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Street legal

“When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns” may be a bumper sticker-ready bit of NRA rhetoric, but there is a certain logic to it: If the law prohibits gun ownership, only people who disregard the law (presumably some nasty characters) will own guns. Thing is, in Virginia at least, this is all just […]

Lawnies air grievances

Lawnies air grievances

In the most exciting academic standoff since the Noam Chomsky-Christopher Hitchens cage match of ’02 (Chomsky felled the sodden neo-con with a folding chair), residents of UVA’s

Akron/Family, with The Great White Jenkins

music In the world of indie and experimental music, bands of unclassifiable weirdness end up on lo-fi legend Michael Gira’s tiny imprint, Young God Records. And Akron/Family is unclassifiably weird. The evening at Satellite Ballroom started with Richmond transplants The Great White Jenkins, who sound something like Harvest-era Neil Young filtered through a more melodic […]

Keanu and You

Keanu and You

Students who don’t want a month off from school can "party on" during the January term by studying the philosophy behind this "excellent adventure." Some UVA students looking for January term courses are content to bone up on Joyce and Beckett in Dublin or hang out with elementary school students in Ghana. But what about […]

Crimefighting for dummies

Crimefighting for dummies

Anyone who’s watched A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter” has felt the itch. No, not to grow Dog’s crested cockatiel-esque mullet—to take the law into one’s own hands, to hit the pavement with a bandolier of pepper-spray cans and a chip on the shoulder. We’re all familiar with the idea of a citizen’s arrest, if only […]

Family affairs: Besançon update

If you’ve been feeling a little more continental lately, it’s not just your imagination. On October 20, Charlottesville formalized its union with Besançon, our longtime unofficial sister city in France. Besançon Mayor Jean-Louis Fousseret was on hand to sign a charter recognizing the alliance, though he apparently couldn’t quite get the hang of the sister […]

Race, boats and fish oil

Any high school graduate is familiar with the Bard’s old saw that “brevity is the soul of wit” (well, maybe not any high school graduate, but you get the point). Most people, however, are not aware of that particular proverb’s sister axiom: “Specificity is the soul of academia.” Yes indeed, the key to staking a […]

Fight for your right to a third party

The unenviable third party spot on American ballots pretty much demands some sort of quirk of its candidates. After all, you have to be at least a little, um, eccentric to run against not only two popular candidates, but also the entire two-party system itself.    So this year, in addition to their Gail “for Rail” […]

Answers to the Ultimate DMB Quiz!

WE HAVE A WINNER!The winner of last week’s “Ultimate DMB Quiz” prize drawing (and the proud owner of a brand-new 2 gigabyte iPod nano) is Thomas Makover. Congratulations, Tom—and thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. Here, for those of you who’ve been puzzling over it all week, are the correct answers to […]

Answers to the Ultimate DMB quiz!

WE HAVE A WINNER!The winner of last week’s “Ultimate DMB Quiz” prize drawing (and the proud owner of a brand-new 2 gigabyte iPod nano) is Thomas Makover. Congratulations, Tom—and thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. Here, for those of you who’ve been puzzling over it all week, are the correct answers to […]

Film casting as art

Do you get a little excited every time Hollywood comes to Charlottesville? Did you drive out to Crozet this summer in hopes of catching a glimpse of Steve Carell as Noah in Evan Almighty? Camp outside John Cusack’s trailer while he shot True Colors at UVA? Does Damon Wayans still have that restraining order against […]

Statutes and Liberty

Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization based out of Orlando, Florida, but with offices in Lynchburg, has been proclaiming itself the religious right’s answer to the ACLU since 1989. Their recent intervention in the Albemarle School Board’s policies went no further than a letter insisting that two Hollymead Elementary students could indeed distribute flyers for their […]

Book ‘em

Book ‘em

A Time to Kill (1988)Grisham’s first—and perhaps most critically acclaimed—novel, A Time to Kill was inspired by a court case the then-lawyer observed in De Soto County, Mississippi, where he maintained a law practice and held a seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives. He wrote the novel in his spare time between 1984 and […]