Jeremy M. Lazarus

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Starting as a pastor in the midst of a pandemic

“I never imagined I would start my ministry in the midst of a pandemic,” Dr. Joshua L. Mitchell said.

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Candidates emerge in Richmond mayor’s race and other city contests

The initial candidates are starting to emerge in the race for Richmond offices despite the unprecedented disruptions from coronavirus that are impacting every aspect — from collecting signatures to get on the ballot to fundraising and knocking on doors to meet voters.

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Preddy D. Ray Sr., longtime affordable housing advocate who sought to keep people in their neighborhoods, dies at 69

In 1971, Preddy Drew Ray Sr. was among a group of nine Richmond college students who packed their bags and went to a Cincinnati conference on af- fordable housing and the role community groups could play.

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Cathy’s Camp razed, but people keep coming during pandemic

Homeless people keep coming despite the destruction last week of Cathy’s Camp, the tent community in Shockoe Valley, and the relocation of its residents to area motels and hotels.

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GRTC officials seek to limit ridership to essential trips

Teens and younger children might have a harder time taking advantage of free rides on GRTC. On Tuesday, the bus company announced that unaccompanied minors no longer can ride the public transit buses unless they are dressed in work uniforms or can show proof of employment, such as a badge.

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City Council setting up procedures for public meetings online

The Richmond City Council is moving to set up processes and procedures for holding online public meetings, including ways to gain resident comments on legislation, it was announced Tuesday.

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Faces of leadership: Virginia Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver is on front line of fight

“The health of our residents and the community is our top priority.”

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GRTC eliminates fares; asks riders to take only essential trips

GRTC is no longer charging to ride. In a bid to protect its drivers and other employees from the spread of coronavirus, the transit company announced that it will stop collecting fares from passengers using Pulse, regular and express buses and CARE van service, effective Thursday, March 19.

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Work underway on $12M Baker School apartment project

The long-awaited $12 million effort to transform the old Baker Elementary School building in Gilpin Court into 51 apartments is finally underway.

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City voter registrar gets green light to move to bigger office

By the time November’s presidential election arrives, Richmond is projected to have about 170,000 registered voters on its rolls.

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