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Governor orders training for ABC agents


Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday meant to improve the law enforcement arm of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

This comes a week after McAuliffe called for the State Police to investigate ABC enforcement officers’ arrest of a University of Virginia student, Martese Johnson. Johnson, who needed 10 stitches in his head, said the agents used excessive force.

The governor issued a press release outlining Executive Order 40, which will require “the immediate retraining of all ABC special agents in the areas of use of force, cultural diversity, effective interaction with youth, and community policing.” > Read more.

Business in brief


Shine Blowdry Bar, Richmond’s first salon devoted exclusively to hairstyling and makeup services, opens at 5227 W. Broad St. near Willow Lawn this April. With 10 styling stations, the 1,440 square foot, modern salon is designed to be walk-in friendly. There is no need to make an appointment, with the exception of booking large/private parties or visits outside of regular business hours. At Shine, the experience typically starts with a complimentary cup of coffee or glass of wine (for patrons over 21) and a peek at a “Look Book” for inspiration on various styles, ranging from the bouncy “Starlet” to the sleek “Executive Sweet.” Basic blowouts include a shampoo, blowdry and styling at a flat fee $40, no matter the hair length or level of difficulty. Kids under 10 are eligible for “The Twinkle” styling at $25. Updos, braids and on-location styling can be scheduled at additional cost. Hair repair and massage treatments and a variety of makeup services are also available. > Read more.
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Assembly bypasses Richmond airport parking dispute


A legislative subcommittee has shelved a bill that would have limited how much Richmond International Airport could charge ground transportation providers such as Park ’N Go.

House Bill 1889, introduced by Delegate Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, stated that “Any charges on ground transportation providers imposed by the governing body of Richmond International Airport: 1. Shall be assessed in the same manner as charges imposed on other providers of ground transportation; and 2. Shall not be based on the gross receipts of the ground transportation provider.”

One of the bill’s chief proponents had been Park ’N Go, a business that offers parking and shuttle service to and from the Richmond airport. Park ’N Go has a long-standing dispute with the airport. > Read more.

Free tax-preparation service underway at sites in Henrico, metro region

Families and individuals who earned less than $53,000 last year can receive free assistance with their 2014 income tax returns at locations in Henrico County and throughout the metropolitan region.

Metrocash, a coalition of local nonprofit, business and government organizations, is hosting 12 sites, including two in Henrico. IRS-certified tax preparers and other volunteers will help qualifying taxpayers prepare and file their federal and state returns at Dumbarton Area Library, 6800 Staples Mill Road, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 9; and Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 7-March 14. A complete list of sites and their operating hours is available at metrocash.org. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Feb. 16 to feature Elegba Folklore Society, Recreation and Parks

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Feb. 16 to highlight the Elegba Folklore Society and opportunities available through the Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. > Read more.

Glen Allen student interns for McDougle

Glen Allen resident and Randolph Macon College senior Christopher Pierce Colley is interning for Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle during this year’s General Assembly session.

Pierce (pictured, center, with McDougle at left and RMC President Robert Lindgren at right), is studying political science. He previously interned for U.S. Congressman Dave Bratt’s campaign last fall.

“Pierce has been a great asset to our office this January and I have enjoyed working with and getting to know him,” said McDougle. > Read more.

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Community

Long named Henrico Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Harriet Long, a retired math teacher from the Fairfield District, has been chosen as the 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother.

Long is married to Kenneth Long and has two sons and three grandsons. She is a product of Henrico schools, having attended Lakeside Elementary School and graduated from Hermitage High School. She attended Mary Washington College (now The University of Mary Washington) and received a B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. > Read more.

Ruritan Club presents awards

Members of Short Pump Ruritan Club and Henrico divisions of Police and Fire gathered at Short Pump Park last week for the Ruritans’ annual picnic. Club Vice President Bruce Brooks presented awards, donations and grants.

The organization annually honors a police officer and firefighter in recognition of their goodwill and service to the Short Pump community. This year's honorees were Firefighter Kevin Kump, a firefighter for more than 20 years, and police officer Sean Wickerham, a seven-year veteran of the division who works the Short Pump area on the overnight shift. > Read more.

Short Pump Ruritan Club donates $50k to Virginia War Memorial

The Short Pump Ruritan/Civic Association Foundation, Inc. recently presented a check for $50,000 to the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation. The donation will be used to finance the production of a new film about the Vietnam War as part of the War Memorial’s award-winning Virginians at War film series. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Marine life made human

Dolphin Tale 2 provides innocuous, feel-good story
Dolphin Tale 2 is not a complicated film. Far from it – the story can be summed up in just three short words: “Aquarium seeks dolphin.”

A little elaboration wouldn’t hurt, though.

The sequel to 2011’s Dolphin Tale (about the real-life dolphin, Winter, who lost her tail in a crab trap and learned to swim with a prosthesis), Dolphin Tale 2 follows the same cheerily blended family in the same marine hospital/aquarium we saw them in last time. Only, one of their dolphins (not Winter, don’t worry) succumbs to old age, leaving a hole in this sea-life-inclusive Brady Bunch.

Losing a dolphin is a big deal – in captivity, it’s required that they live in pairs. > Read more.

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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