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Ronald E. Carrington

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Local filmmaker delves into issue of domestic violence

Local filmmaker Chandra Broadnax-Payne tackles the issue of domestic violence in her documentary, “A Silent Enemy,” that premieres this weekend.

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RPS program aims to bring stability, academic success to homeless students and their families

For Demeka Artis and her three children, home was, for more than a year, bouncing from hotel to hotel and worrying about food and paying bills.

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Church-based education pod opens in East End

Dr. Patricia A. Gould-Champ’s ministry is supporting East End students and parents with learning pods as a daily education solution.

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School Board moves ahead on day care plans

The Richmond School Board is moving ahead with plans for five schools to open for day care for families that will be provided by three outside organizations.

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Illustrator Shannon Wright brings skills to Richmond Folk Festival official poster

Artist Shannon Wright, an illustrator and cartoonist whose work has been featured in major publications, books and online sites including The New York Times, The Atlantic magazine, The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom, Google Doodles and Scholastic, has been commissioned to create the official poster for the 16th Annual Richmond Folk Festival.

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Virginia Museum of History & Culture to undergo $30M renovation

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture has announced plans for a major $30 million renovation of its facility beginning in October.

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Need for socialization, enrichment leads families to create education pods for children

Adam and T.Q. Evans thought the best way for their two young sons to learn during the COVID-19 pandemic was through an education pod.

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Virtual jitters

First day of school has ups and downs for Richmond families with online learning

When the first day of school came to an end Tuesday, Richmond Public Schools parents Safiya and Kendell Wilson happily exhaled.

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Parents anxious about virtual learning as new school year starts

As Richmond Public Schools launches a new school year Tuesday, Sept. 8, with all virtual learning, parents and students are grappling with the reality of not having face-to-face instruction.

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Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School

New school a reflection and symbol of namesake’s life, achievements

Former state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, one of Richmond’s African-American political trailblazers, was given a private tour last week of the new East End elementary school named in his honor.

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RPS’ ‘Lit Limo’ keeps the joy of reading alive during the summer and into the fall

When Richmond Public Schools’“Lit Limo” literacy bus cruised to neighborhoods across the city delivering books and activities in English and Spanish for students of all ages, it was a great relief to parents and school administrators alike.

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School supplies, show giveaways start for ‘back to school’

As Richmond area students prepare for virtual learning this semester, they still will need school supplies and other items as online classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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Local father and son artists share national spotlight

Local artists Jerome W. Jones Jr. and Jeromyah Jones, known for their portraits of prominent figures, received a tidal wave of interest from across the country after a recent interview on NBC’s “Today” show.

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Rodney A. Robinson, national teacher of the year, returns to RPS in new role

Rodney A. Robinson, whose successful and inspiring work with students at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center propelled him into the national spotlight as the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, has been named a senior adviser for Richmond Public Schools.

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RPS releases initial details of online reopening

When school starts Tuesday, Sept. 8, for Richmond Public Schools students, their online lessons will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at 4:20 p.m. Students in pre-school through third grade will start earlier — at 9 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m.

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Kamras seeking removal of school resource officers

A 90-minute virtual town hall with Richmond Public Schools students may lead to the elimination of police officers in city schools.

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George Floyd Hologram Memorial brings new light, tribute to Monument Avenue

Hundreds of people gathered at the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue on Tuesday night to hear the family of George Floyd and their attorney Benjamin Crump speak and to witness the unveiling of a new hologram in tribute to Mr. Floyd.

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Richmond School Board awaits details on fall’s virtual reopening

In just a few weeks, Richmond Public Schools will be starting a new school year – virtually.

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Chesterfield schools to reopen for online learning in the fall; Henrico leaning toward virtual option

Chesterfield County Public Schools is following Richmond’s lead, approving reopening this fall for virtual learning only.

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Online Only

Threat of COVID-19 keeping RPS students at home

Richmond Public Schools students will continue learning online this fall when the 2020-21 academic year starts Sept. 8.

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New RPS HR director comes from system with similar challenges

Sandra Lee has her work cut out for her.

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School officials, mayor tour progress of new River City Middle School

As the city’s second Confederate monument was being taken down last week, Mayor Levar M. Stoney, schools Superintendent Jason Kamras, School Board Chair Linda Owen and Vice Chair Cheryl Burke toured one of three educational monuments under construction that are dedicated to the future of city students.

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School Board continues to wrestle with reopening plans, issues

As the Richmond School Board works to come up with a plan for reopening city schools in the fall, one of the big concerns is educational equity and what that means for a school system where nearly 20 percent of the 24,000 students have special or high needs.

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Who should be on Monument Avenue?

Who should go on the pedestals along Monument Avenue once the Confederate statues are removed?

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RPS students, families celebrate at ‘different’ graduation ceremonies

There was no glitz and glamour or boisterous cheering typical at graduations, but students in the Class of 2020 at two Richmond high schools had the adoration and cheers of family Tuesday when they accepted their diplomas during ceremonies that practiced social distancing.

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Jayla Henderson and Kevin Gayles top city scholar-athletes for Class of 2020

Jayla Henderson, captain of the Thomas Jefferson High School girls’ basketball and volleyball teams, and Kevin Gayles, Huguenot High School’s football team captain, were honored as the Richmond Public Schools 2020 Scholar-Athletes for their athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements.

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RPS to review relationship with Richmond Police, consider reopening options

Two Richmond School Board members urged the administration to dissolve the school system’s relationship with the Richmond Police Department, eliminating the school resource officers who patrol the city’s high schools, middle schools and alternative school.

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Company uses flowers to send message during local protests

A local floral design company adorned the monuments of Maggie L. Walker and Arthur Ashe Jr. in a show of solidarity with local Black Lives Matter protesters and to make a positive statement about two highly regarded hometown heroes and trailblazers.

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Class of 2020 gets virtual graduation send-off from Virginia celebrities

Olympic gold medalist Angela Hucles Mangano inspired the Class of 2020 with stories of overcoming challenges and having hope for the future last Friday during “Virginia Graduates Together,” a virtual celebration hosted by Gov. Ralph S. Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam.

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Parades and curbside visits bring joy to veterans’ home residents

Retired Sgt. 1st Class William “Big T” Taylor had not seen his family since early March.

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School Board adopts $331M budget for 2020-21

The Richmond School Board on Monday adopted a $331 million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that begins July 1.

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City businesses ready to reopen, welcome customers next week

Renada Harris, owner of Silk Hair Studio on Broad Street near Virginia Commonwealth University spent last Thursday calling clients to cancel appointments made for Friday, May 15, the date businesses were to partially reopen under Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s executive order.

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RPS plans in-person and virtual graduation ceremonies for seniors

Seniors attending Richmond Public Schools will have a graduation ceremony after all.

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Officials pump up COVID-19 testing, begin mask and hand sanitizer distribution to city's at-risk residents

Efforts to combat COVID-19 continue in Richmond’s high-risk communities and underserved neighborhoods.

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High marks for counselor

RPS Teacher of the Year honor goes to Thomas Jefferson High’s Rahmah Johnson

Like a Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes commercial, a band of dignitaries from Richmond Public Schools and the City of Richmond carrying bouquets of flowers and balloons followed by cameras and reporters marched down Ladies Mile Road last Friday morning to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime surprise.

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Pandemic can't stop nuptials for area newlyweds

When the coronavirus pandemic threatened to disrupt the wedding plans of Dr. Janet West and Rodney Jordan, love proved too strong – even during a time of social distancing and rules preventing no more than 10 people in one place at one time.

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Area colleges spring for virtual commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020

Marchelle Williams has worked hard as a graduate student for the past two years in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work. The 25-year-old Fredericksburg native was looking forward to that traditional special moment capping her latest achievement – walking across the stage during commencement to receive her master’s degree.

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School Board grapples with budget cuts and uncertainty in the next school year

The Richmond School Board and city schools administration continue to work on academic and staffing priorities as looming budget cuts and spending limits caused by the COVID-19 crisis hover like a dark fiscal cloud.

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Dozens turn out for free testing at city sites

Zohao Maziri took short, painfully slow steps Monday as she fought the cool, windy weather to get tested for COVID-19 at Hillside Court on Richmond’s South Side.

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City, Henrico health districts start COVID-19 testing in targeted areas

The Richmond and Henrico health districts are offering free, walk-in COVID-19 testing targeted to people in low-income communities of color who do not have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover COVID-19.

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Richmond School Board grapples with $24.5M budget shortfall

The Richmond School Board is holding a special meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, to continue discussing how to handle a $24.5 million shortfall in the proposed 2020-21 budget from the loss of city revenue stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Nursing homes on front lines battling the coronavirus

Nursing homes are hot spots for the spreading coronavirus pandemic in Virginia, with 60 of the state’s 108 outbreaks occurring in long-term care facilities, state Health Department numbers show.

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Popular Richmond musician Herbert Allen ‘Debo’ Dabney III dies at 68

Herbert Allen “Debo” Dabney III, a popular and beloved Richmond musician, died Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was 68.

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Local quilt guild makes face masks for VCU health workers

Naima Wares-Akers and her legion of Richmond area quilters are filling a deep gap in keeping hospital employees and other health care workers safe from the coronavirus.

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Richmond School Board approves grading policy during shutdown

The Richmond School Board approved a plan Monday night to calculate students’ final grades that will hold students harmless during the coronavirus shutdown.

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Pharmacist produces hand sanitizer to help people stay healthy

Dr. Shantelle L. Brown, the pharmacist, owner and operator of HOPE Pharmacy inside The Market@25th, is making hand sanitizer to combat coronavirus.

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Visit museums, gardens and historical sites in Richmond and the world online

Richmond area museums are offering on- line activities, virtual tours and resources to youngsters and families as schools are out for the rest of the academic year and museums and other public venues have been closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Boosting the immune system to ward off coronavirus

Medical experts say the coronavirus can particularly impact people age 60 and older, those with underlying medical conditions and whose immune systems may be compromised. A major question, then, is what can people do to boost their immune systems?

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Richmond high school seniors will graduate, Kamras says

Richmond Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras wants to assure families than high school seniors will graduate and other students will advance to the next grade despite the closure of city schools being extended through the end of the school year.

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Businesses adjust to social distancing, governor's executive order on COVID-19

Anita Hill-Moses, an entrepreneur and natural hair stylist, is among the thousands of small businesses in the Richmond area feeling the effects of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.

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