Good Morning, RVA: Way warm Friday

It could be a record-setting Friday!

Photo by: Sky Noir

Good morning, RVA! It’s 50 °F, and later today the temperatures could hit 70 °F! What the heck! The record high for December 11th, which we could totally break, was 72 °F set back in 1971. The next couple of days will be both sunny and warm, so make sure you take advantage of them!

Water cooler

The Henrico County School Board took the first step towards renaming Harry F. Byrd Middle School by asking the superintendent to put together a report of what all is involved. This is a risk-free first step that Richmond Public Schools can and should take. We’ve got J.E.B. Stuart Elementary sitting right there!

If you agree with the previous paragraph and wish you were on Richmond’s school board to do something about it, well, maybe you can be! Valerie Catrow will fill you in on how the school board will go about replacing Glen Sturtevant now that he’s a state senator. Spoiler: the process is very simple and straight forward.

Dana Craig makes a return appearance in the RTD, where she used to be the mysterious food critic, to talk about what it’s like to be a regular. I’ll tell you what it’s like right now: It’s the best. Almost better than that feeling, though, is tagging along to your pal’s favorite spot and watching them get the regular treatment. It makes me feel like I’m witnessing something clandestine.

Heaton Johnson took these photos of a stilt-walking class that are oddly inspiring. It’s neat to see folks go from wobbly clutching anything nearby for support to zooming around like landstriders from the Dark Crystal–all over the course of a couple pictures. IT’S A METAPHOR FOR LIFE.

Today’s good, weird headline (from WTVR): “Holly tree embraces crashing vehicle in Richmond

Here’s a solid animation showing the growth of Manchester over the last couple of years–make sure you read the accompanying text.

President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act which replaces No Child Left Behind.

There are six million things to do this weekend. We have attempted to pick a few for you, but the task felt hopeless and impossible.


  • #7 Spiders head to #2 Illinois State tonight for the quarterfinals of the FCS playoff. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM and you can watch on ESPN3. Illinois State, by the way, is where new Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente got his coaching start.
  • Spiders (roundball) welcome Longwood to the Robins Center on Saturday at 6:30 PM on CBS 6.1.
  • Hokies (roundball) host Lamar on Sunday at 3:00 PM on ESPN3.
  • Washington takes on the Bears, Sunday at 1:00 PM on FOX.

This morning’s longread

‘No drill’ dentistry shows fillings aren’t needed in many cases

Disclaimer: I have an irrational fear of the dentist.

“It’s unnecessary for patients to have fillings because they’re not required in many cases of dental decay,” said Wendell Evans of the University of Sydney. “This research signals the need for a major shift in the way tooth decay is managed by dentists… Our study shows that a preventative approach has major benefits compared to current practice.”

According to the researchers, tooth decay is not the rapidly progressive phenomenon that dentists long believed it was. Because dentists used to think decay was fast-moving, the conventional practice was to identify early decay, remove it immediately to prevent the tooth’s surface breaking up into cavities, and fill up the hole that was left with filling.

This morning’s Instagram

Rooftop krampus parties. ? #RVA #rvanews

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