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Online enrollment for RPS specialty schools for 2017-2018 school year now open

A new online application system will provide a more streamlined process this year, officials say.

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From Richmond Public Schools:

Richmond Public Schools will begin receiving Open Enrollment and Specialty School applications for the 2017-2018 school year on October 20 using a new online application system, Registration Gateway. An award-winning online enrollment platform, Registration Gateway will provide a more streamlined process for managing applications and offer parents the ability to access their application and check enrollment status from any computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access.

During the Open Enrollment window, parents may apply for their child (ren) to attend up to two out-of-zone schools. The term “out-of-zone” refers to a school zoned for an address other than the physical address in which the student currently resides. Applications will be accepted online and are also available from the district’s website, at all schools and in the Office of Pupil Personnel Services, located at 301 North Ninth Street, 13th floor. All Open Enrollment applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on November 11. The “Sibling Request to Attend” must also be completed during this application window.

Parents interested in applying to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes at Thomas Jefferson High School and Lucille Brown Middle School as well as Franklin Military Academy, Open High School, Richmond Community High School, or Maggie L. Walker and Appomattox Regional governor’s schools should also apply through the Registration Gateway. For information regarding application deadlines for each individual school/program, visit rvaschools.net to access a comprehensive Open Enrollment/Specialty School application timeline.

The Richmond Career Education and Employment Academy and Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts will continue to use a paper application for the 2017-2018 school year.

To support parents with the new application process, information sessions will be held as follows: Open Enrollment/All-Specialty Schools Open Enrollment/All Specialty Schools October 27, 2016 November 9, 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School Boushall Middle School 6 p.m. 6 p.m. Specialty Schools/IB Only (no Governor’s Schools) December 7, 2016 Franklin Military Academy 6 p.m.

Additional application support will also be available for parents at all Richmond Public Library locations. To access Registration Gateway or for additional information regarding the Open Enrollment and Specialty School application process, visit rvaschools.net.

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Suspect Sought in West Clay Street Burglary

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards.

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred in the Jackson Ward neighborhood last month.

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards. A photo of his distinctive pink and black sneakers is also attached.

 

Anyone with information about the identity of this person is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective J. Land at (804) 646-3103 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Virginia attorney general announces plan to hire state’s first cannabis lawyer

“I’m hiring a dedicated attorney to help guide the commonwealth’s efforts because I am committed to getting this right, and to making sure that we keep Virginia at the forefront of national efforts to craft a more just, fair and sensible system for dealing with cannabis,” Herring said in a statement.

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Attorney General Mark Herring says he plans to hire a lawyer dedicated to marijuana law now that the state has legalized the drug.

The new addition to his staff would serve as a subject-matter expert as the state’s new Cannabis Control Authority, which Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Monday, begins work developing regulations that will govern the legal marijuana market expected to open in 2024.

“I’m hiring a dedicated attorney to help guide the commonwealth’s efforts because I am committed to getting this right, and to making sure that we keep Virginia at the forefront of national efforts to craft a more just, fair and sensible system for dealing with cannabis,” Herring said in a statement.

The announcement comes as Herring, a Democrat who was among the party’s earliest and loudest supporters of marijuana legalization, seeks reelection to his third term in office. He faces Republican Del. Jason Miyares, who voted against legislation that legalized marijuana possession.

Herring’s office said the new hire will provide advice on the new law to state agencies that deal with everything from taxation to healthcare.

Advocates, who have occasionally voiced frustration with the state’s Board of Pharmacy as it developed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program, said they hoped the additional legal expertise will make things smoother for the recreational marijuana market.

“It’s critical that the commonwealth have counsel available to state agencies who is well-versed in both state and federal cannabis policies,” said Jenn Michelle Pedini, executive director of Virginia NORML, the state chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.

Herring’s office says they’re looking for a lawyer with experience in business law, state and federal litigation, and “a strong knowledge of state and federal regulation of controlled substances.”

Under the legalization bill lawmakers passed earlier this year, employers can still refuse to hire or fire employees who use marijuana. A spokeswoman said the Office of the Attorney General does not conduct drug testing as a condition of employment.

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James River Park Trail Loop named one of America’s best running trails by Men’s Journal

Richmond’s trails were selected thanks to their top-notch views, rolling hills mixed in with a few steep climbs, creek and river crossings, and multiple access points and trailheads on either side of the river.

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The national health and fitness publication Men’s Journal recently published a list of the 15 best running trails in America, and the trails in Richmond’s James River Park System, including the North Bank and Buttermilk trails, were selected for the rankings, at number 11 overall.

Richmond’s trails were selected thanks to their top-notch views, rolling hills mixed in with a few steep climbs, creek and river crossings, and multiple access points and trailheads on either side of the river.

You can view the full list here.

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