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A boulevard named Arthur Ashe

City Council approves street to honor Richmond legend

From now on, it will be Arthur Ashe Boulevard.

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Pope Francis publicly acknowledges clergy’s sexual abuse of nuns

Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement.

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Fairfax battles sexual assault allegation

Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, a 39-year-old rising star in the state Democratic Party, is battling to save his political career after being hit with a shocking allegation of sexual assault that dates back 15 years.

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RRHA still dealing with heating problems; assistance available

At least seven public housing units completely lost heat last week as a result of boiler problems, the Richmond Redevelopment and Authority reported Monday.

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Community organizer and strategist Lillie A. Estes succumbs at 59

Lillie Ann Estes set the standard for community organizing in Richmond.

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Mayor Stoney highlights new eviction prevention program

Good things are happening in Richmond, Mayor Levar M. Stoney said as he used his State of the City speech last week to tout the city’s progress during his first two years.

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Possible funding increase for city schools?

Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s administration is hinting that it might propose a $5 million increase in support for Richmond Public Schools’ operations in the new 2020 budget it will present next month to Richmond City Council.

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Brook Road bike lanes get the green light

Cars and trucks will have to surrender half of their lanes on Brook Road to cyclists. That’s the final decision of Richmond City Council, which voted 6-3 to install bike lanes and uphold a nearly 4-year-old approved plan for developing biking infrastructure in the city.

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Enrichmond Foundation now owns East End Cemetery

Twenty months after buying historic Evergreen Cemetery with state assistance, a city-created charity has taken ownership of a second neighboring African-American burial ground, East End Cemetery.

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Henrico court ruling may impact Va. abortion clinics

Abortion clinics in Richmond and across the state might have to spend millions of dollars to upgrade to hospital-level standards if a new Henrico County Circuit Court judge’s ruling stands.

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400th Commemoration gives special designation to 37 state historical highway markers

Historical highway markers celebrating African-American history in Richmond and across the state are at the center of a new initiative aimed at encouraging people to learn about the people and places that shaped the state.

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Coliseum project expected to be key in mayor’s State of the City address

The currently stalled $1.4 billion plan to have Richmond taxpayers build a new and bigger Richmond Coliseum as a way to attract new development to blocks near City Hall is anticipated to be a centerpiece of Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s second State of the City speech.

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VUU and VCU create dual-degree program

Students at Virginia Union and Virginia Commonwealth universities will be able to earn dual bachelor’s degrees from both schools in engineering and science through an initiative to launch next fall.

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Former Mayor Walter T. Kenney Sr., who worked across racial, political and regional lines, dies at 88

Former Richmond Mayor Walter T. Kenney Sr. would have been out of step in today’s polarized politics. Mr. Kenney, a proud Richmond native who died Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in a local hospital at age 88, is being remembered as the “consummate gentleman” of city politics who would talk with everyone, no matter their political leanings.

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Showdown expected at Feb. 11 City Council meeting over renaming Boulevard for Arthur Ashe Jr.

Will the Boulevard be renamed for Richmond-born tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe Jr.?

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Speaking Spirit Ministries says praise the Lord, pass the popcorn

Go to church and stay for a movie. That’s now possible at a satellite sanctuary of the independent Speaking Spirit Ministries.

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Bishop Charles A. West starting new church in Henrico County

Bishop Charles A. West, who ran the Operation Streets youth basketball program in Richmond for more than 20 years, is starting over with a new church.

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Portal in Monroe Park to connect Richmonders to the world

A gold-painted shipping container that can transport you around the world without spending a dime has been placed in Monroe Park. Enter this portal, and instantly you will be connected via videoconferencing to people who have entered a similarly equipped portal in far off places such as Rwanda, Palestine, Honduras or Germany or closer locales like Milwaukee and Chicago.

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Crusade for Voters urges Agelasto to resign

The Richmond Crusade for Voters announced its support Tuesday for efforts to remove 5th District City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto from office because he no longer lives in the district.

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Case against VUU president in Florida appears stalled

Bethune-Cookman University in Florida appears to have halted its legal effort to hold former top officials accountable for their alleged role in saddling the Daytona Beach school with an overly expensive dormitory.

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Federal panel selects redistricting plan for House of Delegates

A federal three-judge panel announced Tuesday it has selected a redistricting plan to end illegal packing of African-American voters into 11 Virginia House of Delegate districts.

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Plans underway for new VCU in-patient children’s hospital

A new in-patient children’s hospital is being planned, according to Virginia Commonwealth University. The design work is underway nearly four years after VCU and Bon Secours pulled out of a proposed free-standing children’s hospital, collapsing that effort.

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Disabled drivers could lose free parking Downtown

Drivers of vehicles bearing handicap license plates or placards are poised to lose the privilege of parking for two hours free on Downtown streets.

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Natural gas price to rise in Richmond

Cook or heat with natural gas? Beginning with the February bill, Richmond customers will pay a bit extra for the fuel. Richmond Gas Works, the city’s gas utility, has announced customers will be charged an extra penny for every 10 cubic feet of natural gas used. Ten cubic feet is the equivalent of 75 gallons of gasoline.

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Scooter legislation advances in City Council

Electric scooters are headed to Richmond, but this time legally. After two months of talks and review, Richmond City Council appears poised to approve legislation that would authorize scooter companies such as Bird and Lime to begin offering rental service.

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Official: City has fallen short on lead abatement efforts, contractor training

City Hall has confirmed a Free Press report that it has failed to hire a qualified trainer to offer mandatory classes for small contractors seeking to compete to remove poisonous lead paint from Richmond residences.

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Local man refunded stormwater fees

Are property owners in Richmond getting billed for stormwater fees they do not owe? Ronald Sizemore thinks it could be happening.

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‘Pathetic’

School advocate Paul Goldman fumes over mayor’s school funding resolution that he claims does not meet City Charter requirement

Mayor Levar M. Stoney appears to be backpedaling on his pledge to meet a new City Charter requirement to provide “a fully funded plan to modernize” Richmond’s decaying school buildings.

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Frank J. Thornton to seek 7th term on Henrico County Board of Supervisors

Frank J. Thornton plans to seek another four-year term on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. The retired Virginia Union University French professor announced on Tuesday his bid for his seventh four-year term representing the Fairfield District, adding that it would be his “final term.”

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Richardson gets legal help in action to remove Agelasto from office

Former 5th District City Councilman Henry W. “Chuck” Richardson said Tuesday he has hired an attorney to continue pursuing legal action to remove the district’s current representative, Councilman Parker C. Agelasto.

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Southside Hardware closing doors for last time Saturday

Southside Hardware was long a place to find the unusual, from replacement wicks for kerosene heaters to the special keys needed to operate radiators, antique radios and baby buggies.

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Failure to deliver: Residents describe litany of problems hampering basic mail service

Jean Morris is tired of having the Forest Hill Post Office refusing to deliver packages to her South Side residence. Donna Royster is fed up with not receiving any of the letters her grandchildren keep sending her from Hawaii at her East End apartment.

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RRHA residents in 117 units still having heating problems

Keeping all public housing residents warm remains a constant struggle, the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority acknowledged Monday in an email to the Richmond Free Press.

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Agelasto responds

City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto addresses latest effort to remove him from office through his lawyer, former Va. Attorney General Anthony Troy

Last-ditch efforts to remove Parker C. Agelasto from Richmond City Council appear to be failing — virtually ensuring the 5th District representative will be able to serve out the final two years of his term despite moving his family to a home in the 1st District.

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Former inmates,their families and advocates to hold rally for prison reform

Advocates, former inmates and their families will hold a rally for prison reform from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Bell Tower on Capitol Square, it has been announced.

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Confusion, communication gaps adding to Henrico Branch NAACP problems

Even as it imposed sanctions on the president of the Henrico Branch NAACP, the national office of the civil rights group has allowed other officers who complained about Frank J. Thornton to flout its rules, the Free Press has learned.

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Dr. Walker named visiting professor at UR

Dr. Corey D.B. Walker has left Virginia Union University after giving up his role as vice president and dean of the School of Theology on Dec. 31.

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Nightclub owner, son of state senator arrested

The son of Petersburg state Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance is facing a new charge of felony drug possession.

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Justice and Reformation providing space heaters to those in need

Public housing residents and others in Richmond who lose heat have a new alternative. A Richmond advocacy group is distributing space heaters to those who are shivering in cold apartments.

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Roadblock: Mayor’s $1.4B Coliseum plan hits a financing snag

The plan to replace the Richmond Coliseum with a new arena in Downtown appears to be running afoul of the Virginia Public Finance Act.

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Absence marks Emancipation Proclamation Day service

Jan. 1 marks one of the greatest days in American history — the day when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery amid the raging Civil War.

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New Virginia license plate honoring Dr. King?

Can Delegate Dawn M. Adams find 450 Virginians willing to pay $25 to $35 for a specialty license plate honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Monday, Jan. 7?

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William C. Smith named interim police chief in Richmond

For now, William C. Smith is in charge of the Richmond Police Department. The 23-year department veteran took over as interim chief on Tuesday, New Year’s Day, following the official retirement of former Chief Alfred Durham.

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Hasan K. Zarif, longtime re-entry specialist for Goodwill, retires

Minister Hasan K. Zarif has been “Mr. Re-Entry” for untold thousands of people making the transition from prison to civilian life. A former prisoner himself who rebuilt his life, Minister Zarif has been influential in helping others undertake the hard work of doing the same thing.

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Richmond would have only 4 House representatives under redistricting plan

Richmond’s representation in the General Assembly could be reduced from five members in the House of Delegates to four if a three-judge federal court panel accepts changes proposed by a California professor to end racial gerrymandering.

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Court moves closer to declaring Va. law unconstitutional linking court fines to driver’s license suspensions

For more than two decades, people who cannot pay court fines and costs in Virginia automatically have had their driver’s licenses suspended.

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City’s hourly ‘living wage’ to rise to $12.07 under mayor’s proposed pay plan

More than 3,800 employees at City Hall, from janitors to executives, will be affected by the long-awaited overhaul of the city’s pay plan that Mayor Levar M. Stoney is expected to introduce Monday, Jan. 7, to Richmond City Council.

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Jeffrey A. Goode, area wedding and funeral singer and member of Bak ’n Da Day, dies at 57

Jeffrey Antoine Goode regularly sang at funerals, weddings and other family and community events and was a tenor for 18 years with the popular Richmond a cappella quintet Bak ’n Da Day that serves up Motown, R&B and Broadway show tunes.

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City tackling polluted water

Richmond’s most heavily polluted watersheds that drain into the James River will get some extra attention, thanks to a $1 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, it has been announced.

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William Lomax, longtime barber in Jackson Ward, dies at 87

Longtime Richmond barber and NAACP stalwart William Lomax has died. Mr. Lomax, who was best known for his barbershop in Jackson Ward, succumbed to illness Friday, Dec. 21, in hospice in Henrico County. He was 87.

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