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July 30, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Richmond is adopting a plan to take over underwater mortgages that would invoke the city's eminent domain powers if necessary. The city will be the first in the nation to formally adopt the novel but controversial plan that was rejected by San Bernardino County and two of its cities earlier this year. The city said it will buy home mortgages from financial institutions, write down those loans and refinance homeowners in the properties into new loans. If financial institutions do not cooperate, the city will seize the loans using eminent domain, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said.
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April 27, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND - For sheer memorability, the Toyota Owners 400 earned its place on the list of unforgettable Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Crazy start. Twenty lead changes. Multiple car fires. Great beat-and-bang finish. The 400-lap, 300-mile race never failed to offer the kind of Saturday night short-track atmosphere so many fans crave, and even threw in a good fistfight afterward. Joey Logano emerged victorious in a multi-car battle for the checkered flag over the final laps, with Jeff Gordon second, Kyle Busch third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.
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SPORTS
December 23, 2011
When: 7:30. Where: Sports Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 6-5, Richmond 7-5. Records vs. opponent: First meeting. Update: The Spiders lost four senior starters from last season's team that went 29-8 and lost to Kansas in the Southwest Regional semifinal. The Spiders have four players who are averaging double digits in points, led by 5-foot-8 freshman guard Kendall Anthony (14.2). Guard Darien Brothers scored 38 points in Richmond's 90-82 win against Old Dominion on Tuesday.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Joey Logano emerged as the winner of a wild short-track shootout in the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. The victory is Logano's second this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the other coming on April 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano made a quick pass for the lead with four laps to go just moments after he was in the fourth position. Logano benefited from the help of Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, who gave leader Matt Kenseth a bump that allowed Logano to make the winning pass on the inside.
SPORTS
September 2, 2012 | By Mike Hiserman
Leading up to his debut as Richmond's coach Saturday, Danny Rocco braced for what might be in store from opposing quarterback from Virginia. He had watched the young man closely last season, and rooted for him to emerge on top in a three-way battle for the starting position over the past few months. That's because Virginia's quarterback, Michael Rocco, is Danny's nephew. "I just don't need him to play great on Saturday," Danny quipped in the days leading up to the game. Well, so much for those hopes.
NEWS
May 19, 1987 | Associated Press
Paroled mutilation rapist Lawrence Singleton's odyssey to find a home ran into more problems Monday when Richmond's mayor disclosed that Singleton had been placed here and suggested that authorities "put him on the barge with the garbage." Mayor George L. Livingston and Contra County Supervisor Tom Powers, who has been leading the legal battle to keep Singleton out of the county, said they learned Monday that Singleton was placed in Richmond by the state Department of Corrections.
TRAVEL
November 18, 2012 | By Katherine Calos
RICHMOND, Va. - Below the spaghetti-works of Interstate 95, beside a canal where excursion boats are the only watercraft, I try to imagine a group of African American workers on the day after Union soldiers brought freedom to Richmond. They were repairing a bridge in the newly surrendered capital of the Confederacy when a tall, gangly man in a stovepipe hat approached from the James River. A few Marines surrounded him, but there was no fanfare. President Abraham Lincoln had just arrived by rowboat to see the city that had been his nemesis for four long years of the Civil War. Pandemonium erupted.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
In a new legal challenge, financial industry opponents of the city of Richmond's plan to seize underwater home loans call the gambit a disguised attempt to profit at the expense of everyday investors. Richmond is threatening to use eminent domain to remove troubled loans from mortgage bonds in order to write down the principal for homeowners. The novel plan, promoted by San Francisco investment firm Mortgage Resolution Partners, seeks to stop another wave of foreclosures in the working-class Northern California city.
SPORTS
January 8, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC quarterback Aaron Corp, who won the starting job last spring but was displaced by Matt Barkley after being injured in training camp, announced Thursday that he was transferring to the University of Richmond. Corp will begin classes at Richmond on Monday and participate in spring practice. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining and can play in the coming season because Richmond is in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. "Richmond allowed me the opportunity to compete and play right away and I was very comfortable meeting with Coach [Latrell]
SPORTS
September 6, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position. The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season. His lap pushed Kurt Busch to the outside of the front row, increasing the tension once the green flag drops Saturday night for the 400-lap race. Busch is 10th in points, and the top 10 after Saturday night's race earn automatic berths in the 10-race playoffs to finish the season.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Richmond, a small industrial city north of San Francisco, on Tuesday is expected to approve one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country. City leaders will vote a second - and final - time on an ordinance that will boost the hourly minimum wage to $12.30 by 2017, up from $8 an hour currently. The vote in Richmond, a city of about 100,000 residents, would follow a spate of cities and states that have passed increases to their minimum wage. Connecticut, for instance, last week passed a law that will raise the state's rate to $10.10, the same amount President Obama is calling on Congress to approve.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
There's no time like the present for Long Beach Poly, but the future could be even brighter. Freshman forward Ayanna Clark scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half as the Jackrabbits dominated down the stretch to win their sixth state championship and first in the Open Division with a 70-52 triumph over Richmond Salesian on Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. It looked as if Poly might run away with the victory when it jumped ahead, 17-4, in the first four minutes and took a 36-23 lead into halftime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Kim Christensen
A Northern California metal-plating business and its owner were charged Thursday with felony violations of state hazardous waste laws, including storing cyanide near acid in a way that could have triggered a deadly accident. Electro-Forming Co. and Marion Ingrid Patigler face 11 felony counts and 12 misdemeanor charges related to the alleged illegal disposal, storage, treatment and transportation of hazardous waste. The alleged crimes - which include storing cyanide and other toxic substances in an unpermitted, 6,900-gallon tank at the Richmond site - occurred over a two-year period beginning in March 2011, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Contra Costa County district attorney's office.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Google Inc. has agreed to remove an image that appears to show a dead teenager after the boy's father complained to the Internet search giant. Google, usually resistant to requests to remove images, said it would make an exception in the case of 14-year-old Kevin Barrera, who was beaten and shot to death in August 2009. The slaying is unsolved. The satellite image appears on Google's Maps feature, and according to Barrera's father, shows the teen lying on the ground near the Richmond, Calif., railroad tracks where he was killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
A judge has ordered a metal plating company in Richmond, Calif., to remove large quantities of hazardous waste, including potentially deadly cyanide, after state officials argued that it poses a health threat to nearby residents. Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Judith Craddick gave Electro-Forming 14 days to dispose of some waste and 30 days for others. "This company has failed to comply with the rules that protect public health of the neighborhood," said Reed Sato, the chief counsel for state Department of Toxic Substances Control, which sought the order.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
The City Council of Richmond, Calif., rejected a challenge to the city's proposal to seize and write down troubled mortgages, instead voting 4 to 3 to invite other local governments to join its radical approach to slowing a wave of foreclosures.  Gathering in a large auditorium Tuesday evening to accommodate scores of speakers, the council met for more than seven hours before deciding early Wednesday to back Mayor Gayle McLaughlin's motion to...
BUSINESS
August 15, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
The city of Richmond recently asked financial institutions to sell 624 troubled mortgages - and threatened to seize them through eminent domain. Now the city has its answer: We can't help you. The city aims to provide its residents mortgage relief by buying the loans at a deep discount, then getting them refinanced at amounts lower than the current value of the home. But the loans aren't for sale, according to banks that provide customer service on the loans and watch over the trusts where the loans were pooled to back mortgage bonds.
NEWS
July 6, 2008 | Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press
Hospitals make the healer nervous, and before her lies a long hallway. But she pushes forward -- as she always does -- because she must. The man who needs her is waiting. Never mind the countless bodies she's seen, the bits of human flesh she's cleaned off the streets, the shattering screams of those she consoles after their loved ones have been slain. To the germ-phobic Alicia Rasin, today's hospital mission is scary. Her goal, as always, is to heal. The hospital setting is incidental; the wounds she salves are not physical but emotional.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Stoking the debate over the city of Richmond's possible seizure of underwater home loans, advocates for minority neighborhoods told a judge that mortgage-industry threats to block the program would violate fair-housing and fair-lending laws. “Instead of fighting the city and threatening to red-line Richmond, the banks should refocus their efforts on helping homeowners,” Kevin Stein, associate director of the California Reinvestment Coalition, said in a statement accompanying a friend-of-the-court brief.
SPORTS
September 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer on Tuesday denied that he spun out intentionally to help his teammate gain a berth in the Chase for the Cup title playoff. Appearing on ESPN, Bowyer was asked directly if the spinout at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Saturday night was on purpose. "No," Bowyer replied. "Any time something happens on the race track it's unfortunate. " NASCAR heavily penalized Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers and their Michael Waltrip Racing team Monday for trying to manipulate the finish of the Richmond race to get Truex into the Chase.
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