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Alumnae Jen Staton cheers with a group of supporters at Sweet Briar College after it was announced that the college will remain open with a new president and board for the next academic year under a negotiated settlement, in Amherst, Va. on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

Check out the Top 10 most-read news stories on Richmond.com this year.

10. Man's apparent double life ends with chaos and innocent lives lost

The neighborhoods are some 50 miles apart. One is in New Kent County near Quinton, a stretch of two-story homes on tree-shaded lots tucked off the main drag, the farm fields and the woodlands. It’s a suburban street, lined with basketball hoops and big wheels in the yards.


9. Fire destroys oceanfront homes in Outer Banks

One person was "reported with minor injuries" following a fire that destroyed two oceanfront homes early Saturday in the Whalehead neighborhood of Corolla, N.C., in the Outer Banks.


8. Former dance instructor gets 16 years on sex, child porn charges

Calling the defendant’s actions “pretty nauseating” and “pretty disgusting,” a Henrico County judge sentenced a former dance instructor Wednesday to 16 years in prison for having sex with four underage girls and possession of child pornography.


7. Kiara Williams gets 19 years for South Richmond murder

Kiara L. Williams will serve 19 years in prison after being convicted today of fatally shooting a man who had pulled his car alongside hers on German School Road in South Richmond last Aug. 7.


6. Cyclist killed in Hanover called 'a force for good'

This is how people described Caroline “Carrie” Dawn Wortham, 26, who was hit and killed while bicycling Saturday in Hanover County.


5. Singer-songwriter Robbin Thompson remembered as 'real inspiration'

Robbin Thompson, the singer-songwriter who was a hero to a generation of rock ’n’ roll fans and one of the two co-writers behind an official Virginia state song, died early Saturday morning of complications from cancer. The Richmond resident was 66.


4. Black students take over VCU's president's office to demand changes

A group of black Virginia Commonwealth University student activists marched into the school president’s office Thursday morning to demand the university increase the number of black professors and offer more cultural training on campus.


3. McAuliffe: Va. is first state to 'effectively end' veteran homelessness

Virginia provided housing to 1,432 homeless veterans last year, more than double the 620 identified in January as part of an annual one-day count of the homeless.


2. Former WDBJ-TV employee's rage spills out on live television

A former reporter for WDBJ-TV gunned down two ex-colleagues during a live broadcast at Smith Mountain Lake early Wednesday and posted a video of the murders and bragged about them on Twitter and Facebook before fatally shooting himself after he was found by a state trooper some 200 miles away.


1. Sweet Briar College's decision to close stuns students

In an announcement that stunned students Tuesday, Sweet Briar College said it will close at the end of this academic year because of “insurmountable financial challenges” blamed on the dwindling number of women interested in single-sex education and the pressures on small, liberal arts schools.

PHOTOS: Sweet Briar, from news of the schools closing to graduation

We were on campus to cover the news of the schools closing, as well as the graduation when it looked like the school would remain open. 


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