Good Morning, RVA: That’s the stuff

Sunny, cooler temperatures–don’t squander the day away inside!

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 73 °F. Highs today sit comfortably in the mid-80s, and the cheerful sun waits to greet you. It’s gonna be a great day.

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The planned Floyd Avenue bike boulevard rolls on. The RTD’s Graham Moomaw has the recap, and it looks like things will move forward to the Urban Design Commission and then the Planning Commission.

In other bike-related news, the awesome folks at the Richmond Cycling Corp are helping to build a professional cycling track behind Armstrong high school. The track will give the Armstrong high school cycling team, the only public high school cycling team in Virginia, a place to practice.

Style Weekly has a quick chat with Abe Jeffers, Richmond Public Schools’ new Director of Secondary Schools. He has a tough job ahead of him, and while he hails from NOVA, I liked this quote about Richmond: “There’s an incredible amount of resources being put in by community partners and mentors because they want to help our kids. You don’t see that in Fairfax.”

Marvel announced, on The View of all places, that, moving forward, Thor would now be a woman. Writer Jason Aaron: “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR.” That’s cool, I guess, but new-Thor has nothing on the incredible (and sensible) Batgirl redesign.

This morning’s longread

How Coffee Fueled the Civil War

The Union Army encouraged this love, issuing soldiers roughly 36 pounds of coffee each year. Men ground the beans themselves (some carbines even had built-in grinders) and brewed it in little pots called muckets. They spent much of their downtime discussing the quality of that morning’s brew. Reading their diaries, one can sense the delight (and addiction) as troops gushed about a “delicious cup of black,” or fumed about “wishy-washy coffee.” Escaped slaves who joined Union Army camps could always find work as cooks if they were good at “settling” the coffee – getting the grounds to sink to the bottom of the unfiltered muckets.

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