Plan launched to rename the Boulevard for tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.

A new effort is underway to rename the Boulevard in honor of Richmond-born humanitarian and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. Richmond City Councilwoman Kim B. Gray said this week she plans to introduce legislation in September to change the street’s ...

‘Smell of marijuana’ new police tactic?

A new police tactic is opening the door to warrantless searches of individuals, vehicles and homes. To generate the “reasonable suspicion” that courts require for police to conduct such a search, officers are claiming to smell marijuana, possession of which ...

GRTC CEO leaving

GRTC is looking for a new leader. The search is about to begin following the sudden resignation of David Green, GRTC’s chief executive officer, less than two months after launching the new Pulse bus rapid transit system ushering in a ...

Free Press wins NNPA award

The Richmond Free Press has been recognized with a national award. The Free Press won the Ada S. Franklin Best Women/Lifestyle Award June 28 at the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual convention in Norfolk.

City Council member raises host of questions on homeless plan

City Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson feels caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to a proposal to create a housing services center for the homeless in a church building in South Side.

New mobile health van to provide food pantry, HIV testing

A new mobile health van will carry food and provide HIV testing to people in low-income communities in Richmond and the surrounding counties.

Meeting Aug.15 on Brook Road bike lane plans

Civic leaders in North Side will get their first look at an updated City Hall plan to install bike lanes on Brook Road and reduce space for traffic to one lane in each direction.

City alleys now to receive maintenance on regular schedule

The roar of heavy equipment over a backyard fence signals the start of work on another alley. Suddenly, with little publicity, city alleys are starting to get regular attention and care.

Toxicology report rules out drugs in Marcus-David Peters’ death, family says

A local activist coalition and a victim’s family continue to question the details of the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Marcus-David Peters by a Richmond Police officer in May. Mr. Peters’ sister, Princess Blanding, and the Justice and Reform for Marcus ...

Lone African-American food vendor at Washington training camp

Richmond businessman Herman Baskerville, owner of Big Herm’s Kitchen on 2nd Street in Jackson Ward, again is on hand, offering a tasty Richmond welcome to NFL fans as they gather for the Washington team’s training days at the Bon Secours ...

New city shelter for the homeless?

For the past four winters, men and women who lack shelter have streamed into the shabby and increasingly vacant Public Safety Building near City Hall to spend the night when temperatures fall below 40 degrees.

Richmond Police Department takes up #LipSyncChallenge

The Richmond Police Department wants to “see how big your brave is,” they say — or rather, sing — in a new video racking up views on social media. The “Richmond Police Lip Sync Challenge” is inspired by an online ...

35th Annual National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 7

The Richmond Police Department is gearing up for the 35th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The event, which is observed across the country, is designed to promote safe neighborhoods while building police-community partnerships and relationships among neighbors.

Backpack giveaway, tax holiday this weekend

This is a big weekend for back-to-school supplies in the Richmond area. The Northside Coalition for Children will hold its 10th Annual Back-to-School Rally 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4., at Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave.

Jamie Nolan wins city Democratic Committee leadership post

The rising political influence of women is being felt in Richmond. In an unprecedented move, the reorganized Richmond City Democratic Committee elected five women to the top six leadership positions Saturday in undergoing a major shakeup.