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2 Henrico students to participate in White House event June 3

Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe will represent Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, will be accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and will be joining approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady will greet the students, then they will harvest vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoy a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs. > Read more.

Cavs care


Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition. > Read more.

Virginia lawmakers eye new laws on drones


As the federal government establishes national guidelines for commercial drones, the General Assembly is considering whether and how to restrict drones in Virginia.

At the start of the legislative session, five bills regarding drones had been submitted – two affecting hobbyists and the others affecting government agencies.

House Bill 2017, proposed by Del. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, and Senate Bill 937, proposed by Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, sought to allow local governments to ban individuals from flying drones under 55 pounds. However, both measures are dead for this session. > Read more.

House kills bill to legalize selling switchblades


Any Virginians using this week’s snow days to start planning a “Warriors”-style gang – complete with throwing stars and switchblades – must now put the jean jacket back in the closet and go back to the drawing board.

On Wednesday, the House of Delegates reversed itself and killed a controversial but virally popular bill – SB 1130, which would have repealed the state’s ban on the sale of (or possession with intent to sell) novelty handheld weapons including brass knuckles, “oriental darts” and blackjacks.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa, originally passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday by a vote of 56-42 and appeared to be on its way to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. > Read more.

Governor signs law allowing Uber, Lyft to operate


After operating under a temporary agreement for the better part of a year, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft now have a law allowing them to transport passengers in Virginia after Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill that sets licensing procedures and standards for drivers.

“I am proud to sign this legislation, which supports innovation in our transportation system while also protecting the safety of citizens across the commonwealth. Virginia is leading the way on attracting and supporting innovative companies in every sector of our economy,” McAuliffe said Tuesday.

The signing of House Bill 1662 and Senate Bill 1025 formalizes an interim agreement that the governor and Attorney General Mark Herring reached with the taxi-like companies last summer. > Read more.

Assembly blocks access to handgun permits


It is now up to Gov. Terry McAuliffe whether to sign into law legislation that would prohibit certain out-of-state police agencies from accessing information regarding concealed weapon permits issued by the commonwealth of Virginia.

The House of Delegates gave final approval Tuesday to the measure, Senate Bill 948. The vote was 66-33, with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats opposing it. SB 948 now advances to McAuliffe for consideration.

If signed into law, states like Maryland would not have access to concealed weapon permit data from the Virginia Criminal Information Network. Maryland does not recognize concealed handgun permits issued by Virginia. > Read more.

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Community

Charity flag football game at Highland Springs HS

The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Hornets will face off again to help raise awareness and contributions to support Special Olympics Virginia. The flag football game will be held Saturday, June 16 at Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave. Gates open at noon and the game starts at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $5. Ticket sales will assist the Special Olympics. For more information, call 476-0040 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). > Read more.

‘2012 Foundation’s Finest’ raises money for cystic fibrosis

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Virginia Chapter recently announced the 2012 Foundation’s Finest Class. Thirteen of Richmond’s finest young professionals have started a seven week fundraising blitz. Their goal is to raise $3,000 each through a combination of donations, ticket sales, auction donations, sponsorships, and planning special events around the community.

The Foundation’s Finest program is an event of the CF Young Professionals Leadership Council and guided by event co-chairs Jessica Chandler of Wardrobe Richmond and Amanda Weiner of Saxon Shoes. > Read more.

Fan Care Program for seniors begins Friday

Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is again helping older adults combat summer heat by sponsoring the Fan Care Program. Through Fan Care, now in its 22nd year, older adults age 60 and over can receive a fan or other cooling assistance. They also must meet income eligibility requirements.

To apply, call the Fan Care Hotline at 343-3005 and leave a name, address and phone number. A Fan Care representative will return your call.

Fan Care is made possible by cooperative efforts of Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia Department for the Aging and Senior Connections. The program will start June15 and ends on September 30, 2012. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10

Local theatre is in full swing this weekend – check out Henrico Theatre Company, Henley Street Theatre and Deep Run High School. Also, get your shopping shoes on for holiday gifts! Local artisans will be at Hermitage High School and St. John’s Catholic Church on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brick oven bravado

Staff, selection impress at Short Pump’s Tazza Kitchen
Before I am comfortable writing a review of a restaurant, I like to visit it twice. Invariably, I find that differences in the timing of a visit can result in vastly different experiences.

Even though I may find a place appealing the first time around, it frequently disappoints me the next time. And if I don't care for a place on the first try, I think it deserves a chance to redeem itself – which it almost always does.

Tazza Kitchen is that rare restaurant that had me at hello, at the getting-to-know-you stage, and at goodbye after both my visits. And trust me, there will be more visits to come. > Read more.

A love story, or a moral mess?

Film’s message gets lost amidst mix of melodrama, candy coating
I’m in Love with a Church Girl lays out everything you need to know right there in the title.

Miles Montego (Jeffrey Atkins, who may be more recognizable under his stage name, Ja Rule), is a notorious drug kingpin, but when he meets the church-going girl of his dreams, will he be able to part with the glamour and the money of the drug game? > Read more.

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