Tuesday, February 16, 2010

This Week's Headlines!

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The artist who created the American Indian statue “Connecticut” threw his support behind moving it to the rooftop of the Lucky Strike building Sunday. Paul DiPasquale wrote an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch saying, the name of the sculpture comes from an Eastern Algonquin Indian word meaning “beside the long tidal river”. Of the six proposals the Tobacco Row Power Plant is the only one that would place Connecticut beside the river. Other proposed locations are Powhatan High, where the mascot is an Indian and Monacan High where the mascot is a Chief. The Richmond Metropolitan Authority is scheduled to vote today to decide.

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board revoked Club Velvet’s liquor license February 4th but the infamous owner Samuel J.T. Moore III can continue to serve alcohol until his appeals run dry. The club was convicted of nine charges including selling to minors and allowing them to consume alcohol in the club which the judgment says Moore was fully aware of. One of Velvet’s attorneys said, “this case is mainly smoke and mirrors. It seems to be driven by an inordinate desire to get rid of this particular place.” The club has been scrutinized for the last several years, resulting in a string of charges for Moore related to having sex with a minor and videotaping it. The report says Moore gave permission to two female dancers to perform oral sex on each other for club visitors who turned out to be undercover ABC officers. Velvet attorneys say they plan to appeal a decision one attorney described as “ridiculous”.

A proposed noise ordinance the City Council is considering has been described as unconstitutional. According to a Style Weekly article, the ordinance would outlaw any and all sound after midnight and a honking car horn could result in a class 2 misdemeanor, which could mean jail time. The proposal also outlines acceptable noise after midnight, a car alarm is one of them. But what seems to be the proposals guiding principle is the term “plainly audible”. While this term is not defined, in order to avoid having to buy decibel meters for the police department police will be expected to enforce the law based on if they can hear the suspect noise clearly. The City Council is set to vote on the ordinance February 22nd.

The Richmond Slave Trail is getting 16 markers that chronicle the history of the slave trade in Virginia. Mayor Dwight C. Jones called the markers “a good first step” for developing African American heritage projects in Richmond, according to a Richmond Times Dispatch article. The 94,000 dollar markers are part of a master plan by The Richmond Slave Trail Commission which will also include a slavery museum and an African American genealogy center. The trail goes from the Manchester Docks to the Negro Burial Ground north of East Broad Street and there are plans to expand in the future.

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have unveiled their mascot and its name is Nutzy. The name was selected from the “Name that Mascot” contest. The announcement was part of a presentation at the Byrd Theatre last Thursday where local celebrities modeled the team’s new uniforms. First graders sang “Take me out to the ballgame” and local singer-songwriter Susan Greenbaum sang a song inspired by the team.

This is Caroline Jackson for Richmond Independent Radio News.

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