Jayson Whitehead



Federal FOIA suit filed against Army

Federal FOIA suit filed against Army

Jayson Whitehead v. the United States Department of the Army is now official. More than a year and a half after filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the appraisal of Wendell Wood’s land that was sold to the Army in 2006, I have now had to sue in federal court. In late […]

Lit scholar takes on Cartman, Bart and Captain Kirk

Lit scholar takes on Cartman, Bart and Captain Kirk

“Maybe I’ll wear my shades,” says Paul Cantor. The UVA English professor flips a set of clip-on sunglasses down over his regular frames and leans back in a black metal chair on the Downtown Mall. “I lead a double life.” While Cantor teaches on elitist seeming subjects like Homer and Shakespeare in a university setting, […]

City, stores clash over carts

City, stores clash over carts

Ten years ago, Dave Taylor opened the Read It Again, Sam used bookstore, and as a way of pulling in customers, he placed waist-high racks of paperback fiction outside his front door on the bricks of the Downtown Mall. “Twenty-five percent of my business is from the carts,” he says. A decade later, however, Taylor […]

Budget efficiency studies all the rage

Budget efficiency studies all the rage

Last summer, the Albemarle County School Board contracted with the Commonwealth Educational Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct a “Resource Utilization Study” to make sure that the school division practices an efficient use of its resources. “In hindsight, it was brilliant,” says at-large School Board member Brian Wheeler of that decision. Five months later, […]

Legal Aid forces cable company to investigate immigrant pay

Legal Aid forces cable company to investigate immigrant pay

Under pressure from immigrants rights groups including the Charlottesville-based Legal Aid Justice Center, the Internet and cable provider Verizon Communications announced yesterday that it might bar certain of its contractors from work if it finds they withheld pay from immigrant laborers who dug trenches for the company’s fiber optic cables in the Washington, D.C. area.

Prof studies jail program

Prof studies jail program

“Just because it sounds and feels good doesn’t mean it’s effective,” says Ross Carew. He is assistant director of Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), a corrections and rehabilitation program for the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, which has commissioned a UVA study of a recently added re-entry program. Previous coverage: Inmates prepare for life after jailFive women […]

Special effects creator Stan Winston dead at 62

We are sad to announce the death of UVA grad Stan Winston, a renowned makeup, creature- and visual-effects wizard whose work on Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park earned him four Academy Awards. He died at the age of 62 from multiple myeloma.

Woolen Mills on path to local historic district

Woolen Mills on path to local historic district

On June 2, North Carolina resident Janet Leitch stood before Charlottesville’s City Council to speak about the historic seven-acre estate on East Market Street in the Woolen Mills neighborhood where she grew up. “I was going to write a letter but then just decided to come up,” she says. During the public comment period, Leitch […]

Council picks interchange for MCP

Council picks interchange for MCP

As growth extends throughout the city and county, the roads around and through Charlottesville have become ever more crowded. To alleviate some of the congestion, area officials have moved forward with two controversial projects, the Meadowcreek Parkway (MCP) and Eastern Connector. Both would pass through a city park—McIntire and Pen parks, respectively. City Council held […]

June 08: A generation of changes

June 08: A generation of changes

In 1975, Nellysford native Frederick Pershing Phillips began work on a tiny shopping center right off Rte. 151 where he once ran a fruit stand, selling bushels of apples for $3. “I dug the foundation with a roto-tiller,” he says. “My uncle and I built the cinder-block, I helped a neighbor do the plumbing.”   Four […]

Charlottesville Dreamers move on and up

Charlottesville Dreamers move on and up

Financial advisor Chris Poe was a college student when he first heard of the I Have a Dream Foundation while watching a “60 Minutes” segment on the program, which started 20 years ago to help poor inner city kids with school and life. “I thought that would really be cool to do someday,” he says. […]

Homeless take to street while city looks for solutions

Homeless take to street while city looks for solutions

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a chronically homeless person is “an unaccompanied disabled individual who has been continuously homeless for over one year.” There are certainly some of those in our area, people who have bottomed out for one reason or another and cannot get back up on their […]

Local farmers defend tax breaks

Local farmers defend tax breaks

A week after the county Board of Supervisors decided to consider changing the land use tax program, local farmers are still distraught. Since 1975, Albemarle has granted landowners a tax deferral for a minimum of five acres that meets prescribed standards of agricultural use. Basically, the land must be used for the sale of crops […]

Regulation headaches for local ice cream maker

Regulation headaches for local ice cream maker

Two years ago, Colin Steele and his wife thought they had conceived of the ideal product: ice cream made from all local products. Most important would be the use of milk straight from the cow. The business would be called A Perfect Flavor and would be customized ordering. That settled, Steele began to look into […]