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It’s a totally beautiful day in your neighborhood, guy!

Good morning, RVA! It’s 63 °F, and I am back! Today’s weather looks absolutely perfect with highs barely reaching 80 °F, clear skies, low humidity, and a nice little breeze. A million thanks to Andrew Cothern for filling in while I spent the majority of last week drinking beer and reading comics at the beach.

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Michael Brown’s funeral will be held today at 10:00 AM. A Richmonder and friend of mine happened to be in the Ferguson area for a work-related trip last week and recorded his thoughts as he drove through Ferguson proper. It’s worth a listen (but does feature some NSFW language).

Classes begin for UR students today. With the young Spiders scurrying to class, that means all three of the city’s universities are back in action. Welcome to Richmond, look both ways (or at least one way) before you cross the street, and good luck!

This past weekend Devils Backbone Brewing Company hosted the third annual Virginia Craft Brewers Fest. 51 breweries attended, 22 categories were judged, and many medals awarded. Eight of the 13 RVA breweries medaled, none took home a gold, and Triple Crossing–who I think is quietly making some of the best beer in the city–won the most medals of any local brewery (3). Here’s a full list of the categories and winners.

Beyoncé did a thing at last night’s VMAs, which is still an awards show that exists.


  • Squirrels travel to Altoona tonight. Two more wins and they clinch a playoff spot.
  • Kickers fell to Orlando City SC, 3-2, this past Saturday in what I think was their last regular-season home game.
  • Nats beanstalked the Giants yesterday, 14-6, and face the Phillies tonight. The Nationals are 9-1 over the last ten games.

This morning’s longread

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend–or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest

Photo by: Triple Crossing Brewing Company

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