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Ronald E. Carrington

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It's about time

More than 1,500 people attended Monday's ceremony in Capitol Square for the dedication of 'Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women's Monument'

On a cloudy, yet cool fall Monday, Virginians celebrated women’s contributions to the advancement of the Commonwealth with the dedication of “Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women’s Monument.”

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Bad for grads

Richmond Public Schools’ 70.6% on-time graduation rate is lowest in Virginia

Richmond Public Schools had the lowest graduation rate in Virginia last June.

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Hampton University welcomes students from the Bahamas

Hampton University’s drumline raised the roof with crisp cadences as students — victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Ba- hamas — arrived last week at Richmond International Airport to journey to their new academic “home by the sea.”

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Layoffs, other challenges hit The Market@25th

A new Church Hill grocery store is facing challenges five months after opening.

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20 out of 44: That is how many city schools are fully accredited

Richmond Public Schools has taken two steps forward and one step back when it comes to full accreditation of the city schools.

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VUU brings academic 'signing day' to Huguenot

Tuesday was a red-letter day for nine Huguenot High School ninth-graders. The stage in a school assembly hall was set with red and white balloons and logos for Richmond Public Schools and Virginia Union University.

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4 city schools to get new names

The Richmond School Board has embraced renaming four city schools and approved, on an 8-1 vote Monday night, a process to make it happen.

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Exonerated Five member stresses importance of knowing your rights in face of police questioning

As the credits rolled, the audience of more than 200 people fell silent with astonishment and anger after viewing “The Central Park Five,” a documentary by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon about the 1989 case in which four African-American teens and a Puerto Rican teen were wrongfully convicted in the brutal assault and rape of a white investment banker as she jogged in New York’s Central Park.

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RPS Board affirms rezoning plan will be finished by late Dec.

The Richmond School Board reaffirmed Monday night that it will complete school rezoning by late December.

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Big back-to-school shoe giveaway on Monday

Many Richmond students will be well-heeled and ready with school supplies when classes start next week, thanks to donations by the community.

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New school year, new principals at 14 Richmond schools

Fourteen new principals will lead public schools in Richmond when the school year starts next week.

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Down again: Student achievement drops again for Richmond Public Schools, according to 2018-19 SOL test results

Richmond Public Schools student achievement continues to decline, according to state Standards of Learning test results released this week by the Virginia Department of Education.

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School Board member Jonathan Young springs open enrollment attendance plan on colleagues

Richmond School Board members were blindsided Monday night when board member Jonathan Young, who represents the 4th District, proposed that Richmond Public Schools allow students to choose which school they want to attend, with a lottery ultimately deciding where students would enroll.

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NAACP, SCLC kick off statewide ‘Listening Tour’ Aug.1

The Virginia State Conference NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are kicking off a “Listening Tour” across the state with a session on Thursday, Aug. 1, in Richmond.

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Perry Miller chosen to lead Richmond International Airport

The Richmond International Airport will get its first African- American president and chief executive officer on Aug. 19.

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National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 6

Community groups across the city are gearing up for the 36th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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Students fight the ‘summer slide’ with YMCA’s Power Scholars Academy

The excitement was tangible as more than 40 students from Richmond’s Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School, all wearing identical gray T-shirts, entered the Science Museum of Virginia’s cavernous lobby with its shiny marble floor and 50-foot ceilings as sunlight from big windows bathed the space.

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More problems for RPS with undercount of ESL students

Richmond Public Schools has a history of undercounting students needing English as a Second Language assistance, creating a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding that could help provide more ESL teachers in the city, a schools official told members of the Richmond School Board on Monday.

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RPS Shines volunteers add sparkle to Fairfield Court Elementary School

Richmond’s Fairfield Court Elementary School got a big boost on Wednesday. A cadre of 41 volunteers from Capital One’s leadership program flocked to the East End school from Richmond, Northern Virginia, Maryland and five other states, including Texas, to paint, scrub, landscape and generally spruce up the building and grounds as part of RPS Shines 2019.

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FBI joins investigation, offers $20K reward in 9-year-old’s death

The FBI has announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of 9-year-old Markiya Dickson, who was shot and killed May 26 as she played at a Memorial Day Weekend community cookout at Carter Jones Park in South Side.

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Saying goodbye

More than 1,000 people from across Metro Richmond came out to honor the life of 9-year-old Markiya Dickson, the Chesterfield County third-grader who was shot and killed at Carter Jones Park in South Side during the Memorial Day Weekend.

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Henrico’s Thornton, Gregory win primary contests

Frank J. Thornton, who has represented the Fairfield District on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors since 1995, handily won a Democratic primary challenge Tuesday with 64 percent of the vote. Mr. Thornton, 76, won the Democratic nod by outpacing challengers Maurice Tyler, a longtime athletic coach, who received 20 percent of the vote, and Joseph W. Brown, a retired Henrico Transportation Department employee, who garnered 16 percent of the votes cast.

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Funeral service Friday for 9-year-old Markiya

As the family of 9-year-old Markiya Dickson prepares to lay her to rest, Richmond Police are still searching this week for three men wanted in connection with her shooting death.

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Incumbent Thornton facing 2 challengers in Fairfield District primary in Henrico

All five seats on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors are up for election in November.

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‘Senseless’

Police, community leaders seek leads in shooting death of 9-year-old Markiya Dickson on Memorial Weekend

Police are still searching for the person or people who turned a Memorial Weekend community cookout into a tragedy Sunday when gunfire broke out at Carter Jones Park in South Side, killing 9-year-old Markiya Dickson and wounding 11-year-old Jaquez Moses.

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Who’s the fastest in the NFL?

George Wythe graduate wants chance to show it’s him

Richmonder Kevin Snead is in the running to be named the fastest man in the NFL.

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RPS to hold school rezoning info sessions May 29

Richmond Public Schools is holding information sessions for parents and supporters to learn about the scheduled school rezoning.

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In the black

Unexpected gift elicits cheers, tears at Morehouse College commencement

Commencement was a red-letter day for Morehouse College graduate Monte Hathaway of Henrico County and his family. That’s when the speaker at Sunday’s 135th commencement ceremony on the Atlanta campus, billionaire tech investor Robert F. Smith, made a surprise announcement that has since gone global.

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In what unique way did your mother show you she loved you?

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. It’s a day for pampering mom with flowers and gifts and taking her to dinner to show her how much we love and appreciate her for all she has done for us.

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Nation’s top teacher celebrated in whirlwind of appearances

If the nation’s president won’t honor you publicly as National Teacher of the Year, at least your state senators and district’s congressman will.

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The Market @ 25th opens Monday with fanfare and high expectations

A new grocery store reflecting Church Hill’s history and contribution to Richmond is set to open next week in the East End’s food desert.

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Tim Reid to debut new clothing line

Actor, director and film producer Tim Reid is expanding into fashion design. The talented Norfolk native and Richmond resident will feature a limited look at his men’s clothing collection at the 4th Annual Legacy Media Institute Spring Fashion Showcase 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at RVA Event Space, 1 E. 4th St. in Manchester in South Side.

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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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Inaugural Richmond Night Market kicks off April 13 at 17th Street Farmers’ Market

The Richmond Night Market, a new monthly gathering celebrating the city’s food, art and culture, will be held 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market in Shockoe Bottom and will take place the second Saturday of each month through December.

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MathScience Innovation Center to be hampered by cuts

No matter how you do the math, one MathScience Innovation Center, minus four school systems, equals downsizing.

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School Board to take up rezoning, budget resolution April 8

The Richmond School Board is still far from making specific decisions on rezoning the city’s 44 public schools, but it is starting to take preliminary steps to address a long sought goal of “right-sizing” the division.

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Rev. Janie M. Walker retiring as co-pastoral director of Richmond Hill

After a 15-year relationship with Richmond Hill, the Rev. Janie M. Walker, co-pastoral director of the religious community on Church Hill, is retiring. Rev. Walker, whose last day is May 15, has led the residential ecumenical Christian community since 2014.

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Kamras releases details of approved schools cuts

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras made public on Monday details of the 74 positions to be eliminated in a $300 million budget plan that was adopted Feb. 25 by the Richmond School Board.

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School Board sends proposed $310.6M budget to mayor

The Richmond School Board voted 6-3 Monday night to send to Mayor Levar M. Stoney a proposed $310.6 million operating budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year that will begin July 1 — equaling a per pupil cost of $13,362 for each of the estimated 23,200 students expected to be enrolled in city schools next fall in preschool through 12th grade.

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Superintendent Jason Kamras reviews his first year on job

When Jason Kamras placed his hand on his late grandfather’s Torah and was sworn in as Richmond’s new public schools superintendent on Feb. 1, 2018, he was not totally aware of the depth of challenges ahead of him.

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School Board defers vote on cutting 49 jobs

The Richmond School Board postponed voting Tuesday night on Superintendent Jason Kamras’ proposed $300 million operating budget after the board became mired in confusion and chaos.

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New online magazine to focus on people making contributions

B.K. Fulton, a creative media entrepreneur in Richmond, has launched an online entertainment and lifestyle magazine.

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Richmonders react

Virginians continue to witness the chaos and confusion consuming Virginia’s top executives.

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Richmond School Board starts rezoning process

After months of debate, Richmond Public Schools is revisiting rezoning. But this time, there is a plan and a timeline in place.

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Kamras delivers first State of the Schools address

Richmond Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras delivered his first State of the Schools address Tuesday night to a packed house of more than 300 people at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.

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$14M slice

RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras releases plan to cut $14M from city schools; $13M from central office alone

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras wants to strip $13 million from the school system’s budget by making cuts to the central office.

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Gov. Northam speaks at VUU Community Leaders Breakfast

Gov. Ralph S. Northam addressed the 41st Annual Community Leaders Breakfast last Friday honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a message of valuing Virginia’s diversity and the collective responsibility of supporting each other as the state moves forward.

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Renovated Northside Family YMCA gears up for ribbon-cutting on Monday

Nearly one year after a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off a major renovation project, Richmond’s Northside Family YMCA will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its spacious revamped facility at 4207 Old Book Road. The ceremony will be held 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

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Richmond teacher is finalist for National Teacher of the Year

Richmond teacher Rodney A. Robinson’s star keeps rising. Mr. Robinson, who was selected in October as Virginia’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year.

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Dawn Page retains chairmanship of Richmond School Board

Dawn Page, the 8th District representative on the Richmond School Board, narrowly kept her role as board chair in a close vote Monday night.

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