A Richmond man is celebrating a national win in his sport of choice - skateboarding.
Connor Burke has been skateboarding since the age of 8, and this year - at 22 - he won the acclaim he’s been hoping for, taking top honors in the national freestyle skateboard championships. Unlike others who speed, bump and spin down city streets and stairways, freestylers skate on flat surfaces but do tricks with the board.
November 15th, tomorrow, is National Philanthropy Day, as President Ronald Reagan first deemed it back in 1986. It’s a time to recognize those who give and volunteer in our communities.
With that, the story now of a wealthy fan of American history.
While the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are multi-million dollar tourist attractions for Virginia, a $10 million donation now means the managers of James and Dolley Madison’s home, Montpelier, will be stepping up their game as well.
“When You Find Us, We Will Be Gone,” is the title of a new collection of short stories by Christopher Linforth. The title is also an example of the kind of paradox Linforth likes to explore in his writing.
The twelve stories in this slim volume take the reader all over the world, from the American Midwest of the 1950s, and Germany in the 40s, to modern day Japan and Eastern Europe.
On Sunday the world will remember a startling event. Twenty-five years ago, East Germany announced it would no longer stop its people from passing through a wall that had divided Germany for a generation.
Historians point to the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, supposing the new leader of that country, Mikael Gorbachov, would no longer support East German leaders, but there’s another theory going around – a claim that rock and roll music helped topple the wall.