Good Morning, RVA: It’s a jungle out there

In more ways than one, am I right?

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 61 °F and rainy. They day will continue to get warmer and wetter as we go–which makes me uncomfortable. It’s the end of November! We should be full-steam-ahead into winter, not sulking through a humid jungle! Colder temperatures hit tomorrow as the weather gets its act together.

Water cooler

Lucille Brown Middle School is in the running for a $100,000 grant from the Northrop Gruman Foundation that would be used to build a STEM lab in the school. To win this grant, they must garner as many Facebook votes today and today only as possible. Lend your clicks and taps to their cause! You can also learn more about the Fab School Labs program right here.

Chesterfield’s Board of Supervisors signed off on their new bike trails plan last night. The headline in that RTD story is pretty misleading: Yeah the plan could cost $360 million, but that’s over 50 years (I’ll do the math for you: $7.2 million per year). You can download the full plan, including a map of proposed trail locations, right here. You can also check out the Bon Air community plan, which also got approved last night, right here. Busy night of supervising!

Also in transportation-related RTD news this morning: an annonymous editorial in support of BRT! It overplays the ease of adjusting the Pulse’s planned route (something that I think would be incredibly challenging) and underplays how important it will be to get folks from the East End connected to the route (something that I hope will be addressed in the companion study). But, I shouldn’t complain! It is fantastic to see them publicly onboard with the project.

Yesterday I asked Twitter what, if anything, that set of Republican Governors could do to prevent Syrian refugees from entering their states. Twitter responded! The Harvard Law Record says “immigration laws are the sole purview of the federal government.” However, the Washington Post says they could make refugees’ lives miserable by terminating health insurance, limiting prenatal care, and withholding money for English-language and employment training programs.

Speaking of, Roanoke’s mayor made national news yesterday by issuing a statement saying Syrian refugees would not be welcomed in the Star City–he also recalled the Japanese internment camps of the 40s. Like, in a “that was a pretty OK policy we had back then” kind of way? George Takei, who actually lived in an internment camp, responded like the amazing dude he is.


  • Spiders took down Wake Forest last night, 91-82. The A-10 is looking good against Power 5 teams!
  • #6 Wahoos (roundball) look to bounce back from the George Washington loss against Bradley tonight in the Charleston Classic. Tipoff is at 9:30 PM on ESPN2.
  • Hokies (roundball) notched their first win of Buzz Williams’s second season last night against Jacksonville State, 71-62.

This morning’s longread

A firsthand account of America’s refugee process

Read through this long stream of tweets to get a feel for how the refugee process works.

I am going to tell you guys the process of how I became an refugee admitted to the United States of American and how long it actually is.

This morning’s Instagram

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