Good Morning, RVA: Gotta get down on Friday

A chance of storms this afternoon may put a damper on your Friday night plans.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 46 °F, it’s Friday, and whatever happened to Rebecca Black? There’s a chance of strong storms this afternoon and evening, but the rest of the weekend looks great!

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NASCAR takes to the track tonight with the Nationwide Series (assuming it doesn’t get rained out) and the Sprint Cup Race tomorrow. Northside residents: that sound you’ll hear floating through the evening sky, that is the sound of America.

The Flying Squirrels return to The Diamond tonight (assuming they don’t get rained out). If the weather doesn’t go their way, you can always pick up tickets for tomorrow’s game.

Governor McAuliffe announced that the Commonwealth would apply for a $25 million federal grant dedicated to the planning and construction of bus rapid transit on Broad Street. The total cost of the currently planned route, which stretches from Rocketts to Willow Lawn, is an estimated $49 million. BRT has been in the works, in some fashion or other, since at least 2009.

Don’t forget about Saturday’s dueling Earth Days (1, 2).

If you’re looking for more to cram into your weekend, try here, here, or here.

This morning’s longread

The Dadliest Decade: Why were the nineties so preoccupied with fatherhood?

Read more critical analysis of 90s-era Robin Williams movies than you ever wanted or thought possible.

Between 1978 and 1988, there were a total of three dadventures that made the box-office top-ten for their respective years: Mr. Mom, Back to School, and Three Men and a Baby. But then came the nineties: between 1989 and 1999, ten dadventures hit the box-office top ten, and they’re worth listing in full: Look Who’s Talking; Parenthood; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; Hook; Father of the Bride; Mrs. Doubtfire; The Santa Clause; The Flintstones; Jumanji; and Big Daddy.

Photo by: Jeremy Brooks

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