Good Morning, RVA: Do you feel resurgent?

The state of RVA is resurgent, and the state of the weekend is nigh.

Photo by: grime2jm

Good morning, RVA! It’s 42 °F, and while today’s forecast is “nearly the same” as yesterday’s, I’ll tell you that taking the dogs out this morning is gonna feel a whole heckuva lot more comfortable. Watch out for the wind today, though! If you have a hatch it may behoove you to batten it down.

As for this weekend’s winter weather event, it looks like we’re headed for sleet or rain. We’ll see.

Water cooler

Last night, the mayor declared the state of the city to be “resurgent.” We’ll have a write up later on RVANews, but until then you can check our tweets from last night, or you can read the full text of his speech (PDF), courtesy of WTVR.

Councilman Jon Baliles and Assistant Superintendent Tommy Kranz are proactively working together to expedite school facility repairs should the money set aside for the ballpark ($11 million) go unused. As the mayor said last night in his speech, “…do we demonstrate the maturity to collaborate?” Now it’s his turn.

Poop-N-Barfgate continues at Hampden Sydney, where norovirus (presumably) has now affected a full third of the student enrollment. Classes, sports, and all-you-can-eat buffets are cancelled until Monday.

There’s an absurd amount of beer-related news that happens in this city each week. So much that I’ve begun to gather it all into a weekly column on Fridays. Read it here and get especially stoked on Green Flash 6-packs (available only in Virginia).

Why yes,, I did have every one of these questions about the Keystone XL pipeline (which is not a pipeline for Keystone X-tra Light, unfortunately (fortunately?)).

Each weekend there are many goings-on, find five here, another five here, and an uncountable number here.


  • Caps face the Canadiens at 1:00 PM on Saturday.
  • #14 Rams and the Spiders battle for hometown bragging rights Saturday at 2:00 PM on ESPN2.
  • Hokies take on last-place Wake Forest and look to build a winning streak Saturday at 2:00 PM.
  • #2 Wahoos host #4 Duke Saturday at 7:00 PM in this weekend’s must-see game. Yesterday, Duke dismissed junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon–the first player ever dismissed under Coach K.

This morning’s longread

A Food Sisterhood Flourishes in North Carolina

Stephanie Ganz tipped me off to this article in her weekly food news column. 100 thumbs up emojis to this sentence, which is unrelated to the piece’s thesis: “Her food — dishes like Carolina flounder cooked Hanoi-style and coconut-braised pork — is the antithesis of the new Southern lardcore movement, with its reliance on bourbon, Billy Reid shirts and bacon.” Lardcore!

The idea is that one pork chop in a pan cooks up dry. But two produce enough fat to feed each other, and the results are much better. The pork chop theory is as good an explanation as any for what’s happening in North Carolina, where women dominate the best professional kitchens.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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