Good Morning, RVA: Weekend it up, y’all!

You sweated your way through a true Richmond summer week. Good work!

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 80 °F, and today’s oppressive heat will oppress slightly less. Highs in the upper 80s–instead of the upper-90s–should make everyone breath a sigh of (still sweaty) relief. Tonight, there’s a chance for a bit of rain around the 5:00 PM hour, but only a chance and only a brief one.

Water cooler

It’s nice to see that the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission gets the BRT. They’re commissioning a study that doesn’t look into whether or not BRT is a good idea (because it is), but how the City can best take advantage of the BRT after it exists.

Read this piece in Style Weekly by Brandon Fox, head to Ellwood Thompson’s immediately, and buy some Milton’s Local bacon. As she says, “The bacon is thick-cut and meaty, with a luscious smokiness after the eight hours it spends over smoldering hickory.”

Allow me to paraphrase from an anonymous RTD editorial: You dang kids! Enough already with your dang murals! AUGH!

The Confederate flag on the South Carolina state capitol grounds will come down today at 10:00 AM.

Today’s best headline is from the BBC: “Ariana Grande makes video apology for licking doughnuts“. I thought for sure this was some sort of crass euphemism. Nope.

If you’re looking for ways to spend the next couple of days, look no further than 5 Things, 5 Things for Families, or our events calendar. May I humbly suggest the Arbor Day Concert at Pumphouse Park?


  • Nats take on the Orioles tonight at 7:05 PM–that series continues through the weekend.
  • Kickers are in St. Louis this weekend facing the St. Louis FC on Saturday at 8:30 PM.
  • Squirrels avoided the sweep and beat Harrisburg 5-1! They leave town to battle Trenton over the weekend.

What to expect

Close out the weekend with these guys:

  • Food Allergy Mom vs. the world!
  • Beer News vs. your liver?
  • A timeline, up to today, of Richmond’s Confederate Monument conversation

This morning’s longread

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

How we deal with the most challenging kids remains rooted in B.F. Skinner’s mid-20th-century philosophy that human behavior is determined by consequences and bad behavior must be punished. (Pavlov figured it out first, with dogs.) During the 2011-12 school year, the US Department of Education counted 130,000 expulsions and roughly 7 million suspensions among 49 million K-12 students–one for every seven kids. The most recent estimates suggest there are also a quarter-million instances of corporal punishment in US schools every year.

But consequences have consequences. Contemporary psychological studies suggest that, far from resolving children’s behavior problems, these standard disciplinary methods often exacerbate them. They sacrifice long-term goals (student behavior improving for good) for short-term gain–momentary peace in the classroom.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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