Month: January 2021

1800s-era ‘Westwood’ house demolished in RVA Northside

January 30, 2021

By Jonathan Spiers One of the oldest homes in Northside is no more. The 1800s-era Westwood house, also known as McGuire Cottage, was demolished this week at the behest of Union Presbyterian Seminary. It owns the so-called Westwood Tract where the structure had stood for two centuries — dwarfed in recent years by the newly […]

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The Mariners’ Museum to honor and celebrate BHM

January 30, 2021

For centuries, Africa and its people have played a key role in maritime trade and global expansion. From the individual hidden voices that are now being heard to the ancient kingdoms that populated the African continent, Black and African history is intertwined with incredible stories that illustrate both adversity and diversity. Join The Mariners’ Museum […]

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VCU reverses decision to delay thousands of second-dose vaccinations as Va. unrolls new allocation strategy

January 29, 2021

By Kate Masters (VM) – Thousands of employees at Virginia Commonwealth University were notified this week that the system was delaying their second-dose appointments for COVID-19 vaccine — a move that would have affected VCU Health workers along with some university staff, faculty and students. Hours later, after the Mercury asked state and university leaders […]

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‘Green Alert’ bill for at-risk veterans proposed in House

January 28, 2021

BY MORGAN HOWLAND (CNS) – The Virginia House of Delegates will consider a bill to create a Green Alert system for at-risk veterans who have gone missing, similar to the national AMBER Alert system. Del. William Wiley, R-Winchester, proposed the bill — HB 2338 — to create regulations concerning alerts for missing veterans who have a physical […]

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UVA grads launch online RVA wine selling startup

January 27, 2021

By Jack Jacobs The wine delivery industry continues to bear fruit in Richmond, with yet another startup working to make its name known. RichWine, a direct-to-consumers service based out of Hatch Kitchen on the Southside, launched in Richmond in September selling an international array of wines focused on those organic and sustainably made. RichWine is […]

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He is the First Black U.S. Secretary of Defense

January 27, 2021

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA ) – Retired General Lloyd Austin is now in charge of the U.S. Department of Defense. On Friday, Jan. 22, the Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s Secretary of Defense pick, making Gen. Austin the first African American to serve in that key strategic federal government leadership role. “I pledge to […]

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Senate committee advances anti-death penalty bill

January 26, 2021

BY ISABEL MEYER (CNS) – A key Senate committee voted 12-4 Tuesday morning to approve a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Virginia. The bill, SB1165, now faces a potentially bitter partisan showdown on the Senate floor for a full vote. Virginia is a prolific death penalty state, having executed ​more prisoners​ than any […]

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Va. House panel expands felon rights proposal

January 26, 2021

A Virginia House of Delegates panel on Monday expanded a felon voting rights proposal to allow former inmates to vote when they’re released from incarceration, a change potentially allowing their rights to be restored years earlier than envisioned under the plan’s prior rules. As originally drafted, the proposed constitutional amendment would have automatically restored felons’ […]

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Washington Football Team appoints new GM

January 24, 2021

ASHBURN, VA (PATCH) — The Washington Football Team has named Martin Mayhew as its general manager, the team announced Friday, welcoming back someone who is familiar with what it is like to win a championship with the franchise. Mayhew spent the past four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and worked most recently as the […]

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Biden’s immigration declarations open up new political terrain

January 23, 2021

By José Luis Granados Ceja (Truthout) Mexico City — After four years of racist Trump-era immigration policy designed to appeal to white supremacists, migrant justice activists and allies are welcoming a series of changes by U.S. President Joe Biden. However, they signaled that the proposed reforms are only the beginning, and warned that these changes […]

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