Jean L. Fountain, longtime educator, civic leader, dies at 75

Jean Lankford Fountain wore different hats as an educator, but always under the banner of Richmond Public Schools.

Lillie L. Taylor, longtime RPS administrator, succumbs at 88

The life and faith of Lillie Lipscomb Taylor, a former teacher and longtime supervisor of business and economic education programs for Richmond Public Schools, was celebrated during a funeral service Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Great Hope Baptist Church.

Blanche A.B. Washington, retired teacher, musician dies at 86

Blanche Amanda Barcroft Washington spent 36 years teaching elementary students reading, writing and the rudiments of science.

Rita J.T. Williams, former teacher, Head Start instructor, dies at 66

Carver Elementary School is mourning the loss of one of staff members, Rita Jane Taylor Williams, who succumbed to illness on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. She was 66.

U.S. Supreme Court hears Muslim travel ban arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court has so far had little to say about Donald Trump’s time as president, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That’s about to change.

Historian doesn’t want Civil War soldier’s story lost

It’s such a small, unremarkable headstone for such a remarkable life. In an age when the average male life expectancy barely topped 40, 56-year-old Peter Williams enlisted with the 29th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry, to fight for the Union in ...

Yvonne Staples of Staple Singers fame dies at 80

Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of the Staple Singers, her family’s hit-making gospel group that topped the charts in the early 1970s with the song “I’ll Take You There,” has died. She was 80.

President Carter talks ‘Faith’ in book

In his 32nd book, titled simply “Faith,” former President Jimmy Carter looks at how belief in God and others has shaped his 93 years.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush dies

A private funeral for former First Lady Barbara Bush, the only American woman to see her husband and son both sworn in as president, will be held on Saturday, April 21, at a Houston church where her family has been ...

Atlanta March on Monday marked route of MLK funeral 50 years ago

Relatives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led more than 1,000 people on a march Monday in downtown Atlanta, where large crowds gathered 50 years earlier for the slain civil rights leader’s funeral procession as a mule-drawn wagon pulled his ...

Liberty president censors student newspaper over critics

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. stifled an effort by the school’s newspaper to report on an event last weekend organized by his critics, said a student editor.

Mom uses stun gun to wake son for church

A Phoenix woman shocked her teenage son with a stun gun to wake him for church services on Easter, authorities said.

Catholic diocese apologizes for display of figure hanging in tree

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond apologized last Friday for the “insensitive” hanging of a homemade mannequin in a tree outside Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Henrico County.

‘Mother of South Africa’ dies at 81

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who emerged as a combative anti-apartheid campaigner during her former husband Nelson Mandela’s decades in jail but whose reputation was later tarnished by allegations of violence, died on Monday, April 2, 2018, at the age of 81.

Gospel music stars shine at 33rd Stellar Awards ceremony

Gospel singer, composer and choir director James “JJ” Hairston was the top winner last weekend at the 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, winning six awards.