Jordan McNeish was playing music on the mall when he heard chanting and encountered a group of white nationalists in Lee Park. Staff photo

The man who confronted white nationalists in Lee Park

The initial police officer on the scene at the May 13 Lee Park demonstration of Richard Spencer’s alt-right gang described between 100 and 150 people carrying tiki-style torches, some of whom were in an argument with a man who was yelling at them to “leave my town,” according to a Charlottesville Police release. That man […]

Christa Bennett and her daughter, Emma, enjoy recess at Jackson-Via Elementary School. Courtesy Christa Bennett

Heavy topics: Parents call for reform in city schools

By age 6, children—and girls, especially—begin to express concerns about their weight, according to a widely referenced 2011 study by psychologist Linda Smolak. For this reason, one local mother says the practice of publicly weighing students during gym class should be banned. At press time, Christa Bennett’s petition to stop weigh-ins in Charlottesville City Schools […]

Matt Greene, chef, butcher and co-owner of JM Stock Provisions, says Riverside Lunch is “everything I want in a restaurant.” Photo courtesy of Tom McGovern

Why chefs indulge at Riverside Lunch

Why do so many chefs love Riverside Lunch? Don’t get me wrong—I love it too. Few things hit the spot like a Riverside burger. But this is the era of local food, where chefs preach the gospel of local sourcing and other responsible food practices. Yet they regularly allow themselves to “cheat” at Riverside. Take […]

Senator Creigh Deeds celebrates a newly expanded space at The Women’s Initiative, which provides mental health services through a sliding scale walk-in clinic. Staff photo

‘Mental health is health care’

  Senator Creigh Deeds celebrates a newly expanded space at The Women’s Initiative, which provides mental health services through a sliding scale walk-in clinic. The new space on East High Street includes a large room for physical activities that promote trauma healing and additional therapy offices designed for tech-assisted and live supervision for clinical training. […]