Pharrell Williams says ‘toxic energy’ tanked 2nd ‘Something in the Water’ in Va. Beach

Hometown or no hometown, music superstar Pharrell Wil- liams is pulling his hugely successful “Something in the Water” music festival out of Virginia Beach.

Henrietta Lacks estate sues company using her ‘stolen’ cells

COLLEGE PARK, Md. The estate of Henrietta Lacks sued a biotechnology company on Monday, accusing it of sell- ing cells that doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital took from the Black woman in 1951 without her knowledge or consent as part ...

30 years after testimony, Anita Hill still waits for change

America had yet to really understand sexual harassment when Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas in front of an all-male U.S. Senate panel in October 1991. He was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court anyway, but Ms. Hill’s work was ...

’Surviving COVID: Local author details battle her husband endured and she waged against the virus

He survived. This is the detail that Charlene Warner Coleman wants Richmond — and the world, really — to know about her husband, Ed Coleman, and his near-death battle with COVID-19 during the pandemic’s early stages in 2020 when the ...

Surprised again, Richmond’s Ashley Bland named state Region 1 Teacher of the Year

Ashley S. Bland thought she was giving a simple tour Monday of the outdoor environmental learning center she helped create at John B. Cary Elementary to Gov. Ralph S. Northam and his wife, First Lady Pamela Northam, Mayor Levar M. ...

Free COVID-19 testing and vaccines

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

RPS graduation rate improves; no longer the lowest in state

Richmond Public Schools no longer has the lowest on-time graduation rate in Virginia.

City Council signals support for plans for American Rescue Plan money

As Mayor Levar M. Stoney proposed, four community recreation centers will get a major chunk of the $155 million flowing into Richmond’s treasury from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Registrar issues reminder about witness signature for mail-in ballots

Richmond Voter Registrar Keith G. Balmer on Wednesday warned that voters using mail-in ballots to vote in the Nov. 2 election must have the return envelope countersigned by a witness — a requirement that was suspended before the governor ended ...

DMV reopens for walk-in service without appointments

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles offices are reopening for walk-in service three days a week.

Crusade for Voters to celebrate 65th anniversary with banquet Oct. 14

The Richmond Crusade for Voters, the area’s oldest Black political group, will mark its 65th anniversary with a scholarship banquet 6 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 14, it has been announced.

VSU requiring proof of vaccination to attend athletic events

Want to go to Virginia State University’s homecoming football game on Oct. 23? What about the “Take a Kid to the Game” day this Saturday, Oct. 9, at Rogers Stadium on the Ettrick campus? If so, make sure you take ...

Fewer Black youths in Richmond getting vaccinated, officials find

Richmond health officials are working to address the latest disparity in COVID-19 vaccinations, a racial difference among children.

RPS students testing positive for COVID-19 told to quarantine for 21 days

Richmond students who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being kept away from in-person learning for up to 21 days – at least a week longer than the 14 days that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, ...

Families plead for more information on missing loved ones

Richmonder Toni Jacobs wishes that her missing daughter could have gained the kind of national and social media exposure that the family of 22-year-old blonde Gabby Petito experienced.