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Jeremy Lazarus

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New links close family story for Richmond teacher

LaTonia Tandalet Dean was reunited with her birth mother a few weeks ago, and now she finally has made contact with her biological father.

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Bankruptcy trustee recommends RCC sale to another church

And the apparent winner is United Nations Church International. Aiming to keep the Richmond Christian Center a place of worship, a court-appointed trustee is recommending a sale of the church’s 5-acre property in South Side to Richmond-based UNCI for $2.9 million.

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Troubled Essex Village apartments sold, renamed

Essex Village, once labeled Henrico County’s worst apartment complex, is now in the hands of a successful African-American property investment and development firm based in Baltimore.

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Mayor pushes private development of new Coliseum

A pie-in-the-sky fantasy or a realistic prospect for overhauling the Coliseum area of Downtown? That question remains to be answered in the wake of Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s call for companies to provide plans for revitalizing the 10-block area from 5th to 10th streets between Marshall and Leigh streets.

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Recount expected in 3 House of Delegates races

Democrats remain two seats short of taking control of the 100-member Virginia House of Delegates based on official local counts completed Tuesday.

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Richmond Christian Center decision to be made Nov. 20

The future of the Richmond Christian Center’s 5-acre property in South Side is to be determined on Monday, Nov. 20. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Keith L. Phillips set the new date Tuesday after an attorney for RCC’s court appointed trustee, Bruce H. Matson, said the trustee needed just a day or two more to decide between two potential buyers.

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Class action suit filed against BB&T for stop payment request violation

When Ronnie and Christine Gilliam told BB&T bank they were revoking the right of a payday lender to take electronic payments from their checking account, they allege the bank ignored the request.

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House of Delegates to become more diverse

The Virginia House of Delegates will be more diverse and more Democratic in January as a result of Tuesday’s elections. Voters in districts across the state produced shocker after shocker as Democrats unexpectedly won at least 15 new seats in the 100-seat House to come close to controlling the General Assembly’s lower chamber.

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City voters overwhelmingly approve schools referendum

“The people have spoken. Now we can only hope that City Hall and the Richmond delegation to the General Assembly were listening.”

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It’s a sweep!

Virginia elects Democrats to top posts, other offices

In a result seen as a wholesale rejection of a president many see as unfit, and a message to the political party that has backed him, fired up Virginia voters ensured Democrats retained control of the top tiers of state government and replaced at least a dozen seasoned Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly to boot.

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Former GRTC CEO, 2 others appointed to GRTC board

Eldridge F. Coles, retired chief executive officer of GRTC, is Richmond’s newest representative on the bus company’s board of directors.

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Turnout may prove key in Va. gov. race

Now it’s up to the voters. Tuesday, Nov. 7, is Election Day — when ordinary citizens will troop to polls in Richmond and across Virginia to decide who will become the commonwealth’s 73rd governor and succeed the current chief executive, Democrat Terry McAuliffe. The main choices: Democrat Ralph S. Northam, 58, a pediatrician who specializes in children’s nerve diseases, a military veteran and the current lieutenant governor; and Republican Ed Gillespie, 56, a corporate lobbyist and former Republican Party chairman.

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3 of city’s 5 reps in House of Delegates face challengers

Richmond voters will help fill five of the 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates that will be up for grabs on Election Day.

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Hilbert critical of city’s handling of St. Luke project in Gilpin Court

Richmond City Council President Chris A. Hilbert is “utterly distressd” at City Hall’s handling of the proposed $3.6 million redevelopment of the historic, but vacant St. Luke Building in Gilpin Court.

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City tax amnesty program to reap nearly $2.8M

Richmond expects to collect nearly $2.8 million in delinquent taxes as a result of a tax amnesty program, Mayor Levar M. Stoney announced this week.

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4th Circuit renders decision in battle over Md. cross

For 92 years, a four-story-tall cross has stood at a major intersection in Prince George’s County, Md., paying silent tribute to members of the American military who died fighting in World War I. Now, in the latest church-state battle over public memorials, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has ruled that the massive memorial violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on the government imposition of a religious faith.

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4 contenders in open sheriff’s race

Four months ago, Antionette V. Irving made the headlines with her stunning upset of longtime Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. in the Democratic primary.

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3 vying for city treasurer

City treasurer is an office with a big name, but little to do in Richmond. With City Hall’s finance department in charge of collecting and paying taxes, the treasurer has been left to sell hunting and fishing licenses, pay Richmond jurors, notarize legal papers, help people fill out tax forms and collect overdue state taxes. While it is unclear why the elected position continues to exist, three people are battling to succeed Treasurer Eunice M. Wilder, who is retiring from the office after nearly 25 years.

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Richmond Police spent tax $ at Henrico County establishments for rally food

Will Richmond have to shell out another $570,000 if supporters of Confederate statues come back in six weeks to hold another rally in Richmond?

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Training camp fails to score finances, developments for city

After five football seasons, the Washington pro football team’s training camp at 2401 W. Leigh St. apparently is failing to generate enough income to pay off the cost of its construction.

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St. Luke Building permits still elusive

Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s administration is blocking the first major development in decades in poverty-stricken Gilpin Court, the Free Press has learned.

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Richmond Christian Center to be sold

Will it remain a church, but under a different name? Or will it be sold for development? These questions will soon be answered about the property in the 200 block of Cowardin Avenue in South Side where the Richmond Christian Center has made its home for 32 years.

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Virginia’s CHIP funding in jeopardy

Overshadowed by the uproar of President Trump’s attempt to defund government support of the Affordable Care Act for adults, 65,000 children in Virginia and 9 million children across the country are now threatened with the loss of their health insurance.

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Confederate rally in Richmond exceeds $500,000 in police spending

“The cost of monitoring First Amendment assemblies is not cheap.” That’s the view of Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham. And that certainly proved true for Richmond, which spent $570,000 on crowd control and other services on the Sept. 16 protest over the city’s Confederate statues, according to figures the city reported last Friday. Chief Durham was the biggest spender.

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Statue issue halted – for now

Councilman Michael J. Jones is no longer racing to put a resolution before Richmond’s governing body urging the elimination of Confederate statues from Monument Avenue. Just days before a council committee was to consider his resolution this week, the 9th District councilman asked for the issue to be continued.

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Obamacare still vital

Signature health care law remains intact despite GOP assaults

Don’t panic if you bought individual or family health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. The ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare, is struggling but still alive and will continue to operate, according to experts in the field, despite President Trump’s decision last week to cut off premium subsidies to insurance companies.

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Facebook to boost local economy

For the Richmond area, Facebook is about to become more than a means for people to exchange messages and information.

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McQuinn may be unseated from Slave Trail Commission

For 12 years, Richmond Delegate Delores L. McQuinn has led the city’s Slave Trail Commission to bring attention to the history and legacy of slavery in Richmond.

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Richmond Crusade for Voters endorses diverse slate

The Richmond Crusade for Voters this week, as expected, endorsed the statewide Democratic ticket of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for governor, Justin Fairfax for lieutenant governor and Mark Herring for re-election to attorney general. But the city’s oldest and largest African-American political group also voted Monday to support the re-election of six-term Republican Delegate G. Manoli Loupassi over his Democratic challenger Dawn Adams in the 69th District.

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Carol Adams to run as write-in for sheriff

Richmond Police Sgt. Carol D. Adams is jumping into the race to replace outgoing Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. Fresh from receiving a City Council award for community service, Sgt. Adams announced Wednesday she would compete as a write-in candidate for the sheriff’s position against the three other candidates on the ballot: Democrat Antionette Irving and independents Nicole Jackson and Emmett J. Jafari.

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Sen. Kaine visits new vocational school for former felons

When Kenneth Williams got out of prison, he found work in construction and began rebuilding his life. Thirty years later, the veteran 68-year-old contractor strives to help other felons follow in his footsteps by teaching them carpentry, plumbing and other basic skills to help them become employable and perhaps start their own business.

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Getting a pass?

Some fully accredited schools don’t always spell success

Are public schools that are labeled fully accredited actually providing a good education for at least the large majority of their students?

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Commission selects 10 for Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument on Brown’s Island

Two leaders of slave rebellions and a Union spy will be among the 10 people who will be featured on the planned Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument to go up on Brown’s Island in Downtown.

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City denies owing overtime pay to former mayor’s security detail

That is City Hall’s response to a lawsuit that four members of former Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ executive protection detail have filed alleging they were denied overtime pay when they worked more than 40 hours a week. The legal tussle over pay is now underway in federal court in Richmond and pits Richmond Police Officers Charles Battle, Errol Fernandez, Anthony Franklin and Eric Godfrey against the city.

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City attorney: City Council has no authority to remove Confederate statues

Does Richmond City Council have the legal authority to remove or relocate the Confederate statues from Monument Avenue?

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Fish farming in Fairfield Court?

Nonprofit founder floats idea to improve lives of East End residents

Could fish farming be a way up for residents of public housing? Eric Samuelson believes it is a winning idea. And he’s hoping to find government officials who are willing to test it. “I get paid by private business to solve problems,” said Mr. Samuelson, a veteran management consultant. “I want to use my abilities to help solve the problems facing residents in public housing. And I think fish farming is one way to go.”

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Mother, daughter reunited 50 years after adoption

Bonnie L. Davis grew up in an adoptive family, but always longed to find her biological mother. But the Richmond middle school English teacher, church musician and creative writer, found it nearly impossible, despite spending years seeking records in Louisville, Ky., where she was born.

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Picketer seeks to challenge regulations in Capitol Square

Beatrice Downs is learning that sidewalks are not created equal when it comes to public demonstrations. The 69-year-old nurse found that out when she sought to picket outside the governor’s office in Capitol Square. The Henrico County resident is convinced that state officials have made it more difficult for her to work or to find a place to live, “and I wanted to bring this to the attention of the governor.”

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NSU president stepping down

Eddie N. Moore Jr. is stepping down as president of Norfolk State University, a year after he was inaugurated as the university’s sixth president.

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War continues over statues

The war of words over Confederate statues in Richmond appears to be just getting started. In the weeks and months ahead, Richmond City Council is poised to consider a nonbinding resolution from 9th District Councilman Michael J. Jones that aims to put the governing body on record as favoring removal.

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Richmond wins national award for health efforts

Despite suffering a surge in violence and murders, Richmond is still considered a role model for the nation for its pursuit of ways to enable residents to live healthier lives.

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School Board to fill 7th District seat Oct.16

The Richmond School Board plans to fill the vacant 7th District seat at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 16. The decision came Monday night as the eight-member board also voted to urge Congress to allow the use of historic tax credits as a tool to finance school improvements and learned that 50 people have applied to be the next superintendent. On the board appointment front, the group set up an aggressive schedule.

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Opposition mounts to bike lanes

Jackson Ward residents and business owners are fighting back against city plans to allow bikes exclusive use of one lane of 1st and 2nd streets, which comprise the main commercial district for the historically African-American section of Downtown.

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School Board under time crunch to fill 7th District seat

The Richmond School Board has yet to begin the process of replacing Nadine Marsh-Carter, but it will not be able to dawdle in filling the 7th District seat from which she resigned last week or in deciding when to hold a special election. State law gives the now eight-member board 45 days to appoint a temporary representative until a special election can be held to fill the remainder of Ms. Marsh-Carter’s four-year term.

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VCU prof receives NIH grant for child asthma collaboration

Robin S. Everhart is seeking to prove that community collaboration can upgrade the health and well-being of Richmond children suffering from asthma, the chronic lung disease that makes if difficult to breathe. She’ll have her chance.

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Maggie Small to dance in ‘Portrait of Billie’

Maggie Small is excited and honored to be portraying Billie Holiday in next week’s opening show of the Richmond Ballet’s new season.

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18 out of 44

That’s how many city public schools are fully accredited

The good news: 18 of Richmond’s 44 public schools — 41 percent — are fully accredited based on relatively high student pass rates on state Standards of Learning tests. That’s an increase from last year’s 17 accredited schools, according to the Virginia Department of Education. The bad news: Richmond has 19 schools that have been denied accreditation because of low student pass rates on SOL tests.

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Will Richmond be the next Charlottesville?

In defiance of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s ban on demonstrations at the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue, a little known Tennessee-based group of Confederate sympathizers is going ahead with a rally to promote protection of the statue.

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City Hall to state auditor: No way city on brink of $ distress

No way could this be correct. That is City Hall’s response to a finding by the state auditor of public accounts that Richmond is one of five localities — including Bristol, Petersburg and two unidentified counties — that are facing the most severe financial stress. The Free Press disclosed the finding in the Aug. 31-Sept. 2 edition.

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RPS opens with shortage of 54 teachers

Richmond Public Schools started the new school year short 54 full-time teachers, including 23 special education teachers, according to interim Superintendent Thomas E. “Tommy” Kranz.

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