Good Morning, RVA: Just a regular Wednesday

Snow’s all gone. Back to your regularly scheduled Wednesday.

Photo by: Sky Noir

Good morning, RVA! It’s 27 °F, and today should be filled with clear skies, sunshine, and the sound of children heading back to school–basically the exact opposite of yesterday. Highs will just barely crack 40 °F, so don’t go too crazy; keep your sweaters on.

Water cooler

Two city council updates from the RTD’s intrepid Graham Moomaw. First, the City will consider outfitting Richmond Police officers with body cameras. Henrico County is already in the midst of rolling out cameras to some of its officers.

Second, a tiny bit of news about the future of the former GRTC bus depot in the Fan. A couple of councilfolks introduced legislation that would allow the City to lease the property for some mostly boring things (better than it sitting there unused, no doubt). More interesting, however, is the final sentence that says the site’s environmental remediation is nearing completion.

Yesterday afternoon, VCU President Michael Rao delivered his State of the University address. The big talking point: competitive compensation for profs–for the lack of which he was more than happy to blame the state government’s recent funding cuts.

I missed this yesterday, but the GRTC showed off some updates to its proposed BRT system. This is a thing that excites me.

Paul Feig announced the cast of the all-female Ghostbusters film he’s writing: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The film’s also got a release date of July 22nd, 2016. Save the date!


  • #14 Rams absolutely dominated Geoege Washington on defense, winning 72-48.
  • Hokies pulled off the upset and beat the Pittsburgh Panthers, 70-67, in overtime. It was the first ACC win of the Buzz Williams era and the end of a 7-game losing streak.
  • Caps fell to the Blue Jacksts, 3-4.
  • Spiders host the 6-12 Duquesne Dukes tonight at 7:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

Writing Your Way to Happiness

The idea of keeping a journal has always appealed to me. This article suggests it also appeals to SCIENCE. Maybe I should get on that?

Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.

The concept is based on the idea that we all have a personal narrative that shapes our view of the world and ourselves. But sometimes our inner voice doesn’t get it completely right. Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.

This morning’s Instagram

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