Good Morning, RVA: Welcome back students!

It’s my favorite time of year: college students return to the city!

Heads up: I’ll be headed out on vacation next week, but fear not. I’ve tasked the ever-awesome Andrew Cothern with handling Good Morning, RVA duties in my stead. I’ll see y’all in a week!

Good morning, RVA! It’s 66 °F, and today is yet another perfect day: sunny, highs just breaking 80, and someone in your office bought doughnuts. Everything’s coming up Milhouse!

Water cooler

In what looks to be a genius move, Missouri governor Jay Nixon replaced the police chief in Ferguson with the captain of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ron Johnson. Tasked with enforcing highway laws, the Highway Patrol brought a far less militarized presence to the area, and in hours the scene in Ferguson turned from tear gas and tanks to hugs and handshakes.

Related, last night around 200 Richmonders participated in a peaceful march and silent vigil supporting protesters in Ferguson.

VCU move-in day is this weekend! Roads will close, the town will fill with life, and kids will risk it all by walking out into the middle of the street without checking for oncoming traffic. This bothers a lot of folks, but I love it; Richmond feels empty when school’s out for the summer. Welcome back, students!

This Saturday is also the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q at Hadad’s Lake. They’ll host a memorial for Dave Brockie there today at 4:00 PM. I think at some point this weekend there will also be homemade SpaghettiOs?


  • Squirrels ask “How do you like them apples?” and take both games in yesterday’s double header. They’ll face Portland tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • Kickers and the Dayton Dutch Lions FC face off in City Stadium this Saturday at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available online.
  • Nats sweep the Mets and take on the Pirates tonight at 7:05 PM.

This morning’s longread

How to Be Polite

Here’s a polite person’s trick, one that has never failed me. I will share it with you because I like and respect you, and it is clear to me that you’ll know how to apply it wisely: When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”

Photo by: TEDx RVA

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