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Area men named to national 2019 commemoration commission

Two Richmonders will be among the 14 people who will help plan, develop and coordinate next year’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary arrival of the first Africans into English territory in what is now the United States.

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Crusade for Voters endorses Sen. Kaine, other candidates

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine has received the endorsement of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, the city’s oldest and largest African-American political group.

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Public meetings scheduled on city master plan

Want to help shape Richmond’s next master plan? Beginning next week, City Hall will be hosting public meetings to receive comments from residents on the new city blueprint, dubbed “Richmond 300,” aimed at carrying the city through at least the next 20 years when the city will mark its third century as a place on the map.

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Rev. John E. Johnson Jr. to be installed at Union Baptist Church in Hopewell

Union Baptist Church in Hopewell has a new pastor.

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Dr. Monroe E. Harris to lead VMFA board

Dr. Monroe E. Harris Jr., a Richmond oral and maxillofacial surgeon and avid collector of African and African-American art, has been elected president of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Board of Trustees.

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Bishop Curry to speak at royal wedding

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, will speak at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace has announced.

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Virginia Premier to offer health plans on ACA exchange this fall

Virginia Premier, the insurance arm of VCU Health, will start selling individual plans beginning this fall to Richmond area residents who buy coverage through the health insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, it was announced Monday.

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The late Oliver Singleton to be honored with street sign

The 2700 block of East Grace Street will be named to honor the late Oliver R.H. Singleton, who worked to boost opportunities for and the profiles of black-owned businesses before his death in 2016.

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Henrico School Board member Roscoe D. Cooper III arrested for misdemeanor assault

Henrico School Board member Roscoe D. Cooper III is once again the subject of a criminal court action, but this time the county police are on his side.

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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.

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Rev. Craig A. Matthews, longtime artistic director of the Richmond Boys Choir, dies at 63

The 18-member Richmond Boys Choir is celebrating the life of their caring and talented artistic director, the Rev. Craig Alexander Matthews.

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4th Circuit strikes down abortion disclosure law

For the second time in six years, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has thrown out a Baltimore city ordinance requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to post notices in their waiting rooms that they do not offer abortion or birth control services.

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Sterling K. Brown makes history with Golden Globe Award

Actor Sterling K. Brown made history Sunday night when he won the Golden Globe trophy for best actor in a dramatic television series, “This Is Us.”

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Finalists interviewed for city schools top job

Richmond soon could have a new public schools superintendent. The Richmond School Board interviewed finalists last Friday — although the names were not disclosed — and continued discussions Monday during a closed session.

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NASA names Hampton center for Katherine Johnson

Katherine G. Johnson, the pioneering Virginia woman whose key role in America’s early space missions was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures,” has received a new honor. NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton dedicated a new building last Friday named for Mrs. Johnson.

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Former astronaut Mae Jemison celebrates silver anniversary of historic space flight

Twenty-five years ago, astronaut Mae Jemison was the first woman of color to travel into space. The Alabama native who was raised in Chicago entered Stanford University at age 16, earning a degree in chemical engineering before going to Cornell University Medical School. She worked as a medical officer in the Peace Corps in Liberia and Sierra Leone before joining NASA and the space program in 1987.

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School Board member resigns

The Richmond School Board now has eight members following the unexpected resignation of Nadine Marsh-Carter. Ms. Marsh-Carter, who represented the 7th District that includes Church Hill, East End and Fulton, submitted her resignation in a letter the board received on Tuesday.

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Adele, Beyoncé sparkle at Grammy Awards

Singer-songwriter Adele flubbed on a tribute Sunday night to the late George Michael at the 59th Grammy Music Awards, but she still walked away as the belle of the televised awards program. The London-born singer took home five awards Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year.

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Trump inaugural address

Text of President Trump’s inaugural address Friday, Jan. 20, as prepared for delivery.

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Smokey Robinson receives Gershwin Prize

An emotional and humbled Smokey Robinson received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song last week at a soul-stirring concert at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.

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Study shows some children don’t visit doctors despite having insurance

A majority of Richmond children from low-income families apparently are not getting annual checkups from doctors, even though the children have health insurance through Medicaid or other programs that would cover the cost. The result: Many youngsters are dogged by obesity or other treatable physical and mental health problems that are never dealt with, disrupting their education and well-being.

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Voices for the Vote Rally slated for Saturday in Petersburg

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, along with several partner organizations, is hosting rallies across the state this weekend to speak out against voter suppression and to assist people to register to vote. The Central Virginia Voices for the Vote Rally will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, on Pocahontas Island in Petersburg.

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First African-American student to attend Va. Tech finally gets degree

More than 60 years after Irving Linwood Peddrew III of Hampton broke the color barrier to become the first African-American student to attend Virginia Tech in rural Blacksburg, he finally received his degree. Mr. Peddrew, now 80, was awarded an honorary bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering during the university’s commencement Friday, May 13, at Lane Stadium.

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Richmond School Board shelves school closings

Armstrong High School will not be closed. Nor will four Richmond elementary schools — Cary, Overby-Sheppard, Southampton and Swansboro. And there will be no merger of two alternative schools.

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Dance, Warner to speak at fall commencements

State Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance of Petersburg and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will be the featured speakers at fall commencements at area universities.

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N.C. Moral Monday leader urges local NAACP to mobilize

“This is no time for foolishness,” said the Rev. William J. Barber II in an energizing message at the Richmond Branch NAACP’s Freedom Fund Awards Gala last Saturday.

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Crusade for Voters announces endorsements

Democrat Daniel Gecker has secured the endorsement of the Richmond Crusade for Voters in the hotly contested four-way race in the 10th Senate District, which includes a big chunk of the city. The Crusade announced Wednesday that it’s throwing its support behind Mr. Gecker, a member of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Petersburg to host memorial for hometown basketball legend Moses Malone

Petersburg is planning a tribute service for its most celebrated hometown sports hero, the late basketball great Moses Malone. The memorial program will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Petersburg High School’s gymnasium, 3101 Johnson Road. Mr. Malone, 60, died Sept. 13 of heart failure in Norfolk. His funeral was held Sept. 19 in Houston, where he lived at the time of his death.

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Back-to-school success tips

For thousands of public school students across the region, summer’s almost over. School officially starts Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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2 fundraisers split by race

Segregation appears to be rearing its head in an unlikely place — in two fundraisers a trio of progressive women’s groups are hosting for female Democrats seeking office in Central Virginia. Intentionally or not, the first fundraiser, to be held this weekend, will feature four white candidates and the other, set for next month, will be for three African-American candidates.

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Sources: Upset GRTC drivers slow bus service

GRTC drivers, angry over a delay in receiving a pay raise, began an unsanctioned work action this week. According to sources, drivers have been refusing to work overtime while some have called in sick or failed to show up. The result is that buses have been parked rather than going out on routes, creating disruption for riders trying to get to work, make other appointments or return home.

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Study: Teachers quicker to label black students as ‘troublemakers’

A new study suggests that racial stereotyping by teachers could be a root cause for harsher discipline imposed on black students. Two Stanford University psychologists, Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt and doctoral candidate Jason Okonofua, conducted the study to determine if hidden bias could explain government data showing that misbehaving black students are three times more likely to be suspended or expelled from public schools than their misbehaving white peers. The psychologists’ research found that teachers are quicker to label black students as troublemakers and to consider more severe penalties for them, compared with white students who misbehave.

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Dr. Bedden leaving?

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dana T. Bedden may be on his way out. The Free Press has learned that he is competing for a higher paying superintendent’s job in a larger school district outside of Virginia.

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NAACP Image Award has Richmond connection

Hundreds of African-American students are becoming doctors, nurses, dentists and medical researchers, thanks to university alliances Dr. Louis W. Sullivan created in Richmond and elsewhere. That is just one of the achievements of the pioneering 81-year-old physician, educator and health advocate whose autobiography, “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine,” was just named the winner of the 2015 NAACP Image Award for nonfiction.

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Fast food workers must perform community service

Community service, but no jail time for protesting low wages.

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Veteran journalist leads Free Press news operations

Meet the new managing editor of the Richmond Free Press.

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Virginia Shelton, 108, was known for her fun-loving spirit

Known as “She She” or “Aunt Sis” to her family and friends, Mrs. Shelton impressed everyone with her vivacity, grace and dignity.

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V.W. Henley, 85, former president of Consolidated Bank

Vernard William Henley presided over the highs and lows of Consolidated Bank & Trust Co. in Richmond, once the oldest independent black-owned bank in America.

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Two back-to-school shoe giveaways scheduled

There will be two options for families who cannot afford new shoes for their students, thanks to area churches.

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High court halts gay marriage in Virginia

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in to keep the first same-sex marriages from happening in the Old Dominion.

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Henrico Hitters win Black World Series

The Henrico Hitters are the champions of the 2014 Black World Series.

Second back-to-school event to offer free student supplies

Richmond students who still need school supplies will have another opportunity this weekend to get them without charge.

RPS facing $1 million city bill for stormwater

Amid all of its other problems, the Richmond School Board is now facing a $1 million charge for stormwater control.

McAuliffe ignores name controversy

Gov. Terry McAuliffe did his best Robert Griffin III imitation in dodging the controversy over the Washington football team’s racist nickname.

Governor steps up focus on children

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is forming a new “Children’s Cabinet’’ to focus on improving conditions for youths in Virginia.

Control of state Senate at stake in Tuesday vote

Voters in southwest Virginia will cast ballots Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the state Senate.

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16th Senate race

Voters to speak Saturday on Democratic nominee

Now it's up to the voters.