VA News Reader

February 23, 2024


Photo courtesy of Morgan Wright

Popular true crime podcast originates in Ashburn neighborhood

By Chris Wadsworth for Ashburn Magazine

Every week, Morgan Wright goes into the den at his home in Ashburn’s Belmont Ridge II neighborhood, closes the doors and sits in front of an array of computers and audio equipment. He’s preparing to record the latest episode of his “Game of Crimes” podcast that has attracted thousands of listeners around the world.

Read the full article at Ashburn Magazine.


Photo by Dave Harp

Flames in the Chesapeake: Fox Island’s beloved former education center destroyed in fire

By Jeremy Cox for Bay Journal

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a former Chesapeake Bay education center that was cherished by generations of students and other visitors.

Read the full article at Bay Journal.


Courtesy of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Rachmaninoff’s last living piano student lives in Pa. She’s 99.

By Cathy Free for The Washington Post

Child piano prodigy Ruth Slenczynska received an urgent telegram in 1934: Famed pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff couldn’t play at his performance in Los Angeles because of an elbow injury. Could she fill in?

Slenczynska was 9.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.


Photo by Tad Dickens

Claytor Memorial Clinic thrived in a historic Black neighborhood until urban renewal hit. The family still keeps its legacy alive.

By Tad Dickens for Cardinal News

Dr. Conrad Claytor was 7 when he started in the family profession. The boy, like most of his siblings and cousins in Roanoke, came to the Claytor Memorial Clinic in the evenings to clean, restock shelves and generally make the family-owned medical facility ready for the next day of patients.

Read the full article at Cardinal News.


Photo by Jay Paul for Richmond magazine

Critical Connectors: Local ASL interpreters play a vital role at events and within the community

By Eileen Mellon for Richmond magazine

If you’ve attended the Friday Cheers concert series, the Richmond Folk Festival, Virginia PrideFest or perhaps a play at the Dominion Energy Center, you may have noticed another animated individual onstage in addition to the artists or actors. It may also be possible that you were captivated by their silent but moving performances. Critical connectors between the deaf and hearing communities, American Sign Language interpreters are advocates of accessibility, aiming to ensure that an underserved population is always part of the experience.

Read the full article at Richmond magazine.


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