Good Morning, RVA: Friday, I’m in love

Put on your sunglasses because the weekend’s looking bright.

Photo by Taber Andrew Bain

Good morning, RVA! It’s currently 50°F with today’s high expected to reach 70°F with nary a chance of rain.

The weekend looks pretty dang immaculate as October goes. Highs should top off around the low 70s with ample sunshine on both Saturday and Sunday. This may be one of the few jacket-optional weekends we have left this year before winter arrives. Use it wisely.

Water cooler

Employees at the Video Fan have launched a Kickstarter campaign to save the 28-year-old store from extinction. The $35,200 goal will secure the store’s operations for another year, fund a documentary about the Fan institution, and help create a nonprofit to ensure its survival.

Less than two weeks before the election, candidates for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District (the one Eric Cantor held for several years) appeared together to answer questions in their first and only joint appearance before Election Day.

Mark Holmberg reports on a city oversight that resulted in a land parcel in Oregon Hill’s Linear Park falling into  private control. The new owner plans to build a house next to the “Guardians of the Park” monument. Local residents aren’t exactly happy.

Fearful of what your home gas prices will be when winter gets here? Good news: the City is getting cheaper gas, which means (by law) we all get cheaper gas. Hooray! Expect savings between 11 – 20 percent.

Marvel has released the first trailer for next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Vox has a breakdown of what it all means.


  • Hokies lost to Miami 6-30 last night.
  • World Series action resumes tonight as the Giants host the Royals in Game 3. The series is tied 1-1. First pitch is at 8:07 PM on FOX.
  • UVA host the Tar Heels tomorrow at 12:30 PM on ESPN3.
  • DC United, who’ve clinched the top spot in the MLS eastern conference and secured a trip to the playoffs, travel to Montreal for their last regular season match tomorrow at 4:00 PM. You can stream the game on DCU’s official website.

This morning’s longread

The NSA and Me

The suspenseful first-person account of a former NSA worker’s battle to reveal the agency’s illegal activity he witnessed back in the 1960s and 70s, long before Edward Snowden became a household name.

Without the agency’s knowledge, I had obtained the criminal file that the Justice Department had opened on the NSA. Marked as Top Secret, the file was so sensitive that only two original copies existed. Never before or since has an entire agency been the subject of a criminal investigation. Senior officials at the NSA were even read their Miranda rights.

This morning’s Instagram

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Nathan Cushing

Nathan Cushing is a writer, journalist, and RVANews Editor.

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