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Today’s beautiful weather may be interrupted by my continual sneezing.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 54 °F, and today’s forecast includes temperatures right around 80 °F, a bit of clouds, a bit of sunshine, and a buttload of pollen. The weekend weather has made a turn for the wonderful, so take advantage of it, but beware the chance for thunderstorms Sunday night.

Water cooler

The RTD’s Zachary Reid tells me that Richmond Schools Superintendent Dana Bedden has hired Melissa Rickey as the new principal of Binford Middle. She’s young (35), has experience in arts-integrated curriculums, and was the assistant principal at Chesterfield County’s James River High School. She’s like the Will Wade of principals!

This is a pretty rad art project by Freeman student Lillian Cook, and good on Freeman’s administration for allowing 94 massive photos to be pasted up all over the school cafeteria.

CBS News is reporting that B.B. King died last night at the age of 89.

What does it mean that the new Mad Max film has gotten universally positive reviews?

There is an insane amount of stuff going on in town this weekend, attempt them all if you dare!


  • Squirrels won at Bowie, 7-2. That gives them nine wins in the last 11 games, and they are now no longer in last place! The series against Bowie resumes tonight at 6:35 PM.
  • Kickers take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 7:00 PM tomorrow.
  • Nats fell to the Padres, 3-8, the series picks up tonight at 10:10 PM.
  • Wizards face the Hawks in a must-win game six tonight at 7:00 PM.

What to expect

  • Wedding Week concludes!
  • Beer news!
  • Your final Riverrock preview because Riverrock starts tonight!

This morning’s longread

The Global Market

In this landscape, the lowly strip mall is the unheralded signpost of cultural change. Ubiquitous, ever the architectural underachiever, strip malls rarely get the credit they deserve as portals to other cultures, the humble shelters of side-by-side universes or for what they really are: down payments on the American dream.

So sure, this mall, Tuckernuck Square, may be anchored by that cacophonous purgatory of birthday pizza parties, Chuck E. Cheese. But next door, at the Royal European deli, it’s possible to buy mayonnaise from the Ukraine.

Checkout Style Weekly’s cover story from a couple weeks back, really great stuff. I could read a million more words about how food helps make Richmond feel like home to folks from other places.

This morning’s Instagram

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