The Sri Lanken health minister said earlier today that the country’s officials failed to relay messages from intelligence agencies that there was a threat of an attack by a radical Muslim group. This same group is being blamed for the Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 200 people. The coordinated bombings were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath, according to the health minister. AP News lists several warnings from international intelligence agencies on April 4, 9, and 11.
Richmond Restaurant Week begins today and runs until this Sunday. Richmonders can visit any of this year’s 41 participating restaurants, eat a three-course meal at only $29 per person, and $4.19 goes directly to Feedmore. The distribution center serves 34 localities throughout central Virginia, as well as Meals On Wheels, Kids Cafe, Summer Food Service Program, School Market and more. With the $4.19 donated, Feedmore can provide over 16 meals.
The owners of Regency mall are planning to add residential and other non-retail uses to the property as well as open up part of the mall to create outdoor plazas. Owners The Rebkee Co. and Thalhimer Realty Partners have submitted a request to Henrico County to have the 36-acre property rezoned to an “urban mixed-use district,” which would allow residential, office, educational, cultural and other uses, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.