Good Morning, RVA: It’s a hot Monday

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 67 °F, but highs today will reach the mid-90s. The pleasant and temperate weekend is over, and now it’s time to get back to work while, apparently, sweating a whole lot. Things should cool off a bit tomorrow.

Water cooler

Michael Martz has more, I guess, on the ongoing independent freestanding children’s hospital situation. Goodwin still wants to give $150 million, VCU still says it’d cost way, way more than that to build such a facility. Everyone esle is quietly chilling in the background, waiting to see what happens.

State legislators are back for a special session today to talk redistricting after a federal court ruled the current 3rd District unconstitutional. Representative Bobby Scott has held the district since its last redistricting in 1993. VPAP is the place to go when the new, proposed maps drop.

Ryan McKinnon has a nice piece in the RTD about CodeVA and their work to get more kids programming and more teachers teaching computer science in schools. Nerdy disclosure: my son went to their summer Code Camp, which he loved. This past weekend he was working on building a movie using the ScratchJr iOS app.

Richmond’s school board will have a regularly scheduled meeting tonight. You can check the full agenda here which includes a bit about a 1.5% pay raise for substitutes.

Former NAACP chairman and UVA professor Julian Bond died this weekend. I’m still looking for a good longread on Bond (if you have one, send it to me!), but until I find it, his Wikipedia entry will have to do. It’s still all sorts of inspiring.


  • Squirrels went 1-2 against Altoona over the weekend. They’ve got today off.
  • Kickers fell, 1-2, to the Toronto FC II.
  • Nats are now on six-game slide after losing all four to the Giants. The series against the Rockies begins tomorrow, today they’ll take the day off.

This morning’s longread


This piece from August 31, 1946 in the New Yorker is worth however long it takes you to read.

A hundred thousand people were killed by the atomic bomb, and these six were among the survivors. They still wonder why they lived when so many others died. Each of them counts many small items of chance or volition–a step taken in time, a decision to go indoors, catching one streetcar instead of the next–that spared him. And now each knows that in the act of survival he lived a dozen lives and saw more death than he ever thought he would see. At the time, none of them knew anything.

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