Good Morning, RVA: Shorts?

I dunno, maybe!

Photo by: Annie Balint

Good morning, RVA! It’s 55 °F, and oh, no big deal, but the highs today will be in the low 80s. Despite the fact that spring has totally spring, there’s a real-deal cold front rolling in later this week, so take advantage of the perfect weather while you can!

Water cooler

Yesterday was Lesser Super Tuesday–or whatever dumb thing they’re calling it now–and with a victory in Florida, Donald Trump has knocked Marco Rubio out of the race. AND THEN THERE WERE THREE. Trump now has more than half of the delegates he needs to clinch the Republican nomination. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ticket, Clinton picked up wins in each of the Democratic primaries, but only holds a 320-delegate lead (13% of the total delegates needed) over Sanders. The next primaries will be held on March 22nd. Pretty tables and maps at the New York Times.

Taber Bain digs into the data behind Virginia’s Super Tuesday results in this week’s cover story for Style Weekly. There are enough charts, graphs, and maps to slake your data-starved soul for at least several days. My favorite: The table of correlations between voter characteristics (like, “identify ancestry as ‘German'”) and preferred candidate.

Public meeting alert! Tonight at 5:30 PM at the Richmond Main Library, you can check out the designs for the city’s first separated bike lane, aka cycle track. The plan is for the track to begin at Laurel and end at 9th on both Main and Franklin, providing a connection to downtown from the Floyd Avenue Bike Boulevard.

Remember when Toots got hit in the head with a vodka bottle at Riverrock? Katy Burnell Evans at the RTD reports that he’s finally settled his lawsuit against Venture Richmond.

This news of the head of the Department of Enviornmental Quality taking a trip to the Masters on Dominion’s dime, while probably biz as usual, does not inspire confidence.

I have never once in my life thought about making macaroni and cheese with ramen, but now I can’t stop thinking about it.

The UVA student who was arrested in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for maybe stealing a poster.


  • Today’s the last day to fill out your bracket(s), so get to it. Tonight, we’ve got the final two play-in games (Holy Cross vs. Southern U. and Tulsa vs. Michigan), after which the real tournament action begins tomorrow at 12:15 PM.
  • If you’ve got some spare time this morning, see the Rams off from the Siegel Center at 9:40 AM.
  • #3 Hokies take on #6 Princeton tonight in Blacksburg at 8:00 PM on ESPNU.

This morning’s longread

25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going

Whoa New York Times Magazine! This is an intense piece–25 essays about 25 songs. Here’s a brief excerpt from the one about Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen.”

For a summer, “Trap Queen” was everywhere. It would ultimately spend 25 weeks in Billboard’s Top 3. We sang about cooking crack with our babies in the aisles of Duane Reade and on the dance floors of bat mitzvahs. Like Fetty himself, we landed seasonal crushes with “Hey, what’s up? Hello!” as our deceptively simple opening line. Rattling trap snares drowned out the sound of ice-cream-truck jingles, and summertime was better for it. But eventually it came time to ask the inevitable: Is “Trap Queen” feminist?

This morning’s Instagram

MADE IT. #rva #rvanews ?

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