Good Morning, RVA: The perfect day

Complain about today’s weather, I dare you.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 65 °F, and today’s forecast looks absolutely perfect. Highs in the mid to low-80s, sunny, not super humid–what else could you ask for?

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Yesterday, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling that Virginia’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. If you’ve got time, you should give the opinion a read (PDF) (start around page 40). Lawyers now have 21 days to file some paperwork (which will most likely happen) and send this thing to the SCOTUS.

The RTD has a good look at Richmond’s new jail which opened this weekend. The new jail replaces a small, crumbling facility from the 60s that “routinely held between 1,300 and 1,500 inmates even though it was constructed to accommodate 880.”

If you can bear it, the RTD also has an almost 1,000 word follow-up to the Rebel Man mascot situation at Freeman High School. It’s a lot of earnest quotes from teenagers. Unfortunately for students who want to keep the mascot around, if Ole Miss couldn’t keep Colonel Reb, Freeman probably shouldn’t keep Rebel Man.

Richmond women’s basketball coach Michael Shafer announced that he’s hired assistant coach John Miller from Rider University and Director of Basketball Operations Crystal Williams from Shenandoah University. Shafer and Williams complete a staff that saw two members, Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis, die in a hot air balloon accident this past May.


  • Squirrels picked up a win over Harrisburg, 2-1. Tonight’s game starts at 7:05 PM, and if you want to take advantage of the perfect weather tickets are available online.
  • Kickers fell, 0-3, to the Premiere League’s Crystal Palace at City Stadium in front of a record crowd.
  • Nats marred by the Marlins, 6-7. They look for revenge today at 7:10 PM.

This morning’s longread

If TaskRabbit Is the Future of Employment, the Employed Are Fucked

Though, true to their breathless mission statement, adorned with images of smiling white people lending one another a hand, TaskRabbit is “revolutionizing how work gets done.” TaskRabbit presents a clear, elegantly designed future in which work is done at the absolute convenience of the haves by a legion of smartphone-toting relative-have-nots. It’s an entire industry of doing shit people with more money than you don’t feel like doing.

A dark look at the new sharing economy in classic Gawker style.

Photo by: Hindrik S

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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