Melvin Willis, 26, is the youngest candidate vying for a seat on the Richmond City Council. He served as a Richmond Planning Commissioner from 2012 to 2014.
On my first day of high school, I was afraid that my teachers were not going to care about me as a person. Then I walked into Ms. Bui’s classroom. Her class was my first period and it was English. She greeted me with an amiable smile that put me at ease. Her classroom was decorated with former students’ work. It gave me something to look forward to.
94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin was attacked and robbed in her Richmond home in late June. Reid Soskin, a ranger at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, awoke to find a man standing in her bedroom. She struggled with the intruder before being dragged down a hallway, where the attacker struck here repeatedly. Since the attack, she has received an outpouring of support from the Richmond community as well as from around the country. She recently spoke with Richmond Pulse about the aftermath of the attack and reclaiming her space
Editors Note: Last week, in response to the shooting of five officers in Dallas by a sniper, Menbere Akilu and her staff at Saluté Ristorante organized a surprise lunch for Richmond police officers. The event, designed to show support for the men and women of the department, included a meal of pasta, chicken, fish and dessert at the police station. During the lunch, Richmond Pulse sat down with new Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown to discuss how the police department is responding to national tensions and keeping lines of communication open in Richmond, including making the Office of Professional Accountability more accessible to residents.