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Campaign volunteers on Grounds contend with harsh reality facing UVA grads

Campaign volunteers on Grounds contend with harsh reality facing UVA grads

 On the night after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, his regional field director and youth vote director for Charlottesville stood at the front of a 150-seat lecture hall at the University of Virginia, sharing re-election plans with 20 members of the University Democrats. Volunteer coordinators for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign began […]

Eminent domain revisited

Eminent domain revisited

On July 3, 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt manned a microphone at Skyline Drive Milepost 51 and christened Shenandoah National Park (SNP) as he marveled at its restorative powers.

Is urgency to privatize ABC stores necessary?

Is urgency to privatize ABC stores necessary?

He took his idea to the people with an eight-city “Exit the Liquor Business” tour. His team unveiled a formal plan, chock-full of financial projections and answers to concerns. McDonnell’s privatization plan calls for the state to auction 1,000 retail liquor licenses to the highest bidding stores. Yet even with all that bustle, Governor Bob […]

Warner seeks to "shake up higher education" at Curry School talk

Warner seeks to "shake up higher education" at Curry School talk

 Soon after U.S. Senator Mark Warner took the microphone September 9 in the atrium of the new Bavaro Hall at UVA’s Curry School of Education, it became clear that the intent of the Democratic senator’s visit was not to wax poetic over the status quo. U.S. Senator Mark Warner remarked that top-tier universities have been […]

Good spirits

Good spirits

If you walk through the doors of the ABC store on West Main Street with fantasies of mojitos and margaritas watering your mouth, you’ll find your buzz is soon killed. The store has more in common with the sterile confines of a dentist’s office than a tropical paradise. Sure, there are random glimmers of personality: […]

Mark Brown purchases Ice Park for $3 million

Mark Brown purchases Ice Park for $3 million

Mark Brown had never stepped foot inside the Charlottesville Ice Park until roughly six weeks ago, when he approached the 25,000-square-foot building with an eye towards buying it. Now, the park has a new owner, a new name and, to hear Brown tell it, more than a few new ideas for its future. From full-time […]

JPA Bridge set for fall overhaul

JPA Bridge set for fall overhaul

This fall, the 78-year-old Jefferson Park Avenue (JPA) Bridge—long overdue for an overhaul—will finally receive more than lip service. The Jefferson Park Avenue (JPA) Bridge, which connects the Fry’s Spring neighborhood to the portion of JPA that leads to UVA, will likely be out of service to cars for 16 months while it is fixed […]

Local leaders concerned over "Boyd Plan"

Local leaders concerned over "Boyd Plan"

Since January, Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd has organized meetings with area business leaders to craft an economic “action plan.” The plan seeks to foster a more business-friendly culture in Albemarle that would attract more companies, expand the county’s commercial tax base and increase tax revenues without facing the potentially volatile issue of raising tax […]

Goode battles "illegal invasion"

Goode battles "illegal invasion"

Pundits throughout the media realm are pontificating on Arizona’s new immigration law, and Virgil Goode recently added his voice to the fray. Will former congressman Virgil Goode throw his hat in for a third-party run? Seems unlikely, but he can still combat political correctness around the Fifth District. Goode, the Fifth District’s former Republican congressman, […]

Head of UVA's endowment resigns

Head of UVA's endowment resigns

 When he began leading the University of Virginia’s investment management firm, he oversaw roughly $2.5 billion in assets. More than five years and one Great Recession later, Chris Brightman, CEO of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company, resigned for “personal reasons,” with an endowment pool totaling $4.4 billion, according to a January 31 investment […]