Good Morning, RVA: Is this gonna be forever?

Rain continues to put a damper on fun.

Photo by: Surrounded by Light

Good morning, RVA! It’s 58 °F, and guess what? More rain! Will it ever end? Yes, I think tomorrow we’ll emerge from our watery prisons–we may not see a whole lot of the sun, but I think we’ll be able to leave the umbrellas at home for the first time in a while.

Water cooler

WTVR anchor Stephanie Rochon passed away last night after eight months of treatment for cancer. has a bunch of tributes and remembrances up on their homepage.

It’s here! RVANews Live #003 is tonight! Come and join us at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond to learn about our city, what makes it work, and what’s in store for our future after the Big Bike Race™ packs up and leaves town. Doors open at 5:00 PM, the panel action start at 5:30 PM, and tickets are $15. Tomorrow it’ll all be over and you won’t have to hear me talk about it again (until #004 rolls around, at least)!

There’s something comforting about having the baseball stadium dominate headlines again–even if it’s just super embarrassing finger pointing from almost everyone involved. What’s the maximum number of years we can all go being emotionally invested in the outcomes of this whole thing without ever really having any outcomes at all?

Because I’m having a hard time keeping track, here’s the list of the Democratic presidential candidates (four) and the list of Republican presidential candidates (nine). Just think, we’re only just beginning the 2016 election cycle!

Speaking of elections, we’ve got a primary coming up on Tuesday. Yesterday, Susan Howson wrote up a list of elections for folks living in parts of the City proper.

Vox pulls together the current set of research about “hot streaks” in sports. There’s a screenshot of NBA Jam featuring Scottie Pippen, which is reason enough to read.


  • Squirrels lost a close one to Portland, 3-4. They wrap up that series today at 11:00 AM.
  • Nats were shut out by the Blue Jays, host the Cubs tonight at 7:05 PM.

What to expect

Thursday brings:

  • Food news
  • 5 Things
  • How you can help out FeedMore

This morning’s longread

Everyday Sexism Project: Dress Codes and Rape Culture

This sends an incredibly powerful message. It teaches our children that girls’ bodies are dangerous, powerful and sexualised, and that boys are biologically programmed to objectify and harass them. It prepares them for college life, where as many as one in five women is sexually assaulted but society will blame and question and silence them, while perpetrators are rarely disciplined.

The problem is often compounded by a lack of any attempt to discipline boys for harassing behavior, which drives home the message that it is the victim’s responsibility to prevent. We have received thousands of testimonies from girls who have complained about being verbally harassed, touched, groped, chased, followed, licked, and assaulted at school, only to be told: “he just likes you”, or: “boys will be boys”. The hypocrisy is breath taking.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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