By Joanna Moreno
VCU Capital News Service
RICHMOND, Va. – Lou McClellan said he loves Virginia – and that’s why he came to Bob McDonnell’s inauguration as the commonwealth’s 71st governor.
“I think he will unite the state and bring us all together from things that had separated us in the past,” said McClellan, a Richmond resident and longtime Republican.
He was one of thousands of people who converged on the Virginia Capitol on Saturday to see the inauguration.
By Nicole Fisher
VCU Capital News Service
RICHMOND, Va. – Tim Kaine was still smiling. In his final State of the Commonwealth address to the General Assembly on Wednesday, he said he was smiling because there is no higher honor than to serve as governor of Virginia.
In his farewell speech, Kaine listed achievements ranging from education to business.
“The Virginia economy today is one of the nation’s most vibrant. We are in the top 10 states in median income and have one of the 10 lowest unemployment rates in the country,” he said. Continue reading
By Tim Bajkiewicz
RICHMOND, Va.–About 100 marchers helped rename a building on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in mid-November and reaffirmed the legacy of the struggle for women to vote in Virginia and the United States.
The march began at the James Branch Cabell Library on VCU’s Monroe Park campus and ended at 919 W. Franklin St., the former home of Anne Clay Crenshaw. That same day in 1909–November 18–she and 18 other women created the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, which later became the League of Women Voters of Virginia.
“Well, I’m thrilled because I think it’s important that we remember our history. And that’s one of the reasons I brought my daughter today,” said Dr. Catherine Ingrassia, executive associate dean for research and graduate affairs, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences.
By Jerome Foster and Chelse Greaux
RICHMOND, Va. — The smoking ban went into effect on December 1. The law prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants. Some people disagree with it, while others agree with the law.
Smoker Clyde Willis and Applebee’s server Tyneisha Wells are opposed to the law.
“Well, I really feel like it was something against people that smoke where it’s another right that you’re losing and that’s really not good,” Willis said.
By Eric Blackstock and Alonna Artis
RICHMOND, Va. — The annual Grand Illumination at Richmond’s James Center celebrated its 25th year on Dec. 4, when holiday lights at multiple downtown locations were lit at the same time.
Following a countdown, a 60-foot tree and 95 reindeer at the James Center, as well as more than 15 buildings in the area, were lit promptly at 6:00 p.m.
By Eric Blackstock
RICHMOND, Va. — Despite inclement weather, the 26th annual Ukrops-Supervalu Richmond Christmas Parade went ahead as scheduled Dec. 5.
95 separate units were scheduled to appear, including floats, balloons, bands, and an appearance by the Legendary Santa.
Broad St. was closed for the parade route between the Science Museum of Virginia and Richmond Colisseum as the parade marched through the city, past Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy’s Monroe Park campus.
2009 marked the 26th year of the parade. It is as of yet unknown if the sale of the Ukrops supermarket chain to Royal Ahold, announced on Dec. 17, will affect future Christmas parades.
By Chelse Greaux and Eric Blackstock
RICHMOND, Va. — Thrift stores in the Richmond area are seeing an increase in sales as Virginia Commonwealth University students continue to deal with economic issues in the United States.
Area stores, such as Fantastic Thrift and Diversity Thrift, see as many as 1,500 shoppers each day, with Diversity Thrift reporting sales of over $500,000 annually.
“I’ve noticed that we’re seeing more folks from VCU, the University of Richmond, Virginia Union, who are in here at all times during the year,” Diversity Thrift owner Jay Squires said.