Good Morning, RVA: Fantastic fall Friday

As far as fall Fridays go, they don’t get much better than this.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 56 °F, and hello perfect Friday. Highs today will rest comfortably in the mid-70s, while the sun will shine in a cloudless sky. It’s an awesome fall day!

Saturday looks equally as beautiful, but keep an eye out for colder temperatures on Sunday. I think we’ll see legitimate sweater weather next week.

Water cooler

There’s trouble brewing amongst the RPS School Board. First, read this story from last week about School Board member Tichi Pinkney Eppes leaking confidential student information. Then, just last night, the Board voted to censure her and remove her from the student disciplinary committee. Finally, for context, remember this story from June 2013 when Eppes told a fellow board member she would “whoop her ass.”

Here’s Mark Holmberg being Mark Holmberg about the breathless tone the media has had when covering Ebola over the past couple of weeks. Full disclosure: both Holmberg and I are part of “the media.” He suggest that if you’re truly freaked out about Ebola, you donate basic supplies to hospitals in the affected countries.

The VMFA’s Forbidden City exhibit opens tomorrow, and our own Nathan Cushing took a tour earlier this week. Also part of the exhibit are a pair of 3D printers recreating the entire Forbidden City in scale form. Something old, something new!

Looking for ways to fill this beautiful weekend? How about taking a look at this awesome list of things, or maybe this one, or, if you’re feeling especially brave, our events calendar?


  • Hokies fell to Pittsburgh, 16-21, eliminating themselves from any hopes of a division championship.
  • Wahoos take on the 5-1 Duke Blue Devils at 12:30 PM on the ACCN.
  • Washington will look for their second win, this time against the Titans on Sunday at 1:00 PM on CBS.
  • The 2014 World Series will begin Tuesday when the Royals host the Giants.

This morning’s longread

Mindy Kaling On Refusing To Be An Outsider And Sexism On Set

Two great takeaways from the end of this interview with Mindy Kaling. The first: what she must resort to for her decisions to be taken seriously on the set of The Office. The second: the following quote about spending your time doing stuff instead of talking about doing stuff.

And I think as women, you know, if you are considered a pioneer in these things, you can get really distracted by these other things — you know, people’s demands of you reflecting on your otherness…And I think that it’s insidious to be spending more of your time reflecting and talking about panels, and talking more and more in smart ways about your otherness, rather than doing the hard work of your job.

This morning’s Instagram

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