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Alan G. Reese Sr., accountant, dies at 64

Alan Gerard Reese, a veteran accountant who also was involved in the revival of Richmond’s Jackson Ward neighborhood, has died.

Actor Tony D. Cosby, who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in area productions for decades, dies at 66

For more than 35 years, Tony Darnell Cosby portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for audiences in the Richmond area and beyond.

Perry L. Briggs Sr., member of the Walker Sports Hall of Fame, dies at 92

Perry Lee Briggs Sr., a former football star at Maggie Walker High School and Virginia Union University, has died.

Charles A. Gill Sr., who shared a big lottery win to help the Richmond community, succumbs at 63

Struggling to make ends meet for his family, Charles Allen Gill Sr. sought to change his luck and became an instant millionaire in the process.

Headstones from historic African-American cemetery being relocated

Dozens of headstones from a historic African-American cemetery in the nation’s capital that were used for erosion control along the Virginia shoreline of the Potomac River are being relocated to a memorial garden in Maryland.

Armstrong coach, educator, counselor Moses Norrell dies at 83

Moses Alphonso “Sporty” Norrell III, a football coach, educator and guidance counselor for 42 years at his alma mater Armstrong High School, has died.

Former Richmond businessman Jon C. King Sr. dies at 75

Jon C. “Sugar” King Sr. was an influential force in Richmond in opening doors to ensure Black participation in business and the arts.

Ulysses Kirksey, longtime music director and conductor of the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, succumbs after illness

Ulysses Kirksey grew up in Richmond, traveled the world with his cello and landed back in Petersburg, where he led the community’s symphony orchestra for 32 years.

MLK’s initial leadership site gets preservation funding

As the Alabama church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was elected to his first leadership position in the Civil Rights Movement marks its 155th anniversary, work has begun to make a museum out of the crumbling building where ...

Kool & the Gang co-founder Dennis Thomas dies at 70

Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, a founding member of the long-running, Grammy Award-winning soul-funk band Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 70.

Praise, doubt as Facebook rolls out new prayer tool

Facebook already asks for your thoughts. Now it wants your prayers.

Former Houston Astros pitcher James Rodney ‘J.R.’ Richard dies at 71

James Rodney “J.R.” Richard was arguably the greatest pitcher of the 1970s and might have been the greatest ever if not for one harrowing event that turned his career, and life, upside down.

Robert P. “Bob” Moses, who crusaded for civil rights and later math education, dies at 86

Robert P. “Bob” Moses, a civil rights activist who was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, died Sunday, July ...

Hundreds arrested in D.C. at faith-led protest for voting rights

As police escorted a demonstrator in a wheelchair away from the chanting throng descending on the U.S. Capitol on Monday, fellow protesters turned to watch the person go. The group paused for a moment, then altered their call. They screamed ...

Dr. James Edward Leary, who pastored churches for more than 60 years, dies at 86

Dr. James Edward Leary, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in civil rights protests in the 1960s and provided pastoral services for 60 years to at least 12 churches in Richmond and other states, died Friday, July 23, ...