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Jeremy M. Lazarus

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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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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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Council members concerned about latest utility rate hikes

Like a steady drip, drip, drip, the cost of utility services is continuing to rise in Richmond at a double-digit pace, outpacing inflation and raising concerns among some about affordability.

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New housing honcho

RRHA’s leader Damon Duncan outlines priorities that will impact city’s 10,000 public housing residents

The new chief executive officer of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority is vowing that the agency will move “expeditiously” to redevelop the city’s decaying public housing.

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Councilman Hilbert opposes Salvation Army move to North Side

“I am firmly against this.” That’s the not-in-my-backyard response from 3rd District City Councilman Chris A. Hilbert’s to a Free Press report last week that the Salvation Army is applying for a special use permit to move its combination headquarters and homeless shelter from Downtown to a church building in Mr. Hilbert’s North Side district.

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What’s better: A Coliseum replacement or a facelift?

Here’s the choice: Spend $25 million to $35 million to revitalize the 13,500-seat Richmond Coliseum or spend $220 million to replace it with a brand new 17,500-seat facility and add another $20 million to $30 million to revamp East Clay and East Leigh streets.

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Fulton bus service to improve with several changes planned by GRTC

Beginning Sunday, GRTC will usher in faster rush hour service in the Fulton area of the East End, the company has announced. The bus company also will tweak service to the Randolph community, extend nighttime service on the Bellemeade/Hopkins route serving McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center and make it easier for West End passengers to access the coming Whole Foods grocery store near Broad and Meadow streets.

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Salvation Army looks to relocate from Downtown to North Side

People needing temporary housing and a helping hand might soon have to walk a bit farther to reach the Salvation Army’s combination headquarters and emergency shelter.

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City starts down road to regulate short-term rentals

Want to use Airbnb, FlipKey, VRBO or other online websites to rent your Richmond home or apartment to travelers?

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Former VCU dean drops defamation suit against Wilder

Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is no longer facing a defamation lawsuit that was scheduled for trial in mid-July in Richmond Circuit Court.

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Balancing act

Richmond City Council designs a new budget that places a 50 cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes, increases funding for schools and expands bus service while giving city employees a 3 percent raise

An exhausted City Council completed work Monday on a new 2019-20 spending plan for Richmond that calls for a 3.6 percent, or $26 million, increase in city spending and is balanced with the imposition of the city’s first tax on cigarettes — a 50 cent levy on each pack effective July 1— and a hike in utility rates.

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RISC receives federal grant to assist with community effort

A coalition of 20 Richmond area Christian and Jewish congregations that focuses on social justice has been awarded a $144,000 federal grant ahead of its annual meeting where the faith-based coalition will press for changes in eviction policy and for proven reading and trauma response programs in schools.

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Budget blowup splits mayor, City Council

Relations between Mayor Levar M. Stoney and City Council disintegrated Wednesday as council poised to make a modest cut in departmental spending and reject his proposed 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.

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Head of the class!

Richmond Public Schools teacher Rodney A. Robinson, who mentors and inspires students at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, wins 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Rodney A. Robinson, the 40-year-old history and social studies teacher who inspires students each and every day inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, where he has worked at the Virgie Binford Education Center since 2015, has been named 2019 National Teacher of the Year.

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Ora Lomax, longtime NAACP leader, civil rights advocate, dies at 86

For decades, black women could only work behind the scenes at white-owned retail stores in Richmond during the harsh era of segregation. Ora Mae Perry Lomax helped change all that.

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Agelasto out, but not soon enough for critics

Parker C. Agelasto is ready to leave his seat on Richmond City Council nine months after he and his family moved their residence outside the 5th District he was first elected to serve in 2012.

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Richmond man acquitted in Henrico rental car threat

Arthur H. Majola has his life back. The Richmond man walked out of Henrico County Circuit Court April 16 a free man after a jury acquitted him of making a bomb threat against Enterprise Car Rental nine months ago.

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Sources name 10th RPS principal targeted for replacement

Regina Farr has been identified as the 10th Richmond Public Schools principal being replaced when the school year ends in the latest leadership shake-up.

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The end of Easter on Parade?

Sunday might have been the final edition of Easter on Parade — at least as an organized event. Thousands of people turned out to stroll along four blocks of Monument Avenue on Easter afternoon, some in holiday finery and others with costumed pets. It’s a tradition that dates back at least 50 years and has been under the aegis of city-supported groups for at least 30 years.

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City Council committee again closes door on private ambulance service

Richmond City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted to kill legislation that would give Fire Chief Melvin Carter greater decision-making authority over permits for the operation of private ambulance service within the city.

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Richmond sheriff’s deputies lost?

Richmond Sheriff Antionette V. Irving has declined to explain why deputies serving legal papers in a lawsuit naming the City of Richmond as a defendant could not locate the City Attorney’s Office at City Hall.

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FasMart agrees to comply with ADA under settlement

FasMart, a Richmond-based convenience store chain, no longer will bar disabled people accompanied by a service animal.

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Parent’s FOIA request shows more to RPS 2018 toilet paper debacle

Richmond Public Schools expects to finish the current school year with plenty of toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies at each of its buildings, according to Michelle Hudacsko, chief of staff to RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras.

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Questions raised about charity status of Navy Hill entities

Now stumping for tax increases that he claims will go to pave streets and repair aging schools, Mayor Levar M. Stoney has clearly put a proposal to build a new, larger Richmond Coliseum on the backburner.

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Plans gain steam to rehab old Fulton Gas Works

A four-year-old plan to turn the now vacant Fulton Gas Works in the East End into a modern hub of the city’s gas utility is quietly gaining momentum, although a separate project by Stone Brewing to create a restaurant to complement the company’s beer factory appears to have stalled.

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Chesterfield to stay in recycling program through Dec.

The Richmond region’s recycling program will remain intact at least through December. Chesterfield County is still mulling its future with the program and has agreed to participate for the rest of the year in the 10-year-old operation run by the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority.

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School Board mounts effort to contain school construction costs

The Richmond School Board is taking a series of steps in seeking to get a handle on the soaring cost of school construction. The ballooning cost is undermining any hope of modernizing city schools for $800 million over 20 years — the amount the city has promised to provide.

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Rental car scene blows up to jail time for city man

Arthur H. Majola went to pick up a rental car his insurance company was providing after his vehicle, which had been damaged in an accident, went into a repair shop. But he wound up spending 54 days in jail where he became celebrated for engaging in a hunger strike that nearly killed him but forced his release.

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RRHA negotiating plan to turn over 11 properties to private company

The city’s housing authority is on the verge of giving a New Jersey-based company control of 11 smaller apartment complexes that house families and the elderly as part of its larger plan to modernize public housing by turning over ownership to private companies.

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New legal effort launched to remove Agelasto from office

Parker C. Agelasto is facing a new legal attack seeking to remove him from his 5th District City Council seat since he moved his residence outside the district. Just two months after former City Councilman Henry W. “Chuck” Richardson filed a lawsuit in Richmond Circuit Court seeking Mr. Agelasto’s ouster, another former City Council member, Sa’ad El-Amin, is seeking a separate removal action in the same court.

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Richmond barber helping rebuild lives, homes in Haiti

Kenneth Barney makes his living cutting hair. But in his spare time, the longtime Richmond barber is on a mission to build solid, safe houses in a community in Haiti where thousands make their homes in tiny ramshackle spaces.

Morrissey announces primary challenge to Sen. Rosalyn Dance

State Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance of Petersburg is facing a fight to keep her legislative seat for a second four-year term. Former Delegate Joseph D. “Joe” Morrissey of Richmond announced Wednesday that he is challenging Sen. Dance in the June 11 Democratic primary for the 16th Senate District seat.

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Regional recycling program at risk with Chesterfield, others pulling out

Chesterfield County is poised to pull out of a regional curbside recycling program, which could require Richmond and Henrico County to boost their subsidies to maintain the program.

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St. Luke Building to begin leasing in June

Two years after it was first announced, the renovation of the historic, but long-vacant St. Luke Building in Gilpin Court into upscale apartments is coming together.

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Va. NAACP to be run by Tenn. official

The longtime president of the Tennessee NAACP has been handed control of the Virginia State Conference NAACP. Gloria Jean Sweet-Love, who has earned credit for turning around NAACP operations in her state during her 24-year tenure at the helm, was named administrator for the Virginia operations and given sweeping powers over state NAACP policies, programs and expenditures.

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ABC’s of costs

The administration of Mayor Levar M. Stoney insists that the contracts awarded to build three new city schools “are reflective of the best possible prices given the scope of the work and the current market conditions.”

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Overcharged? 4 Richmond School Board members question surging costs to build new schools in city

The projected cost of the three new schools that Richmond is preparing to build has jumped an average of $107 per square foot in just five months, adding tens of millions of dollars to the cost, according to four members of the Richmond School Board.

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City Council acts to reduce ‘drama’ during annual school funding debates

Richmond Public Schools each year would receive at least 55.4 percent of all real estate tax revenue City Hall collects under a policy unanimously approved Monday night by Richmond City Council.

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City going all in for electric bikes

City Hall is trying to turn around its failing bike share program by adding battery-powered bikes to make it easier for riders to travel longer distances and get up the city’s hills.

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Kamras explains granting RPS employees vacation days with $1M price tag

The loss of one word from the official Richmond Public Schools calendar apparently will cost the city’s school system up to $1 million in extra vacation pay. The word: Designated.

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Markers unveiled honoring the late Dorothy I. Height, with small error

The unveiling of a new historical marker saluting late Richmond native Dorothy I. Height for her role as a national civil rights leader was a gala affair. Sunday’s event drew a big crowd to the ceremony at First Baptist Church of South Richmond on Decatur Street that included several of Ms. Height’s relatives, Mayor Levar M. Stoney, Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, Gov. Ralph S. Northam and other officials and admirers of the woman former President Obama called the “godmother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

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Henrico woman wins settlement in $1M discrimination lawsuit against county

Jeanetta Lee appears to have secured a signal victory in her lawsuit claiming that Henrico County engaged in racial discrimination in bypassing her in 2017 to promote a less qualified white man to manage the county’s in-house insurance office known as the Risk Management Division.

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New bridge named for longtime school volunteer

Robert S. “Bob” Argabright II is receiving special recognition for his volunteer service to Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School in South Side.

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Federal appeals court rejects VSU professor’s claim on pay discrimination

Studies show that men make more money than women for doing the same work, but proving in court that gender bias is the reason a woman is receiving lower pay turns out to be very difficult.

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Markers to honor late city native Dorothy I. Height on March 24

Dorothy Irene Height left segregated Richmond at age 5 and went on to earn national recognition as a civil rights and women’s rights activist who devoted her life to uplifting people.

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New RRHA chief takes over March 25

The new chief executive officer of the 79-year-old Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority is scheduled to arrive Monday, March 25, to take charge of the independent agency that manages more the 4,000 public housing units.

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Fewer, higher paid school liaisons would replace RPS’ 17 attendance officers under Kamras plan

Jason Kamras is rejecting initial criticism of his plan to try a new approach to ensure Richmond students attend school daily.

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New $720,000 policy gives RPS employees a week off for spring break

For the first time, principals, maintenance workers and other 12-month public schools employees in Richmond will receive a week of paid leave during the upcoming spring break, even though it will cost more than $720,000.