Arts & Culture

Virginia Man Offers Free Hugs

Sep 22, 2015

From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to the border towns of Western Europe, there’s been a lot of soul-searching this year – people wondering how humanity can move away from violence and hatred to a time of tolerance and peace.  One Virginia man is doing his part – standing, blind-folded, on a public street – offering to hug anyone who’s in need. 

Sixty-three-year-old David Reid began giving hugs on Charlottesville’s downtown mall  after seeing a photo following the Ferguson riots.

A New Understanding of What Cats Want

Sep 22, 2015
Virginia Tech

There’s something about cats that has attracted humans for centuries. They were worshipped in ancient Persia and today they star in endless Internet videos.  But that love and admiration does not appear to extend to health care. 

Over the last decade, cat visits to the vet have dropped nearly 50 per cent. 

Three tiny  day old kittens are keeping warm in a small incubator. Veterinary Technician Robyn Fox says their mother could not be found and someone brought them in.

For poor kids in American cities, life can be hard.  Gangs, guns and drugs are part of the landscape, but one historian says things were even worse in Richmond after the Civil War. More than a thousand lived on the streets including at least 100 kids - selling newspapers for a penny apiece and doing battle with rocks.

While millions of TV viewers watch and thousands converge on the capital city of Richmond for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, right in the heart of the area is a museum that could blunt some of the negative publicity the city received over its Confederate monuments.

Find the Art Doors

Sep 17, 2015

The city of Richmond is hosting an unusual art show featuring more than three dozen doors.  They’re on display across town, and sponsors have offered a prize for people who can find and photograph all forty of them. 

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