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Tuesday, June 14, 2022


Photo: Sarah Vogelsong for the Virginia Mercury

Study: Virginia could lose 42 percent of tidal wetlands to sea level rise by 2100

Sarah Vogelsong for Virginia Mercury

Without state conservation measures or global emissions reductions that could slow the pace of sea level rise, Virginia could lose 42 percent of its tidal wetlands by 2100, researchers with research nonprofit Climate Central found in a study published last week in Environmental Research Communications journal. 

State and local government decisions about whether to conserve land along coastlines where wetlands can migrate as sea level rises will be “a decisive factor in the sort of outcomes that we will likely see this century,” said Benjamin Strauss, one of the authors of the study and Climate Central’s chief scientist and CEO.

Read the full article at Virginia Mercury.


A Jewish math professor lost his job at UVa following his efforts to integrate barbershops in the 1960s. His family wants Charlottesville to know his name.

Ginny Bixby for The Daily Progress

Mark Feldstein had just started Walker Junior High in 1968 when his father, a new math professor at UVa, came home one day from the barbershop. Mark looked at his father’s hair and noticed something wasn’t quite right.

“My dad’s hair looked weird. Half of it was cut, half of it wasn’t,” said Feldstein.

He asked his father, Alan, what happened to his hair. 

Read the full article at The Daily Progress.


Ship lost, memories last: Before devastating blaze, the Spirit of Norfolk helped create many special moments

Gavin Stone for The Virginian-Pilot

When the Spirit of Norfolk ship caught fire Tuesday, many people from Hampton Roads and beyond watched as the site of some of their most cherished memories went up in smoke.

Read the full article at The Virginian-Pilot.


Treasure hunt: Rare Coca-Cola glass bottles have Danville ‘slug’

Brian Carlton and Gus Dyer for Danville Register & Bee

Have you ever heard of a slug plate?

Most people are staring at that sentence, trying to figure out what it means.

Would that be a fancy piece of china, decorated with slugs? Or maybe a plate on which slugs are served? This has nothing to do with the slimy creatures.

Instead, this is a story about Danville’s history with Coca-Cola and one elusive item, something that might even be sitting away in your attic.

Read the full article at Danville Register & Bee.


Mother’s helper: Doulas work to ensure a safe birth experience for women of color

Anne Dalton for Chesterfield Observer

It was “divine intervention,” Tameka Robinson says of her introduction to Kenda Sutton-El at a local radio station several years ago. Robinson, a general practice attorney, was at Legacy Internet Radio to contribute to a legal segment while Sutton-El, a doula and executive director of Birth In Color RVA, was there for a separate segment to discuss her Midlothian-based business.

Following what she says was a “traumatic” birth experience with her first child, the newly pregnant Robinson had recently started weighing her birthing options – including doulas – hoping not to repeat the experience where she felt rushed into agreeing to a cesarean section.

“It seemed like the doctors just kind of wanted to be done with it rather than let labor run its course,” she explains of the eight-hour labor leading up to daughter Rachel’s birth eight years ago. “I felt that I wasn’t really being listened to … and really ended up feeling pressured into having a cesarean birth in hindsight.”

Read the full article at Chesterfield Observer.


‘Consistency and love’ theme at farm animal sanctuary

Cathy Dyson for The Free Lance-Star

As soon as Emily Peck starts walking among the fenced-in pig pens, the concert begins.

Some of those in the grassy pastures of Stafford County grunt as she approaches. Others oink. Some let out a combination of the two—maybe a “groink”?—along with a chorus of snorts and squeals, barks, cries and high-pitched whines.

Read the full article at The Free Lance-Star.