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Richmond native and noted musician Melvin ‘Wah Wah Watson’ Ragin dies at 67

Melvin Marcellus Ragin learned to strum a guitar in Richmond and went on to become a legendary studio musician whose unique sound can be heard in more than 150 recordings that topped the charts at No. 1.

Wallace ‘Wally’ Triplett, football pioneer, dies at 92

Wallace “Wally” Triplett, who set many “firsts” as a pioneering African-American football player, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at his home in metropolitan Detroit. He was 92.

Erika E. Wheeler, musician and former outreach coordinator for the Richmond Symphony, dies at 63

Erika Eliza Wheeler combined a passion for music with a penchant for real estate.

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics writer and creator of the ‘Black Panther,’ dies at 95

Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and made billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.

Legendary baseball slugger Willie McCovey dies

Willie McCovey, who was among the most respected and feared sluggers in baseball history, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. McCovey was 80.

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Brazil, former RPS principal, dies at 76

Margaret Williams “Peggy” Brazil spent 31 years as a Richmond Public Schools educator, capping her service as principal of Overby-Sheppard Elementary School in North Side. Her work helping Richmond schoolchildren build a foundation of knowledge is being remembered following her ...

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove dies at 49

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a prolific player who provided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Grammys, has died at age 49.

Would domestic terrorism law help prevent extremist shootings?

The package bombs sent to Democrats across the country and the killings of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue may seem like clear-cut cases of terrorism. But the suspects will almost certainly never face terrorism charges.

Khalfani to speak at men’s fellowship

The Fifth Baptist Church Men’s Fellowship is sponsoring a public program on how to handle being stopped by the police at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Fifth Baptist Church, 1415 W. Cary St.

Poet and playwright Ntozake Shange dies at 70

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, according to her daughter.

Retired dentist Dr. Edwin D. Cooke Jr. dies at 85

Dr. Edwin Donald Cooke Jr. is being remembered as a caring dentist. The Air Force veteran practiced in the Richmond area for more than 35 years before retiring. Dr. Cooke, a resident of Prince George County, died Monday, Oct. 8, ...

Matthew Shepard’s ashes interred in Washington

After 20 years without a permanent resting place, the remains of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student whose brutal murder in 1998 in Wyoming has come to symbolize the plight of the LGBTQ community in America, were interred at the ...

North Side church offers healthy food to all in need

At 9 a.m. on any Saturday during the spring, summer and fall, Charles E. Fitzgerald is at his post in the gym at the Atlee Church in North Side, waiting to give away fresh greens, kale, collards, peppers, sweet potatoes ...

Virginia attorney general launches clergy abuse hotline

People who have been sexually abused by a priest, minister or other faith leader have new options to tell their story.

U.S. Catholic bishops to meet amid growing sexual abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY Catholic bishops in the United States announced Tuesday that, at the behest of Pope Francis, they will meet for a weeklong retreat in Chicago in January.

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