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68º | 24% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:35 a.m. | Sunset 6:08 p.m.

 
🏀 Championship hoops in Henrico
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The Spiders have bested the Rams both times they met this season. | Photo by Logan Whitton via Spider Athletics
Champions will be crowned at the Henrico Sports and Events Center this week. The Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship starts tomorrow.

All 15 teams will compete in the tournament, with UR and VCU claiming the first and second seeds, respectively. Both will advance directly to the quarterfinals, set for this Friday, March 8.

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The Spiders are undefeated at home this season.

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Photo by Logan Whitton via Spider Athletics

The 26-5 Spiders go into the tournament after claiming the regular season title for the first time in program history. UR didn’t lose a game at home all season.

The Spiders will play the winner of Loyola Chicago vs. Fordham on Friday at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, the 26-4 Rams also get the double bye as the second seed. VCU finished the regular season on a five-game win streak, capped off with a win over George Mason in front of a record-setting crowd at the Stu.

Cheer on the Rams against the winner of Saint Louis vs. George Washington on Friday at 5 p.m.

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Get tickets now to see all the A 10 action in person.

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Photo by Logan Whitton via Spider Athletics

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for those under 12 or over 62. Championship game tickets are $18 and $15.

Pro tip: If you want to see the Spiders in their first game, get a ticket to the Quarterfinals Day Session. For VCU, you’ll need tickets to the Quarterfinals Evening Session.

Can’t go in person? You can stream all the games through the quarterfinals on ESPN+. The semis will be on CBS Sports Network and the final will be on ESPN2 this Sunday, March 10 at 4 p.m.
 
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Events
 
Tuesday, March 5
  • It Is on Shockoe Sessions Live! | Tuesday, March 5 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | In Your Ear Studios, 1813 E. Broad St., Richmond | $0-$15 | Get tickets to see the enigmatic ensemble in person, or tune in to the show on YouTube.
Wednesday, March 6
  • Slow Fiction | Wednesday, March 6 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St., Richmond | $10 | Get tickets to see this indie group out of Brooklyn.
Thursday, March 7
  • “Untold Power” Lecture | Thursday, March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | $5 | Historian Rebecca Boggs Roberts will offer an unflinching look at the legacy of Edith Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson.
  • “Alice in Wonderland” | Thursday, March 7-Saturday, March 9 | Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond | $29+ | Soul Aerial presents this family-friendly cirque production featuring jaw-dropping tricks, acrobats, and dancers.
Friday, March 8
Saturday, March 9
  • BLK Market | Saturday, March 9 | 12-4 p.m. | Red Bird Social, 100 N. 6th St., Richmond | Free entry | Shop from Black-owned businesses including Rumors Boutique, Adjourn Tea, Kourtenay Plummer Pottery, and House of Beverly Vintage.
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News Notes
 
Today Is
  • It’s presidential primary day in Virginia. Check our election guide to see where and how to vote in Richmond. Pro tip: This is an open primary, so you’ll be asked which party ballot you would like to receive when you go to your polling place.
Coming Soon
  • The team at Yellow Umbrella is opening a market space, Cirrus Vodka tasting room, and full-service restaurant in the former Blue Bee Cider spot in Scott’s Addition. Ballast has been under construction since November; the market and tasting room could open as soon as July. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Concert
  • Music at Maymont has made its first announcement for the upcoming concert season. Old Crow Medicine Show will play with Town Mountain on Aug. 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m.
Civic
  • The city is hosting a free event for local entrepreneurs on Monday, March 11 at the Training Camp Facility on Leigh Street. The COR Biz Connect Expo will help those wishing to start a business in the city connect with departments, potential partners, and resources.
Drink
  • Enjoy a craft brew and learn something new each Thursday this month at Väsen Brewing Company. The brewery is hosting a series of speakers in honor of Women’s History Month. Topics include transportation infrastructure, mental health, inclusion, and connecting with nature.
Sports
  • Tickets are now on sale for the 2024 Wheelchair Basketball National Championships, which will take place at Henrico Sports and Events Center April 5-14. The adult and junior division competitions will bring 100 teams to the area.
Watch
  • The VA Dept. of Wildlife Resources has turned on the Falcon Cam for the 2024 season. The stream features a pair of peregrine falcons, now in their fourth season of nesting together. Last year, the first egg was laid near the end of March. (12 On Your Side)
Richmonder
  • Local cake artist Raina T. Washington will appear on the third season of the Netflix competition show “Is It Cake?” Washington owns The Sweet Stop, which specializes in made-to-order cakes and appears at community events. The show starts streaming Friday, March 29.
Plan Ahead
Fun Fact
  • Smart printers can monitor ink levels and send new cartridges directly to your door before you run out. Get a $10 credit for HP Instant Ink.*
 
 
Transit
 
🚌 Let’s LINK up
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The LINK pilot first launched in November 2023 in the Azalea/Mechanicsville zone. | Photo via GRTC
GRTC is adding three more zones to its on-demand transit service, LINK. The new service will launch in Clover Dale, Ashland, and Powhatan on consecutive Mondays starting with Clover Dale on March 11.

Service in Ashland will begin on March 18 and Powhatan on March 25.

LINK is a microtransit service where users can order rides through the GRTC On The Go app. It is fare-free and available weekdays from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. with no limit to how many rides can be requested.

The first zone launched in Azalea in November 2023. At the launch event, local leaders emphasized the promising aspects of microtransit and teased expansion to New Kent as well.
 
The Buy
 
Prepared Hero’s Emergency Fire Blanket, a highly-rated staple to have on hand in your kitchen or yard. It’s easier to use than common fire extinguishers + leaves no mess behind, too.
 
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The Wrap
 
Robin Schwartzkopf in a red button down shirt Today’s edition by:
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From the editor
Maymont’s new otter is one step closer to having a name. You can vote for your favorite of four Louisiana-inspired finalists through Friday, March 8.
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