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Thelma M. Robinston, longtime Richmond educator, dies at 99

Fueled by a love of education, Thelma Mealy Robinson rose from teacher to principal to assistant superintendent during a career largely with Richmond Public Schools that spanned more than 40 years.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala dies

The founder of the South African multi-Grammy Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78, the group and the government have announced.

Emmy-nominated actress Paula Kelly has died at 77

Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly, who earned an Emmy Award nomination on the sitcom “Night Court” and co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the film “Sweet Charity,” has died. She was 77.

Catholic Diocese of Richmond launches new victims compensation process

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond wants to ensure that people who were victims of sexual abuse by priests and deacons are compensated as part of its efforts “to assist in the healing.”

New Air Force rules allow turbans, hijabs and beards

Muslim and Sikh advocacy groups are welcoming new guidelines issued by the U.S. Air Force allowing personnel to request a waiver to wear religious apparel, including turbans and hijabs, and to have unshorn hair or beards for religious reasons.

Graham vows to continue UK tour despite controversy

The Rev. Franklin Graham said he will seek alternative venues for a United Kingdom tour this spring after all eight venues reneged on plans to host the evangelist, saying his views on homosexuality are incompatible with the values of the ...

Longtime area photographer Waverly L. Williams Sr. succumbs at 76

Have camera, will travel. That was the motto of photographer Waverly Lee Williams Sr., who was always on the go to capture images of people, places and events, mostly in the Richmond area.

Dr. Aaron L. Dixon, former principal at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, dies at 62

“Impact children’s lives today for tomorrow.” That slogan shaped the career of Dr. Aaron Lorenzo Dixon, his family said.

New research reconsiders writings of enslaved Muslim scholar

He was from Senegal, wrote in Arabic and was enslaved. Or was he an Arab prince? He was a scholar who memorized vast passages of the Quran and mastered numerous Islamic texts. Or were his writings unintelligible? He was a ...

National religious leaders, scholars expected for symposium Feb. 19-21

Scholars from across the country are expected to attend a national symposium in Richmond exploring the politics of black religion through the legacy of Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, a civil rights icon, theologian and key aide to Dr. Martin Luther ...

Frank Tunstall III, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1220, dies at 70

Frank Tunstall III, the veteran president and business agent for GRTC’s unionized bus drivers, has died.

Willie H. Gillenwater, one of the city's first certified special education teachers, dies at 91

Willie Harris Gillenwater was a pioneer in educating children with mental challenges in Richmond Public Schools.

Anthony 'Pete' Rogers, retired educator, principal with RPS, dies at 92

Anthony Warren “Pete” Rogers was an advocate for teaching Richmond students how to work with their hands during his 35-year career with the city’s public schools.

Journalist Gwen Ifill remembered with new postage stamp launched at her Washington church

In the historic African-American church where she worshipped, late journalist Gwen Ifill was remembered with a new Black Heritage postage stamp in a ceremony featuring dignitaries of the church, politics and journalism.

Justice Clarence Thomas talks about his faith in new documentary

U.S. Supreme Court Jus- tice Clarence Thomas, who is known for his reticence, speaks for much of a new two-hour documentary about his life.

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