“I don’t care whether a woman has an abortion [or not],” says Amy Hagstrom Miller. “But whatever she decides should be provided with dignity.”
Photo: Amy Jackson Smith

Slaying shame: Amy Hagstrom Miller wants to change the narrative around abortion

The confirmation of conservative Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has raised fears that Roe v. Wade could be undercut or even overturned. In fact, abortion access has been under attack for decades by restrictive state laws and regulations (more than a thousand restrictions have been passed since Roe, almost a third of them between […]

The Futurebirds play the Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Tuesday.  Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Futurebirds

Ten years have flown by for the Futurebirds. And from the group’s formation in 2008 in Athens, Georgia, to its current headlining tour, the band’s psychedelic rock flair lands it in a unique space. The group announced a list of anniversary gigs with a nod to fans: “Because of you beautiful angel-faced saint babies, we’ve […]

The Marcus King Band delivers psychedelic soul and rugged vocals at The Jefferson Theater on Monday. publicity photo

ARTS Pick: The Marcus King Band

Psychedelic soul and rugged vocals hearten The Marcus King Band as it spreads folksy feels everywhere from small-town gigs to big-city venues. Frontman King grew up playing the blues alongside his father in Greenville, South Carolina, and has grown to love music as an outlet to process his feelings. He explains that each song he […]

A judge found the arrest of local mom Lara Harrison at an August school board meeting unconstitutional. Others arrested that day weren’t as lucky. Photo by Eze Amos

County warning: School board activists go to trial

Five anti-racist activists were in court October 30, following their arrests at an August 30 special meeting of the Albemarle County School Board. But many community members feel like only one was handed down the verdict she deserved. While Lara Harrison’s trespassing charge was dropped, four others were convicted of trespassing or obstruction of justice. […]

Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek, captures the rise of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, from his ambitious beginnings as a performer
to the band’s legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985. Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox

Killer Queen: Rami Malek rocks Freddie Mercury biopic

It’s unfortunate that movies about exceptional people usually end up being so conventional. Queen was a band that defied expectations and broke down barriers, redefining what a rock band could be, and Freddie Mercury is not only one of history’s greatest frontmen but an icon for the alienated, particularly for LGBTQ fans. Bohemian Rhapsody, meanwhile, […]

Donna Gasapo called John Miska a Nazi as he left the courthouse in September. Staff photo

Gasapo not guilty, veteran gets protective order

Veteran and activist John Miska, who was followed by a group of protesters and called a “Nazi” after a recent court hearing, filed a criminal charge for abusive language against a member of what he called a “mob.” On November 5, a judge found her not guilty. Anti-racist activist Donna Gasapo is known for hurling […]

A noise that plagued Crozet residents for a couple of months was traced to Yancey Lumber Company, which will be installing a muffler on a recently refurbished boiler.
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The Crozet Hum: Mysterious noise traced to Yancey Lumber

By Jonathan Haynes After hundreds of complaints, the R.A. Yancey Lumber Corporation has confirmed that it is, in fact, the source of the mysterious humming noise that has been pestering Crozet residents since September. The family-owned company, which has operated in Crozet since 1949, had initially denied its mill was causing the noise. Crozet resident […]

Actress Olivia Wilde introduces her mom, Leslie Cockburn on election night.
Eze Amos

What next? 5th District flippers move on to the next race

Three Democratic women in Virginia upset Republicans in House of Representatives races Tuesday–but Leslie Cockburn wasn’t one of them. The investigative journalist and Rappahannock County resident fell short against Republican Denver Riggleman in the 5th district race, despite raising more money and an army of 1,500 volunteers. The district, which includes Charlottesville and Albemarle County, […]