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Insurance denied: City footing Lee statue, parking garage legal bills

Since 2016, Charlottesville has faced a larger-than-usual number of high-profile lawsuits, and in at least two cases, its insurance carrier won’t be picking up the tab. And while the carrier hasn’t seen the most recent suit, filed by Albemarle County over the Ragged Mountain Natural Area April 20, that litigation could join the Lee statue […]

Dan Grogan at his Albemarle High polling place uses visual aids to illustrate the “wacky districts” drawn by both Democrats and Republicans.
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An ‘insidious’ and ‘invasive’ threat to democracy

It’s the issue former President Barack Obama will focus on, joining people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and HBO’s John Oliver, who consider it the biggest threat to the United States’ representative government. The menace is not one that comes from outside the country, but a homegrown tradition dating back to the earliest days of the republic: […]

Unrevealed in her confidential settlement with Rolling Stone is how much Nicole Eramo had to pay to defend her reputation.
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Court costs: After winning jury trial, Eramo settles

Nearly two years after filing a more than $7.5 million defamation suit against Rolling Stone, its parent company and “A Rape on Campus” reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely—and five months after a jury awarded her $3 million—former UVA associate dean Nicole Eramo settled her case, likely for much less. The November 19, 2014, Rolling Stone article […]

The Daily Progress' abundance of Virginia Press Association awards did not prevent layoffs as circulation continues to decline.
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Daily Progress and Newsplex lay off staff

The same week the Daily Progress won a whopping 42 awards at the April 8 Virginia Press Association banquet, including 13 first-place plaques, the paper, which is owned by a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, laid off three employees. The Progress, like many other former Media General-owned newspapers, thought it had been thrown a […]

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Two more independents join City Council race

So far, seven people seem eager to devote their Monday nights to City Council meetings. The race for two open seats now held by Bob Fenwick and Kristin Szakos, who is not seeking another term, has drawn three Democrats—Fenwick, Heather Hill and Amy Laufer—for the June 13 primary. Traditionally the primary winners are shoo-ins for […]

Jay Taylor, the man Jason Kessler punched, says video footage of the encounter supports his account.
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Still angry: Kessler pleads guilty to assault charge

Jason Kessler, the right-wing blogger who unsuccessfully petitioned to remove Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy from office, pleaded guilty today to punching a man while gathering petition signatures, but challenged the victim’s statements outside the Charlottesville General District Court. In the same court March 3, the prosecution asked the judge to dismiss with prejudice an assault complaint […]

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello is backed by a serious cookie brigade that meets at his mom’s house to ship out
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Perriello’s (mom’s) cookie campaign

While Tom Perriello tours the state seeking support for his gubernatorial run, his mom is running her own grassroots campaign, chocolate chip cookie by chocolate chip cookie. During her son’s 5th District congressional campaigns in 2008 and 2010, Linda Perriello took cookies with her everywhere she went as an icebreaker. “I’m kind of shy,” she […]

Trump Winery says most of its workers are American. Photo by Amanda Maglione

Trump’s migrants: Winery seeks more foreign laborers

Trump Winery has applied for temporary visas for another 23 laborers, which it says it cannot find domestically. Earlier this year, it imported six workers to prune grapevines. Critics suggest that if the vineyard, owned by President Donald Trump progeny Eric Trump, paid a living wage, it might be able to hire American workers. Approximately […]

Bob Archer says he’ll pretty much have to eat the $12,000 increase in property taxes because he can’t pass that on to his customers. Photo by John Robinson

Feelin’ the squeeze: Hundreds appeal new commercial tax assessments

No one likes paying taxes. And Charlottesville property owners who saw their commercial assessments go up 65 percent, 90 percent or 100 percent really don’t like it—and they’re letting the city know with a record number of appeals. “Totally outrageous,” says Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville president Joan Fenton, who owns a “little bitty” parcel […]

Rick Siebert, Charlottesville’s first parking manager, has experience installing smart meters in Montgomery County, Maryland, where he was in charge of its 20,000 spaces, 19 parking garages and 52 employees.
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Spaced out: Low-wage earners will feel parking pain

  The already difficult downtown parking landscape is about to become more challenging in the next couple of years. Major construction projects like West2nd, the Dewberry Hotel and Belmont Bridge promise to further clog streets and decimate an already dwindling parking supply. And then there’s the pilot meter program coming in August. Hardest hit will […]

Virginia Foundation of the Humanities President Rob Vaughan has a keen interest in the diversity of people who’ve lived in and shaped Virginia, starting with the Nottoway Indian settlement that dates back 18,000 to 20,000 years. Photo by John Robinson

Rob Vaughan puts the ‘human’ in humanities

In a parallel universe, Rob Vaughan would probably have been an assistant English professor somewhere—“not here, because no one gets to stay,” he says. Instead, when then-UVA President Edgar Shannon gave him a call in 1974, Vaughan ended up launching the largest state humanities organization in the country, and a five-month gig stretched decades. After […]

Beth Collins and her daughter, Jennifer, moved to Colorado to be able to legally obtain the cannabis oil that helped control Jennifer’s seizures. 
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‘Life-changing’: Medical marijuana inches toward desperate families

Within the next few years, three Charlottesville families will be able to legally obtain the cannabis oil extract that eases the seizures of their children with debilitating intractable epilepsy, thanks to unanimous approval in the General Assembly in February, passing even the usually marijuana-averse House of Delegates 99-0. Good news, right? Yet none of those […]

Nikuyah Walker admits she doesn’t follow the rules very well.

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The unmasker: Nikuyah Walker makes independent bid for City Council

In her run to sit on the other side of the City Council dais she’s often stood before, Nikuyah Walker won’t be touting Charlottesville as a world-class city. Instead, her theme of “unmasking the reality” acknowledges the duality of a town that draws the wealthy and well-educated, yet is unaffordable for many of its citizens, […]

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Legal front: Lawsuit filed to halt removal of General Lee statue

Nearly a dozen citizens filed a not-unexpected lawsuit and an injunction today in Charlottesville Circuit Court to stop the removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee and any further tampering with Lee and Jackson parks, both donated by Paul Goodloe McIntire. The plaintiffs include descendants from the park donor and the sculptor, as […]

Congressman Tom Garrett’s office says with the two Facebook Live events, he’s interacted with more than 100,000 constituents in his first two months. Protesters at his office beg to differ.


Where’s Tom? The case of the missing congressman

Craig DuBose made his appointment February 1 to meet with Congressman Tom Garrett in the congressman’s Charlottesville office March 6. Heather Rowland made hers February 10. Both constituents called to confirm their appointments before showing up at Garrett’s Berkmar Crossing office, and both were dismayed to learn Garrett wasn’t there. “I was disappointed,” says DuBose, […]

Angela Lynn runs again in the 25th, most of which is over the mountains.
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Lynn challenges Landes—again

White Hall resident Angela Lynn is tossing her hat into the 25th District ring, most of which lies in Augusta County, so it’s no surprise that gerrymandering was the first issue she talked about during her announcement in front of the Albemarle County Office Building March 7. Democrat Lynn, who challenged incumbent Steve Landes, R-Weyers […]

John Lowry says MicroAire Surgical Instruments coming into the former U.S. Post Office processing center on Airport Road is a good example of economic development in Albemarle County. MicroAire received $150,000 from the county’s Economic Opportunity Fund with the promise it would hire new workers and invest money in the location.

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John Lowry is doing things differently in second supes run

This is not John Lowry’s first Albemarle Board of Supervisors rodeo. He ran for the Samuel Miller District seat in 2009, and lost to one-term Republican Duane Snow. Lowry, 69, is doing a few things differently this time around. For one, he’s seeking the GOP nomination at the party’s mass meeting in May rather than […]

Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy outside the court after the petition to remove him from office is dismissed. 
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‘Insufficient’: Kessler petition to oust Bellamy thrown out

  Jason Kessler chastised reporters on his way into court today and spoke disrespectfully to the special prosecutor who requested that Kessler’s petition to remove Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy from office be dismissed because it lacked enough signatures. Kessler, who burst into the local spotlight after he discovered unsavory tweets Bellamy made before taking office in […]

John Dewberry told City Council 
Charlottesville will reap benefits far exceeding the incentives from having a five-star hotel on its Downtown Mall.
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5-star offensive: Council okays incentives for Dewberry Hotel

City Council approved 4-1 a financial assistance package estimated at $1.1 million over 10 years to assist John Dewberry in finishing the derelict hotel that’s loomed over downtown Charlottesville for the past eight years. The folksy owner of the Landmark Hotel appeared before the council dais March 6. “I’m not used to people seeing my […]

More than 2,000 turned out for Charlottesville’s rally to support the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., January 21. Photo by Ryan Jones

Unprecedented activism galvanizes Charlottesville

Charlottesville is no stranger to protests. The city’s Free Speech Wall is a testament to the First Amendment and a frequent gathering spot for citizens exercising their right to assemble. That said, we’ve never seen anything like this. Since the election of Donald Trump as president, at least seven new groups have sprung up, and […]

Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy promised to keep a smile on his face despite the attempt to oust him from office.
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Priority matter: Bellamy removal case continued

It was no secret that today’s hearing on a petition to remove Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy from office was going to be continued, but that didn’t prevent more than four dozen people from showing up in Charlottesville Circuit Court, most of them Bellamy supporters. The petition with 527 signatures gathered by right-wing activist Jason Kessler was filed […]

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center director Andrea Douglas has a board that’s determined to make the center financially sustainable.
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Fundraising shortfall: City grant helps keep heritage center afloat

When Charlottesville decided to keep the historic Jefferson School and its prime real estate as a community center rather than selling it for condos, a complicated financial structure was required to make the $18 million rehab of the 1926 high school possible. Four years after the renovated school reopened in 2012, fundraising that was supposed […]

Former UVA film studies professor Walter Korte was well-regarded by many film students and aficionados in town.

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Invalid warrant: Judge allows evidence in Korte case anyway

Ruling that the search warrant that led to the arrest of former UVA film studies professor Walter Korte was invalid—and that the two images used as the basis for the warrant in fact weren’t child pornography—Judge Cheryl Higgins nonetheless allowed the admission of the photos, citing a “good faith” exemption for police seeking warrants. Korte, […]

Sandra Marks’ psychic reading business on Seminole Trail was raided in June 2014, and she was arrested a year later in New York.
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Psychic’s husband gets 33 months in prison

The husband of Sandra Marks, aka Psychic Catherine, was sentenced to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay $5.5 million in restitution to the clients seeking spiritual solace the couple bilked. Donnie Marks, 43, who was charged with mail fraud and money laundering, appeared in the same U.S. District Court February 10 where his […]