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Speed is colorblind

Speed is colorblind

The first thing you notice is the noise. A constant stream of stuttering engine rattle, like the choke of a stalling lawnmower: the very sound of internal combustion. And then down on the asphalt, a foot drops and the rumble whips into a roar, the kind that hits your solar plexus first and then shoots […]

Well, shut my mouth!

Well, shut my mouth!

Every year, Thomas Jefferson’s birthday marks a tradition that presumably would’ve made the dude proud. On April 13, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression celebrated the 20th annual “Muzzles,” awards given “to those responsible for some of the more egregious or ridiculous affronts to free expression occurring in the previous year.” […]

Laugh it up

Laugh it up

It’s Oscar night and things could be going better. Jim Zarling is doing stand-up in front of a crowd of 25 or 30 people at the Southern and, for whatever reason, he’s having trouble connecting. His first few jokes get some modest laughs, and then he flubs—totally flubs—a routine about cult members. He hits the […]

Google eyes

Google eyes

Google, says Vaidhyanathan, is “really fabulous for shopping, but it’s not so great for learning. Google limits our fields of vision by filtering out things that might surprise or disrupt or disturb us.”

Digging up Albemarle history

Digging up Albemarle history

How do you lose a courthouse? It seems a lot more challenging than, say, losing your car keys, and yet Virginia has lost courthouses by the fistful to fire, age and poor record keeping. But in a cow pasture just outside Scottsville, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is working with a team of archaeologists and […]

Rotunda scheduled for a $50 million makeover

Rotunda scheduled for a $50 million makeover

Anyone who’s been to UVA in recent months has surely walked away wondering, “What’s up with that black fabric wrapped around the tops of the columns at the Rotunda? Is UVA in mourning or something?” Turns out, it’s part of a much larger effort to completely overhaul the entire building. Stately though it may seem—architectural […]

$1,050 for reckless driving

On July 1, a new set of Virginia driving laws took effect, including Libertarian-rankling cell phone-usage restrictions and booster seat requirements. But one of the new laws is sure to infuriate and possibly bankrupt thousands of Virginia drivers, starting immediately. Taking its cue from similar measures in New Jersey, Virginia has enacted a set of […]

Peace and the art of scooter maintenance

Peace and the art of scooter maintenance

On July 15, Alix Bryan will be puttering south out of Washington, D.C., on a scooter. Almost two months and more than 9,000 miles later, she hopes to be pulling up to Dubya’s “Western White House” in Crawford, Texas. It’s what she’s doing in between that she wants the world to know about. Alix Bryan […]

The soil-slinging begins

Correction appended Charlottesville voters will be looking at a new spot on the ballot this fall as a result of the city’s membership in the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (TJSWCD). The city has been a member since 2006, but this is the first full year of membership. Charlottesville joined too late last […]

Choir director admits to sex charges

Choir director admits to sex charges

Appearing before the Charlottesville Circuit Court on June 26, Jonathan Spivey entered into a plea agreement that has the former Charlottesville High School choir director facing up to 20 years in prison. Spivey, who’s married and a father of two, was indicted by a grand jury in November on seven counts of custodial indecent liberties […]

When should you dial  9-1-1?

When should you dial  9-1-1?

On the morning of June 1, a bank robbery was thwarted when sharp-eyed city property maintenance inspector Cory Jordan called 911 after spotting a robbery in progress at the Union Bank and Trust on the Downtown Mall. But for every Cory Jordan, there’s gotta be at least one or two Edward Sanchezes—he’s the Dearborn, Michigan […]

Well above average

Hang on. Don’t ready those Rant-dialing fingers yet. We really like this place, and there are at least a dozen reasons why. Herewith, a brief list of the areas where Charlottesville goes above and beyond what anyone could expect of our humble town. It’s not what’s missing, it’s what’s here. Headliners We know of no […]

Kappa v. Kappa, part II

Kappa v. Kappa, part II

Pity the stenographer who gets a little confused: Kappa Sigma Fraternity, a 234-chapter organization founded in 1869 at UVA with its national headquarters in Charlottesville, has initiated a lawsuit against the Kappa Sigma Memorial Foundation. The Fraternity’s complaint, filed in U.S. District Court on May 16, alleges that the Foundation has been unlawfully using trademarked […]

Virginia’s dumb drivers

GMAC Insurance recently released the results of a nationwide survey that tested drivers’ knowledge of the roads, and it’s not pretty, Virginia. Virginia ranked 41st in the nation, with 26 percent of Virginia drivers failing the thing outright. The list of states who fared worse than Virginia is a motley crew of Bostonians, Jerseyites and […]

Former hospital faces demolition

Former hospital faces demolition

Just north of Monticello lies a relic of one of the less illustrious aspects of Charlottesville’s not-too-distant past. The Blue Ridge Hospital housed tuberculosis patients until 1978, but has since gone into disrepair as it has passed through the hands of a number of organizations, all unsure of what to do with the 142-acre property. […]

Another inconvenient truth

Another inconvenient truth

A National Research Council report released this month says that by 2020, less than 2 percent of the United States’ total carbon emissions would be offset by wind energy development. Rick Webb, a senior scientist at UVA’s Department of Environmental Sciences, contributed to the report. He thinks wind energy’s negative impact may far outweigh its […]

Mix masters

Mix masters

I met Dan Trub on Halloween night, 2005. He was wearing a 2-year-old’s pumpkin costume. I think he might have tried to make me wrestle him. The next time I saw him, a mutual friend begged Dan to do his signature trick, and after a few minutes of reluctance, Dan gave in and started singing […]

When hypothetical disaster strikes

To most of Charlottesville, last Thursday may have seemed like a beautiful, sunny day. But inside UVA’s Zehmer Hall, it was like something out of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie: Dams were stressed to the bursting point. Bridges were washed out. Six-foot-deep puddles dotted the soaked landscape. And then there was the propane tanker explosion. It […]

The danger of safety

The danger of safety

Preserve the coal tower? It’s a hard sell. Coran Capshaw has plans to develop it, but until that gets underway it remains the sort of place where a squatter can go unnoticed for months until he lashes out violently at trespassers, as happened six years ago. That’s when Craig Nordensen murdered two people after a […]

Jon Stewart will not seek the nomination

Jon Stewart will not seek the nomination

“He’s a comedian; he’s very funny.” This was the description of Jon Stewart I overheard a ticket-taker giving a pleasant-looking older couple as they entered the John Paul Jones Arena last Saturday. I had to wonder how they ended up there without a clue as to who Jon Stewart is. Whatever, by the time Stewart’s […]

Slick Rick, with The Press

Slick Rick, with The Press

music “Inauspicious start” was the first phrase that came to mind when opening act The Press took the stage at the Satellite Ballroom on Thursday night. A bunch of guys hopping around, looking like they’d come straight from “The Late Night With Conan O’Brien” writers’ room and announcing enthusiastically, “We’re from New Hampshire!” was just […]