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Jeremy M. Lazarus

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Nuns sell St. Emma and St. Frances property

A historic Powhatan County estate that was once home to two Catholic residential schools for African-Americans, including a military academy for boys, now belongs to a Petersburg area businessman.

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Virginia’s redrawn House of Delegates districts

Virginia voters and candidates now can have full confidence in the boundaries of the redrawn House of Delegate districts ahead of the Nov. 5 general election to fill the 100 seats.

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RPS officials offer free bus service in bid to boost preschool enrollment

Free bus transportation. That’s the carrot the Richmond School Board is offering in a bid to boost enrollment in its shrinking preschool program called the Virginia Preschool Initiative, or VPI.

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RPS officials fail to explain faulty, fluctuating graduation figures

There has been a sudden surge in the number of students graduating from Richmond Public Schools — and not just from Armstrong High School. RPS officials this week are reporting that 963 seniors received their diplomas during recent graduation ceremonies from the city’s nine high schools.

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New Coliseum plan to launch Monday?

Will this be the City Council meeting at which Mayor Levar M. Stoney introduces ordinances on the Richmond Coliseum replacement plan?

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Grand Slam: Arthur Ashe Boulevard

Politics, personalities merge in this historic moment honoring late hometown hero

Richmond is preparing to pull out all the stops to celebrate native son Arthur Ashe Jr. as it renames one its major streets in his honor.

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Technical problem thwarts court case to remove Agelasto from office

Fifth District City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto gained a reprieve Tuesday from an effort to immediately remove him from the city’s governing body. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant refused on Tuesday to consider a former councilman’s request for a temporary injunction that would have ended Mr. Agelasto’s tenure before his planned departure on Nov. 30.

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RPS whistleblower to be moved to another school

A Spanish teacher who blew the whistle on student grade-changing by officials at Lucille Brown Middle School in Richmond will not be fired.

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Candidates throwing hats into ring for 5th District seat

The first candidates have begun to emerge in the race to succeed Parker C. Agelasto as the 5th District representative on Richmond City Council.

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Agelasto’s council fate may rest with hearing

Parker C. Agelasto’s service on Richmond City Council is now in the hands of a Richmond Circuit Court judge after months of controversy over the 5th District councilman’s move to a home outside the district.

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HOME challenges Chesterfield apartment complex policy in federal court

How far can a landlord go in banning people with felony or serious misdemeanor convictions as tenants? A new federal lawsuit seeks to find out. The fair housing watchdog Housing Opportunities Made Equal filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Richmond June 4 to challenge a Chesterfield County apartment complex’s policy banning anyone “who has ever been convicted of any felony” from becoming a tenant.

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Bike lanes proposed for 1st Street

Busy 1st Street in Jackson Ward would be reduced to one lane for traffic under a city proposal to install bike lanes on the west side of a roadway that is a significant link between North Side to Downtown and routes to South Side.

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RPS attendance officers cut without placement assistance

Butler Peterson has spent the past five years visiting families of truant Richmond Public Schools students to improve their attendance. That’s just one of the jobs he has held in his 18 years with RPS and why he hoped to be considered for one of the school-based attendance liaison positions that is to replace his role as an attendance officer.

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Retired judge honored with Carrico Award

For 32 years, Judge Wilford Taylor Jr. served on the bench in his hometown of Hampton. State judges have saluted the retired jurist with the 2019 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award for his work on the bench.

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Upset: Challenger ‘Joe’ Morrissey garners Petersburg support to handily beat incumbent Sen. Rosalyn Dance in Tuesday’s primary

Challenger Joseph D. “Joe” Morrissey, proving tougher and more resilient than his critics anticipated, cruised Tuesday to a surprisingly easy victory over incumbent state Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance of Petersburg in a Democratic primary election.

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Facial hair? Richmond Police uniformed officers now have the OK

If you see uniformed Richmond Police officers sporting beards and mustaches, they have the OK of the top brass. Interim Police Chief William C. Smith made it possible. He quietly amended the department’s grooming policy to allow patrol officers to grow and wear neatly trimmed beards, goatees and mustaches.

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RPS official says LEED standards haven’t returned big savings

Richmond Public Schools’ chief operating officer confirmed a Free Press finding that building new schools to a national energy standard has failed to pay off in energy savings. Darin Simmons told the Richmond School Board on June 3 that building Huguenot High and three other schools to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED gold standard has not resulted in “significant” savings.

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Armstrong graduation figures better than initial report

Armstrong High School is providing best evidence that more seniors are graduating from Richmond Public Schools this year than the public could have expected given the pessimistic projections released three weeks ago by Superintendent Jason Kamras and his staff.

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Ground-breaking ceremony Saturday for VCU’s new inpatient children’s hospital

Workers are still tearing down the old mirror-faced Marshall Street Pavilion — once an outpatient center for children — on the medical campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

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GRTC’s Kelsey Calder wins VTA’s 2019 Unsung Hero Award

Kelsey Calder, a GRTC instructor who helps disabled people learn to ride buses safely, has won the 2019 Unsung Hero Award from the Virginia Transit Association.

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3 Democrats seeking the party’s nod for open Henrico County sheriff’s position

Three Democrats will face off in the Tuesday, June 11, primary. All three are seeking the party’s nomination in the race to succeed Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade, who announced in February that he will not seek re-election.

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Questions raised as council shifts money to help departments get through June 30

Richmond Sheriff Antionette V. Irving has gained the $2.13 million she needs this month to issue paychecks every two weeks to her deputies.

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Evergreen Cemetery receives international recognition

Evergreen Cemetery, the historic burial ground of such Richmond greats as businesswoman Maggie L. Walker and crusading newspaper editor John Mitchell Jr. as well as thousands of other African-Americans, has just garnered international recognition.

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Teacher alleges her ouster tied to blowing whistle on students’ failing grades being changed

A first-year Spanish teacher who blew the whistle on a grade cheating scandal at Lucille Brown Middle School is to be fired.

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Tuesday’s primary elections feature Dance-Morrissey contest

Voters on the east side of Richmond will play a big role next week in what has become one of the state’s hottest primary contests.

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VCU to turn over its bus service to GRTC

Students, faculty and employees of Virginia Commonwealth University will continue to ride free on GRTC buses, including Pulse, local and express service for at least three more years.

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2 area primaries for House of Delegates will be among races to watch

The battle for control of the 100-member Virginia House of Delegates will start to heat up next week as voters go to the polls in 19 party primaries to choose nominees to run in November.

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Former teacher claims he is banned from RPS without official explanation

A former third-grade teacher who sought to volunteer at Chimborazo Elementary School where he taught has been banned from all Richmond Public Schools property.

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Top prosecutor stepping down

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring has quietly left his mark on the criminal justice system in Richmond.

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Goldman wins FOIA suit against city

Retired Richmond Circuit Court Judge Melvin R. Hughes Jr. Wednesday ruled that the City of Richmond violated the Freedom of Information Act in failing to release more than 2,600 documents related to a still-secret deal to replace the Richmond Coliseum.

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Local business owners recognized with inaugural Black Wall Street awards

Craig Watson saw opportunity when he couldn’t find any places in Richmond that offered a public venue for poets like him and best friend Dontronn Goode to share their work.

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Dr. Roy A. West, former Richmond mayor, educator, dies at 89

Dr. Roy A. West, a decisive and outspoken man known for his strong opinions and who exercised power at City Hall as mayor while playing an influential role in public education in Richmond, has died.

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Local talent to shine in “Minerva Times Change,” an original opera

“It’s a dream come true.” That’s how veteran Richmond actor, dancer and performer Keydron Dunn describes his first opportunity to sing opera.

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Energy numbers shed light on RPS spending, savings

Richmond expects to spend $8 million to $10 million to ensure three new schools meet the standard of a national energy conservation program, according to the Joint Construction Team that is overseeing the work.

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GRTC sees rise in riders purchasing passes

GRTC is carrying more people but taking in less money at the farebox.

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Costs for new schools continue to rise

The price tag for the three new schools Richmond is building is continuing to rise.

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GRTC ridership up 17%

More people are using public transit, GRTC reported Tuesday.

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Probe into Northam’s blackface scandal ‘inconclusive’

Was Gov. Ralph S. Northam actually one of the people in the racist photo on his Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page in 1984? It’s “inconclusive.”

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Epic fail

At least 280 Richmond Public Schools seniors won’t be graduating in June, RPS officials say

Hundreds of Richmond seniors will not be allowed to graduate in nearly three weeks because they have not met the state standards for a diploma.

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Update on RPS principal replacement

Dr. Sherry Wharton-Cary, principal at Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School, is not among the 10 Richmond principals being replaced, but Rose Ferguson, principal of George Mason Elementary, is.

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City Council delays action on single-use plastics resolution

Cities across the country and around the world are banning plastic straws, cutlery, bags and other single-use products that are clogging waterways and harming fish, birds, whales and other wildlife.

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RRHA rolls back plan for Dove Court replacement units

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority may be pulling back from its promise of providing a replacement unit for each public housing unit it tears down.

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Richmond food justice corridor gets boost with $250,000 grant

Arthur L. Burton has spent more than three years organizing a food-based approach to uplift the health and economic prospects of poorer sections of Richmond, particularly in and around public housing communities.

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‘She the People’ brings town hall to Richmond on May 18

Aimee Allison wants “purple” Virginia to be an epicenter in elevating the political voice and voting power of black women and other women of color in the November battle by Democrats to win control of the Virginia General Assembly and the presidential election fight in 2020.

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City backs off plan for former NFL player to operate youth football program

City Hall has quietly backed away from a plan to allow former NFL star Michael Robinson to operate the city’s fall youth football program through his nonprofit, volunteer-led Excel 2 Excellence football program.

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Promoter sues city over admissions tax

Longtime Richmond area promoter Fenroy A. “Hosea” Fox wants a refund of the 7 percent admissions tax he has paid to the city during the past four years from ticket proceeds from concerts and events he has staged.

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Words matter

Renter receives settlement from local landlord following racist, vulgar abuse and discrimination

Winter Whittaker knew what to do when the wealthy white real estate owner called her “a dumb a** n****r” and “a black b***h” after she repeatedly and fruitlessly asked him to fix the leaking roof and other serious problems with the Meadowbridge Road home she rented from him on North Side.

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Work stopped on planned Downtown hotel

For a decade, an eight-story building at 5th and Franklin streets was a city-backed nursery for small businesses.

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City Council approves 2019-20 spending plan, but with flaws

“We made it,” City Council President Cynthia I. Newbille said after the council approved the 2019-20 budget Monday night without discussion.

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City Council to seek election to replace Agelasto

Richmond City Council set the stage this week for a special election on Nov. 5 to replace Councilman Parker C. Agelasto as the 5th District representative. The council voted Monday to petition Richmond Circuit Court to set the election to coincide with the November general election in which voters will select representatives to the General Assembly.

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