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John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.

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VCU Launches Master’s Program in Digital Sociology

The first master’s degree program in digital sociology in the U.S. begins with seven online students on the 25th of this month (August) at VCU.

The program’s director, Dr. Tara Stamm, said the students, already working in sociology, will learn the tools needed to collect and analyze data from online sources like social media to explore inequality and social justice.

Digital sociology, she said, is the study of the social processes that shape technologies.

Henrico Offers Website to Report Violations

Henrico launched a website this month that provides a way for people who live in the county to report tax, building, and other violations.

Retired Police Chief Col. Doug Middleton, now deputy county manager for public safety, said it’s a part the county’s continuing effort to be as transparent as possible.

A key link has been included. That includes things like vehicles with out of state plates that have been in Henrico for years and should be registered there.

Petersburg Council Will Not Appoint Citizen to Search Committee

On May 17th Petersburg City Council agreed to include a citizen in the interview and selection process to find a new city manager. Last week that changed.

In a special meeting, council passed a motion not to include a member of the public. Mayor Howard Myers said there was only one applicant.

With no one to appoint, he said, council turned to the acting city attorney.

Councilwoman Treska-Wilson-Smith was the only no vote. She said the position wasn’t properly advertised adding, “we didn’t do what was right.”

Clean Sweep Petersburg Will Hire a Lawyer

Petersburg City Council is in the process of hiring a new city manager without any citizen input in their search. That’s not sitting well with a citizen’s group that is taking action.

Clean Sweep Petersburg has more than 700 followers on Facebook. Gina Harrison is one of the founders.

At a special meeting last week council decided to remove all public input from the search process.

Barbara Rudolph, another founder of Clean Sweep, said the group, has come support on council.

7th Street Closing Today as Building Demolition Continues

One lane of 7th Street between Canal and Cary streets will be closed at 6:00 p.m. tonight (8/12). All lanes will shut down shortly after that for a building demolition.

Dominion Resource’s Ryan Frazier explained that demolition of the six story Richmond Plaza Building began about a week ago. The new building will be a 20 story tower, 413 feet, among the tallest in the city.

Richmonders, he said, should expect more road closings as the project goes forward.

Survey Finds Redskin Camp a Bad Deal for City

The VCU Center for Sport Leadership and the Richmond Times-Dispatch have a released a survey that found a majority of respondents aren’t happy with the deal Richmond made to get the Washington Redskins training camp. Brendan Dwyer, director of research at the Center, said 76% of respondents think the city shouldn’t keep paying the team a half million dollar annual fee.

He said a majority of the 559 respondents believe the national exposure the camp generates is a benefit to the city.

Cardinal Newman Academy Moving Forward in Richmond

Three years ago, a group of Catholic parents felt there was a need for a coed and independent Catholic high school in Richmond. Cardinal Newman Academy is on track to open in fall of 2017.

Attorney John O’Herron said the school’s Board of Directors was motivated by two things. A feasibility study was commissioned and the response from more than 600 catholic families was encouraging.

Cardinal Newman Academy will open with a freshman class of 10 to 15 students.