Good Morning, RVA: It’s hot o’ clock

Unofficial summer is officially here.

Photo by: Steve Crane

Good morning, RVA! It’s 64 °F, and today’s high could hit 90 °F–same for the rest of the week, too. We’re not screwing around anymore: Unofficial summer is here.

Water cooler

BEES! I love that bees have gone from a pest to A Very Important and Revered Part of the Ecosystem. Zachary Reid has the buzz on some local bee keepers and mentions section 38-154.1 of the Richmond code which declares a nuisance any “infestation by bats, rodents, insects, arachnids, or vermin, including, but not limited to, rats, mice, bees, flies, fleas, cockroaches, bed bugs, spiders, ants, silverfish, termites, and powder-post beetles.” That’s a group that seems like it shouldn’t include the honorable bee. But, augh, can you imagine an infestation of silverfish?

Speaking of augh, hearing Rachael Flynn–former Richmond planning all-star, current Oakland planning all-star–talk about her disappointment with the recent Kanawha Plaza redesign really stings.

Brent Baldwin at StyleWeekly works through this summer’s live music calendar via a series of hashtag jokes. #jorts shows up twice.

Vox combines the data from two surveys by Durex to take a look at sex around the world. Sex, maps, and chartsandgraphs all in one article!


  • Squirrels took the series from Bowie with a 6-1 win yesterday. They face Harrisburg tonight at home at 6:35 PM.
  • Nats beat the Cubs, 2-1. They’ve won eight of the last nine and currently sit atop the National League Eastern Division. The series with the Cubs continues tonight at 7:05 PM.

What to expect

As you return to the grind, expect:

  • Some excellent summertime reading selections
  • The Tomboy Trap
  • A three-part report on Virginia’s Indian tribes
  • And, since you were probably busy yesterday, we’ll do a bit of rehashing

This morning’s longread

Anders Breivik’s Inexplicable Crime

Like many Norwegians, I cried when I learned what had happened, and in the days following. The assault penetrated every defense, for the deaths we were used to seeing in the media had always happened in other places, in foreign cities and countries, but this had happened in our own world, in the midst of things so well known and familiar that we couldn’t see it coming. It had happened at home.

From yesterday’s piece about a Norwegian prison to this piece about Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people in 2011. It’s really interesting to see how other countries–with massively different cultures from ours–deal with these horrible situations that can unfortunately feel uniquely American. Warning: At the end everything goes off the rails as the author blames video games.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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