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Jeremy Lazarus

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In limbo: City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto casts decisive vote in latest poll on Coliseum project despite looming questions over his qualifications to hold 5th District seat

Richmond City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto, 5th District, is continuing to play a prominent role on the nine-member governing board despite ongoing concerns about the legality of his seat on council since his move last summer to another council district.

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State NAACP president muddies group’s stance against Dominion Energy pipeline project

The Virginia State NAACP is reaffirming its opposition to Dominion Energy’s $6.5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline because it believes a key element of the pipeline — a natural gas compressor station —poses a pollution risk to a historically African-American community in Buckingham County, 75 miles west of Richmond.

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Special VCU council offers plan for human remains from old medical research

A proper burial in a historic African-American cemetery, recognition on the Virginia Commonwealth University medical campus and continued research.

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Dr. Corey Walker leaving VUU School of Theology

Virginia Union University will soon start looking for a new dean for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. In a surprise move, Dr. Corey D.B. Walker announced in a letter to the students and faculty that he is leaving what he called his “dream” job as a VUU vice president, theology school dean and professor of religion and society on Dec. 31.

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Some ‘Legacy Vendors’ to have spot at renovated 17th Street Farmers’ Market

Evelyn “Luceal” Allen and Rosa Fleming will be coming back to the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, while Timothy “Tim” Christian likely will not. For now, he will remain by Main Street Station.

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Local real estate firm helping anti-hunger efforts

A lot of canned goods get thrown away when people move away. Now moving companies and real estate firms in Richmond and other parts of the country are making an effort to collect nonperishable foods and give them to food banks and other distribution points to help fight hunger.

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‘Green Book’ offers small slice of amazing musician’s life, talent

Raise your hand if you have ever heard of Donald W. “Don” Shirley. I expect most of you are as unaware of this remarkable musical giant as I was before I went to see the new film “Green Book.”

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Mayor uses ‘fake news’ moniker for media reports on Coliseum project

Is Richmond’s mayor adopting President Trump’s habit of labeling media reports he dislikes as “fake news”?

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Small North Side congregation works hard to keep doors open

John S. “Johnny” Walker is on a mission to save All Souls Presbyterian Church as a center of faith and tolerance in North Side. Despite a shrinking congregation that has fallen to 40 contributing congregants, the 64-year-old Richmond native still sees a future.

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Pressure mounts for councilman to resign

Richmond City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto could soon face fresh pressure to resign from his 5th District seat following his admission last week that he and his family now live in a West Franklin Street house located in the 1st District.

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Coliseum’s success raises new questions about need to replace it

The 13,500-seat Richmond Coliseum has been the busiest arena in Virginia during the past six years, according to a Chicago-based consulting company that was paid $500,000 by the city to review a proposal to replace the facility.

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Mayor: Social Services would still have City Hall office if headquarters moved

The Richmond Department of Social Services would continue to have a presence at City Hall even if its headquarters building is moved to a distant location to make way for development of an apartment and retail complex as part of the Richmond Coliseum replacement plan.

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Council committee blocks entry of medical transport company into Richmond market

A City Council committee has rebuffed Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s attempt to end the Richmond Ambulance Authority’s 28-year monopoly on emergency and non-emergency medical transports.

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Councilman Agelasto’s move out of 5th District puts seat in jeopardy

A giant question mark now hangs over 5th District City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto. His continued service on Richmond’s governing body appears to be in jeopardy after a constituent who is a former state elections official disclosed to the media that the councilman and his family now live in the 1st District.

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RRHA begins major move to turn over public housing to private interests

Residents of public housing can expect to see their apartment complexes come under the control and management of private landlords.

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Congressman Robert C. ‘Bobby’ Scott, four other CBC members expected to lead House committees

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is expected to be a top Democratic priority in the next Congress, and U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott of Newport News will be in a prime position to lead the charge in January.

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Rev. Roaf leaving St. Philip’s Episcopal to be ordained bishop of Western Tennessee

The Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf soon will be leaving the pulpit at historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in North Side to become bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee in Memphis.

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Dr. Danny Avula to now run city and Henrico health districts

Public health programs in Richmond and Henrico County are expected to work more closely together now that they have the same director, Dr. Danny Avula.

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Lawmakers hope Virginia will push ERA over finish line

A bipartisan group of five legislators will try again to get the Virginia General Assembly to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the next legislative session.

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Blackwell development to continue with 96 available lots

It has taken 21 years, but the Hope VI redevelopment of Blackwell appears to be moving toward completion.

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Jones gets pushback on renaming South Side center

Ninth District City Councilman Michael J. Jones has put on hold his proposal to rename the Southside Community Center for Richmond area entertainer Lonnie Battle, a.k.a. DJ Lonnie B.

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Officials break ground for new off-track betting parlor in South Side

A vacant, former K-Mart store in South Side is being transformed into a $30 million center for betting on horse racing called Rosie’s.

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Greater Gilpin launches

On Tuesday, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring launched Greater Gilpin, a three-year initiative to engage residents of the Gilpin Court public housing community in crafting approaches to reduce gun violence and raise their life opportunities.

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‘I’m done’: Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham announces his last day on the force will be Dec. 31

“I’m done. I don’t have another position waiting.” So said Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham after publicly announcing Tuesday he will retire effective Sunday, Dec. 31.

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Director named for new VCU Health Hub in Church Hill

For more than 10 years, Natalie Pennywell led state Health Department outreach efforts to educate people about healthy eating and improved diets as a way to prevent and fight diabetes and other chronic diseases.

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City Council members not embracing new location for Social Services building

A marketing campaign to sell the public on the $1.4 billion plan to reshape Downtown and develop a new Coliseum is in full swing, even though the legislation to support the plan is still incomplete and has not been sent to Richmond City Council.

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Medicaid expansion enrollment continues

Enrollment for Virginia’s Medicaid expansion program, Cover Virginia, is now open and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 15.

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CARE van drivers approve new contract

The third time worked. After rejecting two previous offers, union drivers with GRTC’s CARE paratransit service voted to approve the latest offer from the service’s operator, Cincinnati-based First Transit Inc.

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Mayor Stoney pushes $1.4B plan to revitalize Downtown

The grand plan to overhaul a big chunk of Downtown — including replacing the Richmond Coliseum with a new, larger arena — with a combination of taxpayer dollars and private investment funds is now headed to Richmond City Council for review.

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Newcomer Abigail Spanberger claims narrow win over GOP incumbent

Democratic newcomer Abigail Spanberger of Henrico defied conventional wisdom and upset U.S. Rep. Dave Brat to win Virginia’s 7th Congressional District seat in her first run for public office.

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Sen. Tim Kaine glides to big re-election victory

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine declared that Virginia rejected the “the politics of hatred and division … the politics of peddling lies to get ahead” after handily winning re-election to his second six-year term.

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RRHA reconsidering plan to demolish Creighton Court

The city’s key public housing agency is rethinking its vision of demolishing the six major public housing communities in Richmond and replacing them with “mixed-income” neighborhoods to end the concentration of poverty.

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Mayor: COLA for retirees too costly

Too costly. That is Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s explanation for his decision to back away from his March promise that he would seek to use a surplus to pay for a cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for retired city employees.

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New delivery service starts in Richmond

For a flat delivery fee of $1.95 and the cost of the goods, Richmonders can get diapers, toilet paper, beverages and snacks delivered to their home between noon and 4 a.m. seven days a week.

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VCU cuts university-wide commencement ceremony in 2019

Virginia Commonwealth University is the latest customer to be affected by a still largely undisclosed plan to replace the Richmond Coliseum. VCU officials announced Tuesday that the university-wide spring graduation ceremony held in early May at the 13,000-seat Coliseum since 1972 is off for 2019.

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RRHA inspection turns up more heating problems

An inspection of heating equipment in the city’s 4,000 public housing units has turned up broken radiators and other problems in 250 units, according to Orlando Artze, interim executive director of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

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Feeding programs resume at Monroe Park

An estimated 150 people flowed into Monroe Park last Sunday afternoon for meals that students from a Richmond seminary offered, according to Alice M. Massie, president of the Monroe Park Conservancy, the park’s governing body.

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North Side church offers healthy food to all in need

At 9 a.m. on any Saturday during the spring, summer and fall, Charles E. Fitzgerald is at his post in the gym at the Atlee Church in North Side, waiting to give away fresh greens, kale, collards, peppers, sweet potatoes and similar items to anyone who walks in.

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City surplus shrinks

The city’s end-of-year surplus is a little smaller. Richmond City Council has been notified that an initial September projection that $13.5 million was unspent at the close of fiscal year 2018 on June 30 was too generous.

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New proposed map for House of Delegates boundaries expected Dec. 7

A proposed map showing revamped House of Delegates districts is expected to be released Friday, Dec. 7, according to the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia.

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Virginia playing central role in high-stakes Nov. 6 election

Call it a high-stakes referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency and the Republican agenda that includes proposals to slash spending on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and anti-poverty programs to pay for tax cuts, appoint conservative judges to roll back voting rights and affirmative action, eliminate environmental protections and end abortions.

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Virginia attorney general launches clergy abuse hotline

People who have been sexually abused by a priest, minister or other faith leader have new options to tell their story.

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DJ Lonnie B Center?

Richmond City Councilman Michael J. Jones is getting pushback on his plan to rename Southside Community Center for local music celeb

A brewing battle over an unusual proposal to rename a city recreation center in South Side for a popular area DJ has exposed a largely unnoticed snafu involving the city property.

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Church Hill North construction to begin

What’s special about Tuesday, Oct. 30? It’s the long-awaited launch date for construction of new housing on the site of the former Armstrong High School in the East End.

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Enrollment begins Nov. 1 for Medicaid expansion

Shanté Williams is among tens of thousands of Virginians patiently waiting for Thursday, Nov. 1, to arrive. That’s the start date for enrollment in the state’s expanded Medicaid program.

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Richmond Circuit Court clears way for ballot initiative on schools vs. Coliseum

The Richmond Circuit Court this week cleared the way for political strategist Paul Goldman to launch a challenge to a brewing $1.2 billion proposal to replace the 47-year-old Richmond Coliseum.

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Kamras calls for tax hike to support schools

More money, please. That’s the call from Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras.

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City lawyers deny allegations in fired employee’s lawsuit

City Hall is asking a federal court to dismiss a terminated employee’s lawsuit that accuses the city of failing to pay overtime and also of violating the federal Family Medical Leave Act in firing her when she was forced to stay home to care for two sick children.

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City Council committee delays action on Arthur Ashe Boulevard, other items

City Councilwoman Kim B. Gray, 2nd District, hit the pause button on her proposal to rename the Boulevard for Arthur Ashe to honor the late Richmond-born tennis great and renowned humanitarian. Saying she wanted to “provide more time for dialogue,” Ms. Gray secured a 60-day delay until Tuesday, Dec. 18, before the plan is to be considered by the Richmond City Council’s Land Use, Housing and Transportation Committee.

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City continues to grow rainy day fund, but no interest earned

City Council is poised to exceed its policy goal for saving taxpayer dollars. The result makes it likely that council will lock up millions of extra dollars in the city’s rainy day fund that could be used for improving services.

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