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Jeremy M. Lazarus

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James River Park System now part of the Old Growth Forest Network

One of the Richmond region’s favorite parks has become part of an exclusive club, the Old Growth Forest Network, it has been announced.

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Local organization part of federal suit challenging EPA's new lead standards

A Richmond woman who has fought to end lead contamination in homes and drinking water in the metro area is taking on the Trump administration for allegedly undermining the regulation of the health-damaging metal.

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Chesterfield apartment complex to change rental policy under discrimination settlement

An apartment complex in Chesterfield County has agreed to change its blanket ban on renting to people with criminal records after being hit on June 4 with a federal lawsuit challenging the policy as a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.

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Coliseum referendum hearing slated for Aug. 15

Richmond Circuit Court Judge Joi Jeter Taylor will determine next week if Richmond voters will have a say on the proposed $1.5 billion Coliseum project that Mayor Levar M. Stoney is asking Richmond City Council to approve.

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$6M: Richmond spending much more than Chesterfield on new schools

Richmond apparently will spend at least $6 million more on building two new elementary schools than Chesterfield County is having to pay, according an update report the Joint Construction Team provided to the city School Board Monday night.

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Moving on up or out? Mayor Stoney submits to City Council $1.5B Coliseum replacement and Downtown development plan

Five months ago, Mayor Levar M. Stoney was singing the revenue blues as he introduced his latest budget. He told city residents that revenue was growing too slowly to keep up with the overwhelming demand for resources, and without a major increase in the property tax, the city couldn’t adequately address major challenges ranging from fixing city streets to funding public education and replacing worn-out police cars and fire trucks. Mayor Stoney now has changed his tune as he introduces his long-awaited grand development plan for Downtown.

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Church merger leads to new roles for Rev. Whitehead, Dr. Cardwell

After 25 years at the helm of New Canaan International Church that he founded in Eastern Henrico County, minister and educator Dr. Owen C. Cardwell, 72, has passed the pastoral baton to a younger protégé, the Rev. Dwayne E. Whitehead.

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REAL LIFE opens women's home for recovering addicts released from jail

Three single women now have a stable place to stay as they continue their recovery from the addictions that sent them to jail and left them homeless. The women are the first tenants of a group home opened this week by the nonprofit organization REAL LIFE.

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4 more candidates announce for 5th District City Council race

Four more candidates have jumped into the race to replace 5th District City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto, who has announced he will resign Nov. 30 as a result of moving out of the district.

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Winner of next week's Democratic primary likely shoo-in for city commonwealth's attorney

Next week, Richmond residents can take part in deciding who should be the city’s next commonwealth’s attorney — Colette W. McEachin, who currently holds the office, or her challenger, Alexander L. “Alex” Taylor Jr., a former member of the office.

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Sources: Mayor Stoney to advance Coliseum project for Downtown

The grand, but still stalled $1.4 billion plan to replace the now-closed Richmond Coliseum and potentially create thousands of new jobs is supposed to include development of nearly 3,000 affordable and market- rate apartments.

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Randolph Pool, splash pad at Ann Hardy Plaza reopened

The Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Com-munity Facilities is making some needed fixes.

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Habitat for Humanity accepting applications for home repair assistance

A nonprofit group known for building affordable houses also will repair dwellings for lower-income elderly and disabled homeowners and others in difficult circumstances.

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Hearing set for Aug. 8 on Agelasto removal

Former 5th District City Councilman Henry W. “Chuck” Richardson finally may get a hearing on his motion to oust the district’s current council representative, Parker C. Agelasto, from office because Mr. Agelasto lives outside the district.

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Equifax settles in security breach that affected more than 4M Virginians

Consumer credit information giant Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700 million for allowing hackers to breach its computers and grab the personal information of nearly 150 million people.

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City Council appoints leaders of Coliseum advisory commission

Two Richmond residents with extensive experience in development have been named to lead an advisory commission to review the $1.4 billion proposal to replace the Richmond Coliseum.

Va. Supreme Court upholds revocation of Morrissey’s law license

Joseph D. “Joe” Morrissey is just one election away from returning to the General Assembly as a state senator.

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Reva rebels

Councilwoman gives out city officials’ cell phone numbers

City Councilwoman Reva M. Trammell registered her protest against new restrictions on City Council members directly contacting city administrative staff by publicly announcing the cell phone numbers of Mayor Levar M. Stoney and other top officials.

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City demands East End church pay delinquent taxes

Nearly 30 years ago, Mount Olivet Church went on a buying spree and acquired 12 properties adjacent to the church in the 1200 block of North 25th Street in the East End.

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Conservative school rezoning calls for no closures in city

North of the James River, Richmond appears to have too many school buildings and could easily close one high school, a middle school and at least one elementary school in Church Hill.

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Wilder contests student’s claim of sexual impropriety

L. Douglas Wilder is fighting back against a reputation-tarnishing finding that he kissed an unwilling 20-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University student when she worked in the university building named for him and where he has his office.

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Families upset about late markers, poor service at Henrico cemetery

Adeline U. Clarke finally has the elaborate marker she paid to have installed at her parents’ graves in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Henrico County.

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Richmond Public Library’s main branch goes through overhaul in way space is used

“We’re shaking off the dust,” said Scott Firestine, director of the Richmond Public Library. That’s his description of the changes sweeping through the Main Library in Downtown.

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Federal appeals court strikes down state’s ‘habitual drunkard’ law

An 85-year-old Virginia law that allows alcoholics to be labeled “habitual drunkards” and locked up if found with liquor is unconstitutional, a Richmond-based federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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Probe finds Wilder engaged in ‘nonconsensual sexual contact’ with 20-year-old student

Virginia Commonwealth University now finds itself in the embarrassing position of both supporting and attacking one of its highest paid and most prominent faculty members, L. Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor.

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Coliseum referendum likely to make ballot

Richmond voters are likely to have a say on whether they want to make building new schools more of a priority than spending millions of dollars to replace the Richmond Coliseum in Downtown.

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City’s lawyers ask for Hosea Fox’s lawsuit to be dismissed

City Hall is firing back at a Richmond concert promoter who has sued for a refund of the 7 percent admissions tax he paid on his events after another promoter, JMI, formerly known as Johnson Inc., was excused from paying the tax.

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Hearing postponed in Agelasto case

Henry W. “Chuck” Richardson and his attorney, David Prince, were ready for a legal fight in Richmond Circuit Court.

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New city protocol irritates City Council members

The days of council members speaking directly to department directors and other City Hall staff to resolve a problem are over.

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Problems with paths, grass persist at Monroe Park

Add Monroe Park to the list of troubled projects for the city Department Public Works.

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Slot machines hit jackpot in stores around Va.

Andrea R. Hill is a self-confessed “slot machine grinder,” but she still hasn’t visited the new Rosie’s Richmond Gaming Emporium in South Side to try her luck on the array of slot-style machines.

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Lawsuit refiled seeking Agelasto’s immediate removal from City Council

The legal fight to immediately remove 5th District City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto from office continues, but he apparently will not receive any taxpayer money for his defense.

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Taylor to vie for Democratic nomination for city commonwealth’s attorney

Newly appointed Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette W. McEachin will have at least one challenger in her bid to replace her predecessor, Michael N. Herring, who is now in private legal practice.

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VCU goes tobacco free

Public streets and sidewalks now are virtually the last refuge for smokers on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.

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Preschool transportation plan may be more extensive, expensive than RPS planned

The free bus service Richmond Public Schools will offer to get more low-income parents to enroll their 4-year-olds in a state- supported preschool program is likely to have to be more extensive and potentially more expensive than originally envisioned.

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Coliseum referendum initiative progressing

The plan to replace the Richmond Coliseum remains stalled inside City Hall.

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Council approves City Hall gun ban; tighter security plan in the works

Fortress City Hall? Maybe. Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s administration, shaken by the May 31 massacre in which a Virginia Beach city employee killed 12 people and wounded four others at that city’s munici- pal center, is preparing to roll out a plan that could end the free and unfettered movement of the public inside Richmond City Hall and possibly in recreation areas, libraries and other city property.

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RRHA issues request for developer interest in public housing transformation

Damon E. Duncan promised to move “expeditiously” to transform public housing in the city after taking over as chief executive officer of the Richmond Redevelopment Development and Housing Authority two months ago.

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Family burial interrupted by lack of death certificate

The prayers had ended and Rose M. Stith stood near the open grave in Oakwood Cemetery steeling herself to watch her youngest son’s casket lowered. But, suddenly, a member of the March Funeral Home staff was telling her that the burial of 44-year-old Byron Monte Stith Jr. was off.

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Councilman Agelasto asks for taxpayer money to pay his legal bills

Parker C. Agelasto has run up a hefty legal tab fending off lawsuits seek- ing to immediately remove him from his 5th District City Council seat now that he and his family have moved out of the district.

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Delegate McQuinn to host gun control rally July 7

Gun control supporters are invited to an East End church Sunday, July 7, to rally for legislation aimed at reducing gun violence ahead of a special session of the General Assembly to address the issue.

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And they're off: More than 1,200 race into Rosie's Richmond Gaming Emporium for the first day of betting

Slot machines are illegal in Virginia. But don’t tell that to Shannon Bratson, 52, or many of the 1,200 others who piled into the new Rosie’s Richmond Gaming Emporium in South Side Monday morning to try out the 700 new machines following speeches and a ribbon cutting.

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Waiver expansion undermines RPS absenteeism policy

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras has quietly undermined a Richmond School Board effort to crack down on the serious problem of chronic absenteeism by students.

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Mayor introduces measure to ban guns from city buildings, parks

Mayor Levar M. Stoney wants to ban guns from city buildings, parks, recreation centers and other community facilities.

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City Hall again hit with overtime lawsuit

City Hall has spent more than $12 million since 2012 to settle lawsuits over its failure to pay required overtime to employees ranging from police officers to social workers, sheriff’s deputies and former mayoral bodyguards.

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Air conditioning fixed at Broad Rock Elementary

The broken air conditioning system finally has been fixed at Broad Rock Elementary School, one of the newest public schools in Richmond.

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New police chief promoted from the ranks

Six police chiefs have come and gone since William C. “Will” Smith joined the Richmond Police Department as a patrolman in 1995.

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Rekindling memories of childhood and pal Arthur

For one group of men, Arthur Ashe Jr. is more than a tennis superstar and internationally recognized crusader for human rights and bringing awareness and resources to the AIDS epidemic.

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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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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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