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Small nonprofit makes big impact on lives, health of people

Josselyn Aguirre-Cabrera went to see a doctor about her nagging headaches and learned she had diabetes.

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The dope on marijuana

Here’s what’s legal and what’s not in Virginia beginning Thursday, July 1

Potheads, rejoice. Smoking a joint will be legal in Virginia beginning next Thursday, July 1.

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Foundations buy Ebony and JET photo archives for preservation at Smithsonian

The sale of the photo archive of Ebony and JET magazines chronicling African-American history is generating relief among some who worried the historic images may be lost.

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Roadblock: Mayor’s $1.4B Coliseum plan hits a financing snag

The plan to replace the Richmond Coliseum with a new arena in Downtown appears to be running afoul of the Virginia Public Finance Act.

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President Obama’s memoir off to record-setting sales start

Former President Barack Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the United States and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history.

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‘Something in the Water’

Planning to attend “Something in the Water,” the three-day music festival in late April spearheaded by Pharrell Williams in Virginia Beach? According to the latest reports, the cheapest tickets are sold out, along with most of the hotel rooms on the oceanfront.

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High prescription drug prices hitting hardest in communities of color

Dr. Leonard L. Edloe, a pharmacist of 50 years and pastor of a predominately Black church in Middlesex County, knows well the personal and professional sides of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. He also knows the astronomical costs of prescription medications and the related financial struggles.

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Commit to affordable health care, by Ray Curry

Laughter is the best medicine, says the Reader’s Digest version of America. But not when it’s the only medicine, responds the America that far too many have known and continue to know. Not when the United States alone is one of the world’s top 33 most developed countries that does not have a form of universal health care that covers all of its population.

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Young people and vaping

Nearly half a million people die every year from complications from smoking. About a tenth of them never put a cigarette to their lips; they die from exposure to second-hand smoke.

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Pandemic art: Prettying up the walls for Zoom calls

If you’ve been watching experts and commentators appearing on television from their homes, their increased attention to decor might look familiar: In the early days of lockdown, they, like many of us, sat in front of blank white walls, while now their homes frequently display prominent artwork.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Area residents are encouraged to get rid of unused or expired medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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Jay-Z buys in — sells out

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Virginia sales tax holiday this weekend

Shoppers will save a few dollars this weekend as Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday returns.

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GRTC sees rise in riders purchasing passes

GRTC is carrying more people but taking in less money at the farebox.

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City Council votes to acquire more land for slave memorial

Despite objections from the landowner, Richmond City Council cleared the way for Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s administration to buy 1.75 acres of private property in Shockoe Bottom to provide extra space for a proposed Enslaved African Heritage Campus.

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Drug testing backlog delays cases; defendants linger in jail

Deep inside a six-story, brown and tan state building in Norfolk, not far from the waterfront, you’ll find thousands of sealed bags stored in a locked vault.

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Howard E. Fitts Sr., former president of Robinson-Harris & Co., dies at 95

For more than 40 years, Howard E. Fitts Sr. was a key figure in buying and selling property in Richmond.

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RPS Chromebooks missing?

A major share of the estimated 20,000 Chromebooks that were distributed to Richmond students last year to help them connect to virtual classes have yet to be recovered or accounted for, the Free Press has been told.

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Court ruling allows handgun sales to 18- to 20-year-olds

If you are old enough to vote, you are old enough to own a handgun, a panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Tuesday.

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State grant helps keep GRTC rides free

A new $8 million state grant could help GRTC keep fares at no cost to riders for at least another three years.

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