|Richmond Magazine takes over CBS 6 InstagramWTVR / 1 h. 17 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. – It’s time for the summer #CBS6Takeover on Instagram. This year the theme is “RVA Makers.” What are makers, you ask? They are the artisans, fabricators, designers, tinkerers, and influencers whose work helps shape metro Richmond. Each week a new guest will take over the account to show you their world. It’s a chance for you to engage and ask them questions, and perhaps discover something new and meaningful. At the end of the summer, you come back to WTVR.com and vote for the #CBS6Takeover that you enjoyed the most and CBS 6 gives $200 to the winner’s chosen nonprofit. Henrico firefighter Patrick Hannan won last year, with the Veil Brewing close behind. We invited the independent, locally owned Richmond magazine to host tomorrow’s weekly takeover. The publication launched in the late 1970s, known first as “Richmond Surroundings” before the name changed to Richmond magazine in 1993. In those decades, they’ve added distribution, wedding magazine “Richmond Bride” and shelter publication “R•Home,” Senior Writer Harry Kollatz Jr., Editorial Director Susan Winiecki, and the popular “Best & Worst” issue. They have a staff of approximately 20, with dozens of freelance reporters and photographers to cover news and politics, food and drink, and arts and entertainment – along with the infamous Lee’s Chicken Weather Reports. The magazine’s tagline is “Let us be your neighbor in the know.” On Tuesday, the staff will give you a rundown of what the dog-friendly, coffee-fueled office is like, answer some questions about how they produce the magazine, and tell you about their dream for Richmond. Richmond Magazine choses Art180 as their nonprofit if they win the #CBS6Takeover. Make sure to follow on @CBS6 Instagram, and if you’ve got questions – fire away!
|Anger over rally violence boils over at Charlottesville City Council meetingWRIC / 1 h. 50 min. ago more|
APP USERS CLICK HERE TO WATCH CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Anger boiled over at the first Charlottesville City Council meeting since a white nationalist rally in the city descended into violent chaos, with some residents screaming and cursing at councilors Monday night and calling for their resignations. Scores of people packed the council’s chambers, and The Daily Progress reported Mayor Mike Signer was interrupted by shouting several times in the first few minutes of the meeting. As tensions escalated, the meeting was halted. Live video showed protesters standing on a dais with a sign that said, “Blood on your hands.” After talking with members of the crowd, Councilor Wes Bellamy said the council would drop its agenda and focus on the crowd’s concerns, the newspaper reported. Speakers, some yelling and hurling profanities, then took turns addressing the council, some expressing frustration that leaders had granted a permit for the Aug. 12 rally that had turned violent. Others criticized the police response to the event, which drew hundreds of white nationalists and other counter-protesters. The two sides clashed violently in the street that day, largely uninterrupted by authorities, until the event was declared an unlawful assembly and the crowd was forced to disperse. Later, a car rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 others. The death toll for the day climbed to three when a helicopter that had been monitoring the event and assisting with the governor’s motorcade crashed, killing two state troopers. The event dubbed “Unite the Right” was sparked by the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Neither a city spokeswoman nor a Charlottesville police spokesman immediately responded to questions from The Associated Press about reports that three people were arrested Monday. At one point, the crowd chanted, “Signer must go.” Elsewhere in Charlottesville, dozens of students rallied Monday night at the University of Virginia in rejection of the violence. Video of the event streamed by the newspaper on social media showed students marching on the stately grounds of Virginia’s flagship public university. The event was billed as a “reclaim our grounds” rally and organizers said it was held to highlight the advances made at the university to end racism and discrimination in recent decades. The organizers also said via social media that they were seeking to send a message to the university leadership that more advances were still needed. Earlier Monday, the man who authorities say drove his car into the crowd of counter-protesters Aug. 12 made a second court appearance. The Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said James Alex Fields Jr., 20, appeared by video Monday. It was his first hearing on the second set of charges filed against him last week. Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina Antony says a judge declined for now to set bond for Fields, who has another hearing Friday. The charges against Fields include second-degree murder. In addition to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, police said, some of the 19 people injured when the crowd was rammed by the car suffered serious and permanent injuries. Fields’ attorney couldn’t immediately be reached. In developments elsewhere, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he would not support a resolution to censure President Donald Trump over his comments following the white supremacist march in Virginia. Ryan was asked at a town hall organized in his Wisconsin congressional district whether he would back the resolution that comes following Trump’s comments about the Virginia rally. The question came from Rabbi Dena Feingold, the sister of former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, who grew up in the same city as Ryan. Ryan said censuring Trump would be “counterproductive.” “If we descend this issue into some partisan hack-fest, bickering between one another … what good does that do to unify this country?” Ryan said, adding that it would be the “worst thing we could do.” While Ryan said he wouldn’t support censuring Trump, he gave his sharpest criticism to date of the president’s comments in the wake of the Charlottesville rally. Ryan had previously spoken out against the violence, both on Twitter and in a statement earlier Monday, but he hadn’t previously addressed Trump’s comments directly. “I do believe he messed up on his comments on Tuesday,” Ryan said, referring to Trump asserting there were good people on “both sides” of the Charlottesville rally. But he added he believes Trump has clarified his remarks. 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.
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|Trump calls for Pakistan, India to do more on AfghanistanWTVR / 7 h. 15 min. ago more|
Watch Video US President Donald Trump had tough words for Pakistan Monday, as he attempted to steer a new approach on Afghanistan. “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations,” he said in a speech at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. “We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars, at the same time, they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting … that must change immediately.” He also called on Pakistan’s regional rival India, to “help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistant and development.” “We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan but India makes billions of dollars in trade from the United States and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development.” Tough talk Washington has long accused Islamabad of not doing enough in efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. In July, Secretary of Defense James Mattis informed Congress the US was withholding $50 million in funding from Pakistan because he was unable to certify that Islamabad “has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network,” a branch of the Afghan Taliban. US officials believe that much of the Haqqani leadership is based in Pakistan and some analysts believe eliminating their safe havens is critical to stabilizing Afghanistan. Trump seemed to reference this in his speech Monday, saying that “Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan (and) much to lose from harboring criminals and terrorists.” Pakistan was designated a major US non-Nato ally by President George W Bush in 2004, in recognition for Islamabad’s contributions to the anti-Al Qaeda fight, but relations between Washington and Islamabad have long been strained over Afghanistan. “Pakistan has ironclad immutable strategic interests which dictate maintaining ties to groups like the Taliban,” said Michael Kugelman, deputy director and senior associate for South Asia with the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. “It sees them as useful tools to keep Pakistan’s enemy, India, at bay in Afghanistan.” Pakistan policy In 2009, President Barack Obama announced a “comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan” “The future of Afghanistan is inextricably linked to the future of its neighbor, Pakistan,” Obama said, calling on Islamabad to “demonstrate its commitment to rooting out al Qaeda and the violent extremists within its borders.” Eight years later, however, little has changed. A report earlier this year by the conservative Hudson Institute found “Pakistan never changed its policy of supporting certain militant groups that fight Afghan and coalition forces, thus making it impossible for the United States to achieve its objective of keeping Afghanistan from reverting to a safe haven for international terrorism.” Al Qaeda leader and 9/11 attack planner Osama bin Laden was hiding out in Pakistan when he was assassinated by US soldiers in May 2011 — the White House did not inform Islamabad about the raid until it was over, embarrassing the country’s military and raising questions over the two nations’ security relationship. Trump repeatedly mentioned the 9/11 attack as the reason for US action in Afghanistan during his speech. However, what the President will do to ensure Pakistan does change its behavior is unclear, said Kugelman. Tactics could include cutting aid and curtailing military assistance to Islamabad, he added. “A review of whether Pakistan should be considered a state sponsor of terrorism — a draconian measure — should not be ruled out if conditions don’t improve,” Brookings Institute Pakistan analyst Bruce Riedel said in February. India engagement Concerns in Islamabad will be heightened not only by Trump’s criticism of Pakistan, but also his reaching out to India. In June, Trump called India a “true friend” following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said relations between the two countries have “never been stronger … never been better.” But Trump seemed to indicate that friendship would not be without conditions Monday. “India makes billions of dollars in trade from the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan,” he said. Trump had similar expectations for other powers. “We will ask our NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy with additional troop and funding increases in line with our own,” he said. “Since taking office, I have made clear that our allies and partners must contribute much more money to our collective defense, and they have done so.” In a statement prior to Trump’s speech, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said India “will be an important partner in the effort to ensure peace and stability in the region, and we welcome its role in supporting Afghanistan’s political and economic modernization.” Greater Indian involvement in Afghanistan doesn’t only put it in competition with Pakistan, but also China, which has been investing heavily in both countries as part of its “One Belt, One Road” economic program. China is Afghanistan’s third largest trading partner, with bilateral trade reaching over $1 billion by 2015, according to the Central Statistics Office of Afghanistan. Beijing is also investing upwards of $46 billion in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Relations between India and China have become strained in recent months amid an ongoing territorial dispute in the Himalayas. Trump did not mention China once during his speech Monday. New US strategy took time Trump has previously expressed reservations about the seemingly endless US military commitment in Afghanistan and questioned the objectives of staying there. The President reached a decision on the future of the US strategy in Afghanistan on Friday after months of deliberation. Trump’s decision comes as Taliban militants have been resurgent in recent months, posting a series of recent gains against Afghan government forces, which are backed by a US-led coalition of NATO allies. The United States first invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Bush administration accused the country’s then Taliban government of sheltering al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who had masterminded the previous month’s September 11 terrorist attacks. The Taliban offered to hand over Bin Laden for trial, but only to a third country, rather than directly to the United States. Washington refused the offer and launched air and ground attacks, joined shortly thereafter by US allies.
|Investigators: Arson to blame for blaze at vacant Petersburg home that left 3 firefighters injuredWRIC / 8 h. 4 min. ago more|
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — There have been at least four fires at vacant homes in Petersburg over the past year, with the most recent occurring early Monday morning. Three fighters were injured battling Monday’s fire, and officials are investigating the blaze as arson. “My life definitely flashed before my eyes, I thought this was it,” said Cody Edlin, one of the firefighters who was injured after the porch of the burning home collapsed on top of him. “You just heard a loud ‘pop’ and in a split second everything was just on top of you and you’re looking up at the sky.” His partners rushed to drag him out. He was later taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. But the worst part, Chief Dennis Rubin says this could all have been prevented. “The fire has been thoroughly investigated by the Petersburg Fire Marshal’s office and we’ve come to the conclusion that this was a set fire,” he said. The intentionally set fire started in the front corner of the home. “The goal was to prevent the fire from getting inside the home and the firefighters did an extraordinary job,” Rubin said. Officials say this is at least the fourth fire in less than a year that started in a vacant home, but not all were arson. One of them, which occurred on Byrne Street back in January, a man was found dead inside the abandoned home. He was believed to have been homeless. The fire chief worries other homes nearby could see the same fate if this arsonist isn’t caught soon. “We’re very concerned about other vacant homes in our neighborhood that shouldn’t be treated this way obviously, so we would like to make sure that those homes do not catch fire, and plus, lets face it, when you have three firefighters injured at one fire, it is a great concern to me as well as the community,” Rubin added. 8News spoke with Petersburg’s city manager about the large number of vacant and abandoned homes in the city. She says she knows there is a problem and is working with code enforcement on a plan to address the issue. Chief Rubin stresses that believes someone knows something about these fires. Anyone with information is asked to call the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 861-1212. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime happening’: Couple gets engaged while watching eclipseWTVR / 8 h. 12 min. ago more|
STOKES COUNTY, N.C. -- For Hunter Sawyers, Monday’s solar eclipse was the perfect time to pop the question to his girlfriend while at North Carolina's Hanging Rock State Park. “It was really beautiful and everything and she was distracted looking at the beautiful eclipse,” Sawyers said. “It's a once-in-a-lifetime happening and you’re a once in a lifetime girl,” Sawyers said during his proposal. “I said, ‘I want to grow old with you and tell our grandkids about this day.’" Sawyers and his fiancée, Elaina Bullard, have known each other since they were 3 years old. "We grew up in the church together," Bullard said. She thought they were going to Hanging Rock for a picnic and to watch the eclipse like everyone else. “He was behind me,” Bullard said. “And he was putting the glasses on me.” It was the perfect distraction for what he really had in mind. “While I was looking at it, that's when he quickly pulled it out,” Bullard said. “When I turned around, he was kneeling.” It’s a proposal the 20-year-old says he started planning two months ago as soon as he heard about the solar eclipse. "I just kept it a big secret because I didn't want anything to spill out," Sawyers said. Despite being prepared with a ring, solar eclipse shades and the perfect backdrop, Sawyers was still overwhelmed with emotion. “I was very, very nervous but luckily I got the words out,” he said. “I couldn't help but to tear up a little bit.” “I started crying,” Bullard said. “I was speechless. It was wonderful.”
|Final Score Friday Preview 2017: Varina Blue DevilsWTVR / 8 h. 35 min. ago more|
2016 record: 5-6 Playoff result: Lost to L.C. Bird 49-9 in 1st round of 5A South Playoffs Head Coach: Stu Brown (10th season) Returning starters: 17
|Group of local teachers surprised with school supplies for studentsWTVR / 8 h. 35 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. -- Back-to-school shopping can stressful, not only for parents, but teachers as well. Some teachers have to spend out of their own pockets to provide their classroom with all the supplies they need. So CBS 6 anchor Julie Bragg decided to help some of those teachers stock their classrooms to make sure they have everything they need for the school year. Bragg, with the help of Union Bank and Trust, surprised a group of local teachers in a back-to-school edition of CBS 6 Gives. "We know that you spend hard earned money out of your own pockets to take care of these children and we all appreciate that so much. So we want you to keep shopping and get what you need, but we want to help pick up the tab," said Bragg. Among the teachers was a Byrd Elementary School teacher in Goochland County. There was even a Richmond teacher who just moved to the River City a little over a week ago.
|Police investigating after man shot in Richmond’s NorthsideWRIC / 8 h. 50 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Richmond are investigating after a man was found shot in the city’s Northside Monday night. Officers were called to the 3500 block of Meadowbridge Road, near Providence Park, shortly after 9:30 p.m. When police arrived, they found a male victim suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. No suspect information has been released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Click here to check on crime in your area. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Solar eclipse helps marshals catch ‘most wanted’ sex offenderWTVR / 8 h. 52 min. ago more|
CEDAR RAPIDs, Iowa – A wanted sex offender surfaced Monday in Iowa and officers may have the solar eclipse to thank, according to a media release from the U.S. Marshals. Marshals arrested 26-year-old Ladarius Martez Blue outside of a Cedar Rapids residence as part of the U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force’s “Operation Most Wanted.” Authorities had been looking for Blue since he failed to register as a sex offender and disappeared in early June, according to The Gazette. Officers set up surveillance and spotted Blue coming out of the home “in what appeared to be an attempt to observe the solar eclipse,” according to the release. Blue initially took off running, but, thanks to a tip from “a concerned citizen,” authorities found him hiding in a yard waste container, according to the paper. In 2010, Blue was convicted for a lascivious act with a minor, and, a year later, pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender, according to KCRG. He was taken to Linn County Correctional Center. Additional charges are pending.
|Paul Ryan: Trump ‘messed up’ Charlottesville responseWTVR / 8 h. 56 min. ago more|
Watch Video House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he believed President Donald Trump “messed up” in his response to the recent racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he equated neo-Nazis and white supremacists with counterprotesters. “I do believe that he messed up in his comments on Tuesday when it sounded like moral equivocation or at the very least moral ambiquity when we need extreme moral clarity,” Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper at a town hall in Racine, Wisconsin, referencing a news conference Trump had last week. When asked by an audience member whether he would back censuring Trump, Ryan said he would not back such a measure, adding that the issue cannot devolve into a partisan fight. Ryan, however, did praise the President’s plans on Afghanistan and said he was especially happy with how Trump came to his decision. “I’m pleased with the decision,” Ryan said. “We cannot allow another safe haven for terrorists to materialize again.” Ryan said that he believed he’d heard a new “doctrine” Monday night from Trump. The Wisconsin Republican will answer audience questions in the town hall hosted by CNN, minutes after Trump explained his Afghanistan strategy. This will be the first town hall meeting Ryan has held in his home district in nearly two years, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, a point his critics have use to hammer the Wisconsin Republican. In response to questions about when his last town hall was in his district, a spokesperson emphasized Ryan’s other outreach to constituents including a CNN town hall that Ryan held in Washington earlier this year, as well as business town halls and telephone town halls. The town hall Monday night is a chance for a wider swath of constituents in the district to participate and ask their congressman questions about the future of the Republican party, health care, tax reform and the state of race relations in the country in the wake of tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. After Trump’s comments last week equating neo-Nazis and counterprotesters who demonstrated against them, Ryan said in a lengthy statement Monday morning that he was prepared to address the events in Charlottesville during Monday evening’s town hall. “There is no moral relativism when it comes to neo-Nazis,” Ryan said in his Monday statement on Facebook. “We cannot allow the slightest ambiguity on such a fundamental question.” Charlottesville, however, is only expected to be one of many topics Ryan addresses Monday night. Ryan will have his hands full when he returns to the Capitol in September. While House Republicans managed to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, their Senate counterparts did not, casting doubt on how effective the GOP is at legislating now that they have control of all three branches of government. House Republicans have yet to pass a budget due to infighting within their conference. And when they return, Republicans will also have to move to fund the government and raise the country’s debt ceiling. That’s just the beginning. Ryan and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, have outlined an aggressive plan to pursue tax reform when House Republicans return to Washington in the fall.
|Trump declares US will ‘win’ in Afghanistan, but gives few detailsWTVR / 9 h. 2 min. ago more|
Watch Video ARLINGTON, Va. — President Donald Trump on Monday vowed the US will “fight to win” in Afghanistan, extending the 16-year campaign there with a promise to beef up American military presence while ratcheting up pressure on other countries in the region to help turn the tide. Trump laid out his strategy in a primetime address before a crowd of men and women in uniform at a military base near Washington, saying he came to the conclusion that the US could not simply withdraw from the conflict, though that has been Trump’s instinct for years. A withdrawal, Trump said, would dishonor the US troops who died in Afghanistan and could create a vacuum that would allow terrorist networks to expand, as they did after the full withdrawal of US troops in Iraq. Still, while Trump signaled the US would increase troop levels in Afghanistan, he offered no indication of how many thousands more US soldiers would be deployed, nor would he discuss troop levels or further plans for military activities, echoing a promise he made on the campaign trail. “I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will,” Trump said. Senior administration officials said the President had agreed to increase troop levels, but noted that Trump delegated the authority to manage troop levels to Secretary of Defense James Mattis in June. As he prepared to lean on US men and women in uniform for the next phase of the war in Afghanistan, Trump also drew on those soldiers as an example of unity for Americans to follow at a time when racial divisions and bigotry have been magnified. It was the President’s latest attempt to offer an unequivocally unifying message to the country in the wake of his botched response to the incidents in Charlottesville sparked by a white supremacist rally. “By following the heroic example of those who fought to preserve our republic, we can find the inspiration our country needs to unify, to heal and to remain one nation under God,” Trump said, without specifically mentioning the violence in the Virginia city. “When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. And when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together. Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another. Love for America requires love for all of its people.” ‘We will keep our eyes wide open’ Trump became the third US president to put his imprint on what has become the longest-running war in American history, despite fiercely arguing during his presidential campaign that the US should focus more of its attention — and resources — on problems at home. Trump, who in 2013 said the US should fully withdraw from Afghanistan, acknowledged that the weight of the office changes how presidents view certain issues, though his aides insisted Trump’s decision was consistent with his campaign rhetoric. The refined US strategy in Afghanistan and the broader South Asia region will focus on “obliterating ISIS,” destroying al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and preventing the Taliban from taking over the country. To achieve these goals, Trump said he would expand authority for the US to target criminal and terrorist networks in Afghanistan. Trump also said the US would continue to work to strengthen Afghan security forces, noting that “the stronger the Afghan security forces become, the less we will have to do.” Still, Trump warned that he was not offering a blank check of US support to Afghanistan, insisting that the country will have to continue to show a serious commitment and strides toward addressing persistent issues like corruption. “Our patience is not unlimited. We will keep our eyes wide open,” Trump declared. Rapid withdrawal impossible Trump said a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan is not feasible, pointing to the lessons the US learned from Iraq, where a vacuum allowed ISIS to grow in the wake of the American withdrawal from that country. “The consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable,” Trump said. “We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake we made Iraq.” Trump drew on his characteristically blunt language as he talked about the terrorists the US is confronting in Afghanistan and around the world and vowed the US will “defeat them handily.” “They are nothing but thugs and criminals and predators and, that’s right, losers,” Trump said. “We will defeat them and defeat them handily.” The address at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, a US military base adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, is the most significant national security speech of Trump’s presidency to date and reflects the outcome of months of internal administration deliberations to decide the scope of the ongoing military, financial and diplomatic commitment to the longest-running war in US history. The President reached a decision on the future of the US strategy after a final round of deliberations with his national security team at Camp David on Friday. Trump’s decision comes as Taliban militants have been resurgent in recent months, posting a series of recent gains against Afghan government forces, which are backed by a US-led coalition of NATO allies. ISIS, through a regional affiliate known as ISIS-K, has also established a foothold in Afghanistan in recent years, carrying out a series of deadly terrorist attacks and coordinating assaults with the Taliban. About 8,400 US troops are currently deployed to Afghanistan. The majority of them — about 6,900 — are assigned to the NATO mission to train and advise Afghan security forces alongside approximately 6,000 troops from other NATO countries. The remainder of US forces in Afghanistan carry out counterterrorism missions in the country. The US officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in December 2014 and shifted its mission to focus on counterterrorism operations and training Afghan forces. But President Barack Obama never managed to achieve the complete withdrawal of US forces that he had sought during his time in office. RELATED: As Trump mulls Afghanistan, a former general and fallen Marine’s father at his side Warning to Pakistan The Trump administration has been looking beyond troop numbers, mulling a readjustment of US objectives — evaluating everything from its support for a centralized Afghan government to its metrics for success in fighting the Taliban and ISIS-K. On Monday, Trump vowed to change the US approach to dealing with Pakistan, promising to crack down on Pakistan’s harboring of terrorist and militant groups. Trump said that Pakistan has “much to gain” from partnering with the US, but also warned “it has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.” “The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism,” Trump said. “Pakistan has also sheltered those same organizations that try every single day to kill our people.” “They are housing the very terrorists we are fighting,” Trump said, noting that the US gives Pakistan billions of dollars. “That will have to change and that will change immediately. No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of terrorists.” Trump also said the US would pressure India to increase its support for Afghan economic development. Impact of Bannon-McMaster fight The months-long debate that preceded Trump’s decision on the war’s fate frequently burst into public view, pitting two top White House advisers against each other: national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Steve Bannon, the President’s chief strategist who was pushed out on Friday, shortly before Trump huddled with his national security team at Camp David. While McMaster has pushed more hawkish proposals, Bannon has led the internal pushback against those options, arguing that the US should not increase its military and financial commitments after 16 years of war in Afghanistan. Bannon’s arguments in internal deliberations often echoed Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign, when he argued against US military interventionist policies and argued the US should instead focus its resources on domestic projects. It was unclear how Bannon’s ouster affected the final round of deliberations. But as Trump mulled a final decision on Friday, he relied on the counsel of several current and former military officers. Beyond McMaster and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, Trump also relied on a pair of retired Marine Corps four-star generals: Mattis along with his newly installed chief of staff John Kelly. Kelly’s son, 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, a Marine, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, making Kelly the highest-ranking military officer to suffer the loss of a child in combat. Several of the President’s advisers on the Afghanistan war have children currently enlisted in the US military, including Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence. Mattis told reporters on Sunday that Trump reconvened his national security team several times before arriving at a decision on Afghanistan because he “kept asking questions on all of them, and wanting more and more depth on it.” “It caused us to integrate the answers more. In other words, the more pointed he became about what he would look at with that option versus this one, meant we could better define what are the relationships with allies or what are the level of effort needed and what’s the cost, the financial cost, and so we just kept sharpening those,” Mattis said.
|Tensions flare at Charlottesville City Council meetingWTVR / 9 h. 10 min. ago more|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Tensions flared Monday night after demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, interrupted City Council members in the first meeting since violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters. Attendees at the packed meeting said they were upset that an August 12 "Unite the Right" rally was allowed to happen in their city. Demonstrators stood near the dais and unfurled a large banner that read, "BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS." The meeting was briefly suspended. It was after the rally, police said James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his car into a group demonstrating against the "Unite the Right" rally, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. Two Virginia state troopers were killed in a helicopter crash nearby after monitoring events. Fields, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder and other offenses. Speakers at the council meeting said police seemed to stand by as neo-Nazi marchers and other white nationalists demonstrated. Before the meeting was suspended, the crowd was "called to order." Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said people who spoke out without being recognized would be removed. "What's the alternative?" Signer asked. "For everybody to shout and scream?" One woman had already been told she would be removed because of her outburst. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The crowd started chanting, "Let her speak, let her speak!" At that point, the council suspended the meeting and the members left the chamber. They did return and even agreed to hear 300 people speak for one minute each. “We know that you've dragged this city along to avoid responsibility making a decision on the statues,” one protester said directly to the mayor. “You can stand on the side of justice now." "You've created a monster and the villagers are storming the castle now,” another demonstrator said to Mayor Signer. “That's what's happening here and you need to take control of this meeting.” Following another confrontation, Mayor Signer gaveled the meeting to an end and left the room. Vice Mayor Dr. Wes Bellamy then stepped in and led what continued as a make shift town hall. City leaders will once again hear from the public later this week. There is an official town hall meeting scheduled for Thursday night.
|Men break into cars at Chesterfield parks - WWBT NBC12 NewsGoogle News / 9 h. 20 min. ago more|
Men break into cars at Chesterfield parksWWBT NBC12 NewsChesterfield police need the public's help finding the person who broke into cars Pocahontas State Park and Rockwood Park and stole credit cards. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. Investigators released surveillance photos of the two suspects they say used the ...
|5 Principals in 7 years: Leaders say MLK Middle struggling to find consistencyWTVR / 9 h. 25 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. -- Students at Martin Luther King Middle School will soon have their fifth principal in seven years. Interim Superintendent Tommy Kranz confirmed Principal Jeryl Scott abruptly left the role due to a family situation, which left the school system scrambling to replace her before school starts. MLK Middle is one of the worst performers in Richmond Public Schools with fewer than one-fourth of the students passing the reading and math SOLs over the past two school years. Kranz says MLK holds unique challenges for principals. "Once you get here and you have to start dealing with the students, and the whole environment you have here, it can be a challenge, it's one that can wear you out," Kranz said. He said all of the principals left voluntarily, and admitted its not easy to deal with the constant turnover. "Unfortunately every time you have turnover that's huge trying to level out your building and build that consistency," Kranz said. A school spokesperson said RPS recently made an offer to a candidate to replace Scott, and the board expected to approve it Monday night. "Are we going to struggle the first opening weeks? I believe we will, but I think once everybody gets to know each other, once everybody builds that team relationship, we'll have a great year," Kranz said. Amanda Fenner, whose niece attends MLK Middle, called the turnover "ridiculous." "If you have to go through five principals in seven years, it's an issue somewhere," Fenner said. She worries that relationships take time to build, and the kids won't automatically feel comfortable with a new principal. "When it comes to children they need to have someone they can get used to or confide in, it's like somebody new... they don't know this person, this person doesn't know them," Fenner said. School Board member Felicia Cosby, whose district includes MLK Middle, said the high turnover is extremely concerning. "It is my hope that with this appointment we will be able to have more consistency here at the school," Cosby said. "We're facing a significant challenge here at MLK. We've all seen the latest SOL data and the scores right now are unacceptable."
|VOTE: Help The READ Center win $25K grantWRIC / 9 h. 50 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The READ Center in Richmond is one of 200 organizations nationwide that have been selected to compete for $25,000 as part of the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. Now, it needs your help to win and ‘build a stronger and smarter community.’ All you have to do is vote! The 40 organizations that receive the most votes will be granted $25,000. Voting takes place through August 25, and you can vote up to 10 times every day. “Please cast them all for READ and vote EVERY DAY! With your help, we can win funding to support our adult literacy classes,” The READ Center posted on campaign’s Facebook page. “With your help, we can win! The grant will be used to support READ’s adult literacy programs including a class in Richmond’s southside.” According to its website, The READ Center’s mission is to, “help adults with low-level literacy develop basic reading and communication skills so they can fulfill their roles as citizens, workers, and family members.” Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Local post offices hiring for the holidaysWRIC / 10 h. 19 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Two Richmond post offices are hiring holiday workers. There will be job fairs on Thursday, August 24, at the Richmond Main Post Office on Brook Rd., and the Pocoshock Creek Post Office on Lady Blair Ln. The job fairs will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They need to fill the following positions: Holiday City Carrier Assistant (HCCA) – $16.78 per hour Dec. 2 – 29 Holiday Clerk Assistant (HCA) – $16.98 Nov. 25 – Jan. 19 Holiday Transportation Assistant (HTA-TTO) – $18.41 Nov. 25 – Jan. 19 Holiday Transportation Assistant (HTA-MVO) – $18.03 Nov. 25 – Jan. 19 Holiday Postal Support Mail Processing Clerk – $16.98 Nov. 25 – Jan. 19 Holiday Casual Mail Handler – $15.00 Nov. 11 – Jan. 5 Applicants must be at least 18 years old or 16 with a high school diploma, have a good driving record and be able to show at least two years of driving experience. You must be able to pass a pre-employment and drug screening, be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status. Click here to apply. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Man accused of slamming into back of patrol car, trying to ‘take out’ deputyWTVR / 10 h. 23 min. ago more|
KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — A King George man has been charged with attempted capital murder of a law-enforcement officer after police say he tried to “take out” a deputy Sunday. Investigators said the suspect, identified as Reginald Van Robinson Jr., 26, rammed a deputy’s cruiser from behind and said he was trying to “take you out.” The incident happened around noon Sunday when Deputy Steve Patla was on patrol on State Route 205, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports. King George County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Kecia Wharton told the paper that a gray Honda SUV crashed into the back of Patla’s patrol vehicle. Reginald Van Robinson Jr. Officials say that Robinson fled the scene. After a short pursuit, the 26-year-old suspect was taken into custody. When asked why he rammed into the deputy’s vehicle, Robinson allegedly replied, “I was trying to take you out.” Robinson has been charged with attempted capital murder of a law-enforcement officer, with felony eluding, hit and run and multiple traffic offenses. He is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
|Grads returning diplomas to protest Falwell's Trump supportRichmond News / 11 h. 11 min. ago more|
In this photo taken May 13, 2017, President Donald Trump stands with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell, and an early backer of Trump, said the president had made a "bold truthful statement" about the demonstration.
|PHOTOS: Eclipse viewing in Richmond, Va. and Clemson, S.C.Richmond News / 11 h. 11 min. ago more|
Bill and Debbie Aggen watch the eclipse with their daughters Arianna Aggen, age 22, and Lexi Aggen, age 20, from Potterfield Memorial Bridge Monday, August 21, 2017. The are all from D.C. Kayakers took turns viewing the eclipse through protective glasses from the James River near Brown's Island Monday, August 21, 2017.
|Schools throughout the country are grappling with teacher shortage, data showWTVR / 11 h. 29 min. ago more|
Lynn Sorrells started teaching 26 years ago because she loved seeing the light-bulb moment when a kid grasped a new concept. She still does. But as principal of a high school in Dorchester County, Maryland, she is struggling to find an algebra and geometry teacher just weeks before her school year is set to begin. As students head back to school, Sorrells’ district is one of hundreds across the country grappling with a growing teacher shortage — especially in key areas such as math and special ed. “Currently, there are not enough qualified teachers applying for teaching jobs to meet the demand in all locations and fields,” said the Learning Policy Institute, a national education think tank, in a research brief in September. Some schools, such as in New York City, are being forced to increase class sizes, which some studies show can reduce how much a student learns. The institute estimated last year that if trends continue, there could be a nationwide shortfall of 112,000 teachers by 2018. What subjects are most affected? Public schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia report teacher shortages in math for the 2017-18 school year, according to the US Department of Education. Forty-six states report shortages in special education, 43 in science and 41 in foreign languages. Statistics on shortages may be based on the percentage of unfilled teaching jobs, the number of emergency credentials given to those without traditional teaching certificates and the number of teachers hired after the school year starts, says Dan Goldhaber, director of the University of Washington’s Center for Education Data and Research. It’s always been harder to fill teacher jobs in math, science and special education positions, Sorrells said. But the past five years have been worse than usual. Increasingly, she said, teachers in areas like math and science are leaving for higher-paying private sector jobs after a few years. As a result, many teachers who remain are being asked to do more. Some states, like California, are seeing classes with up to 35 students, says Linda Darling-Hammond, director of the Learning Policy Institute. And some schools are making do without certain subjects. Is there help on the way? Probably not soon. The supply of aspiring teachers has been dwindling. Nationwide, teacher education enrollments dropped 35% between 2009 and 2014, the most recent year for which data are available, according to the Learning Policy Institute. A survey at UCLA found that freshmen’s interest in teaching as a career has steadily declined over the past decade. And in Colorado, for example, the number of people becoming teachers and administrators fell more than 24% from the start of the 2010-11 school year to the end of the 2015-16 school year, according to the Department of Higher Education. So what’s causing this? Goldhaber, who studies educational trends at the University of Washington, sees two main reasons. Math and science teachers aren’t paid enough. Salaries for US secondary school teachers have largely remained the same over the past two decades, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And students in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) can make more in other professions than they would teaching. Teaching in the US is too demanding. About 8% of teachers leave teaching each year, with two-thirds quitting before retirement, according to the Learning Policy Institute. This is double the percentage of teachers leaving the profession in countries like Singapore and Finland. This turnover is especially high in subjects such as special education, which can place additional demands on teachers. “I’m having more of those conversations where teachers are questioning, ‘Do I want to put 30 years in public education?’ ” said Sorrells, the Maryland high school principal. “The reality of contemporary public education … (is) that it’s amazing; it’s fulfilling; it’s a calling.” But it can also be exhausting, she says. How do we fix it? Goldhaber cites some solutions: • Help students be more strategic about their teaching opportunities. When students enter teaching certification programs, let them know where the jobs are. In many parts of the country, they’ll have an easier time finding jobs to teach math or science than English. • Partner school districts with local college and university programs. Though the teacher shortage is rooted partly in subject areas, it’s also a matter of location. Schools in low-income areas struggle more to fill positions. “It is the kids that are oftentimes most at risk that are the ones who are likely to suffer the most,” Goldhaber said. One way to fix that would be to pull in students from local higher-ed programs to help teach in those areas. Many may stick around for a full-time job after graduation. Sorrells says she also reaches out to private-sector employers to find people with expertise in certain fields who may be interested in teaching. • Make teacher certification national instead of state by state. Prospective teachers must pass an exam specific to the state they want to work in. But if a teacher wants to move from, say, Pennsylvania to California, they can’t immediately apply for jobs there. By having a national certification exam, teachers would have more mobility to go where they’re needed. At the end of the day, Sorrells believes schools are there to give students the most rigorous education they can. Without quality teachers, she says, they can’t do that. “I think at the most fundamental level, that’s most important,” she said. “I’ve got to be able to look my parents in the eye and say ‘the teachers standing in front of your child are the most competent, capable teachers anywhere.’ “
|Navy wants answers after warship, merchant vessel collideWTVR / 11 h. 42 min. ago more|
Watch Video As search teams look for 10 American sailors missing after a Navy warship collided with a commercial tanker Monday east of Singapore — the latest in a series of similar incidents in the Pacific — the US defense brass wants answers. Following the collision between the USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, and the merchant vessel, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he supports the decision by Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, to conduct a “comprehensive review” of recent US Navy collisions. The aim will be “to determine any of the causal factors, to determine what’s going on — both immediate contributors to this incident but also any related factors.” Monday’s crash marked the fourth time this year a US warship has been involved in an accident in Asian waters. Richardson said in a Facebook statement that he has also asked Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of US Fleet Forces Command, to take charge of the investigation, which will include a review of “the process by which we train and certify our forces that are forward-deployed in Japan to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to make them ready for operations and war fighting.” The probe will also examine operational tempo and “trends in personnel, materiel, maintenance and equipment,” he said. “It will also include a review of how we train and certify our surface warfare community, including tactical and navigational proficiency.” Richardson said on Monday that there is no indication at this time that the incident was caused by cyber intrusion or sabotage, but the review will consider all possibilities. “We are looking at every possibility so we are not leaving anything to chance there,” he said. ‘Forceful action’ Richardson also is ordering a one-day pause in operations, allowing fleet leaders and commanders to take measures to “ensure safe and effective operations around the world,” he said. “This is the second collision in three months and is the last in a series of incidents in the Pacific theater. This trend demands more forceful action,” Richardson said. The pause is a one-day safety stand-down that will be done on a rotational basis over the course of a couple weeks, at the discretion of individual commands, a source told CNN. “The emphasis of that is really to take a look at the fundamentals, at the unit and team level, to make sure that we are not overlooking anything … the basic seamanship, airmanship, those sorts of things: teamwork, how we do business on the bridge, the fundamentals,” Richardson told reporters on Monday. “We want to do this pretty briskly. My direction will be about a week we should execute all of this, and then we’ll roll those up and capture any lessons learned and roll those back out,” he said. The Navy’s 7th Fleet said the McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while the destroyer was making its way to a port in Singapore. The collision was reported at 5:24 a.m. local time, east of the Malacca Strait, one of the world’s most congested shipping routes. The Navy reported significant hull damage to the McCain, saying there was flooding in berthing compartments as well as machinery and communication rooms. Following the accident, President Donald Trump arrived at the White House on Marine One and told reporters of the collision, “That’s too bad.” He and Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted that their thoughts and prayers were with the sailors aboard the destroyer. Sen. John McCain joined them and thanked the rescue crews for their service. The destroyer is named for the senator’s father and grandfather, both of whom were Navy admirals. The senator was a captain in the Navy. Pacific naval impact The collision comes at a time of high tensions in the Pacific. The McCain is equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, which has been touted as a possible counter to any North Korean missile launch. A US 7th Fleet spokesman said the McCain is one of 14 Aegis-equipped ships the Navy has forward-deployed to Japan and it plans to add another next year. The US Navy has 84 vessels equipped with the Aegis system. Cmdr. Clay Doss said the United States has a mixture of ships and aircraft available to cover all missions even without the McCain or USS Fitzgerald, the McCain’s sister ship that was damaged in a June collision. The US military and South Korea began 10-day military exercises Monday, as scheduled. The annual drills antagonize Pyongyang, which issued a statement Sunday that military exercises are “reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.” The McCain’s last high-profile mission came earlier this month when it performed a freedom-of-navigation exercise near a Chinese-claimed island in the South China Sea. Search and rescue No fuel or oil was seen on the water near the ship after the collision as it steamed under its own power to Changi Naval Base in Singapore, arriving Monday afternoon, the Navy said. Malaysian officials said their ships and aircraft had joined the search for the missing sailors. The search area encompassed 100 nautical square miles, they said, describing sea conditions as rough, with waves up to 1 meter (3.2 feet) high. In addition to the 10 missing sailors, the Navy said five were injured in the collision. Four of those were flown by a Singapore navy helicopter to a hospital in Singapore, where they were treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, the Navy said. US helicopters and Marine Corps Osprey aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS America were joining search-and-rescue efforts along with Singaporean ships and helicopters, the Navy said. Rocky year for Navy The McCain collision marks the fourth incident involving a US Navy warship in the Pacific this year. On June 17, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan. That collision resulted in the deaths of seven US sailors. The Fitzgerald will be transported to the United States for repairs. On May 9, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain was struck by a small fishing boat off the Korean Peninsula. And in late January, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground while trying to anchor in Tokyo Bay. Authorities at Yokosuka Naval Base said the Antietam remains out of action. Experts: ‘Navy is not looking good’ Military experts said the latest incident calls into question the Navy’s training and will likely lead to changes in the Navy’s leadership. “I can almost guarantee you that there will be a tumultuous shake-up in the senior leadership of at least the 7th Fleet and maybe the Navy in general,” CNN military analyst Rick Francona said. “The Navy is not looking good about now, especially when we need those … Aegis-equipped ships for possible ballistic missile defense in a North Korean scenario,” he added. In a report on the Fitzgerald collision released last week, the Navy said it would review its training and qualification procedures. “The collision was avoidable and both ships demonstrated poor seamanship. Within Fitzgerald, flawed watch stander teamwork and inadequate leadership contributed to the collision,” a 7th Fleet statement said. Oil tanker ‘three times bigger’ Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center, said the oil tanker would have been at least three times bigger than the USS John S. McCain. “Oil tankers are huge, and it takes miles for them to change course,” he said. “When you’re going into a congested channel, you’re supposed to be very alert, track ships around you to a very meticulous degree.” The Malacca Strait, which runs between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, is the world’s second-busiest waterway, according to the World Economic Forum. The collision took place in waters to the east of the Malacca Strait, US authorities said. At a press conference, Malaysian authorities said both ships were heading toward Singapore from the South China Sea when the collision occurred. They described the area as very busy, with some 80,000 ships passing through it every year. Both ships should have reported to what the Malaysian authorities called a maritime “traffic separation scheme,” essentially air traffic control for ships. Francona said no matter what the tanker did, the faster, nimbler US destroyer should have been able to avoid a collision. “How does a state-of-the-art Navy destroyer — equipped with multiple radar systems and communications gear with a full bridge watch — not see, detect and evade a 30,000-ton slow-moving (10 knots) behemoth?” Francona asked. No injuries on tanker A US Navy official told CNN the McCain had experienced a loss of steering before the collision, but that steering had been regained. Merchant marine websites describe the Alnic MC as a 600-foot-long oil tanker flying a Liberian flag. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said the Alnic sustained damage to a tank at its bow, about 7 meters (23 feet) above the waterline. No one was injured on the tanker, it said, and no oil spill was reported. The vessel is 505 feet long and displaces about 9,000 tons.
|Liberty grads returning diplomas to protest FalwellWRIC / 12 h. 14 min. ago more|
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) – A small group of Liberty University graduates are planning to return their diplomas to the evangelical Virginia school as a rebuke of President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s latest show of unwavering support for Donald Trump. The Liberty alumni organized the “Return your diploma to LU group” on Facebook after Falwell, in tweets and interviews, defended the president’s response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to deadly violence. Democrats and Republicans, business executives, artists and religious leaders have criticized Trump for saying “both sides” were to blame. But Falwell, an early and ardent Trump supporter, is among a number of evangelicals standing up for the president. The alumni group has more than 300 members on Facebook. They plan to return their diplomas by Sept. 5. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Christmas in August: Sailor returns from deployment, surprises his kidsWRIC / 12 h. 30 min. ago more|
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach family is together again after being apart for the last seven months. They were reunited when the USS George H. W. Bush pulled into port Monday morning. “I got butterflies in my stomach,” said wife Crystal Bloom. “I’m so nervous.” The Blooms have been though deployments before. Monday marked their fourth homecoming. Kent Bloom was one of 6,000 sailors who returned to Naval Station Norfolk. The homecoming didn’t stop at the pier for the Blooms. They told their three children — ages 5, 3 and 1 — that daddy was coming in next week. However, they were told that a present full of toys was arriving Monday. When the kids got home from day care, there was a giant box sitting wrapped in the living from. “It’s a transformer!” five-year-old Alan said. The children ripped right into the package only to find out dad was waiting inside. “It was definitely worth the wait in the box,” Kent Bloom said. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Brown’s Island, Byrd Park draw big crowds for solar eclipseWRIC / 12 h. 54 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hundreds of people flocked to Brown’s Island and Byrd Park Monday for the solar eclipse Monday afternoon. Some were seeing the celestial event for the very first time, others for the first time in 38 years. “Awesome. Just no other words for it. It’s awesome,” said Chevelle Hewlett, who joined the watch party at Brown’s Island. This was Hewlett’s first eclipse, and she said she wasn’t going to miss it. “I’ve been in a line since 11 o’clock trying to get glasses and I was fortunate enough to get my glasses,” she added. The Gasperini family needed a lot of glasses. They brought all five kids to Brown’s Island witness the show in the sky. “It’s been something we’ve really been looking forward to as a family,” Bethany Gasperini said. What transpired in the sky is something her children say they’ll remember when they’re grown. “It’s just really amazing,” 11-year-old Thomas Gasperini said.\ “It’s one of the most rare phenomenons in history.” His 12-year-old brother Matthew, added, “How cool it was just looking at the sun as it was slowly being turned black.” Deysia Williams, 9, said she only came to watch because her mom made her. But the little girl was glad she did. “It looks like a crescent moon, really,” she explained. “But if you look at it like more often, it looks like the moon just sliding over it, just going past it, just going that way.” Monday’s big event in the sky was a moment in history for some people and a welcome distraction for others. “It’s neat when the community can come together and kind of experience something so unique that in a time that maybe there’s a lot of division right now, we’re just having fun looking up in the sky,” Geoff Gasperini said. All eyes on the sky at Byrd Park Dozens of people came out to Byrd Park for the solar eclipse on Monday, all of them with their eyes on the sky. One mom who brought her kids she said she was happy just to see her kids excited about science. “We have been so excited,“ Svondai Miles said. “My son is really into science so he wanted to see this for the first time. So we discussed it and dad got the glasses last night. And now he’s looking at it. It’s really awesome.” All around the park, groups of friends and strangers got together to see the eclipse, sharing glasses and sharing the gadgets they brought to watch the event. “People everywhere,” Miles said. “All nationalities all ages, everybody is looking at this.” It was a real life science lesson in many people’s backyards. “Even people who might not be that interested in science, per se, or in science in general,” said eclipse watcher Mim Scalin. “Suddenly there’s this scientific phenomenon that nobody can deny, it’s happening or why it’s happening and that’s pretty exciting.” They said even though Richmond didn’t see totality, it was still an unforgettable experience. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Faith leaders take a stand against racismWRIC / 13 h. 2 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hundreds of faith leaders in Central Virginia are taking a stand against racism. Faith leaders said for too long Christians have been silent and the violence in Charlottesville became a call to action they couldn’t ignore. “Even many of the protestors were saying that they were Christians and they were using scripture to justify their position,” said Pastor Corey Widmer with Third Church. “So it was vital that we as a church make it very very clear that the Bible is unequivocal about these things.” Over 600 faith leaders signed a statement of unity against racism and anti-Semitism. They read the message aloud Monday morning in front of the Maggie Walker. “We reject the notion that white people or any collection of humans of any culture are superior to any other,” read Reverend Wallace Adams-Riley, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church They said for years the church has stood by in silence and now is the time to teach and preach messages of acceptance and diversity. “We resolve to help our churches become more hospitable and welcoming communities to diverse people groups,” read Pastor Manny Pena, Destiny City Fellowship. They want Richmond to be known not as the capital of the Confederacy, but as the capital of reconciliation. They said this compact and Monday’s rally is just the beginning of a long commitment to change. “As a country as a city as a church we are toddlers in practicing racial unity and we are committed to learn how to practice,” said Minister David Bailey, Aarabon. To view the full text of their message of unity click here. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
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|Local student launches effort to raise money for childhood cancer researchWRIC / 13 h. 29 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Glen Allen High School senior this week launched a campaign to spread awareness about childhood cancer. “Just because I saw that it needed support and I felt that I could be somewhat of an agent of change,” explains 17-year-old Sarah Newman. She spent her summer interning for the Connor’s Heroes Foundation. It’s a local non-profit founded 11 years ago after its namesake was treated for leukemia. Connor’s Heroes supports families with children who are battling the disease. “She’s been so thoughtful through each step of the way to make it be successful,” adds Lisa Goodwin, who started the foundation. “We’re really excited and hopeful that it will spread lots of awareness and go viral and raise money in the process.” Here’s how you can help: Post a photo of yourself with your hero on social media and tag it with #MyRVAHero. Challenge your friends to do the same and spread the word. You can also text MyRVAHero to 77948 to make a $5 donation toward pediatric cancer research right here at home. You can click here to donate too. “We want people in the community to show their heroes and to show support of the heroes that are fighting childhood cancer,” explains Newman. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|PHOTOS: Eclipse viewing in Richmond, Va. and Clemson, SC - Richmond.comGoogle News / 13 h. 32 min. ago more|
Richmond.comPHOTOS: Eclipse viewing in Richmond, Va. and Clemson, SCRichmond.comBill and Debbie Aggen watch the eclipse with their daughters Arianna Aggen, (standing) age 22, and Lexi Aggen, (right foreground) age 20, from Potterfield Memorial Bridge Monday, August 21, 2017. The are all from D.C.. 20170822_MET_ECLIPSE_AWE02.
|Chamber hosts business roundtableWFIR / 13 h. 40 min. ago more|
A local Chamber of Commerce has a business roundtable planned next month. details from WFIR’s Bob Clark: 8-21 Chamber Roundtable Wrap #1-WEB
|Cars, home struck after gunfire erupts at neighborhood pool partyWRIC / 14 h. 17 min. ago more|
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A neighborhood pool is making changes to its policies after gunfire erupted at a private party in Chesterfield County. Just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, Chesterfield Police received multiple calls about shots fired. Two cars and a home were hit on Looking Glass Road. In photos sent to 8News, you can see bullet holes in walls of a home. The Homeowner told 8News they heard the gun shots Saturday night, but didn’t find the bullets holes until Sunday morning. It all started after a pool party that was being held at the Settlers Landing Pool. On Sunday night, the Settlers Landing Recreation Association hosted a community meeting to talk to neighbors and pool members. Pool board members did not want to speak on camera but said that the pool was rented out Saturday night to an individual who wanted to host a party for their daughter. An event posted on Event Brite said a pool party hosted by Datway Promotions was held at the pool. On Facebook, board members said “The safety of the families and neighbors is of paramount importance. Settlers Landing Recreation Association does not condone the behavior nor does it support the individual, or any of those that were invited or participated at the party.” Now, they said they will be taking extra precautions in the future to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Police said they have no suspect information and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers. Click here to check on crime in your area. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|6 pounds of marijuana, firearm recovered after pursuit in PetersburgWTVR / 14 h. 39 min. ago more|
PETERSBURG, Va. – A man has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies after Petersburg Police seized approximately 6 pounds of marijuana and a firearm after a short pursuit ended in a crash Monday afternoon. The incident started at approximately 12:13 p.m. Police said an officer initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Buckner Street and South Boulevard after a vehicle ran a stop sign. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment A pursuit started after the driver identified as, Trini Montrel McDaniel Jr., allegedly disregarded the officer’s emergency lights and attempt to pull him over. Police said the short pursuit ended at the intersection of Glenroy Street and Oakland Street when McDaniel crashed. Officers recovered approximately 6 pounds of marijuana and a firearm from inside the vehicle. McDaniel has been charged with two felonies, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and eluding police. He is also facing multiple driving infractions in connection with the incident.
|Petersburg Police seize 6 pounds of pot from vehicle after pursuitWRIC / 14 h. 53 min. ago more|
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A man has been charged with multiple felonies after police found several pounds of marijuana inside his vehicle following a pursuit on Monday. Shortly after 12 p.m., an officer attempted a traffic stop near the intersection of Buckner Street and South Boulevard after a vehicle ran a stop sign, but the driver fled and led police on a brief pursuit before crashing at the intersection of Glenroy and Oakland streets. Inside the suspect vehicle police found approximately six pounds of marijuana and a firearm. The driver, Trini Montrel McDaniel, Jr., was arrested and charged with two felonies, possession of marijuana and intent to distribute, and eluding police as well as multiple driving infractions. Click here to check on crime in your area. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Authorities investigating separate church break-ins in Amelia CountyWRIC / 15 h. 18 min. ago more|
AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Amelia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after cash and electronics were taken from two churches that were broken into recently. Officials say the two churches — Promise Land Baptist and Destiny Worship Center — were without damage at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The breaking and enterings were reported to the sheriff’s department at 10 a.m. Monday. The suspect(s) took a TV and a camera from Promise Land Baptist. The church safe was also dragged into the parking lot but left there unopened. Approximately $350 cash was taken from Destiny Worship Center. In both incidents, authorities believe the suspect(s) gained entry through a broken window. At one of the churches, stain drops that investigators believe to be blood were found at the suspected entry site. Anyone with information is asked to call the Amelia County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 561-2118 or Amelia Crime Solvers at (804) 561-5200. Click here to check on crime in your area. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|The History of the Arthur Ashe Monument in RichmondStyle Weekly / 15 h. 27 min. ago more|
In 1996, adding a statue was just as controversial as trying to remove others. It was the early 1990s, and City Councilman Henry “Chuck” Richardson was watching the angry, recently liberated people of the former Soviet Union tear down statues of Stalin and Lenin — and it got Richardson thinking. “Richmond should represent a continuum of history and not just a snapshot during the Civil War era,” he tells me, in between drags of a cigarette in his Carillon home. He explains how the Arthur Ashe statue on Monument Avenue was born. The famed tennis player and Richmond native who championed education and civil rights around the world was still alive and in the Richmond area then. Sculptor Paul DiPasquale heard Ashe speak at an event and was impressed by what he heard. The artist had just finished the Brown’s Island “Headman,” which went on to be the centerpiece of the city’s flag. He was working with Richmond Renaissance, now Venture Richmond, and proposed an Ashe statue as a follow-up. DiPasquale says wanted to create an autobiographical statue — a piece supported and approved by Ashe. Unfortunately, two weeks after the sculptor and tennis player spoke, Ashe died from complications from AIDS. He contracted the deadly virus through a blood transfusion. Ashe’s AIDS would help bring the disease out of gay clubs and into the mainstream, another accomplishment for a man who already had done a lot. After Ashe’s death, DiPasquale continued to work with his widow, Jeanne, and received her approval for the final piece. Monument Avenue, the statue’s eventual home, was not mentioned at all during this part of the process. Around this time, Richardson put his thoughts on paper and at City Council proposed a statue honoring a local civil rights leader on Monument Avenue, he says, and the hate started pouring in. “Everybody went haywire: ‘A black on Monument Avenue?’” Richardson recalls. “‘Are you out of your fucking mind?’” Meanwhile, DiPasquale had been hard at work on the Ashe project. He’d built a model of the statue and alerted the Arthur Ashe Memorial Committee. They were impressed with his work. According to DiPasquale, a year after Ashe’s death the group suggested renaming the Boulevard as Arthur Ashe Boulevard. The sculptor’s project, however, offered a new way to immortalize the man. The location still wasn’t confirmed until then-Gov. Doug Wilder suggested Richmond’s most famous street. The council meeting that followed became legendary. The five-hour session was broadcast internationally. Among those who spoke against the statue was R. Wayne Byrd Sr., president of the Heritage Preservation Association based in Danville. The group’s purpose, it says on its Facebook page, is “to protect Southern symbols, Southern history, and Southern culture.” At the time, Byrd called Monument Avenue “hallowed ground” and suggested Ashe’s statue should go up at the Byrd Park tennis courts — a place that he wasn’t allowed to play as a child. “[It] would pay the proper tribute to a great athlete without violating the historic sensibilities of Richmond’s Confederate-American population,” Byrd said. More than 20 years later, he still leads the Heritage Preservation Association. Byrd and his group believe, he says now, “City Council just wanted to put a black person on Monument Avenue, feeling like it was striking back. Ashe was being used as a pawn in a game of politics.” In response, Richardson says that people like Byrd don’t understand the pain that Confederate statues and flags cause African-Americans. When he sees the stars and bars, Richardson says he sees the horrors of enslavement. After almost 20 years on City Council, Richardson was arrested for heroin-related charges within weeks of his Monument Avenue proposal. With the council member behind bars, it was then-Planning Commission member and eventual House of Delegates representative Viola Baskerville who took the ball and ran with it. “This was a city street designated for monuments, but I didn’t remember anywhere where it said there was an exclusivity as to the types of monuments,” Baskerville says. Heritage groups such as Byrd’s would show up in full Confederate garb and speak out against Ashe’s place on Monument Avenue. “That took a lot of people by surprise.” Baskerville and DiPasquale say there was lots of fighting, and Ashe’s statue was in the middle of the debate about race, history, misinformation and aesthetics. But Ashe’s recent death and his history as an activist and Richmond success story won out in the end. “The city [government] couldn’t argue — everyone was in favor of Arthur,” Richardson says. So, the dreams of DiPasquale, Richardson, Baskerville and many others came true. Nonetheless, once in place, protests continued around the statue — but Ashe still stands, holding a tennis racket and a book, the lone black man on Monument Avenue. A new conversation has now begun. After the events in Charlottesville, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney widened the scope of the Monument Avenue Commission to consider removing the Confederate statues. Those who were instrumental in the street’s last addition have ideas as well. Byrd thinks the monuments’ removal would erase a big part of Richmond’s history. “I think it’s best to just leave everything like it is and remember it and respect it,” he says. Baskerville, who has since retired from government work, says the statues should be moved to a place where they can be given better context. “This is 2017, and Richmond is a different city [and] demographic. It’s trying to move on,” she says. “If they want to honor Mr. Lee, find a Confederate cemetery or museum. Use the empty space that citizens have to maintain with their tax dollars to tell a deeper story about our city.” S
|Virginia Governor Responds to Violence with Temporary Protest Ban in RichmondRichmond News / 15 h. 39 min. ago more|
Eyewitness reports on the ground at the Charlottesville, Virginia, protest indicate that the police did not do a very good job of keeping the sides physically separated. There's no good excuse for why this happened; we know full well at this point that people with violent or otherwise disruptive plans are embedding themselves inside large political protests like these.
|Last CallRichmond Magazine / 17 h. 17 min. ago more|
Exhibitions celebrating the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Yves Saint Laurent are coming to a close.
|McAuliffe 'most likely' will pursue bill to remove Richmond's Lee statue - Richmond.comGoogle News / 17 h. 26 min. ago more|
Richmond.comMcAuliffe 'most likely' will pursue bill to remove Richmond's Lee statueRichmond.comThough officials elsewhere have rushed to remove Confederate statues after the Charlottesville violence, many Virginia leaders are still in the process of determining who has ultimate legal authority over what statue. As the backdrop for many seminal ...Charlottesville City Council approves covering Confederate statuesWWBT NBC12 NewsRichmond mayor on Confederate monument debate: Trump 'doesn't live here'kwbeThe past is still present in a changing VirginiaGears Of BizCBC.ca -Southern Poverty Law Centerall 1,468 news articles »
|There's still time to enroll for the Fall semesterRichmond News / 17 h. 52 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. - If you're a recent high school graduate, that still hasn't decided where to go this Fall, Byrant & Stratton College could be the answer.
|REAL OR HOAX? Will taking photos of the solar eclipse damage your smartphone camera?WRIC / 18 h. 20 min. ago more|
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Many people on social media are debating the best way to safely capture today’s solar eclipse on camera. Most of the beauty shots of the solar eclipse will be taken by professional cameras or shot through a telescope. But, the most common photos will be taken by the millions of smartphones everyday people are using. NASA says taking a photo of the eclipse using your smartphone probably won’t damage it, but it could, especially if you have a newer device. Can you view the eclipse using selfie mode? NASA says if you’re using older iPhone or Android smartphone camera lens, you should not need any added camera filter. Experts say the lenses on your smartphones are generally very small and do not admit enough light on autofocus. While your picture will likely come out overexposed and washed out, your phone camera should not be harmed. However, NASA points out that some newer smartphones have larger and faster lenses (f/1.7 to f/2.0). Those could be damaged if pointed at the sun for a period of time, both during the eclipse and any other time. In either case, you need to be really careful while taking these photos. It is very likely that you may glimpse the full-on solar disk and this can damage your eyes after prolonged viewing. NASA says to avoid this harmful contact, you should wear approved solar eclipse viewing glasses. You can find a list of all the approved glasses for safe viewing of the solar eclipse here. Here are some additional photography tips from NASA: Set up your smartphone on a tripod or a wrap-around mounting so you can fix the angle of the shot before the eclipse starts. The sun disk will be small enough that you will want to avoid the inevitable shaking that occurs when holding the camera. Don’t forget to take some photos of the surroundings, what people are doing and such, in addition to shots of the eclipse itself. That will require low light level “Twilight” photography on your smartphone, and you may need to download a specific camera app that lets you manually adjust exposure speed and other settings. You might also illuminate the foreground with a flashlight or a low-wattage lamp so that it is discernable under twilight conditions. Practice taking photos several days before just after sunset during twilight. Using optical filters to photograph the eclipse when you are not on the path of totality, which will be nowhere near Pennsylvania, is inherently risky because you are looking at the blindingly bright solar surface. Practice photographing the full moon to get an idea of how large the sun-in-eclipse will appear with your smartphone’s lens, or with a telephoto lens attachment, or with your digital camera. Take a time-lapse photo series of the scenery as the light dims with the smartphone or camera secured on a tripod or other mounting so that you can watch the eclipse while your camera photographs the scenery. You might even want to shoot some video in the minutes before, during and after to record people’s reactions. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.
|Where to get free solar eclipse glasses in Richmond today (if you're lucky) - Richmond.comGoogle News / 19 h. 59 min. ago more|
Richmond.comWhere to get free solar eclipse glasses in Richmond today (if you're lucky)Richmond.comAshley Ann Sander hawks solar eclipse glasses on the side of the road to tourists approaching town for $10 a pair Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, near Clayton, Ga., a city in the path of totality in North Georgia. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution ...and more »
|Some Liberty alums say they will return their diplomas over Falwell support for TrumpWFIR / 20 h. 49 min. ago more|
Jerry Falwell, Jr. Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. says some of the university’s graduates misunderstand his recent statements supporting President Trump. A group of alums say they will return their diplomas in protest of those statements. But Falwell says his support for the president is about his willingness to call terrorist groups by their names. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones: 08-21 Liberty-Trump Wrap-WEB
|Where to Find It Guide 2017Richmond Magazine / 20 h. 59 min. ago more|
The ultimate resource for everything you need in your home
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Menswear retailer Jackson & James brings unique brands to Scott’s Addition.
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Paul Cho and Helen Koo incorporate elements of their Korean heritage in a fall wedding at Mankin Mansion.
|Favorite eclipse moments from a local astronomerWFIR / 1 d. 2 h. 6 min. ago more|
A local astronomer who now heads a group of fellow amateur stargazers weighs in on today’s “Great Solar Eclipse” as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 8-21 Eclipse-Goss Wrap#1-WEB Click below to hear much more from John Goss about today’s eclipse: 8-21 Goss-Eclipse-Longer Listen-WEB
|Astronomy club hopes eclipse viewing party leads young people to develop interest in scienceWFIR / 1 d. 2 h. 17 min. ago more|
Members of an astronomy club hope an eclipse viewing party in Roanoke, allows those who attend to understand the significance of the event. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has more. 8-21 Market Square Eclipse Event Wrap-WEB
|Like Mother, Like SonRichmond Magazine / 1 d. 2 h. 47 min. ago more|
A family of users wrestles with the opioid epidemic.
|Faith leaders to hold peace prayer at the Maggie Walker statueRichmond News / 1 d. 4 h. 51 min. ago more|
Pastors and ministry leaders from numerous denominations and backgrounds will gather for a peace prayer at the Maggie Walker statue in Richmond at 10 a.m. Monday. The statue is located at Broad and Adams streets not far from the Richmond business woman's home, which is a museum in historic Jackson Ward.
|ACLU calls for removal of Confederate memorials in Virginia - Richmond.comGoogle News / 1 d. 10 h. 25 min. ago more|
Richmond.comACLU calls for removal of Confederate memorials in VirginiaRichmond.comThat was similar to Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney's position until Wednesday, when he expanded his charge to a commission reviewing the city's Confederate monuments, saying the panel may now consider the options of removing some or all of the statues.ACLU calls for removal of Confederate monuments, memorials in VirginiaWHSVall 33 news articles »
|Richmond's eclipse forecast: partly cloudy for partial sunshine - Richmond.comGoogle News / 1 d. 10 h. 42 min. ago more|
Richmond.comRichmond's eclipse forecast: partly cloudy for partial sunshineRichmond.comDon't look directly at the sun without ISO-certified eclipse glasses. If you don't have them, or are stuck inside, you can visit Richmond.com on Monday afternoon to watch live streaming video of the sun from our vantage point in downtown Richmond.and more »
|PHOTOS: The final worship of Patterson Avenue Baptist ChurchRichmond News / 1 d. 11 h. 41 min. ago more|
Alice Langford, center, 102-year-old, with her daughter, Martha Proffitt, talked with Ralph E. Hyatt, 97-year-old, as they waited the final service of Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, a historical Richmond congregation, on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Its property will be donated to Movement Church, a new and younger congregation.
|Trumpa s a election integritya commission harkens backRichmond News / 1 d. 16 h. 10 min. ago more|
One October morning in Richmond, Virginia, 32-year old Joseph Cox watched his friends and neighbors go to the polls for the first time. The fight to get to that moment had been long, bloody, and vicious.
|A brief comment about Confederate monumentsRichmond News / 1 d. 20 h. 39 min. ago more|
It's hard to disagree with people arguing that such monuments weren't erected to call attention to history as much as they were to sow fear with regard to black-white relations. But removing all of the "sculptures" from the public space makes it that much harder to provide the greatest possible opportunity for interpretation, reinterpretation, and challenge.
|Digging DeeperRichmond Magazine / 2 d. 4 h. 47 min. ago more|
If we want to make the best decisions for Richmond's future, we need to educate ourselves on its past.
|The monuments must go: Read an open letter from the great-great grandsons of Stonewall JacksonRichmond News / 2 d. 5 h. 22 min. ago more|
We are native Richmonders and also the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson. As two of the closest living relatives to Stonewall, we are writing today to ask for the removal of his statue, as well as the removal of all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue.
|Gillespie condemns white supremacy at Americans for Prosperity summit in RichmondRichmond News / 2 d. 9 h. 45 min. ago more|
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|Man dead after Fridaya s New Kent County plane crashRichmond News / 2 d. 14 h. 3 min. ago more|
Virginia State Police are reporting that one man is dead after Friday morning's small plane crash in New Kent County. Police said pilot and flight instructor Andrew M. Jones, 38, of Richmond died after being flown to VCU Medical Center for the treatment of life-threatening injuries.
|The past is still present in a changing VirginiaRichmond News / 2 d. 18 h. 31 min. ago more|
In this Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee sits in Emancipation Park, in Charlottesville, Va. The deadly rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Aug. 12, 2017, is accelerating the removal of Confederate statues in cities across the nation.
|Bishop DiLorenzo, Richmond Catholic Diocese leader, diesRichmond News / 2 d. 20 h. 42 min. ago more|
"With great sadness, I announce The Most Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond, died at St. Mary's Hospital, late last night.
|Virginia governor halts demonstrations at Richmond's Lee monument - The HillGoogle News / 3 d. 13 h. 18 min. ago more|
The HillVirginia governor halts demonstrations at Richmond's Lee monumentThe HillVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order Friday temporarily halting demonstrations at the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, Va. until the state can implement new safety regulations. The decision comes less than a week after ...Governor announces state has $136 million budget surplusWWBT NBC12 NewsVirginia governor 'most likely' to pursue Lee statue removalThe ColumbianMcAuliffe temporarily bars demonstrations at Lee monument in Richmond, citing public safetyRichmond.comWRIC -NBC 29 Newsall 51 news articles »
|McAuliffe signs executive order temporarily halting permits, demonstrations at Richmond Lee MonumentWFIR / 3 d. 13 h. 38 min. ago more|
(AP photo) From Governor McAuliffe’s office: Governor Terry McAuliffe today issued Executive Order Number 67 temporarily halting issuance of permits and prohibiting demonstrations at the Lee Monument until new emergency regulations have been approved and implemented by the Virginia Department of General Services. Governor McAuliffe determined that following the events of the Unite the Right rally on August 12th in Charlottesville, and subsequent deaths of three individuals, to develop a comprehensive set of fair and consistent rules to both protect first amendment rights and prevent threats to public safety. The Governor believes that this suspension is necessary to give state and local officials breathing room to make thoughtful and informed decisions on managing the new reality of the potential for civil unrest. “In spite of weeks of preparation, the city of Charlottesville was the target of an act of domestic terrorism that cost one woman her life, and had a helicopter accident lead to the deaths of two state troopers,” said Governor McAuliffe. “In the aftermath of this tragedy, several groups have requested permits to hold similar-styled events at the Lee Monument in Richmond. State and local officials need to get ahead of this problem, so that we have the proper legal protections in place to allow for peaceful demonstrations, but without putting citizens and property at risk. Let me be clear, this executive order has nothing to do with infringing upon first amendment rights. This is a temporary suspension, issued with the singular purpose of creating failsafe regulations to preserve the health and well-being of our citizens and ensuring that nothing like what occurred in Charlottesville happens again.” Governor McAuliffe will issue a related executive order convening a task force, headed by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran to study the safety concerns that arose from the events of August 12th. The Department of General Services will craft their new emergency regulations based on the recommendations of this new task force, which will be issued within three months. The Lee Monument presents unique challenges to large-scale demonstrations because it is located on a major thoroughfare in a residential neighborhood in downtown Richmond, and current rules date back decades. Current standards, for instance, permit demonstrations containing as many as 5,000 people. In addition, the permits allow for assemblies to gather from sunrise until 11:00 P.M. As a result, these conditions provide for not only major public safety concerns, but present serious threats to both traffic and private property. EXECUTIVE ORDER TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING PERMIT-REQUIRING USES OF THE LEE MONUMENT IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA AND DIRECTING REVIEW OF PERMITTING REGULATIONS Importance of the Initiative Virginia is the birthplace of liberty in the United States, and the Commonwealth has had an historic commitment to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of thought are among our most cherished values. Recent events have also demonstrated that activities surrounding Confederate monuments within the Commonwealth raise substantial public safety concerns. Among these are the statue of Robert E. Lee on horseback, and the surrounding grounds, located within a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in the City of Richmond, Virginia (the “Lee Monument”). On August 12, 2017, I declared a State of Emergency based on a state of civil unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, caused by violence that erupted over a demonstration organized by the Unite the Right organization, which included a number of affiliated white supremacist and Neo-Nazi hate groups. I was compelled to order the Virginia National Guard to active service for the purposes of controlling civil unrest, an action that has not been taken in decades. The stated purpose for the Unite the Right demonstration was to protest the City of Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from one of its city parks. The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia was broadcast around the world, and the protests and counter-protests ended in tragedy. Demonstrators descending on the rally became engaged in violent conflict, leading to a declaration by city officials that the rally had become an unlawful assembly. Later, a man using his car as a weapon plowed into a group of counter-protestors, injuring 19 people and killing a young woman, Heather Heyer. The chaos of the day required extraordinary sacrifices from law enforcement, including the crash of a Virginia State Police helicopter that killed Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who were surveilling the scene from the air. Subsequent protests have threatened not only violence against citizens, but also violence against the monuments themselves. In the days since the tragedy in Charlottesville, law enforcement in Richmond, Virginia have responded to demonstrations around the Lee Monument, including situations that involved heavily-armed protestors that disturbed the peace near the monument. In Durham, North Carolina, a recent video showed protestors tearing down a statue of a Confederate soldier, resulting in felony charges against those involved. Reviewing the events in Charlottesville to determine what steps can and should be taken to prevent any such violence from occurring again is critically necessary for public safety and demands a full review of permitting processes and other relevant regulations. There are already, and it is anticipated that there will be more, permit requests for demonstrations at the Lee Monument as the public debate over Confederate monuments continues, leaving grave risks for future civil unrest. Until a full review process has been concluded, it is a threat to public safety to allow permit-requiring activity to occur in the absence of such sensible regulations that should be implemented to govern all expressive activity at the Lee Monument, no matter its content. Additionally, regulations governing the use of the Lee Monument were last reviewed some time ago. A critical review of these regulations is long overdue. Unlike a city park, the Lee Monument serves a limited purpose and has not historically been an open forum for expressive activity. It sits in a traffic rotary, in a major thoroughfare through the City of Richmond, in the middle of one of the most scenic and historic residential areas in the United States. Current standards contemplate up to 5,000 people gathering at the Lee Monument. Given the size of the Lee Monument, the fact that traffic continually passes around it, and that there is no pedestrian crosswalk for access, I have concluded that permitting any large group would create a safety hazard in the current circumstances. Current policies also allow for permits to be issued from sunrise to 11:00 pm, which also could, given the Lee Monument’s proximity to private residences, interfere with the quiet enjoyment of those properties. Moreover, the Lee Monument is a State-property island in an area otherwise regulated by the City of Richmond, yet there is no formal requirement for coordinating approval through the City of Richmond’s permitting process. This regulatory gap, which has heretofore been handled informally, must be addressed. It is also clear that adequate alternative venues exist to accommodate any expressive activities that citizens may desire to conduct, should the Lee Monument be temporarily closed for permit-requiring activity. Executive Action Accordingly, by the power vested in me as the Chief Executive by Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and the laws of the Commonwealth, I hereby order the following: No demonstrations shall be authorized at the Lee Monument in the absence of a permit issued by the Department of General Services. The term “demonstrations” includes demonstrations, processions, picketing, speechmaking, marching, vigils, and all other like forms of conduct, that involve the communication or expression of views or grievances, engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which is reasonably likely to draw a crowd or onlookers. This term includes the display of flags, banners, or other demonstratives designed to communicate a message. No permits for demonstrations shall be issued for activities at the Lee Monument pending adoption of regulations by the Department of General Services to govern such activities. Under separate Order, I will convene a task force, led by the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, to evaluate the public safety issues arising from the events of August 12, 2017, including regulatory best practices related to the Lee Monument. The Department of General Services is directed to promulgate emergency regulations by November 18, 2017 to govern any public use of the Lee Monument based upon the recommendations from this task force. Effective Date of the Executive Order This Executive Order shall become effective upon its signing and shall remain in full force and effect until such emergency regulations are promulgated by the Department of General Services by November 18, 2017. Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 18th Day of August, 2017.
|Charlottesville mayor wants General Assembly special session to take down Lee statueWFIR / 3 d. 14 h. 39 min. ago more|
(AP photo) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – The mayor of Charlottesville is calling on Governor McAuliffe to convene an emergency meeting of state lawmakers to allow the city to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Mayor Mike Signer’s statement comes nearly a week after white supremacists descended on the city for a rally and clashed with counter protesters. One woman was killed on Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd of counter protesters. News media outlets report that Signer says the attack turned the monuments from “equestrian statues into lightning rods.” He says the city must respond “by denying the Nazis and the KKK and the so-called alt-right the twisted totem they seek.” Signer also wants lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow communities to bar people from carrying open or concealed weapons in public events “reasonably deemed to pose a potential security threat.”
|Review: “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency"Style Weekly / 3 d. 17 h. 57 min. ago more|
A new book provides the closest look yet at how a former Richmonder became Trump’s brain. Richmond-raised Stephen K. Bannon has been the dark knight of President Donald Trump’s tumultuous administration. He’s an alt-right Cardinal Richelieu whose manipulations fluster moderate Republican insiders as he eggs on Trump’s arrogance and baser instincts. When white supremacists provoked a horrific melee in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 that left three dead and many injured, Bannon immediately was accused of creating the climate of confrontation that resulted in the tragedy. Once again, calls went out across the nation for the head of Trump’s chief White House strategist on a plate. On Aug. 18, it came true. Bannon was pushed out, according to media reports, soon after he gave an interview ripping the Trump team to a left-leaning news outlet. So who is Bannon, really? Where did this disheveled outsider with a genius for social media and ruthless politics come from? What are the roots of his extreme anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-GOP establishment views that clinched white voter rage and gave Trump his victory? The most comprehensive, if still limited, account so far can be found in “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency,” by Joshua Green, national correspondent for Bloomberg BusinessWeek. When Green first met Bannon in 2011, he was working on a piece for the Atlantic about a documentary of Sarah Palin. Bannon, the film producer, was strutting around the Arlington sound studio in a military jacket. At first, Green thought he was “forgettable,” but something clicked. Green thought that Bannon was so intriguing that he started following the trail of information about him for the next seven years. Green writes: “He was a human hand grenade, an Internet-era update of the Slim Pickens character in ‘Dr. Strangelove’ who rides the bomb like a rodeo bull whoopin’ and a hollerin’ all the way to nuclear annihilation.” There’s no doubt about Bannon’s talent. Raised in Richmond’s Ginter Park neighborhood, Bannon attended Virginia Tech where he runs for president in a bitter campaign. Next came service as a Navy officer on a destroyer in the Persian Gulf during the Iranian Crisis. Bannon then takes on a series of prestigious and eclectic roles as a Harvard Business School grad, a Goldman Sachs investment banker, a Hollywood mogul and an executive with a Hong Kong-based Internet gaming company. This polyglot of jobs and keen knowledge of how the Web works primed Bannon for politics. So did his key association with billionaire Robert Mercer, often referred to as a Koch brother of the alt-right. Another tie-in was Andrew Breitbart, founder of the ultra-conservative website Breitbart News, which Bannon took over after Breitbart’s sudden death of a heart ailment in 2012. Bannon also is linked to the Government Accountability Institute in Tallahassee, Florida, a hard-right think tank funded by Mercer. It gathered dirt on the Clintons that Trump found so useful in his campaign. “Bannon’s cult-leader magnetism was a powerful draw for oddballs and freaks, and the attraction ran both ways,” Green writes. This may seem ironic for a man who grew up in a devout, Irish-Catholic family that worshipped John F. Kennedy. But as Green explains, it might not be so odd given the class politics of Richmond at the time. Born in Norfolk, Bannon moved to Richmond’s North Side when he was young. His family included a father who was a telephone lineman and a mother who was a homemaker. When not attending Mass in the traditional Latin, Bannon and his brothers attended what is now called Benedictine College Preparatory, an all-boys Catholic military school then in the Museum District. According to Chris Pudner, a childhood friend of Bannon whom Green quotes, Benedictine cadets were very conscious of their supposed “working class” status when they compared themselves to blue bloods at wealthier prep schools Collegiate School and St. Christopher’s School. “We’d battle them in sports; we’d fight them at parties. We were the blue-collar guys. They were rich snobs,” Pudner is quoted. Another strong theme at Benedictine was the way in which Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella saved Western civilization from Islamic destruction by defeating the Moors. Green suggests that this helped spark Bannon’s staunch anti-Muslim views, along with his naval service in the Persian Gulf during the Tehran hostage crisis. Later, Bannon, an autodidact, read extensively of Christian mysticism, eastern metaphysics and once practiced Zen Buddhism in the Navy. He was present at every stage as social media developed, mastering its use and understanding its enormous potential to bypass usual political channels. That gave him the clout he wields today. One problem with the book is that Green doesn’t tease out enough of Bannon’s fascinating formative years. That’s probably because he hasn’t had enough time. Green’s work is also troubled by too much recitation of Trump and his team during the campaign and in the White House. Readers go on for pages without running into Bannon. In all, Green does a good job with Bannon, whose self-styled personal slogan is “Honey Badger, he don’t give a shit.” Bannon lasted only a year as a campaign adviser and top Trump strategist. But he's still key to understanding Trump. That is, if anyone can understand Trump.
|Keep eyes safe while viewing Monday’s eclipseWFIR / 3 d. 19 h. 1 min. ago more|
The “Great American Solar Eclipse” will be close to totality in the Roanoke area on Monday – but there are some precautions for those that will be looking as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports: 8-18 Eye Safety Wrap#2-WEB
|Roanoke native says violence in Charlottesville feels like verge of “race war”WFIR / 3 d. 19 h. 31 min. ago more|
A woman who grew up in Roanoke was in Charlottesville last weekend during the deadly clash between a white nationalist rally and counter protesters. Taylor Zimmer says the violent rallies combined with the national media coverage makes it feel like we’re on the verge of a race war. More from WFIR’s Ian Price: 08-18 Cville-REAX WEB-WRAP
|Temps Rising, Tops SpinningRichmond Magazine / 3 d. 19 h. 36 min. ago more|
Motown legends The Temptations and The Four Tops take the stage at Innsbrook After Hours Aug. 23.
|Five Faves: Chilled OutRichmond Magazine / 3 d. 23 h. 48 min. ago more|
These victuals are stone-cold killers when it comes to turning down the summer heat.
|Hear Me, See MeRichmond Magazine / 4 d. 2 h. 5 min. ago more|
“Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present” opens Aug. 19 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
|Report: Roanoke trails state, nation in post-high school educationWFIR / 4 d. 2 h. 6 min. ago more|
A national foundation says the Roanoke region is well behind Virginia as a whole when it comes to preparing high school graduates for in-demand careers. As WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, at issue is how many grads get additional education before entering the workplace. 08-14 Post-Secondary Wrap2-WEB Click here from the Lumina Foundation web site
|Festival of India in its 10th yearWFIR / 4 d. 2 h. 7 min. ago more|
Its become a fixture every year, among all of the events scheduled in downtown Roanoke. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on the “Festival of India” at Elmwood Park tomorrow: 8-18 Indian Festival Wrap#2-WEB
|Mourners to remember Virginia trooper killed in helicopter crashWFIR / 4 d. 2 h. 32 min. ago more|
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Mourners will gather to remember one of the two Virginia state troopers who died in a helicopter crash while monitoring a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville. A funeral for Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond. A private burial will follow. Authorities say Bates was a passenger in a helicopter providing video to police of activities in downtown Charlottesville last Saturday before it broke off to lend support to a motorcade for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. A funeral for the helicopter’s pilot, Lt. Jay Cullen, is set for Saturday.
|McAuliffe opts out of continental shelf programWFIR / 4 d. 14 h. 14 min. ago more|
(AP photo) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s governor says he doesn’t want his state included in a new review of an oil and gas leasing program on the outer continental shelf. Democrat Terry McAuliffe on Thursday released a letter he sent last week to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The agency is conducting a review of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The shelf includes areas off the coast of Virginia. McAuliffe says the issue of revenue-sharing has not been resolved. The governor also says that President Donald Trump’s administration is “actively working” to reduce funding from agencies that would protect Virginia’s coast. In May, the Trump administration announced that it is moving forward with efforts toward allowing offshore drilling in the mid- and south-Atlantic regions.
|Kim Gray Wants to Hit the Pause Button on the Monument Avenue CommissionStyle Weekly / 4 d. 14 h. 32 min. ago more|
Richmond City Councilor Kimberly Gray hand-delivered a letter to Mayor Levar Stoney today, expressing her concern about his call to widen the scope of the Monument Avenue Commission without allowing other members to weigh in. “A decision of this magnitude,” she writes, “should be made with the full consideration of those who accepted your offer to serve on the commission.” Gray’s worry is that Richmond may become a magnet for the kind of violence seen in Charlottesville this weekend and at a protest in Richmond on Sunday. “I worry deeply about similar events happening again at rallies, vigils, or even at public meetings hosted by the Commission. The current inflammatory climate only makes such a public attack more likely to occur,” she writes. Gray continues, “Richmond cannot become another Charlottesville. I believe now is the time to take a breath and allow cooler heads an opportunity to prevail.” To that end, Gray recommends suspending the commission’s work until “we can once again engage in respectful and productive dialogue.”
|Richmond Youth Arts Group Gathers at Lee Statue on Monument Avenue to Advocate for PeaceStyle Weekly / 4 d. 17 h. 2 min. ago more|
Around 20 middle- and elementary school-age children from a Richmond youth arts program gathered around Monument Avenue's Robert E. Lee statue on Thursday, Aug. 17. For around four hours, they held handmade signs that read "Honk Twice For Love + Peace" and "We Are Family." Amid their excited laughter as a pizza delivery car pulled up, vehicles honked as they traveled through the roundabout. "We're out here promoting love and positivity for the community, for the world," says ARTS Community Center co-owner Amiri Richardson-Keys. His group provides a channel for people off all ages in Richmond to explore their creative side. But the current gathering, which was co-organized by two other Richmond community groups, is about the children's passion for peace and love, he says. "We love being out here, we've enjoyed the vibe, the energy, the process," he says. "We've had many people ride by and honk. We've had some who have been a little rude, but the kids have handled that very well. And they understand what it is to show love instead of hate." Richardson-Keys emphasizes that the group was already scheduled to be at the Lee statue before the events in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, but that he feels the recent violence makes their message more poignant. "I hope the takeaway is that we all have different views. However, we can still love and still have peace amongst that," Richardson-Keys says. "But it doesn't take hatred, it doesn't take violence to make those things happen."
|School for CriticsStyle Weekly / 4 d. 17 h. 32 min. ago more|
Former curator starting program to teach better art criticism. A former curator for the Institute for Contemporary Art wants to raise Richmond’s profile by cultivating more writers – specifically art critics. With 1708 Gallery, Studio Two Three and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Lauren Ross has launched the RVA Critical Art Writing Program to encourage new writers and publishing platforms in the Mid-Atlantic region. For a fee of $250, six aspiring writers will be selected and paired with six established mentors from September to December – the deadline for submissions is this Friday, Aug. 18. Each of the six sessions will feature a different mentor who will provide writing assignments, one-on-one feedback and information about career paths. For its inaugural year, fall mentors include Chris Vitiello, a writer in North Carolina and recipient of the inaugural Rabkin Prize for Arts Journalism, and Noah Simblist, a writer for Art Papers and the new chair of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. “I want Richmond to be seen as a place to build a career and a desirable place to exhibit,” she explains. “No press coverage is disappointing to an artist, but when you give an exhibition coverage, suddenly the audience grows exponentially.” Ross, who will serve as workshop leader and mentor, chose Richmond as the launch site because, she says, “I’ve fallen in love with Richmond. It’s a job that brought me here, but it’s gone away and I want to stay. The art infrastructure here is strong and in an exciting growth phase.” She declines to offer comment as to why she left her job as curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art. Loosely based on similar writing programs, including Atlanta-based Burnaway’s Art Writer Mentorship Program, RVA Critical Art Writing will provide emerging talent with, as Ross explains it, “A little how-to – for example, how do you approach an editor or how can you improve your writing skills – while also encouraging people to self-publish.” “One thread throughout the program will be discussing the differences between art description and true criticism,” Ross says. “I’m a believer in criticism, and criticism doesn’t mean being cruel. Criticism is much more sophisticated. It advances the dialogue in a critical way and goes beyond ‘I like this and I don’t like that.’ One of the disadvantages of living in a small community like Richmond is that there’s a reluctance to be too critical.” Vitiello agrees. “When you're working outside of an art center like New York, you find a lack of understanding of what criticism is for. A preview piece that says what paintings are going to be hung where and when isn't a critical review,” he says. “I try to work in between a general and a critically-engaged art audience, so the leisure art-goer can bring a critical perspective without being alienated by art-speak, and the MFA crowd can remember that everyone gets to have substantial art experiences.” Another disadvantage for Richmond is distance. “Although I work within a large arts community, I’m quite isolated as a critic,” Vitiello says. “We’re sort of far-flung through the Southeast and it’s hard to improve without a community of critics around you.” Ross, however, hopes to remove the isolation. “Helping writers find their voices,” she says, “and seeing their bylines appear in print is what I consider a success. Ultimately, I hope to provide more open discussion and consideration of artistic practice in Richmond.” The deadline for applications is Aug. 18 and you can find more details by going to this address: https://fs2.formsite.com/1708gallery/form22/index.html
|Small Businesses Thinking Big About Health CareRichmond Magazine / 4 d. 19 h. 26 min. ago more|
A $10,000 grant to enhance community health is available in a competition open to metro-area small businesses, plus more of the week's health news.
|Review: Richmond Triangle Players' "The View UpStairs"Style Weekly / 4 d. 20 h. 7 min. ago more|
When Wes, a self-involved, Instagram-famous fashion designer, invests in an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans with plans to open a new shop, he finds himself suddenly in the year 1973. Then the building housed the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar with a tragic history. Wes must spend the evening here to fully grasp the significance -- and the history -- that he now owns. Written by Max Vernon, “The View UpStairs” was an off-Broadway hit, and the Richmond Triangle Players’ production marks the debut outside of New York of this uplifting and entertaining new musical. While the play is largely message-driven and can occasionally feel a bit didactic, the characters and songs are enough fun to save it from feeling too overbearing. The production boasts an impressive ensemble with some strong singers -- most notably Chloe Williams Green and Andrew Etheredge -- who portray bartender Henri and patron Willie, respectively. Dale Sampson -- his voice is pure gold -- is perfect as the lovably insufferable Wes, who embodies the popular image of a millennial. There’s a playful but touching dynamic between Michael Schimmele as the charming and effervescent drag queen, Freddy, and Bianca Brian as his supportive and doting mother. Lucian Restivo’s direction emphasizes the fun in this play in a way that underscores the pathos when things turn serious. In the middle of a catchy, lighthearted song titled “The Future is Great,” Wes acknowledges for the first time -- and for only a moment -- that things will get much worse before they get better. “Except for the ‘80s,” Sampson sings with aching delicacy, “when all of your friends will die.” And yet the song, like the play, manages to end on a high note. Leilani Fenick’s musical direction is effective, with robust sound and catchy songs. Kikau Alvaro’s choreography leaves something to be desired, though. This may be because characters have to dance around a crowded set -- perhaps a necessary evil. Designed by David Melton, the set is immersive and a little claustrophobic. Nonetheless, this only adds to the appeal -- the bar onstage feels real with tables and chairs scattered about, a grand piano and incense burning. Ryan Allen’s costumes evoke both eras perfectly and add visual interest, especially at the end of the play when all the characters get glamorous makeovers before curtain call. This production engages the senses as much as possible, and actors occasionally break the fourth wall, drawing audiences even more into the world of the play. Like Wes, we, too, are transported to the past so that we might gain some perspective on our present. Audiences at Richmond Triangle Players’ production of “The View UpStairs” can expect a fun, vibrant show with a heavy message of support and unity. Richmond Triangle Players’ “The View UpStairs” runs until Sep. 2. Tickets are $35. rtriangle.org.
|Richmond Food News: Week of Aug. 14-18Richmond Magazine / 4 d. 20 h. 47 min. ago more|
Bright new ways to start the day, some business closings and ideas on enjoying the upcoming eclipse with a cool beverage
|Richmond Could Remove Confederate Monuments From Its Historic District - TIMEGoogle News / 5 d. 12 h. 13 min. ago more|
TIMERichmond Could Remove Confederate Monuments From Its Historic DistrictTIMEThe mayor of Richmond, Va. — the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War — announced Wednesday that a commission formed earlier this year to add context to Confederate statues will discuss their outright removal from the ...Mayor Stoney: Commission to consider removal of Confederate statues on Richmond's Monument Ave.Richmond.comVA Flaggers release statement on Confederate statuesWWBT NBC12 NewsMayor explains why Confederate monument removal is now on the tablewtvr.comPatch.com -WTOP -New York Times -Baltimore Sunall 2,254 news articles »
|Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe: "Take Down These Monuments."Style Weekly / 5 d. 12 h. 54 min. ago more|
Earlier today, Mayor Levar Stoney issued a statement about Richmond’s Confederate monuments. “It is my belief that, as they currently stand without explanation, the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue are a default endorsement of a shameful period in our national and city history.” The mayor added, “I personally believe they are offensive and need to be removed,” while at the same time he urged ongoing dialogue and community participation in the decision regarding the monuments' fate. Cities and states throughout the country are debating what to do with their Confederate statues after the horrific events in Charlottesville. Now Gov. Terry McAuliffe has weighed in. “I encourage Virginia's localities and the General Assembly — which are vested with the legal authority — to take down these monuments and relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings,” he said in a news release. At the same time, the governor acknowledged that any decision will ultimately rest with the localities. “I hope,” McAuliffe said, “we can all now agree that these symbols are a barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia and, while the decision may not be mine to make, I believe the path forward is clear.”
|Norfolk Mayor Wants to Move Confederate Monument; Protests Planned DowntownStyle Weekly / 5 d. 18 h. 17 min. ago more|
Mayor Kenny Alexander said he supports moving Norfolk's Confederate monument from downtown to Elmwood Cemetery, as a protest is planned at the site Wednesday afternoon. At 4 p.m., people will gather at the statue named Johnny Reb at the southeast corner of Commercial Place and East Main Street. The monument was put up in 1907 and moved slightly to its current location in 1971. Norfolk's previous City Council, of which Alexander was not a member, unanimously agreed in 2015 to keep the monument where it is. Five of the eight who made that decision remain on the council. But Alexander, who took office last year, said downtown is no longer the place for a monument that some see as a symbol of hate. The Confederate flag, which is featured on the statue's base, is "used as a symbol of hate, intolerance,” the mayor said. “It’s used … to intimidate.” The structure is engraved "Our Confederate Dead," and Alexander said it’s appropriate to remember Norfolk residents who lost their lives in the Civil War, but the appropriate place is in a cemetery. He noted people from here fought to preserve the Union as well, including Sgt. William Carney, a Norfolk native who was the first black recipient of the Medal of Honor. The planned protest, called "Disrupt Confederate Monuments," is organized by Disrupt Norfolk VA, an organization that aims to "create a safer space for strengthening affinity groups, sharing projects and discussing the topics we care to organize around," according to its Facebook page. Learn more at PilotOnline.com
|Purveyor: Saddle Ridge FarmRichmond Magazine / 5 d. 19 h. 33 min. ago more|
This Culpeper farm specializes in non-GMO chicken, eggs, pork and beef, all of it pasture-raised.
|Domestic PolicyRichmond Magazine / 5 d. 22 h. 51 min. ago more|
De-escalating the chore wars
|Shelter From the StormRichmond Magazine / 6 d. 1 h. 54 min. ago more|
CARITAS prepares to open a new on-site shelter in South Richmond in 2019.
|Review: Richmond Jazz Festival at MaymontStyle Weekly / 6 d. 15 h. 47 min. ago more|
There are two ways to gauge the success of the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont: the overall ambiance of the event and the quality of the individual performances. Practice makes perfect. Over the years the event has optimized its approach to notable effect. The Gold Circle seating is gone, creating a more egalitarian mood and leaving open space for dancing and quick photos at the front of the stage. A huge tent, with tables and oversized monitors, provided shade in the food truck section with moderate cooling provided by a device called a Big Ass Fan. There were Adirondack chairs set up at the Straight Ahead stage, the venue for less-attended but no less significant acts. It helped that the weather, while hot, was not as intense as 2016, when every shady spot filled with people chased from the sun-drenched grass. Any selection of highlights is inevitably flawed. There is no way to do justice to all the acts performing simultaneously on three stages although things tended to come together at the end with Common’s powerful closing performance Saturday night accompanied by the Richmond Symphony, and soul queen Erykah Badu’s on Sunday. (However, even seeing all of those meant forgoing Peabo Bryson and the Isley Brothers.) But with that said, some weekend highlights: On Saturday, Joey DeFrancesco’s early set was powerful, gaining even more heft when his guitarist showed up and plugged in about one third of the way through. And with an ad-hoc quartet featuring Bill Steward on drums, Pat Metheny covered songs from across a 40-year career, including several from his early career-breakthrough “The Pat Metheny Group.” TajMo, featuring blues legends Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo', was funny, warm and beautifully accomplished. The Manhattan Transfer, viewed on the run, seemed very much on toe-tapping track. On Sunday, the three Cuban-centric acts on the Straight Ahead stage were uniformly brilliant. Harold-Lopez Nussa was explosively propulsive. Jane Bunnett and the all-female Maqueque, a band that played Lincoln Center the following night, gave a spirited, killer performance. The Afro-Cuban All Stars’ Juan DeMarco had one of the most touching moments, a love song to his wife of 38 years while surrounded by many family members who are part of the band. On the Virginia is for Lovers stage, 14-year-old Joey Alexander showed that being a prodigy didn’t require being graded on a curve. His performance was extraordinary for a pianist of any age. Robert Cray’s band was solid if unfortunately scheduled against a winning virtuoso bass history lesson from Marcus Miller at the Dominion Energy stage. (People who stayed at the Lovers stage after Cray saw a set from Larry Graham, one of the great soul-rock bassists of all time.) Shuttling between stages meant running a gauntlet of food, wine, cigars, kettle corn and cold treats (looking at you Soul Ice.) It also required interacting with one of the friendliest crowds at any Richmond event. Whatever your taste in music, every year this is a great group of people with whom to enjoy it.
|Punch Drunk: The Spreadsheet Hall of FameStyle Weekly / 7 d. 6 h. 17 min. ago more|
We all strive to be the best at something. Whether that be in our career field, our hobby or something small, like loading the dishwasher — most of us want to be better than our peers in some aspect of our lives. Unfortunately I will never compete for the world dishwasher-loading championship, according to my girlfriend Courtney, the reigning Mulberry Street dish-loading champion. She’s not crazy, I promise. But really, why else rise in the morning? If we’re not chasing someone or something? That motivation to ascend to the ring resides somewhere deep within all of us. Sadly, most of us will never reach the pinnacle of anything, although it’s nice to strive for something, to dream. Like my girlfriend, who daydreams about winning the world dish-loading championships held in Oslo, Norway. It turns out, the Scandinavian people are militant about their dish cleanliness. One Virginia man, at the tender age of 17, has recently attained the unattainable. He’s scaled the Everest, reached the poles, sailed the great sea of his chosen path. John Dumoulin is now the most proficient Microsoft Excel user in the entire world. The world. All of it. Before your underwear start automatically coming off, let me remind you, John is only 17 and a high school senior from Dumfries. See, the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship was held two weeks ago. Sponsored by Microsoft and Certiport, which is a company that certifies people in programs such as Microsoft Office. Anyone who takes a certification test can qualify for the competition. John placed number one in the Excel category against finalists from 49 countries. More than 560,000 people applied and only the top 200 of those were even invited to the finals in Anaheim, California. No American has ever won the Excel category, although we have taken the Word and Powerpoint classifications. During the championship, participants had 50 minutes to compete in either Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Dumoulin says he was given a completed spreadsheet to re-create during his time. Imagine being in your cubicle and dealing with a pesky spreadsheet that isn’t adding up right, then multiply that by a million. The words “cutthroat” and “fierce” kept coming up as I read through articles about the competition, like it was some sort of office “Hunger Games.” As if the thought of doing an Excel spreadsheet wasn’t terrifying enough! Although in a decidedly softer light, Certiport’s vice president of of marketing, Craig Bushman, referred to it as the “nerd Olympics.” So maybe it’s not that scary. Seventeen-year-old John Dumoulin, a varsity baseball player at his high school, began using Excel early to track statistics. He’s a major fan of the whole “Moneyball” saber metrics scene that’s so prevalent in Major League Baseball right now and would like to someday work in that field. Wow. Color me impressed. At 17 I was mostly thinking about which Midlothian gas station was easiest to buy beer from. And when it came to computers, I was no Bill Gates, but I was pretty solid with AOL instant messenger and finding naughty photographs. This was a time when internet pornography was still in its infancy, at least compared to today. I certainly wasn’t aspiring to be the best at anything. Can you imagine the life of a young Microsoft Excel world champion? Do you get some sort of WWE-inspired, jewel-encrusted belt to wear? You should. People need to know how good you are at calculating cells and formulas and pivoting rows. I took a guess at that, but it sounded right, didn’t it? I bet you’d get a lot of free drinks in bars too, that is, if you weren’t 17. Also, and this is just conjecture, but I bet the Microsoft Office groupies are a major perk of being a titleholder. Just ask former Microsoft Office assistant Clippy. He’s retired now, living the high life that most know-it-all paper clips can only dream of. He’s reached the pinnacle of the office supply world, the rarified air that other office supply products with huge eyeballs can only dream of. It’s a pinnacle that sadly, none of us will ever reach. Tomorrow we might run faster, stretch out our arms farther, but to no avail. Our meager skills will only erode over time, our dreams will only fade. That is, unless we choose to be the best at something trivial, like loading dishwashers. But even then, there will always be some young Norwegian hotshot that’s quicker and cleaner. Sorry Courtney. S Jack Lauterback also is co-host of “Mornings with Melissa and Jack” on 103.7 Play weekdays from 6-9. Connect with him at email@example.com, or on Twitter at @jackgoesforth.
|Opinion: Serpents in Our MidstStyle Weekly / 7 d. 6 h. 17 min. ago more|
"If our president is too much a political coward to denounce American Nazism openly and clearly, the burden for doing so falls to the states and their residents." For years, at gun shows while I hunted around for deals on ammo, I saw it lurking in the shadows at the edges of displays of firearms and gear. For decades, it slept in the very heart of our nation and perhaps in the hearts of many people you know well. If you listen carefully enough you might hear old echoes of drums guiding hobnailed boots, old shadows cast by torches held aloft proudly at Nuremberg, as thousands sang in the service of twisted ideas. You might, in the faces of those shouting in rage, glimpse again from old newsreels the spittle flying from the mouth of an absolute leader proclaiming “blut und boden” — blood and soil — then hurtling his nation to a destiny he promised would last a thousand years. That it lasted a little more than a decade testifies both to his madness and the resolve of his enemies — our parents and grandparents. All my life I’ve been obsessive about World War II. My father, the fathers of my friends, and most of my uncles served. One never came back from Okinawa, and another shot himself a decade before I was born, haunted by what he did and what he saw as a bomber crewman over Europe. So, in their memory, in honor of the many Holocaust survivors I’ve met, and in rebuke to those who deny that the Holocaust occurred, I’ve watched for Nazism to rear its ugly head again. Now it has, in the shadow of our troubled and apparently still troublesome Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson. I’m glad I wasn’t there when white-supremacist louts carried torches to Jefferson’s statue near the Rotunda. I would have hurt one of them if I could have gotten my hands on him. I see red and lose all reason when I encounter Nazism, beyond what gets displayed in a case of relics, carved into the action of an old Mauser rifle or recorded in the pages of a book. And Nazism is what was marching through the streets of Charlottesville. Those of you who are not obsessives with a shelf of books about the conflict, including a now-rare Ballantine title called “Nazi Regalia,” won’t recognize what was painted on some of the riot shields held by the white-power marchers. As I heard “blood and soil” chanted, I saw the wolfsangel of Heinrich Himmler’s SS and well as the odal rune, associated with an SS division and South African apartheid. Having lived in Spain not long after dictator Francisco Franco’s demise, I saw other emblems that recalled the clutched arrows of the Falange and the fasces of Benito Mussolini’s Italy. I’ve gotten into some fierce arguments when I claim that Nazism and the Ku Klux Klan should be outlawed — their members arrested as domestic terrorists. My claim comes from the very nature of the groups. They were born of and for violence, and their credos are fighting words not protected by the First Amendment. Following a riot in Rochester, New York, under a unanimous 1942 ruling, Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, the Supreme Court of the United States decreed that “the right of free speech is not absolute at all times and under all circumstances” and that for speech not protected by the Constitution, “the test is what men of common intelligence would understand would be words likely to cause an average addressee to fight.” When I see Nazi iconography used outside of a museum, I want to fight. I hope you do, too, for fight we must, it seems. Perhaps not with guns and bombs this time, but with words, solidarity with those targeted by the haters, and, yes, compassion, if not love. I would rather see these young white men renounce their hatred than see them dead. Their deaths, too, are not America. And now at last, after a lifetime of seeing the Confederate battle flag, I understand why so many African Americans see also red when it flies in marches and is placed on monuments. After a lifetime of revering the prowess of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in battle, I wonder if it is not indeed time to remove their statues to our museums. That would mean everywhere, including Monument Avenue, though I’ve always loved those monuments for reasons I don’t quite understand. I wish we could find a way to keep them in place while respecting the wishes of our African-American brothers and sisters. Reportedly, Lee himself told a woman clinging to the ideals of the Confederacy and secession, “Madam, don’t bring up your sons to detest the United States government. Recollect that we form one country now. Abandon all these local animosities, and make your sons Americans.” That is a Lee chastened by the deaths of young men and the misery of his beloved state. Put that quotation on a marker near his monuments, if you want to understand the man and keep his images in place. We Virginians have been chastened again, chastised into action. If our president is too much a political coward to denounce American Nazism openly and clearly, the burden for doing so falls to the states and their residents. I call upon more of my fellow academics to stop theorizing to impress their cloistered colleagues. Instead, we need to write for a broader public again, as the generation of our peers did during and after the Second World War — to engage in work as public intellectuals. We must never allow a new generation of serpents to breed in our midst. S Joe Essid teaches writing at the University of Richmond. Opinions expressed on the Back Page are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Style Weekly.
|Food Review: Flora Brings a Taste of Oaxaca to the FanStyle Weekly / 7 d. 6 h. 17 min. ago more|
Flora has big shoes to fill. First, the building. After three decades as Bogart’s, known more for its live music than its food, jazz aficionados and musicians mourned its closing and fretted about the future of local small venues. Balliceaux, its replacement, inspired a collective sigh of relief when it continued the back-room music venue tradition, booking creative shows that could resemble an entire night of Charles Mingus covers. Into this storied structure steps Flora, which has continued the tradition with some creative events and programming. And it steps into a second pair of big shoes: The restaurant offers an upscale, regionally specific style of Mexican food previously missing, or perhaps hidden, in the Richmond food scene. Promising food “inspired by the state of Oaxaca and the Yucatan Peninsula,” the restaurant is the creation of a kind of Richmond restaurant super group — Michele Jones and Jason Alley of Comfort and Pasture, and Saison’s Jay Bayer. If the non-Mexican owners cause you to worry about the integrity of the cuisine, the chef, Sergio Gomez, a longtime employee of Alley’s, is a native Oaxacan who has had a major influence developing the menu. Denizens of Pasture will recognize the menu structure: snacks, small plates, entrees, sides sold separately, with Flora’s addition of a dedicated tacos and tostadas section. On the snack menu, you’ll find the much-discussed fried grasshoppers ($3), chapulines, as pervasive in Oaxacan food as they are in articles about Flora. Unfortunately, on my visit they lack the characteristic crunch that makes them such an addictive snack — and also, crucially, distracts you from the visual of popping bugs in your mouth. Other snacks offer more substance and make great companions to creative cocktails. Queso fundido, with or without chorizo ($9/$11) or a heaping bowl of fresh-made guacamole spiced up with ancho chilies and crumbly queso cotija, ($8) are solid options to share. The aforementioned cocktails, inventive even by the standards of the current craft cocktail boom, feature plenty of mescal, citrus and intriguing ingredients such as Mexican chocolate-washed bourbon. Try an Evil Kermit composed of aquavit, reposado tequila, celery syrup, lemon, Liquore Strega or maybe a Fake News, made with brandy, Cynar, crème de cassis, dry vermouth and mole bitters — and then hand your keys to someone else. If you’re with a group, order your cocktails and snacks, then nominate a facilitator to navigate the potentially friendship-testing waters of strategizing your shared meal. Between snacks, small plates, sides ($4) and tacos (3 for $11), to say nothing of the heartier entrees, your path is filled with endless possibilities. Fortunately, most of these routes lead to satisfaction, though the path to culinary ecstasy is admittedly narrower. Grilled fish tacos are topped with a light drizzle of chipotle mayonnaise, along with red cabbage and radish for crunch and freshness. Most of the flavor, though, comes from the accompanying salsas, which span a range of heat for your own spice-level calibration. I go for the carnitas tacos — the flavorful meat is punched up further by pickled red onion, cilantro, salsa verde and guacamole. Albondingos (Mexican meatballs, $13) are in want of more, with the chili tomato sauce not quite up to the task of complementing the perfectly rendered but straightforward meatballs. Vegetarians will find a few options, such as the potato and soy chorizo tacquitos ($11), hearty flavors tucked in a small fried tortilla. The entrees feature some stellar options, including chilies rellenos stuffed with corn, beans, nopales and cheese. The chilies, not battered and fried, maintain their texture, unlike the soggy mess that’s served at too many Tex-Mex chains. There’s enough flavor in the pepper and fillings that the reappearance of the chili tomato sauce works here as a slightly piquant accent. Cochonita pibil ($19) features pork shoulder that’s been marinated and then roasted in banana leaves to help it remain moist. When combined with black beans, rice and habenero salsa, you have a perfect mix of spicy and earthy flavors. To say the food is inspired by Oaxaca feels a deliberate choice, and one that encapsulates what’s both good and frustrating about Flora. “Inspired by” could mean inventive and playful interpretations grounded in a rich and storied cuisine. Or it could feel like a dodge against claims of inauthenticity and attempts to placate nervous diners. Although a few dishes offer windows to revelatory or unfamiliar worlds of flavor, Flora has the room and the pedigree to become an even more creative destination. S Flora Tuesdays-Sundays 5 p.m.-2p.m. 203 N. Lombardy St. 355-0434 florarva.com Clarification: Co-owner Jay Bayer explained to Style that the chapulines are not fried. "They are dried on a comal," he says. "Traditionally, they are flavored with lime, garlic and salt — sometimes (and by us) using chilis as additional flavoring. As a result, chapulines are not crunchy. They are more like the texture of dried shrimp.
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Aug. 17 It’s a good week to be a deadhead in Richmond. On Thursday, Aug. 17, you can catch the summer tour for the world’s best Grateful Dead tribute act, Dark Star Orchestra, streaming forth the flowering jams at Innsbrook Pavilion (6 p.m.) Tickets for that show run $15 to $69. Then follow up those blissful, hippie vibes at the ballpark the next night, Friday, Aug. 18, with Grateful Dead night at the Diamond featuring free tie-dyed T-shirt giveaways when the Flying Squirrels take on the RubberDucks. Noodle onward, lost sailor. innsbrookafterhours.com.
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