Good Morning, RVA: Fingers crossed

With some luck, we could dodge Ana’s bad weather.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 67 °F, and we may have to deal with the remnants of Tropical Depression Ana this afternoon. Expect highs in the mid-80s, some Richmond-style humidity, and a chance of scattered afternoon storms.

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We’ve done a pretty great job at dodging nasty weather lately, and there’s a chance we could dodge whatever’s left over from Tropical Depression Ana, too. WTVR has some prediction maps for you to look at, but, depending on where you stand this afternoon, you might spend the day perfectly dry.

City Council will meet tonight and topics of discussion may include the budget; today was supposed to be the first opportunity for a final budget vote, but that’s been crossed off the schedule. Council will hold a meeting on May 15th at 12:00 PM to vote on the final budget, budget amendments, and the Richmond Schools budget (which must, by law, be adopted on the 15th). That meeting is open to the public. Here’s the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which includes an item to transfer $10.6M that’s earmarked for Shockoe development to school maintenance. Stay tuned!

I’m interested in Union Bistro & Jazz, a new jazz club that’s opened in the area surrounding VUU. All the folks living in the shiny new apartments at the intersection of Brook and Lombardy are going to need somewhere to hang out, and that area is ripe for some businesses that are not auto shops.


  • This weekend saw the Squirrels extend their win streak to six before losing to Bowie yesterday. They travel to Binghamton tonight.
  • Kickers were blanked by the Charlotte Independence, 3-0.
  • Nats swept the Braves in a three-game series over the weekend, start anew with the Diamondbacks tonight at 9:40 PM.
  • Despite missing John Wall to injury, the Wizards pulled off a 103-101 victory over the Hawks. Theyll play game four tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • Caps lost two in a row to the Rangers, and now the series is tied with game seven scheduled for Wednesday.

What to expect

  • Somebody’s getting married! Maybe it’s you? Maybe it’s your best pal? Whoever it is, today we launch our Wedding Guide with tons of info to help that somebody out.
  • Riverrock is this weekend, prepare yourself.

This morning’s longread

We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED

It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don’t own them. Not according to their corporate lawyers, anyway.

In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere–the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker –told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.”


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Ross Catrow

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