Month: December 2021

Va.’s budding marijuana industry took root in RVA and grew in ’21

December 31, 2021

RBiz – At the end of what was already a milestone year for marijuana in Virginia, a recent decision by state lawmakers could be seen as an early Christmas present for the state’s medical marijuana operators. The General Assembly’s Cannabis Oversight Commission, which oversees the implementation of marijuana legislation, voted in mid-December to recommend the […]

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Black children 2x as likely to enter the justice system

December 30, 2021

BY: KATE MASTERS  (VM) – A state watchdog agency found that wide disparities remain in Virginia’s juvenile justice system, even as the number of children involved has declined dramatically in the last few years. The report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which oversees state agencies, also recommends closing the only state-operated juvenile detention center […]

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Biden resists Dems’ pleas on student debt relief

December 28, 2021

BY: ARIANA FIGUEROA  (VM) — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. The standoff is one of the more noticeable splits between President Joe Biden and members […]

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Michael B. Jordan explains why ‘Journal For Jordan’ is perfect holiday film

December 27, 2021

(BIN) – A Journal For Jordan is the film to watch this holiday season. Ahead of the release of the Denzel Washington-directed movie, Black Information Network anchor, Shelley Wade, spoke with Washington, Micheal B. Jordan, who stars in the film, and Dana Canedy, who wrote the memoir, A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor, which the film is based upon. […]

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Can Youngkin really ban CRT in VA schools?

December 26, 2021

VM – By some accounts, Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin won the office in part thanks to his campaign pledge to ban critical race theory, an issue that’s become the subject of explosive debate in some Virginia school systems. Nearly two months after the election, though, Youngkin has done little to elaborate on his promise. In general, the governor-elect […]

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“When will Abraham Bolden’s record be expunged”

December 24, 2021

By Roosevelt Wilson In America, some live privileged lives, while others died without the experience of living. Why is the Statute of Liberty not holding two torches? All of us know the answer. However, there are many who believe they were born with privileges. Living has nothing to do with where you go or what […]

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Lawsuit: Sex Trafficking Ring Protected By PD

December 22, 2021

FAIRFAX, VA — A federal lawsuit filed by a prominent civil rights attorney alleges that police officers in Fairfax County protected a sex trafficking ring in Northern Virginia in exchange for free sex from the trafficked women. The lawsuit also names former Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler as a defendant, alleging that he helped […]

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$3.6m in Growth and Opportunity Virginia Grants for VA

December 20, 2021

Virginia has more than $3.6 million in Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) grants to support 13 projects focused on expanding workforce development and talent pipelines in key industries, fostering business, and improving infrastructure. “GO Virginia allows us to address the unique needs of localities across the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Ralph Northam in announcing […]

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GRTC pilots new on-demand service

December 18, 2021

GRTC is implementing modified schedules effective Dec. 20, when select routes will temporarily end service at 11PM or not start service until 6AM because of ongoing labor shortages. To provide another mobility option for customers affected by the temporary service adjustments, GRTC is piloting a new on-demand service between bus stops. GRTC customers can request […]

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The strong women who modeled how to blaze trails

December 15, 2021

By Leila Ugincius (VCUN) – By now, Rabia Kamara’s story is familiar to many. The 2010 Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business graduate went on to attend culinary school before eventually opening her own ice cream shop, Ruby Scoops, in Richmond. Earlier this year, she won the Food Network’s inaugural season of “Ben & Jerry’s: Clash […]

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