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FC Cincinnati in town to face red hot Kickers

A win will move the Kickers into third place in the Eastern Division standings.

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Let’s be honest with the weather forecasted everyone in the stadium is going to be red hot. The Kickers host FC Cincinnati at 7 PM this Saturday at City Stadium. The weather forecast is for 97° and humidity of 62% that combination spells a sweaty time in the stadium for all involved.

The Kickers are hot on a second level, they’re riding a six game winning streak. During that win streak the Kickers jumped four teams in the standings and now sit in fourth place just three points behind third place FC Cincinnati.  Japanese midfielder Yudai Imura has scored 6 goals and 2 assists during the streak and is playing with a new found confidence that is amazing to watch. Vic Dorr Jr. posted this for RTD that gives a bit of insight into Imura’s recent run.

Cowlishaw said Imura’s 2016 surge “is no way a surprise. We’ve known all along what he’s capable of. We could see his talent almost immediately” at a tryout camp prior to the 2015 season. “We knew then that he had a chance to be a special player.”

Kickers have their usual game preview up here. I’d however suggest you give USL Scratching the Pitch preview a read as it talks with Bryan Weigel of Cincinnati Soccer Talk and Matt Myers of RVA is Red.

If you spend $10 and buy your ticket in advance you have a chance to take home a Momentum Rocker by Giant Bicycles (over $600 value).  So that’s pretty cool.

You also have a chance to help those in need by donating gently used computer equipment for Tech 4 Troops Project or housewares for CARTIAS and get $5.00 OFF your purchase of $10 or more at the Kickers pro shop. More information on those programs here.

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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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Tour de Fall Line Donation Based this Year

The RVAMore website isn’t up to date with the new race information yet but I’m sure will be available soon.

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RVA More’s Tour de Fall Line is back but a little different this year. All proceeds directly benefit rvaMORE to help enhance your outdoor experience on our local trails.

The entry fee is WAIVED.

Our only request is that you stop by the rvaMORE tent, say hello and drop 20 bucks into the trail fund wheelbarrow.

This event has been our premier fundraiser for a number of years; but without the aid stations, food, music, and beverages, we
elected to go with optional donations rather than an entry fee.

What to expect: You can choose to ride whatever distance you want and start at any point along the route. As always, GPS maps will be available for download.

The full course will be marked by volunteers. There will be no aid stations.

This is a ride of fun and self-sufficiency – the DNA of MTB riding.

Bring your friends or enjoy a solo soul ride for the day.

We’ll be hanging out all day.

We sincerely hope you can join us for a day of celebrating our city trail system!

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Westover Hills Boulevard Death Investigation

There was a fatal shooting in the 400 block of Westover Hills Boulevard on Sunday.

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RPD reporting the following:

At approximately 9:53 p.m. (Sunday, October 24th), Richmond Police responded to the 400 block of Westover Hills Boulevard for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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48 Hrs Store Now Has Zero Hours

Sometime over the weekend the local convenience store closed for good.

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The plan dear readers were to swing by this weekend and ask what was up after reading various rumors about the fate of the little store that many folks have a love/hate relationship with. My timing was poor because I was greeted by the scene above. A quick check of the property records doesn’t list a recent change and there aren’t any permits on the door indicating work. The planned work on the adjacent strip of stores doesn’t include the 48 Hrs Store.

So let’s go straight to the rumors.

The most credible from two second-hand sources is that the store will reopen under new management.

Someone has also floated a vape shop moving in.

The store was never pretty but the owners, when they were in town, were super nice. It was for many years our go-to spot for beer and chips. That was about all we bought there, beer and chips.

We’ll keep an eye out and update if we get anything beyond a rumor.

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