Mayor Stoney makes removing Confederate statues an option

Under mounting public pressure, Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney changed course on Wednesday, announcing that the Monument Avenue Commission will now consider the option of removing Confederate statues along Monument Avenue. “Effective immediately, the Monument Avenue Commission will include an ...

RPS student achievement continues decline

Student achievement in Richmond Public Schools continues to decline, according to Standards of Learning test scores released this week by the Virginia Department of Education.

First Monument Avenue Commission public hearing tense, raucous

The Monument Avenue Commission’s way forward remains murky following its tense and raucous first public comment meeting Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Virginia Historical Society.

Schools petition drive shifts to voter turnout

Political strategist Paul Goldman is shifting gears. Now that his petition drive has been successful to get the issue of modernizing the city’s aging schools on the Nov. 7 ballot, he is working to get voters to the polls to ...

Rally victim a ‘focal point for change’

Heather Heyer, 32, has been called a “focal point for change.” A passionate advocate for the disenfranchised, the paralegal often would cry at her job with the Miller Law Group in Charlottesville when she saw cases of injustice.

2 state troopers considered casualties

Two Virginia State troopers lost their lives in Charlottesville. Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed when the Bell 407 helicopter from which they were conducting surveillance during the white nationalists ...

Trump and the rise of hate groups

President Trump’s tepid initial comments about the civil disruption last weekend in Charlottesville, followed by his declaration Tuesday that the “alt-left” was as responsible for the violence, has stirred a hornet’s nest of exchanges from a wide range of religious, ...

Officials react

“It is appalling that neo-Nazis, the Klan and other white nationalists chose Virginia and a great community like Charlottesville to spread their messages of hate and intolerance. It speaks to a vile and disturbing current in our culture and politics ...

Homegrown terror

Was the horror show in Charlottesville fresh evidence that overt racism remains an issue for our country? Or is it a terrible, but ultimately small blip in a nation where the issue of race has dominated the past and remains ...

City hiring precinct workers for Nov. 7 election

Wanted: 200 people to work the polls on Election Day. Richmond Voter Registrar Kirk Showalter announced Monday that she is recruiting precinct officers for the next election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Henrico School Board vice chair arrested for DUI

The Rev. Roscoe D. Cooper III, vice chair of the Henrico County School Board, is to appear in court Nov. 16 on charges of driving under the influence and refusing to take a blood alcohol or breathalyzer test when he ...

Public to Monument Avenue Commission:

Can the Monument Avenue Commission recommend that the statues of Confederates be removed? That was the pressing question at the first full meeting Monday of the commission assembled by Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney to deal with the statues to ...

George Mason Elementary to stay open with repairs

George Mason Elementary School’s students, teachers and staff are staying put for the 2017-18 school year. The Richmond School Board voted Monday night to back Interim Superintendent Thomas Kranz’s recommendation to make repairs at the Church Hill building that is ...

VSU fires 10 professors just days before start of classes

Just ahead of the start of the fall semester next week, Virginia State University has axed nearly 10 professors, scrambling schedules for students who previously signed up to take their fall classes.

Organizers claim success in schools petition drive

The petition drive to put the issue of modernizing Richmond’s dilapidated public schools before city voters has succeeded, according to the leader of the campaign