Good Morning, RVA: It’s the first day of school

Good luck to students, parents, and teachers.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 76 °F, and I wouldn’t be surprised if today’s highs hit 100 °F. September has decided to punish us for such a pleasant August with its own unbearable heat and humidity–you know, the standard Richmond summer-type stuff.

Will it ever rain again? Only the Shadow knows (but maybe it will later this evening).

Water cooler

It’s the first day of school! Good luck to students! I hope you’ve picked out your very best outfit, thought long and hard about how many shoulders to wear your book bag on, and have procured the best mechanical pencils money can buy. Parents, I hope your mornings are generally tear-free and your afternoons wonderfully quiet. Teachers…god speed.

Remember yesterday when I said People Would Have Opinions about the proposed $250,000 Carytown sign? Well they do! Here’s an official opinion from the RTD’s Michael Paul Williams.

Some jerkface tagged the J.E.B. Stuart Monument in the Fan with what I can only assume is an uneducated attempt at a hammer and sickle. Cool.

WWBT (that’s NBC12) has failed to reach an operating agreement with DirectTV, and as a result, subscribers can no longer watch channel 12 through their DirectTV service. Luckily, you can usually get NBC12 over the air via bunny ears, but man that sounds annoying.


  • Squirrels wrap up the regular season with a big 12-4 win over Binghamton. They have the day off before playoffs begin tomorrow against Altoona.
  • Kickers took LA Galaxy II to a 1-1 draw.
  • Nats downed the Dodgers, 6-4, look to make it two in a row tonight at 10:10 PM.

This morning’s longread

Marvel’s Big Bad is becoming a big problem

Here’s an entire op-ed about Thanos.

In a sense, Thanos has accomplished more good deeds–helping heroes overcome their differences and learning to work together as a team–than bad ones. His master plan better explain why he wanted to create all these groups to stand against him, otherwise he’s officially a dope. At this point, a better comparison for Thanos than Emperor Palpatine is Dr. Claw, the shadowy puppet master from the Inspector Gadget cartoon, who spent the entire series ordering people around while he sat in a chair, and was repeatedly outsmarted by a little girl and her dog. Thanos even kind of sounds like Dr. Claw.

This morning’s Instagram

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