Good Morning, RVA: Ks, Council, grocery stores, and transportation dollars

Spring returns and the wind sticks around—strap down your bonnets!

Photo by Trevor Dickerson

Good morning, RVA! It’s 48 °F, and we’re back to spring-like weather again. Highs today should settle into the mid-70s, and the sun will warm all of our charming faces. You should still expect lots of wind though.

Water cooler

Richmond Police are reporting a murder on the 200 block of N. 8th Street in the early morning hours of Sunday. Herbert L. Brown Jr., 32, was found shot to death in a vehicle parked beside the curb. This is the 19th homicide in 2016.

Did you run the Ks this weekend? All 10 of them? The results are available online, if, for some reason, you haven’t been checking them obsessively over the last 48 hours. Richmonder Silas Frantz took first place with a time of 30:46 and a 4:57 per mile pace. Whoa.

It’s the second Monday of April, and you should know what that means: It’s City Council night! You can find the full agenda here (PDF) and you should follow the #rvacouncil hashtag on Twitter. New tonight is the first prime-time conversation about the budget! Thrilling!

Also, students from Open High are organizing another walkout today to protest conditions in City schools. Chris Bolling, who we think very highly of, tells WRIC more.

Rejoice in a cautiously optomistic way, East Enders! Ned Oliver has word that a real-deal grocery store may finally be headed to the intersection of N. 25th Street and Nine Mile Road. I know, I know, do we really need Yet Another Grocery Store (YAGS)? In Carytown, no. But in Church Hill, yes! The RRHA’s T.K. Somanath says more info will be available next month, so until then we wait and hope nothing goes awry.

Here’s a fairly dense piece by Robert Zullo in the RTD about the regional funding situation for the GRTC–which sounds like it won’t improve any time soon. One of the rising costs for GRTC is providing federally-required service for folks with disabilities, and so they must balance the equation: Costs to provide services to those with disabilities go up, funding for the system as a whole stays flat, now they must choose where/what to cut. Jarrett “Bus Genius” Walker just tweeted this article in the Seattle Times about their transit system partnering with Lyft and Uber to help provide services for the disabled and lower the cost of doing so. This seems terrifying/interesting.


Briante Weber has officially signed a deal with the Miami Heat.

  • Squirrels finished their home-but-not-home series against Hartford with a win (after having lost the three previous games). They’ll head up to Reading today and start that series at 6:35 PM.
  • Kickers downed Rochester, 1-0.
  • Nats had their Saturday game against the Marlins postponed and won their Sunday game, leaving them with a 3-1 record heading into a new series with the Braves tonight at 7:05 PM.

This morning’s longread

Beyoncé ELLE Magazine Cover Story

You can’t go wrong starting your week off with a Beyoncé interview.

With “Formation,” Beyoncé declared herself an artist willing to use her power to provoke difficult but necessary conversations about the most fraught topics in American life. In other words, she’s not just going to keep wearing her crown, she’s going to keep earning it–“I dream it, I work hard, I grind till I own it”–every step of the way. Here, she talks about what people don’t understand about her work, and why even designing a line of leggings can be a feminist act.

This morning’s Instagram

Broad Street at the start of the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond. The lady in the brown hat is happy to be there!

A photo posted by Dennis Parrish (@parysch) on

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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