Good Morning, RVA: So much to learn this morning!

Lots to read, lots to learn this morning. Better get started.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 40 °F out there–that’s cold, dang cold! Highs today could do a full 30-degree swing and hit 70 °F, which is great but sure complicated to dress for. I guess just wear like half a dozen shirts and peel them off as the day goes by?

Water cooler

Louis Llovio has the update on the School Board’s decision to “level” elementary school class sizes. WTVR has the breakdown of which schools lose how many teachers, but does not say which schools will gain teachers–an incomplete picture!

In the RTD, Michael Paul Williams teaches me about civil rights hero Gregory Hayes Swanson. It’s your early morning opportunity to learn a thing!

If you live in Virginia’s 10th Senate District, you can check out all four of your candidates tonight at a town hall meeting at VCU–it’s free, but you need to register first.

Today’s best headline, from WTVR: “‘Yo dog, that’s me’ Man sees picture on WTVR app, surrenders to police

VCU’s Man of Steal, Briante Weber, officially signed with the Miami Heat. He’s expected to play in the NBA’s D-League.

The New York Times would like to remind you that Canada exists and has a government! Last night they elected their second-youngest prime minister ever at 43.

Two major pop culture events happened simultaneously last night, which, for me, resulted in a very confusing Twitter timeline. First a new Star Wars trailer dropped in conjunction with Fandango opening up ticket presales. I’m officially in spoiler avoidance mode, so I can’t speak to the trailer, but I’m sure it’s great. Second, news leaked that Netflix will revive Gilmore Girls for some sort of mini-series-like thing consisting of four 90-minute parts. If you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls now’s the time to start binging on Netflix!

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This morning’s longread

Katy Perry and the Fear of a Female Planet

This is the meanest thing about Katy Perry I have ever read–not that I’ve spent a lot of time reading about Katy Perry, but you know.

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag — not because you’re polluting the oceans, but because you “want to start again,” presumably by being recycled? So does Katy Perry. But then she remembers that she’s a firework. Singular. Think for a minute about what it takes to be the kind of person who can sing the word firework like it’s an actual word, over and over and over again, without feeling the faintest hint of self-loathing.

This morning’s Instagram

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