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|Billboards nationwide to honor slain Virginia trooperWFIR / 27 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Billboards around the country will thank law enforcement officials later this month on behalf of the family of a Virginia State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty. WTVR-TV reports that the family of slain Trooper , who was killed last year at a Richmond bus station, has teamed up with Lamar advertising to put the billboards up nationwide on Dec. 22. Michelle Dermyer said the billboards honor her late husband’s legacy while letting law enforcement officials know they are appreciated. Chat Dermyer’s father, John Dermyer, came up with the idea for the billboards last year. Authorities say Dermyer was killed March, 2016 by a gunman at a Greyhound bus station while police were holding a counterterrorism training exercise.
|Winter visual arts: Flurry of exhibits in Hampton RoadsRichmond News / 1 h. ago more|
From ancient Greek art and Old Master paintings to the newest contemporary work in Virginia, the winter slate of art exhibits in Hampton Roads and nearby Richmond offers museum- and gallery-goers an eye-popping start to 2018. "Miniatures and Small Works by Tidewater Artists," through Jan. 21, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton.
|Man rescued from well in Goochland CountyWRIC / 1 h. ago more|
Goochland Co., Va. (WRIC) – Goochland fire and rescue crews responded to a report of a man who had fallen down a well Saturday afternoon. According to authorities, they took the call just after 2:00. When they arrived on the scene, they found a man had fallen about thirty feet into a well and was partially submerged in water. Crews lowered him a flotation device and secured him with ropes so he wouldn’t fall any further. They then called in Henrico’s technical rescue team to help get the man out of the well. He was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to authorities. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips toiReport8@wric.com.
|BJ the Chicago Kid could tell Trump ‘what the hell is going on in Chicago’WTVR / 1 h. 20 min. ago more|
Watch Video President Donald Trump wants to know, “What the hell is going on in Chicago?” For R&B artist BJ the Chicago Kid, who grew up on the South Side, it’s not so simple. Trump publicly bemoaned gun violence in cities like Chicago and Baltimore on Friday, but for BJ the Chicago Kid, police brutality against the black population in his city is a critical issue. “We can talk about Chicago gun violence and the crazy things that happen on the news, but yet police brutality is probably happening right now somewhere. And I mean, police officers get off every day for doing this,” Grammy-nominated singer Bryan James Sledge, better known as BJ the Kid, told CNN’s #GetPolitical series last month. “There still is a huge gap in the conviction rate of officers that kill innocent people, definitely black men, especially.” In a speech Friday at the FBI National Academy, Trump slammed anti-police sentiments and called for the death penalty for those who kill police officers. “What the hell is going on in Chicago? … In Baltimore, on average, someone was murdered nearly every day of this year,” Trump said. “Police departments are overstretched, they’re underfunded and they’re totally underappreciated except by me.” Trump, who has been critical and dismissive of the Black Lives Matter movement, did not remark on the string of killings of unarmed black men and women by police officers. “It’s very mind-boggling how the (officer) conviction rate is so low, but it happens weekly, daily … and it’s swept under the rug, it’s swept under the rug,” BJ said. “It’s no repercussions. These are not tickets; these are people losing their lives. These are families that will never see their loved ones ever again.” While gun violence and poverty may define Chicago’s heartbreak, for BJ, the church and the people are its heartbeat. The four-time Grammy-nominee was raised in the Brainerd neighborhood, where he witnessed gun violence firsthand, grew up in the church and fell in with a rough crowd while in high school. “Getting to know my city through me is hearing the church in my voice, to hearing the slang in my language, you know what I mean? That covers Chicago. Chicago has liquor stores, churches, currency exchanges and restaurants pretty much on every block, almost,” BJ said. “There is happiness in the midst of the progression in life … That salt and pepper has always been a part of my winning recipe to what I cook.” In songs like “Church,” featuring fellow Chicago artist Chance the Rapper, and “Turnin Me Up,” BJ’s vocals emanate the soulfulness and the depth of worship while reverberating the veracity and the booming energy of the streets — a paradox that reflects the wholeness of BJ’s identity and his experience in the city. The artist’s first experience with gun violence was in the third or fourth grade, when BJ walked out of his school and directly into a battle zone. “The guy’s running between the kids. When his arm shoots the gun, I stop because I’ve never seen it before, so it pretty much grabbed my attention. I stopped and I watched it,” he said. “A friend had to snatch my backpack to wake me up because it was something I had never seen before actually in real life.” CNN’s #GetPolitical caught up with the R&B star following his performance at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, last month. The “Roses” singer reflected on how Chicago shaped him, President Barack Obama’s legacy, Trump and his upcoming projects. CNN: People are always talking about gun violence in Chicago. How do you feel when you hear this dialogue? BJ THE CHICAGO KID: Gun violence has always been a part of Chicago, but I think social media and other outlets have definitely magnified and helped spread the awareness. But not just the awareness — it’s kind of being used as the bacon a little bit in America. … I just think that that’s not really cool, it’s not appreciative from the people that go to these funerals and lose family members and friends and loved ones — it’s just a sad sight. CNN: How has growing up in a church impacted your life? Do you still attend church as an adult? BJ THE CHICAGO KID: Church has just always been an anchor to my family. I realized what church was to me at a very young age. Spirituality is very real with me. I definitely have a relationship with God, and I pray every day, let alone before every show. It’s a consistent thing for me … it’s a big part of my life. CNN: What do you want people to learn from you? BJ THE CHICAGO KID: It takes a certain level of confidence to stand up and do anything. I think that’s the first thing you can get from me. I’m from the inner city of Chicago, I’m from the block, I’m from the hood … so to have the confidence to do what you see me do — that’s the beginning of what it takes to make a stand. CNN: You performed the National Anthem ahead of Obama’s farewell speech last January. Now that he’s been out of office for nearly a year, how do you view his legacy? BJ THE CHICAGO KID: I think Obama will always have that connection with people because somebody knows when you’re speaking from your heart. I mean, honesty reaches the heart faster than anything … the connection isn’t there with the current President. I try not to honestly even keep him in mind because it will mess up my daily life. CNN: I’ve noticed that a lot of activists now are kind of looking past Trump and keeping their eye on whatever it is they’re fighting for. BJ THE CHICAGO KID: Honestly, man, when you handle your daily life, Trump is not there to tell you how to pay your bill, which way to take to work, which right turn to take. … you have to have some type of focus, and I believe if he’s not at your door personally knocking, you have to find some way to get a tunnel vision to get your focus going so you can be straight, even though he’s a little nerve-wracking. CNN: What are you focused on? BJ THE CHICAGO KID: I’m working on a new album at the moment. It’s a very exciting time for that. That’s one of the things that has been stealing my focus, that keeps me smiling, keeps me happy. It’s a lot of gems and messages inside of this album that I think will uplift people.
|Man injured after being run over by trailer at Dinwiddie Christmas paradeWRIC / 1 h. 53 min. ago more|
DINWIDDIE, Va. (WRIC) — A man has minor injuries after being run over by a trailer at the Dinwiddie Christmas parade. Ford Volunteer Fire department said the man was walking along side of the trailer and his legs gave away, and the trailer wheel ran over him. The man was treated by EMS units on scene, he was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips toiReport8@wric.com.
|Day 2 of the Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament - WWBT NBC12 NewsGoogle News / 1 h. 55 min. ago more|
Day 2 of the Times-Dispatch Invitational TournamentWWBT NBC12 NewsIn the girls' consolation bracket, St. Catherine's beat J.R. Tucker 60 to 33, and James River beat Deep Run 51 to 44. Trinity Episcopal withstood Hopewell and will advance to Tuesday's final at the Richmond Coliseum. At the end of the first quarter ...and more »
|Man run over during Dinwiddie Christmas ParadeWTVR / 2 h. 12 min. ago more|
DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. — A man was injured when he was run over during the 11th annual Dinwiddie County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. An official with the Ford Volunteer Fire Department said the man was walking next to a trailer being pulled by a truck when the accident happened. The victim tripped and one of his legs was run over by a wheel on the trailer, the official said. EMS units that were on the scene for the parade treated the victim at the scene. He was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, officials said. Dinwiddie County Christmas Parade (SOURCE: Dinwiddie County Chamber of Commerce website) The parade kicked off at Dinwiddie Middle School at 1 p.m. and continued down Courthouse Road. This year’s theme was a family country Christmas. This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here. If you see breaking news, and can do so safely, shoot a photo or video and send it to CBS 6. You can also upload photos to our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org from your phone.
|DOJ says no wrongdoing in release of FBI agent’s textsWTVR / 2 h. 14 min. ago more|
Watch Video The Justice Department’s internal watchdog confirmed late Friday that it did not object to the department’s decision to release to Congress earlier this week a set of controversial text messages exchanged between two FBI officials. The text messages, from a once top FBI counterintelligence official, Peter Strzok, included insults flung toward then-candidate Donald Trump and were used as bullet points in arguments by Republicans at Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing to suggest that the FBI and the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe were tainted. Strzok led the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation and briefly served on Mueller’s team investigating interference by Russia in the 2016 election. He was removed from the team over the summer after the messages were discovered as a part of an ongoing investigation by the DOJ’s inspector general into the FBI’s actions leading up to the election. Top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have been pressing the Justice Department’s press shop since Wednesday’s hearing to explain how members of the press obtained the messages on the eve of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appearance in front of the committee. Rosenstein said Wednesday’s hearing that “one of my concerns about this issue is — what is the status of these messages and is it appropriate to release them?” “The determination was made that it is so we gave notice to their attorneys, we notified the committee and our goal, congressman, is to make sure that it’s clear to you and the American people we are not concealing anything that’s embarrassing to the FBI,” he added. In a letter Thursday, committee ranking member Rep. Jerry Nadler, along with vice ranking member Rep. Jamie Raskin and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, asked the DOJ’s director of the office of public affairs, Sarah Flores, for “further clarification about this unusual move.” The letter goes on to ask Flores to identify “who at the Department of Justice approved your decision to invite the press to view these text messages” and the names of the individuals who attended any “media briefing.” In a statement to CNN Thursday, Flores rejected the accusation that the DOJ did anything improper, explaining that members of Congress received the texts “before any member of the media was given access to view the same copy of the texts.” “When the initial inquiries came from committees and members of Congress, the deputy attorney general consulted with the inspector general, and the inspector general determined that he had no objection to the Department’s providing the material to the Congressional committees that had requested it,” Flores said. “After that consultation, senior career ethics advisers determined that there were no legal or ethical concerns, including under the Privacy Act, that prohibited the release of the information to the public either by members of Congress or by the Department.” Flores later posted a series of tweets Friday reaffirming that the Inspector General “determined that he had no objection to the Department providing the material to the Congressional committees that had requested it.” The DOJ has, in the past, allowed reporters access to material that’s part of an ongoing inspector general investigation. In 2011 and 2012, as the DOJ’s inspector general was investigating the failed “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation, the department allowed reporters to review emails sent between agency employees after they were first released to Congress. But lawmakers also wrote to DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz directly, asking if the department consulted with his office before the release of the messages to Congress and the media. First, Horowitz responded in a letter to the lawmakers on Friday, saying the department “did not consult with the OIG in order to determine whether releasing the text messages met applicable ethical and legal standards before providing them to Congress” and “did not consult with the OIG before sharing the text messages with the press.” In response to a number of media inquiries, Horowitz then later clarified that his office had, in fact, told the department that it did not object to the release of the text messages to Congress. “Prior to the Justice Department’s decision to release certain text messages this week, the OIG told the Department that we did not object to the Department releasing to Congress records that it had previously produced to us in the course of our ongoing review, which included the text messages,” the Inspector General’s office said in a statement. “In conveying this position to the Department, we noted that, as with any such release, the Department was responsible for making its own determination about whether any restrictions, such as those affecting grand jury information, limited what records it may provide to Congress.” “At no time prior to the release of the text messages did the Department consult with the OIG about providing records to the media,” it added. Democrats blasted the Justice Department in another statement late Friday evening, accusing the department of misleading the committee “about whether or not officials had obtained the approval of the Inspector General before releasing the text messages of Department employees to Congress and the press.” But Flores said nothing had changed, and the inspector general’s statement was consistent with her earlier statements and Rosenstein’s testimony before the House panel.
|Goochland man falls down a well - WWBT NBC12 NewsGoogle News / 2 h. 31 min. ago more|
Goochland man falls down a wellWWBT NBC12 NewsGoochland Fire and Rescue received a call around 2 p.m. from a home on Bell Road in the eastern part of the county after a man fell down a well. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. Officials say the man was doing some work at his home when he fell down 30 feet ...and more »
|Fight outside Short Pump store sends man to hospitalWTVR / 2 h. 32 min. ago more|
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – Police are investigating a fight outside the Cabela’s store in Short Pump that sent one man to the hospital Saturday afternoon. Per Lt. Cosby with Henrico Police said officers were called for an altercation outside the store, located ta 12250 W. Broad Street, just after 2:10 p.m. Cosby said the attacker had pinned a man to the ground and was hitting him in the face. Cabela’s store in Short Pump (SOURCE: Google Maps) Before officers arrived, police said the suspect got into his vehicle and drove off. However, witnesses managed to take down the suspect’s license plate number and officers apprehended him along Broad Street. Officials said the suspect, who is being interviewed by police, could be charged with misdemeanor assault. The victim was transported to an area hospital. There has been no word yet on his condition. Police are still investigating what sparked the fight. Stay with WTVR.com and watch CBS 6 News for updates on this story. This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here. If you see breaking news, and can do so safely, shoot a photo or video and send it to CBS 6. You can also upload photos to our Facebook page or email email@example.com from your phone.
|Henrico middle school students show sportsmanship, kindness on the courtWRIC / 2 h. 34 min. ago more|
HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Thursday’s boy’s basketball game between Hungary Creek Middle School and Moody Middle School was about more than just the scoreboard. For one player, it was his first time hitting the court. Mason Satterwhite, number 32 for Hungary Creek, has autism and got his first chance to play during Thursday’s game. He took some shots, including a few free throws — even making a lay-up. A video of his time on the court shows the players giving high-fives and the crowd cheering for Satterwhite after he makes a basket. Hungary Creek Middle School P.E. teacher and assistant coach Josh Gentry sent the video to Moody Middle School’s Principal, thanking the students for their sportsmanship. “I wanted you to know first-hand what it meant to this player’s family and what it meant to me,” Gentry wrote to the opposing team’s Principal. “At this level, we are teaching these kids how to be a part of a team and what character truly means. Your school, your basketball players and your coaches define it to perfection.” Way to go number 32 — and all the players from both of these teams! Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips toiReport8@wric.com.
|Fight breaks out in parking lot at Short Pump MallWRIC / 2 h. 40 min. ago more|
HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico police are investigating after a fight broke out in a parking lot at Short Pump mall. Police say they received a call at just after 2pm Saturday in reference to two men fighting in the parking lot of Cabela’s. One of the men had the other pinned on the ground by the head, he left the scene before police got there but was later found. The man that was pinned to the ground was transported to the hospital for observation Officers are not sure what the fight was initially about and are still investigating. Click here to check on crime in your area. This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips toiReport8@wric.com.
|Volunteers lay wreaths on tombstones of fallen heroes - WWBT NBC12 NewsGoogle News / 3 h. 7 min. ago more|
Volunteers lay wreaths on tombstones of fallen heroesWWBT NBC12 NewsHENRICO, VA (WWBT) -. Families and volunteers gathered on Saturday to spread Christmas wreaths at more than 1,000 national cemeteries across the country, including Richmond National Cemetery and Seven Pines National Cemetery. Volunteers from all over ...and more »
|Thomas Fire: New evacuations underway as blaze growsWTVR / 3 h. 8 min. ago more|
Thousands of additional residents are being evacuated from areas near the Thomas Fire, now the third-largest wildfire in modern California history. Fueled by high winds, the massive fire north of Ventura has burned 259,000 acres, Cal Fire said Saturday morning. That’s up from 256,000 acres on Friday. Twelve thousand additional people were being evacuated Saturday from areas near the blaze, said Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brian Olmstead. The blaze broke out 12 days ago and has killed a firefighter and a woman trying to flee. The next 24 hours will be crucial as wind gusts of up to 55 mph and low humidity are forecast through Sunday. Strong winds and dry conditions are expected to fuel the blaze and could spark new fires, CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said. The Thomas Fire is slowly devouring its way up the list of the state’s largest wildfires. It’s now only about 13,000 acres behind the all-time leader, the Cedar Fire, which burned 273,246 acres in San Diego County in 2003, according to Cal Fire. Despite the strong winds, firefighters have contained 40% of the blaze, up from 35% on Friday. Winds should ease late Sunday night into Monday, allowing for additional containment, forecasters said. Two deaths linked to fires Firefighters are mourning the death of one of their own. Cory David Iverson, 32, lost his life battling the Thomas Fire on Thursday. Iverson was a fire apparatus engineer from San Diego and had been a firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection — also known as Cal Fire — since 2009. He drove a fire engine and was killed on the east flank of the Thomas Fire, Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said. Iverson was with other crew members when he was killed, she said. He leaves behind his 2-year-old daughter and a pregnant wife who’s due this spring. His death is the first firefighter fatality in the most recent string of wildfires in California. A woman was also killed in a car crash while evacuating last week, and Cal Fire says it considers her death to be fire-related.
|What does the end of U.S. net neutrality mean for the world?WTVR / 3 h. 30 min. ago more|
Watch Video The vote to roll back net neutrality rules in the U.S. could have major global implications. While Thursday’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission could yet be challenged in court or Congress, experts say the U.S. risks surrendering its role as the champion of a free and open internet. “This will be another instance of the U.S. ceding leadership in a global area,” said Nick Frisch, a resident fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. “It is going to set a bad example for other countries, coming from the country that invented the internet,” he said. Take China, for example, where the notion of an open internet has been effectively killed by the country’s vast censorship apparatus. Many of the issues that U.S. net neutrality rules were designed to prevent — slowing down internet traffic, fast lanes for certain kinds of content, the blocking of websites — have been happening in China for years. China’s been there, done that “They made their choice a long time ago, and it’s the opposite of net neutrality,” said Lokman Tsui, associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and former head of free expression at Google in Asia. The FCC vote to repeal net neutrality will have little impact on internet users in China. But it could encourage China to continue with its restrictions, Tsui said. “Whatever little moral ground the U.S. had speaking and talking about the open internet, I don’t think they have any credibility left at this point,” he added. For most other countries around the world, especially developed nations, net neutrality is taken for granted, said Andrew Lippman, a senior research scientist at MIT. “My concern is largely in the emerging world,” where people may have few options for accessing the internet and governments might favor corporations’ interests, Lippman said on CNN. Countries where data plans are too expensive for most of their citizens are especially vulnerable. They have become the battleground for controversial “zero-rating” services. India offers an alternative Under such a service, certain applications — often Facebook’s WhatsApp or Messenger apps — are not subject to data caps. If a user burns through her plan’s allotted data, those apps would continue working while others cease to function. India, which is a staunch defender of net neutrality, decided last year to kick out a high-profile “zero-rating” service, Facebook’s Free Basics. Broadly speaking, India’s telecommunications regulator has said it doesn’t want any content discrimination. The country decided it didn’t want a market “where poor people get some sort of diet version of the internet, what the telecommunication companies allow, and the richer people get fuller internet that’s faster,” Tsui said. With the U.S. no longer the beacon on a hill for internet access, developing Asian countries like Thailand and Indonesia are likely to turn elsewhere for guidance. Will Canada and Europe stand firm? If they take their lead from the region’s giants — India and China — they will face a choice between two vastly different approaches. But they could also look further afield. Canada and certain countries in the European Union offer more reliable role models for net neutrality, according to Graham Webster, China digital economy fellow at New America. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his concern about the U.S. plans to roll back net neutrality. The European Union introduced rules in 2015 that it said would ensure that all content is treated equally and that there’s no “fast” or “slow” lanes for certain types of online content. Some specific types of content such as critical healthcare data could be granted special rights to ensure it always operates smoothly. Critics said the European rules are “weak and unclear” and have loopholes that could create an “uneven playing field.” But the EU may find itself having to defend the cause of net neutrality. If the U.S. won’t stand up for the free and open internet, “it’s important that other countries do so,” Webster said.
|Thank you billboards from slain Va. state trooper’s family go nationalWTVR / 4 h. 38 min. ago more|
GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. -- The family of a slain Virginia state trooper is keeping his memory alive and thanking law enforcement across the country this holiday season. Michelle Dermyer, Trooper Chad Dermyer's widow, posted on Facebook that a billboard thanking officers for their service will be displayed next Friday. "As many of you may remember, my father-in-law had these billboards done last year. We were lucky enough to get them in a couple of states. Well, this year my father-in-law had a "Go big or go home idea" and was able to contact the CEO of Lamar advertising Sean Reilly and he has agreed to make these billboards go NATIONWIDE on Friday December 22," Michelle Dermyer wrote. "It is so important to our family that Chad's legacy continues, that he is NEVER forgotten and that law enforcement officers across this great nation knows that we appreciate everything they do for us." Michelle Dermyer stands in front of a billboard thanking law enforcement for their service. The billboard reads: The Dermyer family would like to thank you for what you do every day. Merry Christmas. In loving memory of Virginia State Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer, End of Watch, March 31, 2016. The idea started last year when John Dermyer wanted to express his gratitude to law enforcement in his native Kansas City. When he contacted Lamar Outdoor Advertising to ask about buying a billboard message, the company offered four digital billboards for free. Company officials also decided to extend the message to Virginia where John Dermyer’s son Chad lived and worked. The company also honored Dermyer on its digital billboards across the state after the tragedy. “We’re honoring a hero on our digital billboards across Virginia,” Lamar Advertising posted on Facebook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of fallen Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer and the Virginia State Police.” This year's message will appear on billboards across the country on Friday, Dec. 22. A portrait honoring Trooper Chad Dermyer. Remembering Trooper Dermyer Trooper Dermyer was shot and killed in the line of duty on March 31, 2016, by a man he approached during a training exercise at the Richmond Greyhound bus station. Dermyer was at the bus station on Boulevard with 16 troopers, special agents and supervisors as part of a specialized training on criminal interdiction practices, a method of proactive policing where officers engage citizens and hone skills to detect criminal activity. "I think I went 43 years without shedding a tear and I haven't went a day without shedding a tear in the last 13 months," John Dermyer said in May following the 2017 Virginia State Police Law Enforcement Memorial Service. "The loss of a child is devastating. Dermyer was one of nine troopers recognized during that ceremony for giving the ultimate sacrifice in their service. A painting of Dermyer was unveiled at the Colonel C.W. Woodson Jr. Memorial Gallery, which includes 61 portraits of men and women in who died in the line-of-duty in Virginia, at the Virginia State Police Academy in May. Dermyer's family sat in the front row of the service surrounded by members of his police unit. "[Chad's wife] Michelle is strong. The grandkids, I'm not so sure they're strong as she is," John Dermyer described. "I hate to see them grow up without their father figure and that's a difficult thing to go through." John Dermyer traveled from Kansas City to attend a memorial service for his son killed in the line of duty. "I have one goal in life and that is I don't want to see another family from any police department in the United States have to go through the same things are family has to gone through," John Dermyer said.
|Sailors on USS Gerald R. Ford get ‘The Last Jedi’ special screeningWTVR / 6 h. ago more|
USS GERALD R. FORD -- Millions around the country are hitting the theater to catch the new Star Wars movie and thanks to some quick work by the U.S Navy and Disney, sailors at sea are getting a chance to see the new film on opening day too. Friday, 2,600 sailors aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford were surprised with a special screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” WTKR reported. The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier is currently running tests off the Virginia coast. The Navy contacted Disney, the movie’s distributor, when some on board the ship expressed hopes that they would be home in time for the premiere. That didn’t happen, but Ken Caldwell, a Disney rep, flew to Norfolk to deliver a special copy of “The Last Jedi”. As expected, the massive crowd cheered when they found out what was happening. “This was our very first time doing this so it was a big boost in morale for our sailors,” said LCDR Katharine Cerezo. After the roughly 2 1/2 hour screening, sailors were still in shock. “Totally awesome, totally unexpected. I’ve been watching 'Star Wars' …for a pretty long time so that was pretty exciting,” said PO2 Bryan Wartman. And it was certainly an exciting morning for these real-life heroes who, just for a few moments, were transported to a galaxy far, far away.
|Report: Toronto billionaire and his wife found dead in homeWTVR / 6 h. 14 min. ago more|
Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday afternoon, CNN affiliate CTV reports. The Toronto Police Service is investigating the deaths as “suspicious.” During a press conference Friday, Constable David Hopkinson would not identify the two bodies. Hopkinson said police, fire units and ambulance responded to a “medical complaint” just before noon on Friday. Ontario politicians who spoke out on social media said the deceased were generous philanthropists. Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins tweeted: “I am beyond words right now. My dear friends Barry and Honey Sherman have been found dead. Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care. A very, very sad day. Barry, Honey, rest in peace.” Minister of Economic Development Brad Duguid also expressed his condolences on Twitter. “Deeply shocked & saddened to hear of the deaths of Barry & Honey Sherman. Philanthropists and entrepreneurs who made our province a better place to live.” Hopkinson said that there are no concerns for the public’s safety. “The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” he said. According to CTV, Sherman was the chairman of generic drugmaker Apotex, which he founded in 1974. Apotex went on to become the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company. Jordan Berman, global director of corporate communications for Apotex, called the news of the deaths “tragic.” “All of us at Apotex are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,” Berman said in a statement to CNN. Constable Hopkinson said that the investigation was still in its early stages and the deaths were not being treated as homicides. “This is just a suspicious death. We are only investigating that as such right now. If it is determined to be a homicide, then our investigators from homicide will come in.”
|Changes to the child tax credit: What it means for familiesWTVR / 6 h. 23 min. ago more|
Watch Video Parents will get twice as large of a tax credit for each child next year, under a compromise hammered out by the House and Senate Friday — although other changes to the bill mitigate the impact of that tax break. The GOP’s tax overhaul bill doubles the current child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per child under age 17, and allows parents to receive up to $1,400 as a refund, if the credit is larger than their federal income tax liability. The refundable part of the credit was increased from $1,100 to $1,400 after Senator Marco Rubio threatened to vote “no” on the bill, unless it included a more generous child tax credit. Currently, the child tax credit is $1,000 and only partially refundable. Tax filers can only claim refunds on a percentage of what they make over $3,000, which limits benefits for the lowest-wage households. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank in Washington D.C., calculated that parents of 10 million children would qualify for an additional refund of just $75 or less under the committee’s deal. That’s the same impact as the Senate’s original bill. The latest version of bill also makes the child tax credit available to high earners because it raises the income threshold under which filers may claim the full credit to $200,000 for single parents, up from $75,000 today; and to $400,000 for married couples, up from $110,000. But when other provisions are taken into account, the tax bill isn’t so rosy for many moms and dads. The GOP’s bill does away with the deduction for personal exemptions, which could offset the benefit of the beefed up child tax credit for some families. Currently, filers are able to deduct $4,050 for themselves, their spouses and for each dependent. For a family of four, that means $16,200 is shielded from federal taxation. In addition to the current standard deduction of $6,350, up to $28,900 goes tax-free. The benefit phases out at higher income levels. The latest tax bill doubles the standard deduction to $24,000, but wipes out the deduction for personal exemptions, meaning that larger families will get less of a break. “The distribution of those benefits are skewed towards higher income families, and really paltry for lower income families,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women and Families. “The overall package is really dismal for working families.” Shabo says the inclusion of a tax credit for employers who offer paid family leave to their workers may sound nice, but it only subsidizes those who’ve already decided to adopt such a policy. Since the credit ends in 2019, she says it won’t incentivize many more employers to participate. In addition, the GOP’s latest tax bill contains bad news for undocumented immigrant families. The final version keeps a provision that requires filers using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to provide Social Security numbers for each child in order to qualify for the credit. ITINs are mostly issued to undocumented immigrants. In 2013, 4.4 million ITIN filers claimed child tax credits worth $6 billion, according to the Government Accountability Office. The latest change will affect about one million undocumented children, CBPP calculates. The House version of the tax bill had also tightened eligibility for undocumented immigrants who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and another credit for higher education expenses, but those provisions didn’t make it into the final bill. The compromise bill preserves the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and the Adoption Credit, which had been eliminated in earlier versions of the legislation.
|White House bans CDC from using 7 wordsWTVR / 6 h. 30 min. ago more|
Watch Video Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including “vulnerable” in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post. In a 90-minute briefing on Thursday, policy analysts at the nation’s leading public health institute were presented with the menu of seven banned words, an analyst told the paper. On the list: “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “science-based” and “evidence-based.” Alternative word choices reportedly were presented in some cases. For instance, in lieu of “evidence-based” or “science-based,” an analyst might say, “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the source said. But those working on the Zika virus’s effect on developing fetuses may be at a loss for appropriate — or acceptable — words. The reaction in the room was “incredulous,” the longtime CDC analyst told the Post. “It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?'” As news of the word ban spreads at the CDC, the analyst expects growing backlash. “Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly,” the unnamed source said. “This hasn’t trickled down to them yet.” Health and Human Services spokesman Matt Lloyd disputed the report in a statement to CNN. “The assertion that HHS has ‘banned words’ is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process,” Lloyd said. “HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.” Others, outside the agency, are already responding with their own choice words. “To pretend and insist that transgender people do not exist, and to allow this lie to infect public health research and prevention is irrational and very dangerous,” Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said in a written statement. “The Trump administration is full of dangerous science deniers who have no business near American public health systems like the CDC,” she continued. “They are actually going to kill Americans if they do not stop.” Calling the order “reckless” and “unimaginably dangerous,” Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, also weighed in. “You cannot fight against the Zika virus, or improve women’s and fetal health, if you are unable to use the word ‘fetus.’ You must be able to talk about science and evidence if you are to research cures for infectious diseases such as Ebola,” Singiser said. “You must be able to acknowledge the humanity of transgender people in order to address their health care needs. You cannot erase health inequities faced by people of color simply by forbidding the use of the words ‘vulnerable’ or ‘diversity’.” “Here’s a word that’s still allowed,” added Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “Ridiculous.” The Office of Management and Budget did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
|Man shot near Henrico gas station diesWTVR / 6 h. 48 min. ago more|
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Police said the man shot near a gas station on Mechanicsville Turnpike Friday night has died. Video from the scene shows a heavy police presence at the Exxon station in the 2300 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike near the Henrico County-Richmond City line. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Crime Insider sources said someone got out of a car and shot the man around 11 p.m. Investigators have not yet released the victim’s name nor information about what lead to the shooting. No additional details were available at last check. Stay with WTVR.com and watch CBS 6 News for updates on this developing story. Anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.
|Indiana man charged in Charlottesville assault sentencedWFIR / 7 h. 17 min. ago more|
NORTH VERNON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to charges for punching a man and woman demonstrating against a white nationalist protest in Virginia over the summer faces nearly a year in jail. The Indianapolis Star reported on Friday that Dennis L. Mothersbaugh, of Vernon in southern Indiana, has been sentenced. He was arrested in September after a warrant was issued on charges of misdemeanor assault and battery. Video surfaced on social media showing him marching with white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and punching a man and a woman protesting against them. Mothersbaugh is accused of being with a group demonstrating against the scheduled removal of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue from a Charlottesville park. A listed number for Mothersbaugh could not be located on Friday.
|How cruise control designs could solve traffic jamsWTVR / 7 h. 40 min. ago more|
Phantom traffic jams, in which cars suddenly screech to a dead stop on highways for no apparent reason, have long annoyed drivers. In a paper published this week, MIT researchers offer a solution to help alleviate this stop-and-go driving. But a lot would have to go right in order for the idea to work. “The problem is inherent in our way of driving a car,” Berthold Horn, a co-author of the report and professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory explained to CNN Tech. “If one car suddenly brakes, the car behind it has to brake and the car behind it has to brake. The braking increases with distance until a car actually stops.” Horn proposes redesigning the cruise control feature on your car to consider the space in front and behind the vehicle. To be sure, there are advanced cruise control systems on the market today that will adapt to the speed of a lead vehicle in order to maintain a steady following distance. But the gap between the vehicle and a trailing car isn’t considered. Keeping the same distance between the vehicle in front and the vehicle trailing a car prevents traffic jams MIT’s simulations showed, according to the paper. The findings were published in the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. The technical name for the traffic-busting technology is bilateral control. There is a catch. Horn said the solution only works if enough drivers adopt the technology. For there to be an immediate impact on traffic, millions of existing vehicles would need to be retrofitted. Horn’s group will next examine what percentage of drivers need to use bilateral control for the benefits to be seen. Horn acknowledges many drivers may not wish to pay to retrofit their car with bilateral cruise control. He believes that the U.S. government should require automakers to include it, given the positive impact on congestion, public health and pollution. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet researched the technology, according to a spokeswoman. Related: Lyft’s redesigned street concept could fix L.A. traffic To make vehicles capable of bilateral control, Horn proposes adding a camera in the front of vehicles, and one in the rear and enhancing advance cruise control options. These cameras would automatically measure the distance to the surrounding vehicles, and maintain a steady gap. The system could also work with radar sensors instead. But bilateral control can’t solve every traffic jam. If there is an obstruction, be it a blocked lane, a car crash or a traffic signal, congestion can’t be avoided. Still, it’s a step in the right direction for frustrated drivers. Automakers are increasingly installing cameras in their vehicles, which decreases the cost of adding bilateral control. “Traffic is horrendous in quite a few areas of the country,” Horn said. “This is something we can do.”
|Sheriff: Woman was mauled to death by own dogs Read Story 10News StaffRichmond News / 15 h. 10 min. ago more|
A woman was mauled to death by her own dogs, and there are still many questions surrounding the case, an expert says. According to Richmond, Va., CBS affiliate WTVR, Bethany Stephens' body was found by her father in a field in Goochland County.
|Richmond man fighting to save historic Westham Train StationRichmond News / 15 h. 10 min. ago more|
You might drive by and not even notice it. A building that is a line drive from the Diamond, at the corner of Hermitage and Robin Hood in Richmond.
|Richmond police identify the officer who shot man, who had fired assault-style rifleRichmond News / 17 h. 34 min. ago more|
Richmond police examine a vehicle involved in Thursday's shootout on Fourth Avenue. One suspect was wounded, and another arrested afterward.
|Richmond facilities referendum creator moves to fund planRichmond News / 17 h. 34 min. ago more|
Paul Goldman spoke at a news conference at City Hall in September with, from left, Helen Alli, Martin Jewell, Del. G. Manoli Loupassi and Richmond Crusade for Voters President Bernice Travers.
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|Police investigate death at gas station in HenricoWRIC / 18 h. 54 min. ago more|
HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Police are investigating a death at a gas station in Henrico. Henrico Police were called to the Exxon on the corner of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Bloom Lane just after 10 p.m. Friday night. Investigators have not released further details about the victim, the cause of death, or a possible suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Teen charged with Chesterfield mana s murderRichmond News / 20 h. 9 min. ago more|
A Richmond teenager was arrested and charged with murder, hours after a Chesterfield man was killed feet from his home. James Williams, Jr., 18, of the 1100 block of Sumpter Street, was also involved in a shootout with Richmond Police on Thursday, those Crime Insider sources added.
|Mother of 4-year-old found wandering outside Newport News hotel arrestedWRIC / 21 h. 4 min. ago more|
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia child’s mother is in custody Friday after her four-year-old son was found wandering alone outside the Key West Inn in Newport News Thursday. Police said the 26-year-old Sara Hooks was arrested at the scene and charged with child neglect. Police were dispatched to the Key West Inn around 2:30 p.m., located next to the Sonic Drive-In on 11800 block of Jefferson Avenue, for the incident. The boy was seen wandering outside the hotel without a shirt or shoes, according to police. Later the boy was seen going inside a hotel room, retrieving a pair of shoes and walking to the Sonic where he came in contact with the citizen who called the police. Hooks approached police while they were at the scene and told them she was the boy’s mother. Hooks claimed she had only left him alone for approximately 10 minutes, but police say she was gone from the room for more than a half hour. Police found a hypodermic needle in Hooks’ purse, as well as a metal smoking device with residue they believe is from cocaine. Hooks has been charged with possession of schedule I or II drugs and unauthorized distribution of drug paraphernalia in addition to child neglect. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Richmond trash crews to begin collecting bulk, brush itemsRichmond News / 22 h. 40 min. ago more|
Richmond crews will begin collecting bulk and brush items bi-weekly starting on Monday, which means residents will no longer have to call and schedule the pick-up. "Because the every-other-week collections will mirror the bi-weekly recycling schedule, residents will need to know what day recycling is picked up in their neighborhood," the city said.
|Connecting Hearts and families in VirginiaRichmond News / 22 h. 40 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. - It's Connecting Hearts goal to connect every child with a loving forever family.
|Give the gist of fine jewelry this yearRichmond News / 22 h. 40 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. - Giving the first of jewelry is always in style during the holidays.
|Petersburg Police: Victim still unconscious after Wednesday carjackingWRIC / 23 h. 35 min. ago more|
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg Police say a victim is still unconscious after having his car stolen near the intersection of Boydton Plank Road and I-85 Wednesday evening. Police said that the victim was not shot during the incident as was previously presumed, but instead, he hit his head after being dragged by the vehicle. As a result, he suffered severe head injuries, which is why he remains unconscious. Meanwhile, the person who stole the vehicle is still at large. Police said the vehicle was a 2016 white Dodge pickup truck with Virginia tags VXZ-3294. Virginia State Police are helping with the investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact State or Petersburg Police. State Police can be reached at (804) 674-2000 and Petersburg Police can be reached at (804) 732-4222. PREVIOUS STORY: Petersburg Police: Suspect shot man in the head, stole his truck This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Gloucester family is looking to give away special tricycle made for amputeesWRIC / 23 h. 48 min. ago more|
GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – This holiday season, a Gloucester family is paying it forward. A veteran friend of theirs was a double leg amputee. He bought a trike online and retrofitted it; you peddle the bike with your hands raised in front. Sadly, he died before he could enjoy it. Now it is in the possession of Melinda Dunlap. Her dear friend Marlon Beahm was working on it when he died in September. She contacted 8News sister station WAVY in the hopes of finding the perfect person to be the new owner. “I don’t want to give it to someone who wants to sell it or do something like that. I want to give it to someone who will really take it out and use it and when they are out there think about what a great guy Marlon was. He would want that,” said Dunlap. If you know someone who would be the perfect fit, contact 8News via iReport8@wric or send us a Facebook message. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Buddy bench dedicated to beloved Henrico County bus driver who recently passed awayWRIC / 1 d. 0 h. 5 min. ago more|
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Greenwood Elementary School in Henrico recently dedicated a bench in honor of a beloved bus driver who passed away this year. A small plaque dedicated to Richard Hall was added along with a bench for kids to share with friends. Hall passed away this year on the first day of school, after collapsing while children were getting on his bus to go home. Parents spoke highly of him in his eight years working for the school district. “What I think makes Mr. Hall different is that he made every kid feel important and special,” parent Karen Caravaglia said. Image courtesy of Lina Price His fiancee described how much his students meant to him, recounting how he responded several years ago after tornados hit the area. “We went out on that last day because he said I’ve got to check on my kids,” Price explained. “We went on his bus route and went through the neighborhoods to make sure that everybody was ok.” Hall meant something special to many people. His family said they had no idea until his passing. “You realize how many other people thought he was great, it’s just about to knock Lina and I to our knees,” Hall’s mother, Ann Shelton, said. “It’s been such an honor to listen to what people have to say.” Family members attended today’s dedication. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Parson family enjoying Spiders’ Sister ActWRIC / 1 d. 0 h. 46 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Micaela Parson will graduate from the University of Richmond in May with a degree in biology and dreams of becoming a doctor. She’ll have four great years as a Spider basketball player to look back on as well as a final year played with her younger sister on the team. Alex Parson is a 2017 Monacan graduate and a freshman at Richmond. The two sisters are the Spiders’ two leading scorers. Micaela Parson not only leads the Spiders in scoring, she leads the entire Atlantic 10. The Parsons’ parents, Stephen and Cherie, are trying to enjoy every moment of their two daughters playing together. Stephen has been to every game so far this season, including road games at Fairfield (CT) and Savannah State. Cherie can be found courtside during home games taking pictures of her two baby girls. Alex and Micaela have chemistry on the court and have found that their skills compliment each other when they can each play a different guard spot while on the court together. Off the court, they spend time together but still relish the personal space that college can provide. They said there’s no way they’d be roommates any time soon.
|Giants name Willie Harris Flying Squirrels manager for 2018WRIC / 1 d. 1 h. 16 min. ago more|
The following comes directly from the Richmond Flying Squirrels: RVA – The three-time World Series champion San Francisco Giants have announced the 2018 field staff for their Double-A affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Former Major League utilityman and 2005 World Series champion Willie Harris will lead the Flying Squirrels for the 2018 season. Harris enters his first year in the San Francisco Giants organization and will become the seventh manager in Flying Squirrels franchise history. Harris appeared in 1,046 games over the course of his MLB career and spent time with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and New York Mets. Harris will be joined on staff by pitching coach Glen Dishman, hitting coach Francisco Morales, Special Assistant Gene Clines and bullpen coach Eliezer Zambrano. The 2018 athletic trainer will be Hiro Sato, while the strength and condition coach will be Jonathan Medici. About Manager Willie Harris Harris, 39, becomes the seventh manager in Flying Squirrels history and the most accomplished former MLB player to take the reins. Harris appeared in 1,046 games over the course of his 12-year MLB career, spending time with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds. The Georgia native famously scored the lone run in Game 4 of the 2005 World Series, clinching the first title in 88 years for the Chicago White Sox. Harris led off the eighth inning of Game 4 with a pinch-hit single and scored the eventual winning run on a Jermaine Dye base hit. Harris gathered 580 hits and 107 stolen bases during his tenure in the Majors. He spent three seasons (2008-2010) with the Washington Nationals, playing in a career-high 140 games for the Nats’ in 2008. Of his 1,046 career MLB games, Harris played 409 in a Nationals uniform, more than any other team he suited up for. Prior to his tenure with the Nationals, Harris spent a year playing for the Atlanta Braves organization and appeared in 17 games for the Triple-A Richmond Braves at the beginning of the 2007 season. In just a short time of calling The Diamond home, Harris snagged seven bases and hit a robust .362 (21-58). His hot start in Richmond prompted a promotion to Atlanta and on April 30, Harris appeared in his first game as a Brave. He went on to play in 117 games for Atlanta, hitting .270 with 17 stolen bases. On July 21, 2007 Harris went 6-6 at the plate against St. Louis, becoming just second Atlanta player to record six hits in a game, joining Felix Milan in the history books. Harris connected on two triples, drove in six and scored four runs in the standout performance. Harris began his coaching career in 2016 with the White Sox system as a hitting coach with the Great Falls Voyagers in the Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie League). Under his tutelage, the Voyagers batted .280 (5th) and swatted 53 home runs, fourth most in the league. The 2016 Voyagers also displayed significant patience at the plate, leading to a team .365 on base percentage (3rd). In 2017 Harris was promoted to manager of the Winston-Salem Dash, the Advanced-A affiliate of the White Sox (Carolina League). In his first season at the helm, the Dash finished with a 56-83 record. The Dash hit .263 as a team (3rd overall) and were caught stealing just 21 times, fewest in the Carolina League. Harris replaces 2017 Squirrels manager Kyle Haines, who has been promoted to Assistant Director of Player Development. About Pitching Coach Glen Dishman Dishman, 47, enters his third season in the San Francisco organization and his first with the Flying Squirrels. The former MLB pitcher spent the past two seasons in the Arizona Rookie League and helped guide the AZL Giants to the Championship Series in 2017. Under Dishman’s tutelage, the AZL Giants posted a 3.96 ERA (5th), while striking out 525 batters (3rd). Dishman replaces Steve Kline, who has been assigned to Triple-A Sacramento. Kline previously held the role of pitching coach for three seasons. Dishman’s coaching career began in 2004 when he joined the staff at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA. The Dodgers then added Dishman to their coaching ranks the following year, beginning a stretch of seven seasons in the Los Angeles system. From 2005-2011 Dishman made stops as the pitching coach for the Columbus Catfish (2005), Vero Beach Dodgers (2006), Great Lakes Loons (2007, 2015), Jacksonville Suns (2008), Chattanooga Lookouts (2009) and the Albuquerque Isotopes (2010-2014). Dishman began his professional playing career as a member of the San Diego Padres organization in 1993. The lefty was initially signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Christian University and assigned to Short Season Spokane where he complied a record of 6-3 with a 2.20 ERA over 12 starts. Dishman reached Double-A Wichita In 1994 and was a Texas League All-Star with the Wranglers. He replicated the All-Star duties the following year in Triple-A Las Vegas and made his MLB debut on June 22, 1995 for the Padres. During his rookie campaign, Dishman appeared in 19 games (16 starts) and finished with a record of 4-8 and a 5.01 ERA. He appeared in three games the following year with San Diego and was eventually picked up on waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1997 Dishman appeared in seven games for the Tigers before falling back out of the Major Leagues. In all he appeared in 33 MLB games (21 starts) and worked 135.1 innings over three seasons. About Hitting Coach Francisco Morales Morales, 44, joins the Giants organization after having spent three years on staff in the San Diego Padres system. The former Minor League catcher was the hitting coach for the San Antonio Missions (Double-A, Texas League) in 2014 and made his managerial debut in 2015 with the Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Low A, Midwest League). In 2016 Morales briefly took over as manager for the Lake Elsinore Storm (Advanced-A California League). The Dominican Republic native began his post-playing career as a bullpen catcher and staff assistant with the Cleveland Indians organization. He got his start as a coach in 2005, when the Arizona Diamondbacks pegged him as an instructor in the Dominican Summer League. As a player, Morales spent parts of eight seasons in the Minor Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Montreal Expos before spending four seasons playing in the Independent Leagues. About Special Assistant Gene Clines Clines joins the staff having spent the past two years within the Giants organization as a Special Assistant, Player Development. The former MLB outfielder enjoyed a 10-year Big League playing career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs (1970-79). Clines’ playing career was highlighted by three trips to the postseason with the Pirates (1971,1972 and 1974), including a World Series title in 1971. He had his best season in the Majors with the Pirates in 1972, batting .334 in 107 games. Clines has an extensive coaching resume that began as a first base coach with the Chicago Cubs following his final year as a player in 1980. He spent six seasons as the San Francisco’s hitting and outfield coach (1997-2002), and has also has served as the hitting coach with the Milwaukee Brewers (1994-95), Seattle Mariners (1989-92) and Houston Astros (1988). Prior to retuning to the Giants organization, he spent nine years working for the Los Angeles Dodgers as a Senior Advisor in Player Development. Drafted by the Pirates in the 6th round of the 1966 draft, Clines made his MLB debut on June 28, 1970. He appeared in 31 games his rookie season and helped lead Pittsburgh to a World Series title the following year. Clines batted .308 for the ’71 Pirates and stole 15 bases in 300 plate appearances. Clines connected on a solo home run the fifth inning of Game 2 of the NLDS against San Francisco. He also appeared in three World Series games against Baltimore, going 1-11 with a triple. About Bullpen Coach Eliezer Zambrano The Flying Squirrels don’t know what a baseball season would be like without the veteran catcher Zambrano, who will transition into a coaching role in 2018. Zambrano, “The Original Squirrel” has been a mainstay of the team and community since the club’s inception in 2010, and is the only Flying Squirrels player to appear in a game in all eight seasons of the club’s existence. The man also known as “Z”, has totaled 691 plate appearances in 216 games in his Flying Squirrels career and 447 games overall. The 12-year MiLB veteran was initially signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent on Feb. 9, 2005. In addition to his contributions on the field, Zambrano has volunteered for the Flying Squirrels in countless community appearances, kids camps and events. About Hiro Sato Hiroki Sato begins his first year as an athletic trainer with Richmond after spending the 2017 season with the Augusta GreenJackets (Low A, South Atlantic League). Prior to his time in Augusta, he spent three seasons with the Arizona Rookie Giants. Before his arrival in the Giants system, Sato spent one season in the Los Angeles Dodgers system working at the rookie ball level. During the 2014-2015 season, he served as the head athletic trainer of San Juan Senadores during the Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sato earned a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ and another bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from International Budo University in Chiba, Japan. He received his M.S. from California University of Pennsylvania. He began his interest in professional baseball as an undergraduate intern (PBATS& JBATS) with the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, and Texas Rangers while attending Grand Canyon University. He is a member of the NATA, NSCA, and NASM. Sato has been in the United States for 10 years, arriving from his hometown of Oita, Prefecture of Japan.” Strength & Conditioning Coach Jonathan Medici Jonathan Medici begins his first season as strength and conditioning coach for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. 2018 marks his second year in the San Francisco Giants organization, previously holding the same title with the San Jose Giants (Advanced-A California League). Medici also served as the physical performance coach for the Modesto Nuts in the Colorado Rockies organization during the 2016 season.
|Now Casting: Background Actors Needed for Uniformed Military Roles On ...Richmond News / 1 d. 1 h. 33 min. ago more|
It's not just in your dreams - you can be on Showtime's "Homeland" this Christmas, as the long-running series is currently casting male and female talent to portray military members in background roles for a shoot next week. There are also roles available for voiceover actors in a sci-fi audio drama, a recurring gig as a streaming game show host, and a print campaign for models of all sizes and ethnicities.
|Review: Marvin Pontiac's "The Asylum Tapes"Style Weekly / 1 d. 1 h. 45 min. ago more|
“Marvin Pontiac – The Asylum Tapes” closes out 2017 on a bluesy, surreal, darkly humorous and nakedly personal note -- or at least as personal as a fictitious character can be. Pontiac’s 2000 debut, “The Legendary Marvin Pontiac,” introduced him as an half-Jewish/half-Malian musician, whose brilliant voice was stifled by institutionalization for insanity, and silenced in a 1977 bus accident. His work was unknown, except to a swarm of A-list musicians including David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Beck, whose straight-faced, lavish praise accompanied blurry photos of the artist in attractive but mysterious packaging. Behind it all was John Lurie, saxophonist founder of the Lounge Lizards, a “punk-jazz” band with stellar players and a strong compositional voice. Lurie went on to star in independent films (“Down by Law,” “The Last Temptation of Christ”) and create and host of what is easily the best show about fishing for people who don’t fish. (“Fishing with John.”) Despite an established following, Lurie’s name was nowhere on the packaging of the first “Marvin Pontiac,” although his utterly distinctive vocals gave the game away with the first song. Then came 17 years of silence. Lurie came down with neurological Lyme disease, making playing saxophone impossible. With his musical expression cut off, Lurie started yet another career as a painter of idiosyncratic works of startling beauty with perfect titles: “The Invention of Animals,” “The Spirits Are Trying to Tell Me Something but It’s Really [Expletive] Vague.” The success of the paintings, including “Bear Surprise” which became a huge, unlikely meme in Russia, were the vehicle for Lurie’s gradual reemergence. He started doing rare Q&A appearances for theater showings of “Fishing with John.” His friends and former sidemen staged a series of tribute concerts in 2014. But nothing musical from the man himself until the recent release of “The Asylum Tapes.” Again, it is a model of faux authenticity, billed as recorded at the “Esmerelda State Mental Institution” on an anonymously-donated 4-track tape deck. On the surface, it is a seamless continuation of the serious/not-serious 2000 project. But, informed by two challenging decades, this edition is darker, funnier, and even more true to the lone outsider concept than the first album. The songs are mostly miniatures, often clocking in under two minutes, with stripped-down, often multi-tracked voice, harmonica, and banjo. The lyrics have the roots integrity of Delta Blues, often rustic, sometimes profound, illuminated with lightning flashes of unexpected humor. Like Captain Beefheart’s legendary “Trout Mask Replica,” the “Asylum Years” is at once innocent and smart, primitive, and canny, the musical analog of Lurie’s strange and beautiful paintings. You can find links to purchase the album here.
|4 dead, hundreds wounded as protests over Jerusalem hit second weekWTVR / 1 d. 2 h. 21 min. ago more|
Watch Video Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded Friday in the West Bank and Gaza during violent clashes between Israeli troops and protesters opposed to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Roughly 2,500 Palestinians rolled burning tires and hurled firebombs and rocks at police in several West Bank cities, and another 3,500 clashed with soldiers along the security fence in Gaza, the Israeli army said. The Palestinian Health Ministry said two people were killed in Gaza, both of them shot in the head. The ministry identified them as Yaser Sukar, 23, killed in Shujaiyya, east of Gaza City; and Ibrahim Abu Tharaya, 29, shot during clashes along Gaza’s border with Israel. Tharaya was a wheelchair-bound double amputee, the ministry said. He was regularly photographed at protests in Gaza waving a Palestinian flag from his wheelchair. “Throughout yesterday extremely violent riots erupted along the border of the Gaza strip,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. “IDF troops fired selectively towards main instigators. Claims were received about two dead Palestinians. The claims regarding the circumstances of the death of a Palestinian with no legs who participated in the riots will be reviewed.” Two more Palestinians died in the West Bank, the Health Ministry said. They were identified as Basel Mustafa Muhammad Ibrahim, 29, from Anata; and Mohammad Ameen Aqel, who was fatally wounded in the Ramallah neighborhood of al-Bireh. Israeli police say Aqel was shot after carrying out a stabbing attack on a border police officer during a demonstration. Photos taken of Aqel show him wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt. Police have not said whether they believe the belt was real or a fake. At least 367 others were injured — seven critically — and taken to hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the health ministry. Most of them were suffering from injuries caused by tear gas and rubber bullets. The situation around Gaza remained tense heading into the weekend, as Israel warned Gaza’s Hamas leadership on Thursday that it would not tolerate continued rocket fire from the coastal enclave. Since Trump’s announcement over a week ago, 16 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel, Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday. Manelis acknowledged that most of the rockets had not been fired by Hamas, but were in fact launched by smaller Islamist organizations. Israel has repeatedly said it holds Hamas responsible for any projectiles fired from Gaza. Tens of thousands of worshipers came to the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City for Friday prayers. After prayers were over, hundreds stayed behind to protest. Some waved the flags of countries most critical of Trump’s announcement, including those of Turkey and Malaysia. Thousands of Jordanians also gathered to protest in downtown Amman, and local television aired live footage of smaller protests elsewhere in the country. Trump’s move last week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and commit to moving the US Embassy to the holy city prompted international criticism and sparked protests across the world. The announcement, which upended seven decades of US foreign policy, delighted Israeli officials but was condemned by Palestinian leaders, who see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki told reporters last week that the leadership had decided there would be “no formal communications” with US officials in the wake of Trump’s Jerusalem decision. Jordan’s King Abdullah has also been critical of Trump’s announcement, saying last week that there was “no alternative to a two-state solution, and Jerusalem is key to any peace agreement.” Abdullah is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.
|Petersburg considering changing schools named for Confederate generalsWRIC / 1 d. 2 h. 29 min. ago more|
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg City Public Schools is holding a series of meetings to discuss changing the names of three schools in the district which are currently named for Confederate generals. The schools which are considering name changes are A.P. Hill Elementary, Robert E. Lee Elementary and J.E.B. Stuart Elementary. All three schools were named in the early 1900s. The School Board is bringing the question up at its next meeting, which is being held Jan. 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the School Board meeting room located at 255 South Boulevard East in Petersburg. Three additional meetings will be held in the week that follows. The school board invites families, teachers, school employees, partners and members of the public to give their input on the matter. Those meetings will be held at the following times and places: J.E.B Stuart Elementary, Jan. 4, 6-7 p.m. A.P. Hill Elementary, Jan. 8, 6-7 p.m. Robert E. Lee Elementary, Jan. 9, 6-7 p.m. A public hearing is also being held at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in the cafeteria of Petersburg High School. Anyone who wishes to speak at the public hearing can sign up at the meeting and speak at maximum for 3 minutes. The school system is also making a survey available online and in print to get public input. A link to the survey will be available at www.petersburg.k12.va.us starting at 6 a.m. Jan. 4. The online survey will remain available through 11:59 p.m. Jan. 17 The paper version of the survey will be available at the school-based meetings and in the lobby of the Administrative Offices of Petersburg City Public Schools. Members of the public may pick up copies of the paper survey at the Administrative Offices between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays Jan. 4-17, but not Jan. 15, because schools will be closed. The survey asks two questions about each of the three schools: Should the school’s name be changed? If the name is changed, what should the new name be? Please state your reason for this suggestion. Ultimately, the Petersburg School Board says that while they value the public input, it is their responsibility to choose the names of schools. A vote on whether or not to change the names of the schools will be held at the Feb. 7 School Board meeting. Any changes in school names would not take effect until July 1, 2018. In a press release, the School Board explained their decision to consider name changes. “We must look to the future, not the past, to achieve our mission of developing 21st-century citizens able to effectively collaborate, communicate and innovate,” the memo said. “One way to symbolize this forward movement is to consider changing the names of the three schools that are named for Confederate generals.” Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Rockbridge Co. Sheriff’s deputy kills bank robbery suspectWFIR / 1 d. 3 h. 9 min. ago more|
State Police say a Rockbridge County Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a bank robbery suspect today a short distance from the bank. Police say it started with an armed robbery at the Cornerstone Bank branch just north of Lexington, and when responding deputies confronted the suspect running behind a nearby building, he pointed a gun at them. Police say the deputies then opened fire, striking the man, and efforts that followed to keep him alive failed. The suspect’s name has not been released. The same bank was robbed in September, and investigators are working to determine if the two holdups are related. From State Police: ROCKBRIDGE CO., Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Dec. 15, 2017, at the College Square Shopping Center in Rockbridge County. At 10:55 a.m. Friday, the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a robbery in progress at the Cornerstone Bank. Three deputies from the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene and located the robbery suspect running behind an adjacent building. When the deputies challenged the subject, the subject brandished a handgun and pointed it at the deputies. The deputies fired at the suspect. Despite CPR efforts administered at the scene by EMS, the adult, male suspect died at the scene. State police are still in the process of notifying the man’s next of kin. At the request of the Rockbridge County Sheriff, Virginia State Police is investigating the shooting. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.
|Richmond teen charged with murder in Chesterfield - NBC12 ... - WWBT NBC12 NewsGoogle News / 1 d. 3 h. 50 min. ago more|
WRICRichmond teen charged with murder in Chesterfield - NBC12 ...WWBT NBC12 NewsAn 18-year-old Richmond man faces a murder charge after a 36-year-old man was found dead in a Chesterfield neighborhood near the Boulders.RPD: Man who shot at Richmond police with an assault-style rifle also charged in Chesterfield killingWRICTeen charged with Chesterfield man's murderwtvr.comall 10 news articles »
|Scam alert: Police warn of bogus “Secret Shopper” mailWFIR / 1 d. 3 h. 56 min. ago more|
Vinton Police are warning about bogus “Secret Shopper” checks that are arriving at many homes through the mail. It is a scam, and police say if you follow the instructions, you will be out a lot of money. News release: The Vinton Police Department has discovered a check scam targeting residents in the Roanoke Valley. Potential victims are being mailed a fraudulent “Cashier’s Check” via the United States Postal Service-Priority Mail. In the most recent case, the check is drawn on a fictitious account from Lyon County State Bank of Emporia, Kansas. The printing of the check is very well done, and it appears to be a legitimate check. However, the checks are, of course, fictitious. The scam is presented as a “Secret Shopper” promotion for Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Western Union. The instructions encourage the victim to deposit the check in the victim’s personal bank account. Then the victim is to “evaluate” the money wiring services of above businesses by sending $1,200.00 to two “Receivers” who are conducting the “Secret Shopper” program. The victim is then instructed to “keep” $300 for conducting the transactions. The check, of course, will later be determined to be fictitious and the victim will then be financially responsible for the wired funds. Citizens are reminded to research promotions such as “Secret Shopper” offers before responding to these solicitations. Scams can be quickly discovered by keyword searches online, by contacting the Better Business Bureau, or by contacting your local police department. Happy Holidays from “Your Vinton Police Department!”
|Petersburg man leads police on chase along I-95 Thursday; 2nd suspect still missingWRIC / 1 d. 4 h. 3 min. ago more|
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police say that a man is in custody and another is still on the loose after they led police on a chase Thursday night along I-95 south in Chesterfield, through Colonial Heights and into Petersburg. Shawon Q. Beasley, 25, from Petersburg, is charged with four felony counts of eluding police, one misdemeanor count of eluding police, one felony possession of a schedule I or II drug charge, one felony possession with intent to sell and one misdemeanor for driving without a valid license. A second suspect is still missing. Police said the chase began around 7 p.m. when Chesterfield Police tried to pull Beasley’s vehicle on I-95 near Exit 67 in Chesterfield County. Beasley’s vehicle took Exit 54 at Temple Avenue in Colonial Heights. Eventually, Virginia State Police joined the pursuit and were able to get Beasley to stop on Monument Drive in Petersburg, at which point he fled on foot. He was apprehended shortly thereafter by a state trooper without further incident. Police did not provide a description or name of the second passenger who still has not been arrested. Beasley has since been transported to Chesterfield County Jail. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Former legislative aide accuses Congressman Bobby Scott of inappropriate touchingWRIC / 1 d. 4 h. 55 min. ago more|
ARLINGTON, Va. (WAVY) — M. Reese Everson, a former legislative aide with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, stated in a press conference Friday afternoon that Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.) touched her inappropriately. Scott immediately released a statement which says “I absolutely deny this allegation of misconduct.” Everson claims in 2013 Scott inappropriately touched her knee and back. “I was retaliated against. I was wrongfully terminated and I was blackballed, or black listed, whatever the appropriate term is. I was prevented from moving forward in my career because I attempted to run from a situation that was sexually inappropriate, where I had been propositioned to have a sexual relationship with my boss that I did not want,” said Everson during the press conference. Everson sat down with FOX News on Nov. 17 for an interview about alleged sexual harassment from a lawmaker, but did not name the individual. Her lawyer, Jack Burkman, said politics were “as from our minds as the moon” at the press conference, adding Everson was there to prevent this from happening to other women. Everson published a book in 2014 titled “The B.A.B.E.’s Guide to Winning in the Workplace,” which the back cover describes as a “safe space for discussing the hidden issues and micro-inequities that largely go unspoken of when men act out the ‘boys will be boys’ mentality (which works to undermine the empowerment and advancement of women in the workplace).” Below is Scott’s full statement: “Today, a former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation fellow, backed by a Republican operative known for dabbling in outlandish conspiracy theories, falsely alleged an act of sexual harassment against me. I absolutely deny this allegation of misconduct. I have never sexually harassed anyone in my 25 years of service in the United States Congress, or in my 40 years of public service, or at any other time. Sexual harassment and assault are serious issues deserving of critical attention and review. No one should be subjected to sexual harassment or be treated unfairly. I have fought to promote and ensure that in my political and professional life and I live by it personally. The recent national discussion about sexual harassment is valued and important to our work to continue to make the workplace free from harassment and discrimination. False allegations will squander this momentous opportunity for dialogue on meaningful change in the workplace. I am confident that this false allegation will be seen for what it is when the facts are adequately reviewed.” Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Woman found dead in woods mauled by dogs - WWBT NBC12 NewsGoogle News / 1 d. 5 h. 4 min. ago more|
New York Daily NewsWoman found dead in woods mauled by dogsWWBT NBC12 NewsThe woman - 22-year-old Bethany Lynn Stephens - was discovered just after 8:15 p.m. Thursday in a remote area in the 2200 block of Manakin Road. The woman's dad called for help. The medical examiner says the attack appeared to be a violent attack ...Goochland sheriff described 'grisly' scene after woman mauled to death by her pit bullsRichmond.comVirginia woman killed by her pit bulls in 'grisly mauling'New York Daily NewsGlen Allen woman mauled to death by her dogs while out for a walkwtvr.comDaily Mailall 60 news articles »
|Police: after store is held up, clerk takes cash for himselfWFIR / 1 d. 6 h. 23 min. ago more|
Roanoke Police are looking for the person who held up a grocery store — and they have arrested the store clerk for helping himself to money that was not handed over to the gunman. Police say the robbery occurred last night at Big Lick Grocery on Tazewell Avenue SE. Investigators say surveillance video then shows 43-year-old Terry Hopson, Junior removing more cash from the register and stuffing it in a pocket. From Roanoke City Police: – On December 14, 2017 at 8:15 p.m., Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 800 block of Tazewell Avenue SE, Big Lick Grocery, to investigate a robbery. The suspect came in the store, pointed a handgun at the clerk, and demanded money. After getting the money the suspect ran away on foot. The clerk was not hurt. Officers set up a perimeter around the area of the store following the robbery but did not find the suspect. As officers carefully reviewed surveillance video of the robbery, they saw that the clerk, Terry Hopson Jr., age 43, of Roanoke removed additional cash from the register after the suspect had left and put the money in his back pocket. Hopson was arrested for embezzlement and taken to the Roanoke City Jail. Anyone with information is encouraged to call our tip line at 540-344-8500. Callers can choose to remain anonymous. The investigation is ongoing.
|Flying Squirrels Name Willie Harris as New ManagerStyle Weekly / 1 d. 6 h. 35 min. ago more|
World Series winner had stints with Atlanta and Washington. From the press release desk: The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, will have "former Major League utilityman" Willie Harris as their new manager in 2018. Harris is a 2005 World Series champion. More from the release below: The three-time World Series champion San Francisco Giants have announced the 2018 field staff for their Double-A affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Former Major League utilityman and 2005 World Series champion Willie Harris will lead the Flying Squirrels for the 2018 season. Harris enters his first year in the San Francisco Giants organization and will become the seventh manager in Flying Squirrels franchise history. Harris appeared in 1,046 games over the course of his MLB career and spent time with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and New York Mets. Harris will be joined on staff by pitching coach Glen Dishman, hitting coach Francisco Morales, Special Assistant Gene Clines and bullpen coach Eliezer Zambrano. The 2018 athletic trainer will be Hiro Sato, while the strength and condition coach will be Jonathan Medici. About Manager Willie Harris Harris, 39, becomes the seventh manager in Flying Squirrels history and the most accomplished former MLB player to take the reins. Harris appeared in 1,046 games over the course of his 12-year MLB career, spending time with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds. The Georgia native famously scored the lone run in Game 4 of the 2005 World Series, clinching the first title in 88 years for the Chicago White Sox. Harris led off the eighth inning of Game 4 with a pinch-hit single and scored the eventual winning run on a Jermaine Dye base hit. Harris gathered 580 hits and 107 stolen bases during his tenure in the Majors. He spent three seasons (2008-2010) with the Washington Nationals, playing in a career-high 140 games for the Nats’ in 2008. Of his 1,046 career MLB games, Harris played 409 in a Nationals uniform, more than any other team he suited up for. Prior to his tenure with the Nationals, Harris spent a year playing for the Atlanta Braves organization and appeared in 17 games for the Triple-A Richmond Braves at the beginning of the 2007 season. In just a short time of calling The Diamond home, Harris snagged seven bases and hit a robust .362 (21-58). His hot start in Richmond prompted a promotion to Atlanta and on April 30, Harris appeared in his first game as a Brave. He went on to play in 117 games for Atlanta, hitting .270 with 17 stolen bases. On July 21, 2007 Harris went 6-6 at the plate against St. Louis, becoming just second Atlanta player to record six hits in a game, joining Felix Milan in the history books. Harris connected on two triples, drove in six and scored four runs in the standout performance. Harris began his coaching career in 2016 with the White Sox system as a hitting coach with the Great Falls Voyagers in the Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie League). Under his tutelage, the Voyagers batted .280 (5th) and swatted 53 home runs, fourth most in the league. The 2016 Voyagers also displayed significant patience at the plate, leading to a team .365 on base percentage (3rd). In 2017 Harris was promoted to manager of the Winston-Salem Dash, the Advanced-A affiliate of the White Sox (Carolina League). In his first season at the helm, the Dash finished with a 56-83 record. The Dash hit .263 as a team (3rd overall) and were caught stealing just 21 times, fewest in the Carolina League. Harris replaces 2017 Squirrels manager Kyle Haines, who has been promoted to Assistant Director of Player Development.
|Hall of Fame retired college coach laments Stagg Bowl leaving townWFIR / 1 d. 6 h. 48 min. ago more|
Photo: Wikipeda Commons A college football Hall-of-Fame retired coach who scored one of the biggest upsets in history will watch tonight’s Stagg Bowl in Salem – lamenting that this is the last one. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 12-15 Stagg Bowl Wrap#1-WEB
|Virginia's women's monument will include a new Confederate statue to 'the angel of the Lost Cause' - Richmond.comGoogle News / 1 d. 6 h. 53 min. ago more|
Richmond.comVirginia's women's monument will include a new Confederate statue to 'the angel of the Lost Cause'Richmond.comAs Virginia's next governor, Ralph Northam will take part in the 2019 dedication of the Virginia Women's Monument on Capitol Square, which is to include a statue of a Confederate captain. Sally Louisa Tompkins, a Richmond hospital administrator ...and more »
|The Final Countdown (to the Holidays)Richmond Magazine / 1 d. 7 h. 29 min. ago more|
There’s still time to score prime gifts at local markets happening this weekend.
|VA4E looks to connect entrepreneurs with Virginia capital onlineWFIR / 1 d. 7 h. 50 min. ago more|
Looking to start your own business? A new website launched by Governor McAuliffe and U.S. Senator Mark Warner earlier this week aims to help entrepreneurs find capital in Virginia to make their dream a reality. WFIR’s Ian Price has more on VA4E: 12-15 VA4E WEB-WRAP Click here to try out VA4E for yourself
|Victims Remembered as Death Toll ClimbsRichmond Magazine / 1 d. 7 h. 59 min. ago more|
About 100 people gathered at City Hall for the 27th annual memorial service for friends and family of homicide victims.
|Roanoke man is Va. Lottery $1 million winnerWFIR / 1 d. 8 h. 8 min. ago more|
Va. Lottery photo From the Virginia Lottery: Charles Stanley of Roanoke may be the master of understatement. Here’s how he described scratching a $1,000,000 High Rollers Club ticket from the Virginia Lottery: “I thought, ‘Well, I’ve won $100,’ but it turns out I won a little more.” Actually, he won a lot more. He won the $1 million top prize. He bought the winning ticket at Brambleton Station, 3809 Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke, which receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket. He had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years or a cash option of $675,982 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The $1,000,000 High Rollers Club game is one of dozens of Scratchers offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. Mr. Stanley is the first player to win the $1 million prize in this game, which means three more remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,101,600. The odds of winning any prize in $1,000,000 High Rollers Club are 1 in 3.35. When asked what he intends to do with his winnings, Mr. Stanley joked, “I might buy myself a Pepsi Cola.”
|Suspect in Virginia car attack faces upgraded chargeWFIR / 1 d. 8 h. 17 min. ago more|
James Fields, Jr. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex Fields that they were seeking to upgrade the second-degree murder charge he previously faced in the Aug. 12 collision in Charlottesville that left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and dozens injured. The judge agreed to that and ruled there is probable cause for all charges against Fields, including nine lesser felony counts, to proceed. Fields’ case will now be presented to a grand jury for an indictment. Authorities say the 20-year-old, described by a former teacher as having a keen interest in Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler, drove his speeding car into a group of counterprotesters the day of the “Unite the Right” rally that drew hundreds of white nationalist from around the country. The attack came after the rally in this Virginia college town had descended into chaos — with violent brawling between attendees and counterdemonstrators — and authorities had forced the crowd to disband. Surveillance footage from a Virginia State Police helicopter, played by prosecutors in court, captured the moment of impact by the car and the cursing of the startled troopers on board. The video then showed the car as it reversed, drove away and eventually pulled over. The helicopter had been monitoring the violence, and prosecutors questioned Charlottesville Police Detective Steven Young about the video as it played. Another surveillance video from a restaurant showed the car head slowly in what Young testified was the direction of the counterprotesters, who were not in view of the camera. The car reversed before speeding forward into the frame again. After that footage, a man in the crowd shouted an expletive and cried out, “Take me out.” He and others left the courtroom. Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, sat quietly in a striped jumpsuit with his hands cuffed during the hearing. His attorney Denise Lunsford did not present evidence or make any arguments at the hearing, although she did cross-examine the detective. Fields was photographed hours before the attack with a shield bearing the emblem of Vanguard America, one of the hate groups that took part in the rally, although the group denied any association with him. A former teacher, Derek Weimer, has said Fields was fascinated in high school with Nazism, idolized Adolf Hitler, and had been singled out by officials at his Union, Kentucky, school for “deeply held, radical” convictions on race. During her cross-examination of Young, Lunsford asked if searches of Fields’ computer, phone or social media revealed any evidence that he was part of Vanguard America or any other white nationalist group. Young said, “No.” Young also testified that he was among the first officers to respond to the scene where Fields pulled over. No weapon was found in the car, he said. Lunsford asked the detective what Fields said as he was being detained. Fields said he was sorry and asked if people were OK, according to Young. When Fields was told someone had died, he appeared shocked and sobbed, Young said. Young said authorities had identified 36 victims of the car attack, including Heyer — a number higher than officials have previously given. Some have significant injuries and now use wheelchairs, Young said. Fields would have faced between five to 40 years in prison for a second-degree murder conviction. First-degree murder carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison. Charlottesville General District Court Judge Robert Downer Jr. also presided over preliminary hearings Thursday for three other defendants. Charged in cases related to the August rally are Richard Preston, who is accused of firing a gun, and Jacob Goodwin and Alex Ramos, who are accused in an attack on a man in a parking garage that was captured in photos and video that went viral. The judge certified the charges against all three men. All those cases will also head to a grand jury. Jason Kessler, the main organizer of the Unite the Right rally, was in court to watch the proceedings. When he arrived Thursday, a small crowd of angry protesters outside the courthouse chanted, “Blood on your hands.”
|McAuliffe to leave office without pardoning diplomat’s sonWFIR / 1 d. 8 h. 27 min. ago more|
Jens Soering (WDBJ7 file photo) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe will leave office without pardoning a German diplomat’s son serving a life sentence in the 1985 slayings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents. Jens Soering submitted a request for the governor’s clemency. Activists have also sought a pardon for Soering. But The Washington Post reports that the outgoing governor says Virginia is still investigating claims that DNA evidence indicates that Soering was not the source of some of the type-O blood found by investigators. The newspaper quotes McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy as saying they don’t expect that investigation to be completed before the governor departs. Soering initially confessed to the murders but later recanted. In 2010, then-Gov. Tim Kaine asked the Justice Department to transfer Soering to a German prison. But Kaine’s successor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, revoked that request.
|Delegate Sam Rasoul on state budget and other issuesWFIR / 1 d. 8 h. 42 min. ago more|
Del. Sam Rasoul Governor McAuliffe promises the last biennial budget proposal he will unveil on Monday will be the “strongest fiscal budget” in the state’s history, with significant funding for priorities like mental health and a teacher shortage. However Roanoke delegate Sam Rasoul is a bit more cautious about the General Assembly’s upcoming debate – calling it a “tight budget” cycle. Rasoul spoke live this morning on WFIR; hear a complete conversation with Roanoke’s Democratic delegate about a range of issues on the link that follows: 12-15 Sam Rasoul-WEB
|5 Faves: Wake and BakeRichmond Magazine / 1 d. 8 h. 54 min. ago more|
Pull together a quick, decadent brunch on the fly for your houseguests this holiday season with this lineup of ready-made, one-stop-shopping treats
|Cox “remains committed to Net Neutrality Rules”WFIR / 1 d. 9 h. 49 min. ago more|
Cox Communications – a major supplier of Internet and cable TV services in the Roanoke Valley – has issued a statement after the FCC’s decision yesterday to reverse “Net Neutrality” rules enacted during the Obama Administration.(Release from Cox Communications) “Today’s vote by the FCC to remove the Title II section of the Net Neutrality rules does not impact our commitment to Net Neutrality. We do not block, throttle or otherwise interfere with consumers’ desire to go where they want on the Internet. Cox has always been committed to providing an open Internet experience for our customers, and reversing the classification of Internet services does not change our commitment. We applaud FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for his leadership that has overturned the previous Commission’s decision to enact Title II, the 1930s-era utility telephone regulations. Reestablishing ‘light-touch’ regulation returns a level of certainty for consumer protections and future investment and innovation that spur the growth of the Internet.”
|Northwest Roanoke activists make peace amid allegationsWFIR / 1 d. 12 h. 39 min. ago more|
One of the founders of The Hope Center in Roanoke has implied on social media he will be taking over Shawn Hunter’s role with The Peacemakers for the time being. Grover Price has made Facebook posts criticizing Hunter and The Peacemakers but it appears they’ve made a truce. Price’s status says he’s decided to take The Peacemakers in a different direction while Hunter sorts out personal issues. Hunter currently faces three charges in connection to sending a lewd photo to a Roanoke Times reporter.
|Richmond Food News: Week of Dec. 11-15Richmond Magazine / 1 d. 14 h. 23 min. ago more|
This week we help you find that special holiday drink, share a couple of ways to help others, and look back at the fruit of the year.
|Warner, Goodlatte denounce, praise tax reform billWFIR / 1 d. 14 h. 25 min. ago more|
Congress is poised to vote next week on the biggest changes to the U.S. tax code in decades. Virginia’s Republican Congressmen applaud the bill, but its Democrat Senators say the measure is both rushed and flawed. We hear from Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Bob Goodlatte in this report from WFIR’s Evan Jones: 12-15 Tax Reform Wrap2-WEB
|'Fallstreak' cloud dazzles Central Virginia skies - WWBT NBC12 NewsGoogle News / 1 d. 22 h. 51 min. ago more|
'Fallstreak' cloud dazzles Central Virginia skiesWWBT NBC12 NewsMany NBC12 viewers spotted a cloud formation in the skies on Thursday night that had many asking: WHAT IS THAT? The cloud is what is known as a "fallstreak" cloud. They're also called "hole punch clouds." Click "play" on the video at the top of this ...
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Richmond.comMan killed, woman injured in Richmond shootingWWBT NBC12 News(Source: RNN). RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -. The Richmond Police Department says a 24-year-old man was found shot to death around 5 a.m. Thursday in the 3200 block of Stockton Street. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. When police were called to the scene, they found ...After two killings in two days, Richmond's 2017 total of 63 homicides is highest in a year since 2006Richmond.comall 4 news articles »
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|Amazon expands same-day delivery and one-day shipping to thousands more citiesRichmond News / 2 d. 22 h. 33 min. ago more|
Amazon announced today it has expanded its same-day delivery and one-day shipping service to thousands more markets across the U.S., just in time for last-minute holiday shopping. Before, these services were available to Prime members in 5,000 cities and towns, the retailer tells us.
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Prosecutors are asking that a 62-year-old area physician, called a one-man opioid epidemic, serve 30 years in prison for his key role in a long-running "pill-mill" operation.
|Homeland Season 7 Trailer and Premiere DateRichmond News / 3 d. 7 h. 2 min. ago more|
Showtime has announced that the seventh season of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning hit drama Homeland will kick off on Sunday, February 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Check out the new Homeland Season 7 trailer below! Starring Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe winner Claire Danes and Emmy and Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, the cast of series regulars also includes returning actors Elizabeth Marvel, Linus Roache, Maury Sterling and Jake Weber, and joining the cast this season is acclaimed actor Morgan Spector .
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County Administrator Joe Casey notes full accreditation of all Chesterfield public schools, public safety advances and road improvement plans.
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|Video: Watch the First Trailer for Showtime's "Homeland" Season 7Style Weekly / 4 d. 5 h. 15 min. ago more|
Looks like we already have a first trailer for Showtime's "Homeland" season seven, which has been filming in Richmond the last few months. As Entertainment Weekly notes, the trailer seems to "depict the show’s heroes and villains alike struggling against an overreaching and civil rights-abusing president." Hmmm, you don't say? You'll notice shots inside Jefferson Hotel, outside the Virginia State Capitol, in the basement parking garage of the James Center -- plus many others maybe less recognizable in a split second. "Homeland" season seven will debut on Showtime on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. EST.
|Round-up: Science Museum Names New Deputy DirectorStyle Weekly / 4 d. 6 h. 5 min. ago more|
From the press release desk today: Elizabeth Voelkel has been named the deputy director of the Science Museum of Virginia. This is the second most senior position in the leadership structure, according to the release, and she will be responsible for the efficient operations of the 40-year-old Museum. "In this role, Voelkel will oversee the teams that handle facilities management, marketing, program development, technology, financial services and education for the organization," reads the release. Voelkel has worked at the museum for more than 22 yeras, holding many positions including human resources director. Since 2008 she has worked as director of operations and inspiration, according to the release. “The Museum has been on an impressive trajectory of growth the last five years,” Voelkel says in the release. “I’m excited to help the Museum continue to excel and grow to become an even bigger community resource.” In local music news, Lucy Dacus unveiled the first single, "Night Shift," from her highly anticipated second album, "Historian," on Matador Records. It's already got one vocal proponent in NPR critic Bob Boilen, who says "honestly this song is going to be the high bar to hit for guitar-driven, brokenhearted love songs in the coming year." You can read the rest of the NPR piece here. Dacus will perform at Charlottesville's The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Wednesday, March 7. Her new album will be available on March and you can order it from her website linked above.
|Jingling All the WayStyle Weekly / 4 d. 7 h. 22 min. ago more|
Dec. 17 The best months for oysters are those with R's in the name. So we've been told. Modern refrigeration has mitigated the pesky dangers of summer temperatures and shellfish, but, hey, who doesn't want an excuse to slurp bivalves and beer? Isley Brewing Co.'s Oyster Shellabration with Nomini Bay Oyster Ranch, from noon to 8 p.m., will offer them raw or broiled with secret sauce, cheese, bacon and peppers. And the brewery understands the pain of those who eschew the hard shell and will offer other choices, such as shrimp and chicken salad sliders. isleybrewingcompany.com. Dec. 17 Do good and go shopping: Center of the Universe Brewing Co. is getting geared up for its Christmas Market on Dec. 17 from 1 to 6 p.m. Sip a little beer and peruse the wares of 13 artisan vendors while humming along to seasonal live music. Holiday beer will be on tap, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Girls for a Change. cotubrewing.com. Dec. 31 Buskey Cider wants you to head over to Scott's Addition to watch the ball drop this year. At the cidery's 3-2-1 New Year's Party, you'll find countdown drink specials from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the big night. And tickets include a whole package: a commemorative Buskey Cider New Year's Eve 2018 glass, gluten-free food, a one-night-only cider release and prizes when the clock clicks into the new year. buskeycider.com.
|Black and TanStyle Weekly / 4 d. 7 h. 29 min. ago more|
Although it's stout and porter season, some of the lighter varieties can illuminate the season, too — and we've got a few standouts that are classically styled, easy drinkers worth some attention for achieving greatness in their simplicity. We've put together a mix-pack of goodness and guarantee they all go down nicely beside a fire, whether you want to soak up malt-fueled choco bombs, or throw back a few crisp, clear beverages — there's something for everyone. Richmond Lager Hardywood Park Craft Brewery 5 percent alcohol content The guys at Hardywood decided to kick it old-school with a classic lager — unfussy, solid, and easy-drinking — and nailed it. They've created a new fridge staple that celebrates all the glory of Richmond. Composed partly of Virginia-grown hops and barley, this unfiltered brew pours clear and golden with a surprising hop character that emerges at first sip immediately, followed by satisfying biscuit flavors and a malty backbone. There's even a smidge of citrus at the supercrisp finish. This one can — and should be — enjoyed cold, straight out of its very cool little stubby bottle. Up All Night Isley Brewing Co. 6.6 percent alcohol content Packing a desserty punch, Isley puts a decadent spin on its classic Bribe Oatmeal Porter with a coffee kickin' variant, Up All Night. Clocking in at just over 6 percent, you can savor all the velvety mouth feel yumminess it has to offer without getting socked by a booze bomb. It matters because you'll want to enjoy a couple of these bad boys. Roasted coffee notes are prominent on the nose, while chocolate, cherry and pecan flavors do some palate dazzling. Pairs well with all the holiday sweets that'll fill your belly in the coming months. Bonus points to Isley folks for keeping it local with Lamplighter Coffee Roasters' Tall Bike Blend coffee beans. Gingerbread Oak Barrel Aged Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter Strangeways Brewing 9.2 percent alcohol content Strangeways goes to total beast mode with its gingerbread-infused Imperial Pumpkin Porter aged in oak barrels. According to those weirdos at the brewery, "It›s the perfect collision of fall meets Christmas." Chock-full of locally grown gourds, this pours black as death metal cranked to 11, but lands easy on the palate with a silky smooth mouth feel. It unleashes a burst of woody bourbon, vanilla and all the spices of a freshly baked batch of gingerbread cookies. You can snag it in bottles to impress your friends and family during seasonal gatherings or indulge by your lonesome with a draft pour at one of two Strangeways tasting rooms — while it lasts of course. Simply put, this brew slays. Ember Ale Legend Brewing Co. 5.8 percent alcohol content A new, seasonal treat from an old Richmond favorite. Legend Brewing gave its classic Winter White a break and ushered in colder temps with an excellent extra special bitter. The Ember Ale pours copper and clear with some light lacing, unleashing a bounty of sweet, fruity aromas and a bevy of bready, almost crustlike, flavors. Balanced as heck, a swirl on the palate reveals caramel and toasted malts, with little to no bitterness. The finish is pleasantly dry and biscuity. It's quite a surprise to taste this much flavor in such a light-bodied brew, but we aren't complaining. Crimson Walrus Väsen Brewing Co. 7 percent alcohol content This beauty is part of Väsen's Walrus delish stout series, so you know you're in for a treat before your first glass finishes pouring and that creamy-tan head settles. Smooth and ever-so-berry-forward, this black-as-night stout boasts roasty malt vibes with hints of cocoa nibs and possibly some clove. Let it be known, it's all about those tangy raspberries emerging from chocolatey goodness that offer up a bit more complexity and possible debate from fans of this style. Curiously, some folks still taste more chocolate than fruit. However, everyone agrees this less than ordinary variant is as big as its name might suggest.
|The Domino EffectStyle Weekly / 4 d. 7 h. 35 min. ago more|
Some people look at the 5,300 breweries and brewpubs in the United States and see a crowded industry. Others, like Andrew Coplon, see opportunity. Earlier this year, the businessman and his wife, Stacie, started Secret Hopper, a Norfolk-based company that provides discreet, professional feedback to craft breweries through the use of "mystery shoppers." He is among a growing list of entrepreneurs who, while not directly involved with brewing, are banking on the rising popularity of craft beer. Coplon sends in vetted, detail-oriented secret shoppers to drink beer and interact with staff at breweries. Owners pay for the service, and what they get in return is credible, specific feedback. Unlike popular review sites online, the secret shoppers can offer perspectives from a certain demographic — women in their 30s, for instance — and pay attention to particular details brewers want assessed, such as lighting or staff friendliness. Coplon has hit on a service that appears to be in demand — four months after launching, the business is working with six breweries in Virginia and 50 more nationally. "In food service, there is more than just the meal," he says. "There is the total experience. When we were thinking of how we could become part of the craft beer industry, that was it. We started with our love of craft beer and decided we could help make the brewery experience better." Businesses such as Secret Hopper find a niche in area where an industry is so concentrated it requires ancillary professional services. Economists refer to this as "clustering," the phenomenon where numerous other businesses exist to serve and support a core manufacturer. For example, San Diego has about 150 breweries, which creates a cluster so big that Candace L. Moon was able to start the Craft Beer Attorney, a law firm that works exclusively in the industry. Two years after starting her own practice, she realized craft beer offered full-time work. Four years in, she hired other lawyers to help. In August, Moon's firm became part of an even larger practice. Closer to home, RVA Yeast Labs began nearly four years ago in Richmond when its owner Malachy McKenna recognized a need for yeast propagated locally. The product loses its freshness when shipped and most suppliers are in the Midwest and West. Also, RVA Yeast Labs helps the nearly two dozen Richmond breweries keep their beers local by offering strains of yeast found growing wild throughout the region. The clustering effect also gives existing businesses a new revenue stream. In 2003, Dave Libengood, a former special agent with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, founded Industry Consulting to help businesses navigate the byzantine labyrinth of ABC laws. Originally, the bulk of his clients were restaurants and hotels, but in the past few years he has taken on 10 Virginia craft breweries. This ancillary craft beverage business has the potential to be a major economic driver, according to Jill Davidson, president of the San Diego Brewers Guild, which represents some 110 of the city's 150 breweries. When you take into account all brewery-related businesses, such as tourism, marketing and apparel, the industry in San Diego accounts for more than 4,500 jobs, she says. Coplon is optimistic that a similar story will play out here. The 15-year food service veteran sees the signs that businesses locally could grow exponentially in the coming years. It just takes people with a vision to see what is possible. "There is a huge demand for these other services, whether it's production equipment, label design [or] brewery tours," he says. "With 5,300 breweries, you have to do more than make good beer." This story originally published in Hampton Roads Growler.
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|The Year in ReviewStyle Weekly / 4 d. 18 h. 35 min. ago more|
From history-makers to movers and shakers, what we’ll remember from 2017. Inside the Opioid Crisis In 2015, 806 people died from opioid-drug-related deaths in Virginia. By the first half of 2016, the number of fatal drug overdoses was on track to increase 35 percent from the year before, prompting Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. He and Attorney General Mark Herring announced programs to make naxolone, an overdose prevention drug, more available to first responders and to friends and families of addicts. In our Jan. 10 cover story, "Elusive Antidote," Style looked at one survival story in the fight against Virginia's opioid epidemic. "On days where I want to give up and say, 'I don't want to do this today,'" says Loren Allison, "I think of how far I've come and my children — how they didn't ask to be here, to have a mother who's an addict." Venture Richmond Names New Executive Director The event group tasked with enhancing downtown for the masses and developers announced that Lisa Sims would become the new executive director following the departure of Jack Berry in 2016. Sims is an energetic personality who knows her way around Venture's biggest events such as the Richmond Folk Festival, which broke a fundraising record this year, from years of experience as director of events and director of the Folk Festival. She's been in Richmond for two decades and has been a player in the large crowds we've seen downtown, from Friday Cheers and the Second Street Festival to Dominion RiverRock. Later in October, Venture also named Anedra Bourne, formerly the tourism coordinator for the city, as its new deputy executive director. Women March on Monument On Saturday, Jan. 17, more than a thousand people turn out for a March on Monument rally, expressing concern about women's rights under Donald Trump's term as president. Leaders in the group call for unity and energy. "Show me what democracy looks like," grand marshal Rebecca Wooden Keel yells. "This is what democracy looks like," the crowd calls back. Mayor Levar Stoney Addresses Immigration The month of February is dominated by stories surrounding Trump's executive orders on immigration. While Richmond is far from the Mexican border and its airport fields few international arrivals, questions were raised about how an order about sanctuary jurisdictions would affect the city. Mayor Levar Stoney does not designate Richmond a sanctuary city, but signs a directive affirming city policies of inclusion. Council Frustrated Over Reedy Creek A Richmond official with the Department of Public Utilities agrees to promise in writing that his department will withdraw an application for a controversial Reedy Creek project, opposed by many of its Forest Hill neighbors, following a tense discussion with City Council members. Residential Neighborhoods Push Back In late March, two meetings pit residents against nearby development plans and throw a spotlight on zoning regulations in Richmond. At City Council on March 27, North Side residents express opposition to construction of a 301-unit apartment complex by Union Presbyterian Seminary on what's known as the Westwood Tract. And at Powhatan Recreation Center on March 30, a crowd of East End neighbors of an old trolley barn share concerns about a plan to demolish it to build an 82-unit apartment building, Glenwood Ridge. Monument Debate Heats Up Every few years the debate resurfaces. Now the city must decide whether to take the helm and what to do about our highly visible and prominent collection of Confederates. In an April 4 cover story, "Is Monument Avenue Set in Stone?" we looked at the issues facing those who attempt to address this volatile and controversial proble — just before it was about to explode nationally in the aftermath of the violent and tragic Charlottesville protests in August. Lobbyists Push for More State Arts Funding Over the past decade, Virginia has fallen to 40th in the nation in state arts funding at 43 cents per capita. The Virginia Commission for the Arts launched its 50th anniversary year and pushed for roundtables to help strategize for the arts. As noted in a Style cover story on its lobbying efforts, the commission is a state agency that "is a crucial organization providing operating fund support — such unsexy stuff as utilities, rent and salaries — for arts organizations large and small across Virginia. The bulk of its funding, 74 percent, goes to counties whose income falls below the state median, basically underserved areas, both urban and rural." More recently, the commission has circulated a petition asking the General Assembly to increase its grant funding by $1.5 million in each year of the new state budget to a total of $4.9 million. Prolific Local Painter Dies On April 24, Richmond lost artist Bill Fisher, a prolific and celebrated painter who taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and was known for his abstract works. After his death, an exhibit, "Timeworn Walls and Open Wounds: a Bill Fisher Retrospective" was held at Randolph-Macon College that a Style visual arts critic calls "critically riveting … a must see." VCU Names New Dean of School of the Arts In May, VCU named its new dean of the School of the Arts, Shawn Brixey, who comes to the school from his post as dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University in Toronto. In a cover story interview with Style, Brixey explained how he became a hybrid of scientist and artist, one who will look to forge connections at the university with a more interdisciplinary approach. He's quite the talker, too. "I had to become a scientist and engineer to become the artist I really wanted to be," he says. "Hybridization is becoming a primary modality that many artists embrace, and art schools need to embody a culture that inspires an industry of creative daring in every community member." The keyword here is industry, as Brixey will need to find ways to generate new revenue for the School of the Arts, considering a number of its teachers are adjunct professors who in December will be organizing and calling for better pay through a petition and rally. Sheriff Woody Freed From Jail Duties In June, Antionette Irving beat out incumbent Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. by 826 votes in a primary election. A former deputy with the Henrico County Sheriff's Office, Irving grew up in Creighton Court and graduated from Armstrong-Kennedy High School. In November, Irving defeats independent candidates Nicole Jackson and Emmett Jafari to be Richmond's next sheriff. VMFA Hires New Modern Art Curator The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts appoints a new Sydney and Frances Lewis family curator of modern and contemporary art, Valerie Cassel Oliver. She comes to the position from her role as senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Oliver is one of five African-American women who now hold senior positions at the museum. Maggie Walker Memorial Unveiled Some 600 people gather in the morning heat on Saturday, July 15, for the unveiling of a new statue of Maggie Walker, the legendary Richmond civic leader and entrepreneur from Jackson Ward. At Adams and Broad streets, city leaders pull back tarps covering a statue of Walker, who once worked and lived within walking distance of the plaza. Members of her family were in attendance. As Style's contributing editor Edwin Slipek wrote: "It took an extended and sometimes contentious path to get this memorial built. But in the end, the public-art process worked. Maggie Walker's bronze presence, and the achievements and humanity it symbolizes, brings immediate grace to a hard-edged city crossroads. And when the three shade trees grow large enough to provide a leafy canopy, this should become a much-needed and beloved oasis." City Auditor Resigns Amid Allegations from Staff On Monday morning, July 20, Richmond's longest serving councilor, Reva Trammell, held a news conference at City Hall in support of City Auditor Umesh Dalal. "Umesh is being targeted for firing in a conspiracy by the city administration, working through the city attorney, Allen Jackson," she writes in a release. "They are attempting to stop him from doing his job. This is pure evil." By the end of the day, she is voting to accept his resignation with the rest of City Council. Monument Avenue Commission Hears Heated Discussion "No Context, No Compromise" read the signs of several audience members at the contentious Aug. 9 meeting of the Monument Avenue Commission at the Virginia Historical Society, where opposing sides of the Confederate statue debate square off. Moderator Gregg Kimball, the Library of Virginia's director of education and outreach, tries gently to coax the crowd into staying focused, but at times the crowd turns raucous with people shouting down speakers. Virginia Hit by Blue Wave on Election Night Really it was more of a tsunami. Political fatigue or indifference might be a typical concern for people running in Virginia's off-year elections, but this year races in the House of Delegates are seen as a referendum on the 2016 results. Fueled by a rising tide of female Democratic politicians beating their male opponents, Democrats pick up 15 seats with a number of those won by women, and another with a margin of only 10 votes still waiting on a recount in Newport News. Racing down to the wire in the gubernatorial race, Gillespie and Northam steered through polarized political terrain and keep drama to a minimum with well-orchestrated audiences and well-rehearsed messages. Northam claims victory by 9 points. Gun Violence Shocks the City In September, Richmond is shell-shocked by two weekends of gun violence. Nine are dead in the inner city. Top leaders face intense public heat. The recent carnage in neighborhoods of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority makes plain that Police Chief Alfred Durham's force may be overmatched by public policies long unfulfilled, mismanaged, ignored — or all of the above. When Mayor Levar Stoney gathers a news conference with his top brass to triage public frustration, a squad of community activists says as much. Richmond Says Goodbye to Dirtwoman Donnie Corker, famously known for his colorful drag persona, Dirtwoman, dies Sept. 26 at age 65. Locals who came of age in the funkier parts of Richmond from the '70s onward have Dirtwoman stories. (He got the name from relieving himself in a police car during his days as a prostitute). Whether selling flowers on the street, wrestling in jello, or raising money for FeedMore through the annual Hamaganza concert, Dirtwoman was a salty street celebrity the likes of whom you don't see much anymore, thanks probably to our self-cocooned lifestyles, gentrifying hoods and constant tethers to our phones and computers. Outrageous and blessed with an oversized heart, Corker inspired many by staying true to himself, cussing out the haters, and taking a big 'ole messy plop in the storied timeline of a fairly conservative city. Keep an eye out for an upcoming documentary on his life by a local video producer and critic, Jerry Williams. Richmond Symphony Celebrates 60th Season On Sept. 23, RVA Live graces the Dominion Arts Center's Carpenter Theatre featuring the Richmond Symphony teaming with local music luminaries from other genres including Tim Barry, Natalie Prass and Bio Ritmo. It was a stellar evening of beautifully fleshed-out music, and only one of a number of events planned to celebrate the 60th anniversary season of the Richmond Symphony. Another upcoming highlight includes the return of Richmond-raised composer Mason Bates in May. But that's not all for symphony news: It was recently announced that Richmond is the final North American city in the running to host the International Menuhin Competition, which some people call the Olympics of the Violin, in 2020. We're in the running against London and Melbourne, Australia. Not bad. Environmentalists Protest Atlantic Coast Pipeline On Sept. 14, Richmond police arrest 19 activists protesting the construction of the Atlantic Coast and the Mountain Valley pipelines. This is after a group of about 40 protesting kayakers paddled toward the city a week earlier to alert gubernatorial candidates to the possibility of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline placing Richmond's drinking water in jeopardy. "This pipeline would disturb James River headwaters and run directly under the river," says organizer Laney Sullivan, whose multiday river voyage started on Sept. 4 in Buckingham County. "Already, Dominion Energy is every day polluting the James with coal ash wastewater. They should not be allowed to build any more infrastructure until they're responsible with their current projects and no longer routinely abusing the environment." A Dominion Energy spokesman tells Style that the pipeline is "one of the most important infrastructure projects in our region's history." Expect for this issue to only heat up more in 2018. Institute for Contemporary Art Pushes Back Opening Virginia Commonwealth University's modernistic, Stephen Holl-designed Institute for Contemporary Art has taken shape at Broad and Belvidere streets, but the grand October opening date and the first exhibit, "Declaration," are delayed until spring. The official reason given is due to a revised schedule for construction. However, the institute also has experienced some serious turnover on its staff, losing 7 of 15 members, including its inaugural curator, Lauren Ross, "not by choice," she tells Style. Ross is now teaching local writers how to be better art critics. When the Director Lisa Freiman began, she was able virtually to hand pick her staff. Asked about the turnover, she responded by email: "The ICA team is firing on all cylinders as we prepare for our opening on April 21, 2018, and we will soon be announcing some exciting new appointments. As with all organizations, we are nothing without our people. Our team has evolved over time, and I am consistently impressed and inspired by the commitment and creativity of the ICA staff and the VCU departments that support our work." The institute has completed its initial capital campaign of $37 million and launched an endowment campaign with a $12 million goal. Spacebomb Partners Up Spacebomb Studios in Shockoe Bottom is like our own little version of Stax Records, a collective of musicians with their own sound and vision. Started by Matthew E. White and utilizing the talents of many of the city's best musicians, it offers a label, studio, house band, as well as artist management and publishing group. In a relatively brief time, it has helped launch several nationally acclaimed artists from White himself to Natalie Prass and this year's big folk surprise, Bedouine. But this year included a major step forward for the Spacebomb crew, as it received a seven-figure investment by entering into a partnership with Glassnote Entertainment Group's Resolved Records which "will provide financial, marketing and industry expertise," according to industry publication Billboard. Let's hope it can continue to make and release beautiful music, and more artists from around the world will continue to seek out Richmond. Showtime's "Homeland" Films in Richmond "No way! Is that Claire Danes sitting in the balcony VIP section at the National swaying gently to a stirring duet by Bon Iver and Bruce Hornsby? My god, it is! Wait. Don't look over at her. Seriously, be cool. You're staring right at her. Stop it, you're embarrassing me. No effing way, dude, do not go in for the selfie. Way to be like all the other Daniacs. Seriously, I don't know you anymore." And end scene. Yes, Virginia, the talented actress known for her intense crying jags on Showtime's often overwrought drama, "Homeland," has been spotted all over town as the series films its seventh season in Richmond, a natural stand-in for Washington due to our sexy, government vibe. If you've been following this year's online stalk-a-celeb moments, you probably know that Danes loves Proper Pie since she bought its delicious food for her crew. But why is no one talking about catching a glimpse of supporting actor Tracy Letts? You know he's a Pulitzer-winning playwright who also can act? Is he even here? Anyone on Instagram care where he gets his socks or coffee? Anyone? McAuliffe Embraces LGBTQ Community Gov. Terry McAuliffe, in the final months of his four-year term, leaves a strong impression on the state's LGBTQ population. In 2014, his first year in office, he became the first sitting Virginia governor to attend the state's largest LGBTQ festival in Richmond. He also made history that year by proclaiming June Pride Month across the state, another first for a Virginia governor. He has since returned every June to release a similar proclamation and every September to take the PrideFest stage. Monument Protests Cool Off (For Now) As an early winter snow fell across the city, pro-Confederate groups rallied against the removal of the monuments on Dec. 9. About a dozen members of the CSA II: the New Confederate States of America and the Dixie Defenders, many of whom were heavily armed, protested at the Robert E. Lee monument while dozens more counterprotesters outnumbered them. The CSA II group, with only six members, is the same one that rallied at the Lee monument in September, causing a massive police response as well as a counterprotest of about 200 people. The Richmond Police Department spent more than a half million dollars in response to the first rally. This time, a much smaller police response was a few dozen officers.
|Finding SanctuaryStyle Weekly / 4 d. 18 h. 35 min. ago more|
The congregation of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral celebrates 100 years with a personalized exhibit. For every hundred, make that a thousand, visitors who flock to the wildly popular Greek Festival at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Malvern Avenue each spring, there probably aren't two who venture into the church sanctuary. They are missing food for the soul. The cruciform-plan and white-walled interior— unmistakably and crisply midcentury modern — is a serene and spiritually-evocative space. Natural light flows through slender windows. Large brass and glass chandeliers hang from the nave's ceiling, strangely bulbous in shape, like wasp nests, but altogether handsome. Within this embracing space one's eye is drawn to the huge wall mosaic of Mary and Jesus that rises on the apsidal wall. A few feet in front of this Byzantine-style image is a sweeping wooden icon screen, embedded with carefully articulated holy figures. The screen divides the worshippers from the clergy, enhancing a veil of mystery and wonder between the worldly and the spiritual. It is an important part of the Eastern tradition, dating to before the conversion of Roman Emperor Constantine (244-337) and his mother Helen, which led to establishing Christianity in the Byzantine Empire — and Greek Orthodoxy. The impressive cathedral's elegant near West End grounds and facilities, serving 600 member families, are a far cry from the humble beginnings of a congregation that is marking its 100th anniversary this year. Therefore, the faithful and wider community alike should welcome an exhibit currently on display in the church house atrium. "Rising from the Ashes: New Buildings, New Visions, New Faces" includes scores of items, mostly lent by church members, that relay stories and symbolize the devotion of the congregants, many from disparate parts of the world, who have found solace and offered service through this church. It is clear that they have sought to assimilate quietly into the wider American — and Richmond — community and narrative. The exhibition's title, "Up From the Ashes," suggests that like many a Richmond epic, the Sts. Constantine and Helen story, which begins in 1917, includes a fiery tragedy. The year was 1957 when its handsome church, located downtown at Foushee and Main (now a surface parking lot directly across from the Ellen Glasgow House) was destroyed by flames. The building had been built in 1854 by Grace Episcopal Church and was converted for Greek Orthodox worship in 1934. The late Rev. Constantine Dombalis, who headed the church at the time of the fire, would champion the congregation's move to Malvern Avenue and establishment of the new campus in 1962 — it worshipped at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Ginter Park during the interim. For the past 22 years, the Rev. Nicholas G. Bacalis has served as cathedral dean. The exhibit captures the era of the congregation's move in 1962 with an unlikely assemblage of ephemera for a church exhibition. Howdy Doody, a Madame Alexander doll and a figurine of a resplendent Jacqueline Kennedy share limited space with Matchbox vehicles, a Beatles 45 rpm record and Jerry Lee Lewis and Perry Como music. Nearby showcases develop themes that exhibition curator Sylvia Evans and the church have deemed essential to the church's core values. First, is certain humbleness. Evans reiterated this on a recent morning as she guided a visitor through the exhibit. Among the founders of the congregation in 1917 was a man who washed dishes at the Jefferson Hotel. At first he and his group rented quarters variously on North Seventh and Sixth streets, where the Richmond Coliseum stands. The congregation grew during the First World War when an influx of Greeks to the United States, a number of whom found their way to Richmond and Hopewell. "They were bakers, tailors, restaurateurs, cleaners and hat-makers," Evans says. "Life had been difficult for them in Greece," she says, "They thought that America would offer the better life they were looking for. And they were resilient people — they didn't come here to fail." Approaching another showcase with the theme "United by Faith," a viewer is struck by the assemblage of needlework and embroidery pieces. Evans suggests that immigrants would have brought with them something with personal meaning and that was light and packable. This might have been textile work created by a relative, perhaps a grandmother. In addition to textile pieces, metallurgy works, paintings and archival and family photographs signify what came with new arrivals as they found their way to membership at Sts. Constantine and Helen. A bed covering with a crocheted fringe is from Greece. An embroidered blouse comes from Ukraine while painted plates were brought by an Egyptian member. A coffee set is from Lebanon and there is a crewel pillowcase from Serbia. Crosses formed by latticework come from Ethiopia and a silk runner represents a Bulgarian church member. Other objects show the congregation's international reach from Palestine, Romania, Russia and Syria. The exhibition also stresses how Sts. Constantine and Helen offered classes in citizenship and how the members have participated for decades in the community's pressing ecumenical, interracial and social causes. One of the most intriguing objects in the exhibition is a Greek version of a Monopoly game: the colors, figures and addresses are recognizable, the language not so much. Monopoly! Isn't that representative of what America is about, free enterprise? And in Richmond it's well-known that for the past century Richmond's culinary development has been shaped by Greek-American-owned small businesses and restaurants. Hung high on a wall and easy to miss in the exhibit is a vintage poster from one of the cathedral's earliest Greek festivals. In bold Madison Avenue advertising graphics is the statement: "One taste of their cooking and you'll know that Greek goddesses are no myth." Time spent in "Rising From the Ashes" reveals that the women and men of Sts. Constantine and Helen are serving up not just spanakopita, but an embracing community rich in tradition. S Special tours of the sanctuary, 30 Malvern Ave., and "Rising from the Ashes" will be held on Fri., Dec. 15, from 11:30-1:30 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For reservations, call 355-3687.
|National Book Award finalist Nancy MacLean discusses the roots of the “billionaire-backed radical right” in VirginiaStyle Weekly / 4 d. 18 h. 35 min. ago more|
Nancy MacLean likes to say that the architects of the capitalist radical right found her, or rather, signaled to her from the sources. When she set out to study Virginia's policy of massive resistance to the Brown v. Board of Education court decision, she'd never heard of the two men who would loom largest in her resulting book, "Democracy in Chains." The further she delved, the more she discovered of the immense influence of Charles Koch, the libertarian billionaire, and James McGill Buchanan, the founder of the Virginia school of political economy, whose ideas informed Koch's efforts to transform the country. MacLean, a National Book Award finalist and the William H. Chafe professor of history and public policy at Duke University, will be in town to deliver a lecture at Virginia Commonwealth University's Cabell Library on the Virginia-specific roots of the radical political right. Style Weekly: At the core of your book are the archival papers of University of Virginia economist Buchanan. What was most surprising about what they told you? MacLean: In a nutshell, I found that it was indeed James Buchanan who taught Charles Koch that for capitalism of the kind they wanted to thrive, democracy must be enchained. I already suspected this based on what I had learned from other archives and published materials and what I watched unfold in my own state of North Carolina after a Koch-backed radicalized Republican right gained power over both chambers of our state legislature in 2010. What I learned in Buchanan's papers was just how deeply political this scholar was from the very beginning in Charlottesville in 1956. While he claimed the mantle of disinterested "science," the project was ideologically driven from the outset, down to the level of specifying students' political commitments in his letters of recommendation, a practice another shocked historian found before me. How do you define the radical political right? I should clarify here that the book isn't about all wings of the extreme right, but about the billionaire-backed radical right: a libertarian right-wing movement that now sails under the Republican flag, yet goes back to the 1950s in both parties. President [Dwight] Eisenhower called them "stupid" and fashioned his approach, calling it modern Republicanism, as an antidote to them. Goldwater was their first presidential candidate. He bombed. Reagan, they believed, was going to enact their agenda. He didn't. But beginning in the new century, they became a force to be reckoned with. What changed? The discovery by their chief funder, Charles Koch, of the approach developed by Buchanan for how to take apart the 20th century form of government, built by citizen demand for such things as labor rights, retirement security, federal antidiscrimination laws and environmental protection. Why is the subject of your book such a timely topic in 2017? Sadly, that's easy to answer. Because the Koch project has brought us to the worst political crisis in living memory. And readers are saying my book helps them understand how we reached this point. The impact of combining Buchanan's thought with Koch's money has been enormous. Most of us still speak and act as if there is a Republican Party, a party with its own traditions and internal decision-making and accountability to its voters. But what's so alarming in this story is that, in a real sense, there is no more GOP, not like a U.S. major party and certainly not like the one my father voted for most of his life. Using a shrewd Buchanan-style alteration of incentives, the party has been turned into a delivery vehicle for the extremist donors' agenda. How bad is it? By realigning the lures and penalties facing elected officials, the Koch network has turned the GOP into a kind of Leninist party of the right, one in which no dissent is allowed after the course has been set. That's why John Boehner finally quit Congress. He understood that this Republican Party hates compromise. It considers horse-trading to be selling out. It wants to dramatically diminish the power of the federal government in order to remove any public reins from capitalists. The conduct of these new-style Republican leaders, pushed to brinkmanship by the donors, has created a national crisis whose depth we've yet to fully plumb. S "The Virginia Roots of Today's Radical Right and the Crisis of American Democracy: a Talk by Nancy MacLean" is Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave.
|Virginia Rep’s “Miracle on South Division Street” Offers More Twists than a Hitchcock MovieStyle Weekly / 4 d. 18 h. 35 min. ago more|
The idea of America as a melting pot has been around nearly since our country's founding. Initially, the idea was that people and cultures from all over the world would come to America and blend into one national identity. Over time, some have revised the metaphor, emphasizing that America's pot is filled not with a homogeneous soup, but one heterogeneous stew, with some cultures maintaining big hunks of identity in the broth. The question of soup or stew is one humorously implied in "Miracle on South Division Street," Virginia Repertory Theatre's breezy new play at Hanover Tavern. "Miracle" concerns the Nowaks, a working-class Catholic family in Buffalo, New York. In 1942, according to family lore, the Virgin Mary appeared in a vision to Grandpa Nowak, inspiring him to erect a 20-foot-tall statue in her honor. The Nowak family has maintained this shrine ever since, but after a deathbed confession, both the story and the Nowaks' understanding of themselves is suddenly called into question. While the neighborhood around them may have seen better days, the Nowaks are doing just fine for themselves. Jimmy (John Mincks) is considering proposing to his girlfriend, Ruth (Audra Honaker), who is on the verge of a big acting break, and Beverly (Donna Marie Miller) finally has found a guy who doesn't think she's insane for believing in the shrine. The trio's matriarch Clara (Catherine Shaffner) runs a soup kitchen, and her biggest concern is that Ruth has been skipping Mass. This holiday season would be like any other, except that Ruth wants to tell the true story behind the shrine in a one-woman show and wants her family's permission. Perfectly paced and humorously executed under Debra Clinton's direction, "Miracle" is a delight as it careens through more twists than an Alfred Hitchcock film. Shaffner continues to have the local market cornered on playing domineering matriarchs, and carries her role easily. With an easygoing and slightly dim-witted delivery, Mincks gets the most laughs as a man trying to marry outside of his faith. Playing the character who drives the action, Honaker still gets in her share of laughs, and her solo moments with Shaffner are genuinely moving. Though the script gives Miller the least to work with, she gets in her moments, especially when she realizes the shrine isn't what it's cracked up to be. As the backdrop to the action, Terrie Powers' set looks very much like a lived-in kitchen built decades ago. Usually, this is the time of year when theater companies roll out their most saccharine shows, but the play avoids this pitfall, instead telling a light, original story with plenty of laughs and an undercurrent of acceptance. Whether you're a proponent of soup or stew, "Miracle" is the kind of show most everyone can stomach. S Virginia Repertory Theatre's "Miracle on South Division Street" plays through Dec. 31 at Hanover Tavern at 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. For information, visit va-rep.org or call 282-2620.
|A Colorful New Biography Features Bikers, Carnies and Dirt WomanStyle Weekly / 4 d. 18 h. 35 min. ago more|
Judith Vido was 26, blind and diabetic when she moved to Grace Street. The year was 1978 and she recalls the street being loud, filled with Virginia Commonwealth University students and the bohemians, artists and hippies of the day. To her, that meant bell bottom-clad kids, girls in long granny dresses and young black men with halolike Afros. "There were beautiful chopped motorcycles parked in front of the Village and all along the block," Vido remembers. "Rock music blasted from the doorways of Habbaba's, Uncle Sam's and the Stone Lion." This was heaven to a young girl looking to escape her rural home in Varina and take up residence in the city where she could live independently with her blindness. "My ultimate hope was to meet musicians and sing for a living," she says. That period is one of many Vido chronicles in her recently published book, "So You Had a Dull Life, Too: Dirt Woman and Other Men I've Known," available on Amazon. Long before she met Grace Street's most well-known habitué, Donnie Corker, she heard about his exploits from a friend who served as master of ceremonies at Dirt Woman's mud wrestling shows at the Cha Cha Club. Naturally, when they finally met, it was at subculture epicenter the Village Cafe. When Corker called out, "Hello, darlin'" to her in his high-pitched voice, she and her seeing-eye dog Mary walked up to the large man in a blond wig dressed as a woman. Moving in closer, she asked if he was really Dirt Woman. "I sure am, darling,'" she remembers him saying. "I'm three hundred pounds of man-loving faggot. I was born a faggot, and I'll die a faggot and when they bury my fat ass, I'll still be a faggot." When Corker realized she was blind, Vido says he got weepy, telling her that if she ever needed help, to let him know and he'd do whatever he could for her. Over years listening to him talk, Vido says she realized he was a man of true wisdom. "Most people just brushed him off … but I discovered a deeper, more connected man than anyone knew," she says. "He was as kind as he was a con artist and the biggest liar I ever met. But all that together made Dirt Woman." Even before she met Dirt, Vido's life was colorful. The book chronicles hanging out with members of a biker gang, the Confederate Angels, at a dive bar in the Devil's Triangle, where she was once asked to hold a gang member's gun and knife so he could go rumble with the Pagans. After graduating from high school, she became a carnival worker in September 1970 by joining at the State Fair when it came to town. She traveled with Deggeller's Attractions, a midway show, through North and South Carolina and Georgia. After being sick with bronchitis, she woke up on the ground in the morning sunshine, jolted awake because someone was kicking her legs. "Allan Deggeller angrily fired me and ordered me off his midway, screaming about how my being out there sleeping gave the show a bad name," she recalls. "He was right. I probably looked like a drunk carnie passed out. I packed my stuff and caught a ride to the nearest bus station." Vido says the carnival taught her acceptance because you had to get along with fellow roadies or get left behind. "I saw people with physical disabilities who sold views of their deformed bodies under some fancy name to make a living. Frog Boy and the Bearded Lady, they're real, but gorilla girl is an illusion. I played her for two weeks in Orlando. It's one of my claims to fame. No one forgets a gorilla girl." Her first writing attempt was a romance novel and she wrote three more before her partner suggested that the book she needed to write was her own life story. She joined writing groups and online critique groups and kept at it for 25 years — three devoted solely to writing — until the book came out in September. A published author at 65, Vido solos with the Senior Connections Choral Group and speaks to social work classes at Virginia Commonwealth University about living with blindness and diabetes. Live and learn is her credo. "I don't regret too many things. What I do regret is the loss of people. I'd love to know what happened to the Wall of Death Riders I knew from the carnival. The things I did — my life and choices — I own all of it." S
|An Exhibit at VisArts Shows that even Textiles can be a Political ForceStyle Weekly / 4 d. 18 h. 35 min. ago more|
Quilt. It's a loaded term that stereotypically gets associated with women and domesticity, blue-ribbon state fair competitions or historical craft. But co-curators Stefanie Fedor, executive director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and guest curator Melissa Messina, take a broader interpretation of quilts in the exhibition, "The Embedded Message: Quilting in Contemporary Art," by aligning the term and its processes to 21st-century cultural expression. With 13 artists from seven states, the exhibition highlights how quilting — as a technique and a tradition — can be a powerful political force. Using textiles in a conceptual way isn't new to contemporary art. Robert Rauschenberg famously made his first combine with his own bed in 1955. Rauschenberg literally hung his pillow, sheet and quilt onto the wall and then took a paintbrush to it à la Jackson Pollock to overturn the artistic blockade of abstract-expressionist painting. Other artists, including African-American artists Faith Ringgold and Betye Saar, have interrogated textiles since the 1970s in order to question stereotypes surrounding cultural identity. It's challenging to settle on a few highlights from the exhibition because the work is collectively strong. However, Hank Willis Thomas' "Every Act is Political … (Buren)" from 2016 does stand out even though it sits on the floor in a corner. Made out of decommissioned prison uniforms, the quilt resembles the stripes that conceptual artist Daniel Buren has printed on fabric since 1968. But for Thomas, Buren's words are more imperative: "Every act is political and, whether one is conscious of it or not, the presentation of one's work is no exception." In Thomas' work, as seen throughout this exhibition, the political is multivalent and nuanced. Thomas's choice of re-purposed prison uniforms uses the presence of the material as an allusion to the people who wore them and marks their absence from the gallery and American society. Gina Adams' "Treaty of Middle Plantation 1677 Broken Treaty Quilt" (2017) features hand-cut calico letters sewn onto a pre-Civil War era quilt. The text repeats a portion of the treaty, which was later broken, signed by colonial officials and Native American leaders in Virginia. Vinyl lettering behind the quilt lists the names of each tribe. Adams highlights the troubled American history between indigenous people and the colonizers. The text, each letter a different bright color against a manila ground, is visually striking and, once the context is realized, draws a line from 1677 to the present and the recent protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation over the Dakota Access Pipeline. Aaron McIntosh made one of the more sculptural pieces, "Invasive: Pulse Memorial" (2017), a white tree covered with a green vine that represents the invasive kudzu. The work honors the 49 victims of the 2016 massacre in Orlando, Florida, at the Pulse Nightclub and is part of a series that archives the stories of LGBTQ people and claims the kudzu vine, as the artist describes, as a "symbol for Southern queer tenacity in the face of homophobic institutions." More generally, it alludes to mass shootings and gun violence. The looming tree with its hanging branches demands consideration: What will you do under the weight of this memorial? The list goes on. Kathryn Clark's "Detroit Foreclosure Quilt" (2011) and "Riverside Foreclosure Quilt" (2012) are pieced-together maps showing foreclosures from the Great Recession. Sanford Biggers's "Pink Seated Woman" (2017) examines the history of African and Asian diaspora histories. Elizabeth Duffy's "Maximum Security Penitentiary Quilt, 'P is for Panopticon'" (2016) distills bird's-eye views of maximum-security prisons in the United States into an icon that resembles letters from the alphabet. Good political art is tricky. Pitfalls include being too didactic or becoming a brash one-liner that confronts people with a singular statement. The best political art is perceptive in a subtle way that draws visitors into the work. With "The Embedded Message," a multilayered textile held together by thread becomes a wonderful metaphor for thinking through meaningful conversations in the face of the complicated issues facing Americans today. S "The Embedded Message: Quilting in Contemporary Art" runs through Feb. 11, at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. visarts.org.
|“Phantom Thread” is a Genre-Defying Slow Boil You Don’t Want to MissStyle Weekly / 4 d. 18 h. 35 min. ago more|
It may be hard to believe, but the most high-stakes drama in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread" involves breakfast. But that's because those breakfasts also involve Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), a professional narcissist and couturier to 1950s royalty. Reynolds has a thing about breakfast. He often assays the future of a romantic relationship by how loudly the woman he's dating is buttering her toast. Then again, Reynolds has a thing about everything, it seems, and everything he has a thing about is pretty unusual. Most important and telling: He likes his women to be like living mannequins, dolls if you will, who he can dress and groom and put away on a shelf when the wind blows his attention elsewhere. The behavior explains why, early in the film, he perks up so much to a rural waitress, Alma (Vicky Krieps), whose features seem fairly plain at first. Reynolds seduces her in a day, setting her up in his posh London house seemingly by the end of the weekend. Alma is perfect. "I feel I've been looking for you all my life," Reynolds tells her on a date walking lush green cliffs perched against the sea. What he forgets to mention is that this isn't the first time he's found what he's looking for, a woman to model his clothes and tend to any other needs — but only when needed. It may be harder to believe all this is presented by Anderson as comedy. That comedy is extremely dry and develops very slowly, but comedy it is. It builds upon itself and, if you're lucky, a well-crowded theater, where it crescendos to an avalanche amid the Alps on another date between Reynolds and Alma. Those snowy peaks! So unspoiled and majestic. Alas, Reynolds barely notices, alarmed to distraction by the sound of Alma crunching her morning cereal. There is one permanent woman in Reynolds life, after the memory of his departed mother of course, who appears as a vision or spirit or something during various scenes. The permanent living woman is Cyril (Lesley Manville), and the more you get to know her, the less doubt you have that Cyril and Reynolds are brother and sister. By the time they go at it for real, you'll be howling. These three principal performances may be the most memorable of the year. They are worthy of award consideration, but also simple enjoyment you don't want to miss out on by watching at home with the pause button at hand. "Phantom Thread" is a slow boil, but it gets hot. Alma, for example, proves to be one of the best women Reynolds has met at challenging him and living to tell about it the next day. She remains within the house after many transgressions even though we know Reynolds' previous live-in girlfriend was summarily removed for, well, some reason not quite tangible. She simply outlived, sometime in her 20s, her welcome. Alma overcomes. Alma defies. Alma does things that can't be printed here, mostly because they'd spoil the second half, which launches into an uproarious twist on Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca." Anderson has admitted the movie as an influence. Alma is the name of Hitchcock's wife and longtime assistant, and in one scene we see Reynolds gaze on her through a peephole. The result is a cross between a period piece, a romantic melodrama and a twisty black comedy that does not resolve itself in genre terms. The movie plays with genre but doesn't become an example of one. It's a finely crafted story for Day-Lewis to go out on, if he retires as reported. Although you can read a lot of Day-Lewis' lengthy career into Reynolds Woodcock, two former roles stand out: Daniel Plainview, grimacing over his obsession in "There Will Be Blood," and Cecil Vyse, the comically pedantic and preening peacock in pince-nez glasses from "A Room with a View," billowing snooty observations. Reynolds is so naughty, you could imagine someone thinking there could not be a worse time to present a character like him, a brazen womanizer who behaves as if women are little more than mannequins with a pulse. And he tends to get away with it. But "Phantom Thread" has a surprise tucked into it, for Reynolds and the audience. As we learn through Alma, not all mannequins have to stand for it. (R) 130 min.
|The best things to do in Richmond, Virginia - CNNGoogle News / 12 d. 8 h. 37 min. ago more|
CNNThe best things to do in Richmond, VirginiaCNN(CNN) — Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is about a two hours' drive from the nation's capital of Washington, D.C., and an hour from Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia and one of America's quintessential college towns. In fact ...and more »