Good Morning, RVA: Prelude in heat

It is hot today. Do not think about tomorrow.

Photo by: Leo Reynolds

Good morning, RVA! It’s 77 °F, and June’s hot summer weather continues. Today’s heat hovers in the mid-90s, but tomorrow we could see triple digits on the thermometer. There’s no relief in sight, so get used to it, I guess.

Water cooler

Local pastors have organized several, simultaneous prayer vigils today throughout the city in response to the murders in Charleston.

City Council meets tonight, and you can read the agenda here (PDF). As it stands, and the agenda is often subject to changes after it’s posted, on deck for tonight: renaming City Hall to L. Douglas Wilder City Hall, establishing a Richmond Archaeological Commission, and forcing each City department to link to their “audit reports and information concerning the status of implementations of audit recommendations.” School Board will also meet in a special meeting tonight and will discuss, among other things, secondary leveling–which, you’ll remember, made a bunch of folks mad last week.

Speaking of, Mark Robinson over at Richmond Magazine follows up on the cuts that are driving tonight’s School Board meeting. Seems like another example of busted communication between the school system and parents. I can see how everyone involved is frustrated.

After Saturday’s storms–which knocked out electrical service to many folks, including yours truly–almost 800 people remain without power in Richmond City. If that’s you, I am sorry–you probably are and will continue to be very sweaty. You can check the status of your specific outage right here. God speed.

Sweet Briar College is back in action! An influx of $12 million in (theoretical) donations and a release of $16 million from the endowment will keep the college afloat for the next while–we’ll see if the most recent unpleasantness has done irreparable harm to their enrollment and reputation, though. You can read more in the New York Times.


  • Squirrels went two of three against New Britian over the weekend. They finish out that series today at 12:05 PM.
  • Kickers and the Wilmington Hammerheads FC battled to a 0-0 draw.
  • Nats had a great weekend and swept the Pirates. They’ve got today off.
  • D.C. United downed the NE Revolution 2-1.
  • USA and Colombia battle at 8:00 PM in the Women’s World Cup!

What to expect

  • FDA vs. BRT, Round 1!
  • USA vs. Colombia, Round 1!
  • You vs. vegetables, Round 1!
  • Friday Cheers vs. …the world?, Round 1!

This morning’s longread

What Would Happen If All Our Satellites Were Suddenly Destroyed?

Since their inception 60 years ago, satellites have gone on to become an indispensable component of our modern high-tech civilization. But because they’re reliable and practically invisible, we take their existence for granted. Here’s what would happen if all our satellites suddenly just disappeared.

Well this seems far more likely than I would have thought!

This morning’s Instagram

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