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Jeremy M. Lazarus

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Mayor to initiate gun reporting and distracted driving legislation

Mayor Levar M. Stoney wants to fine people who fail to report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours and also crack down on drivers who are paying too much attention to their mobile phones.

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In city, state money for street maintenance used for more than streets

Every year, Richmond receives about $28 million from the state for street maintenance. But it turns out virtually all of that money goes to maintain everything about a street but the asphalt, according to Bobby Vincent, director of the city Department of Public Works.

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Mayor Stoney throws over Columbus to proclaim Oct. 14 Indigenous Peoples' Day

Richmond has long refused to recognize the annual federal Columbus Day holiday that will fall on Monday, Oct. 14, to remember the European explorer Christopher Columbus who “discovered” America.

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City Council works on plan to divvy up $17M surplus

Retired city employees are virtually guaranteed to gain the first cost-of-living increase in their pensions in at least a decade.

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Carver Elementary students get new footwear

Carver Elementary School in Richmond had a banner day on Sept. 19. A cadre of businessmen surprised an assembly of the school’s 80 third-graders with new sneakers.

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$15M repaving effort underway in city

Cityscape: Slices of life and scenes in Richmond

The promised extra money is starting to flow into repaving streets across the city.

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Independent commission to redraw City Council districts?

An independent commission might redraw the boundaries of City Council districts following the upcoming 2020 Census.

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2020 early voting requiring city registrar to think outside the ballot box

Lines of voters wrapped around City Hall waiting to cast ballots? That’s a distinct possibility, according to Richmond Voter Registrar Kirk Showalter as she looks ahead to the 2020 presidential election.

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Memo goes out to city workers in wake of federal overtime suit

An ongoing lawsuit alleging City Hall failed to pay Department of Finance employees overtime has begun ushering in change.

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Grand Illumination gets the bah humbug

For 34 years, the Grand Illumination has been a major part of Richmond’s official launch of the holiday season and a prelude to the Christmas Parade along Broad Street to escort Santa Claus into Downtown. But that’s about to change.

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Coliseum referendum appears doubtful for Nov. 5 ballot

A nonbinding referendum on the $1.5 billion Coliseum replacement plan more than likely will not be on the Nov. 5 ballot despite claims that the city’s voter registrar wrongly disqualified the signatures of hundreds of registered Richmond voters who signed petitions seeking to allow the vote.

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Food fight

Highland Springs-based food ministry scrambles to generate new food sources after being shut out by Feed More

For the past year, Brian Purcell has stopped by the Kroger store in Mechanicsville four days a week to pick up unsold prepared food and bakery items the store otherwise would have thrown away.

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Family matters

Inspector general’s report details how 5 relatives of former CAO Selena Cuffee-Glenn were hired, but finds no evidence she was involved directly in their hiring

Lenora Reid is officially in charge of Richmond city government — for now. City Council voted 9-0 on Monday to confirm Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s request that Ms. Reid, the city’s chief financial officer, serve as interim chief administrative officer in the wake of her predecessor being fired because of nepotism.

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Lewis family relocates to new home

Celieto L. and Janice F. Lewis have finally found a place to call home.

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Justice Center brings technology to inmates

Computer tablets are making it easier for families and inmates at the Richmond Justice Center to stay connected.

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State backs Dominion Energy plan for electric school buses by 2030

Gov. Ralph S. Northam announced Tuesday that the state would contribute $20 million to help replace diesel-powered school buses with cleaner, but more expensive electric buses in Richmond and across the state.

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Hearing on Coliseum referendum petitions set for Sept. 30

The leader of a drive to allow voters to weigh in on the proposed Coliseum-replacement plan will get a chance to prove he submitted enough signatures to get a referendum on the proposal on the Nov. 5 ballot.

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She’s out

The No. 2 official at City Hall has lost her job.

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Growing rift

City Council members angered by their colleagues’ action on Coliseum replacement proposal

The divisions among City Council members over the Coliseum replacement plan appear to be hardening.

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Daily Planet marks 50 years of vital service to the community

In 1969, concern about an epidemic of runaway and disaffected teens led to the creation of an organization offering a caring place with shelter, meals, health clinics and counseling without judgment.

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RPS bus service for preschool program not in full operation

The free bus service that was supposed to drive more parents to enroll their 4-year-old children in a Richmond Public Schools preschool program has yet to fully materialize despite administrative promises.

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Broken promises end legacy at 17th Street Farmers’ Market

They have been fixtures at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market in Shockoe Bottom for decades, just like their parents and grandparents before them. Now, sisters Evelyn Luceal Allen, 84, and Rosa L. Fleming, 80, have closed their stand beside the market from which they daily sold greens, tomatoes, watermelons, potatoes and other produce grown on their land in Hanover County.

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'Take Your Community Back' motorcycle and auto ride Sept. 28

LaTasha S. “Tasha” Kenney is hoping hun- dreds of people will take part in an upcoming anti-violence action aimed at benefiting the families of two children who were victims of gun violence.

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Federal appeals court ruling sets precedent in 'unreasonable' search case

Can police officers stop and search a random group of people found near a location where the officers believe gunshots have been fired? And even if the shooter is not among them, can they arrest an uninvolved person who turns out to be carrying a gun illegally as the result of a felony record?

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City Council approves anti-litter, anti-conversion therapy resolutions

It took five months, but Richmond City Council is finally putting its anti-plastic stance on record.

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Middle schools now offering electives, PE after flouting state standards

After five years of parental lobbying, middle schools in Richmond appear to be on track with offering an array of elective courses that meet state requirements.

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Gov. Northam appoints 'diversity czar,' boards in upholding promise after blackface scandal

Dr.Janice Underwood will be the state’s first “diversity czar.”

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Blackwell developer and mortgage executive facing federal fraud charges

An energetic entrepreneur who with his wife sought to upgrade housing in the Blackwell community and add new businesses to Manchester’s old downtown along Hull Street is facing federal fraud charges.

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Civil rights exhibit at City Hall

The words and photographs of 28 area residents who participated in the Civil Rights Movement in Richmond are now on display in City Hall.

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Coliseum review panel stalled after attempt to add VUU president

New twists occurred this week in the ongoing saga of the Navy Hill District Corp. proposal to replace the Richmond Coliseum.

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Life interrupted: Kitchen fire throws Richmond family into upheaval, uncertainty

Kitchen fire throws Richmond family into upheaval, uncertainty

It just took a small fire on the stove on Aug. 23 to upend the lives of sisters Celieto L. and Janice F. Lewis.

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Israeli company introduces recycling bins for CVWMA made from recycled waste

Plastic made from banana peels, dirty diapers, discarded vegetables, mixed paper and other household waste? That’s right.

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HOME to begin eviction diversion program

Richmond’s first ever program aimed at helping people avoid eviction is about to get a home base.

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Saving the past

Bradford family descendants, supporters work to protect old Sons and Daughters of Ham Cemetery

Dense woods fill much of a largely uncelebrated and essentially abandoned African-American burial ground in Henrico County that had been best known in recent years as a practice area for University of Richmond runners.

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Hearing on Coliseum referendum petitions still up in the air

Richmond Circuit Court Chief Judge Joi Jeter Taylor so far has not set a new hearing to consider whether city Voter Registrar Kirk Showalter wrongly threw out more than 2,000 petition signatures and keeping a nonbinding advisory referendum on the Richmond Coliseum replacement project off the Nov. 5 ballot.

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Yes, no and maybe: Coliseum vote likely would fail if vote was taken today

The Navy Hill District Corp. plan to replace the Richmond Coliseum and bring more than $1 billion in new development nearby has yet to gain the backing of City Council.

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AG opines that gun-toting militia groups can face arrest under certain circumstances

Openly carrying weapons is not illegal, even on the grounds of the State Capitol. But members of privately organized militias who assume law enforcement duties without permission can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor “of falsely assuming or pretending to be” a sworn officer of the law.

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Federal judge upholds city ambulance monopoly

Richmond has won its legal fight to maintain a monopoly over providing emergency and non-emergency ambulance service after Richmond City Council forced Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s administration to mount a vigorous defense.

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Court rules denomination can be sued over child sexual abuse by church employee

One of the nation’s largest Pentecostal denominations can be sued for failing to protect one of its child members from a pedophile who worked closely with the children in a member church, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled.

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State NAACP president dismissed, listening tour stopped in shake-up

The president of the Virginia State Conference NAACP was abruptly dismissed and the civil rights group’s statewide “Listening Tour” has been halted in changes announced last weekend by the state administrator.

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Goldman has until Aug. 30 to show signatures on Coliseum referendum were wrongly rejected

Paul Goldman is refusing to give up on his effort to allow Richmond voters to weigh in on the huge and costly plan to replace the Richmond Coliseum.

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2 area apartment complexes being revitalized

Two major apartment complexes, one in Richmond and one in Henrico County that largely house lower-income families, are being revitalized.

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City finishes fiscal year with surplus

By the numbers

If Richmond City Council approves, retired city employees such as Elmer Seay and Daisy Weaver might receive a 1 percent increase in their city pensions — the first cost-of-living increase since 2008.

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8 candidates vying for Agelasto’s City Council seat

And the race is on. Eight people successfully qualified to compete for the 5th District seat on Richmond City Council from which Councilman Parker C. Agelasto plans to resign on Nov. 30.

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School Board votes to demolish school building

A historic Richmond elementary school building that dates to the 1880s and was the first built to serve African-American children in Church Hill appears to be headed for demolition.

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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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