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City auditor’s report finds Washington NFL team training camp has failed to live up to economic forecasts; City taxpayers now foot the bill

ing rights to the training camp, but that money largely ended up being absorbed by the building rather than being used to repay a portion of the city’s investment. The report found another reason for the repayment shortfall is the more than $1 million that the city’s Economic Development Authority has paid to the football team since 2014 as an inducement to come to Richmond, an expense that was not anticipated in the 2012 financial forecasts. The EDA and the city agreed to the inducement payments

Unrealistic assumptions and overly rosy income forecasts. Those were among the shaky financial footings on which the Leigh Street training camp for the Washington NFL team was built, according a new report from the office of City Auditor Louis G. Lassiter. And six football seasons after the training camp opened, the financial results have unsurprisingly failed to live up to the financial expectations that former Mayor Dwight C. Jones and his staff used to sell the development and associated projects to Richmond City Council and the public, the 23-page report found. According to the report issued May 15, the camp, which includes the building at 2401 W. Leigh St. that is leased most of the year for medical office space, has generated $4 million to $7 million less total income than forecasts anticipated. Among the problems: Major elements of the three-part development have yet to be accomplished, including the renovation of the former Westhampton School building in the West End and the construction of a new medical office building in the East End near Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital. In addition, the second floor of the Leigh Street training camp building has never been fully leased, resulting in far less rental income than originally projected. Those are some of the reasons, the report found, that the training Ben Stansall/Associated Press camp development has generated only $1.5 million to repay the $10 million the city invested to build the camp in a partnership Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, share their first kiss after exchanging wedding vows at Windsor Castle last Saturday. Now officially granted the royal title with Bon Secours. of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the couple shared the moment as they left St. Bon Secours contributed George’s Chapel en route to a carriage ride through nearby streets lined with throngs of about $3.3 million to gain nam- spectators. Please turn to B3 for additional coverage.

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after City Council turned the project’s ownership and management over to the EDA as Mayor Jones requested. The report has been released at a time when current Mayor Levar M. Stoney and the team are discussing a possible extension of the team’s use of the camp for summer training. The team’s eight-year agreement is set to expire after the 2020 training camp, and a new agreement is supposed to be in place Please turn to A4

Richmond NAACP’s fight for freedom spans 100 years By Saraya Wintersmith

Modern racial disparities are not a political matter, but an urgent “moral struggle” that must be confronted with a “moral revolution.” That was the message from Bakari T. Sellers, the former South Carolina legislator who provided the keynote speech May 17 at the Richmond Branch NAACP’s 100th Anniversary Freedom Fund Gala. The event, held at the Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center at Virginia Union University, drew nearly 350 people for the celebration that included 15 awards presented to people and organizations that have made a difference in the Richmond community. The theme: “Fighting to Uphold Freedom, Justice and Equality.” In a humorous and profound speech based in part on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 address to the National Conference for New Politics, Mr. Sellers, a 33-year-old attorney and CNN commentator, compared his personal story to the deferred American dream. As the son of civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers, Mr. Sell-

New city courthouse policy puts phones on hold By Jeremy M. Lazarus

James Williams said he forgot he was carrying his cell phone last week when he went to the Marsh General District Court in South Side to check court records for a friend. But instead of being told to leave when he pulled out his cell phone, he was surprised when a deputy operating the metal detector took his phone, locked it in a cabinet at the front entrance and gave him a claim receipt. “That’s never happened

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New program for graduating seniors may help By Jeremy M. Lazarus

A new program is working to steer the area high school seniors toward health care careers. Called Pathways to Health Care Workforce, the program is offering an option for students to secure entry-level positions in hospital operations at Virginia Commonwealth University and possibly other facilities. VCU has teamed with City Hall, Richmond Public Schools and the regional Resource Workforce Center on the effort, which provides VCU a way to beef up the pool of applicants for jobs that have become harder to fill as unemployment continues to fall. Other public and private entities that are taking part: J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Church Hill Activities & Tutoring and the RVA Future Centers. Please turn to A4

before,” Mr. Williams said. “I’ve been here plenty of times, and I’ve watched people look for places to hide their phones outside so they wouldn’t miss court. This is really helpful.” Without any fanfare, Richmond Sheriff Antionette Irving has instituted the change at the city’s courthouses to reduce the problems for people going to court. Attorneys and reporters have long been able to take their silenced phones into city courts buildings, but most people cannot. With the change, Richmond joins Henrico and Chesterfield counties that offer similar programs at their courts buildings as a public service.

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Former South Carolina legislator Bakari T. Sellers, keynote speaker for the Richmond Branch NAACP 100th Anniversary Freedom Fund Gala last week, and branch President James E. “J.J.” Minor III agree that the NAACP is needed now more than ever.

ers said his election to the South Carolina statehouse in 2006 “should’ve been the dream.” But when it came time to implement new policies, he was met with legislative gridlock and became discouraged like Dr. King.

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Medicaid expansion in Va. closer to reality

By Jeremy M. Lazarus

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In the coming weeks, Virginia is virtually certain to join 32 states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid to provide health insurance for working adults who make Sen. Hanger too little to buy coverage and now must rely on hospital emergency rooms when they become ill. Republicans in the 40-member Virginia Senate appear to have run out of maneuvers to block passage of a new Virginia budget that would include Medicaid expansion. Two members of the 21-member GOP caucus that holds the majority in the state Senate have broken ranks to support Medicaid expansion with Democrats.

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The final delay attempt came Tuesday when the Republican-dominated Senate Finance Committee adjourned without issuing its own version of the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that must be approved and go into effect July 1 to avoid a govern-

ment shutdown. The Finance Committee’s decision to adjourn drew criticism from Gov. Ralph S. Northam and from legislators, particularly Republicans and Democrats in the House of Delegates. The House already has approved a budget plan that includes Medicaid expansion. The Please turn to A4

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Local News

Lt. Gov. Fairfax to speak at 62nd memorial ceremony Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax will be the keynote speaker at Virginia’s 62nd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, May 28, at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St. The ceremony honors veterans who gave their lives to preserve America’s freedoms from the Revolutionary War through today. The event is co-hosted by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and the American Legion’s 11th District. Also participating in the ceremony will be Carlos Hopkins, state secretary of veterans and defense affairs; Commander Thomas E. Lee III of the American Legion; and Clay Mountcastle, director of the Virginia War Memorial. Music will be performed by the 392nd Army Band Ensemble from Fort Lee, Christian Strom Burks, the St. Andrew’s Legion Pipes and Drums and Bugles Over America. There also will be a rifle salute by the James M. Slay Detachment, #329 Marine Corps League. A wreath-laying ceremony will be followed by a concert by the Thomas Jefferson Alumni Cadet Corps and Friends Band. The ceremony is open to the public.

Memorial Day holiday schedule In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, please note the following: Public schools: Closed Monday. Government Federal, state, city and county offices: Closed Monday. Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico courts: Closed Monday. City and county offices, courts and public libraries: Closed Monday. Trash pickup and recycling: No collection on Monday; collections resume Tuesday, May 29, but delayed by one day. U.S. Postal Service: No

delivery on Monday. Department of Motor Vehicles customer service centers: Closed Monday. Banks and financial institutions: Closed Monday. ABC stores: Regular store hours on Monday. Malls, major retailers and movie theaters: Varies. Inquire at specific locations. GRTC: Buses will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule on Monday. Free Press offices: Closed Monday, May 28.

Kroger donates truck to FeedMore

FeedMore now has a new refrigerated truck to deliver food donations to city neighborhoods, thanks to the Kroger Co. The new truck was shown off Tuesday at Hillside Court in South Side at a special distribution event Kroger hosted. In a media release, officials with the grocery chain stated Kroger donated the $120,000 truck after the company learned it had been nearly 10 years since the hunger-relief organization had added a new truck to its distribution fleet. FeedMore, which operates the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and other food programs, sees the new truck as major help for its mission of providing fresh food to people in areas with limited access to grocery stores.

Petersburg seeking sites for summer food program As summer approaches and school lets out, hundreds of children may face hunger. Petersburg City Public Schools is looking for community groups and sites to be a part of the Summer Food Service Program. These summer eating locations for children 18 years old or younger will provide free breakfasts and lunches. The meals are provided without cost to the sites and are provided to children for free. Last summer, more than a dozen sites in Petersburg served a total of nearly 30,000 meals. School officials hope to reach more children in more locations this summer. Officials suggested that camps, day care centers and other programs could serve as food service sites. The deadline to apply to be a feeding site is Tuesday, June 12. Details: Donna Johnson, supervisor of school nutrition, or (804) 861-4806.

Big rewards reaped from Richmond Black Restaurant Experience The 2nd Annual Richmond Black Restaurant Experience once again helped increase restaurant sales, according to a new report from Richmond City Hall. Based on reported food sales and tax collections from participating establishments, the event held March 4 through 11 generated food sales of $620,000 and led to the creation or retention of 48 jobs, the report noted. That’s a 30.5 percent increase in sales from 2017, when the event generated $475,000 in total sales and helped create or retain 17 restaurant jobs, according to the report. Shemecia Bowen, Kelli Lemon and Amy Wentz created the event to bring exposure to Richmond’s black-owned restaurants as part of the area’s culinary scene. This year’s event included a forum on creating a successful restaurant that was held in partnership with the city’s Office of Minority Business Development. Ms. Wentz said the project exceeded expectations, and she and her partners are working to make next year’s experience even better. — JEREMY M. LAZARUS

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The waters of the James River rage through off power to thousands of homes and businesses. Richmond on Monday, fueled by fives days of That downpour followed the 2.67 inches that heavy rain last week. During the weekend, the fell May 17, also a daily record. river crested 3 feet above the 8-foot flood stage Slices of life and scenes Ahead, more rain is predicted for the holiday. in Richmond in Downtown before returning to its banks this The forecast calls for sunshine Friday, May week. 25, with cloudy skies moving in for the weekend. A chance of The Richmond area got soaked, with nearly 8.5 inches of rain thunderstorms is expected Saturday, May 26, with cloudy skies between May 15 and May 19, according to the National Weather Sunday, May 27, and continued cloudy skies and a chance of Service. The heaviest rain hit Friday, May 18, when 3.86 inches light rain on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Highs are forecast fell — a record for that day. The downpour created flash floods to be the 80s Saturday and Sunday, dipping into the upper 70s that trapped some motorists, toppled trees and temporarily cut on the holiday.

City plans public awareness campaign about trash fee exemption By Jeremy M. Lazarus

Christine Page rents a house in the 1700 block of North 19th Street, and her monthly utility bill has always included $23.79 for trash and recycling collection. She was surprised to learn that she could apply to the city to remove the fee from the bill without any impact on her service. “I never knew that,” said the 69-yearold who lives on Social Security disability and would benefit from not having to pay the fees each month. In the wake of recent Free Press reports about City Hall not publicizing the benefit, officials are planning a campaign to ensure renters like Ms. Page are aware of the exemption and have easy access to an application to seek relief. City Finance Director John Wack is helping make that happen. He said the Finance Department, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Public Utilities are now working together on boosting awareness of the benefit and providing an application. Mr. Wack said under the new approach, the Department of Public Works, which operates the solid waste program and oversees recycling, has agreed to receive applications from renters and to forward the names of qualified participants to the Department of Public Utilities to make adjustments to bills. “I personally drafted a template application form for Public Works to use on its Refuse web page” to enable renters to seek an exemption from the monthly trash and recycling fees, Mr. Wack stated Tuesday in an email to the Free Press. “As soon as DPW finalizes the application, I anticipate posting it at the Finance

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website to complement DPW’s post and incorporating it with other Finance outreach efforts,” Mr. Wack stated. He also stated that elderly and disabled renters who might qualify could contact him directly at John.Wack@richmondgov. com, and will have a city employee follow up. The Department of Public Utilities also plans to work with Public Works to get the word out on social media, including Twitter, Facebook and in blogs, according to Angela Fountain, DPU spokeswoman. She stated that city Customer Care representatives at 311 or (804) 646-5700 also would have information on the exemption to share with “customers who call about solid waste and/or recycling fees.” Ms. Fountain said DPU also plans to

send an advisory to area radio and TV stations, newspapers and online outlets, as well as to neighborhood blogs and community and neighborhood associations to help spread the word. She said the application and the information campaign would be underway by July 1, but could get started sooner. No data is available on how many people may qualify for the benefit. Many renters live in apartment complexes that pay utilities and incorporate the cost into the monthly rental payment. Most of those who might qualify live in rented homes, as Ms. Page does, and have their own utility accounts. According to the City Code, renters who qualify for exemption from trash and recycling fees would have to meet the same qualifications as elderly and disabled homeowners who seek relief from real estate taxes. That means they would have to provide evidence they are 65 or older or are permanently and totally disabled, have a total household income of $50,000 a year or less and a net worth of $200,000 or less. About 2,300 Richmond homeowners yearly qualify for tax relief, according to Mr. Wack. When they do, they also get the additional benefit of having trash and recycling fees eliminated from their utility bills. While relief from those fees is supposed to be automatic, some people are left out. The Free Press recently spotlighted one example, Mark C. Spick, a South Side homeowner. Last week, Mr. Spick was notified that City Hall agreed that he had been wrongly billed for trash and recycling and that his utility account was being credited to make up for the mistake.

Family of Marcus-David Peters to speak at community meeting May 26 The family of Marcus-David Peters, the 24-year-old biology teacher who was fatally shot by a Richmond Police officer on May 14 after running naked from his car on Interstate 95, is calling for justice and accountability. The family is holding a community meeting 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Second Baptist Church, 1400 Idlewood Ave. in the West End. The meeting is sponsored by the church, New Virginia Majority, Southerners on New Ground, the NAACP Youth and College Division, Virginia Defenders, Leaders of the New South and Community Unity in Action. Mr. Peters’ sister, Princess Blanding, and uncle, Jeffery Peters, who have

viewed police body cam video of Mr. Peters’ encounter with the police officer, will speak. They believe Richmond Police used unwarranted excessive force in Mr. Peters dealing with Mr. Peters and are calling for reform of police policies and better training for officers to identify and deal with people experiencing a mental health crisis. Mr. Peters’ parents refuse to watch the video and will not be present on Saturday, said Jasmine Leeward, communications associate for New Virginia Majority.

According to police, 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 the Interstate 95 northbound on ramp from Chamberlayne Avenue in Downtown before charging at a police officer. Mr. Peters, who lived in the 6700 block of Dartmouth Avenue in Henrico County and graduated with honors in 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University, taught biology at Essex High School. He also worked on weekends at The Jefferson Hotel Downtown. Toxicology reports for Mr. Peters have not been made available. Details: Ms. Leeward, (757) 4781792.

Church Hill post office reopens

It took more than a year, but Church Hill residents finally have their post office branch back. On Monday, the building at 414 N. 25th St. reopened to once again serve customers on weekdays. The U.S. Postal Service had stationed a mobile office outside the building after it was abruptly shut down in April 2017 due to deterioration, but

could not offer some services in the temporary space. The building’s owner, Sterling Bilder Development, a private company, replaced the roof and lighting and made other improvements. However, the Postal Service declined to move in until its inspectors ensured the building met its health and safety standards. Fourth District Congressman A. Don-

ald McEachin expressed delight that the building has reopened. “For more than a year, I have worked diligently on both the local and federal level, on behalf of my constituents who rely on this post office location,” he stated. “Residents were left without a local, permanent, full-service location for far too long. I appreciate that the office is open again.”

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City taxpayers now foot bill for failed training camp Continued from A1

between the EDA and the team by July 1 if the relationship is to continue. Mayor Stoney has indicated he would like to extend the team’s use of the camp, but on better terms, including ending any requirement for the city or EDA to pay the team for training in Richmond. City Council called on the auditor to conduct the study of finances after council members reluctantly voted in early March to allow the city to refinance the remaining $8.5 million debt on the camp so it could be paid off over 15 years. The EDA indicated that it could not guarantee the debt would be covered by the camp’s income. Instead of the camp generating income to cover the debt, the debt is now an obligation of city taxpayers, who must pay $750,000 per year for 15 years, or a total of $11.25 million, including interest. “This report does not reveal anything new, but it does confirm what we have known or suspected,” said Councilman Parker C. Agelasto, who has been one of the harshest council critics of the deal that brought the team to Richmond. He has spent the last two years pressing city

development officials to provide updated projections. Mr. Agelasto said dismay about this money-losing project has led council to require Lee Downey, the city’s chief development officer, and the city’s economic development staff to provide updates every three months for all development projects “in which the city or the EDA is involved.” The auditor’s report is not a complete look at the training camp and the associated projects that were supposed to be part of the deal. “The objective of this audit was to evaluate the overall compliance and performance of the contracts and the associated agreements,” the report stated. The report noted, though, “This was not an economic impact analysis,” which Mr. Downey has commissioned Virginia Commonwealth University to undertake to look at the effect the camp has had on city sales, meals and businesses taxes. Earlier looks at collections of taxes from restaurants and other businesses found little impact. And no evidence has emerged that the camp was a catalyst for the boom in busi-

ness and residential development in nearby Scott’s Addition. Developers repeatedly have said the training camp did not figure into their calculations about investing in that section of Richmond. Despite the disappointing financial results, the auditor involved in generating the report “determined that the terms and conditions were in alignment with what was approved by the City Council, with minimal exceptions.” Based on the findings, the report recommends that Mr. Downey and his staff update the financial projections for City Council “to determine the long-term impacts” and to provide “updated assumptions regarding the developments in the East End and Westhampton.” Also, the report also recommends that Mr. Downey work with the EDA and Bon Secours to set “reasonable timeframes for the development of those properties.” The report also called on Mr. Downey to work with the EDA and the city administration to better define and document the process for approving the payments of cash and in-kind services to the team and to “make adjustments in future payments” to the team.

Richmond NAACP spans 100 years Continued from A1

He compared his experience to the national progress that individuals and organizations like the NAACP have made. “Yes, I can point to countless steps forward,” he said, noting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination in public places, the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the Voting Rights Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. But while those acts and measures have moved AfricanAmericans and others forward in this nation, he said, there are outstanding issues that still require organized effort. “Right now blacks and Hispanics are roughly three times more likely to be searched during a traffic stop than white motorists,” Mr. Sellers said. “African-Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with police,” he continued, citing 2012 statistics from the Washington-based Center for American Progress. Mr. Sellers invited the audience members to commit themselves to igniting a call to action “that reaches beyond our history, to imagining a new world of possibilities.” “Imagine casting off our chains, abolishing mandatory minimums and expanding access to legal representation. Imagine reversing the militarization of law enforcement — demanding neighborhood cops and community-based policing as the standard rather than the exception,” he said. “Imagine closing the school-to-prison pipeline, putting our best teachers where we need them most, putting more money on classroom instruction and education instead of incarceration,” he said to roaring applause. “Imagine an America where everyone who can work has a job that pays a living wage.” Following his speech, Mr. Sellers told the Richmond Free Press that activism is now more important than it’s ever been, and organizations like the NAACP should be out front. While the national NAACP was started in 1909, the Richmond Branch was approved to begin organizing in May 1917, with a documented membership of 50 people, among them doctors, lawyers, housekeepers, real estate agents and secretaries residing largely in Jackson Ward. At the time, James Thomas Hewin, an attorney, was president and Maggie L. Walker served as the branch vice president. The branch had a six-point purpose: To eliminate racial discrimination and segregation from all aspects of public life in America; to secure a free ballot for every qualified American citizen; to secure justice in the courts; to secure legislation banning discrimination and segregation; to secure equal job opportunities based upon individual merit without regard to race; and to end mob violence and police brutality. James E. “J.J.” Minor III, the Richmond Branch president, said the NAACP continues working toward those goals 100 years later. Add to that list the Richmond Branch NAACP’s efforts to secure more funding for Richmond Public Schools, advocating for programs to move public housing residents into their own homes and to see that African-American history is taught in city schools. “Some folks believe in still being a part of the good old Virginia,” Mr. Minor told the Free Press, pointing to the racism that continues to flourish in a city that people still proudly say was the former capital of the Confederacy. But the NAACP has worked during its long history to bring equity and opportunity to African-Americans, including jobs in city government for people of color and better political representation through court challenges and redistricting efforts. In addition to the NAACP stalwarts, numerous public officials attended the anniversary gala, with several addressing the audience, including U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Gov. Ralph S. Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “It is both amazing and heartbreaking to think of all the things that have happened in the past 100 years of this organization’s existence, and the things that haven’t yet happened as we continue to work toward becoming an equal society,” Gov.

Northam said. He thanked the organization for its work throughout its first century. “The NAACP has been an indispensable agent of change in this country and this city … On paper, we’re a land of equality. But in reality, we’re not there yet,” he said, pointing to the bloody and deadly rally in Charlottesville last August by white supremacists and neo-Nazis supporting that city’s public statues honoring Confederates. “In reality, our Commonwealth still treats white people by one set of standards and people of color by another,” Gov. Northam continued, noting racial disparities in criminal justice and public education. “My administration will do all that we can to make the reality of being a person of color in Virginia better match what’s on paper. We’re not there yet, but we’re closer.”

NAACP honorees Fifteen people, two civic organizations and a private business were honored May 17 as the Richmond Branch NAACP marked its 100th anniversary. The honorees are: Community Award — Betty L. Squire, president of Engine Co. No. 9, former City Council member and first AfricanAmerican presidential elector in Virginia. Education Award — Angela Moore, instructional leader of the George Wythe High English Department and past president of Virginia Association of Teachers of English. Fannie Lou Hamer Award — Richmond Tenant Organization, the umbrella organization that represents public housing residents to the city’s housing authority. Dorothy Height Award — Joann Henry, founder and director of Dream Academy of Richmond, the first Virginiabased high school for adults. Oliver Hill Award —Cynthia Hudson, influential lawyer and first African-American woman to serve as Virginia’s chief deputy attorney general. James Hewin Award — Sylvia Wood, first woman president of the Richmond Branch NAACP, former state NAACP treasurer and community leader. Humanitarian Award — Heidi Abbott, attorney and civic leader who serves on the board of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the governing bodies of numerous other community organizations. Humanitarian Award — The Rev. Robert A. Winfree, founder and pastor of New Life Deliverance Tabernacle Church. Barbara Johns Award —India Williams, Armstrong High School class president, T-shirt entrepreneur and student activist. Martin Luther King Jr. Award — The Rev. Ricardo L. Brown, co-pastor of Fifth Baptist Church and executive director of the Living the Dream program in January in honor of Dr. King. Lifetime Achievement Award —Ora Lomax, first AfricanAmerican retail clerk in white-owned Richmond department stores and longtime adviser for Richmond and state NAACP youth programs. Rosa Parks Award —Cythnia I. Newbille, 7th District City Council representative, founder of the SisterFund Giving Circle and adviser to the president of Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. Philanthropy Award — Altria Corp., which has provided $123 million in donations to Richmond Public Schools, student scholarships and a range of other programs during the past 10 years. Presidential Award — Continental Societies Inc., Richmond Chapter, for community service, including distribution of winter coats to needy children and student scholarships. Maggie Walker Award — Shemicia Bowen, Kelli Lemon and Amy Wentz, founders and coordinators of the Richmond Black Restaurant Experience that showcases black-owned restaurants each March. Ida B. Wells Award — Rosalyn M. Brock, former chair of the national board of the NAACP who secured grants to support NAACP health and education programs.

Medicaid expansion closer to reality Continued from A1

House plan had the backing of most of the 51 Republicans who hold a razor-thin majority in the 100-member House and are now aligned with Democrats and Gov. Northam after losing 15 seats in the November election. Virginia stands to gain at least $1.7 billion a year in federal funds, and possibly more, by expanding Medicaid. Thousands of new health care jobs also would be created to care for the estimated 300,000 to 400,000 newly insured Virginians. Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. “Tommy” Norment Jr., who apparently orchestrated the Senate Finance Committee’s move, appears to have moved closer to waving the white flag. The James City County senator is now promising that the Finance Committee will meet again next Tuesday, May 29, to consider a budget plan with Medicaid expansion and offered assurances that the full Senate will have a budget package to debate on Wednesday, May 30. Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., a Republican from Augusta County, has put together a budget package he negotiated with House leaders that includes Medicaid expansion. Sen. Hanger, who is co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, went along with one last delay, but made it clear that he is prepared to seek a vote on his plan if Sen. Norment backs off his pledges. The other Republican joining him to push Medicaid expansion is Republican Sen. Frank W. Wagner of Virginia Beach. Together, the two Republican senators hold the upper hand as the 19 Senate Democrats are prepared to join them in the 40-member Senate in passing a budget with Medicaid expansion, ensuring 21 votes. Sen. Hanger is hopeful that other GOP senators will break ranks on the Medicaid issue now that it is virtually a done deal. Assuming the Senate passes its own budget package, a few more steps remain before everything is wrapped up. First, a Senate vote on its own version of the budget would result in a conference committee with senior members of the House. The conference committee would craft a final bill to send to the floor of both chambers and then on to the governor in June. Gov. Northam would get time to review the package and offer amendments. Both houses would then reconvene to consider the governor’s changes. But no matter what happens to other line items, Medicaid expansion is now certain to be part of the finished product — a major step for the state after a six-year fight to expand heath care.

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Harrison L. Hayes, 27, is in charge of the program. “We are starting with Richmond high schools,” said Mr. Hayes, who kicked off his student recruiting at Huguenot High School last week and had sessions this week at George Wythe and John Marshall high schools. He also is scheduled to recruit at Thomas Jefferson High at month’s end and has set up sessions at Matoaca High in Chesterfield County and Highland Springs High in Henrico County. Students also can apply on the program’s website, PHCw., he said. Mr. Hayes said his focus initially “is on seniors who are graduating but have no plans to attend college and are not entering the military,” but will be job hunting. The goal is to recruit 400 students. While seniors are the target audience, he said, sophomores and juniors also may apply and obtain information in preparation for when they graduate. Mr. Hayes said students accepted into Pathways have to attend three, 2½-hour workshops in early July that will focus on preparing students for the workforce. That includes helping them to write résumés, working with them on interview skills and counseling them on managing job requirements. There also will be opportunities for students to visit the VCU Health System and to shadow current employees to get a better idea of what a particular job entails, said Mr. Hayes, who earned a bachelor’s degree at Howard University and a master’s in education from VCU. Mr. Hayes said applications for students who complete the workshops would be submitted to VCU Health System’s Human Resources Department in specific areas of interest. Positions may range from administrative assistant and billing office staff member to maintenance mechanic, material management technician and patient access representative. Those who are hired by VCU would get a job with a good starting salary and benefits, Mr. Hayes said, with possible financial assistance to train for better positions. “People could stay in the starting position. But if they are ambitious, we want to help them get the training they need for a better position,” he said. Mr. Hayes said there are no guarantees that any of the students accepted for the workshops will be hired. Other jobs would require students to take courses for certification before starting, including positions for certified nursing assistant and medical billing coder. The program would provide financial support to those seeking such certification, he said. Mr. Hayes said the workshops also could help students seek other employment if they are not hired by VCU. “My hope is that everyone could get hired, but I’m not able to make any promises,” he said. Details: Mr. Hayes, (804) 823-6345 or

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Sheriff Irving’s spokesperson, Alexis Carey, stated the new policy was instituted last month. Under it, a deputy takes the phone, provides a receipt, then locks it in a storage cabinet and returns it to the individual as he or she leaves the courthouse, Ms. Carey said. “This ensures that the general public is not turned away at the door because they have a cellular phone with them,” she stated.

This is the latest policy change Sheriff Irving has made since being elected last fall and taking the helm in January. She also has worked with City Hall to wipe out a $2 daily charge imposed on people in custody at the Richmond Justice Center, as the jail is known. The housing charge will officially go away July 1 and means that money deposited to enable inmates to make canteen purchases can be used solely for that purpose. It would eliminate the past practice of siphoning off some of

the money to pay that charge. The policy change for cell phones is a big deal, particularly for people walking or riding a bus to the courthouse and who could miss their hearing if they had to take a phone home or risk theft of or damage to the phone if they hide it outside. Last September, Chesterfield Sheriff Karl Leonard ushered in a new era when he set up boxes in front of the main courthouse to allow people to store cell phones and other banned

items before entering. People create a digital code to lock the boxes that are nicknamed “pack mules.” Henrico Sheriff Michael Wade this week began offering space in locking mail boxes from the jail that were relocated outside the courts buildings for storage of cell phones and other items. Deputies at metal detectors at the courthouse entrance now provide keys to people who need to use a box, he said. The locked boxes replace a former system Sheriff Wade began at least

six years ago by which deputies put turned-off phones into sealed envelopes that people could take into the courthouse. But Sheriff Wade said he had to end that policy last year after judges became annoyed when too many people were opening the envelopes, turning their phones back on and creating a disruption. Sheriff Wade said the lock box setup “was in the works before Richmond changed its policy,” but it took time to complete the installation.

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New signs to help motorists maneuver new Franklin Street bike lane, parking By Jeremy M. Lazarus

Small plastic signs are in place to show parking is allowed in the left travel lane of Franklin Street between Belvidere and 9th streets, except during the 7 to 9 a.m. commuter rush. The signs were attached Wednesday to the white flex poles that protect the two-way bicycle lane that now fills the left curb lane. The city’s failure to post the signs earlier on the flex posts created some friction for drivers

unaware that parking is allowed in what has long been a travel lane on Franklin Street. Parking, generally, is not free, with those who park in the new flex lane required to put money into meters to avoid tickets. Most upset drivers failed to notice the new signs posted beside the left curb that also spell out the change in the traffic and parking patterns. Jakob Helmboldt, city pedestrian, bicycle and trails coordinator, acknowledged the delay in posting the additional signs on the flex posts.

Despite early glitches, Franklin Street — with its reduced space for traffic — is the new model that will be copied in other parts of the city. For example, Brook Road is to become a Franklin Street-style roadway in 2019 from Azalea Avenue to the north to Charity Street in Gilpin Court to the south. Plans call for creating protected bike lanes on both sides of the street, with parking in one travel lane and one travel lane open for cars, buses and trucks. City Councilman Chris A. Hilbert, 3rd District, said he is bracing for an avalanche of criticism once installation begins. Councilwoman Kim B. Gray, 2nd District, who was not on the governing body when plans for Brook Road and other streets were approved, is not sure she wants to have the bike lanes placed in the portion of

to these lanes, and it turns out they are bicycle lanes to nowhere,� he said. “They do not connect with any other bike lanes.� That will be the case, too, with the Brook Road project that will have a link to the Brookland Parkway lanes heading west, but will have no other connections. Cyclists will be back to braving traffic after leaving Brook Road and heading east. That also will be the case with the protected bike lanes being planned for West End stretches of Patterson and Malvern avenues. The bike lanes will reduce space for cars and trucks when complete. Mr. Helmboldt confirmed that Richmond is nowhere close to creating the kind of network of bike lanes that would resemble the road network people are used to when they drive. He said the current

Cold Harbor Road (Route 156) Intersection Improvements Hanover County Willingness to Hold a Public Hearing

Find out about the proposed intersection improvements at Cold Harbor Rd. (Rt. 156) and Catlin Rd. (Rt. 1440) in Hanover County. The project will provide a left turn lane from Cold Harbor Road on to Catlin Road. Review the project information and National Environmental Policy Act documentation Drive in South Chesterfield, 23834-9002 804-524-6000, 1-800-3677623,TTY/TDD 711. Please call ahead to ensure the availability of appropriate personnel to answer your questions. If your concerns cannot be satisfied, VDOT is willing to hold a public hearing. You may request that a public hearing be held by sending a written request to Winston Phillips, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 2430 Pine Forest Drive, South Chesterfield, VA 23834-9002 or by email to on or prior to June 2, 2018. If a request for a public hearing is received, notice of date, time and place of the hearing will be posted. VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact the project manager listed above. State Project: 0156-042-881, P101, R201, C501 Federal Project: NHPP-5A27(507) UPC: 111468

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New signs posted Wednesday on Franklin Street in Downtown help bicyclists and drivers know which way to go and where to park.

Brook Road located in her district. Still, work on the Brook Road project is scheduled to start after the completion of a Department of Public Utilities project to install new mains and new piping to homes, Mr. Helmboldt said. “This is great for us,� said John Matts, as he paused at 5th and Franklin streets while riding his bike on the new Franklin lanes toward the State Capitol. “Still, I wish these lanes were connected to some bigger network. “Once you get to either end, your thrown back into traffic without any protection,� he continued. “You have to risk you’re life to get

phases of bike lanes are “just pieces� of the larger city plan, adding that decisions on which pieces get done and in which order are out of his hands. He could not estimate when such a connected cycling network would be in place. Some of the planned bike lanes will not be marked with protective posts like on Franklin Street. That includes the lanes proposed for Semmes Avenues in South Side and portions of Government and Williamsburg roads in the East End, Mr. Helmboldt said. He said those projects would involve striping curb lanes for bike lanes without reducing parking or the current travel lanes for cars, trucks and buses.

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Richmond School Board grapples with money issues, school name change By Ronald E. Carrington

The Richmond School Board and Superintendent Jason Kamras struggled at the board’s meeting on Monday to wrap their arms around continuing daunting budgetary tasks and RPS’ potential future financial shortfall. Mr. Kamras laid out plans to spend $12.5 million that was unused by Richmond Public Schools during the current school year, turned over to the city and is being returned to RPS in City Council’s 20182020 budget approved earlier this month. Mr. Kamras proposed to the School Board that the funds be use for a 2 percent raise for all contracted employees, including to cover increased health care costs, for a total of $5.1 million. He also proposed hiring five English as a Second Language teachers, nine bilingual support staff and five bilingual counselors, 12 nurses, including some dedicated to supporting students with disabilities, an internal auditor, for a total of $865,000. Under his plan, another $6.5 million would go toward three new pilot programs to help students with emotional needs and for programs promoting equity in discipline; new athletic equipment; a 10 percent pay increase for bus drivers and monitors; and payments to the pension fund. School Board member Jonathan Young, 4th District, reacted negatively to Mr. Kamras’ proposal, noting it fails to address the major priority of fixing RPS’ dilapidated school buildings. “The condition of the system’s infrastructure needs to be addressed,” Mr. Young said. “We should put our money where our mouth is and use some of those surplus dollars for that purpose.” He suggested that 75 percent of the money be used for facility maintenance and improvement, while the remainder should help bridge funding gaps in other priorities. School Board member Kenya Gibson, 3rd District, agreed with Mr. Young. “We need to go to City Council and Mayor (Levar M.) Stoney and advocate for what is truly needed for a fully funded operating budget,” she said. Board members Cheryl Burke, 7th District, and Linda Owen, 9th District, also urged their colleagues to establish a closer relationship with City Council members. They also urged City Council to mindfully weigh, evaluate and consider future RPS funding. The School Board and City Council will attend a quarterly meeting of the Richmond Education Compact with Mayor Stoney at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in the auditorium of the Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St. The meeting is open to the public. The board expects to vote on Mr. Kamras’ proposal at its next meeting, Monday, June 4. Last year, the previous school administration surprised and angered teachers, parents, school advocates and public officials when former Superintendent Dana Bedden announced an $8.3 million surplus in the schools budget. Scores of individuals, organizations and schools advocates had been battling for more money for RPS for years, only to be told no more money was available. Now, in an effort to assess and manage spending and to improve operations, Mr. Kamras announced at the meeting that he hired The Council of Great Schools, a coalition of 70 of the nation’s largest urban school districts, to conduct an audit of RPS, looking specifically at expenditures, operating practices and organizational structures. TCGS will start this month

and provide an initial report in July. At a cost of $30,000 paid for by the private Education Fund, TCGS will analyze systemwide academic achievement, opportunity and rigor, teacher qualifications, culture and climate as well as funding, Mr. Kamras said. Additionally, their final work, to be conducted during the 2018-19 school year, will examine inequities within and between schools, including by race and ethnicity, income level, student abilities and disabilities and English as a second language, he said. The School Board also learned that it will cost an estimated $26,000 to rename J.E.B.

Stuart Elementary School. Located on Fendall Avenue in North Side, the school is the only one in RPS named for a Confederate. Mr. Kamras said the total includes $10,000 to change the etched stone façade on the elementary school, $4,000 for a new bronze plaque; $2,500 each for a sign in front of the school and a new marquee; $2,000 each for mats, stationery, business cards and T-shirts with the new name; and $500 each for a banner and office supplies. Recently, the City of Petersburg renamed and rebranded three elementary schools named for Confederates. Their cost:

$18,135 total. Private donors stepped forward and covered the cost in Petersburg. Mr. Kamras said RPS would be open to private donors helping defray the cost to change the school’s name in Richmond. The board, which held Monday’s meeting at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary, has been holding public forums seeking suggestions for the school’s new name. While 16 people spoke at the first forum on May 9, only one person spoke at Monday’s meeting. Wanda Stallings, a Jackson Ward developer who attended Stuart Elementary, said she would like the school to be renamed for former Judge Wil-

lard H. Douglas Jr., a Virginia Union University and Howard University Law School graduate who was elected as the first full-time African-American judge in Virginia in 1974. He sat on Richmond’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Judge Douglas lives in North Side. Suggestions for a new name for the school may be presented at the School Board’s meeting 6 p.m. Monday, June 4, at City Hall, 900 E. Broad St., 17th floor. People also may submit suggestions on the RPS website, The board is expected to vote on renaming the school at its June 18 meeting.

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Memorial Day In memory of those we love. “It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.” — Branch Rickey

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Rise above the hate, chaos, fear Every time we turn on the television, we hear “Breaking News” and it’s always something worse than the last news. It’s beginning to make many fearful of what could possibly be next. Even former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ventured out last week to say, “Without personal honor, there is no leadership.” I think that was his way of saying our country currently is leaderless. When we think about all that’s going on, that’s a scary thought. Mr. Tillerson went on to say that we have a growing crisis of ethics and integrity. He invoked the Bible, saying, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” If we’re free, we should have no fear. Fear negatively impacts our health. Yet, I see many people experiencing fear every time they hear what #45 has done or said.

Let’s think about what the Bible says about fear. In 2 Timothy 1:7, we’re told “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” If we believe that, why are we allowing fear to immobilize us? Power, love and self-discipline can get us through this if we unite against the lies we’re told daily by the man charged with leading our nation. As #45

Dr. E. Faye Williams pushes against all that’s good about our nation, let us push back just as hard against the evil he’s spewing against just about every bit of progress we’ve made in perfecting our union. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” Yes, we are experiencing a strange and challenging season under #45. But if we reject the bad behavior he’s exhibiting, and do what we know to be right, we can get through this. When he goes low,

as our beloved former First Lady Michelle Obama once said, let us go high. Let us resolve to comfort those #45 denigrates. Let us uplift those he puts down. Let us love those against whom he spews hate. We must speak out when we hear #45’s hateful rhetoric, or our silence gives consent to what he is saying and what he is doing. Reject #45 and all the uncouth silliness for which he stands. I know it’s frustrating, but we can’t go back to where #45 wants to take us. Our ancestors of all races, colors and creeds worked too hard to allow people like #45 to succeed. We’re better than he’s painting our country to be. Yes, the world is laughing at us, but let’s meet the challenges with which we are presented and turn them to good. Let’s look at where we are as a season now and believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel as we leave this one and enter another season. Instead of succumbing to the hate, chaos and fear we’re facing, let’s rise above it and

Royal wedding a marker Prince Harry, sixth in the line of succession to the British throne, has married the American actress Meghan Markle with all of the ceremony and global hoopla that the British royalty inevitably attracts. Harry is the son of Charles, the Prince of Wales, and the late Princess Diana. What’s notable about Prince Harry, however, is not so much the royal blood that he inherited, but the royal values that he has chosen to express. Prince Harry chose a military career, training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He was pressured to take safe assignments far from the line of fire. But unlike the many leaders and national security advisers who posture tough but evade the draft or service in the military, he fought hard to stay with his unit and go into battle. He stood with his unit in times of war. With them, he shared risks. In 2007-2008, he served on the front line in Helmand, Afghanistan, but was pulled after his presence was revealed and the Taliban pledged to throw all their resources into getting him. He then trained as an Apache attack helicopter pilot and returned to Afghanistan in 2012 with the British Army Air Corps. That was more than a display of patriotism. It provided him with real world experience in battle — an experience that is always sobering, making leaders less casual about sending young men and women into combat across the world.

Those who experience battle are often those who best understand why the use of military force should be avoided, undertaken only as a very last resort to avoid greater loss of life. After leaving the military, Prince Harry devoted time and energy to veterans, launching the Invictus Games for injured service men and women. He remains a supporter of its foundation.

Jesse L. Jackson Sr. He has traveled often to Africa. As a counselor of state, he visited children’s homes in Lesotho and later launched Sentebale, the Prince’s Fund for Lesotho, a charity to aid children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, a disease that has been a scourge in much of Africa. Last year, he became president of African Parks, a conservation group. He joined volunteers to translocate elephants to repopulate areas that have been decimated by poaching and environmental destruction. He has called Africa his “second home,” and will continue to play a role in mobilizing concern for its challenges and attention for its accomplishments. Prince Harry’s decision to wed Ms. Markle, an AfricanAmerican actress, showed remarkable independence. Ms. Markle is politically progressive, divorced, biracial, and a feminist American. She does not exactly fit the royal tradition. Despite slurs by the tabloid press, she has captivated the British and people across the world like a breath of fresh air. Talking of her experience, she quipped, “It’s time to focus less on glass slippers and more

on glass ceilings.” In full swoon, the press has suggested that the enthusiastic reaction of the public to the remarkably stylish and thoughtful young woman might transform race relations in Britain, revolutionize the house of Windsor and help strengthen U.S.-British relations strained in the time of President Trump. That’s far too much to load onto her shoulders, but there’s no question that the union is a symbol of change. “It is difficult to overstate how important it is to have a member of the royal family … who is mixed race and embracing her heritage and stating that is very much part of her,” historian Ted Powell told a media outlet. “It is hugely positive for Britain, particularly in the wake of Brexit and the controversies of immigration policy and race.” As an heir to the throne, Prince Harry’s marriage needed the formal consent of his grandmother, the Queen Elizabeth II. When she provided it, it provided an unprecedented royal seal of approval not simply of Ms. Markle but also of the diverse peoples of the British Commonwealth. In itself, the marriage won’t change race relations in Britain, or erase the legacy of colonialism across the commonwealth. It is a marker, not a motor force of change. But in a time of growing racial division, and of leaders fanning hatred and nationalist furies, it is a marker that points in a hopeful direction. And that is worth celebrating. We wish the newlyweds well. The writer is founder and president of the national Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

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believe that we’re coming into a new season as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team prove not only to #45’s staunch supporters, but to people around the world, that the rest of us are not like that. I believe God has got this and it’s just a matter of time before we move into a better season. We just have to keep the faith. Let us resist the evil of those who call themselves leaders. As Dick Gregory always taught us, “Hate, jealousy, anger and fear are our enemies. All of them negatively impact our health and well-being.” Knowing that no lie lives forever — and there’ve been many from #45 and his team — let us have no fear because no season lasts forever. The writer is president of the National Congress of Black Women.

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The Pump House ‘is a jewel waiting to be discovered’ Re “Personality: Joseph P. Costello: Spotlight on founder of the nonprofit Friends of Pump House,” Free Press May 10-12 edition: Thank you so much for spotlighting Joseph P. Costello and the work that he is doing to bring the Pump House back to its original glory. Years ago when we held Earth Day at Maymont, we got permission to put canoes into the canal just below the Pump House and paddle down to the park. It was very exciting to think of one being able to canoe between the two destinations, and eventually being able

to stop over at the Pump House for dinner or other events. There was talk of refurbishing the Pump House years ago by Richmond City Council, but it fell by the wayside. I am thrilled to hear of the work Mr. Costello is doing to bring it to our attention again. It is a jewel waiting to be discovered and would add so much to the history and charm of Richmond. EMILY KIMBALL Henrico County

GRTC needs to move bus stop Re “Bus stop creates problems before it starts,” Free Press May 10-12 edition: I believe the bus stop slated for 800 N. Davis Ave. should be moved to another location away from the William Byrd Senior Apartments. This is an issue of housing and health. Our seniors deserve to live in a peaceful and quiet setting and still have full access to all that city life has to offer. Putting a bus stop in front of their home would ruin the quiet space they currently enjoy because of the sounds coming from the loud engines and brak-

ing systems of these buses. The quality of their health also would diminish because of the buses idling in front of the apartments, making breathing more difficult and possibly exacerbating already compromised lung problems.

I strongly urge GRTC to revisit this bus stop issue and look at viable alternatives nearby that would serve the same purpose and the community. KEVIN HOLDER Richmond

‘Become outraged’ Re “Kanye West sounds off on slavery, his opioid addiction and Trump,” Free Press May 3-5 edition: It’s nice that Kanye West loves and supports President Trump and his racist comments about problems in black America and black members of Congress. Both President Trump and Mr. West are narcissists. Mr. West is just another Obama-hater, which pleases President Trump. Until the voices of black America through the black media and black organizations start outfoxing and debunking the Republicans’ and the president’s repeated lies, nothing will change in the black and brown communities. Black America must not be silent in 2018 as they were in 2017. The black media and black community, plus the churches and pastors who have not sold out must become outraged in 2018 at each and every lie. Reprehensible behavior continues from the White House and Congress, cable TV, radio talk shows and white supremacists without any outrage from the black community. Race and hate from the 2016 political contests have moved to 2018 and are dredging up the same old hate groups and extremist demons. It also has created some new ones whose goals are to block black and brown people from voting. President Trump’s goal is clear — money before America and religion. One person called the GOP’s and President Trump’s actions “Jim Crow Jr.” because they have done everything except put out the old signs, “Whites only; no blacks allowed; go to the back of the bus; etc.” Insane, stupid and egotistical decisions have destroyed the Republican Party and the country. Become outraged. WALT HILL Petersburg

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I believe that love, channeled into action for change, helps us to cope with the profound challenges we face individually and as a country. I experienced that idea through a friend I used to work with at the Obama White House. For that friend, and for the country, I am traveling across the country to emphasize the importance of voting this year — both during the June primary elections and the November general election. My stops in Virginia have been in Richmond and Tappahannock. My friend reinforced for me what it means to be resilient, a trait I developed as I navigated my path to the White House against the backdrop of America’s not so flattering parts of history and social norms. And it’s with that audacity — the audacity to love — that I am visiting communities across the country. President Obama taught us the audacity of hope. Now I’m asking people to take the next step with the audacity to love. That’s why I think it’s important to vote. I know some people may ask, “Why does it

matter? Even if I vote, how will my life change? I respect that people sacrificed for the right to vote, but how will it affect my ability to put food on the table and a roof over my head?” Voting empowers you to choose leaders who will help you put food on the table, provide a roof over your ahead and feel safer. You would be voting for those you have the audacity to love — voting for you. You deserve leadership that won’t get in the way of your children and community members becoming leaders themselves. Our ancestors had the audacity to love regardless of whether it was returned. They died, marched, sacrificed, wrote, cried and persevered to help a generation of people whom they hadn’t even met yet. We walk in their footsteps. Find out more about how to vote and important dates at DOMINIQUE MANN Washington, D.C. The writer is a former media affairs manager for the White House under former President Obama. Contact her at

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city of richmond Business and personal property tax payments are due by tuesday, June 5, 2018 Payment(s) for Individual Personal Property, Business Personal Property, and Machinery and Tools Taxes are due on June 5, 2018. Payment(s) must be received and/or postmarked on or before June 5th. Payments postmarked or received after the June 5th due date will be assessed a 10% late penalty and will accrue interest charges at a rate of 10% per annum. Please mail your notice and payment in the envelope provided with your bill. Failure to receive a billing notice will not relieve the penalty and interest added if your payment is not made on time. If you require a billing notice please call 646-7000 or visit us online at This notice originally stated that the opening of the 1 bedroom waiting list was on May 21, 2018. The Richmond Free Press would like to apologize for that error. Please see the correct notice above with the opening of the 1 bedroom waiting list being effective June 1.

For your convenience, you may pay online at or pay via telephone at 1-800-272-9829 (use locality code 1059). A convenience fee may be charged for use of these payment options. You may also pay in person at city Hall, 900 E. Broad Street Room 102 M-F 8-5; at our Southside office, 4100 Hull Street M-F 8 – 5; or at our east District office at 701 N. 25th Street, M-F 8:00 – 5:00. You may also deposit your check payment in the payment drop box at each location.

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF A FILING BY VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY OF ITS INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLAN CASE NO. PUR-2018-00065 On May 1, 2018, Virginia Electric and Power Company (“Dominion” or “Company”) filed with the State Corporation Commission (“Commission”) the Company’s Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”) pursuant to § 56-599 of the Code of Virginia (“Code”). An IRP, as defined by § 56-597 of the Code, is “a document developed by an electric utility that provides a forecast of its load obligations and a plan to meet those obligations by supply side and demand side resources over the ensuing 15 years to promote reasonable prices, reliable service, energy independence, and environmental responsibility.” Pursuant to § 56-599 C of the Code, the Commission determines whether an IRP is reasonable and in the public interest. Dominion states that it serves approximately 2.5 million electric customers in Virginia and North Carolina and that the Company’s combined service territory in these two states covers approximately 30,000 square miles. As indicated in its IRP, Dominion is a member of PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (“PJM”), a regional transmission organization in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The Company states that the IRP was prepared for its service territories in Virginia and North Carolina, which are both within the PJM region. According to the Company, the IRP encompasses the 15-year planning period from 2019 to 2033 and is based on the Company’s current assumptions regarding load growth, commodity prices, economic conditions, environmental regulations, construction and equipment costs, demand-side management programs, and many other regulatory and market developments that may occur in the future. Dominion states in its filing that the Company’s objective in developing the IRP was to identify the mix of resources necessary to meet future energy and capacity requirements in an efficient and reliable manner at the lowest reasonable cost while considering future uncertainties. Section 56-599 of the Code requires, among other things, that an IRP evaluate: (i) the effect of current and pending environmental regulations upon the continued operation of existing electric generation facilities or options for construction of new electric generation facilities; and (ii) the most cost-effective means of complying with current and pending environmental regulations. With respect to the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from electric generation by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the IRP recognizes that the EPA published a proposal in October 2017 to repeal the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”) and that in December 2017, the EPA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit input on whether it should proceed with a replacement rule. The Company asserts that it no longer believes the CPP to be a “current” or “pending” regulation; however, the Company includes a build plan under the CPP and the resulting net present value analysis in the 2018 IRP. The Company states it has also assessed a generic federal carbon program in the 2018 IRP. The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing in this case that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing at 1 p.m. on September 24, 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 September 25, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., in the same location, to receive the testimony and evidence offered by the Company, respondents, and the Staff on the Company’s IRP. The public version of the Company’s IRP 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, Jennifer D. Valaika, 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 public version of the IRP 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 September 17, 2018, any interested person wishing to comment on the Company’s IRP 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 September 17, 2018, by following the instructions on the Commission’s website: 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-201800065. On or before July 13, 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-2018-00065. 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 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.


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Sports Stories by Fred Jeter

19-year-old Soto called up to play for Washington Nationals At 19 years old, Juan Soto would still be young enough to play baseball for most high schools. Instead, he’s wearing No. 22 and playing left field for the Washington Nationals. On Monday, the left-handed swinging Soto made history by drilling a home run on the first pitch of his first big league start. It was a three-run shot off southpaw Rob Ellin that sparked the Nats’ 10-2 Juan Soto victory over San Diego before 27,890 at Nationals Park. A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Soto was summoned to the big leagues from Eastern League Harrisburg

Richmond’s former phenom

In late summer of 1996, Richmond enjoyed a brief view of a baseball phenom similar to the current Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto. Andruw Jones, a native of Curacao, was just 19 when he arrived at The Diamond to play center field for the Richmond Braves. In 12 Richmond games, Jones hit .378, with five homers and 12 RBIs. That same season, he was called up to Atlanta and hit .400 (8-20) with two homers in the World Series versus the New York Yankees.

on Sunday following a season-ending Achilles tendon injury suffered by Howie Kendrick. Prior to his Sunday call-up, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Soto

had hit .373 at Hagerstown, .371 at Potomac and .323 at Harrisburg this spring. In just 39 minor league games, Soto hit 14 homers with 52 RBIs. The Dominican, who signed with Washington at age 16, becomes the first teenager to hit a major league home run since another National, Bryce Harper, did so in 2012. Soto was 19 years and 208 days old at the time he connected for the first of what Nats fans hope will be hundreds of homers for the District. Following his home run, Soto made a “curtain call,” walking to the top of the Nats’ dugouts steps. Reacting to the roar of the crowd, he pointed to the sky, clapped his hands above his head and gave a fist pump. Among those enjoying it most were his parents, who had just flown in from the Dominican Republic.

A primer for the NBA Final Four Remaining Conference Schedule (Best of 7) EASTERN Friday, May 25 (if necessary): Boston at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27 (if necessary): Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m. WESTERN Thursday, May 24: Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26 (if necessary): Houston at Golden State, 9 p.m. Monday, May 28 (if necessary): Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m. Best-of-7 Finals start May 31

Two favorites, as usual, favored to go all the way to the NBA Finals are the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron, also known as the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors are eyeing a third title in four seasons while LeBron James, now a Cleveland Cavalier, has made seven straight trips to The Finals with Miami and Cleveland combined. James is the only non-Boston Celtic with as many as six consecutive trips to The Finals individually. Bill Russell did it a record 10 straight years, all with the Celtics from 1957 to 1966. The Warriors and the Cavs have met in The Finals the last three years, with Golden State winning in 2015 and 2017, and Cleveland in 2016, after trailing in the series, 3-1. There is evidence that whatever team James suits up for is likely to reach The Finals. James has been to The Finals with Miami in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and with Cleveland the past three seasons. He also led Cleveland to the 2007 Finals in his first stint with the Ohio club. For it to happen this go-round, Cleveland will have to get past a Boston outfit that hasn’t lost a single postseason game at home. Golden State boasts one of the top “trios” in annals with Kevin Durant (26.4), Steph Curry (26.4) and Klay Thompson (20.0). Three players averaging at least 20 is a rarity. Among the only championship teams with that claim was the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers with Moses Malone (24.5), Julius Erving (21.4) and Andrew Tony (19.7). To reach a fourth straight Final, the Warriors must get by Houston, led by two likely Hall of Fame candidates James Harden and Chris Paul.

Eastern Conference Finals (Best of Seven) Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Boston Celtics Coach: Brad Stevens Arena: TD Garden Founded: 1946 NBA Championships: 17 (between 1957 and 2008) Regular season: 55-27 (Second Atlantic Division) Playoffs: Defeated Milwaukee, 4-3; defeated Philadelphia, 4-1 Leading scorer: Jayson Tatum, 18.8 Leading rebounder: Al Horford, 8.7 Assists leader: Terry Rozier, 5.8 Key injury: Guard Kyrie Irving (24.4 points per game) out for the season Local connection: Ex-VCU star Gerald Henderson played with

the Celtics from 1979 to 1984 and played a key role during Boston’s 1984 NBA title run. Cleveland Cavaliers Coach: Tyronn Lue Arena: Quicken Loans Founded: 1970 NBA Championships: 2016 Regular season: 50-32 (First Central Division) Playoffs: Defeated Indiana, 4-3; defeated Toronto, 4-0 Leading scorer: LeBron James, 27.5 Leading rebounder: Kevin Love, 9.3 Assists leader: James, 9.1 Local connection: In 1985, Cleveland selected Virginia Union’s Charles Oakley (native of Cleveland) as the ninth overall pick. Later that same day, Oakley was traded to the Chicago Bulls.

Western Conference Finals (Best of Seven) Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets Coach: Mike D’Antoni Arena: Toyota Center Founded: 1967 as San Diego Rockets Championships: Two (1994, 1995) Regular season: 65-17 (first Southwest Division) Playoffs: Defeated Minnesota, 4-1; defeated Utah, 4-1 Leading scorer: James Harden, 30.4 Leading rebounder: Clint Capela, 10.8 Assists leader: Harden, 8.8 Local connection: Former VCU star Troy Daniels made his NBA debut with the Rockets during the 2013-14 season. Also, VCU’s

Briante Weber played with Houston this past season. Golden State Warriors Coach: Steve Kerr Arena: Oracle Center Founded: 1946 as Philadelphia Warriors Championships: Five (1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017) Regular season: 58-24 (first Pacific Division) Playoffs: Defeated San Antonio, 4-1; defeated New Orleans, 4-1 Leading scorers: Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, 26.4 Leading rebounder: Draymond Green, 7.6 Assists leader: Green, 7.3 Local connection: Ray Epps (George Wythe High/Norfolk State) was the Warriors’ 1978 fifth round draft pick and played with Golden State one season.

Father-son combos part of NBA history Bamba dominates NBA Draft Combine

Mohamed Bamba has set two NBA records, of sorts, without even breaking a sweat. The former University of Texas star has the widest wingspan (7 feet 10 inches) and standing reach (9 feet 9 inches) in NBA Draft Combine history. Measurements were taken last week at the annual Combine in Chicago, a precursor to the NBA Draft on June 21 in Brooklyn. Harlem native Bamba eclipsed old marks of 7 feet Mohamed Bamba 8½ inches (wingspan) and 9 feet 7 inches (standing reach) set by Frenchman Rudy Gobert in 2013. Bamba, whose height was measured at 6-foot-11¼ without shoes, played this past season as a freshman under Coach Shaka Smart in Austin before opting for the NBA. In a Dec. 5 game at VCU’s Siegel Center, Bamba had 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots in the Longhorns’ 71-67 win over the Rams. This season, he averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds while leading the Big 12 with 3.7 blocked shots per game. Bamba figures to be a lottery pick in the upcoming draft and may go as high as among the top five selections. The second widest wingspan measured in Chicago was the 7 feet 7 inches of former Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (height 7 feet ¼ inch without shoes). In 2010, VCU’s Larry Sanders was measured at 6-foot-9¼ in height with a 7-foot-5 ¾ inches wingspan, among the widest recorded at that time.

The NBA’s greatest father-son combination in history — Dell and Steph Curry — has Virginia roots. That’s according to website With Father’s Day approaching, two other father-son combos with strong Richmond roots also warrant attention. That would be Terry and Ed Davis and Gerald Henderson and Gerald Henderson Jr. More on that later. First, the Sportschew survey: Dell and current Golden State Warrior Steph Curry are virtually everyone’s first choice as the best two-generation NBA duo. Curry background: Dell Curry was born in Harrisonburg, grew up in Grottoes and starred at Fort Defiance High where he set (since surpassed) a state scoring record. From there, Curry enjoyed a brilliant career at Virginia Tech and was a mainstay in the NBA from 1986 to 2002, scoring 12,670 points. Current Golden State Warrior Steph Curry, as most know, ranks with elite scorers in NBA history. Now for the Richmond connections: While the Davises and Hendersons didn’t make Sportschew’s Top 10, they surely deserve an honorable mention and still, with more time to shine the résumé, could eventually rise up the chart. Background check: Terry Davis hails from Halifax High and originally signed with the University of Georgia before transferring to Virginia Union University and becoming an AllAmerican for Coach Dave Robbins from

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1986 to 1989. Most recently with Philadelphia, the Terry’s son Ed Davis played at Hanover 30-year-old missed this season following High and Benedictine and played two sea- hip surgery but is likely to land elsewhere sons at the University of North Carolina, for 2018-19. helping the Tarheels to an NCAA title. And that’s not all. From Richmond’s Southside, Gerald Paul Pressey (George Wythe High, Henderson Sr. was a standout at Hugue- University of Tulsa) was a two-time NBA not High and then at VCU under coaches All-Defensive pick credited for inventing Chuck Noe and Dana Kirk. “point forward” position. His son, Gerald Henderson Jr., grew up Pressey’s younger son, Phil, grew up in in the Philadelphia area and played three Dallas, starred at the University of Misseasons at Duke. souri and was in the NBA parts of 2013 Check the pro numbers: through 2016. Terry Davis played in 480 NBA games, Richmond has produced its share of 1989-2001, scoring 3,061 points and snar- NBA players – in pairs, no less. ing 2,887 rebounds. In 559 games, 2011-present, Ed Two generation “ballers” Davis has 3,692 points and 3,638 Website voted these fatherrebounds – and counting. He figures son acts as the 10 best in NBA annals: to resign with the Portland Trailblaz1. Dell Curry and Steph Curry ers next season or go elsewhere. 2. Larry Nance and Larry Nance Jr. He remains one of the NBA’s 3. Bill Walton and Luke Walton best rebounders per minute. 4. Tim Hardaway and Tim Hardaway Jr. Gerald Henderson Sr. played in 5. Rick Barry and Brent Barry 871 NBA games, 1979-94, scoring 6. Jimmy Walker and Jalen Rose 7,773 points, passing for 3,141 as7. Mychal Thompson and Klay Thompson sists and earning three champion8. Joe Bryant and Kobe Bryant ship rings. 9. Stan Love and Kevin Love Gerald Jr., in 535 games, has 10. Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers 5,987 points and 1,716 rebounds.

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Personality: Dr. Jacqueline Johnson-Curl Spotlight on honorary chair of VHEF’s Jazz InsideOut benefit

Dr. Jacqueline JohnsonCurl, a Richmond dentist, believes in helping children achieve their dreams. She is the honorary chair of the 7th Annual Jazz InsideOut, a night of jazz, comedy and good food to benefit scholarships and emergency student aid provided by the Virginia Higher Education Fund. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2010 by Rose Giles, a former public school speech and language pathologist, and has awarded nearly $100,000 to students since its inception. It expects to help more than a dozen students this year. The organization is dedicated to helping “at risk” students from Richmond, Petersburg, Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield, as well as students from low- and middle-income families. That includes firstgeneration college students, students living in public housing, students who have been homeless, students with medical challenges or disabilities, students who may have a parent in prison or jail or their family is facing financial challenges or other adverse circumstances, Dr. Johnson-Curl explains. The VHEF awards Momentum Scholarships of $1,000 each, helping students with emergency aid to purchase books and supplies, and providing mentoring opportunities to help students over the hurdles to complete college and workshops for high school seniors on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. “We have to play a part in lifting all of our children up,” Dr. Johnson-Curl says. “Sometimes we have to take the place of or be the parents as well as their cheering squad because these children need our help to be the leaders of tomorrow. “We can’t turn our backs on them as if it is not our responsibility,” she continues. “Yes, they are our responsibility. They are our children. Each of us should do something and should play a part in helping young people achieve their goals. No matter how big or how small, we all can do something.” Dr. Johnson-Curl recalls her own quandary as a Hampton University freshman. After taking a psychology course, she wasn’t sure that was the direction she wanted for her life and career. She knew she wanted to go into a medical field, but didn’t want to have to do a residency that is required of physicians. During a routine visit to her eye doctor, the late Dr. Philmore Howlette, she talked with him about her concerns. “He said, ‘Jackie, why don’t you think about dentistry?’ ” she recalls. “A light bulb came on and I said, “Wow!’ I never thought about dentistry. Maybe I should consider that.’ ” The rest, as they say, is history. “I tell people that story all the time because you never know how one person can alter someone’s direction and trajectory,” Dr. Johnson-Curl said. “Dr. Howlette did that for me. My only regret is I didn’t have a chance to tell him or his wife (who have since died) what he did for me. He really did change the trajectory of my life.” Similarly, Dr. Johnson-Curl sees the VHEF as possibly changing the trajectory of students’ lives. “What (the VHEF does) is really instrumental in children’s lives,” she says. Dr. Johnson-Curl says she also learned about giving back to the community from her late mother, Myrtle Johnson, owner of the former Johnson’s Grill in Shockoe Bottom. “I think about all of those years she worked in the restaurant,” Dr. Johnson-Curl says. “People would come in and sometimes someone just didn’t have any money. She would give them meals. “When Mom was at the point when she couldn’t work anymore, she would still be at home cooking and she would walk to a neighbor’s home — someone who was homebound and couldn’t get out — and take them food.”

Want to go? What: 7th Annual Jazz InsideOut, with proceeds benefiting the Virginia Higher Education Fund’s scholarships and emergency aid for students in Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield and Petersburg. When: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 8. Where: Meadowbrook Country Club and Patio, 3700 Cogbill Road. Details: Music by Katz Band and Taton Manning, comedy by Micah “Bam-Bamm” White and food and beverages. Tickets and info: $60; advance sales only. www. or (804) 329-1374.

As honorary chair of this year’s benefit, Dr. JohnsonCurl hopes her efforts can help change students’ lives and help them with whatever dreams they have for the future. “The more people who come out to the benefit,” she says, “the more students can be helped.” Meet this week’s Personality and a dentist with a giving heart and spirit, Dr. Jacqueline Johnson-Curl:

alone have more than will provide dorm packs for 10,000 families in pub- VHEF scholarship recipients lic housing. Therefore, from low-income families. The the need for scholarship dorm packs include comforters, support is immense. A sheets, towels, pillows and basisecondary goal is to have cally everything a student needs a good time for a good for his or her dorm room. Biggest challenge: Often, the cause. Total raised in 2017: We raised biggest challenge for Africannearly $25,000 last year and American led charities is a lack hope to increase that number of access to corporate executives this year with an increase in and their resources, as well sponsors and an increase in as a lack of access to major philanthropic circles. Without ticket sales. VHEF’s 2018 goal: We plan access, it is difficult to create to raise $35,000 this year. important partnerships with Also, this year we will provide the private sector and difficult greater support to low-income to raise large sums of money are| May most families. To that end, we havex 10”Hfor pur280_1718_fin_ex_cvl_ad_m | 7.278”W | 4Cstudents | Richmondwho Free Press 22 in a wonderful new partner that need of financial aid. However,

Occupation: Dentist. Volunteer position: 2018 Honorary Chair, Virginia Higher Education Fund Jazz InsideOut benefit. Date and place of birth: March 17 in Richmond. Current residence: Hobby Hills area of Richmond. Alma maters: Hampton University, B.A.; Temple University School of Dentistry, D.D.S Family: Husband, Dr. Sherman J. Curl; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher M. Curl and Dr. Emily Stuppi-Curl; and daughter, Stephanie R. Curl. Virginia Higher Education Fund’s mission: To increase scholarship opportunities for students, especially “at risk” and B students. We also want to save parents and students time and money with our scholarship search platforms. To view the current top 17 scholarship search platforms or to take a virtual tour of Virginia’s two- and four-year colleges, visit the VHEF website at How I find time to support VHEF: Time is a valuable commodity for most of us. Fulfilling the role of wife, mother, caretaker and business owner can be demanding. However, I support VHEF because I know what a major difference a college education can make in one’s life. Why I do it: Simple answer, it’s important to me. I’ve benefited from a lifetime of excellent role models who shared their advice, time and encouragement and without whom I may not have become a dentist. I want to help impact people in the same way. Why this organization is important: VHEF recognizes how economic disparity adversely affects low- and middle-income students. By offering scholarships to these students, they are closer to achieving their dream of earning a college degree. Foremost objective of Jazz InsideOut event: The foremost objective of the Jazz lnsideOut benefit is to raise funds for VHEF’s Momentum Scholarships that benefits students in Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield and Petersburg. Richmond and Eastern Henrico

Richmond is fortunate to have strong corporate stewards. That is clearly evident in the 25-plus corporate sponsors for Jazz lnsideOut who share our vision to educate our youths and help them achieve academic success. Why I am a dentist: Dentistry enables me to be a practitioner, an educator, an artist and sometimes a therapist! I love how transforming a smile can be life changing. Advice to aspiring dentists: Most importantly, persevere! Find a mentor and connect with a local dental society such as the Peter B. Ramsey Dental Society in Richmond, which has an outstanding mentorship program. How I start the day: In quiet devotion and gratitude for God’s blessings. A perfect day for me is: Hitting the gym in the morning with my daughter, providing a small act of service to my 96-year-old godmother later in the day, calling my son in Charleston to chat in the afternoon, then having a glass of sauvignon blanc with my husband in the screened porch in the evening. Something I love to do that most people would never imagine: I love coloring books.

A quote that I am inspired by: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” — Matthew 6:33. The three words that best describe me: Gregarious, responsible, tenacious. If I had more time, I would: Learn how to play the piano or maybe learn a foreign language. My hero or heroine: Undoubtedly, my mother Myrtle Johnson. She was the owner of Johnson’s Grill in Shockoe Bottom. She exemplified strength, pride and generosity and, although her life wasn’t always easy, she never lost her faith. That’s the woman I strive to emulate each day. Favorite jazz musician: My current favorite is Marion Meadows. How I unwind: A girls’night out with my favorite sister girls. Book that influenced me the most: “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. DuBois. Book I’m reading now: “A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey. If I’ve learned one thing in life, it is: Don’t underestimate your God-given talents. Next goal: Retirement.

We were founded to cultivate thinkers, innovators and citizen leaders. Two centuries later, we salute the class of 2018 as living proof that this bold experiment is working. WAHOOWA

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Rolling by the river Thousands of people dodged the rain last Friday and Saturday to enjoy Dominion Energy Riverrock, a festival along the James River dedicated to outdoor sports and music. Spectators and participants, including professional athletes, enjoyed kayaking, climbing and slackline competitions, a 5K mud run, yoga and mountain biking.

Right, Ben Schneider shows off his skills on the slackline, while top left, Chris Eldredge competes in the Monster Energy freestyle bike best trick final. Above, people pause to watch the Ultimate Air Dogs competition, while 7-year-old Abigail Phillips enjoys a lemonade with her mother, Tonjai Phillips and friend Michael Hoggard, left, during the bike competition.

RVA East End UR chooses Black Lives Matter memoir for One Book, One Richmond program Festival this weekend By Jeremy M. Lazarus

“When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” will be required reading for University of Richmond students for the 2018-19 academic year, it has been announced. Released in January, the book will be the focus of UR programs and discussions. It is the work of activist Patrisse KhanCullors, one of the three founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement in 2013, and writer and journalist asha bandele. In the wake of several highly publicized deaths of black men at the hands of police that year, Ms. Khan-Cullors started the Twitter hashtag #blacklivesmatter and then teamed with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi to create the movement that has resulted in Black Lives Matter chapters in more than 30 cities and has helped usher in policy changes in numerous police departments. Ms. Khan-Cullors “weaves the themes

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of poverty, race, the criminal justice system and activism throughout this memoir,” said Holly Blake, UR associate dean for outreach education and development, in explaining the selection for the university’s “One Book, One Richmond” program. “The book reveals how and why Ms.

Khan-Cullors committed her own life as an artist and activist to addressing issues that disproportionately affect communities of color,“ Dr. Blake stated. One Book, One Richmond, led by UR’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, seeks to encourage UR students, faculty, staff and members of the community to read and discuss a selected book on a social justice issue. Past selections have examined nationalism, mass incarceration, food insecurity and poverty. “We are hopeful that conversations about Ms. Khan-Cullors’ book link to conversations about our continued efforts to foster a thriving and inclusive community,” said Adrienne Piazza, chair of the One Book, One Richmond committee.

Hospital honors 21 on Legacy Wall The portraits of 21 physicians instrumental in the history of Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital adorn a new Legacy Wall in Richmond’s East End. The doctors helped spearhead the 1980 move of the hospital from Overbrook Road in North Side to a new facility on North 28th Street in the East End. The portraits, done by local muralist Hamilton Glass with help from alumni of ART 180, are installed on a brick wall outside the Bon Secours Sarah Garland Jones Center, 2600 Nine Mile Road, just yards away from the hospital. They were unveiled in a ceremony on May 10 by Bon Secours, which acquired the hospital in 1995. Richmond Community Hospital was started in the early 1900s in Jackson Ward to care for African-American patients in a segregated Richmond. Several physicians honored on the Legacy Wall or their family members attended the event. They are, top row, from left, Dr. Elwood Boone, urology; Dr. Lewis Boone, ob-gyn;

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A royal wedding to remember Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed in ceremony marked by new traditions, global audience Free Press wire reports

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Brown, 33, referring to a woman with AfricanAmerican heritage becoming a member of the royal family. “I hope that women, but particularly black women, are able to see themselves in her and her mother, and know that there are no spaces that are not meant for us.” Also among the celebrities at the nuptials were actor Idris Elba and his fiancée, Sabrina Dowhre and Sir Elton John, who sang at the funeral of Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. He also performed at Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding reception, held in the castle’s St George’s Hall. The royal couple, who met on a blind date in 2016 and fell in love in a tent under the stars in Botswana, later left for an after-party in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type for nearby Frogmore House mansion. Ms. Markle, wearing her second gown of the day, a sleek, long white dress designed by Stella McCartney, made a speech at the evening event, another break with tradition, to which about 200 guests were invited. After watching the ceremony from California, Mr. Markle told TMZ it had been “emotional and joyful.” “My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness.” The newlyweds did not immediately leave for a honeymoon. Instead, they appeared at their first official engagement since becoming husband and wife when they attended an event Tuesday in the gardens of Buckingham Palace celebrating Prince Charles’ charity patronages and military affiliations ahead of his 70th birthday in November. The couple is expected to go on a honeymoon later, although no details of when or where have been announced.

WINDSOR, England Prince Harry and his American actress bride Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a dazzling ceremony that blended ancient English ritual with African-American culture, infusing the 1,000-year-old British monarchy with a blast of blackness and modernity. It was a wedding to remember — and to tweet about — as celebrity guests and royals filled the medieval St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle that 39 English kings and queens have called home since 1066. With regal pageantry as abundant as the garlands of flowers, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle exchanged vows in a ceremony watched by a global television audience of millions. Alighting from a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom IV at the chapel, Ms. Markle was stunning in an ivory silk, A-line Givenchy gown designed by Clare Waight Keller with a bateau neckline Alexi Lubomirski/Handout via Reuters and three-quarter sleeves, diamond tiara and The new royal family as seen in the official wedding photograph taken in the Green 16 ½-foot silk tulle veil hand-embroidered with Drawing Room at Windsor Castle and released Monday by the newlyweds. Surrounding flora representing the 53 countries of the British the newlyweds, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they are back row, from left: Jasper Dyer; Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Commonwealth. Two pageboys, the 7-year-old twin sons of Charles, the Prince of Wales, the groom’s father; Doria Ragland, the bride’s mother; her best friend Jessica Mulroney and Benedict and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, the groom’s brother. Middle row, from left: Mulroney, the son of former Canadian Prime Brian Mulroney; Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the groom’s grandfather; Queen Elizabeth II, the groom’s grandmother; Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, with Minister Brian Mulroney, followed Ms. Markle, Princess Charlotte on her lap; Prince George; Rylan Litt; and John Mulroney. Front row, carrying her veil up the steps of St. George’s from left: Ivy Mulroney, Florence van Cutsem; Zalie Warren; and Remi Litt. Chapel. She entered the chapel unescorted, and was couples, but part of God’s plan with the power a dozen of her friends. Not a longtime devotee of all things royal, Ms. Brown said he was not met halfway down the aisle by Prince Harry’s to change the world. “We will let justice roll down like a mighty particularly interested in the House of Windfather, Prince Charles, who walked her to the altar before she and the groom exchanged vows stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing sor until November, when the wedding was brook,” he said. “When love is the way, poverty announced. and were proclaimed husband and wife. “These are things that growing up I never Ms. Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, 73, will become history. …We would treat one anwould have thought we would see,” said Ms. other as family.” a former lighting diThe Chicago native rector for TV soaps and former bishop of and sitcoms who lives North Carolina grasped reclusively in Rosarito, the lecturn at times, and Mexico, pulled out of at other times waved the ceremony earlier his arms to punctuate in the week, telling points. His sermon TMZ that he had heart was the most tweeted surgery on May 16. moment of the royal The union of Prince wedding. Harry, 33, a former roy“It was a moment for al wild child and sixth African-Americans,” in line to the British said Karen Long, who throne, and 36-yearcame from Houston, old Ms. Markle, a Texas, with her sisdivorcee whose mother ter and a group of is African-American friends, all dressed as and father is white, bridesmaids, to listen was like no other the to the wedding from royal family has seen Dominic Lipinski/pool photo via Associated Press loudspeakers placed before. Ms. Ragland around Windsor. “We can break the “The idea that Harry allowed that and acbarriers down, it can be done,” said 40-yearold black Briton Yvonne Emanuel, one of the knowledged it, it was the perfect blend between 100,000-strong crowd that thronged Windsor’s her culture and the royal culture.” While members of the royal family, including streets. Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, could be The ceremony was typical of royal weddings in many ways. The service was conducted by seen smiling during the sermon, Ms. Markle’s the Dean of Windsor, while Justin Welby, the mother, Doria Ragland, 61, nodded several times Archbishop of Canterbury, declared the couple as Bishop Curry spoke. Ms. Ragland also shed man and wife, beneath the banners of the knights a few tears during the ceremony. As well as traditional Church of England of the Order of the Garter, the world’s oldest anthems and delicate English choral music, chivalric group dating back to 1348. But throughout the wedding, there were the ceremony also featured a gospel choir, The significant breaks with tradition, in particular Kingdom Choir directed by Karen Gibson, singing “Stand by Me,” the 1960s hit by American singer Ben E. King. Prince Harry reportedly suggested a gospel element be added. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason of Nottingham, a 19-year-old winner of a BBC competition, played three selections during the ceremony, captivating the congregation and television viewers around the world. In further breaks with tradition, Ms. Markle did not vow to Owen Hurmphreys/pool photo via Associated Press Sometimes, it’s nice to have assistance with day-to-day obey her husband. The couple Bishop Michael Curry also exchanged rings, meaning tasks. We like to make the hard stuff easy for you. when Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, head of the that, unlike other senior male royals such as his Episcopal Church in the United States, delivered older brother Prince William, Prince Harry will a passionate sermon that was a far cry from the wear a wedding band. 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William A. Thornton, longtime historian for Richmond Crusade for Voters, dies at 93 William Armstead Thornton always was considered the indispensable dependable man at the Richmond Crusade for Voters, his church and other organizations in which he participated. Known as “Bill” to friends, he maintained the records and history of the Crusade, Richmond’s oldest and largest African-American political organization, dating back to its founding in 1956. He was a stalwart for years in the group’s efforts to register people to vote. Still, the longtime insurance executive was always the second William Thornton in the group and regularly had to remind people that his middle initial was “A” to avoid confusing him with one of the Crusade’s founders, Richmond podiatrist William S. Thornton, who died in 1999. The two men were not related. Mr. Thornton and his multifaceted service

is being remembered after he sucPersonnel Board, which hears cumbed to illness on Sunday, May grievance appeals from City Hall 6, 2018. He was 93. employees and also considers His life will be celebrated 011 workforce policies. a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Fifth Street “He was a man of integrity, who Baptist Church, 2800 Third Ave., spoke plainly and directly to make where he was a longtime deacon a point,” said his niece, Lori Lola and for years served as the volunteer Hunter. “But he also was a man of director of the church’s credit union humor. He easily made friends and before it became part of the Virginia was known for making a joke to Credit Union in 2011. open conversations with people he Mr. Thornton The Rev. F. Todd Gray, the just met. Levity and honesty were church’s pastor, will lead the service. his trademarks.” Mr. Thornton also was a former treasurer Born in Jackson Ward in 1924, Mr. Thornton for the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, and his family struggled during the Great Depresone of the major associations of black churches sion. He survived after he was placed in a special in the state. feeding program that was operated for children He also served for years on the Richmond who were malnourished, Ms. Hunter said.

After graduating from Armstrong High School, he began college studies at Virginia Union University, but left after being drafted into the Army during World War II. After completing his military service, he used the G.I. Bill to complete his bachelor’s degree with honors at Howard University in Washington. Mr. Thornton spent his career with the Richmond-based Southern Aid Life Insurance Co., rising to district manager and vice president before retiring when the company was sold to Atlanta Life in the late 1980s. He also was a member of the NAACP, the Astoria Beneficial Club of Richmond and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He outlived his brother and two sisters. There are no other immediate survivors.

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LYNCHBURG Former President Jimmy Carter took a gentle poke at President Trump at the start of a commencement address to graduates of Liberty University in Lynchburg. Taking the podium last Saturday to a standing ovation a year after President Trump spoke to Liberty graduates, President Carter took note of the large crowd at the university stadium. He said Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. “told me before we came here that it’s even bigger — I hate to say this — than it was last year.” “I don’t know if President Trump would admit that or not,” President Carter said, drawing laughter. The remark harkened back to controversies over President Trump’s claim of

a massive inauguration crowd exceeding 1 million, despite photographic evidence suggesting otherwise. President Carter is the third U.S. president — and the first Democrat — Liberty has hosted for commencement. President George H.W. Bush gave the keynote in 1990. The university is a hub for conservative politics, often frequented by candidates courting evangelical voters. President Carter is an evangelical as well, but with more progressive views. The bulk of President Carter’s speech emphasized broad themes of human rights and equality. He said he now believes the greatest challenge in the world is “discrimination against women and girls in the world.” He noted the killings of newborn girls around the world where families have

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Neekta Hamidi usually gets a few strange looks when she sits down for an iftar, the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast, at her mosque in Boston. Her fellow worshippers are digging into disposable plates piled with rice and meat. Her meal, though, is in a reusable glass Tupperware container. Next to her sits a reusable spork and thermos. “Bringing my own reusable dishes is such a simple thing to do, but it makes a difference in my environmental footprint,” said Ms. Hamidi, who holds a graduate degree in environmental health from Johns Hopkins University and blogs about her minimal-waste lifestyle. Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, is meant to be a month of simplicity and spirituality. But at mosques around the country, Ms. Hamidi said, garbage bags typically overflow with disposable cups, half-filled water bottles and half-eaten plates of rice and meat. A report by Qatari sustainability advocacy group EcoMENA estimated that one-fourth of food prepared for sometimes lavish Ramadan iftars ends up in the trash. In Malaysia, officials say more than 270,000 tons of food are thrown away during Ramadan. Dubai officials say food accounts for up to 38 percent of domestic waste — a number that can spike past 55 percent in Ramadan. In Abu Dhabi, food waste jumps 10 percent in the holy month, leading the government to ask residents to cut iftar portion sizes. Such staggering statistics have caused a slow awakening about food waste. Last year, a waste-conscious iftar in London used primarily ingredients that supermarkets usually discard. This year, London mosques will host several plastic-free iftars. Three years ago, Dubai began using electronic containers to measure the amount of waste produced in Ramadan. In Saudi Arabia, the Etaam food bank initiative launched a campaign to encourage food preservation at Ramadan tents, hotels and restaurants. “The modern pattern of overconsumption and wastefulness has never fit into Islam,” said Tammara Soma, co-founder of Toronto’s Food Systems Lab. “The Prophet Muhammad said if you have food for one person, it’s enough for two. If you have food for two people, it’s enough for four.” Now, in the United States, leaders at mosques and Islamic centers are rolling out initiatives to lead their communities toward a zero-waste Ramadan — or at least a minimal-waste one. At home, Ms. Hamidi aims for zerowaste iftars. She avoids plastic, buys food without packaging whenever possible, composts leftovers and uses reusable dishes. “I always count the number of plates in my cabinet and then send out my guest list,” she said with a laugh. It’s a little more challenging to make that happen at the mosque-wide level. “You know how it is during Ramadan,” said Payman Amiri, one of the founders of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California. “People are a lot hungrier than their stomach will actually allow them to eat.”

Indeed, some experts suggest that shortterm fasting might stunt the appetite. After hours of abstaining from food or drink, worshippers ambitiously overfill their plates, only to dump the majority into the trash as they rush off to complete their evening prayers. One recommendation is to ask mosques not to serve iftar meals in overflowing pre-packed containers. Instead, the ICCNC and other mosques now have volunteers serve the food, doling out half-portions to everyone and offering smaller plates to children. Worshippers are encouraged to come for seconds and thirds, rather than get their entire iftar at once. To go a step further, Ms. Hamidi recommends first filling up on plant-based foods, such as salad and lentils, before grabbing carbs and meat. If you accidentally load up, Ms. Hamidi recommends setting up a compost. “Even if they can’t afford reusable dishes, all mosques should at least switch their dishes to paper or bioplastics and set up a compost bin,” she said. When leftover food and dishes all go into one compost bin, it means none goes into landfills. It might cost more, but organizers involved with these green iftar efforts say it’s worth it. “As a Muslim organization, I believe we should be exemplary when it comes to social responsibility,” Mr. Amiri said. His center in Oakland has spent the past decade integrating green initiatives that reduce waste “and, instead, using our resources to help those who don’t have the means to feed themselves.” This year, the ICCNC is joined by 18 other Bay Area Islamic organizations to reduce food waste as part of the San Josebased Islamic Networks Group’s initiative to end hunger. “Food waste and hunger go hand in hand,” ING’s Ameena Jandali said. “When you throw all this great food in the garbage, then walk outside the mosque and see homeless people, it stares you in the face that the U.S. isn’t immune to these problems.” Some mosques have considered canceling iftars altogether because of the sheer amount of food waste, Ms. Jandali said. But the mosques ING is working with have come up with better solutions. Every night this Ramadan, the ICCNC is distributing about 100 packages of food — about 1,400 meals total — to Oakland’s homeless population. And it’s not just leftovers. Before worshippers break their fast, volunteers box up food and deliver it to homeless shelters or those on the street. A bigger problem may actually be food-associated waste. Unless the food has already been touched, “there’s always someone to give leftover food to,” Ms. Soma said. It’s the dishes, utensils, trays and boxes packaging the food that are harder to deal with. When Mr. Amiri walks into a mosque and sees a plastic-foam cup, he can’t help but cringe. “That should be a complete no-no,” he said. “I’m immediately like, ‘OK, I need to talk to these folks about Styrofoam and the impact it has on the environment.’ ” Nearby, in Pleasanton, Calif., youths

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from the Muslim Community Center of East Bay ordered compostable dinnerware and utensils for Ramadan and ensured that caterers only use recyclable packaging to deliver the iftar meal, one organizer said. At their first iftar of the year, organizers said, they diverted more than 400 gallons of compost and 130 gallons of recyclables from landfills. The ICCNC began its own green initiatives when Mr. Amiri noticed about half of its Ramadan trash ended up being plastic drinking bottles. “That’s not acceptable in this day and age,” he said. “So we invested in a water cooler, implemented multicolored garbage bags for recycling and started spending more money on compostable plates and utensils.” Volunteers who monitor the trash said it has been reduced “tremendously” over these years. That gives him hope that people are becoming more conscious, Mr. Amiri says. That’s part of a larger trend among U.S. Muslims. A 2017 survey by Pew Research Center found that 62 percent say protecting the environment is “essential” to their identity as Muslims. That number is slightly higher among those under age 40, those born outside the United States and those who say religion is very important to them. The Muslims who attend the ICCNC’s center tend to be highly educated, successful professionals who have been in America for many years. A green Ramadan can be a harder sell at mosques attended mostly by recent immigrants. “A lot of people think the U.S. is the land of plenty,” Mr. Amiri said. “But they don’t think there are hungry people a block or two blocks away from their place.” Young Muslim environmentalists, Ms. Hamidi said, need to appeal to the common denominator of faith to convince immigrants, as well as older generations. “When you read some statistics about waste and our environment, then you read the Quranic verses about how Allah doesn’t love the wasteful, it brings the religious injunction to life,” Ms. Jandali said. That was also the goal of the Green Khutbah campaign in Toronto, launched in 2010 to challenge imams to deliver a Friday sermon on a topic related to environmentalism. Organizers say buy-in from mosque leadership gives green initiatives lasting power. “Environmentalism isn’t exactly the hottest topic for Friday sermons,” Ms. Hamidi said. “But an imam reminding congregants to bring their own reusable cups and to eat like the Prophet Muhammad would eat can make a huge difference.” “And once or twice a year,” Mr. Amiri suggested, “take the youths out to clear a creek near your mosque.” At ICCNC’s Saturday school, teachers take students out every few months to clean the block around the center. The hope is that the children remember those images – Styrofoam pieces and plastic six-pack rings sullying the environment – and it will shape their lifestyle going forward. “Once you work on the youths, it’s embedded in them by the time they’re older,” Mr. Amiri said. “Then it’s easy. It’s the first generation that takes more work.”

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1384 New Market Road, Richmond, Virginia 23231 | 804-222-8835




2nd Annual Community Potluck Iftar A local church is hosting a community iftar, a dinner to break the fast for Ramadan. The 2nd Annual Community Potluck Iftar will be held 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford Road. Participants are asked to bring their favorite dish, vegetarian or non-pork dishes, and dessert to share with others. Plates, cups, bread and water will be provided. Also a $10 donation is suggested, with funds raised supporting the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Organizers view the event as an opportunity for people of different faiths to come together in fellowship. Regarded as the holiest celebrations of the year for Muslims, Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad. Ramadan started this year on the evening of May 15, with fasting beginning on May 16. It ends June 16, with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. RSVP at

First Baptist Church of Midlothian


13800 Westfield Dr., Midlothian, VA 23113 804-794-5583 •


Celebrating the

PASTORAL A n n i v e r s A r y


rev. Pernell J. Johnson

Pastoring with a Purpose “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15 KJV

sundAy, June 3, 2018

11:00 A.M. Worship Service Rev. Andrew T. Carey, Guest Preacher Dinner immediately following

3:30 P.M. Anniversary Celebration Rev. Lamont Hobbs, Pastor and the

Metropolitan Baptist Church, Petersburg, Va.

Serving Richmond since 1887 3200 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23223• (804) 226-1176

Sunday 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Worship Service

WedneSday 12:00 p.m. Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Bible Study

Muslims in U.S. working toward greener Ramadan with less waste

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Legal Notices/Employment Opportunities Divorce VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE COUNTY OF HENRICO HEATHER LYNN ROBINSON, Plaintiff v. KEVIN ALTON ROBINSON, Defendant. Case No.: CL18-2203-00 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is for the Plaintiff to obtain a divorce from the bond of matrimony from the Defendant on the ground that the parties have continuously lived separate and apart without cohabitation for a period of more than one year. An affidavit having been filed that the present residence of the Defendant is out of state and we do not anticipate Defendant will accept service, it is ORDERED that the Defendant appear before the Circuit Court of the County of Henrico on the 25th day of June, 2018, at 9 AM and protect his interests. An Extract Teste: HEIDI S. BARSHINGER, Clerk VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE CITY OF RICHMOND DEBORAH ANN (THOMAS) CLAYTON, Plaintiff v. ANTONIO TERRELL CLAYTON, Defendant. Case No.: CL18-1896-7 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce a vincullo matrimonii or from the bonds of matrimony. It appearing from an affidavit that diligence has been used without effect, by or on behalf of the Plaintiff to ascertain in what county or city the defendant is. It is ordered that Antonio Terrell Clayton appear at the above-named court and protect his/her interests on or before the 15th of June, 2018 at 9:00 AM. A Copy, Teste: Edward F. Jewett, Clerk VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE CITY OF RICHMOND Christopher mark atkinson, Plaintiff v. roula Aldiyab, Defendant. Case No.: CL18-2087-7 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce from the bond of matrimony from the Defendant on the ground that the parties have lived separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for a period of more than one year. The Plaintiff seeks dissolution of marriage only. It appearing from an affidavit that diligence has been used by or on behalf of the Plaintiff to ascertain in what County or City the Defendant is, without effect, it is ordered that the Defendant appear before this court on the 29th day of June, 2018 at 9:00 AM and protect her interests herein. An Extract: Teste: Edward F. Jewett, Clerk Freeborn & Peters LLP 411 East Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23218-0470 (804) 644-1300 VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE COUNTY OF HENRICO MALAYEE MAC CHEYARD, Plaintiff v. NELLIE LARGHA, Defendant. Case No.: CL18-2130 ORDER The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce from the bond of matrimony on the ground that the parties have lived of living separate and apart for a period of one year. AN AFFIDAVIT having been filed that due diligence has been used by the Plaintiff to ascertain in what county, city or country Defendant resides, without effect, it is HEREBY ORDERED that the Defendant appear before Continued on next column

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this Court on the 25th day of June, 2018 at 10:00 AM, at Henrico Circuit Court 4301 East Parham Rd., Henrico, VA 23273. A Copy, Teste: FRANK D. HARGROVE, JR., Clerk I ask for this: Rodney L. Jefferson, Esq. P.O. Box 1259 Richmond, VA 23218 Tel: (804) 672-2003 Fax: (804) 672-2009 VSB#: 40652

Plaintiff v. HENRY DAVENPORT, Defendant. Case No.: CL18001511-00 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 June, 2018 at 9:00 AM 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

responsibilities remaining with parent after transfer of legal custody or guardianship of the person, including but not limited to rights of: visitation; adoption consent; determination of religious affiliation; and responsibility for support. It is ORDERED that the defendant Unknown (Father) to appear at the above-named Court and protect his/her interest on or before 07/31/2018, at 9:00 AM, Courtroom #2

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING CITY OF RICHMOND, Plaintiff, v. JOSEPH K. HARRIS, et al, Defendants. Case No.: CL18-873 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 420 East 15th Street, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number S0000226/010, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owner of record, Joseph K. Harris. An Affidavit having been filed that said owner, JOSEPH K. HARRIS, who has been served by posting and by mailing a copy of the complaint to his/her last known address, has not been personally 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 JOSEPH K. HARRIS, and Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before JUNE 28, 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. LILLIE M. BULLOCK, et al, Defendants. Case No.: CL18-1130 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 3316 N Street, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number E000-0880/010, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owner of record, Lillie M. Bullock. An Affidavit having been filed that said owner, LILLIE M. BULLOCK, 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 TUFFY AUTO SERVICE CENTERS, which may be a creditor with an interest in said property, 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 M. BULLOCK, upon information and belief deceased, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in interest, TUFFY AUTO SERVICE CENTERS, and Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before JUNE 28, 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 FOR THE COUNTY OF HANOVER ERNEST HARRIS, Plaintiff v. IZETTA HARRIS, Defendant. Case No.: CL17002590-00 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 9th day of July, 2018 at 9:00 AM in Circuit Court #1 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 YAMILIA BRITTINGHAM, Plaintiff v. JOSEPH BRITTINGHAM, SR., Defendant. Case No.: CL18001658-00 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 9th day of July, 2018 at 9:00 AM and protect his interests in Circuit Court #1. 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 OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND SHAKEER TALIB EL-SHABAZZ Plaintiff, v. DARCUS RAHMAN, Defendant. Case No.: CL18-001796-00 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to obtain a divorce. It appearing from an affidavit diligence has been used by or on behalf of the plaintiff to ascertain in what county or city the defendant is, without effect, it is Ordered that the defendant appear before this Court on June 22, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., and protect her interests herein. An Extract, Teste: Edward F. Jewett, Clerk Janet E. Brown, P.C. 3108 N. Parham Road, Suite 600A Richmond, Virginia 23294 (804) 747-8200 (Tel.) (804) 747-3259 (Fax.)

VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE COUNTY OF HANOVER KAREN BROWN, Plaintiff v. LOUIS BROWN, JR., Defendant. Case No.: CL18001513-00 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 June, 2018 at 9:00 AM 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

Custody VIRGINIA: IN THE JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS DISTRICT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND Commonwealth of Virginia, in re ZaniyaH perkins Case No. J-080506-16-17 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to: Terminate the residual parental rights (“RPR”) Deonte Williams (Father) and Unknown (Father) of Zaniyah Perkins, child DOB 04/02/2008. “RPR” means all rights and responsibilities remaining with parent after transfer of legal custody or guardianship of the person, including but not limited to rights of: visitation; adoption consent; determination of religious affiliation; and responsibility for support. It is ORDERED that the defendants Deonte Williams and Unknown (Father) appear at the abovenamed Court and protect his/her interest on or before 06/14/2018, at 9:00 AM, Courtroom #3


VIRGINIA: IN THE JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS DISTRICT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND Commonwealth of Virginia, in re DEREoNA SHAMEKA WILLIAMS & DONALD ALFONSO WILLIAMS Case No. J-087846-15-00, J-087847-16-00 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to: Terminate the residual parental rights (“RPR”) Unknown (Father) of Dereona Shameka Williams, child DOB 10/30/2011 and Donald Alfonso Williams, C h i l d D O B 1 0 / 3 0 / 11 . “RPR” means all rights and

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PROPERTY VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING CITY OF RICHMOND, Plaintiff, v. HELEN EARLE WILSON, et al, Defendants. Case No.: CL18-1845 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 2819 Richmond H e n r i c o Tu r n p i k e , Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number N000-0904/050, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owner of record, Helen Earle Wilson. An Affidavit having been filed that said owner, HELEN EARLE WILSON, upon information and belief deceased, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in title, 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 HELEN EARLE WILSON, upon information and belief deceased, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in title, and Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before JUNE 28, 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. MALLIE EDWARD CRAWFORD, et al, Defendants. Case No.: CL18-1846 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 2816 Wellington Street, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number N0000904/020, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owners of record, Mallie Edward Crawford and Margaret Smith Crawford. An Affidavit having been filed that said owners, MALLIE EDWARD CRAWFORD, upon information and belief deceased, or his heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in title, and MARGARET SMITH CR A W F O R D upon information and belief deceased, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in title, 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 MALLIE EDWARD CR A W F O R D , u p o n information and belief deceased, or his heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in title, and MARGARET SMITH CR A W F O R D upon information and belief deceased, or her heirs, devisees, assignees or successors in title, and Parties Unknown, come forward to appear on or before JUNE 28, 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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VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND JOHN MARSHALL COURTS BUILDING CITY OF RICHMOND, Plaintiff, v. WADE STANLEY EATMON, et al, Defendants. Case No.: CL18-1435 ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to subject the property briefly described as 307 West 27th Street, Richmond, Virginia, Tax Map Number S0000801/010, to sale in order to collect delinquent real estate taxes assessed thereon in the name of the owner of record, Wade Stanley Eatmon. 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 JUNE 28, 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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