July 2011

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30 Jul 2011

Turning Up The Heat On The Homeless

With Richmond facing record summer temperatures, various organizations are banding together to keep the homeless cool and hydrated. By Sean Collins-Smith, Ashley Sabin and Amy Vu.

30 Jul 2011

Locals Keep Canines Cool During Heat Wave

Dog owners use a variety of methods to keep their pets safe from scorching temperatures.

30 Jul 2011

Maintaining Maymont In The Heat

The staff at Maymont Park works hard to make sure that the park’s wildlife, vegetation, and visitors stay happy and cool.

26 Jul 2011

Black Women and HIV in Virginia

Black women are 15 times more likely to be living with HIV than White women in Virginia. 

26 Jul 2011

RVA Retirement Living

View retirement in a larger map

26 Jul 2011

Rain Barrels: A primer

By Christian WrightMultimedia Journalism Graduate Program Here’s a Storify on rain barrels, serving as a primer for those who have never heard of them or have used one.

25 Jul 2011

Six ex-offenders stay motivated despite rejections

By Zakia Williams Six ex-offenders share their stories on what it’s like to be reminded of their past crimes with constant job rejections. Donna Hobson, a mother of four, came to the Offender Aid and Restoration of Richmond (OAR) in 2011 after serving a 10-month sentence for a felony child neglect conviction. Hear what Hobson […]

25 Jul 2011

Map of FourSquare Deals Around Richmond

By Doug CallahanMultimedia Journalism Graduate Student FourSquare is a social networking site that allows users to “check in” at locations with their mobile devices. When someone checks in at a place more than any other user, he or she becomes the “mayor” of that establishment. Being a mayor, or earning other titles, can pay off. […]

25 Jul 2011

Political Speech Writing: Six Virginia Voices Sound Off


25 Jul 2011

“It’s almost like they have leprosy but all they have is poverty”

Ray Neblett returns to Gilpin Court to bring hope. The notorious housing project is one of Richmond’s toughest and most dangerous neighborhoods. Gilpin Court is also the city’s largest public housing project, with more than 2,000 residents.

25 Jul 2011

Preparing Monique for the Stage

“All’s Well that Ends With Monique,” a co-production between Amy Berlin, Ann Bucci, and the Richmond Triangle Players, will open on July 28.

22 Jul 2011

Recovery through their eyes

Six people, six different drug-recovery stories.

21 Jul 2011

Significant Increase in Americans Working Past Retirement

RICHMOND,Va.-Four days a week Betty Gilley is at work early. 6:30 to be exact. The oldest in her office, the petite, golden haired woman is known as a fast walker and a diligent worker. With close to 44 years of service, Gilley retired in 2010 with plans to work in her flower gardens and keep […]

20 Jul 2011

Where the Rain Goes

RICHMOND, Va.- Over the past year, 245.36 inches of rain and other moisture fell on Richmond city. That output is from 483 different storms, some of it consisting of 30 snow storms, 38 thunderstorms, and 192 rainstorms, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association. All of this moisture and water, however, all went through the […]

20 Jul 2011

Reentry programs push for doors to open

By Zakia Williams RICHMOND, Va — For seven years Donna Hobson, 42, assisted clients in their recovery efforts from alcohol and substance abuse. She monitored client’s behavior and provided them with community resources. As a substance abuse counselor at The Healing Place in Richmond, she found joy in motivating others to overcome their addictions. “I […]

19 Jul 2011

Johnny Newman on The Importance of Community Centers

Johnny Newman credits a big part of his success to the YMCA in his hometown of Danville, Virginia, advocating that mentoring environments similar to the YMCA are vital to communities.

18 Jul 2011

New recovery center works the steps, aims to change the system

Brewer has been clean for almost four years and is now the senior peer leader at the Caroline County Recovery Center. The center – a partnership between Caroline County’s Commonwealth Attorney Tony Spencer and The McShin Foundation in Richmond – was established in February. It uses McShin’s model of peer recovery, where drug addicts help each other using 12-step based recovery.

18 Jul 2011

The Changing Face of HIV

by Saquoia freeman The face of HIV is changing and people are still not aware of the high risk that Black women have in getting HIV.    Richmond, Va.-From 1980 to 1983 HIV was called the Gay Related Immune Deficiency (GRID). Homosexuals, Haitians, Hemophiliacs and Heroine users were known has the four H’s to be […]

18 Jul 2011

Social Media Business Strategy Is Trying To Catch Up To Technology And Demand

Doug Callahan Virginia Commonwealth University RICHMOND | “I don’t think anyone’s doing it right yet,” said Kira Siddall, a social media strategist for Siddall Advertising. “You can’t do it right because as soon as someone does it right, it changes.” The “it” that Siddall was speaking of is social media, and its proper application for […]

18 Jul 2011

Demographic Shifts to Effect Virginia’s Political Speechwriting in 2012

18 Jul 2011

Census details on Virginia’s same-sex couples to be released on Thursday

On Thursday, July 21, the United States Census will release the full 2010 data for Virginia. For the LGBT community, this means more than a rough guess of how many same-sex families live in the state.

12 Jul 2011

Resources for former inmates, inmates and loved ones (Google Map)

By Zakia Williams Virginia provides a wide range of services to assist former inmates with opportunities to successfully matriculate back into society. This Google map represents a few organizations dedicated to helping ex-offenders in the Richmond area and surrounding community. >View Virginia resources for former inmates, inmates and loved ones in a larger map

11 Jul 2011

Robbed of Retirement?

Meet six retirees who gave up the leisure of retirement to return to work.   Betty Gilley When Betty Gilley first retired she felt lost. A women who works best under a routine, Gilley went back to work, adding to her nearly 44 years of service. Podcast Powered By Podbean Gloria Miles,66 Gloria Miles didn’t plan to […]

11 Jul 2011

Social Media In Richmond (Audio Interviews)

Jeff Hartman, marketing coordinator for Ross Publishing, talks about using social media in the senior industry. Dr. Marcus Messner, professor at VCU’s School of Mass Communication, talks about return on investment for social media. Kira Siddall, founding board member of the Social Media Club of Richmond, talks about the club. Nathan Hughes, founding board member […]

11 Jul 2011

The Speech Writers Speak: Video Interview with Jeffrey Kraus and Paul Nardo

A video interview with Jeffrey Kraus, former speechwriter for Gov. Tim Kaine, and Paul Nardo, former speechwriter for Gov. George Allen, discussing their introduction into speech writing, and the importance of a relationship between the writer and the speaker.

11 Jul 2011

Litter in the James

11 Jul 2011

The Nation’s Battle Against Sexual Violence

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10 Jul 2011

The Road to Recovery

Take a look at the Google Map I created outlining different recovery resources in and around the Richmond area and how they contrast.

10 Jul 2011

What is it like to be gay in Richmond?

Six residents of Richmond, Va. discussed what it’s like to be gay in the River City from a variety of viewpoints.

10 Jul 2011

Janet Hall: A story of healing, forgiveness and faith

Janet Hall is a Black woman living with HIV. Click the photo of her to hear her story. Photo by: Saquoia Freeman

08 Jul 2011

Henrico PAL: Building trust and life skills through sports

The Henrico Police Athletic League and volunteers team up to teach camp goers life skills through a lesson of golf.