Good Morning, RVA: Ready for rain?

Your weekend plans for disc golf are probably ruined.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 35 °F, and Richmond’s weather yo-yo continues to yo. Today’s highs sink back to the low-40s, while an incoming system spoils the afternoon (and most of Saturday) with rain.

Keep your eye on Monday: there’s a chance of rain, snow showers, and a sub-freezing night.

Water cooler

City Council is talking baseball again, although I’m not sure they’re actually saying anything. The RTD’s Graham Moomaw has a long piece on Council’s recent decision to not make any more decisions about baseball for a hot second. The reasons for the delay seem pretty legit, and the tenor of the conversations seems respectful.

A Graham Moomaw double whammy! In this second piece, he brings word of $3 million of renovations coming to Kanawha Plaza. The park has always struck me as something out of the Brutalist movement (which I just learned has nothing to do with being brutal) and could defiantly use some greening or softening. Here’s an architectural drawing that (I think) depicts the coming changes, and here’s the current state of affairs for comparison.

Remember how the governor broke seven ribs falling off a horse and went about his business like it was totally no big deal? Well, after a quick trip to the hospital–because, turns out, a ton of broken ribs can be a big deal–the gov is back in action.

The king of Saudi Arabia died. It may or may not mean some things. The New York Times has more.

Looking for stuff to do this weekend? Look no further than this week’s 5 Things, 5 Things for Families, and, of course, our events calendar.


Y’all, this UVA basketball team is good. Last night they held Georgia Tech to just 28 total points, the lowest score in a regular season ACC game ever. It’s the third time they’ve held an opponent to fewer than 30 points this year! Dang!

  • #2 Wahoos allowed 28 total points against Georgia Tech, moving to 18-0.
  • Hokies fell to Notre Dame, their sixth straight loss. They’ll face UVA on Sunday at 1:00 PM, ending their run of four consecutive opponents ranked in the top 15.
  • #16 Rams return to action tonight against Saint Louis at 7:00 PM. These aren’t the Billikens we’ve grown to respect and expect.
  • Spiders travel to Ohio to take on the 15-3 Dayton Flyers this Saturday at 7:00 PM. Spiders are running hot after a big win over Davidson last Saturday.

This morning’s longread

Sorority Anti-Rape Idea: Drinking on Own Turf

I had no idea sororities were mostly dry nationwide, and I certainly wouldn’t have guessed insurance fees were a contributing factor.

Sororities slash costs by banning alcohol. Cindy H. Stellhorn, a broker at MJ Insurance in Indianapolis who handles policies for 19 national sororities, estimated that policies cost $25 to $50 a year per sorority member. Fraternity members pay about $160 apiece, according to the Fraternity Executives Association, largely because of accidents fueled by alcohol, like fights and people falling off roofs.

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