Good Morning, RVA: Freaky Friday!

The weather takes a turn, but that can’t stop this Friday.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 71 °F, and it is Friday! First and foremost, that’s awesome. Second, there’s a big rain cloud headed our way on the radar this morning–I think today’s the day our run of insanely perfect weather ends. Find your rain gear, because there’s a good chance of thunderstorms.

Water cooler

Eric Cantor announced that he would resign from Congress effective August 18th. In an editorial in today’s RTD he asks the governor to declare November’s election a special election. This would allow the winner to take office immediately and not wait until January.

Remember when ABC agents drew their weapons on a UVA student because they thought the sparkling water she bought was a case of beer? They’ve settled the resulting $40 million lawsuit for $212,500. That’s about half a percent of the original total.

Police arrested a 43-year-old man in connection with the death of two-year-old O’ustin Spratley. EMS were called to Spratley’s house and told he suffered from a medical condition. Richmond police are also investigating a fatal shooting last night on the city’s Southside. If both of these incidents stand as murders they would be the first and only murders in July–bringing the city’s total to 25.

Because list are great, here’s one of the restaurants that have opened in 2014 and one of the festivals in August.

A gas leak in Taiwan cause an underground explosion that killed at least 25 and collapsed city streets. The pictures are crazy.


  • Squirrels acquiesce to Altoona, 5-8. They’ll try again tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • Kickers hit the road to take on Wilmington Hammerheads FC tonight at 7:30 PM.
  • Nats frakked by the Phillies, 10-4, over and out. Rematch today at 7:05 PM.

This morning’s longread

Welcome to Dataland: Design fiction at the most magical place on Earth

Disney + data = magic (and maybe privacy concerns?)

Rubberized, waterproof, and emblazoned with Mickey’s iconic silhouette, the MagicBand bracelets are a part of a new digital parks strategy Disney dubs MyMagic+. Besides wearables, MyMagic+ involves upgrades to in-park terminals for purchases and FastPass line-skipping services, a new vacation management mobile app, and improved back-office crowd management systems for traffic flow logistics.

Photo by: Sky Noir

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