Good Morning, RVA: This is a call to all

Hot, humid, possibly some rain, and a strong chance of Dave Grohl.

Good morning, RVA! It’s 72 °F, and we’ve got a chance of rain today, people. It’s not a great chance, less than 30%, but it’s persistent and will last throughout the day. Highs will stick in the upper 80s or lower 90s. You’ll spend most of the day damp, either from the heat or the rain. Good luck!

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Construction on the new Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia begins at the old Leigh Street Armory in Jackson Ward. This building, which looks just like a castle, has sat vacant for as long as I can remember, and I’m excited to see something worthwhile end up in the space.

It looks like Foo Fighters RVA’s crowdfunded attempts to bring the Foo Fighters back to Richmond for the first time since 1998 has succeeded. The band tweeted they will play The National on September 17th.

Speaking of rad music, today is the last day to get tickets to this year’s Fall Line Fest at presale prices. $30 gets you access to over 50 bands, a free brunch on Saturday (!), and a heaping serving of amazing art. It might just be the best deal this side of dinner at Cookout.

Headline of the day, from WRIC: Odor Lingers In Hopewell; Plant Works To Fix Issue.

I missed this yesterday, but in one day, CVS rebranded, changed their corporate name to CVS Health, stopped selling tobacco products, and launched a nationwide smoking cessation campaign. What did you accomplish yesterday?


  • Squirrels took home their first win in the playoffs, 3-2! GO NUTZ! Tonight’s game starts at 6:35 PM.
  • Nats downed the Dodgers in extra innings, 8-5. They’ll host the Phillies at 7:05 PM.

This morning’s longread

A personal ethics of clicking

There seems to be no shortage of memes that make some social or political issue ridiculously simple; and by sharing it, we feel like we’ve just smartly dished up a smack on the nose to anyone who disagrees with us. But just before we do the smacking, we might ask ourselves: is this really doing anything more than trivialize our civic discourse? Might there be something else more “shareworthy” that in fact moves a debate forward in an interesting way? We might ask ourselves: why am I sharing this? Is it because I think my target will suddenly have a change of heart (“Wow! Never looked at it that way!”) – or am I just finding a clever way of affirming some tribal identity? And how is that working out for us?

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Ross Catrow

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