Good Morning, RVA: So long, 2015!

Hellllllllllo, 2016!

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 55 °F, and, as you probably guessed, today’s forecast calls for clouds and a chance of rain. But! Begining tomorrow, the very first day of 2016, there is absolutely no rain for as far as the unreliable 10-day forecast can see.

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The final two days of 2015 have gifted us two Annie Tobey beer articles. Today’s gives you 10 tips for better craft beer etiquette. Most of them boil down to Wheaton’s Law, but I’d never thought about how wearing a strong-smelling fragrance can disrupt a tasting room.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a good, small-town local news headline. Here’s a great one from WTVR: “Christmas tree stolen from church returned after holiday with new ornament.”

Can you guess the topic of this RTD Letter to the Editor that contains the following opening line: “I realized some time ago that The Times-Dispatch has become a bastion of political correctness…”?

Buzzfeed has the long article about the Bill Cosby indictment you were looking for.

Guys, remember El Niño, like, from the 90s? Well it’s back (or, since it’s a real thing, never left) and is partially to blame for all the bananas weather we’ve been having. Ultimately though, human-caused climate change is the reason for the season, but we already knew that.

Finally, if you decide to party hard tonight and skip out on watching Making a Murderer at home and heading to bed at 10:30 PM, please drive safely. Or, better yet, don’t even drive at all! Spoken4 has free pedicab rides, there’s always Uber, and you surely have some boring friends who are just sitting at home watching Making a Murderer and wouldn’t mind so much if you called them for an emergency ride.


The college football playoff games begin today at 4:00 PM and stretch into night–right down the middle of your New Year’s Eve plans. Seems like a crazy time to put the biggest football games of the year, but what do I know? Looks like ESPN is doing a last-minute, awkward push to remind people (or at least General Hospital viewers) that the games are tonight.

  • Rams looked confident on offense in their 80-68 win over North Florida.
  • Hokies were pretty much dominated by #19 WVU in the second half, losing 63-88.
  • #5 Wahoos handled Oakland, 71-58.

This morning’s longread

Spying on Congress and Israel: NSA Cheerleaders Discover Value of Privacy Only When Their Own Is Violated

Yep, that’s usually how it goes.

But all that, of course, was before [GOP chairman of the House Intelligence Committee] Hoekstra knew that he and his Israeli friends were swept up in the spying of which he was so fond. Now that he knows that it is his privacy and those of his comrades that has been invaded, he is no longer cavalier about it. In fact, he’s so furious that this long-time NSA cheerleader is actually calling for the criminal prosecution of the NSA and Obama officials for the crime of spying on him and his friends.

This morning’s Instagram

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