Good Morning, RVA: Wegmania, RVANews Live, biscuit quest, urban agriculture


Photo by: Lisa MSE Moore

Good morning, RVA! It’s 55 °F, and we did it, you guys. Today’s forecast is nothing but temperatures in the 80s and sunshine. Tomorrow, Thursday–heck, the entire weekend–feature nothing but warm days with clear skies. Our long, wet, regional nightmare is over!

Water cooler

Last night’s City Council meeting was a generally snoozy affair, with all but one of our agenda highlights (ORD. 2016-137) passing on the consent agenda (here’s a full list of what was passed). Things did get heated at one point between Councilwoman Trammell and Council President Mosby while they discussed RES. 2016-R034, a settlement of a lawsuit for unpaid overtime. Trammell questioned why money exists to pay this legal settlement, but Department of Public Works must do their jobs severely underfunded and understaffed–turns out, money for the settlement comes from a special bucket set aside for unexpected expenses just like this. For a while, Mosby tried, unsuccessfully, to rein things in before everything got snoozily back on track.

The RTD’s Louis Llovio has a few details on the budget the School Board passed last night. I will now patiently wait until Teresa Cole can dig into what parts and pieces of our public school system were defunded and cut to make this budget work. In the mean time, you can catch up on the rest of Teresa’s Education FAQs if you have not already.

(Speaking of education, it’s the very topic of RVANews Live #007 which is set for next week! Join us for a rad and definitely educational time. Get your ticket for just $15.)

Aw man: “Still, I found the breathless Wegmania slightly unsettling. Is this store really all that, or are we a bunch of rubes so bored with our lives that a new grocery store passes for The Next Big Thing?” via Michael Paul Williams.

BISCUITS. Stephanie Ganz is busy eating her way through Richmond’s biscuit offerings and has posted volume one of her crumbly tales. Watch out! There are pictures! So if you wanted to avoid a morning biscuit craving, you may want to avoid that previous link.

I would like Richmond Magazine to make reporter Mark Robinson attempt and write about more feats of strength.

Whoa, Duron Chavis’s Harding Street Urban Agriculture Center at VSU sounds fascinating. He’s using hydroponics and aquaponics (fish!) to efficiently multiply the amounted food you can grow in a tiny, indoors space.

Be aware of that federal prosecutors are investigating Governor McAuliffe for campaign contribution reasons. Also be aware that there are basically no more details than the previous sentence.


  • After winning a couple games over the weekend, the Squirrels got back to their losing ways with a close 1-2 loss to Binghamton. The series continues tonight at 6:35 PM.
  • Nats fell to the Mets, 1-7, and will try again at 7:05 PM.

This morning’s longread

The cave divers who went back for their friends


In February 2014 two divers died at a depth of more than 100m in a huge cave system in Norway. The authorities said it was too dangerous to retrieve their bodies, but four friends of the men decided to take the risk – and seven weeks later they descended into the dark and glacial waters.

This morning’s Instagram

Yes, Virginia, there is an Eastern Shore. It's a Dogwood flower.

A photo posted by Phill Keiper (@pdkeiper) on

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