Good Morning, RVA: Potholes and beers as big as your head

Warm weather, killer potholes, and SPORTS.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 65 °F, and it’s gonna be a hot one out there today. Highs could break into the 90s–and I’m not talking about Doc Martens and oversized flannel shirts tied around our waists. No, ditch those socks and sleeves, and move all of your meetings out of doors, for today is a good one.

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The Flying Squirrels return home today to face Erie at 6:35 PM. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather to eat some fried food, drink a beer as big as your head, and have your daily conversation about Richmond’s new ballpark inside of Richmond’s old ballpark! Tickets are just $7.

Two crime updates today. First, police have arrested three people in connection with this week’s broad-daylight jewelry store murder. Second, while searching the canal for the body of Randall Collins, who went missing several weeks ago, police found the body of a different, unidentified man.

Here’s a picture of reporter Mark Holmberg sitting inside of a pothole on I-95 downtown. Luckily no one was hurt, and VDOT had the pothole fixed and lanes reopened by 4:00 AM today.

This is a pro medical marijuana editorial in the Richmond Times Dispatch.

The 2014 NFL Draft begins tonight at 8:00 PM on ESPN. The Houston Texans have the first pick, and the Redskins, having traded away their first round pick, will have to wait until the second round. Virginia Tech DB Kyle Fuller and Virginia OT Morgan Moses are both expected to go in the first round. Former Deep Run and Virginia Tech standout Atone Exum is expected to go in the third or fourth rounds.

This morning’s longread

In ballpark fight, Jones taps into his inner Wilder

A scathing editorial from the RTD’s Jeff Schapiro about the mayor and his quest for a downtown ballpark.

Elected in 2008 and re-elected four years later, Jones ran as the non-Wilder, promising to be conciliatory and collaborative. That Jones isn’t–at least when it comes to the proposed stadium, arguably his monument to himself as he nears the close of his final term–seems rooted in the growing distance between the mayor and the masses.

This is not someone who walks among the people he serves, unless he’s being served at one of Richmond’s tonier restaurants. Jones doesn’t as much govern as show up–often late.

Photo by: Nina Matthews Photography

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Ross Catrow

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