Good Morning, RVA: It’s Monday, I guess?

Bye weekend, I feel like we didn’t even get to hangout.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 43 °F, which is cold, but not too cold. That works well as today’s forecast: cold, but not too cold, with highs in the 50s, and some sun (but not too much sun) later this afternoon.

Water cooler

The RTD’s Jacob Geiger has a long look into Richmond’s homebrewing scene that, just like its craft brewing scene, is on overdrive. Because I’m a stereotypical, bearded Richmonder, I have a homebrew lager that’s fermenting away as we speak.

Senator Ted Cruz announced that he’ll run for president in 2016–making him the first candidate to do so. WTVR reports that he’ll stop by Liberty University today to make the formal announcement.

Did you know that last year the IRS paid out almost $6 billion in fraudulent tax returns?. Vox has more on the boring-yet-interesting topic.


  • Wahoos took an early exit from the tournament, losing to Michigan State 54-60 and totally crushing my what was left of my bracket.
  • Spiders downed Arizona State, 76-70 in overtime. They’ll host Miami tonight tomorrow, in the NIT quarterfinals.
  • The Jets blanked the Caps, 0-3.

This morning’s longread

How chef Peter Chang stopped running and started empire-building

But to take advantage of the American system, Chang and his family would first have to outmaneuver the Chinese government with some early-morning cloak and dagger. One day in June 2003, just before his contract was up, Chang arose early and made breakfast for the ambassador, still fast asleep. The chef knew he was being watched during his final days at the embassy, so he was cautious. He, Lisa and Lydia grabbed just enough personal items to make it look as if they were going for a walk in the park.

And then they fled the embassy forever.

This morning’s Instagram

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