Songs of redemption

For 10 days, hip-hop artist Todd “Speech” Thomas, the front man for Arrested Development, worked inside the Richmond City Justice Center helping inmates to tell their stories via music. They sang, rapped and played out their pain in music, part ...

Virginia Teacher of the Year

Perspiration, inspiration and dedication to excellence have propelled distinguished Richmond teacher Rodney A. Robinson to the high honor of 2019 Virginia Teacher of the Year. The award was announced Tuesday evening by First Lady Pam Northam at a recognition ceremony ...

Meghan and Harry expecting

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex are expecting. The news set Twitter alight Monday as Kensington Palace confirmed speculation that had been rampant in recent British tabloids and announced that the royal couple will welcome their ...

City continues to grow rainy day fund, but no interest earned

City Council is poised to exceed its policy goal for saving taxpayer dollars. The result makes it likely that council will lock up millions of extra dollars in the city’s rainy day fund that could be used for improving services.

Harvard admissions lawsuit may impact race, affirmative action in college admissions

Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in order to limit how many it admits, a lawyer for a group suing the school said on Monday at the start of a trial that could have wider implications for the role of ...

Kamras calls for tax hike to support schools

More money, please. That’s the call from Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras.

City of Richmond to hold e-cycling event Saturday

Need to get rid of old televisions and computers or buckets of paint? Safe, environmentally friendly recycling will be offered to Richmond residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, the city Department of Public Works announced.

City lawyers deny allegations in fired employee’s lawsuit

City Hall is asking a federal court to dismiss a terminated employee’s lawsuit that accuses the city of failing to pay overtime and also of violating the federal Family Medical Leave Act in firing her when she was forced to ...

Henrico offers free flu shots

The Henrico County Health Department will offer free flu vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis at two upcoming clinics, it has been announced.

City Council committee delays action on Arthur Ashe Boulevard, other items

City Councilwoman Kim B. Gray, 2nd District, hit the pause button on her proposal to rename the Boulevard for Arthur Ashe to honor the late Richmond-born tennis great and renowned humanitarian. Saying she wanted to “provide more time for dialogue,” ...

Richmond Circuit Court clears way for ballot initiative on schools vs. Coliseum

The Richmond Circuit Court this week cleared the way for political strategist Paul Goldman to launch a challenge to a brewing $1.2 billion proposal to replace the 47-year-old Richmond Coliseum.

New Henrico schools diversity chief ready to push change

Monica Manns keeps certain books within arm’s reach of her desk at the Henrico County Public Schools central office.

Justice Kavanaugh takes seat on U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Brett Kavanaugh spent a collegial first day on the bench as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that contrasted sharply with the venom of his confirmation process, taking an active role in arguments alongside his ...

Chicago verdict raises hopes of greater police accountability

A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded last week in a Chicago courthouse. A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing an African-American teenager.

African-American communities must factor into infrastructure upgrades, clean energy jobs

Disadvantaged communities, including African-American enclaves, must be a central focus for any future legislation to upgrade the nation’s aged and deteriorating infrastructure, according to Gilbert G. Campbell III, co-founder and managing partner of Volt Energy, a minority-owned solar energy development ...