Good Morning, RVA: Welcome to a wet week

Clouds and rain for days and days.

Photo by: @Tuncay

Good morning, RVA! It’s 75 °F, and this week we pay our debt for all of the wonderful sunshine from last week: Rain is in the forecast every day until Saturday. Today, expect highs in the upper-80s and a chance of thunderstorms later this afternoon. Get used to it!

Water cooler

City Council meets tonight, and you can find the agenda here (PDF). Of note: establishing a Richmond Archaeological Commission, letting it be known that the city wishes to extend the Squirrels’ lease to 2017, and some other administrative details. Also! Don’t forget that the GRTC will host two public meetings this week (today, July 27th at 12:00 PM; tomorrow, July 28th at 6:00 PM) to discuss Bus Rapid Transit. Both meetings will be held at UR Downtown (626 E. Broad Street). Come out and show your support!

Ever wonder what the Arts District actually does? Graham Moomaw at the RTD has one of the answers.

Richmond police are reporting two homicides over the weekend: the first on Friday night in Mosby Court and the second early Saturday morning on the city’s Northside. This brings the number of murders in Richmond this year to 20.

Last week the AP dumped over one million minutes of historical news videos onto their new AP Archive YouTube channel. If one million minutes of video sounds overwhelming, the Washington Post has a top 19 to start you off.

I’d link you to the very intense cover of New York Magazine showing 35 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, but their site is down at the moment. Here’s a copy on Vox.


  • Squirrels won one of three over the weekend against Erie. An away series against Altoona begins tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • Kickers fell, 3-4, to the New York Red Bulls II after allowing three goals in the first half.
  • Nats went 1-4 in the series against the Pirates. They’ll take today off, regroup, and ready themselves for tomorrow’s game against the Marlins. At 52-45 the Nats are in first place of the NL Eastern Division.
  • D.C. United headed their way to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

This morning’s longread

Grandma’s Biscuits

I love oral histories!

On one visit home, at Sunday dinner at Grandma Peedin’s house, I casually asked Grandma Do you remember the first time you made biscuits? A natural storyteller, Grandma smiled big and launched into a wonderful story about being 11 years old, the oldest of nine siblings, and being told by her father, a farmer, that she would have to learn how to make the biscuits because her mother was pregnant and soon wouldnt be able to make them. After she finished I immediately asked her if I could come back one weekend to film her making biscuits and make an audio recording of her story. This is the result of two visits with Grandma to learn how to make those biscuits.

This morning’s Instagram

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