Good Morning, RVA: Enjoy it while it lasts

Soak up as much of the beautiful weather as you can today, beacuse cold, clouds, and rain move in tonight.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 62 °F and highs today will hit the upper 70s. It’s the perfect first day of Spring Break–but soak it up, kids. A cold front moves in tonight, bringing with it clouds, rain, and cold temperatures that will take until Friday from which to recover.

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There’s a total lunar eclipse tonight around 3:00 AM. Also at 3:00 AM: a 40% chance of rain and clouds will cover 93% of the sky. This will make catching a glimpse of the eclipse…challenging.

City Council meets tonight at 6:00 PM, and you can check the full agenda here. Of note this week: purchasing football helmets for George Wythe High School, the Monroe Park renovation plan and lease, and switching council from a twice-monthly to a monthly meeting schedule.

The Flying Squirrels (7-4) take on Reading (7-3) at 6:35 PM tonight. It’s your last chance to catch the Squirrels in Richmond with beautiful weather until at least next Friday. General admission tickets are just seven bucks.

Tomorrow’s the deadline for submitting your tax return to the IRS. As of this past Thursday the IRS had received 100 million tax returns and expected 35 million more to roll in by tomorrow. If you miss the deadline you will pay 5% of your unpaid balance per month; better request an extension and avoid the penalty if that’s the case.

Passover begins tonight at sundown.

This morning’s longread

How to buy college football players, in the words of a man who delivers the money

More proof (as if you needed it) that our system of college athletics is terribly broken. This article sets out exactly what I’d been telling myself only happens in movies or Friday Night Lights as an everyday occurrence.

“I had this one kid, great player, good guy. Never got in trouble, but never did much on the field. But he’s calling me all the time. ‘Hey, the sunroof in my car is leaking,’ he says, so I tell him to come meet me. $150. Two days later it’s: ‘Hey, I’m going out this weekend with a girl, can you help me?’ $200. Next week after that he’s got $300 in parking tickets. So one day I go to meet him to give him money and I ask, “Hey man, aren’t you a business major? Have y’all learned what ROI means yet? It means return on investment, and at this rate I’m going to need to start seeing some touchdowns.'”

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