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Price of first class stamp drops by 2¢

A postage stamp now costs 47 cents — a drop of 2 cents for a first class letter.

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Flying Squirrels going Hollywood with ‘Movies in the Outfield’ at The Diamond

With the baseball season shut down because of the coronavirus, The Diamond will take on a new look on Thursday and Saturday nights this summer by showing family films beach-blanket style on the field.

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Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charge

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered comedian Bill Cosby to stand trial on accusations of sexual assault, the most serious setback so far for a man who epitomized the all-American dad on the 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.” Judge Elizabeth McHugh found that prosecutors presented enough evidence to support allegations that he drugged and assaulted a woman in 2004. The judge rejected arguments from Mr. Cosby’s defense lawyers that the case should be thrown out.

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City Council slated to vote April 9 on remote meetings

City Council is to take its final step Thursday, April 9, to enable online meetings that would include a method to allow the public to submit comments.

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A mountain of problems uncovered in city finance division

Unpaid bills piled up and bank statements went unreconciled for months, creating uncertainty in the cash flow. Then after half the staff left, temporary workers had to be hired to try to clear the backlog of unpaid invoices from vendors who begged to be paid.

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Petersburg jail closing April 1

The Petersburg City Jail will be closing April 1. A final attempt by City Council foes to reverse the decision failed on a 4-3 vote Tuesday night.

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Support those who support us

It is important that the community supports and stands behind The Market@25th.

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Sisters act to save home

Nuns rally support to block sale of historic St. Emma’s, St. Francis property

Defying their superiors, four nuns are fighting to save the historic 2,265-acre property in Powhatan County that was once home to two Catholic boarding schools for African-American youths.

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Local designer ties down sneaker line

Sneakers have gone from the basketball court to the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Forget paying $75 to $130 for a pair bearing Michael Jordan’s name. Think, instead, of shelling out $500 to $1,200 for a pair of sneakers from Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace or other renowned fashion houses.

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Restoration rights process bogged down

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been unable to keep his promise to swiftly restore felons’ voting rights on a case-by-case basis after the Virginia Supreme Court struck down his executive orders restoring voting rights en masse to more than 200,000 felons.

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Religious order reviewing bids on former Powhatan boarding school property

The future of a historic 2,200-acre property in Powhatan County, where thousands of African-American children once were educated in long-closed Catholic boarding schools, remains in limbo.

Scott, unlike others, serves interests of his constituents

Re editorial “Scott for U.S. Senate,” Sept. 1-3 edition: Thank you for recommending that Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott become U.S. Sen. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.

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14 candidates make Dems presidential primary ballot in Va

All 14 Democrats who filed to run in Virginia’s March 3 Democratic presidential primary made the ballot, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.

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Maggie Walker statue clears final hurdles

The plan to create a statue of Richmond great Maggie L. Walker in Downtown has cleared its final hurdle. Now the work can begin on the project to honor Mrs. Walker, best known as the first African-American woman to charter and serve as the president of a bank, an accomplishment in 1903 when Mrs. Walker was leading the Independent Order of St. Luke, a benevolent society.

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Child care a major issue as RPS officials grapple with reopening plan

A 3-foot change could help working parents — most notably single mothers — keep their jobs or avoid the cost of expensive day care.

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Faith leaders, politicians: New immigration order still anti-Muslim

Federal judges may find President Trump’s new executive order on immigration more acceptable than the last. But many religious groups and faith leaders see no meaningful difference in the new measure, which President Trump signed privately last Monday.

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CIAA makes changes for 2018 basketball tourney

Some changes are in order for the 2018 CIAA Basketball Tournament slated for Feb. 27 through March 3 in Charlotte, N.C.

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Hanover School Board turnaround orders Confederate signs down by Sept. 7

The Hanover County School Board did an abrupt and unexplained about-face Tuesday night and voted 6-1 to remove the signs from two schools named for Confederate leaders before Sept. 7.

Paradox of selling water cheaply to Chesterfield

Re: “Mayor seeks to lease part of park to Chesterfield for county drinking water,” June 1-3 edition: Richmond Free Press staff writer Jeremy Lazarus deserves an award for his investigative reporting on the city’s plan to allow Chesterfield to build a water facility in a Richmond city park and charge Chesterfield a fifth of what Richmond customers must pay for a unit of water. 

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Nonprofit’s effort to buy St. Emma-St. Francis property collapses

A nearly two-year effort to protect the heritage of a sprawling Powhatan County site that was the home of two African-American Catholic boarding schools has collapsed.