Good Morning, RVA: The sky is gray and white and cloudy

Coldish today and rain tomorrow—come on, week!

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 35 °F, and today’s gonna be a bit colder than yesterday with a bunch of clouds rolling in ahead of what looks like three days of rain. Don’t get too bummed, because today’s the coldest day for the foreseeable future. Spring!

Water cooler

After a long investigation into the incidents described in That Rolling Stone Article, the Charlottesville police were “not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident that is consistent with the facts contained in that article occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, or any other fraternity house for that matter.” The police chief went on to say, and I think this is important, “That doesn’t mean that something terrible did not happen to Jackie on the evening of Sept. 28, 2012 — we are just not able to gather sufficient facts to conclude what that something may have been.” State Attorney General Mark Herring also weighed in, saying, “We know that sexual violence is a real problem on college campuses and we have not wavered in our commitment to addressing it…This issue will not, and should not, be pushed back into the shadows.” Read the police department’s full statement here and President Sullivan’s statement here.

Graham Moomaw has your recap from last night’s City Council meeting, which, as is the time-honored custom, you must read or we take away your RVA card. The big news this week is the lack of news about development on the Boulevard. Oh! Also, if you were wondering where persistently-armed and frequently-loud Council attendee Chris Dorsey has been, Style Weekly’s Ned Oliver has the answer.

God speed to those who brave the Chinatown bus to New York.

Sometimes, I do not understand The New Yorker. I’m not sure I get all of the Hillary Clinton emojis, but I do love this: “Seriously, how does anyone understand anything that’s written with only letters? I feel sorry for the alphabet.”


  • Spiders host the Miami Hurricanes tonight at 7:00 PM on ESPN in the NIT quarterfinals.

This morning’s longread

Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame

Cruelty to others is nothing new, but online, technologically enhanced shaming is amplified, uncontained, and permanently accessible. The echo of embarrassment used to extend only as far as your family, village, school or community, but now it’s the online community too. Millions of people, often anonymously, can stab you with their words, and that’s a lot of pain, and there are no perimeters around how many people can publicly observe you and put you in a public stockade. There is a very personal price to public humiliation, and the growth of the Internet has jacked up that price.

And then, to close, she gives this piece of advice: “We all want to be heard, but let’s acknowledge the difference between speaking up with intention and speaking up for attention.”

This morning’s Instagram

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