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Kickers vs. St. Louis FC in the Kickers Prediction Game of Awesome

Prior to every home game a panel of so-called experts will predict the outcome of the Richmond Kickers game. Each expert receives one point for each correct prediction. At the end of the season the winner gets a trophy and pack of gum.

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Saturday, the Richmond Kickers (8-6-9) are back in town and look to right their becalmed ship. The opponent, St. Louis FC (6-9-8) could be just the team to give the Kickers a bit of much needed momentum. St. Louis sits seven points behind in the standings and six wins on the season so far, but four of those wins have been on the road, so they can’t be judged on standings alone.

The Kickers’ most recent game will be remembered for three things: Worra making incredible saves, fan favorite and Japanese international Imura getting his first goal, and Kickers losing on a stoppage time goal which conveniently coincided with the live internet feed going out. The two previous game included a tie to Rochester and a loss to Harrisburg. The tie in Rochester on Sunday was a good result considering the Kickers, through what can only be described as moronic scheduling by USL, had played Harrisburg less than 24 hours before. Plus, Rochester sits at the top of the standings.

St. Louis picked up their second home win of the season last night against the Charleston Battery. They were forced to take on the Battery missing five players who were suspended by USL for disciplinary reasons. Against they Kickers they’ll be  without Brandon Barklage, Richard Dixon, and Jermie Lynch all out due to injury. Brandon Barklage might be familiar to MLS fans from his time with D.C. United, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, and most recently the San Jose Earthquakes.

Official game preview is here. Saturday there are two promotions: one involving families and one involving shades. Family Fest means admission is just $20 for the whole family before 6:30 PM, or, if you more of the lone wolf type, you can get a ticket and a pair of limited edition Nectar sunnies for just $20!

Prediction Reasoning Score

RVANews Soccer Guru

Richmond-Kickers-Logo Kickers are heading down the home stretch of their season. They’re not riding at the head of the pack on a perfect thoroughbred nor are they trailing behind on a burro of despair. They’ve got a steady steed that just needs to take off the silly sun bonnet that some fool put on its head and let him run. 6

Red Army

Richmond-Kickers-Logo There comes a time in sports when a team has to measure itself against the best to determine where it stands. This is not one of those times. Playing on a real field, against a mediocre opponent, will push the Kickers back into the win column. 7

Richmond Kickers

Richmond-Kickers-Logo So, is Saint Louis known for anything more than an arch? I mean I know they are bad at the American version of football. On that alone (plus the fact that we beat them earlier in the season) I will say that Richmond takes all 3 points, which a 3 sideways is 2 arches and 2 arches are better than 1 arch. 7

Total Soccer Show

 Richmond-Kickers-Logo  The Kickers are winless in their last three games, which basically means the world is off its axis. So either the Kickers will return us to normality by beating expansion team St. Louis (just like they did in July, 3-1) or gravity is going to fail and we’re all going to float off into the cold nothing of space. No pressure guys. 7

RVANews Soccer Guru (Richard Hayes): All of Richard’s soccer knowledge comes from playing FIFA on the original Playstation and standing in bars, drinking, and yelling at the television. He also helps run RVA DCU and is a member of American Outlaws Richmond Chapter, which mainly involves drinking and yelling at televisions.

Red Army (Matt Myers) — Reigning Champion: Matt was sent off by Leigh Cowlishaw in a summer camp scrimmage as a pre-teen but has not held that against the team. He’s coming to grips with being a relatively old man now after seeing the youngsters in the Red Army and on the Kickers roster. He’s also attended way more matches than he should admit to, especially for having lived in Richmond a total of one out of the last 13 years.

Richmond Kickers (Kickeroo): The Kicker from down under. He doesn’t really like anyone who isn’t a fan of the Kickers. A daredevil who will pretty much try anything and everything but would rather not talk (on advice from the lawyers) about the incident with the scooter and the Flaming Hoop of Death, he’s also a sensitive marsupial who enjoys long walks on a dew-covered soccer field and watching the sun set behind the goal post. He also shares something with the new Kickers beer, Kick It Hunny hops.

Total Soccer Show (Daryl Grove): Daryl is English, so everything he says about footsoccerball naturally carries more weight because he says it in a British accent. He is also part of the excellent local radio show and podcast Total Soccer Show that keeps track of all soccer related things in an intelligent and fun way. If you’re not listening to the Total Soccer Show, you need to change that posthaste.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Sales Tax Holiday is this Weekend

In the chaos of school openings and everything else this chance to save some money snuck upon us. Don’t forget it’s not just school supplies but hurricane and other emergency supplies get the sales tax break.

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The 3-day sales tax holiday starts the first Friday in August at 12:01 am and ends the following Sunday at 11:59 pm August 7th – 9th.

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.

What items are eligible?

Detailed lists of qualifying items and more information for retailers can be found in the Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines.

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Following comprehensive review, Douglas Freeman High School to retire ‘Rebels’ nickname

“Following several months of listening, dialogue, and careful reflection with the help of a thoughtful and passionate committee, there is no need to wait,” said John Marshall, Douglas Freeman principal, in a letter emailed to members of the school community. “It is clear that now is the time to retire the ‘Rebels’ mascot, to leave it as a part of our history and not carry it into our future.”

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After a comprehensive review that included considerable public input, Henrico County’s Douglas S. Freeman High School will retire its “Rebels” nickname. A committee of community members, students and staff voted to recommend the change after analyzing community input collected in June and July. The school administration will work with the community in coming months to choose a new mascot for the school.

“Following several months of listening, dialogue, and careful reflection with the help of a thoughtful and passionate committee, there is no need to wait,” said John Marshall, Douglas Freeman principal, in a letter emailed to members of the school community. “It is clear that now is the time to retire the ‘Rebels’ mascot, to leave it as a part of our history and not carry it into our future. We will adopt a new symbol that better represents our school as a forward-thinking, inclusive, welcoming place for all students.

“Now that this decision has been made the best thing to do for our school and students is to focus all of our energies into reuniting as a family. We have been a model in so many ways for many years, academically, athletically, and this summer, a model for how to have a civil dialogue within our family. It’s now time to show the world how a family comes together after an impassioned disagreement. I ask this for the benefit of our students and school. I can think of no better example of putting school over self than rallying behind something we disagree with because it is better for others.”

The full text of Marshall’s message about the decision is available at https://www.freemanmascot.info.

Marshall also announced the creation of the “Freeman Forward Fund” in partnership with the Henrico Education Foundation. The fund will build school culture and support long-term efforts to promote inclusivity and innovation. Members of the public can donate to the fund by going to https://bit.ly/33oNrqu.

Once a new mascot is determined, the school will hold a fall “spirit-wear swap” where students can trade in Rebels gear for items with the new nickname.

Marshall announced in June that the school would conduct the school-based review of the name, in cooperation with Henrico County Public Schools’ superintendent and School Board.

The review process drew more than 2,000 comments, including around 1,500 responses through an online form. The input also included emails, social media posts, handwritten notes, voicemails, videos and an online panel discussion on the topic.

While the school has used the Rebels name since it opened in 1954, it has not used a visual mascot for many years, instead opting for an interlocking “DSF” logo.

The school is named for Douglas Southall Freeman, a Richmond historian, author and journalist. While Freeman won Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies of both Robert E. Lee and George Washington, the school’s nickname was likely inspired by his Confederate subjects.

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Richmond Police seeking public’s help in locating missing child in alleged parental abduction

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing child, Kamill Jones, 2, whose mother is wanted for parental abduction.

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The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing child, Kamill Jones, 2, whose mother is wanted for parental abduction.

Erica Jones, 26, was last seen on July 16 in the 1100 block of Cypress Street when she picked up the child from family members. She was due to return Kamill to family members on July 18 but has not returned. Erica Jones does not have legal custody of Kamill Jones. They may still be in the area. Photos of mother and daughter are attached.

Erica Jones is approximately 5’ 3” and weighs about 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on Erica Jones or Kamill Jones is asked to call Detective J. Hewitt at (804) 646-6870 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.crimestoppersrichmondvirginia.com.

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