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.

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 […]

Cavalier Daily Editor-in-Chief Kaz Komolafe and Executive Editor Charlie Tyson (standing, left and right) look over pages with staff on the day their paper made the switch to digital-first content. Photo: Christian Hommel.

Cavalier Daily prioritizes online publishing

UVA’s Cavalier Daily is an unusual specimen in the world of campus newspapers. Founded in 1890, it is financially and editorially independent from the University. Students sell the ads to generate an annual budget of a few hundred thousand dollars, which pays for a print circulation of about 10,000. Students write the copy. Students edit […]

The grave of Jesse Scott Sammons, a descendant of the Hemings family of Monticello, was in the path of the Western Bypass. Photo by John Robinson

Sammons cemetery gets historic status; could affect Bypass route

A federal official’s announcement last week that a cemetery and house site in the path of the planned Western Bypass is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places has become the latest hang-up for the road project, and has some questioning the process the Virginia Department of Transportation used to evaluate the property […]

Who's who in the four 2013 races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors?

Albemarle County Supervisor showdown: Jack Jouett

As we head into election season proper, we’re taking a look at the four contested races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. We’ve already introduced the Scottsville, Rio, and Samuel Miller district candidates. Today, we hear from the two vying for the Jouett District seat: Independents Diantha McKeel and Phillip Seay. Phillip Seay Party: Independent […]

The Racial Dot Map, created by UVA demographer Dustin Cable, shows the U.S. population color-coded by race down to the neighborhood level. 
Image courtesy Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

UVA demographer’s race map gets national attention

Dustin Cable suspected the online map he built to plot the distribution of the entire U.S. population by race—a color-coded dot for all 308.7 million Americans identified by the 2010 Census—would be interesting, useful, and maybe even important. He didn’t think it would be so beautiful. “I didn’t expect, for instance, the blending of colors […]

Who's who in the four 2013 races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors?

Albemarle County Supervisor showdown: Rio

As we head into election season proper, we’re taking a look at the four contested races for seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Yesterday, we introduced the two Scottsville District candidates. Today, we hear from the Rio candidates: Incumbent Republican Rodney Thomas and Democrat Brad Sheffield. Rodney Thomas Party: Republican Age: 69 Occupation: […]

The scene where Rosson was shot and killed. File photo.

Albemarle officer cleared in June 8 shooting death of Crozet man

The county police officer who shot a 21-year-old Crozet man to death in a confrontation June 8 won’t be charged with a crime, Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford announced today. Nearly 11 weeks after the incident, Lunsford released a six-page statement with a legal analysis of the investigation into the shooting that stated Albemarle County police […]

Photo: Elli Wiliams

Wendy Fisher: The life of an adminstrator

Wendy Fisher fell in love with Montessori through the experience of her children. Fisher, now head of school at Mountaintop Montessori on Pantops, spent so much time in the classroom of the school in Washington, D.C. that the oldest of her five kids attended that the head of school suggested Fisher explore getting certified to […]

Randy Allen Taylor. Photo: FBI Richmond Division.

Suspect in Alexis Murphy case has long history with the law

Rapid developments in the case of missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy following the arrest of a 48-year-old Lovingston man have attracted the interest of news outlets around the country, and are shining new light on another unsolved disappearance. Randy Allen Taylor, a convicted burglar and arsonist, was arrested Sunday, August 11, and charged with […]