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august 9-11, 2018
‘Smell of marijuana’ new police tactic? By Jeremy M. Lazarus
A new police tactic is opening the door to warrantless searches of individuals, vehicles and homes. To generate the “reasonable suspicion” that courts require for police to conduct such a search, officers are claiming to smell marijuana, possession of which is still illegal in Virginia, according to defense attorneys and area residents. “It’s hard to crossMr. Chavis Ms. DesPortes examine on an odor,” said criminal defense attorney Betty Layne DesPortes, who said it has become common to hear officers across Central Virginia use the reason of an illegal smell in court testimony to justify an otherwise inexplicable search. “They need ‘reasonable suspicion,’ ” she said. Omari Al-Qadaffi, an East End activist and founder of the anti-racism Leaders of the New South, has issued several Facebook posts about the use of what he calls “Richmond’s new stop-and-frisk.” He posted the messages after hearing multiple anecdotes about people being stopped by officers claiming to “smell marijuana” and receiving a pat down. He’s not alone. The New Virginia Majority and Legal Aid Justice Center have been pressing the Richmond Police Department for details of police stops of African-Americans in lowincome areas of Richmond. The Southside Chapter of the New Virginia Majority held a “power” march Monday evening to protest the lack of data on what it consider the overuse of police stops. The department has advised both organizations it does not collect the kind of detailed data Regina H. Boone/Richmond Free Press on police stops of individuals that the two organizations are seeking. Justin-Mychal White, 28, adjusts the straps of his 2-year-old daughter Reagan’s new backpack last Saturday The department also deat the 10th Annual Back-to-School Rally sponsored by the Northside Coalition for Children. Reagan’s older clined to comment or provide brother, Jeremiah seems like an old pro with his new backpack. The 6-year-old will be a first-grader at Longdale data in response to Free Press Elementary School in Henrico County in the fall. The nonprofit coalition gave away the backpacks stuffed with
Richmond School Board accepts resignations of former Carver Elementary School Principal Kiwana Yates and 5 others alleged to be part of SOL cheating ring. More resignations expected, official said.
By Ronald E. Carrington
The Richmond School Board accepted the resignations of former Carver Elementary School Principal Kiwana Yates and five other school employees named by state officials as part of a cheating ring at the school. Following a closed session Monday night, the board voted to accept the resignations of former Assistant Principal Fay Joyner and teachers Evette Cartwright, Kayiesha Golds, Chireda Cotman and Betty Alexis. A board member said at least three additional resignations are expected. A report by the Virginia Department of Education released by Richmond schools officials last week alleged that Ms. Yates orchestrated a cheating ring to ensure students at the Leigh Street elementary school scored high on state Standards of Learning tests. Mr. Kamras T h e state investigation was launched earlier this year after “testing irregularities” were discovered, chiefly that a majority of Carver students who passed reading and math SOLs in fifth grade were unable to pass SOLs once they entered middle school. According to the 34-page VDOE report, Ms. Yates gave special perks to a small, compliant group of teachers who monitored the tests and inappropriately coached or provided signals to the students so they would mark the correct answers. Superintendent Jason Kamras said last week that Ms. Yates, who was removed as principal in June yet remained an employee of Richmond Public Schools, and others involved would not return for the upcoming school year. “We allowed them to resign to avoid protracted legal battles which would have cost the Please turn to A4
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Plan launched to rename the Boulevard for tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. By Jeremy M. Lazarus
A new effort is underway to rename the Boulevard in honor of Richmond-born humanitarian and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. Richmond City Councilwoman Kim B. Gray said this week she plans to introduce legislation in September to change the street’s name to Arthur Ashe Boulevard. “I think it would be very appropriate to honor Arthur Ashe this way,” the 2nd District councilwoman said. “This could a first step in renaming streets in honor of other Richmond greats like Dorothy Height and John Mitchell whom the city has yet to recognize.” Ms. Gray said she is submitting the name change proposal
at the request of the Ashe family. David Harris, nephew of the late Mr. Ashe, broached the idea at a recent civic group meeting in Scott’s Addition. The idea already has received significant attention. This would be the second time such a proposal has been before City Council. In 2003, 6th District Councilman Walter T. Kenney Sr.’s proposal to rename the Boulevard in honor of Mr. Ashe was rejected on a 7-2 vote. Ms. Gray is taking on the issue because a major portion of the Boulevard is in the 2nd District. She believes the proposal has a greater chance of success this time. She said she has heard from businesses and museums along the
GRTC CEO leaving By Jeremy M. Lazarus
Mr. Green told employees in his email that the time had come for him to seek “a new opGRTC is looking for a new leader. portunity and professional growth” after nearly The search is about to begin following the two decades with the company. sudden resignation of David Green, GRTC’s Sheryl Adams, GRTC’s chief operating ofchief executive officer, less than two months ficer, is expected to be named interim CEO after launching the new Pulse bus during the board’s search for a new rapid transit system ushering in a chief executive. controversial overhaul of all other In his email to employees, Mr. GRTC bus routes. Green said he had sought to develop Mr. Green, who had led the coma company of which the entire region pany since January 2014, notified could be proud by ensuring GRTC employees following a special board offered meaningful service. meeting Wednesday that he would be He also ticked off 16 innovations leaving at the end of August. he helped usher in since taking over Mr. Green It is was not immediately clear from former CEO Eldridge Coles, who whether he made the decision to step down or was is now a board member. They ranged from fundforced out by the six-member GRTC board that ing, developing and starting Pulse to the creation includes three representatives from Richmond Please turn to A4 and three from Chesterfield County.
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Celebrating weekend commencements — ‘Cause other people to want to learn,’ Hampton U grads told Free Press wire reports daughters and three of her six grandchildren all are Hampton University graduates. HAMPTON Dr. Harvey also awarded two outstanding Love learning, help others and do your alumnus-at-large awards to HU graduates best. who have impacted the world. The recipients That was the advice that NASA pioneer were John B. Spencer, an HU professor Katherine G. Johnson offered Sunday to emeritus who was chair of the university’s the 917 people awarded undergraduate and Department of Architecture for 25 years, graduate degrees at Hampton University’s and Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, acting 147th commencement. U.S. surgeon general and a former officer Mrs. Johnson is the retired NASA Langley in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. mathematician who was a key to the nation’s “There is a job for you, graduating Class early success in manned space flights and of 2017, in every single occupation known gained national prominence through the to man,” Dr. Harvey told the graduates. movie “Hidden Figures.” “Look at the dais. Look at Mrs. Johnson. The 98-year-old West Virginia native Look at the surgeon general. It is your who now lives in a retirement community responsibility to make something happen. in Newport News was on stage at the comNobody’s going to give you anything. You mencement, but delivered her remarks in a make it happen.” video recording. In her talk, valedictorian J’niyah Knox“You will do better if you cause other Wilson of Hampton directed her classmates Retired NASA mathematician and pioneer Katherine G. Johnson, 98, gets a laudatory handshake people to want to learn. And you will do from Hampton University President William R. Harvey after her videotaped commencement to change the world. better if you at all times want to learn, address Sunday to graduates and their families. “Across the globe, there are humans want to teach, want to help,” she told the whose lives are afflicted by some oppressive audience at Armstrong Stadium on campus. Johnson’s calculations to send a man into orbit and her Presiden- types of ‘isms,’ whether it is sexism, racism, classism, colorism “You’ve got it made graduating from Hampton,” she contin- tial Medal of Freedom awarded in November 2015 by President or even ageism,” Ms. Knox-Wilson said. “Although those fights ued. “People already know that you know a lot of information, Obama. He added to her list of awards by bestowing her with are a part of our journey ahead and will be formidable challenges and you will use it and use it well, because they know that you an honorary doctorate of science from the university, which was to our progress, I know we can win those fights. picked good information to pass along.” founded in 1868 and held its first graduation in 1871. “Do you know how I know? I know because we are resilient, Hampton University President William R. Harvey noted Mrs. Mrs. Johnson’s husband, retired Lt. Col. JamesA. Johnson, her three we are purposeful, we are Hamptonians.”
‘Know who you are rolling with,’ VSU graduates are told By Thomas Kidd to use your mind, body and talent without your control over it?” Virginia State University graduates were told He then encouraged the graduates to take in no uncertain terms during commencement time to identify their true value, to master their last Saturday to “Get Out.” craft and gifts and to seek a mentor so they These words came from a fired up Jeff Johnson, won’t fall under the temptation of selling out a media and messaging strategist who delivered for a paycheck. the keynote address at the ceremony held in the “I like money,” Mr. Johnson said as the audience university’s Multi-Purpose Center. laughed. “I get excited every time the check clears. Mr. Johnson, the managing principal of But you don’t have to sell your soul to get it.” the Baltimore-based strategy firm JIJ ComMr. Johnson did not hold back in citing munications, referenced the companies and institutions blockbuster film of the same that he said he considers to name by writer-producerbe sellouts. director Jordan Peele several “I’ve been on BET times during his speech to and I watched them do it drive home the necessity of (sellout),” he said of the Black African-Americans to sucEntertainment Network that ceed without selling out. was co-founded by Sheila “In the last two years, Johnson and her former we’ve seen more content husband, Robert Johnson, but on the small and big screens sold for $3 billion in 2001 produced by those who to the media conglomerate look like us,” Mr. Johnson Viacom. told the graduates and their “I’ve seen people turn their families. backs for six figures,” Mr. The communications exJohnson told the crowd. pert then singled out the film He was equally frank in his not only for its financial criticism of Bethune-Cookand critical success but man University in Florida. for having a message relThe historically black instievant for African-American tution invited U.S. Secretary graduates about to enter the of Education Betsy DeVos workforce. to be their commencement “As you go out into the speaker last week despite VSU valedictorian Stacey Elder world, know who you are petitions signed by hundreds rolling with,” he told the audience. “Chris didn’t of students, alumni and supporters of the college know who he was rolling with,” he said about urging the university’s administration to rescind the film’s main character, an African-American the invitation. who had a white girlfriend whose parents were Earlier this year, Mrs. DeVos, who was apwealthy. pointed to the cabinet post by President Trump, He went on to explain that Chris couldn’t called HBCUs “real pioneers when it comes to identify with his girlfriend’s values, cultural back- school choice,” failing to realize and acknowlground and, more importantly, family history. edge that most of the colleges were the only “Who you talk to, hang with and be around option for African-American students because have a lot to do with your success,” he said. of segregation. “Are you aware that there is a system set up During her commencement address May 10,
Deron Bennett gets hooded by Octavia Bryson during Virginia State University’s commencement Saturday at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center.
Mrs. DeVos was interrupted by persistent boos from the crowd, while about half the graduates stood and turned their backs on her. BethuneCookman’s president, Dr. Edison O. Jackson, was widely criticized by students, their family and alumni, for inviting Mrs. DeVos on such an important occasion. “You don’t stand for a legacy when you invite folk who don’t believe what you believe or support you,” Mr. Johnson told the VSU graduates and their families. He ended his address with gentle words of hope and a charge to the graduates to pay back the blessings they have received thus far. “It is my hope that you will be the freest human beings — whether black, Hispanic, Asian or white. Get out, but go back in and build up.” With 624 degrees conferred on Saturday, VSU officials elected to have a morning and afternoon ceremony to accommodate the graduates, their
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Models strut the runway, showing off fashion forward designs at Runway 2017: LAUNCH. The event last Wednesday showcased 125 original garments designed by juniors and seniors in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising. The show, held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, drew a crowd that was awed by the fashion segments featuring knitwear, dresses, menswear and denim, among others. The production was staged by VCU students in collaboration with faculty and sponsors.
families and friends in the new facility. Mr. Johnson performed double duty, offering the keynote address at both. VSU also recognized two outstanding students — valedictorian Stacey Elder of Richmond, who had a perfect 4.0 GPA in earning a bachelor of science degree in management, and Aicha Camara who was this year’s winner of the annual Reginald F. Lewis Prize that is awarded to a senior in the VSU College of Business. Ms. Camara was presented with a plaque and a check for $1,000. Retired Lt. Col. Darryl W. Sharp Sr. received the Virginia State University Alumnus of the Year Award. “We are proud to call you grads, scholars and Trojans,” VSU President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah told the graduating class. “In the words of The Temptations, ‘Get ready ’cause here they come!’ ”
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VUU, VCU, VSU and Hampton Class of 2017 ‘We all fail. The key is what you do that next day,’ Gov. McAuliffe tells VUU grads
By Saraya Wintersmith statement accompanying the May 5 appropriations act signed by President Trump to keep the federal government operating Gov. Terry McAuliffe stressed the importance of taking chances through Sept. 30. and embracing setbacks as he addressed Virginia Union UniverIn the statement, the White House announced that it would sity’s Class of 2017 during commencement on Saturday. treat a program that helps HBCUs obtain low-cost construction He said his own path to entrepreneurship and his loss of the loans “in a manner consistent with the (constitutional) requireDemocratic gubernatorial nomination in 2009 were not easy. ment to afford equal protection of laws.” “You’re going to fail. We all fail. The key is what you do Many HBCU administrators and supporters fear the statement that next day,” the governor said. signals that President Trump will end a capital financing program “I got crushed 2-1” in that initial primary election, he said. that helps HBCU repair, renovate and build new facilities. “It was a painful experience. The VUU audience groaned in “But let me tell you something, folks. disapproval at Gov. McAuliffe’s menI got out of bed that next day and I got tion of it. right back to work and I spent four years “I’d be lying if I sugarcoated the world crisscrossing the Commonwealth of you are about to inherit,” the governor Virginia, and that is why I am now the told the graduates. “Like generations 72nd governor of the Commonwealth past, you will be charged with doing of Virginia,” he said to the cheering everything in your power to make it a graduates and their families. better world. The good news is, Virginia Commencement for the 152-year-old Union University has prepared you to historically African-American institurise to that challenge.” VUU Co-Valedictorians tion was moved because of the threat He also acknowledged three highNhat Hoang Van Le and Taylor White of foul weather from Hovey Field on achieving students during his remarks. campus to St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Henrico County. The He praised Dominique Vaultz, a mass communications major university awarded 177 undergraduate degees, 133 master’s from New York, for her achievement as a first-generation college degrees and 13 doctorates during the ceremony. student, and announced her acceptance to Emory University’s Gov. McAuliffe offered remarks in his usual lively, high-energy Law School. style before receiving an honorary degree and then dashing off He also hailed VUU’s co-valedictorians, Nhat Hoang Van Le to Wake Forest University in North Carolina for the commence- of Vietnam and Taylor Lauren White of Maryland, who both ment of his daughter. had 4.0 GPAs. He described for the audience the national political climate In his own address to the graduating class, Mr. Le thanked in 2013, around the time that many students from the graduating the university for its support as he became VUU’s first graduate class arrived and enrolled at VUU. with a triple major of chemistry, mathematics and physics. “We had just re-elected America’s first black president. ISIS Remarking on the emotions connected with moving on from was not yet a household name, and for some people, for some college, Gov. McAuliffe said he also found the occasion equally reason, they thought Macklemore was actually a good rapper,” festive and bittersweet. he said, laughing with the crowd. “As governor, I have given many commencement addresses,” “Today we find ourselves in a world where saying ‘Black he said. “This will be the last address as governor, so I clearly Lives Matter’ is somehow a political statement and where a saved the best for last,” he said to cheers. president of the United States just this week questioned the Also receiving honorary degrees were the Rev. Yvonne J. Bibbs, value and constitutionality of HBCUs,” he said, referring to a the first female pastor in the 94-year history of Sixth Baptist Church
Marquis Johnson of Newport News is elated to get his degree in mass communications from Virginia Union University during Saturday’s ceremony at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Henrico.
in Richmond, in recognition of her “outstanding humanitarian efforts” in Richmond and in the state; VUU benefactors James E. and Barbara B. Sellman, who have donated more than 300 pieces of art to the university’s Museum Galleries from their worldwide travels and art collecting; and Dianne Watkins Walker, who spearheaded the effort to restore a carillon in the university’s historic Belgian Building through the nonprofit she founded, Bells for Peace, and to repair the building’s exterior and light the tower. Former VUU President Claude G. Perkins also was granted the title of president emeritus by the VUU Board of Trustees.
‘People just want to be listened to,’ Sen. Kaine tells VCU grads By Thomas Kidd
The graduating class of Virginia Commonwealth University received a message aimed at the head as well as the heart during Saturday’s commencement exercises. University President Michael Rao thanked the graduates for assisting VCU in becoming one of the premier research universities in the country, and then offered a unique twist on how they should continue the learning process. “Changing your mind is not a sign of weakness,” President Rao told the graduates. “But it is a sign that you know more than you knew yesterday.” He went on to encourage them to enter the next phase of their lives challenging generally accepted beliefs, including things they learned at VCU. To further support this view, he quoted George Bernard Shaw, “Progress is impossible without change. Those who cannot change their minds can’t change anything.” “We are counting on you,” he told the audience at the Richmond Coliseum for the commencement, where more than 5,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees were conferred.
He then introduced the morning’s keynote speaker, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor and former Richmond mayor who ran for vice president in November on the Democratic ticket with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Sen. Kaine said that while he graduated from the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School, he enjoyed a long and intimate relationship with VCU. “All three of my kids attended VCU and I’ve been many times to the MCV emergency room,” he quipped. He said he was honest with himself about his role as keynote speaker. “No one is interested in what a graduation speaker has to say,” he continued. “I remember nothing of what my high school graduation speaker said — and I was the speaker.” He said he did, however, remember an after-graduation conciliatory kiss from his ex-girlfriend and also recalled being too cool to hug his parents, offering them handshakes instead. He advised graduates that before they embark on an evening of celebration, they should reconcile any ill feelings they have with classmates or professors and then to show enthusiastic appreciation to those who helped them to get to this point in
Newly minted nurses celebrate receiving their degrees during the Virginia Commonwealth University commencement Saturday at the Richmond Coliseum.
their life. He then detailed three experiences in his life that illustrate the power of listening. A congressional aide impressed him, he said, with her ability to calm ranting constituents simply by allowing them to vent.
The second involved a conversation with a Republican colleague in the Virginia General Assembly who he discovered by listening that he had more in common with philosophically than he originally thought. The last example involved a
cultural connection he made while campaigning for vice president. He said he was the first candidate on the national ticket to speak fluent Spanish. And after talking on the campaign trail with voters from a Latino community, he discovered they were not impressed so much by the fact that he could speak with them in Spanish, but that he could listen to them in their language. “You will find that listening will be involved in many aspects of your success. People just want to be listened to,” he said. Returning to the podium, President Rao let the senator know his words didn’t fall on deaf ears. “Senator, they were listening,” President Rao said. Also at the ceremony, VCU recognized Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr. with the Edward A. Wayne Medal, which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions or provided exemplary service to the university. Sogand Karimian, who majored in nursing, also received the VCU Board of Visitors Award, which recognizes an outstanding undergraduate for academic achievement, leadership and service to the university and community at large.
Virginia Beach woman wins Miss USA crown, stirs controversy Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough was named Miss USA 2017 during the annual pageant held Sunday in Las Vegas. Little did the 25-year-old scientist from Virginia Beach know that after triumphing over 50 other contestants, her crown would come with controversy. Her first days as Miss USA have been spent trying to put out the flames that her words ignited. It all started during the Q&A portion of the pageant, when contestants must show off their poise and knowledge in answering questions related to current events. Ms. McCullough, who graduated with a degree in chemistry from South Carolina State University and now works at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was asked whether she considered affordable health care for all United States citizens a right or a privilege. “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” she answered Sunday night. “As a government employee, I am granted health care and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs.” During another question-and-answer round, she was asked her opinion on feminism and if she considers herself a feminist. She responded that she would like to exchange the term for “equalism.” “I don’t want to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, ‘I don’t really care about men,’ ” she continued. “One thing I’ll say, women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.” When she won, social media blew up over her answers to the pageant questions, particularly the notion that health care
should be tied to a job. On Tuesday morning, she went on ABC TV’s “Good Morning America” to respond to the mounting backlash. In talking with host Michael Strahan, she shifted her earlier stance. “I am a woman. I’m going to own what I said,” she told Mr. Strahan. “I am privileged to have health care, and I do believe that it should be a right. And I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide. “I am privileged to have health care. I want people to see where I was coming from. Having a job, I have to look at health care like it is a privilege,” she continued. With regard to feminism, Ms. McCullough said she wanted to be clear that women should get the recognition they deserve. “I don’t want anyone to look at (it) as if I’m not all about women’s rights because I am,” Ms. McCullough said on the show Tuesday. “We deserve a lot when it comes to opportunity in the workplace as well as leadership positions. I’ve seen and witnessed firsthand the impact women have.” As Miss USA, Ms. McCullough will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant. This is not the first crown for Ms. McCullough, who was born in Naples, Italy, to a military family. She was crowned Miss South Carolina State University at the historically black college in Orangeburg in April 2012. She is the second consecutive Miss District of Columbia to win the Miss USA pageant. Deshauna Barber, a 2011 graduate of Virginia State University and commander in the Army Reserve, was Miss USA 2016. Ms. McCullough said she wants to inspire young people to pursue careers in the STEM fields.
Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough reacts Sunday as she is announced as Miss USA 2017. The 25-year-old scientist from Virginia Beach was crowned by Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber, a 2011 graduate of Virginia State University.
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New mobile health van to provide food pantry, HIV testing A new mobile health van will carry food and provide HIV testing to people in low-income communities in Richmond and the surrounding counties. The mobile unit is a venture of the Nationz Foundation, a three-year-old health services organization based in Henrico County that works to address HIV and AIDs. The new mobile unit will help the organization expand its existing health and hunger-relief programs particularly to underserved communities and the LGBTQ community. Put into service Thursday, Aug. 9, the van will enable the foundation to provide help to people with limited transportation. “This van will allow us to take our services where they are needed most and eliminate the barriers that often prevent those who need help from seeking it,” said Zakia K. McKensey, founder and executive director of the foundation. The new mobile will operate three days a week, Ms. McKensey said, and is expected to serve hundreds of families a month through the distribution of food, health education and testing. The van will be based at the foundation’s headquarters at 1200 Bentley St., off Brook Road just north of the city line, Ms. McKensey said. She said the foundation is an outgrowth of her 15 years of experience in HIV education and prevention with the Fan Free Clinic and the Richmond City Health District. Ms. McKensey started the foundation in 2015 to increase education and information efforts related to HIV prevention, health and wellness, to link HIV patients to care and support and to help people learn how to care for themselves.
Meeting Aug.15 on Brook Road bike lane plans By Jeremy M. Lazarus
Civic leaders in North Side will get their first look at an updated City Hall plan to install bike lanes on Brook Road and reduce space for traffic to one lane in each direction. Two City Council members, Kim B. Gray, 2nd District, and Chris A. Hilbert, 3rd District, have arranged the Wednesday, Aug. 15, meeting to allow the presidents of civic associations to see the plans and get responses to their concerns. “I’m trying to get all their questions answered,” Ms. Gray said. The meeting is to be held at the Richmond Public Library’s Ginter Park Branch, 1200 Westbrook Ave. This is just a first step to provide information on the plan to affected neighborhoods, Ms. Gray said. She and Mr. Hilbert, City Council president, plan to host a public meeting on the $1.3 million bike lane plan in September, though a date and location are still to be determined, she said. She said she welcomes this first meeting because she has not had any information she could share in response to questions from constituents. She said the city has largely stonewalled in providing information or responding to questions she and Mr. Hilbert have posed, one reason she and Mr. Hilbert have introduced legislation seeking to kill the plan. Both have promised to hold the public meeting before the legislation is brought up for a council vote. Ms. Gray said the project plans posted on the city’s website are difficult to understand and she has been told they do not resemble the Department of Public Works’ proposed project. Jakob Helmbolt, who heads development of Richmond’s bike lanes as the city’s pedestrian, bicycle and trails coordinator, declined to respond to Free Press questions about the project. The proposal would reduce traffic lanes on Brook Road between Azalea Avenue in North Side and Charity Street in Gilpin Court. The idea would be to use one lane in both directions for parking and bike travel, with one lane reserved for vehicle traffic.
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City officials and representatives of five overseas cities join Monday in unveiling Richmond’s new International Guidepost at Kanawha Plaza amid a downpour. The new sign celebrates Richmond’s Sister City relationship with Richmond upon Thames, England; Saitama City, Japan; Ségou, Republic of Mali; Windhoek, Namibia; and Zhengzhou, China. Saitama’s representatives included members of the Japanese city’s Little League baseball team. Richmond began a relationship with its English namesake in 1930 and began forging bonds with additional cities in 1980 after forming the 13-member Sister Cities Commission.
City alleys now to receive maintenance on regular schedule By Jeremy M. Lazarus
The roar of heavy equipment over a backyard fence signals the start of work on another alley. Suddenly, with little publicity, city alleys are starting to get regular attention and care. The Richmond Department of Public Works confirms that it has the crews, equipment and funding in place to regularly regrade, regravel and repair the city’s 3,000 alleys on a two- to three-year schedule. That’s a big change for a city that struggles to keep its streets in good repair and falls short on having the money to repair sidewalks or install new ones. “We understand that alleys play a key role in the lives of many of our citizens, and we want our citizens to be able to traverse them as easily as possible,” Bobby Vincent, director of the Department of Public Works, stated in an email to the Free Press. As the result of securing sufficient alley funding, the department no longer is “blitzing” alleys or conducting
special repairs, but instead is making alley repairs and improvements “part of our normal maintenance schedule,” Mr. Vincent said. Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s administration made a big splash of providing more than $700,000 to the department for an “alley blitz” to make improvements to 1,500 alleys last summer and fall. That was five times the number the department was able to improve in 2016, when the funding was far less and only one crew was assigned to handle the work. Now, two to four crews work daily on alleys, he said. Mr. Vincent stated that he dropped the “blitz” approach after the mayor and City Council assured him that similar funding was available for alley work in the
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current 2018-19 budget, enabling DPW to keep the momentum going. Additional funds for alleys also became available, he stated, as the result of an internal reorganization that allowed the department to accomplish its goals for filling potholes but at less cost. The department’s goal is to improve 1,300 alleys a year, with all 3,000 city alleys improved at least once every three years. He said about 10 percent, around 300 alleys, would get more frequent service because of high traffic volume or problems with erosion. He said crews already have improved 500 alleys this year despite frequent heavy rains that have slowed the pace. He said work has been rescheduled for weekends to get more done.
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Jesse Hendren, above, uses a roller to pack down the dirt to improve an alley off Pink Street in Church Hill. He was part of a city Department of Public Works crew operating in the East End on Monday. Right, William Smyre, a member of another DPW crew, grades an alley Monday in the 2900 block of Barton Avenue in North Side.
City Council member raises host of questions on homeless plan By Jeremy M. Lazarus
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Lee statue vandalized Workers with Envirowash scrub and power wash the base of the Lee statue on Monument Avenue last Saturday after the Confederate statue was vandalized sometime overnight between Aug. 3 and 4. The state Department of General Services, which owns and maintains the statue at Monument and Allen avenues, paid more than $4,400 for the cleanup. The department also is offering a $1,000 reward for information in the case. “While we respect the rights of people to speak freely, this was a case of vandalism, plain and simple,” stated Col. Anthony S. Pike, chief of the Division of Capitol Police, which is responsible for protecting the statue. “It crossed a line into criminal activity and it will not be tolerated.”
City Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson feels caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to a proposal to create a housing services center for the homeless in a church building in South Side. The 6th District representative believes the city can and should do better in creating such a center, pointing to Virginia Beach city government’s new housing services center as a model of what can happen when a city takes the homeless issue seriously. But she also doesn’t want to leave homeless people without a place to go during freezing temperatures should the city shut down its current overflow shelter in the former Public Safety Building in Downtown. “To say, ‘No,’without another option is not the right thing to do,” Ms. Robertson said. She offered her thoughts following a community meeting last Wednesday at which Commonwealth Catholic Charities showed off plans for the homeless center it wants to open at 1101 Bainbridge Street. CCC wants to purchase the church site for a center that would dramatically expand services to the homeless and go far beyond the overnight shelter that it has operated for the past few years in the old Public Safety Building near City Hall. The city spends about $163,000 a year for services from CCC, it has been reported. Despite being wooed by city and CCC officials, Ms. Robertson remains skeptical about the CCC proposal, particularly after hearing from Bainbridge area residents who raised concerns that their up-and-coming residential neighborhood would become the central location for hundreds of people desperate for help with housing, food and
other basic needs. “I don’t feel the location on Bainbridge is the right location” to handle the numbers of people that CCC wants to serve, Ms. Robertson said. CCC’s proposal, Ms. Robertson she said, calls for creation of a one-stop center where homeless people could sleep, stay on cold days, be fed and receive housing and health counseling. CCC also wants to add showers, lockers, a clothes closet and an addition to provide transitional housing. As conceived, the site would serve 200 to 500 people daily and also be the replacement site for the weekend feeding programs in Monroe Park. CCC has not filed an application for a special use permit needed to carry out the ambitious plan, a permit that would require City Council approval. “I don’t think this site can support this scale of a business,” said Ms. Robertson, whose vote on a special use permit would be crucial because she represents the area. She said she wants to see the 36 other sites CCC officials reviewed and rejected before selecting the church site. She said she also would like the city to issue a request for proposals that could attract other property owners. She also expressed concern that the CCC program would be located away from key providers that are concentrated north of the river. Nor is she satisfied that CCC’s plan links well enough with the host of other homeless service providers in Richmond, ranging from the Daily Planet to the
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, HomeAgain and Rapid Re-housing. For example, she said that data she viewed indicate that 60 percent to 70 percent of homeless individuals have mental health issues, which often go untreated. She said ensuring connections to RBHA, the city’s main addiction treatment and mental health services provider, would be essential. But she said there is no evidence RBHA has been consulted or involved in the planning for the CCC service center. There also is no sign, she said, that CCC or city administrators have included Homeward, an umbrella coordination group for homeless services providers, in the discussions. “There are a lot of groups involved in homeless services, but I don’t see them at the table,” she said. She said she is worried that City Hall is more interested in moving the homeless out of Downtown than in providing a well thought out solution addressing the problems and barriers the homeless face. “There wasn’t a single city official at the community meeting,” she said, leaving CCC to solely promote its plan. She said it is unclear whether CCC would pay the project’s entire cost or whether the city would need to contribute. She noted that the city administration has not advanced any information on how much it might need to invest. But Ms. Robertson has not completely shut the door. “I think a smaller scale of service could be considered,” she said, “but not the RVA Homeless Resource Center that CCC is proposing to put on a residential lot. The homeless in Richmond deserve the center they are building in Virginia Beach.”
Richmond Free Press
August 9-11, 2018
Toxicology report rules out drugs in Marcus-David Peters’ death, family says By Ronald E. Carrington
A local activist coalition and a victim’s family continue to question the details of the fatal shooting of 24-year-old MarcusDavid Peters by a Richmond Police officer in May. Mr. Peters’ sister, Princess Blanding, and the Justice and Reform for Marcus Peters Coalition challenged the accuracy and transparency of the Richmond Police Department’s report on the fatal shooting by Officer Michael Nyantakyi at Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s Third District community meeting July 31. According to Ms. Blanding, the Peters family received from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner a toxicology report and the autopsy report of the 2016 honors graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Blanding said the toxicology report, which ran more than 30 drug detention tests, ruled out the presence of multiple substances. She said it was obvious that Mr. Peters was experiencing a psychotic breakdown and mental health crisis on May 16, the date of the shooting. Ms. Blanding believes Officer Nyantakyi used unwarranted excessive force in dealing with Mr. Peters at the time of the shooting. She said her brother, who was naked and unarmed during the encounter, was in mental distress. Mr. Peters died the day after the shooting at a local hospital. “The RPD, who answers to the mayor, had no idea and definitely didn’t anticipate that Marcus would have a family that would continue to fight for him and not back down,” Ms. Blanding said. According to Ms. Blanding, the medical examiner’s report also revealed that there were three bullet wounds to Mr. Peters’ body. RPD only reported two shots to the abdomen. A third wound to Mr. Peters’ left arm was never reported or told to the family by Chief Alfred Durham, she said. “When I look at the angle the autopsy report provided, it leads me to believe that there was a third shot. Whose shot was it and where did it come from?” Ms. Blanding asked. “There are huge questions surrounding the third gunshot
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Princess Blanding, the sister of shooting victim Marcus-David Peters, confronts Mayor Levar M. Stoney at a July 26 community meeting about the death of her brother, who was shot by a Richmond Police officer on May 16. Below, members of the Southside Chapter of the New Virginia Majority call for Richmond Police transparency and accountability during a community march Monday night across the Mayo Bridge.
wound in his arm. There has been zero clarification.” Ms. Blanding also wants to know why the police body cam footage stops when a Virginia State trooper tells Officer Nyantakyi after the shooting to put his gun away and go back to his police car. According to Ms. Blanding, the RPD video has evidence and reference points showing where the officer started, where the police car is and where the shooting occurs. There are many inconsistencies, she said.
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“At the end of the day, the report confirms that there were three bullet wounds and the RPD needs to put the truth out,” Ms. Blanding said. According to the police report, Mr. Peters hit three cars, led police on a short pursuit, then got out of his car naked and danced and rolled on the ground on Interstate 95 at the northbound entrance ramp from Chamberlayne Avenue before charging at Officer Nyantakyi. On July 23, the RPD turned over its report on the investigation of the fatal shooting to Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring. The report by the department’s Force Investigation Team includes video from the officer’s body camera, witness statements, security camera video and forensic evidence. It is now up to the commonwealth’s attorney to determine whether Officer Nyantakyi will be charged criminally or whether his actions in shooting the high school biology teacher were justified. Chief Durham said the department will host a community discussion about police training in defensive tactics, use of force and crisis intervention once Mr. Herring’s review is complete. No time or date has been set for the community meeting.
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school system a great deal of time and money,” Mr. Kamras stated in an email Wednesday to the Free Press when asked why those involved weren’t fired. “Moreover, we want Carver students, families and staff to be able to move forward, not be mired in ongoing legal action about the past.” Mr. Kamras also reiterated his position on unethical professional behavior: “If you cheat, you can’t work at RPS.” That stance was supported by School Board Chair Dawn Page. “RPS will not tolerate testing improprieties,” the 8th District representative said. “Our children deserve only highly ethical and enriched learning environments where instructors are responsible and demonstrate integrity.” Mr. Kamras also said he will recommend that the state revoke the teaching licenses of those involved. Board member Jonathan Young, 4th District, said the RPS administration anticipates that Carver teachers Valencia Davis, Marlin Osborne and Nicole Lacy, who also were named in the VDOE report, will tender their resignations by the board’s next meeting on Aug. 20. He is optimistic about the matter’s resolution because, he said, it sends a clear signal to parents and the rest of the community that RPS will be transparent and expeditious in dealing with these issues. “It should be clear for everyone in Richmond that if education
professionals have engaged in unethical, immoral or unlawful behavior in the past, RPS has put them on notice,” Mr. Young said. “I think this is a testament to Superintendent Kamras’ character in taking these concerns very seriously,” said board member James “Scott” Barlow, who represents the 2nd District that includes Carver Elementary. “There were people that suspected this Mr. Young for a long time and no action was taken,” Mr. Barlow said. “I am glad he moved forward and dealt with the matter.” Investigators said Ms. Yates favored an “inner circle” of teachers who she selected to administer the tests. According to the report, they received extra benefits, including “special staff development opportunities — some that involved extensive travel, additional funding or access to materials for their classrooms — and preferred access to opportunities to earn additional income,” such as Saturday Academy and Extended Day. Ms. Yates also received benefits from Carver’s national recognition as a result of the high-achieving test scores by students coming largely from low-income backgrounds. She won a $15,000 R.E.B. Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership in March 2015, half of which was for her personal use. “Carver is going through a very painful time right now,” Mr. Kamras told the Free Press. Mariah White, former Carver PTA president, was critical of the school administration’s initial handling of events, noting
that parents were kept in the dark under the explanation from RPS officials that it was a “personnel matter.” She told the board at Monday’s meeting that her focus now is on the students and their success in the coming school year. “The community needs to step up to the plate to support the school and the Carver students,” she said. Ms. Page Mr. Young said Carver is expected to open with a full staff in the fall. He said RPS’ human resources department has moved to fill vacant teaching and staff positions throughout the system. “The board voted to approve the hiring of 116 people on Monday night,” he said, “and one of them was a new teacher at Carver.” Tiawana Giles, who served previously as an assistant principal at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary, was named interim principal at Carver in early July. Officials said 85 vacant positions need to be filled. Eleven of RPS’ 44 schools have full staffs, officials said, while 12 schools each have only one vacancy. Fifty-three of the openings are at the elementary school level, with about a dozen vacancies in special education, Mr. Kamras said. When schools opened last year, RPS was short 54 teachers. A new cabinet-level position of chief talent officer, who will manage recruitment, orientation, compensation and retention of division employees, has not been filled.
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of passes providing unlimited rides, installation of modern fare boxes and development of mobile payment apps. He also led GRTC’s shift from using air polluting diesel fuel to power buses to cleaner compressed natural gas that now powers 75 percent of the fleet. During his tenure, GRTC also installed its first Downtown transfer station and inked a $1.2 million deal with Virginia Commonwealth University to provide free rides to students, faculty and staff on the GRTC system in the city. Mr. Green also completed preparations for a new program to provide free, unlimited rides on GRTC for Richmond Public Schools’ high school students in partnership with the city. Mr. Green joined GRTC in 1999 as assistant finance director. He later served as director of procurement and grants management and as chief of staff to Mr. Coles before being tapped for the top job.
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speakers at area universities and community celebrations and events. The NNPA represents more than 200 newspapers owned by African-Americans across the United States. The theme for the convention: “Sustaining, Engaging and Mobilizing Black Communities.” Publisher Brenda Andrews of the New Journal and Guide newspaper in Norfolk was the host publisher for the convention. The Norfolk publication placed third for the Frank L. Stanley Sr. Best Feature Story Award. Top honors at this year’s awards ceremony went to The Miami Times, which received the John B. Russwurm Trophy for the highest score in the awards categories, and The Birmingham Times of Alabama, which received the John H. Sengstacke Award for General Excellence. Karen Carter Richards of the Houston Forward Times received the 2018 Publisher of the Year Award. The NNPA also presented its 2018 Lifetime Legacy Award to the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of the national Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
Boulevard that support the renaming. Ms. Gray also said she hopes Councilman Andreas Addison, whose 1st District borders a portion of the Boulevard, will join her in supporting the proposal. “I am open to exploring any and every opportunity to celebrate and remember Richmond’s historic leaders,” Mr. Addison stated Wednesday in a response to a Free Press query. “I support the public process to explore this renaming of Boulevard. I have not
received any formal information or inquiry about this name change as of yet.” Fifth District Councilman Parker C. Agelasto did not respond to a request for comment by Free Press deadline. A small section of the Boulevard around Byrd Park falls into that district. Mr. Ashe, who is buried in a Henrico County cemetery, is honored with a statue on Monument Avenue, the first non-Confederate to have a monument on the street. He is the only black man to win the singles title
at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Outside the sport, Mr. Ashe was an activist and humanitarian, winning recognition for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa and for opposing a U.S. crackdown against refugees from Haiti. He helped launch Virginia Heroes, a mentoring program for Richmond area youths, and started the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death on Feb. 6, 1993.
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questions about officers’ use of the “I smell marijuana” claim. Police Maj. William C. Smith, who has been sitting in for Chief Alfred Durham who is on vacation, noted that all city officers “receive training and thorough guidance on all applicable criminal laws, Constitutional guarantees and rights and new court rulings. This is an ongoing process as case law changes are released or take effect.” Duron Chavis, community engagement manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, experienced such a police stop around 2 p.m. Aug. 2. He recounted what happened in a Facebook post and in an interview with a Free Press reporter. He said he had just pulled into the Shockoe Commerce Center on Hospital Street in Shockoe Valley when he noticed blue flashing lights behind him and two Richmond Police officers leaving their car and walking toward him. “One officer announced that he had smelled marijuana coming from my car and also yelled at me, ‘Let me see your hands, let me see your hands,’ as he approached,” said Mr. Chavis, who is well known for his advocacy work using gardening to overcome food deserts in neighborhoods lacking grocery stores.
He also is founder and organizer of Richmond’s annual Happily Natural Day festival focusing on health, wellness and social change. “The cop came up to the car with his hand on his pistol,” Mr. Chavis continued. “I don’t smoke,” he said he told the officers. He said they found nothing suspicious after a search of his 2010 Jeep Liberty and left. Mr. Chavis said he was shaken by the experience. In a response to a Facebook question, Mr. Chavis wrote that the officer said “he pulled me cuz he smelled marijuana. From his car. With his windows up. While both our cars were in motion.” Mr. Chavis said that neither officer told him that he had violated any traffic laws to justify the stop. He said he did not get their names and badge numbers. “This is what white folks don’t experience,” he wrote on Facebook, adding sardonically, “Thumbs up to RPD for their awesome community engagement.” After receiving a Free Press email recounting Mr. Chavis’ details of what happened and requesting comment and data, Maj. Smith responded: “Thank you for bringing this to my attention, and should you have any further contact with Mr. Chavis, I would ask that you encourage him to
file a complaint with our Internal Affairs Unit.” Maj. Smith stated that a complaint would allow the department to “fully investigate this situation and therefore be in a position to address any internal issues or explain the totality of circumstances that led to this encounter.” Mr. Chavis stated in an Aug. 5 Facebook post that he would not file a complaint. “I am too politically active to become any more of a target by white supremacy,” he said. “I have kids. Plus I already have people sending anonymous emails to my job trying to convince Lewis Ginter to fire me. “I’m good. I’m already out here risking enough as it is being vocal and outspoken about this racist ass system as a black man in the Capital of the Confederacy,” he added. Still, Mr. Chavis’ posts about his experience have only added to the current of suspicion officers face despite programs like National Night Out. “And they wonder why we as African-Americans have no respect for the badge,” a person responded to Mr. Chavis on Facebook. “No matter how much good you do for the community and how involved you are, they still see you as a ‘N……’ They see a color and automatically think the worse.”
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August 9-11, 2018
Charlottesville confronts identity, braces itself, one year after clashes By Joseph Ax Reuters
CHARLOTTESVILLE For many residents of Charlottesville, last year’s white nationalist rally shattered the city’s carefully curated reputation as a progressive, idyllic place to live. But for Nikuyah Walker, an activist who was elected mayor just three months later, the violent clashes only underscored deep racial and economic inequities that have long divided this picturesque college town. In her view, the rally has forced Charlottesville to confront its own complicated legacy. “You can have three or four generations who are struggling, and that family has not been able to move out of poverty wages – that’s a significant portion of Charlottesville,” Ms. Walker, the city’s first black female mayor, said outside City Hall. “And then you have this very wealthy community that loves and raves about it.” As Charlottesville braces for the one-year anniversary this weekend, it is still agonizing over the August 2017 clashes in which one woman was killed when an Ohio man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Some residents have argued that the vast majority of the marchers last year were from out of town, but Ms. Walker said that narrative ignores the city’s broader problems. She noted that the main instigators of the “Unite the Right” rally, Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right” to describe the loose coalition of white nationalists, and Jason Kessler, a local blogger, graduated from the University of Virginia on the western side of town.
The rally was billed as a protest over the City Council’s plan to remove two Confederate statues from downtown parks. Last year, a judge blocked the city from taking down the statues, which are encircled by orange plastic fencing and are off limits to residents. Several officials including the police chief, the city manager and the city attorney left their positions after widespread criticism that Charlottesville had been ill-prepared to manage the hundreds of white nationalists who descended upon it, many armed with shields, clubs and other weapons. “We recognize that we have to earn the community’s trust,” said Brian Wheeler, the city’s chief spokesman. “The way that we can best do that this year is learn from the mistakes.” Local and state police have vowed to have zero tolerance for any violence this weekend, in stark contrast with last year when some officers did not intervene to break up fights. Virtually the entire downtown will be closed to vehicles. Police have said that they are preparing for the worst, even though Mr. Kessler, who organized last year’s event, lost a bid to get a permit this year. Instead, he has received permission to rally outside the White House on Sunday and has said he will focus on Washington. The effects of last year’s violence are still felt every day in Charlottesville. City Council meetings have frequently devolved into shouting matches. At a recent community outreach meeting where police officials detailed security plans for this weekend, residents asked one after another how they were supposed to trust the police after 2017. “Charlottesville has had a tendency to self-congratulation; it’s
constantly in the magazines as the best place to live,” said the Rev. Will Peyton, who oversees St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. “The violence was perpetrated by outsiders, yes, but the response from the black community is like, ‘Really, this isn’t us? We don’t have a problem here?’ Because, of course, there’s entrenched inequality and entrenched structural racism,” Rev. Peyton said. At the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center in downtown Charlottesville, an exhibit documents the struggle of black residents who fought for equal access to public education. “I don’t know that people understood that this narrative of progressive Charlottesville had flaws,” said Andrea Douglas, the center’s executive director. “Now those flaws have been exposed.” When Ms. Walker, 38, announced her run for City Council last spring after years of activism on behalf of low-income residents, she adopted the motto “Unmasking the Illusion,” aiming to dispel the notion that Charlottesville was a diverse, liberal utopia. She has focused her attention on issues like affordable housing and policing. Last month, she joined residents on what they called a “civil rights pilgrimage” to the lynching museum in Montgomery, Ala., bringing along soil from a site where a black Charlottesville man was lynched in 1898. The Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey, a local activist, said last year’s rally was eye-opening for many in Charlottesville. “You have a lot of white liberals who have not grappled with our history and want to dismiss it,” she said. “That’s just not truth.”
Teachers learn about slavery at Lee’s birthplace By Courtland Milloy The Washington Post
STRATFORD, Va. At Stratford Hall in Virginia, birthplace of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a group of K-12 teachers gathered recently to talk about slavery and how to teach it. How do you convey the horror without horrifying the kids? How do you help them see the inhumanity of the past and its effect on the present? How do you explain the unexplainable to a child when many adults can hardly bear to look? It’s a challenge. But remarkably, the Lee family plantation proved to be a place where teachers could dig deeper into the subject than, say, some academics tend to do when giving talks at progressive think tanks in Washington. A white fourth-grade teacher from Arlington, with 10 years of classroom experience, explained her approach to teaching the transatlantic slave trade: She said she made her students sit closely together on the classroom floor to simulate how Africans were tightly packed into slave ships. That did not sit well with some of the other teachers, especially African-American female educators. “If you want to illustrate how a packed slave ship looked, use a can of sardines, not our children,’’ one of them said sternly. Antoinette Dempsey-Waters, a black social studies teacher at Wakefield High School in Arlington, said that using children for slave simulations can be “traumatic and hurtful.’’ She recommended using age-appropriate books, especially autobiographies of black people who triumphed over slavery, such as Frederick Douglass. The exchange between the teachers occurred during a presentation by Lauranett Lee, a professor at the University of Richmond, who was explaining how teaching about slavery can be used to develop empathy in younger students. The fourth-grade teacher had apparently been trying to do just that. But the approach, however well-intentioned, was misguided. That could be corrected. “That’s why we’re here,’’ Dr. Lee said, “to learn how to teach that hard history.’’ The teacher took the critique in stride. She said she would no longer use slave simulations and would find more appropriate teaching tools. An important lesson had come out of the spirited dialogue,
said educational psychologist John L. Johnson. He had come to Stratford Hall’s annual Summer Teacher Institute, something of a three-day boarding school for educators, to talk to teachers about the psychological consequences of slavery. “What we are dealing with is so vital and volatile that if people are going to teach it, they have to work through their own emotions first,’’ he said. In other words, teachers might want to know what kinds of comments about slavery will probably anger adults, preferably before broaching the subject with a classroom of anxious or insensitive kids. Teachers from throughout the country usually attend the institute. But because this year’s topic was more localized – teaching about slavery in Tidewater Virginia – most of the 25 teachers were from Virginia and Maryland. They immersed themselves in study, attended lectures, participated in discussion groups and developed strategies for dealing with the many themes that flow from U.S. slavery’s 250-year history. Interest in slavery, especially in the D.C. area, appears to have picked up considerably in recent years. Controversies over Confederate statues and symbols, a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, prominent universities such as Georgetown coming to grips with past profiting from the slave trade, the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall — teachers say such events have students wanting to know more about the origins of racial conflict in the country. But teaching skills and materials haven’t always kept up with that interest. Dr. Johnson, who is also a board member of the Virginia
State Conference NAACP, urged teachers to contact the NAACP when they come across textbooks that mischaracterize slavery or black people in general. One such book in Texas referred to the slave trade as a kind of immigration program. A report on teaching slavery, released this year by the nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center, found that only 8 percent of U.S. high school seniors could identify slavery as the central cause of the Civil War, 68 percent of the surveyed students did not know that slavery formally ended only with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and only 22 percent of the students could correctly identify how provisions in the Constitution gave advantages to slaveholders. The D.C.-based nonprofit Teaching for Change has a list of age-appropriate books on
the topic. The setting for the summer institute was as evocative as the topic, with the Lee family’s Great House set upon a 2,000-acre plantation, along with some of the cabins where enslaved people lived and a cemetery marker indicating where some were buried. When the plantation was operating at its peak in 1758, the Lee family owned about 220 enslaved Africans. “I think the power of place is important,’’ said Kelley Deetz, director of programming, education and visitor engagement at Stratford Hall. She prefers field trips to simulated slave experiences: seeing and touching artifacts, exploring the landscape “and imagining what life would be for those who lived there, looking at it from multiple perspectives.’’ John Bacon, president of Stratford Hall, said, “The teacher institute is one of the most important things we do to connect with teachers in the classroom and show what a historic site like this has to offer when it comes to educating about our history.’’ Teachers who participate deserve plenty of credit, too. One explained to the group why she, a white woman, felt teaching students about slavery was so important. “I teach in an area with a diverse population, but whites seem to be afraid of blacks and keep to themselves,’’ she said. “I don’t want to live in a society where ignorance of history leads whites to have unfounded fears of black people.’’ Said Dr. Johnson: “My impression is that the teachers who came (to the institute) are forerunners to progress — a type of teacher that is willing to grapple with something that nobody knows how to teach, in a country that has not yet begun to understand the profound impact of slavery.’’
Federal appeals court rulings put brakes on 2 pipeline projects By Denise Lavoie Associated Press
A federal appeals court in Richmond on Monday threw out two key permits for the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a ruling environmental groups said should halt construction on the 600-mile natural gas pipeline. But project developers insisted the ruling should not result in a lengthy delay. The pipeline is slated to start in West Virginia and run through Virginia and North Carolina. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit was “arbitrary and capricious” because it provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on five threatened or endangered species. The ruling elaborates on a decision first issued in May. The 4th Circuit also vacated a right-of-way permit from the U.S. National Park Service because it allows the pipeline to pass underneath the Blue Ridge Parkway without explaining how the project would not be inconsistent with the scenic parkway, which is part of the National Park System. “Today’s decision means Atlantic has to go back to the drawing board,” said D.J. Gerken, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which argued the case on behalf of the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and the Virginia Wilderness Committee. “Their plan to cut through two national forests and the Blue Ridge Parkway is no longer
viable,” Mr. Gerken said. But officials with Dominion Energy, the project’s lead developer, said it will work with the agencies to resolve the court’s concerns and “reinstate our permits as soon as possible.” “We believe the court’s concerns can be promptly addressed through additional review by the agencies without causing unnecessary delay to the project,” Dominion said in a written statement. The court’s ruling expanded on its May 15 order on the “Incidental Take Statement,” which typically authorizes a project to harm or kill no more than a limited number of threatened or endangered species. In its May ruling, the 4th Circuit agreed with environmental groups that said the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to set clear limits on the project’s impact. Dominion said it has already provided the agency with information needed to issue a revised Incidental Take Statement to comply with the court’s ruling. As for the National Park Service permit, Dominion said it believes the “extensive public record and mitigation requirements already in place provide ample support for the agency to promptly reissue the permit.” The agencies did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In its ruling, the 4th Circuit said the Blue Ridge Parkway, which links Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park to North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, serves as a recreational and scenic site. The pipeline
would pass underneath the parkway, but the proposed route would require removing all of the trees from a portion of nearby forest, leaving a clearing that would be visible from at least one key observation point along the parkway, “thus significantly decreasing the park’s scenic value.” The ruling, written by Chief Judge Roger Gregory, said the National Park Service’s decision to grant the pipeline a right-of-way permit was “arbitrary and capricious for failing to explain the pipeline’s consistency with the purposes of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the National Park System.” In a footnote, the 4th Circuit said the Federal Energy Commission’s authorization for the pipeline to begin construction is conditioned on valid permits from both the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. “Absent such authorizations, ACP, should it continue to proceed with construction, would violate FERC’S certificate of public convenience and necessity,” reads the footnote. Monday’s ruling was the second setback in recent days for a natural gas pipeline planned for the region. Last week, federal regulators ordered a halt to construction of a 300-mile pipeline on a swath of national forest following a ruling by the 4th Circuit. In a letter Friday to Mountain Valley Pipeline officials, the Federal Energy Commission said the company failed to obtain rights-of-way or temporary use permits needed for the pipeline to cross federally owned lands since the court
canceled permits the previous week. The letter said construction “must cease immediately” on the pipeline, which would run through Virginia and West Virginia. “There is no right way to build these dirty, dangerous fossil fuel projects, and people in Virginia and across the country will continue to come together to fight them until they are permanently halted,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. Developers of the pipelines say they will help utilities transition away from coal, create jobs and boost the economy. A federal appeals court in Richmond has thrown out two key permits for the Atlantic Coast pipeline. Environmental groups said the ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means construction should be halted on the 600-mile natural gas pipeline. The judges said a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit was “arbitrary and capricious” because it provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on five threatened or endangered species. They also vacated a right-of-way permit from the U.S. National Park Service because it allows the pipeline to pass underneath the Blue Ridge Parkway without explaining how the project would not be inconsistent with the scenic parkway. Dominion Energy said it will work with the agencies to resolve the court’s concerns and “reinstate our permits as soon as possible.”
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Mr. Ashe There’s no question that Richmond native and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. deserves greater recognition in his hometown. His laudatory actions both on and off the court merit a salute that will be visible not only now, but for future generations. His quiet activism and humanitarian efforts brought results in the areas of human rights, education and student mentorship, and greater awareness about and funding to combat HIV and AIDS. So to rename the Boulevard in Richmond for Mr. Ashe is a no-brainer. But that should be merely the first step. In this latest effort to honor Mr. Ashe, the city should go further and do the right thing: Move his statue on Monument Avenue to the intersection of Monument Avenue and the Boulevard that we hope shortly will bear his name. Yes, that means taking down the statue of Confederate Stonewall Jackson that currently sits in the center of that intersection and replacing it with a true hero — Arthur Ashe Jr. We believe it would be an affront to Mr. Ashe’s accomplishments and memory to have a statue to a Confederate traitor, racist and moral and military failure on a street bearing Mr. Ashe’s name. We also don’t want to think that City Council members and city officials would back such a plan to rename the Boulevard after Mr. Ashe as a consolation prize for Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s wimpy Monument Avenue Commission’s failure to recommend that all the statues to Confederate treasonists be removed. We are reminded on this solemn first anniversary of the horrific, deadly rally by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville how these statues are more than innocent representations of history. They remain insidious symbols of hate and inhumanity. And now Richmond will spend a third expensive cache of thousands of dollars on Aug. 19 because neo-Confederates and Ku Klux Klan sympathizers want to hold another rally on Monument Avenue — this time to defend against the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue. When will Richmond officials learn that in order to move ahead, we must rid ourselves of these malignant statues? Monument Avenue and the Boulevard should belong to true heroes like Mr. Ashe.
Summer heat and wellness checks We were a bit amused at first when a story hit our inbox recently with the title, “How to Build a DIY Air Conditioner in Minutes for Less Than $10.” The article and accompanying video showed how to turn a Styrofoam ice chest filled with ice, two vent pipes typically used for clothes dryers and a small electric or battery-operated fan into a makeshift air conditioner. It was intriguing at first, particularly if you’re into do-ityourself projects or quirky life hacks, as they are called. But the article gave only light mention to the seriousness of heat-related illnesses, offering a figure from the National Weather Service that, on average, more than 130 people die each year from the heat. We checked what we believe to be a better source — the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and learned that the figure is much higher. According to the CDC, an average of 658 people succumb to extreme heat each year in the United States. But that figure could be higher because, as the CDC information stated, heat-related deaths often are unrecognized or misclassified. And heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion, are not required to be reported to public health agencies. The CDC also noted that increased health risks posed by heat waves — which the center classified as three or more days with the thermometer reaching at least 90 degrees — can be exacerbated by limited access to transportation, medical care and cooling centers. At greatest risk are children under age 5, seniors age 65 and older, those who are overweight or have medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, the poor and those who are socially isolated, according to the CDC. So we were not surprised by the center’s charts showing that heat-related deaths are highest among AfricanAmericans and people of color. We have been fortunate in Richmond that the usual sweltering summer heat was replaced recently by slightly cooler days filled with rain. But temperatures are soaring now to their typical August levels and may remain in the 90s or reach triple digits for days at a time. We also are fortunate that the City of Richmond opens cooling stations in Downtown and South Side when temperatures or the heat index reach 95 degrees. The cooling stations offer a cooler indoor space for people to stay during critical daytime hours when it’s typically the hottest. Bottled water, but no food, is available. Like the CDC, the city also suggests people go to a local library or visit a friend who has air-conditioning if they can’t get to a cooling shelter. If you know someone who lives alone or who may fit into the higher risk category noted above, we urge you to check on them during the hot summer weather. A small act, such as a wellness check by phone or in person, may save someone’s life. And with the availability of air conditioning at public spaces, such as malls, movie theaters and libraries, you can leave the DIY air conditioner for when the electrical power goes out for several hours or days following a summer storm or you just want to put your craft skills to use.
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“The average black woman in the United States has to work all of 2017 until August 7 of 2018 to make what the average white man makes in 2017 alone. To say this is a problem is kind of the understatement of the year.” – Sheryl Sandberg at the National Urban League Conference on Aug. 1. With the 2018 National Urban League Conference focused on the theme “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution,” we could not have chosen a more appropriate guest to kick off the event than Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Even better, we were proud to use the occasion to announce two important new initiatives. New research conducted by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey in partnership with the National Urban League shows that there remains a striking lack of awareness around the pay gap black women face. On average, black women are paid 38 percent less than white men and 21 percent less
than white women — amounting to almost $879,000 lost over the course of a typical career. LeanIn is an initiative of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, dedicated to empowering
Marc H. Morial women in the workplace. Our plan is that bringing awareness to this injustice will lead to concrete action. Not only would fair pay for black women drastically narrow the racial economic gap, but it would go a long way toward stabilizing our national economy. Because black women disproportionately are heads of households, fair pay would create a ripple effect that could lift entire communities. Some of the key findings of the research: • More than 30 percent of Americans are not aware that, on average, black women are paid less than white men. • Even when people know there’s a pay gap, it’s bigger than they realize. Forty percent of the people who are aware of this gap underestimate its size. • About half of white men think obstacles to advancement for black women are gone,
but only 14 percent of black women agree. • Nearly 70 percent of people who are not African-American think that racism, sexism or both are uncommon in their company. Yet 64 percent of black women say they’ve experienced discrimination at work. Tuesday, Aug. 7, was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Share these facts on social media using the hashtag #38PercentCounts. The second announcement is an expanded partnership with Facebook to offer training in social media strategy and digital marketing our 13 Urban League Entrepreneurship Centers in Atlanta; Baltimore; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; New Orleans; Philadelphia; and Washington. The National Urban League will also join Facebook as a national adviser, helping to create new opportunities for small businesses from underserved communities. This partnership with Facebook perfectly encapsulates the focus of our mission on the intersection between digital technology and economic opportunity. Empowering our entrepreneurs through the use of
Shine the light of racial reconciliation A light shines in Prince Edward County atop the courthouse where a decision was made 59 years ago to shut down public schools rather than integrate. Classrooms were locked for five years in Massive Resistance to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. Wounds in the African-American community were cavernous. The Light of Reconciliation was dedicated in 2008 and its permanent memorial marker on the Prince Edward County courthouse lawn expresses the county’s “sorrow for closing schools.” The marker also displays these words from the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors: “We grieve for the ways lives were forever changed, for the pain that was caused, and for how those locked doors shuttered opportunities and barricaded the dreams our children had for their own lifetimes; and for all wounds known and unknown.” With so many plowshares being beaten back into swords of racism in America today, could such a light ever shine in the nation’s capital? I have a dream that, yes, a National Light of Reconciliation will radiate its message on the National Mall in Washington some day. It would be a light surrounded by statues of men,
women and children of all ages and races joined hand in hand, walking out toward every point on the compass. There would be words, too, at the center of that declaration of our interdependence on our shared humanity — a formal
Ken Woodley apology for the atrocity of slavery, passed by both houses of Congress and delivered in a nationally televised broadcast by whoever is then president of the United States. The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed separate resolutions a decade ago, but a formal national apology for slavery has never been made. We, the people, cannot allow those words to remain unspoken. Slavery gave birth to a brood of bigotry and pain. Its offspring clung to the chains, confining African-Americans to democracy’s back seat. True liberty and real justice for all remains a broken pledge. There can be no reconciliation without repentance. In Prince Edward County, an estimated 2,000-plus AfricanAmerican children were left with little or no formal education by the school closings. Most white children were educated at a private, whites-only academy. In 2004, the Virginia General Assembly created the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program and Fund. More than 200 of those Massive Resistance
casualties have been served by the initiative. At the time, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell played a crucial role fostering Republican support for the Democrat-patroned legislation creating the scholarship program and fund during a deeply partisan General Assembly session. The late civil rights icon, Julian Bond, said it was the first civil rights-era reparation in U.S. history. But there is far more harm to repair in America today, and our post-World War II commitment to Europe points the way forward. The National Light of Reconciliation should be followed by a domestic Marshall Plan focusing investments in education, health care, housing, economic development and infrastructure in urban and rural communities with significant African-American populations. The positive impacts would be colorblind, lifting entire cities and counties. That fact could persuade a majority of Americans and their congressional representatives to resist the arguments of those who oppose reparations. Our national wound of race is real. A week doesn’t pass without some new headline or sound bite picking at the scab until it bleeds. But we can become America’s new skin, someday, perhaps, if we keep growing toward each other — even erasing the scars. The writer is a former reporter and editor of The Farmville Herald.
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digital tools is a great example of how to fulfill our conference theme and power the digital revolution. During our conversation, I asked Ms. Sandberg what she was like growing up and she said she was the “bossy girl.” She asked the men in the audience to raise their hands if they’d ever been called bossy. Few raised their hands. Then she asked the women. We know it’s not that women act in more aggressive ways than men — it’s just our expectations. Next time you hear someone call a little girl called bossy, walk right up to that person and say, “She’s not bossy. She has executive leadership skills.” The writer is president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League.
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Carver Elementary’s success became ‘a target on its back’
I left the Richmond Public Schools’ community meeting last week about the Carver Elementary School scandal conflicted about the entire situation. It was hard for me, as it was for many parents, to believe what we were hearing. For years, Carver Elementary has been the jewel of RPS — and rightfully so. It had resources from the community, Virginia Commonwealth University, corporations and the city, far beyond those of many other schools. Its students performed well within the confines of the school and in activities around the city and the region. But with its success came a target on its back. And there were those who believed that kids who mostly came out of the Gilpin Court public housing community could not do so well. That is why it is not surprising that this new superintendent, Jason Kamras, would be fed complaints about Carver. The discoveries in the state Department of Education report
are compelling. They show a disparity between the percentage of students passing tests while attending Carver and their results as they moved within the public school system, whether on to middle school or to other elementary schools. The investigators looked at the hard numbers and interviewed Carver students and teachers — many of whom appeared disgruntled — and concluded that the administrator and other individuals conspired to fix Standards of Learning test scores. Mr. Kamras has announced that the alleged conspirators, including the former Carver principal, are in the process of being banned from working in the city school system. Many of them had stellar careers. I predict there will be one or more lawsuits against RPS, and some who sue could prevail. Here is why: Sometimes the numbers don’t tell the full story. There are dynamics that exist that can explain how children could excel
at one school and fail miserably at another. Also, with the best of situations, it is difficult to get the truth from a 9-year-old. I try often and fail. I also know that within any workplace, there will be some who feel left out and discriminated against. Be that as it may, the die has been cast. The chips will fall. Yet, the children must continue to stand tall and the reputation of Carver must remain strong. The school should not be measured by accusations of mishandling of state Standards of Learning tests. Carver Elementary is greater than the SOLs, and students must remain proud to go to the “peanut” school. PREDDY D. RAY Richmond
High school civics lesson results in boycott request
I teach government and U.S. history at a private, all-boys high school in Baltimore. And recently, my students and I were discussing the heightened climate of hate and racism in this country. We noticed that prominently pigmented people receive the brunt of degradations and insults, including the recent Starbucks incident, comments by President Trump and the wanton police shootings of unarmed people. Needless to say, the students became despondent. Then they began spewing hate against groups of people. Trying to allay these prejudicial feelings, I attempted to explain the power of group cohesion. I gave them the example of the NFL play-
ers taking a knee during the national anthem. The collective action by a small group of athletes inadvertently affected a corporation’s financial bottom line. This in turn led to the dismissal of John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s Pizza. I asked my students what would happen if prominently pigmented people withheld patronizing this business for a day or two. The excitement that overcame them was priceless. We continued to discuss the definition and ramifications of a boycott. I explained how the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the 1950s led to a movement that changed a nation. That’s powerful!
To my surprise, the students began gathering information on the Papa John’s case. They brought to my attention that even though Mr. Schnatter was relieved from his duties at chief executive officer, he is still the majority shareholder. Currently, Mr. Schnatter is suing the company to get his job back. This means that he still has influence in the operations of the company. We debated how people could express their dismay of being insulted by this corporate icon. One of the students shouted, “Black dollars matter.” We continued to discuss how if, for one day, we as a group (prominently pigmented people) could refrain from
spending our dollars with Papa John’s, would it have an impact. The consensus was an astounding yes. My class and decided on the following three goals: • To express our disheartenment with Mr. Schnatter’s verbal insults toward a particular group of people. • To demonstrate our collective economic influence and the ability to wield it when needed. • To show our patriotism
while simultaneously exerting our inherent rights as Americans that no one will trample, weaken or disallow. We ask that people join us in a boycott of Papa John’s pizza. We have chosen no particular date. We thought it would be easier for people to choose their own date to refrain from patronizing the company. BOBBY BROWN Baltimore The writer is a 1993 graduate
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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF PETITION OF VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY FOR APPROVAL OF A PLAN FOR ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION GRID TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS PURSUANT TO § 56-585.1 A 6 OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA CASE NO. PUR-2018-00100 On July 24, 2018, Virginia Electric and Power Company (“Dominion” or “Company”) filed a petition with the State Corporation Commission (“Commission”) for approval of a plan for electric distribution grid transformation projects (“Petition”) pursuant to § 56-585.1 A 6 (“Subsection A 6”) of the Code of Virginia. Specifically, Dominion seeks approval of the first three years (“Phase I”) of its ten-year Grid Transformation Plan (“GT Plan”). The estimated total proposed investment associated with Phase I is $816.3 million in capital investment and $101.5 million in operations and maintenance investment. Pursuant to Subsection A 6, the Commission is required to issue its final order on the Petition within six months of the filing date. The Company states that Phase I will focus on seven components of the overall GT Plan including: (i) smart meters; (ii) customer information platform; (iii) reliability and resilience; (iv) telecommunications infrastructure; (v) cyber and physical security; (vi) predictive analytics; and (vii) emerging technology. The Company proposes to fully deploy smart meters and their supporting network infrastructure across its service territory, which the Company asserts is a foundational component of the GT Plan. During Phase I, the Company estimates that it will install approximately 1.4 million smart meters across its service territory. The Company also proposes to develop and deploy a new customer information platform (“CIP”) to replace its twenty-year-old customer information system. The Company asserts that the CIP will be a framework of technologies and applications that together deliver comprehensive customer information and streamlined transactions, as well as multi-channeled engagement between Dominion and its customers. The CIP will include, among other things, a customer information system supporting processes such as metering, billing, credit, service orders, and revenue reporting. The Company states that to improve reliability and resilience, the Company proposes to (i) deploy intelligent grid devices; (ii) implement operations and automated control systems; (iii) perform grid hardening activities; and (iv) implement physical security measures at certain substations. The Company also states that it proposes to deploy a foundational, forward-looking telecommunications strategy and solution as a critical and interdependent component of the GT Plan, in addition to a comprehensive strategy for predictive analytics. The Company states that it will also monitor emerging technologies and propose investments where reasonable and prudent. As part of the Petition, the Company is proposing to begin its Smart Lighting Initiative and to deploy a streamlined net metering application process. Through the Smart Lighting Initiative, the Company states that it intends to mount intelligent grid devices on certain Company-owned streetlights. The Company asserts that Phase I of the GT Plan is reasonable, prudent, and in the public interest, and states that it will provide benefits to customers in three primary categories: (i) increased reliability and resiliency; (ii) improved customer experience; and (iii) reduced components of cost of service.
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The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing in this case that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing at 10 a.m. on November 14, 2018, in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, to receive the testimony of public witnesses. Any person desiring to testify as a public witness should appear at the hearing location fifteen (15) minutes prior to the starting time of the hearing and contact the Commission’s Bailiff. A public hearing will convene on November 15, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., in the same location, to receive the testimony and evidence offered by the Company, respondents, and the Commission Staff on the Company’s Petition. The Company’s Petition and the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing are available for public inspection during regular business hours at each of the Company’s business offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Copies also may be obtained by submitting a written request to counsel for the Company, Sarah R. Bennett, Esquire, McGuireWoods LLP, Gateway Plaza, 800 East Canal Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. If acceptable to the requesting party, the Company may provide the documents by electronic means. Copies of the Petition and other documents filed in this case are also available for interested persons to review in the Commission’s Document Control Center located on the first floor of the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Interested persons also may download unofficial copies from the Commission’s website: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case. On or before November 7, 2018, any interested person wishing to comment on the Company’s Petition shall file written comments with Joel H. Peck, Clerk, State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. Any interested person desiring to file comments electronically may do so on or before November 7, 2018, by following the instructions on the Commission’s website: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case. Compact disks or any other form of electronic storage medium may not be filed with the comments. All such comments shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00100. On or before September 11, 2018, any person or entity may participate as a respondent in this proceeding by filing a notice of participation. If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of the notice of participation shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. A copy of the notice of participation as a respondent also must be sent to counsel for the Company at the address set forth above. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5-20-80 B, Participation as a respondent, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (“Rules of Practice”), any notice of participation shall set forth: (i) a precise statement of the interest of the respondent; (ii) a statement of the specific action sought to the extent then known; and (iii) the factual and legal basis for the action. Any organization, corporation, or government body participating as a respondent must be represented by counsel as required by Rule 5 VAC 5-20-30, Counsel, of the Rules of Practice. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00100. For additional information about participation as a respondent, any person or entity should obtain a copy of the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing. All documents filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Commission in this docket may use both sides of the paper. In all other respects, all filings shall comply fully with the requirements of 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice. The Commission’s Rules of Practice may be viewed at http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case. A printed copy of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and an official copy of the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing in this proceeding may be obtained from the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY
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CANTON, Ohio One of the greatest leaders football has seen, Ray Lewis, used his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech last Saturday to call for more enlightened leadership in the United States. The last of the seven members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on hand to be enshrined, Lewis eschewed notes and the lectern, instead strolling along the stage and passionately urging his listeners to come together. “Are you living every day to make this world better?” Lewis asked Saturday night at the end of his 33-minute oratory, often invoking the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Think what we can do if we work together as a country ... teaching our nation to love each other again. “It’s how we react to the challenges in our life that shows our greatness. How do we execute that dream? Who will answer that knock on the door in the middle of the night? And it has to start right now. We need people willing to fight for what is good and what is right.” Turning to the 140 Hall of Famers on the stage, Lewis told them, “We can go from being legends to building a legacy bigger than football, bigger than sports. Look at what unites us ... the answer is simple, love. Hope, faith and love, and the greatest is love.” Lewis was joined by Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard as inductees at the hall ceremony. One of the best linebackers in NFL history, Lewis won two Super Bowls with the Baltimore Ravens. He often chanted “BALTIMORE!” during his speech. “Telling me something can’t be done is like pouring lighter fluid on an open flame,” said Lewis, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a second Super Bowl for the 2012 season — coming back from a torn triceps — then retired. He was the MVP of the 2001 title game. “I came back, and boy did I come back,” Lewis said. “When you walk off the last time with that thing, that Lombardi, it’s a confirmation I am living proof of the impossible.” A first-year nominee, Lewis was selected 26th overall in the 1996 draft. He wasn’t even Baltimore’s first choice. Jonathan Ogden was, and the big tackle made the Hall of Fame in 2013. Lewis’ impact was immediate, both on the field, in the locker room, and even in pregame introductions, when his “squirrel dance” fired up fans and teammates alike. He and Ogden even did a short version on the stage. Lewis was the first player with 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career. An eight-time All-Pro and inside linebacker on the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, he had a franchise-record 2,061 career tackles. Dawkins also delivered a powerful speech and, as he promised, cried during it. One of the hardest-hitting and most versatile safeties in NFL history, Dawkins stared at his bust and nodded his approval to the crowd. “The majority of success I have had has come on the back end of pain,” he said noting he had suicidal thoughts when he battled depression. “On the other side of it, all of a sudden I became better. There’s a purpose for my pain. “I have grown leaps and bounds because of the things I went through. For those going through this now, there is hope on the other side. Keep moving, keep pushing through.” Dawkins was the leader of a Philadelphia Eagles defense that made four straight NFC championship games and one Super Bowl. Voted to the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team and a fivetime All-Pro, Dawkins intercepted passes in 15 consecutive seasons and had 37 picks overall. He averaged nearly 100 tackles a year and spotlighted his versatility as the first player in NFL history to get a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown catch (on a screen pass)
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Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis dances with joy beside his bust during his speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Saturday in Canton, Ohio.
in a game, against Houston in 2002. Urlacher became a record 28th Chicago Bear inducted into the hall. A first-year nominee who filled the tradition of great middle linebackers in the Windy City so brilliantly, Urlacher actually was a safety at New Mexico. Chicago selected him ninth overall in the 2000 draft and immediately converted him to linebacker. He spent two weeks in training camp on the outside, then was moved inside — for 13 spectacular seasons. “I love everything about football — the friendships, the coaches, the teachers, the challenges, the opportunity to excel. I loved going to work every day for 13 years,” said the 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2005 Defensive Player of the Year, a season in which Urlacher had 171 tackles. The five-time All-Pro and member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team even did some work on special teams. But it was in the heart of the defense where he shone. “The most coveted position for a defensive player to play is middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears,” said Urlacher, who had to hold back tears several times. “Just think about it.
I hope over my 13 seasons I made you Bears fans proud.” Another first-year nominee, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Moss brought the perfect combination of height, speed, soft hands and agility to Minnesota as the 21st overall draft pick in 1998 after a rocky college career. His 69 receptions, 17 for touchdowns, and 1,313 yards helped the Vikings go 15-1 and earned him Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. That was just the start for the eccentric but always dynamic Moss. When he finally hooked up with an elite quarterback, he caught a record 23 touchdown passes from Tom Brady in New England’s perfect 2007 regular season. Moss rubbed the face and top of his bust, then delivered a sermon worthy of any church or synagogue. He paid tribute to his family, to the fans of his five teams and to his roots in West Virginia — he promised he would return to his hometown of Rand on Sunday to show off his gold jacket. “To my gold jacket brothers, I vow I will wear it proudly,” Moss said. One of those Hall of Fame brothers, Terrell
Ray Lewis III living outside his father’s shadow at VUU By Fred Jeter
He has the name and he has the game. When you spot the name Ray Lewis on the Virginia Union University football roster, you take notice. Then when you see the defensive back making plays all over the field on football Saturdays, you take notice again. “Ray is a great player and leader,” said Panthers Coach Alvin Parker. “He brings his hard hat to practice every day. He’s a pleasure to coach.” Raymond Anthony Lewis III, answering to “Ray Ray,” is the son of gridiron legend Ray Lewis Jr., who was inducted last Saturday into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. With much interest, Ray Ray watched the ceremonies on television from his North Side apartment. “I had a chance to go (to Canton)
but opted to stay here being his latest. He had and get ready for the previous stints at the start of our practices,” University of Miami, his Lewis said. father’s alma mater, and VUU preseason Coastal Carolina Univerdrills began this week. sity in Conway, S.C. In Canton, the elder He figures heavLewis spoke for 33 minily into the plans of utes, double the time of first-year VUU Coach other inductees. Parker. “It was a bit lengthy, “I’ve seen a lot of Ray Ray Lewis III but I think my father on video and have been touched on all the key points,” impressed with his work ethic the Lewis said. last eight months that I’ve been with Lewis doesn’t have his father’s him,” Coach Parker said. “He’s a size. He’s listed at 5-foot-10, 195 flat-out defensive back. He can play pounds compared to his father’s safety or the corner, and we may 6-foot-1, 240 pounds. use him on kick returns.” Lewis also has two younger Wearing jersey No. 19, Lewis brothers playing college football. was in on 37 tackles last season Rayshad Lewis is a sophomore for VUU while also breaking up defensive back/wide receiver at 12 passes in nine games. the University of Maryland, while He said he has never worried about Rahsaan Lewis is a freshman living up to his father’s status. defensive back at the University “I’ve never felt any pressure,” of Central Florida. he said. “I’m just trying to be the A psychology major, Lewis has best person I can be.” attended three colleges, with VUU Growing up, Lewis lived with
Richmonder Maurice ‘Mo’ Carter looking for more international hoop time By Fred Jeter
Richmond native Maurice “Mo” Carter didn’t have to join the Navy to see the world. He has been globetrotting for years. The traveling man has earned basketball paychecks in France, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Macedonia, Libya, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico, as well as from the NBA “G” League. “I’ve been a little bit of everywhere,” said Carter, summing up his worldwide adventures after working up a sweat in the Richmond Pro-Am game at Big Ben’s Home Court in Richmond. Now 35, the trim 6-foot point guard isn’t about to let any dust collect on his suitcase or moss grow under his sneakers. “I’m transitioning” to other professions, he said, “but I can still play on a high level.” Carter has dabbled in real estate and car sales and offers youth training sessions on the side. The 9-to-5 can wait, however. His quickness and smooth jump shot, as well as his sleek waistline, haven’t been compromised by age. “Staying in shape, eating the right things — it has become a lifestyle,” he said. His enthusiasm hasn’t dampened, either. Last winter, Carter suited up for Rouen Metropole Basket in the French Pro-B League. As the team’s elder statesmen, he averaged 11 points per game while logging about 26 minutes per contest. Prior to his one season in France, he played for Aykon Ankara in Turkey in 2016-17; before
Owens, declined to attend. Instead, he held his own celebration at his college in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was shown in a video and his photo was hanging in Tom Benson Stadium. Otherwise, T.O. was MIA. In a lengthy and humorous speech, Kramer brought the crowd back to the Lombardi Era. A senior committee nominee, Kramer became eligible in 1974 after 11 seasons with the Green Bay Packers in which he won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls. “It was an incredible experience to be with him and have him bring you along,” he said about Lombardi, who gave him “approval and belief: powerful, powerful tools.” Kramer also spent some time placekicking for Green Bay. He made five All-Pro squads, the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team, NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s and the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team. Brazile, known as “Dr. Doom” when he played in all 147 games for the Houston Oilers in his 10-year NFL career, kissed his bust when it was unveiled. He spoke of how he and Walter Payton made history by being selected in the first round of the same draft from a historically black college. Also a senior committee nominee, Brazile was drafted sixth overall out of Jackson State, two picks behind his teammate. He made such an immediate pro impact he was the 1975 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and went on to five All-Pro seasons as one of the game’s most versatile linebackers. He was in on a stunning 185 tackles in 1978. Presented by his father, also named Robert, Brazile made the 1970s NFL All-Decade Team. He retired in 1984 and became a special education teacher. “When they knocked on my door,” he said of finding out in February he had finally made the hall, “all of my dreams came true. And after all these years, I’m at home.” Beathard won four Super Bowls as a team executive and drafted four Hall of Famers. His best hire might have been Coach Joe Gibbs, who presented Beathard for induction. A contributor’s committee nominee, Beathard worked for the Chiefs, Falcons, Dolphins, Chargers and the Washington NFL team. He won two NFL titles each with Miami, including the perfect 1972 season, and Washington. He also helped Kansas City and San Diego to Super Bowls.
that, for Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rico in 2015-16. Before that, he showed off his silky jumper and slashing moves to the rack for the London Lightning in Ontario, Canada. While the money is sufficient on the international hoops circuit, Carter notes that he’s “not Mo Carter traveling alone.” His “fan club” features his wife, Annabelle, and 3-yearold daughter, Mila. His mother, Dorothy Carter, was on hand at Big Ben’s to do what she’s been doing for decades — filming her son’s game and leading cheers. Carter isn’t the only baller in the family. His wife played on the Dominican Republic National Team a few years back and later professionally in Iceland. Safety is always an issue when signing contracts. “I really enjoyed playing in Turkey,” said Carter. “It’s one of the best leagues in Europe. But now with all that’s going on there, I wouldn’t dare go back. “Right now, I’m not sure where I’ll be going next season,” he continued. “But I have every intention of playing.” Carter burst on the local scene in the late 1990s as one of two precocious freshman guards for a juggernaut Highland Springs High School squad coached by George Lancaster. Carter shared the background with another
brilliant performer, Jonathan Hargett. As it turned out, Coach Lancaster’s dream backcourt didn’t last. Hargett transferred out of state following his freshman year. Carter transferred following his sophomore season to DeMatha Catholic High School near Washington, and later to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. Carter passed on college offers from the likes of Xavier University in Ohio and Wake Forest University to help build a program at Robert Morris University outside Pittsburgh. At the time, Robert Morris was transitioning from a junior college to NCAA Division I status. In three seasons at the school, Carter scored 1,261 points while canning 195 3-pointers. Undrafted by the NBA, he toiled a season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA’s G League before taking his game on a world tour. His play with foreign teams started with Trotamundos de Carabobo in Venezuela. His best season statistically was with Bambuqueros, Colombia, where he averaged 28 points. “I’m a point guard, but I can score,” said Carter. “That’s why I’m still playing.” The Big Ben Summer League lacks pro-ball intensity, while still providing a chance for conditioning and friendly competition. Wearing No. 13 for Setliff Law, Carter led the Pro-Am in scoring with 22 points per game. He tacked on another 20 points in the tournament quarterfinal win over SKG Detailing. Meanwhile, Carter will pursue more overseas opportunities. It’s a big world out there, and it’s likely he can already say “basketball” in many languages.
his mother, Tatyana McCall, in Longwood, Fla., near Orlando. He was a heavily recruited running back and defensive back at Lake Mary Prep High. Both his parents attended VUU’s homecoming last November to see him play in the game against Elizabeth City State University. Properly motivated, Lewis responded with his best game — 11 tackles in a VUU victory. His dad even addressed the Panthers in a spirited pregame speech. “The team really got hyped up,” Lewis said. “It was almost surreal.” Playing for the Baltimore Ravens, his father starred on two Super Bowl championship squads, and registered 2,061 career tackles with 31 interceptions, 42 sacks and 17 forced fumbles. “I know most people look up to him as one of the greatest players who ever lived,” Lewis said. “But, honestly, to me, he’s just my dad.”
Metropolitan Junior Baseball League All-Star Game this Saturday By Fred Jeter
The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League’s stars will shine this Saturday, Aug. 11, at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Parham Campus, 1651 E. Parham Road. Game time is 3 p.m. for the seasonending MJBL All-Star Game in the fiveteam, U-19 age division. Under the direction of William M.T. Forrester Jr., the MJBL is concluding its 59th season with a long-standing aim to promote baseball within the inner city and among African-American youths. It has been a busy summer. In addition to league play, the MJBL has competed in tournaments along the East Coast. The U-19 contingent, made up of young men mostly in the 16 to 19 age group, played in a MJBL tournament last month in Washington coinciding with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The MJBL event was held at Maury Wills Field near Howard University. Local athletes also traveled to Greensboro, N.C., for the annual MJBL Inner-City Classic and to Atlanta for the RBI Regional. RBI stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and is funded by MLB. The Reynolds Community College diamond off Parham Road has become the hub for local MJBL activities. Forrester reports that two batting cages have been added for training.
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Spotlight on president of the Richmond Bar Association The Richmond Bar Association is always striving to increase the diversity of its membership, says Terrence L. Graves. The 54-year-old attorney with Sands Anderson PC can make sure that happens now that he’s in charge. On June 1, Mr. Graves took office as president of the RBA. He will lead the 1,500-plus member association for the next year as it expands on its long-standing mission of service to the bar, the bench and the public. He is the second AfricanAmerican president of the organization that was founded in 1885. “My first priority as president is to make sure that every member feels that they have a place at the table and that their needs as members, however diverse they might be, are being met by the association to the extent possible,” Mr. Graves says. “We also want to make it clear that if you practice law in or around the city of Richmond, then the RBA is an organization of which you should be an active and contributing member.” Mr. Graves acknowledges what he calls the unfounded perception that the RBA is still the same stodgy organization it was when it was comprised solely of white men. “There was a time when the Richmond Bar Association did not welcome people who look like me,” he says. But that’s not the case anymore. “I think the RBA, and a lot of other entities both public and private in Richmond, still suffer from the perceptions of what was allowed to go on from the 19th century through the 1960s and ’70s,” he says. He said making sure the RBA’s door is open is the most effective way to move forward. That includes serving the community in areas that are needed, providing manpower for pro bono projects and working with other area bar organizations to interview an array of candidates for judgeships. “It is of utmost importance to have judges that reflect the demographics of the community that the court serves,” he says. “In many instances, the best qualified individuals to serve are people from diverse backgrounds.” Mr. Graves’ interest in law dates to his childhood in Suffolk. He and his brothers were avid readers. His parents, Rammie and Elna Graves, emphasized education and the importance of family. “You had to get your books and you were expected to pitch in where you could and when you could,” he recounts. He graduated in the Top 10 in his high school class, and a speech he wrote for an advanced literature class was deemed the best. He delivered it at graduation in 1982. Once at Howard University, he was exposed in his political science class to many of the legal struggles throughout history and to the brilliant legal strategists of the Civil Rights Movement who had connections to Howard — law dean Charles Hamilton Houston and Howard law school graduates Thurgood Marshall and Oliver W. Hill Sr. The late Mr. Hill of Richmond and the late Justice Marshall, who served on the U.S. Supreme Court, are among Mr. Graves’ legal heroes. “They are both shining examples of what it is to be the best at what you do while maintaining the highest level of ethics and personal conduct,” he says. Meet the Richmond Bar Association’s 134th president
ing judgeships. Greatest challenge at work: Making sure that everything gets done and done at a high level. There are only 24 hours in any given day and there are always things that need to be done. Time management is key. Greatest satisfaction: I am most satisfied when I’ve achieved a good result for my client, whether at trial, as the result of a well-argued motion or as the result of negotiating the best possible settlement under the circumstances of a given case. and this week’s Personality, Terrence L. Graves: Occupation: Attorney with Sands Anderson PC. I represent individuals and corporations in civil matters primarily involving catastrophic injuries and property damage claims all over the Commonwealth of Virginia and in several other mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. I’m also the co-chair of the litigation group at the firm. No. 1 volunteer position: President of the Richmond Bar Association. Date and place of birth: Aug. 1 in Suffolk. Current residence: Chesterfield County. Alma maters: Bachelor’s degree, Howard University, 1986; and J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1991. Family: Wife, Jacqueline Mason-Graves, my junior high school sweetheart, and son, Terrence L. Graves Jr. When elected RBA president and length of term: I took office on June 1, and my time in office runs until May 31, 2019. How I felt when I was elected: I was humbled and proud because I’m following in the footsteps of many great bar leaders who have gone before me. RBA mission: To cultivate and advance the cause of jurisprudence; to facilitate and improve the administration of justice; to promote the delivery of legal services to the entire community; to promote an increased understanding by the public of the legal system and respect for the law; to inculcate and enhance the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, dignity and honor; to continue the legal education of its members; and to encourage courtesy among all members of the legal profession, including bench and bar. Major RBA programs: The RBA hosts six major luncheon meetings, two major social events, and offered 38 hours of continuing education programming in 2017, has seven practice sections and many other events aimed at enhancing the administration of justice and promoting collegiality. RBA’s relationship with other associations: The RBA partners with seven other local bar associations (Chesterfield County Bar Association, Hanover County Bar Association, Henrico County Bar Association, Hill-Tucker Bar Association, Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association and the Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association) on the area’s annual Bench-Bar Conference. In addition, we invite the same local bar associations to participate in joint judicial interviews of candidates seek-
When I knew law was for me: I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was in elementary school and we were studying different occupations. I was even more motivated to become a lawyer when one of my teachers told me that I was too shy and quiet to be a lawyer. How public views lawyers: As a necessary evil. We often are described as underhanded, dishonest, cheating and not to be trusted, until someone needs the help of an attorney to solve a problem for them. How lawyers should be viewed: As highly educated problem solvers that work for the benefit of their clients and who contribute greatly to our society and communities. What it takes to be a good attorney: You have to be willing to listen to the problems that your clients bring to you and present them with all available options to address the problem. You have to be willing to follow through under all circumstances and you have to have the client’s best interests at heart. You also have to be willing to learn new things and new approaches to old problems. Concern about racial disparities in treatment in court: This is an age old problem that is best exemplified by how defendants of different races are treated differently in criminal matters. There is an obvious concern about this, as everyone deserves to be treated equally under the law based upon their actions and not because of their race, gender or beliefs. Disparity in access to attorneys: I have a natural concern about the ability of people who are barely able to put a roof over their heads and food on their table to afford to hire an attorney if something should go wrong in their lives or if they need help with something. Everyone should be able to get help with important legal issues. How RBA is addressing disparities: In 2014, a Diversity Committee that I chaired studied whether minority lawyers had full and effective access to membership in the RBA, whether minorities had effective opportunity to leadership and development programs in the association and what additional steps could be taken to encourage additional participation (ensuring more diversity in our luncheon speakers and topics and to actively cultivate minority and gender parity on our committees). This doesn’t address the disparities of race with regard to access to lawyers and judicial appointments, but the RBA is mindful of the issues across the board. Our Pro Bono Committee and our members support the efforts and programs of organizations — the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Virginia Poverty Law Center, to name
a few — whose objective is to assist the economically disadvantaged and underserved in the metro area. Advice to law students: Be a sponge. Soak up everything that you can while you are in law school. Also be open to changing your preferred direction once you get in law school. Many times your path will pull you in a direction that you haven’t even thought about.
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Hundreds of people across metro Richmond turned out Tuesday night for the 35th Annual National Night Out, an event observed across the country to promote safe neighborhoods while building policecommunity relations. McGruff the Crime Dog and the Richmond Police Department’s top brass and officers made the rounds at several of dozens of events put on by neighborhood and community groups across the city, including the one pictured here at Pollard Park in North Side. Left, Camya Brown, 7, shows off her dance moves during the event sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond that featured music, food and performances. Felicia Joyner, right, volunteers for grill duty. Photos by Sandra Sellars/Richmond Free Press
AFROFEST, a festival of African culture, Saturday at Pine Camp An estimated 3,500 people from at least 19 African countries now call the Richmond area home. They want to raise awareness of the cultural richness they are adding to the community. That’s why the African Community Network, an umbrella group that includes representatives of the emigrants of the various countries who came to the United States in recent years, is throwing a community party called AFROFEST 2018. The free event will take place noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the city’s Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road in North Side. “We’ll be offering music, a fashion show, food and soccer games to showcase who we are,” said Djibril Niang, a co-founder and president of ACN. Featured performers will include Ghanaian master drummer Okyerema Asante and the world music group Hotel X, said Mr. Niang, who arrived 18 years ago from Senegal. The event also will feature an array of clothing styles from the various African nations that the network represents, as well as from the Caribbean nation of Haiti, he said. During the event, soccer teams representing Ghana and Cameroon will vie for the AFROFEST 2018 title, he said. Health screenings and competitions for children also will be part of the event, he said. “We are hoping for a big turnout,” Mr. Niang said. Details: African Community Network, (804) 389-4488 or (804) 852-2796 or email@example.com.
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20th anniversary exhibit Above, Cree takes in the artwork that she and 19 other program leaders at ART180 created to celebrate the nonprofit’s 20th year of giving young people from challenging circumstances an opportunity to express themselves through painting, sculpture, murals and other art. At right, Marlene Paul, left, ART 180’s co-founder and executive director, greets Melody Barnes, former White House domestic policy adviser, and her husband, Marlon Buckner Jr., at the opening of the anniversary exhibit last Friday at the organization’s Atlas Galley, 114 W. Marshall St. Work from the exhibit, titled “Twenty: ART 180 Takes the Bus,” will spend most of August touring the city on GRTC buses. An exhibit in April at the Science Museum of Virginia featured the work of the organization’s students.
Richmond Chapter of The Drifters Inc. host national convention
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College move-in day Left, Kavin Baines, 18, of Portsmouth gets a helping hand from her mother, Miki Baines, during last Saturday’s freshmen move-in at Virginia Union University. Orientation for members of the Class of 2022, along with classes for new students, started Monday on the Lombardy Street campus. Future student Kenzie Creekmur watches and takes notes about dormitory life in the background.
Women from around the country converged on Richmond this week for the 62nd National Convention of The Drifters Inc., a national women’s civic and service organization started in 1954 that now has more than 600 members in 35 chapters in the United States. The Richmond Chapter of The Drifters is hosting the national event that began Wednesday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 12, at a Chesterfield County hotel. The theme: “FANtastic RVA — Where We Encourage Positivity, Power and Purpose!” The organization is focused on voter registra-
RVA has soul
DJ Tony Fernandez spins high-energy house music Saturday at the 3rd Annual RVA Soul House Fest held at St. Joseph’s Villa. The free event, a community party, featured six DJs and a host of entertainers serving up a variety of “house music,” a mix of soul and R&B. Christopher Woody, right, amazes the crowd with his dance moves and death drop. Attendees were asked to bring school supplies for backpacks the organizing disc jockeys plan to distribute. Photos by Sandra Sellars/Richmond Free Press
tion and education this year, while promoting the national theme of strengthening families to build better communities. The Richmond chapter was established in 1978 and has been involved in a variety of civic projects, including awarding scholarships to area high school seniors and college students, providing help to families in need, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Caritas and putting on voter registration drives. Mary Ann Jones is president of the Richmond chapter, while Constance Brown and chapter Vice President Yvonne Edmonds are convention co-chairs.
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From left, Pierre Toussaint, Mary Elizabeth Lange, Julia Greeley and Augustus Tolton are among five African-American candidates being supported for sainthood.
Coalition seeks sainthood for 5 African-Americans Religion News Service
The founders of two religious orders and an African-American priest who had to train in Rome because no U.S. seminary would accept him are among five candidates being supported for sainthood by a new coalition of black Catholic organizations. The initiative was announced July 31 at Xavier University in New Orleans, where a new resource center will be established to facilitate research on these candidates and other black Catholics. Lining up behind the effort are Xavier’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, the National Black Sisters Conference, the National Black Catholic Seminarians Association and the National Association of Black Catholic Deacons. Although the Roman Catholic Church has
many saints of African descent, it has no black American saints. Scholarly research is important “for the larger church, understanding the role of AfricanAmericans in building the church,” said Xavier President Reynold Verret. Documentation of a person’s life, including expressions of virtue and performance of miracles, is generally required for progress on the path to sainthood. The candidates are: Pierre Toussaint, 1766-1853, a former slave who parlayed his connections as a hairdresser to prominent New Yorkers into a career of charity. Mother Henriette DeLille, 1813-1862, a mixed-race woman who founded Sisters of the Holy Family, a religious order based in New Orleans. Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, c. 1794-1882,
who founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore. Father Augustus Tolton, 1854-1897, identified by Xavier as America’s first black Catholic priest, studied in Rome because no U.S. seminary would take him. Julia Greeley, c. 1840-1918, a former slave who became known as Denver’s Angel of Charity for her support of poor families. The five candidates all are in the early stages of the journey to sainthood, which in the Roman Catholic Church is a four-stage process. Mother Lange, Father Tolton and Ms. Greeley have attained the first level, in which a diocesan tribunal affirms that they lived lives of “heroic virtue.” Mother DeLille and Mr. Toussaint have attained the second level, veneration, meaning they have been proclaimed heroic in virtue by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints with
the approval of the pope. The next level, beatification, generally requires documentation of one miracle (except in the case of a martyr). Canonization, the fourth level, requires two miracles. The process can take decades or even centuries. Dr. Verret said advocacy for Mr. Toussaint was under way in the 1970s. Some credit Mr. Toussaint with inspiring the creation of Catholic Charities, one of the largest charitable organizations in the United States. After being freed from slavery, he financially supported his former slave master’s widow through his work as a hairdresser for the rich and famous in New York City, including the family of Alexander Hamilton. Through Mr. Toussaint’s connections, he helped create several organizations serving the destitute of the city without regard to race.
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Ms. Mustafa, the mayoral candidate in Rochester, posted on her Facebook page about receiving anti-Muslim threats in the mail last month. She notified the police about the incident. Not all the Muslim candidates, however, have encountered a backlash. Mr. Pasha, for example, said that he hasn’t dealt with any of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration experiences that Ms. Jama, Mr. Ahmed and Ms. Mustafa have encountered while campaigning. “It’s not like I’m saying everyone is accepting,” Mr. Pasha said. “But that hasn’t been my experience as a candidate.” After Ms. Jama took a couple of weeks to recover from her door-knocking experience, she posted about it on Facebook, saying the incidents won’t stop her from continuing her campaign. She also said she didn’t want to go out campaigning alone and asked people to join her. In response, a half dozen white residents in Mankato joined her last month. Among them was Tony Friesen, owner of Friesen’s Family Bakery & Soup Bar in Mankato and Dan Feehan, a DFL candidate for Congress in the 1st District. With the presence of Mr. Friesen and Mr. Feehan, Ms. Jama said she noticed things were different than when she campaigned with her niece. She said she was treated just like any other candidate. The nonprofit news outlet MinnPost provided this article to The Associated Press through a collaboration with the Institute for Nonprofit News.
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MINNEAPOLIS Two months ago, Fardousa Jama did something no other Muslim woman in South-Central Minnesota has done: She filed to run for a City Council seat in Mankato, Minn. Then on the Fourth of July, Ms. Jama took to the streets with her 8-year-old niece, Mai, for a door-knocking campaign, an experience she hoped would help her better connect with area constituents and learn more about issues that are important to them. But a few minutes into the effort, one thing became apparent to Ms. Jama: Going door to door in Mankato might be a lot more difficult for a Somali-American, hijab-wearing female candidate than she had imagined. More than once, Ms. Jama said, people she solicited for votes responded to her with racially charged comments — “Go back to where you came from” and “We don’t support a terrorist” — before slamming the door in her face. Worse yet, she added, an elderly white man spat on her before telling her to get off his property. After the spitting incident, Ms. Jama decided she didn’t want her niece to see the mistreatment she endured. So Ms. Jama quickly returned home to rethink her campaign strategy. Ms. Jama’s experience isn’t uncommon among Muslim American candidates seeking political seats in Minnesota, home to an estimated 150,000 Muslims. What’s unusual is that it hasn’t stopped many from jumping in to the effort anyway, vying for offices as varied as Congress, the state legislature, city government and public school board. At least 15 Muslim candidates are running for political positions in Minnesota this election season. And while there are no official statistics, many observers believe that is significantly more than in any previous election. Some of those candidates are familiar faces. Longtime Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is running for Minnesota attorney general, while state Rep. Ilhan Omar is seeking to take the seat Rep. Ellison currently holds in Congress.
But others, including Ms. a series of policies restricting Jama, are new to the scene, immigrant and refugee arrivals though several have spent in the United States. Ms. Jama decades serving as nonprofit wants to use the status of a City leaders or political aides for Council member to raise awareelected officials in the state. ness about the challenges that Nausheena Hussain, execu- immigrants and refugees face in tive director of the Minneapolis- Mankato, while also performing based Reviving the the other expected Islamic Sisterhood duties of a council for Empowerment, member, including said the candidates passing ordinances, not only have varied managing city fileadership experinances and reviewing ence, they represent policy proposals. a spectrum of racial But Haaris Paand ethnic populasha, a 29-year-old Ms. Jama tions. Minneapolis-native “There are African-Ameri- and son of Pakistani immicans, Somalis and Asians,” she grant parents, doesn’t want to said. “The Muslim community emphasize President Trump’s is so diverse and it shows what anti-Muslim policies or even Muslim diversity should look his own Muslim identity when like.” talking about his candidacy. Ms. Hussain also noted That isn’t because Mr. that Muslim candidates are Pasha doesn’t want others to running as both Democratic- know about his faith. It’s just Farmer-Labor and Republican that he prefers to talk about candidates, though most of the his accomplishments, his long office seekers align themselves service as an advocate for with DFL’s progressive arm. justice and equality and the “There was a time when changes he plans to make if there was only one Muslim he is elected. candidate running for a seat,” “We need quality canshe said. That meant that “all didates,” he said. “It’s not Muslim voters would rally enough to be just a Muslim. I around that person and say, think we really need someone ‘Oh, this is the one.’ ” who’s going to do the work of That’s no longer the case. unearthing the mechanisms of “Now the Muslim candidates law and policy and how that themselves have to work for actually interacts with people’s their vote,” Ms. Hussain said. lives.” In the District 60B state Osman Ahmed, a longtime House seat, three Muslim Amer- community organizer who also icans are among a crowded field is running for the District 62A seeking the office: Mohamud House seat, also doesn’t want Noor, a longtime activist in to use the Trump administraMinneapolis; Haaris Pasha, a tion’s immigration policy when law student at the University of talking to constituents. Instead, Minnesota; and Fadumo Taani, he focuses on his years-long a Republican activist. advocacy service with imThe current crop of can- migrant, refugee and other didates isn’t only diverse in minority groups in Minnesota their political philosophies or and the work he plans to do if career backgrounds. Of the he gets elected. 15 Muslim candidates, seven Like Ms. Jama, Mr. Ahmed are women, including Regina said he has encountered more Mustafa, who’s running for than a couple of prejudiced mayor in Rochester; and Hodan comments in the course of Hassan, a candidate for a state campaigning. It happened House seat in District 62A in while knocking on doors and Minneapolis. while speaking to voters on the Each of the candidates phone, he said. Some people in Minnesota has a different have even emailed messages explanation for why he or she about why he doesn’t belong decided to run this year. in America. For Ms. Jama, the journey “Some people said to me, to become a City Council ‘Why don’t you fix the councandidate in Mankato started try you came from,’ ” he said. a year and a half ago when “Others said, ‘You guys are President Trump announced taking over the state.’ ”
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Joseph L. Hayes Sr., former director of VEC’s Administrative Law Division, dies at 85 Joseph Lewis Hayes Jr. initially set out to become a pharmacist. Along the way, he switched to legal studies and eventually became one of the leading experts on the laws regarding unemployment benefits. The Richmond native began his journey in this area after graduating from law school and finding work as a hearing officer at the Virginia Employment Commission, where he heard cases mostly involving individuals challenging employers’ denial of their unemployment benefits following firings or layoffs. Mr. Hayes rose to become the first African-American to serve as chief senior administrative law judge and director of VEC’s Administrative Law Division. His decisions on cases upholding or denying benefits set precedents that stand today. “He was meant for the law,” said his daughter, Lizbeth T. Hayes-Mackey, director of the Virginia Office of Fair Housing. “He was deliberative, even-keeled, reasonable and rational, rather than emotional.”
After retiring from the VEC in 1995 after 37 years, he opened his own consulting firm. For nearly 20 years, he represented both individuals and companies in VEC cases and also was hired by companies to provide education and training to their employees. Mr. Hayes died Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at a Richmond area hospital. He was 85. Family and friends will celebrate his life 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. Mr. Hayes 11, at the church where he was a longtime member, St. Philip’s Episcopal, 2900 Hanes Ave. in North Side. The program, to be officiated by the church’s rector, the Rev. Phoebe Roaf, will be preceded by a Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boulé) memorial service at 10 a.m.
Born in Richmond in 1932, Mr. Hayes grew up in Jackson Ward. After graduating from Armstrong High School, he earned an undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University and began pharmacy studies at Howard University, while also planning a pharmacy business, his family said. He left Howard to earn his law degree at the Northern Virginia School of Law, which no longer exists. After serving three years in the Army, he returned to Richmond and joined the VEC staff. After retiring, he maintained his consulting firm until about two years ago, his daughter said. Mr. Hayes also was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. In addition to his daughter, Mr. Hayes is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Frances Teele Hayes; his son, Joseph L. Hayes III; and a granddaughter. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in support of a recently developed community garden and green space.
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. A letter written by civil rights activist Rosa Parks describing the 1957 bombing of her neighbors’ home has been purchased at auction by the couple targeted in the attack. Alabama State University, a historically black university in Montgomery, announced that the Rev. Robert Graetz and his wife, Jeannie, purchased the letter by Mrs. Parks describing the bombing of their home. The Graetzes were targeted
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Jeannie Graetz holds a copy of the letter by her former neighbor, Rosa Parks, about the 1957 bombing of the Graetz family’s home in Montgomery, Ala.
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Montgomery. Their home was bombed twice. Mrs. Parks was a friend of the Graetzes and lived across the street. The couple plan to donate the letter to Alabama State University.
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Legal Notices/Employment Opportunities Divorce VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF HANOVER WENDY HINES, Plaintiff v. MCGILL HINES, Defendant. Case No.: CL18002560-00 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce from the bond of matrimony from the defendant on the ground of living separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for a period exceeding twelve months. It is ORDERED that the defendant, whose whereabouts are unknown, appear here on or before the 2nd day of October, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and protect his interests. A Copy, Teste: FRANK D. HARGROVE, JR., Clerk I ask for this: Law Office of Dorothy M. Eure, P.C. Dorothy M. Eure, Plaintiff’s Attorney VSB# 27724 8460 Mount Eagle Road Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 798-9667 VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF HANOVER JACOB BRANCH, SR., Plaintiff v. ELISHIA BRANCH, Defendant. Case No.: CL18002389-00 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce from the bond of matrimony from the defendant on the ground of living separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for a period exceeding twelve months. It is ORDERED that the defendant, whose whereabouts are unknown, appear here on or before the 19th day of September, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and protect her interests. A Copy, Teste: FRANK D. HARGROVE, JR., Clerk I ask for this: Law Office of Dorothy M. Eure, P.C. Dorothy M. Eure, Plaintiff’s Attorney VSB# 27724 8460 Mount Eagle Road Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 798-9667 VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF HANOVER SHAWANA HALL PORTER, Plaintiff v. BRUCE PORTER, JR., Defendant. Case No.: CL18002336-00 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce from the bond of matrimony from the defendant on the ground of living separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for a period exceeding twelve months. It is ORDERED that the defendant, who is a nonresident, appear here on or before the 19th day of September, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and protect his interests. A Copy, Teste: FRANK D. HARGROVE, JR., Clerk I ask for this: Dorothy M. Eure, Esquire VSB# 27724 Law Office of Dorothy M. Eure, P.C. 8460 Mount Eagle Road Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 798-9667 VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF HANOVER ADY ORTIZ PACHON, Plaintiff v. OSCAR PEREZ, Defendant. Case No.: CL18002088-00 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce from the bond of matrimony from the defendant on the ground of living separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for a period exceeding twelve months. It is ORDERED that the defendant, who has been served with the Complaint by posted service appear here on or before the 19th day of September, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and protect his interests. A Copy, Teste: FRANK D. HARGROVE, JR., Clerk I ask for this: Dorothy M. Eure VSB# 27724 8460 Mount Eagle Road Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 798-9667 VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF HANOVER DONALD REDD, Plaintiff v. ANN REDD, Defendant. Case No.: CL16001041-00 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce from the bond of matrimony from the defendant on the ground of living separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for a period exceeding twelve months. It is ORDERED that the defendant, who has been served with the Complaint by Continued on next column
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Redd. An Affidavit having been filed that said owner, LILLIE REDD, owner per a deed filed in the records of the Richmond Circuit Court at Deed Book 344C page 144 on June 17, 1927, has not been located and has not filed a response to this action, and that any heirs, devisees, assignees, successors in interest, successors in title and/or any creditors with a current or future interest in said property, have not been identified and/or served despite diligent efforts to do so and are defendants to this suit by the general description of “Parties Unknown.” IT IS ORDERED that LILLIE REDD, owner per a deed filed in the records of the Richmond Circuit Court at Deed Book 344C page 144 on June 17, 1927, and Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before OCTOber 25, 2018 and do what is necessary to protect their interests in this matter. An Extract, Teste: Edward F. Jewett, Clerk Gregory A. Lukanuski, Esq. City of Richmond, Office of the City Attorney 900 E. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 804-646-7940
deceased, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in interest, and MAGGIE WASHINGTON, upon information and belief deceased, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in interest, have not been located and have not filed a response to this action, that said owner, RAYMOND EDDLETON, has not been located and has not filed a response to this action; and that any heirs, devisees, assignees, successors in interest, successors in title and/or any creditors with a current or future interest in said property, have not been identified and/or served despite diligent efforts to do so and are defendants to this suit by the general description of “Parties Unknown.” IT IS ORDERED that SHIRLEY JEFFERSON, upon information and belief deceased, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in interest, MAGGIE WASHINGTON, upon information and belief deceased, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in interest, RAYMOND EDDLETON, and Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before SepTember 20, 2018 and do what is necessary to protect their interests in this matter. An Extract, Teste: Edward F. Jewett, Clerk Gregory A. Lukanuski, Esq. City of Richmond, Office of the City Attorney 900 E. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 804-646-7940
do what is necessary to protect their interests in this matter. An Extract, Teste: Edward F. Jewett, Clerk Gregory A. Lukanuski, Esq. City of Richmond, Office of the City Attorney 900 E. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 804-646-7940
E. Dance, et al. CL17-5699 1511 Drewry Street City Of Richmond v. Willie R. Joyner, Jr., et al. CL17-4890 3007 Garland Avenue City Of Richmond v. Epps Investment Corporation, et al. CL17-4680 1521 Greycourt Avenue City Of Richmond v. Jesse G. Gilley, et al. CL18-1548 3016 Groveland Avenue City Of Richmond v. Linilton Realty Company, LLC, et al. CL18-353 1810 Harwood Street City Of Richmond v. Novella W. Cunningham, et al. CL18-297 3334 Hazelhurst Avenue City Of Richmond v. James R. Holmes, et al. CL18-392 2511 Hopkins Road City Of Richmond v. George Smith, et al. CL18-985 2610 Hull Street C i t y O f R i c h m o n d v. Believe&Receive Ministries, Inc., et al. CL17-5825 3207 Hull Street City Of Richmond v. Robert Griffith, et al. CL18-56 2003 Ingram Avenue City Of Richmond v. Miranda Squire, et al. CL17-4077 800 Jessamine Street City Of Richmond v. Ella McCullum, et al. CL18-2114 802 Jessamine Street City Of Richmond v. Ella McCullum, et al. CL18-2113 2106 Kimrod Road City Of Richmond v. William A. Schutte, Jr., et al. CL18-1159 3020 Krouse Street City Of Richmond v. Tower Building Properties, LLC, et al. CL17-5014 103 East Ladies Mile Road City Of Richmond v. Linilton Realty Company, LLC, et al. CL18-357 205 East Ladies Mile Road City Of Richmond v. James R. Holmes, et al. CL17-5574 452 East Ladies Mile Road City Of Richmond v. Florence I. Lundy, et al. CL18-325 454 East Ladies Mile Road City Of Richmond v. Florence I. Lundy, et al. CL18-324 2103 Lamb Avenue City Of Richmond v. Bessie Binford, et al. CL17-5577 1905 Maddox Street City Of Richmond v. William M. Abrams, et al. CL18-55 1603 Magnolia Street City Of Richmond v. Ann M. Morris, et al. CL17-4763 3403 Maryland Avenue City Of Richmond v. Gabby Homes, Inc., et al. CL18-1748 1900 Maury Street City Of Richmond v. John Melvin Walker, et al. CL18-253 2424 North Avenue City Of Richmond v. James H. Smith, Jr., et al. CL18-281 2606 North Avenue City Of Richmond v. Joseph Zimblist Carrington, et al. CL17-2649 3002 P Street City Of Richmond v. Esther K. Blount, et al. CL17-985 3004 P Street City Of Richmond v. Jeff Smith, et al. CL18-831 3012 P Street City Of Richmond v. Sam J. Brown, et al. CL18-608 2122 Parkwood Avenue City Of Richmond v. Dell D. Graves, et al. CL18-119 2105 Redd Street City Of Richmond v. Dilcia T. Jackson, et al. CL18-872 1412 Rogers Street City Of Richmond v. Evelyn H. Perkins, et al. CL18-1084 1718 Rogers Street City Of Richmond v. Larry Anthony Williams, et al. CL17-5837 2122 Royall Avenue City Of Richmond v. Curtis M. Johnson, et al. CL18-190 2919 S Street City Of Richmond v. Nannie Belle Parham, et al. CL18-1269 525 Saint James Street City Of Richmond v. Charles M. Taylor, et al. CL18-609 5313 Salem Street City Of Richmond v. Emerald Land Development, LLC, et al. CL17-5651 3211 Rear Scottdale Street City Of Richmond v. Big Green Mountain, LLC, et al. CL18-109 1407 Spotsylvania Street City Of Richmond v. Michael Kilday, et al. CL18-271 1517 Spotsylvania Street City Of Richmond v. Clayton Investment Group, LLC, et al. CL17-5012 3612 Stockton Street City Of Richmond v. S. L. Snellings CL18-1270 3613 Stockton Street City Of Richmond v. Alfred B. Dixon, et al. CL18-431 5256 Stratton Road City Of Richmond v. Cheryl L. Reynolds, et al. CL18-274 3813 Terminal Avenue City Of Richmond v. John S. Finn, Jr., et al. CL18-273 3844 Terminal Avenue City Of Richmond v. George Smith, et al. CL18-984 4100 Rear Terminal Avenue City Of Richmond v. A.L. Hendrick, et al.
CL17-6054 5221 Tilford Road City Of Richmond v. Miles H. Joyner, III, et al. CL18-326 2322 Venable Street City Of Richmond v. David Thorne, et al. CL17-4995 2402 Venable Street City Of Richmond v. Horace L. Burrell, et al. CL18-186 2402 ½ Venable Street City Of Richmond v. Joseph K. Harris CL18-1518 2402½ Rear Venable Street City Of Richmond v. Columbus R. Dabney, et al. CL18-1580 2816 Wellington Street City Of Richmond v. Mallie Edward Crawford CL18-1846 2401 Whitcomb Street City Of Richmond v. Linilton Realty Company, LLC, et al. CL18-298 2411 Whitcomb Street City Of Richmond v. Michael Kilday, et al. CL18-296 1304 Willis Street City Of Richmond v. Clayton Investment Group, LLC, et al. CL17-5013 TERMS OF SALE: All sales are subject to confirmation by the Richmond Circuit Court. The purchase price will include the winning bid plus 10% of the winning bid. High bidders will pay at the time of the auction a deposit of at least 20% of the purchase price, or $2500.00, whichever is greater. If the purchase price is under $2500.00, high bidders will pay in full at the time of the auction. High bidders will pay the balance of the purchase price to the Special Commissioner, and deed recordation costs, by a date and in a form as stated in a settlement instruction letter. Time is of the essence. If a high bidder defaults by not making these payments in full, on time, and in the required form, the Special Commissioner will retain the deposit, and may seek other remedies to include the cost of resale or any resulting deficiency. Settlement shall occur when the Richmond Circuit Court enters an Order of Confirmation. Conveyance shall be either by a special commissioner’s deed or a special warranty deed. Real estate taxes will be adjusted as of the date of entry for the Order of Confirmation. Properties are sold “as is” without any representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, subject to the rights of any person in possession, and to all easements, liens, covenants, defects, encumbrances, adverse claims, conditions and restrictions, whether filed or inchoate, to include any information a survey or inspection of a property may disclose. It is assumed that bidders will make a visual exterior inspection of a property within the limits of the law, determine the suitability of a property for their purposes, and otherwise perform due diligence prior to the auction. T h e S p e c i a l Commissioner’s acceptance of a bid shall not limit any powers vested in the City of
Richmond. Additional terms may be announced at the time of sale. Individuals owing delinquent taxes to the City of Richmond, and defendants in pending delinquent tax cases, are not qualified to bid at this auction. Bidders must certify by affidavit that they do not own, directly or indirectly, any real estate with outstanding notices of violation for building, zoning or other local ordinances. Questions may be directed to Gregory A. Lukanuski at greg.lukanuski@ richmondgov.com / (804) 646-7949, or to Christie Hamlin at christie.hamlin@ richmondgov.com / (804) 646-6940. Gregory A. Lukanuski Deputy City Attorney Special Commissioner 900 East Broad Street, Room 400 Richmond, VA 23219
VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE COUNTY OF CHESTERFIELD JOCELYN STRODE, Plaintiff v. ANDRE JA CHIN KING, Defendant. (Address Unknown) Case No.: CL 18-1616 JUNE 29, 2018 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce a mensa et thoro from the Defendant on the ground of wilful desertion or abandonement pursuant to Section 20-95 of the Code of Virginia, later to be merged into a final divorce; An Affidavit having been filed that the Plaintiff has been unable to locate the Defendant, it is ORDERED that Andre Ja Chin King appear before this Court on or before August 23rd, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. and do what is necessary to protect his interests herein. An Extract: Teste: Wendy s. hughes, Clerk I ASK FOR THIS: Wm J. Doran, III, J.D. FRANCIS & DORAN 10404 Patterson Avenue, Suite 101 Henrico, Virginia 23239 Phone: (804) 288-4004 Facsimile: (804) 288-4006
PROPERTY Notice Judicial Sale of Real Property Owner/s of the below listed properties are hereby given Notice that thirty days from the date of this notice, proceedings will be commenced under the authority of Section 58.1-3965 et seq. of the Code of Virginia to sell the following parcels located in the City of Richmond, Virginia for payment of delinquent taxes: 3122 1st Avenue N0001060001 1009 North 2nd Street N0000086012 1005 North 3rd Street N0000088024 1903 North 25th Street E0120398002 1108 North 26th Street E0000519009 1813½ North 28th Street E0120427006 1921 North 28th Street E0120401001 1029 North 30th Street E0000628038 1209 North 31st Street E0000721023 1208½ North 32nd Street E0000721013 1323 North 32nd Street E0000801024 1423 North 32nd Street E0000800017 239 East 36th Street S0002602017 2 East Bacon Street N0000228015 1800 Bainbridge Street S0000242008 1806 aka 1804 Bainbridge Street S0000242005 1800 Bath Street N0000946022 1810 Bath Street N0000946027 405 Catherine Street N0000208007 2611 Dale Avenue S0090301028 4324 Ferguson Lane C0080430024 466½ East Ladies Mile Road N0001664005 1902 Maury Street S0000290008 617 Northside Avenue N0001150010 5304 Parker Street E0100139003 3011 Q Street E0000628004 3310 Richmond Henrico Turnpike N0001258012 2513 Robert Moore Circle N0000663017 1436 Rogers Street E0000768003 2015 Selden Street E0120285009 3113 Veranda Avenue N0001054021 5512 Walmsley Boulevard C0080185036 205 Wickham Street N0000446019 The owner/s of any property listed may redeem it at any time before the date of the sale by paying all accumulated taxes, penalties, interest and cost thereon, including the pro rata cost of publication hereunder. Gregory A. Lukanuski, Deputy City Attorney Office of the City Attorney for the City of Richmond 900 East Broad Street, Room 400 Richmond, Virginia (804) 646-7940 VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING CITY OF RICHMOND, Plaintiff, v. LILLIE REDD, et al, Defendants. Case No.: CL18-3604 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 615 North 30th St, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number E000-0632/035, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owner of record, Lillie Continued on next column
VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING CITY OF RICHMOND,Plaintiff, v. NEAL KENNEDY, et al, Defendants. Case No.: CL18-112 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 1505 North 22nd Street, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number E000-0778/016, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owner of record, Neil Kennedy. An Affidavit having been filed that said owner, NEAL KENNEDY, who is not a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, has not been located and has not filed a response to this action, and that any heirs, devisees, assignees, successors in interest, successors in title and/or any creditors with a current or future interest in said property, have not been identified and/or served despite diligent efforts to do so and are defendants to this suit by the general description of “Parties Unknown.” IT IS ORDERED that N E A L K E N N E D Y, a n d Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before OCTOber 25, 2018 and do what is necessary to protect their interests in this matter. An Extract, Teste: Edward F. Jewett, Clerk Gregory A. Lukanuski, Esq. City of Richmond, Office of the City Attorney 900 E. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 804-646-7940 VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING CITY OF RICHMOND, Plaintiff, v. WELLS FARGO BANK, NA fka SOUTHERN BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, et al, Defendants. Case No.: CL18-3084 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 3506 Woodson Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number N0001552/011, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owner of record, Wells Fargo Bank, NA fka Southern Bank and Trust Company. An Affidavit having been filed that any heirs, devisees, assignees, successors in interest, successors in title and/or any creditors with a current or future interest in said property, have not been identified and/or served despite diligent efforts to do so and are defendants to this suit by the general description of “Parties Unknown.” IT IS ORDERED that Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before OCTOber 25, 2018 and do what is necessary to protect their interests in this matter. An Extract, Teste: Edward F. Jewett, Clerk Gregory A. Lukanuski, Esq. City of Richmond, Office of the City Attorney 900 E. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 804-646-7940 VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING CITY OF RICHMOND, Plaintiff, v. Case No.: CL18-3498 SHIRLEY JEFFERSON, et al, Defendants. ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 3409 S Street, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number E0001104/005, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owners of record, Shirley Jefferson, Maggie Washington, and Raymond Eddleton. An Affidavit having been filed that said owners, SHIRLEY JEFFERSON, upon information and belief Continued on next column
VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING CITY OF RICHMOND, Plaintiff, v. Case No.: CL18-1158 DONNA MARIA WHITE DECKER, et al, Defendants. ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 2934 Springview Drive, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number C009-0622/034, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owner of record, Donna Maria White Decker. An Affidavit having been filed that said owner, DONNA MARIA WHITE DECKER, who is not a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, has not filed a response to this action, and that any heirs, devisees, assignees, successors in interest, successors in title and/or any creditors with a current or future interest in said property, have not been identified and/ or served despite diligent efforts to do so and are defendants to this suit by the general description of “Parties Unknown.” IT IS ORDERED that DONNA MARIA WHITE DECKER, and Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before SepTember 20, 2018 and
NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION SPECIAL COMMISSIONER’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA Pursuant to the terms of Orders of Sale entered in the Richmond Circuit Court, the undersigned Special Commissioner will offer for sale at public auction the following real estate at Motleys Asset Disposition Group, 3600 Deepwater Terminal Road, Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday August 15, 2018 at 3:00pm, or as soon thereafter as may be effected. The sale is subject to the terms and conditions below and any terms and conditions which may be announced on the day of auction. Announcements made on the day of the auction take precedence over any prior written or verbal terms of sale. 2115 2nd Avenue City Of Richmond v. Linilton Realty Company, LLC, et al. CL18-354 2219 2nd Avenue City Of Richmond v. Linilton Realty Company, LLC, et al. CL18-355 3014 4th Avenue City Of Richmond v. Michael Kilday, et al. CL18-272 2521 5th Avenue City Of Richmond v. Ryland E. Jones, et al. CL17-4617 3115 5th Avenue City Of Richmond v. Clayton Investment Group, LLC, et al. CL17-5015 420 East 15th Street City Of Richmond v. Joseph K. Harris, et al. CL18-873 609 North 21st Street City Of Richmond v. Kaerene Darcel George, et al. CL18-191 129 West 22nd Street City Of Richmond v. Tower Building Properties, LLC, et al. CL17-5011 307 West 27th Street City Of Richmond v. Wade Stanley Eatmon CL18-1435 1115 North 27th Street City Of Richmond v. Aaron M. Wallace, et al. CL18-432 1201 North 31st Street City Of Richmond v. Temecca Green, et al. CL18-871 1201½ North 31st Street City Of Richmond v. James S. Ball, et al. CL18-1470 217 East 34th Street City Of Richmond v. Linilton Realty Company, LLC, et al. CL18-352 606 Akron Street City Of Richmond v. Fannie C. White, et al. CL18-1568 2403 Bainbridge Street City Of Richmond v. Linilton Realty Company, LLC, et al. CL18-356 3100 Barton Avenue City Of Richmond v. Joyce B. Laidler, et al. CL18-1288 3708 Bathgate Road City Of Richmond v. Luke Rogers, Jr., et al. CL18-278 2520 Belt Boulevard City Of Richmond v. George Smith, et al. CL18-464 2640 Belt Boulevard City Of Richmond v. George Smith, et al. CL18-463 1911 Boston Avenue City Of Richmond v. James H. Smith, Jr., et al. CL18-185 2310 Burton Street City Of Richmond v. Fernando Jenkins, et al. CL17-3984 2402 Carrington Street City Of Richmond v. Gladys E. Pollard, et al. CL18-606 2009 Cedar Street City Of Richmond v. Phoebe A. Crump, et al. CL18-54 3017 Chamberlayne Avenue City Of Richmond v. Eric Bland, et al. CL18-1550 1709 Claiborne Street City Of Richmond v. R. B. Chaffin, et al. CL18-188 20 West Clopton Street City Of Richmond v. Barbara Ann Kennedy, et al. CL17-5589 6341 Daytona Drive City Of Richmond v. Mary Thomas Harris, et al. CL18-1129 1911 Decatur Street City Of Richmond v. Delores Anderson Harris, et al. CL18-0960 3100 Delano Street City Of Richmond v. Big Green Mountain, LLC, et al. CL17-5650 3104 Delano Street City Of Richmond v. Big Green Mountain, LLC, et al. CL17-5800 3108 Delano Street City Of Richmond v. Big Green Mountain, LLC, et al. CL17-5649 3112 Delano Street City Of Richmond v. Big Green Mountain, LLC, et al. CL17-5648 3116 Delano Street City Of Richmond v. Big Green Mountain, LLC, et al. CL17-5647 3120 Delano Street City Of Richmond v. Big Green Mountain, LLC, et al. CL17-5646 3124 Delano Street City Of Richmond v. Big Green Mountain, LLC, et al. CL17-5645 3412 Rear Delano Street City Of Richmond v. Shirley
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VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING CITY OF RICHMOND, Plaintiff, v. Case No.: CL18-2076 SHARONDA WARE, et al, Defendants. ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 1406 North 32nd Street, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number E000-0719/009, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owners of record, Sharonda Ware, Darius Ware, Kwman Lynch, Jaquan Lynch and Sy-Mea Dillard. An Affidavit having been filed that said owners, SHARONDA WARE, DARIUS WARE, JAQUAN LYNCH, and SY-MEA DILLARD, who have been served by posting and by mailing a copy of the complaint to their last known address, have not been personally located and have not filed a response to this action; that said owner, KWMAN LYNCH, has not been located and has not filed a response to this action; that AUDREY J. WARE, prior owner in chain-of- title, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in interest, have not been located and have not filed a response to this action; and that any heirs, devisees, assignees, successors in interest, successors in title and/or any creditors with a current or future interest in said property, have not been identified and/or served despite diligent efforts to do so and are defendants to this suit by the general description of “Parties Unknown.” IT IS ORDERED that S H A R O N D A WA R E , DARIUS WARE, JAQUAN LYNCH, SY-MEA DILLARD, KWMAN LYNCH, AUDREY J. WARE, prior owner in chain-of- title, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in interest, and Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before SepTember 20, 2018 and do what is necessary to protect their interests in this matter. An Extract, Teste: Edward F. Jewett, Clerk Gregory A. Lukanuski, Esq. City of Richmond, Office of the City Attorney 900 E. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 804-646-7940
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BIDS COUNTY OF HENRICO, VIRGINIA CONSTRUCTION ITB # 18-1721-7CLE – New Market, Rooty Branch, Virginia Center, and White Oak Sewage Pumping Stations Fuel Storage Tank Replacement Project – Provide aboveground fuel storage tanks and dispose of below ground tanks. Due 3:00 pm, August 28, 2018. Additional information available at: https://henrico.us/finance/ divisions/purchasing/.
other VIRGINIA: IN THE GENERAL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CITY OF RICHMOND TAMMY R. LEE-GULLEY, Plaintiff v. DONYELLE WHITEHEAD and ANOITED ONEZ TRUCKING LLC, Defendants. Case No.: GV17038949-00 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this abovestyled suit is to recover for a breach of contract. And, it appearing by affidavit filed according to law that Donyelle Whitehead, one of the above-named defendants, cannot be located, it is therefore ORDERED that the said Donyelle Whitehead needs to appear on October 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM, before this Court, whose address is 400 North 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219 and do what is necessary to protect their interests. An Extract: Teste: SANDRA C. BLOUNT, Clerk Benjamin M. Andrews (VSB No. 77824) AndrewsBrown PLC 5711 Greendale Road Henrico, VA 23228 Telephone: (804) 918-2091 Facsimile: (888) 568-2684 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The University of Virginia seeks a firm to provide: Cooling Towers and Heat Exchangers To view a copy of RFP # DM080118 go to Procurement Services Site: http://www.procurement. virginia.edu/main/publicpostings/RFP.html, or email pur-rfp@ virginia.edu
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Fan Appreciation Day
Hundreds of fans and autograph seekers flocked to the Washington professional football team’s training field to hobnob with their favorite players during last Saturday’s Fan Appreciation Day. Following practice, wide receiver Darvin Kidsy, above, signs footballs and other team paraphernalia for fans of all ages. Safety Kenny Ladler, left, cuts in to snatch a catch from wide receiver Cam Sims. Below right, a trainer works with a player on stretches, an important part of the practice session. Outside the gate, below, Stephen Rivera of Richmond protests the team’s racist name and mascot, which are offensive to many Native Americans.
Washington fans looking for Doctson to break out By Fred Jeter
When Washington selected Josh Doctson in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, fans hoped his career would take off like a jackrabbit. Instead, his progress has been more akin to a tortoise. The native Texan needs to pick it up in the coming months if the Washington team is to be a contender in the tough NFC East. Doctson’s 2016 rookie season was derailed by an Achilles tendon injury. He saw limited action and caught just two passes. Washington fans saw a healthier Doctson in 2017, although he missed much of training camp with a tender hamstring. In his second NFL season, Doctson made 35 catches for 502 yards — nice numbers but not what’s expect from a No. 1 pick. He finished the season on a down note, with just five grabs in the last four games as Washington closed 9-7, missing the playoffs for a second straight year. Then came a major scare on Aug. 1 in a practice session at the Bon Secours Training Center on Richmond’s North Side. Following a collision with teammate Josh Norman, Doctson had to be helped off the field, and fears spread that he may have a serious collar bone or shoulder injury. Washington fans let out a collection “whew” when MRI results came back negative. Doctson missed a couple days of contact but appears good to go. “Josh is OK. Everything checked out fine,”
Coach Jay Gruden told the media last week. Doctson has what every coach is looking for in a wide receiver. He was measured at 6-foot2, 202 pounds, at the NFL Combine in 2016. He covered the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, bench pressed 225 pounds for 14 repetitions
and unleashed a 10-foot-11 standing broad jump Doctson, Washington features wideouts Jamison and 41-inch vertical leap. Crowder and Paul Richardson, tight ends Jordan With a new starting quarterback, Alex Smith, Reed and Vernon Davis, and ever-dangerous Chris in town, it’s about time for Doctson to translate Thompson streaking out of the backfield. those physical assets to Sunday game times in In his fourth year out of Duke University, coming months. 5-foot-9 Crowder made 66 receptions for 789 Washington fans are hopeful that this season, yards a year ago. Doctson will approach his dazzling college Free agent acquisition Richardson, a former statistics at Texas Christian University. As a second round draft choice, had 44 grabs for 703 TCU senior in 2015, Doctson had 79 catches yards a year ago for the Seattle Seahawks. for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. Few NFL franchises boast a more glowing The 25-year-old promises big things are history of wide receivers than Washington. around the corner. Bobby Mitchell, Charley Taylor, Ark Monk, “I’m looking to do huge things,” he told the Santana Moss, Gary Clark and others rank Free Press. “The biggest thing on this level is among sports’ elite. confidence. Last year kind of calmed it down, Doctson has the assets to join that list. and now I’m back like I was at TCU.” Hauling them in So far Doctson has enjoyed Washington’s all-time pass receivers (Statistics based on working with Smith, who came the players’ seasons with Washington only): from the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent to replace the departed Seasons in D.C. Catches Yards TDs Kirk Cousins, who is now with • Art Monk 1980-1993 888 12,026 65 Minnesota. • Charley Taylor 1964-1977 649 9,110 79 “It’s been amazing. It’s been Santana Moss 2005-2014 581 7,867 47 fun,” Doctson said of working Gary Clark 1985-1992 549 8,742 58 with Smith. Chris Cooley 2004-2012 429 4,711 33 The 34-year-old Smith passed Jerry Smith 1968-1977 421 5,496 60 for 26 touchdowns and 4,402 yards Ricky Sanders 1986-1993 414 5,854 36 a year ago for the Chiefs. • Bobby Mitchell 1962-1968 393 6,492 49 Smith’s 104.7 overall quarterPierre Garcon 2012-2016 376 4,549 21 back ranking in 2017 is an upgrade from Cousins’ 93.9. Mike Westbrook 1995-2001 277 4,280 24 • NFL Hall of Fame member There are targets aplenty on the D.C. depth chart. In addition to
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