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I got up early and went up to the Wetlands to test out a bird theory in this little meadow. My theory was there will be tons of birds early in the morning, not true. So I packed up and returned to my tried and true method which I call Bull Moose Nature Walk. Bull Moose Nature Walk is based on a large person (like myself) blindly tromping through the woods and startling myself and the natural denizens. In fortunate cases, the natural denizens are so stunned by seeing a moose like creature they pause long enough for me to take a picture.
Well, I was lumbering through the woods and heard some crows making an above-average crow noises. So they were very freaking loud. Suddenly, two Red-Shouldered hawks flew by with crows in pursuit, before I could even lift the camera from another angle a Barred Owl came in also chased by a crow. They all converged and there was a mini Battle of Britain that took place with owls, hawks, and crows dashing about. When the flak cleared the owl pursued by two crows went deeper into the woods. I followed, cursing about brambles and sticks determined to take an eye out. Eventually, I found the owl calmly sitting on a tree as the pair of crows took turns landing closely and yelling in the owl’s ear. Sometimes the crows would fly by and nip at the owl’s tail feather. The owl didn’t care, occasionally making the half-hearted attempt to snap. After about 15-20 minutes the owl went to another tree where it was able to find some peace and quiet.
There are several possible morals.
  1. Don’t have ideas they’re always crap.
  2. Sometimes just blundering along like a moose works out.
  3. Your critics are going to yell, just move to a different tree.
  4. Crows are assholes.
(Due to so many branches these were the best pictures I could nab.)

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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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Richmond BizSense Reporting: T-Mobile is Hanging Up on Stony Point Fashion Park

Another national chain has left the Southside mall.

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From Richmond BizSense.com

The wireless carrier permanently shuttered its store at the Southside mall in late December. A company spokeswoman didn’t specify what motivated the decision.

“We have a number of stores in this area within just a few miles, so as part of our normal course of business we closed this store on Dec. 27, 2020,” the T-Mobile spokeswoman said in an email last week.

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University of Richmond begins spring semester with students back on campus, health and safety policies in place

Many policies in place on campus will mirror those implemented during the fall semester. Those prevention strategies include deep cleaning, reconfigured learning spaces, prevalence testing, and face covering and physical distancing requirements for faculty, staff, and students.

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The University of Richmond has resumed in-person instruction and the residential educational experience for the spring 2021 semester as of yesterday, Tuesday, January 19th, 2021.

Many policies in place on campus will mirror those implemented during the fall semester. Those prevention strategies include deep cleaning, reconfigured learning spaces, prevalence testing, and face covering and physical distancing requirements for faculty, staff, and students. Specific plans for the spring semester include:

“The University continues to monitor very closely pandemic developments, and we are prepared to modify our approach to instruction if conditions warrant,” said Jeff Legro, executive vice president and provost. “At this time, we believe we can safely and responsibly continue with our plans for an in-person spring semester, and our community is committed to adhering to our guidelines to make that possible.”

Testing and Screening Protocols

All students were tested for COVID-19 on campus prior to move-in or taking in-person classes. Students were asked to self-quarantine for 10 days prior to returning to campus by staying at home to the fullest extent possible and following additional health and safety protocols. All members of the University community must monitor their health daily. Faculty and staff are also being provided options for COVID-19 testing. UR will also continue COVID-19 prevalence testing, which involves testing a randomly selected group of asymptomatic people to assess the incidence of COVID-19 on campus. 

Move-In

In order to promote physical distancing and ensure adherence to health and safety protocols, student move-in is being phased over a period of 17 days and is expected to conclude Sunday, Jan. 24. Students moving in during this final week are starting their classes remotely and will begin in-person classes following their arrival to campus.

Red Stage Opening and Enhanced Rules

As in the fall, the University of Richmond will open in the Red Stage of its Physical Distancing Framework. During the move-in period, additional enhanced Red Stage rules were implemented to promote a successful and safe start to the semester. These policies provide guidance for students awaiting COVID-19 test results, limit visitors in student residences, and require residential students to remain on campus.  

Calendar and Class Information

The first day of classes is Jan. 19, and classes will conclude April 23. Finals will take place April 28 through May 6. There will be no spring break; however, UR has added two mid-week break days in Feburary and April. As was the case this fall, many courses will be offered in-person while some will be offered fully online or use a combination of approaches. In-person classes will continue to be offered in classrooms modified to support active learning while adhering to physical distancing and related safety protocols. Students could also choose to complete the semester fully online.

Dashboard Data

The University of Richmond COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated at least weekly, remains a source of information to provide updates on COVID-19 data specifically related to the campus community.

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Westover Hills United Methodist Church’s Bell Will Toll Tonight in Honor of those Lost to Covid-19

VDH reports 785 new cases in and around Richmond (Chesterfield: 314, Henrico: 286, and Richmond: 185). Since this pandemic began, 627 people have died in the Richmond region.

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Ross Catrow in his daily Good Morning RVA had this summary of where we stand with Covid-19.

As of this morning, the Virginia Department of Health reports 7,245 new positive cases of the coronavirus in the Commonwealth and 10 new deaths as a result of the virus. VDH reports 785 new cases in and around Richmond (Chesterfield: 314, Henrico: 286, and Richmond: 185). Since this pandemic began, 627 people have died in the Richmond region. This is a shocking number of new cases—both statewide and locally. On Sunday, VDH reported 9,914 new cases, clearly an all-time high, and almost twice the previous high. In fact, the daily average of new cases over the last three days is 7,972 with no mention of a classic VDH data reporting issue in sight. In fact, the Richmond Times Dispatch’s Sabrina Moreno reports the opposite, that “Health department officials have said that it’s not a data error and is likely due to exposure during the holidays.” The number of new cases, number of people ending up in the hospital, and number of people dying each day is quantitatively worse than this spring, and yet, collectively, we act like we’re living back in June or July. I don’t get it, and I feel gaslit by the folks with the authority to impose restrictions—just like they did last spring—to help save lives.

 

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