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Ambulance fees still under consideration

Ambulance fees still under consideration

If you call for an ambulance, chances are that an all-volunteer squad will respond and that you’ll only be charged for medical supplies on the way to the hospital. But this budget season, local officials are exploring the idea of imposing fees, as much as $450 per ride. And as the closed-door discussions continue between […]

Once again, sex issues up for state debate

Once again, sex issues up for state debate

Debated issues come and go with each session of Virginia’s General Assembly—this year’s fan favorites are sure to include mental health reform and bad driver fees—but there is at least one topic ripe for debate among the state’s legislators year in and year out: abortion. With the new session on the horizon, organizers on both […]

Groups fight North Anna ruling

Groups fight North Anna ruling

The temperatures outside have finally started to dip, but the waters of Lake Anna are unseasonably warm this time of year. Not from any natural hot springs in the area—instead, the warm waters of the lake, located about 30 miles from Charlottesville, are the result of discharge generated from the nearby nuclear power plant’s cooling […]

Undergrads push for new major

Undergrads push for new major

A motivated group of UVA students is attempting to do something that has never been done at Mr. Jefferson’s university—implement the first student-proposed major. For the past year, members of the student-run Global Development Organization have been lobbying the administration for the creation of a new global development major. While the interested students recognize the […]

Politics prof weighs in on Pakistan crisis

Politics prof weighs in on Pakistan crisis

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule over the country November 3, suspending the constitution and shutting down all independent media outlets. While some critics from around the globe have called this the desperate act of a weakened leader, Musharraf affirms that he is doing what is necessary to save his country from inner conflict […]

Bowers' attorney must pay UVA

Bowers' attorney must pay UVA

Dena Bowers’ $1 million lawsuit against UVA for her firing in late 2005 is now in the hands of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, following a decision by a lower court judge that threw out most of Bowers’ First Amendment claims. But serious legal conflict between attorneys on both sides of the case continues […]

Dena Bowers' appeal set for January

Dena Bowers' appeal set for January

In a $1 million lawsuit nearly two years in the making, the appeal of Dena Bowers’ case against UVA is set to begin oral arguments in January 2008. Previous coverage: "I can’t say I don’t get some pleasure out of mixing it up"Debbie Wyatt, the local courts’ inconvenient woman, prepares to retire Bowers set to […]

North Anna to formally plan third reactor

North Anna to formally plan third reactor

Heated debate concerning the North Anna Power Station is expected to continue Wednesday, October 24, as Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff meet with members of the public to discuss the intention of Dominion Power to build a third nuclear reactor at the site, located 30 miles from Charlottesville.

Juvenile justice programs face budget cuts

Juvenile justice programs face budget cuts

In discussing this year’s planned $300 million budget cuts, Governor Tim Kaine has emphasized that education, public safety and public health will be protected. "Throughout this difficult process, we made a determined effort to keep these budget cuts from impacting our most vulnerable citizens," Governor Kaine said in an October 1 press release. "In fact, […]

Five local bridges "deficient"

Five local bridges "deficient"

Five bridges spanning railroad tracks in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are considered "structurally deficient" by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and there are currently plans to replace only one of these troubled overpasses. These figures are the result of a recent study of area bridges by local VDOT officials. The qualification of "structurally deficient" […]

Anti-choice crowd camps out at clinic

Anti-choice crowd camps out at clinic

Beginning September 26, various local churches and self-described “pro-life” organizations began gathering at the local Planned Parenthood clinic on Hydraulic Road to pray and voice their objection to abortion as part of a national “40 Days for Life” campaign. They hope to maintain an active presence outside of the building 24 hours a day until […]

Child porn can be tough to define

Many sex crimes involving children and the Internet can appear similar, at least in terms of sentences. Former Western Albemarle High School teacher Richard Neal Willetts has pleaded guilty to coercion of a minor and is potentially facing 10 years in prison. Stephen Michael Fortney, Bryan Petersen Malmstrom and Walter D. Gregory, all of Albemarle […]

City considers stormwater tax

Charlottesville City officials are considering a new tax to fund an expensive repair to the deteriorating stormwater drainage system. Currently, city management of the stormwater drainage system is funded from the general budget to the tune of $915,000 annually. The proposed changes recommended to City Council at the September 17 meeting would push that cost […]

Certain inalienable bites

Certain inalienable bites

UVA graduation, or what’s known as Final Exercises, is a grand affair any way you measure it. Whether you count the 5,900 degrees awarded in May or the estimated 45,000 friends and relatives who come to witness their conferment, Charlottesville is packed to the brim every year for this 178-year-old tradition. The only thing more […]

City considers AM info station

Charlottesville city officials are considering the feasibility of building a low-power AM radio station to transmit general, visitor and emergency information to the general public. If built, the station would be noncommercial and would have a limited transmission range of about six miles. The city already has the capability to transmit certain types of information […]

No gang grants for local cops

No gang grants for local cops

Despite warning of growing local gang activity, authorities in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are currently not receiving any federal or state funding designated for fighting gang violence. These funding streams, however, are beginning to appeal to local officials. "We’d be open to it," says Albemarle County police Lieutenant John Teixeira. "We have to be flexible […]

Local carpooling on the rise

Local carpooling on the rise

Linda Swartz has been carpooling to work for almost 30 years. In addition to saving gas money, she says she is less stressed in the mornings, which has made her 30 minute commute from Stuarts Draft, across the mountain in Augusta County, to Fontaine Research Park a lot more fun. "We usually talk, or sometimes […]

Police nab two men on child-porn charges

Police nab two men on child-porn charges

Two Albemarle County men charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography have been arrested by Albemarle County police, and a third man sought for identical charges is currently on the run. According to authorities, 27-year-old Stephen Michael Fortney of Crozet and 29-year-old Bryan Petersen Malmstrom of Charlottesville face felony charges for their inappropriate […]

Amnesty comes but twice a year

Amnesty comes but twice a year

Local residents looking for an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their household hazardous waste must wait until October 6 to get rid of potentially harmful adhesives, pesticides and cleaners.

Commission approves plans for coal tower

Commission approves plans for coal tower

Coran Chapshaw’s plan for a mixed-used development around downtown Charlottesville’s trademark coal tower is one step closer to reality. At an August 14 meeting, the city Planning Commission unanimously approved an application for a preliminary site plan for the project. The coal tower, a longtime landmark, is now becoming a focus of residents’ worries about […]

Commission denies W. Main rezoning

Commission denies W. Main rezoning

The Charlottesville Planning Commission denied an application August 14 to rezone property at the corner of W. Main Street and McIntire Road for which a nine-story building is planned, citing the project’s lack of affordable housing. The proposed high-rise would contain 79 condo units and four retail establishments with more than 180 parking spaces on […]

City and County declare drought warning

Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors both officially declared a "drought warning" on August 16 and approved measures to restrict public water use. The declarations came a day after a recommendation from the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) upgrading the situation to the second of three stages of possible water-shortage […]

Best Of: luxe edition

Best Of: luxe edition

We've got the Best of C-VILLE, but what about the priciest? At a few of this year's winning retailers, we went poking around—for no real reason except maybe some kind of weird class envy—in search of the highest-priced item we could find there. Perusing Whole Foods Market, we spotted a 16-ounce container of pasteurized jumbo lump crab meat: $31.99.