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Ronald E. Carrington | Staff Richmond Free Press


35th Annual National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 7

The Richmond Police Department is gearing up for the 35th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
The event, which is observed across the country, is designed to promote safe neighborhoods while building police-community partnerships and relationships among neighbors.

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Cheating at Carver

During her six-year tenure as principal of George W. Carver Elementary School, Kiwana Yates allegedly orchestrated a major educational scam that ensured students scored high on state Standards of Learning tests even if they could not read well, write well and had not mastered arithmetic.

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Personality: Dr. Faith B. Harris | Richmond Free Press


Dr. Faith B. Harris is a 21st century example of “hands-on earthly faith.”

As steering committee chair of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, she leads the nonprofit organization in its work to grow healthy communities and advance climate justice through education, advocacy and worship.

VAIPL works with churches, synagogues, temples and institutions and people from all faith backgrounds to preserve the planet.

“We conduct panel discussions, workshops, conversations and provide resources from the Bible and Christian theology speaking to caring for our environment and the gift of creation God has given us,” Dr. Harris says.

“In Richmond, we need to get communities and churches to be proactive in order to address some of the issues we know that are coming down the pike…

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Marijuana laws, money making and double standards | Richmond Free Press


America, the legalization of marijuana is not the answer.

The effort to legalize marijuana is an absolute cop-out to make more money for the states. It is not a sincere effort to confront the hard core issues of marijuana misuse and substance abuse in New York and states across America.

Marijuana is extremely addictive, and it literally destroys both mental and physical health in the lives of misusers and abusers.

However, legalizing medical marijuana, where it is clearly medically warranted, watched and carefully administered by trained medical professionals, is the wiser choice.

Currently, we have blatant discrimination in marijuana arrests all over America in which African-Americans and Latinos are arrested in far greater percentages than white people. An effort is greatly needed…

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Dr. William E. ‘Bill’ Ward, former mayor of Chesapeake, NSU professor dies at 84 | Richmond Free Press


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Dr. William E. “Bill” Ward, the first African-American mayor of Chesapeake and the only official to serve the longest in that role, has died. He was 84.

Dr. Ward, who was a longtime history professor at Norfolk State University, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018. He had been in the hospital, Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said.

Dr. Ward was elected to the Chesapeake City Council in 1978 and appointed mayor in 1990. He was re-elected three times, serving 14 years until 2004, making him the city’s longest-serving mayor. Many considered his political ascendancy rare for an African-American Democrat in a majority Republican city.

Dr. Ward presided over a period of explosive growth in what is now the state’s third largest city with about 240,000 people. Under his leadership, the…

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Treasonous president? | Richmond Free Press


Many of us in America suspect the reason President Trump meets by himself with autocrats like North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin is because he is being controlled.

The Trump meeting with Kim Jung-un in Singapore delivered a concession to North Korea. President Trump agreed to end military exercises with South Korea.

On the world stage, President Trump is dividing America by only sending dog whistles to his base, combined with insulting allies of the United States.

It is my notion that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement, ending the Iran nuclear agreement, the decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and now the tariffs against our…

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