Tsaye Simpson's mugshot from his 2013 arrest for murder and his latest mugshot for assaulting an officer on October 8. Mugshots courtesy of the Charlottesville Police Department

Tsaye Simpson faces new charges

A man who was acquitted of a murder charge in May and was previously known for surviving a high-speed car chase on Rugby Road is now charged with assaulting a Charlottesville police officer. Tsaye Simpson’s latest encounter with law enforcement came October 8 at approximately 12:40am when an officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from a […]

Jesse Matthew's attorneys Michael Hemenway and Doug Ramseur wait for their case to be called at Albemarle Circuit Court.
Staff photo

Judge denies Jesse Matthew’s request for secret hearing

Attorneys for Jesse Matthew, who is accused of capital murder in the death of UVA student Hannah Graham, asked in court October 7 for a separate judge to hear their request for experts without the prosecution’s presence. Even naming the expert or the broad area of expertise in open court would “compromise” Matthew’s trial strategy, […]

With its prime downtown location, Friendship Court is slated to be mixed-income housing with a place for its current residents. It’s the steps in between that raise some questions. Photo by Jack Looney

Resident omission: Will Friendship Court be unfriended?

The public announcement September 21 that Piedmont Housing Alliance would option its right of first refusal to purchase the land and housing complex of Friendship Court has the potential to forever change the landscape and fabric of downtown Charlottesville. The fully occupied 150-unit complex, designated as lower-income housing, sits sandwiched between the increasingly popular Ix […]

Multi-talented artist David Duchovny will perform songs from his album Hell or Highwater on Wednesday at The Inn at Willow Grove. Publicity image.

David Duchovny talks about performing in the moment

Confession: Without “The X-Files,” I wouldn’t be a professional writer. Way back in middle school, I thought I hated writing. At least, I hated writing dry, research-based essays for class. But every Sunday night I found inspiration in the form of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, characters whose investigations into paranormal phenomenon inspired me so […]

Wells Fargo took down the sign that said "no loitering" outside the bank on the Downtown Mall, and legal experts say the bank can't enforce such an edict.
Photo: Cara Salpini

No loitering: Where you can(’t?) stand on the Downtown Mall

On any given day Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall plays host to a crowd of visitors, locals and out-of-towners alike. The pedestrian walking street fills up with families going out to dinner, students doing homework in coffee shops and friends shopping together. With the Downtown Mall acting as a center for social activity, a “no loitering” sign […]

Photo: Amanda Maglione

Fall/winter 2015 Knife & Fork: On stands now!

The latest issue of Knife & Fork is on stands now and here’s what you’ll find inside. (Below, click through a digital copy of the magazine!) Mona Lisa Pasta’s guide to making pasta at home and seven perfect restaurant dishes. Caterer Gay Beery serves up ideas on sweet and savory dips. Hunter Smith’s fave VA […]