Good Morning, RVA: The finalized lineup, the T-Pot bridge, and the Panama Papers

A beautiful day ahead of us.

Photo by: ahisgett

Good morning, RVA! It’s 51 °F, and today looks mighty beautiful: Highs in the mid 70s and sunny skies. Tons of wind could force your lunch plans inside, and keep an eye out for a chance of showers late tonight.

If you’re running the Monument 10k, don’t look at Saturday’s weather forecast yet.

Water cooler

Richmond Police are reporting the city’s 18th homicide. Early Saturday morning police were called to the 100 block of Westmoreland Street for the report of a person down. Officers arrived and found Brian E. Szabo, 55 dead of an apparent stab wound. Nigel E. Walker returned to the scene later and surrendered to the police.

Ned Oliver reports the updated and presumably final lineup for Doug Wilder’s Wild Mayoral Forum, which takes place this Wednesday. A couple of additions and an innnnnteresting subtraction–interesting if you live in the 3rd District anyways. Remember that we are still 71 days out from the filing deadline, so nothing about the mayor’s race is set in stone at this point.

This Tuesday the Valentine hosts another Community Conversation, this one about public spaces. Richmond Magazine’s (cohost of the event) Tina Griego writes about one of our future public spaces: The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge that’s currently under construction. I walked over there last week to check out the progress, and, man, it’s going to be neat when they finish it. Something to keep an eye on, though: The accessibility of the southern side of the bridge. The plans call for moving a ton of dirt into the area to create lower-grade ramps up to the bridge, connecting it to the Floodwall and trail system–the single current ramp is both super steep and falling apart. The city has been…noncommittal…about the extra funding needed for the ramps which are definitely part of the original design (PDF, page 25).

The Panama Papers are a thing! A team of journalists from around the world has spent a ton of time digging through a 2.6 terabyte document leak from the offshore law firm Mossadk Fonesca. MossFon spends a lot of time setting up shell companies for folks–some savory, some not-so-savory, and some leaders of, like, giant countries–for various reasons, and, as you can imagine, there is some fascinating stuff in theses documents. Read the intro from the team of journalists, and read this explainer on Vox to get an idea about shell corporations in general.


Baseball! It’s back! Also basketball! It’s almost over!

  • Villanova plays North Carolina tonight at 9:00 PM in the NCAA national championship game.
  • Kickers and the Hammerheads battled to a 0-0 tie this past weekend.
  • Nats open their season today at the Braves at 4:10 PM.

This morning’s longread

Escaping the Restaurant Industry’s Motherhood Trap

Restaurant specific, but generally applicable.

A lack of workplace flexibility, partnered with scant supportive family leave policies, makes for an inhospitable environment for women who want to work and bear and support children. It’s at the root of all sorts of economic, logistical, and prejudicial problems for women, but the most destructive aspect surrounds pregnancy and childbirth. This is an issue that affects women working in virtually every position within the restaurant world, from fast-food cashiers to cooks at four-star restaurants — but it’s in fine dining that the issue starts to intersect with the industry’s high-profile lack of high-profile women. It’s the industry’s fault, it’s the government’s fault, it’s our dining culture’s fault. And it’s something we can fix

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

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