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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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LGBT activists celebrate first victories


At 7 years old and living in the Bible Belt state of Georgia, Donna Price knew she was different. As she told her long, painful story, she still smiled, joked and reapplied her lipstick.

Price lived unhappily as a man for years, even attempting suicide in 2001, until last year, when she went through the medical and legal procedures to officially become a woman.

“I think it’s very important for me to be here, to be visible, to be seen, to be heard,” Price said. > Read more.

Senate pops proposal to ban balloon releases


The Senate has rejected a bill to ban the intentional release of balloons into the atmosphere, which environmentalists say kill turtles, sea birds and other marine animals.

The bill – a stark contrast to current law, which allows for 50 balloons to be released per person per hour – failed on a 16-21 vote Friday.

Sen. Jeffrey McWaters, R-Virginia Beach, was the sponsor of Senate Bill 1107. He cited a report by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that said balloon debris in waterways is one of the biggest problems facing marine systems. Many balloons fall into the ocean and are ingested by animals, often causing death. > Read more.

Bill expands access to overdose-reversing drug


In a lecture hall at Virginia Commonwealth University, two presenters unpack a CPR mannequin as 30 students take their seats. While the scene resembles a first-aid class, trainers Rose Bono and Stephen Doheney are actually on the front line of a program combating the opiate overdose epidemic in Virginia.After the two-hour course, the students will have qualified for civil immunity to administer naloxone, a life-saving drug that reverses heroin and opiate overdoses.

As overdose deaths rise statewide, lawmakers in the House and Senate have advanced three bills that would expand access to naloxone across Virginia. > Read more.

Canine CARE-givers


When Vicki Powell of Sandston lost her 22-year-old son, Jamie, in 2011, she made it her goal to carry on his work through Capital Area Rescue Effort, a volunteer based non-profit dog rescue that has doubled the number of dogs adopted over the past two years.

“When he passed away, we wanted something that would carry on his dream and his passions,” said Powell. “Jamie always liked dogs that had special needs and had started rescuing dogs. We wanted people to remember him for the good things he did, and this was the perfect way to do so.” > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


If you’ve eaten a few too many Peeps this Easter weekend, the annual Henrico 5K Run/Walk takes place Saturday in Innsbrook. Other Easter happenings include Oak Hall Baptist Church’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, an Easter Improv Show with West End Comedy and a visit with Peter Rabbit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Learn about Oliver Hill Sr., laugh with Groucho Marx, solve Agatha Christie’s murder mystery and explore “The Jabberwocky” – theater is alive this weekend in Henrico! Can’t afford all these great performances? Try a couponing workshop at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of beers, Irish ensemble Danú and head shaving for charity! If you’re not feeling the luck of the Irish, you can still take in some musical entertainment with the Russian National Ballet or Soundworks Chorus, or join your furry friends at Paws in the Park at Dorey Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Learn something new this weekend! Study the art of origami or discover some new southern slow cooker recipes. Find a career that makes you happy or learn how to relieve stress. And did you know that one donation of blood can help support up to three patients’ lives? For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces 2014 Tabby award winners

The Joshua Plant, which made its world premiere at CAT Theatre in January, took top honors at CAT’s 2014 Tabby Awards, held July 20. Written by Amy Berlin and P. Ann Bucci, The Joshua Plant was the winner of CAT's 50th Anniversary Original Play contest and was chosen from dozens of entries. The Joshua Plant began as a 10-minute play that was a finalist in the 2005 Chicago Dramatist Fall Ten Minute Workshop. Since then, it has had three developmental readings with Phoenix Theatre and a staged reading at the Pandora Festival, as well as a reading at the Richmond Public Library as part of the Richmond Writer's series. > Read more.

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

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