Good Morning, RVA: Totally Tuesday

Richmond summer weather continues to continue.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 70 °F, and today looks pretty OK. Expect highs in the 90s, a bit of clouds, and a small chance for thunderstorms later in the day. It’s a classic Richmond summer day!

Water cooler

Michael Paul Williams has more today about removing the Confederate statues from Monument Avenue–particularly the Jefferson Davis statue. Read on for embarrassing quotes from our past!

Police just made three arrests in three different 2015 murder cases. The official number so far stands at 15–compared to 23 at this time last year. If Richmond saw the same number of murders between now and the end of the year as last year (which included an atypically violent September) we’d end 2015 with 34. That’d be an all-time low.

Oh how I mocked the folks in Midlothian for their encounters with black bears–I’d even written a sentence (which I thankfully cut) about how the best way to avoid a surprise meeting with a bear was to simply live in the city. Well, it seems that our hot, concrete jungle is not enough to keep us safe from this new ursine threat.

Richmond Magazine profiles some of the folks from Virginia that you may see whipping around Richmond during the Big Bike Race™ later this year.

Complex economic things are happening in Greece. I am not smart enough to understand them, but after reading this perhaps you are!


  • Squirrels split yesterday’s weird double header with New Britain. They’ll start up a series at Harrisburg tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • Nats and Braves kick it off tonight, in Atlanta, at 7:10 PM.
  • USA vs. Germany in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup! Tonight at 7:00 PM.

What to expect

  • Party in Carytown this past weekend to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage
  • Apple watches and parenting
  • All the great July festivals

This morning’s longread

Obama’s ‘Amazing Grace’

A super interesting look into speeches, sermons, and writing. Worth reading if you do any of those things, or if you lived in America last week.

I think Barack Obama’s eulogy yesterday for parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was his most fully successful performance as an orator.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

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