Good Morning, RVA: The week’s gooey center

Wednesday is the Oreo filling part of the week…I guess?

Photo by: mihoda

Good morning, RVA! It’s 58 °F and again with the highs in the mid-80s. Unlike yesterday, today’s got a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Keep that in mind while you’re deciding whether to bike to work or when planning your patio-based happy hour.

Water cooler

The RTD’s Jeff Schapiro clues me in to something I never new existed: The Virginia Writer’s Project. Part of the Work Projects Administration, the VWP released two books in 1940, Virginia: A Guide to the Old Dominion and The Negro in Virginia–the later written by an all-black unit of the VWP. The Library of Virginia has tons more.

WTVR has this story about a feral cat infestation in which the Chesterfield County Animal Control can’t do anything to help because they can’t tell the feral cats and outdoor pet cats apart. They recommend trapping the cats, getting them spayed/neutered, and then returning them to their infestation. Imagine if that was their recommendation for a feral possum infestation! Sometimes our societal hierarchy of animals is weird.

Brandon Fox has written a great little piece about Richmond restaurants that have celebrated their 20-year anniversary. It’s comforting to know that after learning about Kurt Cobain’s death back in 1994 you could have gone to Mamma ‘Zu and eaten your feelings.

What in the world! Some how I missed that Chris Claremont, the Chris Claremont, will be at the VA Comicon this weekend!


  • What’s this?! The Flying Squirrels have put together a two-game winning streak! They try to extend it tonight against Altoona at 6:00 PM.
  • Nats fell to the Marlins, 1-2. They’ll wrap up the series today at 1:05 PM.
  • Caps and Rangers face off tonight at 7:30 PM.
  • Hawks evened the series as the Wizards lost 90-106.

What to expect

Read these things with your eyes today on RVANews:

  • 5 things for you and your dang family to do this weekend
  • A local company that makes contacting your elected officials way easier
  • Some stats about guns and gun ownership
  • A bit of restaurant news that you’ll find exciting and delicious

This morning’s longread

Penn Jillette’s Big Dumb American Crush on Howard Johnson’s

When Penn & Teller hit Broadway in the 80’s, I rekindled my love affair with the turquoise and orange. The best restaurants in the world are in NYC, so I thought it was funny to meet my dirt-ball friends in a Times Square Howard Johnson’s after our show to eat some clams and ice cream, before seeing a midnight movie. This was MovieNight, every Friday in Times Square, and everyone was welcome to join us — but they had to guess which of the three Times Square Howard Johnson’s we were always at. The service was slow and the food wasn’t good, but we loved the staff and it fueled our midnight movies, where we would all clap when we heard the title of the movie in the movie — the only real rule of MovieNight.

Best article you’ll read today about Howard Johnson’s.

This morning’s Instagram

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