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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Fall Short in Overtime Against Duquesne

The last home game for the Rams didn’t finish on a high note. The Rams have lost six of the past seven games.

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VCU (18-12,8-9 Atlantic): 77
Duquesne (21-8,11-6 Atlantic): 80

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Official VCU Game Summary

The short story: Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva led all scorers with 24 points for VCU, but it wasn’t enough to hold off comeback-minded Duquesne Tuesday night at the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Santos-Silva scored 16 of his points in the second half and overtime to lead the VCU cause. He finished 9-of-14 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds, ripped three steals and blocked two shots
  • Senior Issac Vann matched his season-high with 13 points after shooting 5-for-8 from the field for the Black and Gold
  • Senior Mike’L Simms poured in 10 points for VCU. The veteran also snatched three boards. In addition, freshman guard Bones Hyland played a career-high 36 minutes and provided 13 points
  • Duquesne guard Tavian Dunn-Martin dropped a team-high 23 points and grabbed five rebounds

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Duquesne’s Baylee Steele buried a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 1:58 left in overtime. Santos-Silva pulled the Rams within 78-77 with a bucket with 1:35 remaining, but the Black and Gold could get no closer. VCU missed a pair of 3-point jumpers in the closing moments and Duquesne’s Marcus Weathers connected on a pair of free throws to provide the final margin
  • VCU led twice in in the extra period, including 75-72 on a 3-pointer from the wing by Hyland with 3:42 showing
  • VCU led by as many as 12 points with 8:41 left, but Duquesne used a 12-2 run, punctuated by a 3-pointer by Lamar Norman Jr., to cut the lead to 63-61 with 4:54 left. The teams battled down the stretch, but Norman Jr. drove and hit a game-typing baseline jumper with 5.9 seconds left to force overtime
  • Duquesne owned a 40-29 advantage on the glass. The Dukes corralled 13 offensive rebounds to turned them into 18 second-chance points

NOTABLE

  • VCU scored 48 points in the paint
  • The Rams finished the regular season at home at 14-4
  • Tonight’s overtime battle was the first extra time that the Rams played this season
  • VCU leads the all-time series against Duquesne 7-1
  • Tuesday marked the 152nd consecutive sellout at the Stuart C. Siegel Center

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Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pam Northam both test positive for COVID-19

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have both tested positive for coronavirus after coming in close contact with a staffer who was showing symptoms. The First Lady is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a release, while the Governor remains asymptomatic.

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have both tested positive for coronavirus after coming in close contact with a staffer who was showing symptoms. The First Lady is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a release, while the Governor remains asymptomatic.

From the Governor’s Office:

On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Both the Governor and First Lady received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon, and both tested positive. Governor Northam is experiencing no symptoms. First Lady Pamela Northam is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits.

Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor and First Lady will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms. The Governor is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff and will fulfill his duties from the Executive Mansion.

“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” said Governor Northam. “The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this seriously.”

The Governor and First Lady are working closely with VDH and the Richmond Heath Department to trace their close contacts. The Executive Mansion and Patrick Henry office building will be closed for deep cleaning this morning. The work of the Governor’s office continues remotely and uninterrupted.

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Dominion Energy Christmas Parade Marching Online this Year

The 37th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will shift to a television-only Christmas special.

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Due to the unprecedented circumstances this year and the responsibility to make the safest decision for our community, the 37th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will shift to a television-only Christmas special! While we will miss seeing everyone on streets this year, we are so excited about the opportunity to bring Richmond’s favorite holiday tradition to you in the comfort of your own home!

Tune in to WTVR CBS 6 News on Saturday, December 5 at 10 am to watch all-new performances from your favorite entertainment groups, heart-warming stories focused on celebrating our Richmond community, “best of” clips from past parades featuring giant helium balloons and colorful floats, and even a special appearance by Legendary Santa himself! You will not want to miss the must-see television event of the holiday season! #RVAparade2020

NOTE TO PARADE PARTICIPANTS: Spots in this year’s Christmas special are limited. Please stay tuned for more information via email next week.

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Virginia Museum of History & Culture embarks on multi-year, $30 million renovation plans

A new theater, cafe, green space, and interior and exterior renovations are planned as part of the major project, which was expedited because of the pandemic.

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This October, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) will begin a dramatic renovation and expansion project – the most extensive in its long history. Inspired by its vision to better represent and welcome all Virginians and advance its ability to thoughtfully and fully preserve and share the ever-evolving story of Virginia, the museum will invest nearly $30 million in campus and programmatic improvements. In nearly 18 months of construction, the VMHC will be fundamentally reimagined as a more welcoming, guest- and community-centered cultural attraction.

The renewed museum complex of nearly 250,000 square feet will include multiple new exhibitions spaces for long-term and changing exhibitions; a new immersive orientation theater; a new interactive learning space for families; a new research library with a state-of-the-art rare book and manuscript suite, and multiple new education/meeting rooms; a new café, museum store and other amenities; and multiple new and renewed community and event spaces, including a new great hall, a second-floor event terrace, an outdoor event lawn, an expanded parking lot, and an improved VMFA campus connector.

VMHC’s upcoming construction will be a capstone of various expansions and improvements at the museum over the past two decades. It is also a culmination of the VMHC’s focused efforts in recent years to become the state history museum Virginia needs and all Virginians deserve – work that has already resulted in record-setting growth in museum visitation and programmatic activity. Guided by the museum’s ambitious strategic plan, which also called for the museum’s successful rebranding in 2018 as the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, these changes are intended to boldly and meaningfully
reinvent the museum as it looks ahead to its third century of operation and as the United States prepares to commemorate its 250th anniversary.

“As the oldest cultural organization in the Commonwealth and one of the largest and finest history collections in the nation, we take pride in saving and sharing the complex and consequential history of Virginia. We believe in the unparalleled role history plays in creating a strong, healthy, and inspired society. History gives us perspective and empathy – something we all could use more of now and always. History matters,” said VMHC President & CEO Jamie Bosket, “As we – as a nation, state, and community – reckon with our past, it is more important than ever that your state history museum is a community partner that adds great value. The VMHC is excited to embark on this important project on behalf of all Virginians and our shared future.”

Originally planned for 2022, these extensive capital improvements were expedited as part of the VMHC’s strategy to sustain through the current health and financial crisis. Overlapping the planned and subsidized disruption of renovation with the uncontrollable and unplanned challenge of COVID-19 will help the museum endure now and in the future. The VMHC is one of the few major museums in Virginia to survive its public closure and the ensuing months without any pandemic-related staff furloughs or layoffs.

“Being nimble and moving quickly with the work ahead, we believe we can not only maintain our team and continue to grow our tremendous portfolio of digital history programming, one of the most robust of any like museum, but we will also be able to re-emerge from these challenging times with strength and stability,” said Bosket. A recent national survey of the American Alliance of Museums suggested that as many as one in three American museums may be forced to shutter because of the impacts of COVID-19.

“We also believe that making this investment now is one way that we can do our part to contribute to our collective recovery – providing a new project that will engage dozens of local and regional businesses, and even allow for modest job creation at the museum,” commented Bosket.

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