HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

The past few years have been a real crucible for this country, and no institution has faced more challenges (from within and from without) than the big, brawling, chaotic and cutthroat-competitive entity that we know by the overbroad shorthand “news media.”I grew up a news junkie, enraptured by the...
Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration says it’s approved a permanent version of its COVID-19 workplace safety rules, which mandates employers implement pandemic precautions like social distancing and masks.Virginia was the first state in the country to implement emergency workplace regulations addressing COVID-19, which went into effect in July and were...
By Erica SklarMost workers in Virginia are protected from workplace discrimination. Yet, here in Virginia as many as 60,000 nannies, home attendants and house cleaners are at risk of losing their jobs based on race, religion or if they become pregnant. Furthermore, in the midst of a pandemic, our...
By William (Bill) KovarikIn speeches filled with hatred and falsehoods, a public figure attacks his enemies and calls for marches on Washington. Then, after one particularly virulent address, private media companies close down his channels of communication, prompting consternation from his supporters and calls for a code of conduct...
We have a crisis of credulity in this country. We’ve become a nation of dupes. The inability of far too many Americans to separate fact from fantasy, and the people who are eager to take advantage of that failure, are the root of the rot in our country. The consequences,...
By Eric TerryLast year at this time, bars and restaurants across Virginia were celebrating their bottom lines after the bustling and lucrative holiday season.Many of those places, once bright with lights, music and lively conversation, are now dark. They struggle to hang on, or in too many cases, have...
People who value local journalism should be trembling at the announcement that a notorious hedge fund — dedicated to wringing out every last penny of profit moreso than informing the public — has targeted Tribune Publishing. The Chicago-based company’s media outlets include The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, billed as the...
Virginia was the first state in the country to mandate emergency workplace precautions against COVID-19 this summer. Now, with the temporary rules set to expire, state officials are weighing whether to make them permanent.The state’s Safety and Health Codes Board is scheduled to take up the issue during a...
By Lucas Kenley and Morgan SmithThe concept of the “American Dream” is that hard work will translate into financial success and a better life.But for many Americans, especially those from long-marginalized communities, barriers to reaching financial stability and securing housing they can afford are still all too common....
Journalism, of course, isn't a popularity contest. The value of the work isn't meant to be judged by how many people click on a given story.Indeed, wise reporters and editors stop questioning early in their careers why some stories, especially those that might seem more trivial, take flight while...