Graelyn Brashear

Graelyn Brashear began her career in journalism at New Jersey's Asbury Park Press, where she covered municipal beats for number of Jersey Shore towns, wrote features, and formed a deep attachment to newsrooms and the kind of people who fill them. She moved on to online news network in 2010, where she served as a local editor for the small town of Barnegat. She joined C-VILLE as news editor in March of 2012, and while she remains the staff's token New Jersey apologist, she's very happy to be back in her native Charlottesville.

County poised to O.K. public sewer, water expansion at Monticello

County poised to O.K. public sewer, water expansion at Monticello

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors last week signaled its approval of a request to connect Monticello to public sewer lines and expand its access to public water, despite county staff’s recommendations against the new infrastructure. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private organization that owns and operates the UNESCO World Heritage site and in 2011 […]

Newly re-elected Charlottesville CIty Councilor Kristin Szakos on election night. Photo: Christian Hommel.

Democrats win Charlottesville City Council seats

For more of our election wrap coverage, check throughout the day. To see the blow-by-blow from last night, scroll back through our election day liveblog. After a late night waiting on a delayed vote count, Charlottesville Democrats celebrated big wins on election day, with incumbent Kristin Szakos and her running mate Bob Fenwick taking […]

Dr. Anindya Dutta and his researchers. Pictured, Dr. Dutta, with students in their lab at UVA Medical Center on October 3. Back row: Eric Teplitz, Brian Reon, Preston Goforth, Dr. Laura Dillon and Magdalina Cichewicz. Front row: Nancy Rush. Photo: Annalee Grant.

UVA labs in limbo as NIH spins its wheels during shutdown

Funding for the National Institutes of Health was thrust into the spotlight last week as canceled clinical trials for cancer patients became another flashpoint in the ongoing government shutdown standoff in Washington, D.C. The agency may serve as a high-profile pawn in a partisan budget battle, but for local researchers who depend on NIH grants, […]

Meredith Woo. Photo: UVA Media Relations.

UVA Dean Meredith Woo to step down in May

The dean of UVA’s College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Meredith Jung-En Woo, announced in a letter to students and faculty Monday that she will step down next May. Woo came to UVA from the University of Michigan in 2008 on a five-year contract. It was extended for an additional year last spring. […]

Zan Tewksbury is the new director of Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights. Photo: Graelyn Brashear

City hires former attorney to head human rights office

Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights is open for business. Four months after the City Council ended a two-year fight over whether to tackle discrimination complaints with its own local rules and enforcement, administrators hired Zan Tewksbury, an Albemarle High School graduate who has worked as a civil rights attorney in Portland for 16 years, to […]

The house at 920 Rugby Road, where federal investigators say three Charlottesville residents were manufacturing fake IDs. Photo: Graelyn Brashear.

Fourth suspect in Rugby Road fake ID ring pleads not guilty

A 19-year-old New Jersey man is the latest person charged in connection with a fraud ring whose fake ID manufacturing operation led to a high-profile May raid of a Rugby Road mansion, the seizure of $3 million, and the arrest and subsequent guilty pleas of three young city residents. Michael A. Delrio of Edison, New […]

A Tom Tom Founder’s Festival event draws a crowd at Old Metropolitan Hall. Tomtoberfest, a shorter fall version of the innovation-centric city-wide party, takes place this week. Photo: Tom Daly.

Tomtoberfest pushes town-gown innovation with a light heart

The Tom Tom Founder’s Festival is headed back to school. Paul Beyer is getting ready to launch the second annual Tomtoberfest, the smaller autumn sister of the spring music and innovation showcase he created in 2012 in the image of Austin’s SXSW. This year’s fall fest runs Wednesday through Saturday, and doubles down on a concept Beyer, a developer and […]

Newsplex anchor and cancer survivor Chris Stover says Lance Armstrong’s doping admission won’t stop him from wearing a Livestrong band. Photo: Annalee Grant.

Going strong? A local lens on Livestrong’s legacy post-Armstrong

When former cycling champion Lance Armstrong finally admitted to doping on Oprah in January, Darden professor Erika Hayes James saw a teachable moment. “I was watching the interview, and I kept thinking about this organization he founded, and the implications for it being so connected to Lance Armstrong,” said James, whose academic focus is on […]

Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal prion disease that does not appear to be transmissible to humans, was first found in Virginia deer in 2009. File photo.

Wildlife officials bracing for spread of fatal deer disease

The symptoms of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer read like something out of a horror movie: emaciation, a lolling head, an odor of rotting meat, and—invisible until autopsy—a spongy degeneration of the brain. CWD is a prion disease affecting cervids—elk, moose, and our own white-tailed deer. Like mad cow in cattle and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in […]