Good Morning, RVA: Chewie, we’re home

New Star Wars trailer and beautiful weather—that’s all I need for a great weekend.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 57 °F, the high today is nearly 80 °F, and we’ll see the sun plenty. Maybe there’s a chance for some rain after the sun goes down, but nothing to impact your inevitably outdoor happy hour. Good work, Friday!

This weekend looks similarly pleasant, too.

Water cooler

Micahel Paul Williams has some more background on Richmond’s new Chief Adminstrative Officer Selena Cuffee-Glenn. Read it, and then send her a nice email wishing her luck on what is sure to be an incredibly hard job.

A capella! It’s a thing I do not fully understand! Karri Peifer reports that UR’s male group, the Octaves, have won a CARA which are “essentially the Grammys of the a cappella world.” This is great news, and to win it for a dudely cover of Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ is even better news.

This is your reminder that the 2015 Spring Restaurant Week kicks off this coming Monday. If you haven’t made your reservations yet, take a moment to look over the MILLIONS of menus and then do so before everything fills up!

Watch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens second teaser trailer. I don’t care if you’ve already seen it! Watch it again, it’s amazing!

It’s Record Store Day, time to go on the hunt for that limited pink run of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s The Roaring Silence on vinyl. Lots of local, independent record stores are participating in Record Store Day, so get out there and give them your money.


  • Kickers host the Charlotte Independence tomorrow at 7:00 PM in the last home game until May 2nd. Tickets are available online, including a $48 deal that gets you four tickets, four slices of pizza, and four drinks.
  • Squrrels open a series at Reading tonight at 7:05 PM.
  • Nats have put together their first winning streak of the young season, beating the Phillies 5-2. They’ll meet again tonight at 7:05 PM.
  • Caps look to rebound after Wednesday’s lopsided loss to the Islanders at 7:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

An Immense Concentration of Orb-Weaving Spiders With Communal Webbing in a Man-Made Structural Habitat (PDF)

Total numbers of spiders living in the facility on 6 November were estimated at 40.4 million T. guatemalensis hatchlings and 66.8 million non-hatchlings of all species.

A dense, sciencey read about a terrifying spider infestation at a water treatment plant. There are pictures!

What to expect

You can expect the following from us today:

  • The unexpected
  • A flagon of beer news
  • Reassurance that parenting while inexperienced is OK and maybe even great
  • Kickers predictions!
  • A look into the world of wicked plants

This morning’s Instagram

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