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14 Dec 2013

Richmond grapples with other STDs

HIV/AIDS isn’t the only sexually transmitted disease prevalent in Richmond. The city also ranks high nationally in three other STDs — gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis — that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks on a city and county level.

09 Dec 2013

Southside residents, clergy fight back against AIDS

It’s been an uphill battle for Lindsay Bryant, who’s one of many trying to combat the ongoing debacle of HIV/AIDS in Richmond and the rest of Central Virginia.

09 Dec 2013

White Squirrel Population Nestled in West End Neighborhood

In Stonequarter neighborhood, a small three-street community in the West End of Richmond, Va., there is a large population of white-furred Eastern Grey Squirrels.

09 Dec 2013

Noisy Neighbors: Venture Richmond’s Amphitheater Proposal Raises Concerns in Historic Community

Venture Richmond is in need of new land to house their 10,000 person venue for the Richmond Folk Festival. A desired location has been found but a nearby historic community is concerned about the merits of the project and how such a venue may impact their life on the hillside.

11 Nov 2013

HIV-AIDS: Our data and map

Here are the data used in our report on HIV and AIDS in Virginia. We’ve also posted a larger view on the map showing the HIV-AIDS rate for each locality.

10 Nov 2013

SOL reading drops trump math rises, despite DOE framing

The Virginia Department of Education press release about the 2012-13 scores was headlined, “Students Make Gains on All Mathematics SOLs,” but the math gains were scant compared to reading losses.

10 Nov 2013

Who owns the most vacant buildings?

Five vacant properties, previously owned by a prominent Richmond-area investor, were auctioned off by the city of Richmond for tax delinquency in late October. The properties, located in Church Hill along a historic stretch of homes, had been owned by property collector Stacy Martin through Premier Investment Properties LLC.

10 Nov 2013

HIV/AIDS takes grim toll in Richmond

About 2,330 Richmond residents are infected with HIV/AIDS, and the city’s infection rate is the highest in Central Virginia – almost four times the statewide average.

09 Nov 2013

Poverty in Richmond highest in the state

A lot of people think of Detroit as the poster child for poverty. But here’s a disturbing fact: The poverty rate in Richmond is just as bad.

09 Nov 2013

More dying on the job in Virginia

Workplace fatalities in Virginia increased 15 percent last year. And in the Richmond area, the numbers of workplace deaths were higher in 2012 than they have been in five years, according to federal and state data.

31 Oct 2013

Richmond preps for Halloween 2013

Premiere Costumes was doing wicked business the Monday before Halloween.

31 Oct 2013

Hanover Avenue prepares for Halloween tradition

The celebration has become such a Fan tradition, that the city actually blocks off Hanover Avenue from the 1900 block down to Strawberry Street.

12 Oct 2013

Actually, UR’s crime rate tops VCU’s

The question sounds like a no-brainer: Which school has the higher crime rate — gritty-urban VCU or posh-bucolic University of Richmond? The answer is counterintuitive.

12 Oct 2013

How schools compare on crime

Here is our analysis of the data used in this report. The raw data came from the FBI; we downloaded it, cleaned it up and calculated crime rates.

03 Aug 2011

Black Cemetery Restoration Plans Underway

Volunteers hope new plans to upkeep a black cemetery where thousands are buried, Evergreen Cemetery, will eventually lead to a full restoration.

03 Aug 2011

‘Latin Ballet’ Keeps Dance, Culture Alive

Bringing a forgotten culture back to life in Richmond was the inspiration behind the creation of the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Ana Ines King is the Artistic Director of the company, which she founded in 1997.

03 Aug 2011

Local Group Gets People, Vegetables Together

The Vegetarian Society of Richmond is a local, non-profit organization that creates a community for vegetarians and vegans alike, while advocating for their involvement in the local community.

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

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. 

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.

22 Jul 2011

Recovery through their eyes

Six people, six different drug-recovery stories.

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 […]

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

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

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.

27 Jun 2011

Ex-offenders quest for jobs

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26 Jun 2011

VCU SAVES Offers Sexual Violence Prevention Education

A video by Elise Chretien on Richmond organizations fighting sexual violence and victim-blaming.

12 Apr 2011

Almost through the cracks

By Zakia Williams Richmond, Va. – A year ago, Ja’Quan Hicks,16, found himself falling through the cracks. “I really didn’t go to class. I used to skip all the time,” Hicks said. Hicks attended Armstrong High School located in the East End. His empathy was a result of the faculty and staff not caring, Hicks […]

12 Apr 2011

The First Laugh: Stand-Up Comedy in Richmond’s Museum District

As Brian Mann steps off the stage at Café Diem, fresh from performing a joke which ended with him in the arms of a burly bar employee, he heaves a sigh.  “That felt good.” he said. Before Mann is able to take his seat the bearded MC is already on stage, insulting the crowd before […]

12 Apr 2011

After 15 Years, Short Pump Marches Onward

In 1996, many of Short Pump’s major landmarks were completed, setting off a wave of development that takes it closer and closer to being a business and leisure destination.

12 Apr 2011

Struggling to Revive Business in Jackson Ward

Historic Jackson Ward continues to fight urban blight, despite more than 20 years of revitalization efforts. But a potential boost to this community may not be far away.

11 Apr 2011

Carytown Prepares to Host Richmond’s First Riesling Crawl

11 Apr 2011

Church Hill community comes together, promotes unity

It may appear like just a basketball court from the outside but Hosea Bland, a minister at Mount Olivet Church in Church Hill, has a bigger plan. “Basketball itself attracts a lot of attention and we want everybody to come and just play,” Bland said. “A basketball court– we feel like that’ll be a catch.”

19 Feb 2011

Opening day at VMFA Picasso Exhibit draws hundreds

Hundreds of people came to the opening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s Pablo Picasso Exhibit. The exhibit was made possible because The Musee Picasso National in Paris, where the paintings are normally stored, is being renovated until 2012. Richmond marks the only stop on the East Coast, out of the seven-city world tour.

19 Feb 2011

Picasso comes to Richmond’s VMFA

Over 3,000 people flocked to the opening of the Pablo Picasso exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, February 19. The exhibit features 176 works from Picasso’s own personal collection assembled during the artist’s lifetime, according to Robin Nicholson, the VMFA’s deputy director for art and education, adding, “It’s the finest collection of Picasso’s work in the world.”

30 Dec 2010

Grades Vary Widely; 37% Are A’s

A’s made up 37 percent of the 180,000 letter grades awarded in undergraduate courses taught at VCU last year. Wide disparities in the distribution of letter grades exist among academic departments, among courses and even among professors who teach the same course.

06 Dec 2010

Work Visas Plunge in a Declining Economy

As the U.S. economy has soured, companies aren’t hiring as many workers from overseas. In Virginia, the number of H1-B visa applications decreased nearly 50 percent in 2009, according to an analysis of data from the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center. Nationally, the number of visa applications dropped more than 30 percent.

25 Oct 2010

Ask for Less, Receive More from SGA

When it comes to requesting funds from the Student Government Association, the chairman of appropriations for the Monroe Park Campus SGA, Eliano Younes, said it’s all about documentation, documentation, documentation: “The major difference between groups who get 75 percent of their budget request and groups that get maybe 10, 12 percent is whether or not they provide documentation.”

25 Oct 2010

Bullying and the Code of Silence

In movies, bullying is portrayed as a rite of passage. The older, bigger children taunt the younger ones, “toughing” them up and in the end the child usually turns out OK. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality in U.S. schools. According to the U.S. Justice Department one out of every four children in the U.S. is bullied each year. To combat the growing issue many states, including Virginia, have adopted strict laws to protect students.

25 Oct 2010

Homicides Decrease Despite Lagging Perceptions

The number of homicides in the city of Richmond have been on a gradual decline since 2004, according to data from the Richmond Crime Database. In a city that has seen widespread coverage of its violent crime problem, this continued decrease in murders comes as good news to police and citizens alike.

25 Oct 2010

Burglars Hitting College Neighborhoods

Next time you find yourself in North Highland Park, remember to lock your car doors behind you. Several Richmond neighborhoods have seen drastic increases in burglaries the past year. North Highland Park, Randolph, and Northern & Southern Barton Heights had the highest property crime increases since 2009.

25 Oct 2010

VCU Students Make Good on Loans

At a time when the national student-loan default rate went up, VCU’s default rate fell – from more than 2.7 percent in 2007 to 2.3 percent in 2008, according to new statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education. VCU compared well to its peer institutions and to other schools in Virginia.

25 Oct 2010

Fewer Arrests, But More Drug Offenses

VCU students were arrested and given judicial referrals 549 fewer times on both the Monroe and MCV campuses last year than in 2008, according to Clery data released by the VCU Police Department on Friday. That’s nearly half the weapon, drug and liquor-related offenses, from 1,288 to 739.

23 Oct 2010

Families Fundraise For Cold Case Murders

RICHMOND, Va — Families of the Colonial Parkway victims won’t let their cold cases fade away. On Saturday, Oct. 23, the families hosted a benefit and car show event to help raise awareness and fund an ongoing investigation of the murders.

23 Oct 2010

Church Hosts Annual Fall Festival

The Ginter Park United Methodist Church looks to its annual Fall Festival to not only raise money but also to expand its membership. The event included children’s activities, independent vendors, food, a silent auction and live music.

11 Oct 2010

A New Home For AARF’s Abandoned Dogs

Jonas and his siblings were found abandoned by the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation, which tried to find them a loving home. His siblings have since found homes. Three months later, however, Jonas the yellow Labrador and hound mix, is the last one left.

09 Oct 2010

Jones New Pastor at Richmond First Baptist Church

First Baptist of South Richmond was a fusion of color and praise as the sound of the organ and tambourine flowed through the sanctuary filled with saints dressed in their Sunday best determined to hear a Word from the Lord.