Good Morning, RVA: Close but snow cigar

There’s snow on the ground, but the city has not ground to a halt!

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 32 °F, it snowed, and the city did not fall into abject panic. I’m so proud of everyone! Highs today are in the mid-40s, and later this afternoon you can even expect some sunshine. By the time you sit down for dinner tonight, any visual reminders of winter may be gone. Onward! To spring!

There are, however, a few delays due to the weather:

  • VCU will open at 11:00 AM.
  • UR will open at 10:30 AM.
  • Hanover County schools will open two hours late.

Everyone else: Business as usual!

Water cooler

Richmond Police are reporting Richmond’s 12th murder of 2016. Thomas Jones, 54, was shot to death this past Wednesday on the 1300 block of 29th Street.

Yesterday, we published the second entry in our ongoing education series: “What’s all this about teacher salaries?” If you’re confused, and you probably should be because a lot of this stuff isn’t abundantly straightforward, Teresa Cole will walk you through the whole situation. It’s important to wrap your head around this stuff soon because…

The mayor is due to submit his proposed FY 2017 Richmond (Biennial) Government Budget to city council today at 3:00 PM. We’ll know tons more about his plans to fund (or not fund) school facilities, teacher salaries, leaf pickup, and snow removal–all kinds of stuff! On March 14th, council and school board will hold a joint meeting to suss everything out (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Richmond Police Academy). Keep an eye on the Office of Budget and Strategic Planning website for a budget PDF if that kind of thing sounds like a sweet way to spend your weekend.

Style Weekly has the almost exact coal ash primer I’ve been looking for, and you should read it in its entirety. One thing to keep in mind as your read: Dominion is not putting coal ash into the river. They’ve asked for, and received, permission to put treated coal ash wastewater into the river. The question is if that’s totally fine or gross and unacceptable and we’re gonna end up with a river full of Blinkys. Oh! Also! Richmond’s drinking water is sucked out of the river 50 miles downstream. So there’s that.

Also in Style is the mega sad news that White Horse Tavern is closing. The only thing that makes me less sad is who will be taking over the spot.

Vox has a recap of last night’s Republican debate, which, whoa, was a thing to behold. Primaries continue this weekend.

What in the world! Kendrick Lamar has a new album out today and the fourth season of House of Cards dropped?! What did we do to deserve these Friday gifts??


  • Hokies finish up on Saturday by hosting #7 Miami at 4:00 PM on the ACC Network.
  • Spiders close things out in Fairfax against George Mason at 6:00 PM on Saturday on ASN.
  • Rams head to Dayton for a chance to win the Atlantic 10 outright Saturday at 8:00 PM on CBS Sports Network.
  • #4 Wahoos wrap their season against #11 Louisville on Saturday at 8:30 PM on ESPN.

This morning’s longread

The man who made ‘the worst video game in history’

The same guy that made Yar’s Revenge made E.T.??

“Couldn’t you do something more like Pac-Man?” he asked.

It was July 1982 and Atari, then one of the world’s most successful tech companies, had just paid a reported $21m for the video game rights to Spielberg’s new blockbuster, ET the Extra-Terrestrial.

Howard Scott Warshaw was the programmer tasked with designing the game.

“I was stunned,” says Warshaw. “Here was Steven Spielberg, one of my idols, suggesting that I knock off the game! My impulse was to go, ‘Well, gee, Steven, couldn’t you make something more like The Day The Earth Stood Still?'”

This morning’s Instagram


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