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Ronald E. Carrington

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Training sessions aimed at developing new employees for East End market

A new East End market promises to bring employment and opportunity to a longtime food desert in the city. The Market @ 25th, scheduled to open in March at 25th Street and Nine Mile Road, will fill many voids in the neighborhood, including the need for long-term, large-scale employment.

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Deacon Charles Williams named interim head of Office for Black Catholics

Deacon Charles Williams has been appointed interim director of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Office for Black Catholics. The appointment was made by Bishop Barry C. Knestout, effective Dec. 1.

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“What is your wish for the New Year?”

New Year’s is a time for self-reflection and hope, with people opening their hearts and minds with dreams and resolve on how to make the next 365 days better than the past.

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Cheryl Burke sworn in to hold School Board seat through 2020

Retired elementary school principal Cheryl L. Burke was sworn in Tuesday as the official 7th District representative on the Richmond School Board. Mrs. Burke, 65, who was appointed by the board in 2017 to fill the seat on an interim basis, won a special election on Nov. 6 to fill the seat for the remainder of the term through December 2020.

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Groundbreaking: RPS and city officials celebrate the start of construction of 3 new city schools

It was a day for smiles, celebration and looking to the future Wednesday as Mayor Levar M. Stoney, Richmond Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras and elected city and School Board officials broke ground for three new city schools.

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RPS needs $150M more to fund strategic plan

Richmond Public Schools will need to beef up its budget with an added $150 million over five years to help implement its strategic plan to bolster city schools. Superintendent Jason Kamras presented the Richmond School Board with the cost estimate for the first time during its meeting Monday night.

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Veteran news photographer shoots for retirement

Richmond native Willie Redd has laid down his video camera and stepped away from WWBT-NBC12 after more than four decades of covering local and national news.

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‘March for More’ demonstration set for Dec. 8

Richmond Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras, Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Virginia education leaders will hold a “March for More” rally and demonstration this weekend to demand more state money for public education.

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Advocate aims to change RPS culture through Restorative Practices program

An activist who moves people with the beat of drums will now have his hand on the pulse of Richmond Public Schools as the new manager of School Climate and Culture Strategy.

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Carver Elementary loses national Blue Ribbon award

Richmond’s George W. Carver Elementary School is no longer a national Blue Ribbon school. The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that it was stripping the school of the national award given to the school in 2016 for academic achievement.

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“What are you most thankful for?”

This week, the Free Press hit the streets and asked Richmond area residents:

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Thanksgiving food, fellowship at area events

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and fellowship. But it also can be a stressful and lonely time for others.

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Chronic absenteeism declining among RPS students

This school year, the majority of Richmond Public Schools students are present and accounted for each school day. Harry Hughes, chief of schools, reported during the Nov. 5 Richmond School Board meeting that the rate of RPS students missing school has decreased since the beginning of the school year.

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Teen’s idea for Kindness Week comes to fruition in Richmond

This is a special week for Binford Middle School student Jalia Hardy. The 13-year-old won the statewide “If I Were Mayor” essay contest during the spring sponsored by the Virginia Municipal League that challenged seventh-graders to describe what they would do if they were mayor of their hometown.

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Cheryl Burke wins Richmond School Board seat

Cheryl L. Burke, who was appointed in 2017 as the interim 7th District representative to the Richmond School Board, was elected Tuesday night to fill the seat for the rest of the term through 2020.

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‘Wall of Honor’ unveiled on new Virginia Women’s Monument

Virginia First Lady Pam Northam and former First Lady Susan Allen, wife of former Gov. George Allen, gathered Tuesday with a small crowd in Capitol Square to proclaim a milestone in making a dream a reality.

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1,000 attend vigil in Richmond

More than 1,000 people of different faiths, races and backgrounds came together Tuesday night in a community display of unity and love following the weekend tragedy in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were shot and killed by a gunman who entered the Tree of Life Synagogue and opened fire.

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