Good Morning, RVA: Slushtown, USA

Those heaps of gross, dirty snow just won’t go away.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 37 °F, which is a whole heckuva lot warmer than last we spoke–greater than ten times warmer in fact. A cloudy day and sultry temperatures that will hover around freezing probably will stil leave us with some snow on the ground come nightfall (when it gets cold again).

Water cooler

City Council meeting tonight, y’all, and here’s the agenda (PDF). Lots of items to note, among them: renaming City Hall after Doug Wilder and finalizing the Stone Brewing Co. land situation. Remember, the agenda can change rapidly today.

If petitions are your thing, you can join about 400 other humans and sign this one that hopes to show community support for RPS superintendent Dr. Bedden. Bedden is a finalist for the superintendent job in Boston and will interview for that position this week.

If you didn’t stay up until 12:30 AM watching (and tweeting about) the Oscars (perish the thought) here are four things you need to know to take part in any Oscar-related chatter. 1) Birdman won best picture and director, surprising lots of folks, myself included. 2) Boyhood did not win many things at all, also surprising folks. 3) John Travolta got handsy with just about everyone. 4) Maybe the Tropic Thunder rule is a real thing? Check out the full list of nominees and winners on Wikipedia.


  • #25 Rams outlasted the UMASS Minutemen, 78-72.
  • Spiders topped the Colonials 56-48.
  • #2 Wahoos continue to roll with a victory against the Seminoles, 41-51. London Perrentes ended up on the bench after a collision with Malcolm Brogdon. No word on when or if he’ll be back.
  • Hokies fell to the Wolfpack 53-69.
  • Caps lost to the Flyers 2-3 yesterday.

This morning’s longread

Bulletproof Coffee: Debunking the Hot Buttered Hype

If you want to put butter in your coffee because it is delicious, I understand. Butter is delicious–as is coffee. But you’re not going to lose any weight doing it, and you’re probably not going to get any extra “performance” out of it either.

There are no peer-reviewed studies that corroborate the idea that eating nothing but fat (and caffeine) in the morning, sets you up for burning body fat. Conversely, the majority of the studies Asprey sites for his diet were done on rats and mice. Some were four decades old. Some used humans, but in incredibly small numbers. One study’s entire sample consisted of two people. One was just on rats with an auto-immune kidney disease. This is what’s known as confirmation bias.

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