad UMASS team on the road, 63-69. They’ll try to get back on track when they host Saint Louis on Satuday at 6:00 PM.
  • Spiders host Fordham at 6:00 PM on Saturday.
  • #7 Virginia heads to Duke on Saturday at 4:30 PM.

This morning’s longread

Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found

Whoa, Science, whoa!

The waves rippled outward in every direction, weakening as they went. On Earth, dinosaurs arose, evolved, and went extinct. The waves kept going. About fifty thousand years ago, they entered our own Milky Way galaxy, just as Homo sapiens were beginning to replace our Neanderthal cousins as the planet’s dominant species of ape. A hundred years ago, Albert Einstein, one of the more advanced members of the species, predicted the waves’ existence, inspiring decades of speculation and fruitless searching. Twenty-two years ago, construction began on an enormous detector, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Then, on September 14, 2015, at just before eleven in the morning, Central European Time, the waves reached Earth. Marco Drago, a thirty-two-year-old Italian postdoctoral student and a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, was the first person to notice them.

This morning’s Instagram

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