Obama in town, a Squirrels miracle, and the City’s murder count increases

The big news this week: President Obama stops by UR to give a speech about jobs. Guys, he’s the PRESIDENT of America. He’s basically Captain America if you think about it. Oh, also some other stuff happened! Here’s your week in review.


For the third time in a row the Richmond Spiders defeated the Duke Blue Devils. Pretty solid work for Coach Lineburg’s first outting. I foolishly picked against them which is not something I’ll do again!


Ronald “Pee Wee” Carter was shot and killed in Fairfield Court on Sunday. Officers were called to the scene at 1:01 a.m. and found him dead of a gunshot wound. This is the 22nd homicide in the City this year and only the 6th in the East End. For comparison, by this time in 2010 there were 26 homicides.


Using a crazy finish, heavy rains, and plenty of luck, the Squirrels beat the Altoona Curve 2-1 and head to the Eastern League playoffs. Wes Hodges hit a home run on the last pitch of game before officials called things off due to weather. Think about it: a home run on the last pitch of the last game to advance to the playoffs. Pretty awesome.



The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Virginia’s challenge to the President’s health care reform plan. Now, I don’t claim to understand how this stuff works, but I do know that there is a whole lot of political strategery going on here. Regardless of this ruling most everyone seems to think that this case (or a similar one) is headed to the Supreme Court.


Today is President Obama Day! Around 11:30 this morning President Obama will deliver a speech at the University of Richmond’s Robins Center. Word on the street is that he’ll focus on job creation–playing off the speech he delivered on Thursday to a joint session of Congress.

Not to be outdone, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will be giving a rebutal speech today as well. The where and when of the speech are still being worked out.

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