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UVA examines safety after tragedy

UVA examines safety after tragedy

Following the violent shooting April 16 at Virginia Tech that left 33 people dead in a campus dormitory and classroom building, university officials everywhere are examining policies that protect students’ safety.

Mom gets 9 months after re-trial

The adoptive mother of a 15-year-old boy was convicted April 18 of felony child endangerment for withholding HIV medication from the teen. County police were contacted by social services in February 2006. The case ended in a hung jury last November when defense attorneys argued the teen could have been lying to escape a strict […]

Students respond on Facebook

It’s no secret that college students live their lives online. So, when tragedy struck Virginia Tech’s campus last week, Facebook.com and other online forums became a primary method for students to ask questions, express reactions and grieve. All in all, five instructors and 27 students, many of them undergraduates with an active online presence, were […]

Sportscaster to inspire young women

Sportscaster to inspire young women

One of the most famous female sportscasters, Lesley Visser, has been named “Woman of the Year” by the Emily Couric Leadership Forum. The forum will present $20,000 in scholarships to 11 women from local high schools at a luncheon April 25.   The Emily Couric Leadership Forum has a new “Woman of the Year” in […]

Crystal meth, the shopping list

Crystal, crank, tweak, speed, chalk, glass, tina, ice, poor man’s cocaine. Methamphetamine can be snorted through the nose, smoked in a pipe or mainlined with a syringe. Those who do it are called meth heads or tweakers, due to the jittery symptoms users experience when they’re craving meth. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) says there […]

Phony as a three-dollar bill

It’s not hard to guess which are the most popular forms of black market documents. Even the most straightlaced of us have heard that folks of the under-21 variety go crazy for any fake ID that will get them into a Corner bar. A Corner bartender says he’s seen all variety of fake IDs in […]

Toil and trouble

For all the political bluster about how illegal labor hurts Americans and the economy, it’s extremely easy for undocumented workers to become victims in the employment system they’re supposedly milking. Think about it—to whom can they complain? Tim Freilich, legal director of the Virginia Justice Center, one of the only organizations that represents illegal workers […]

Man admits to 1982 rape and murder

Man admits to 1982 rape and murder

The man responsible for a decades-old Culpeper rape and murder pleaded guilty April 11, a local prosecutor announced. Kenneth Maurice Tinsley struck a plea deal that says he raped 19-year-old Rebecca Lynn Williams, and acknowledges there’s enough evidence to also convict him in her stabbing death. The case caused an innocent man—Earl Washington, Jr.—to spend […]

Batten gives $100 Million

Batten gives $100 Million

The University of Virginia received the largest gift in its history—$100 million—on April 12 from retired Landmark Communications, Inc. executive Frank Batten, Sr. The dough will go to create the Frank Batten

How to wrap a tuition increase

UVA’s Board of Visitors approved a tuition increase on April 12. That means UVA in-staters will pay 8.3 percent more per year ($655) in tuition and fees, bringing their yearly total to $16,133; out-of-staters are due for 7 percent more ($1,805), yielding a $35,383 annual total. Luckily, nobody puts a positive spin on a tuition […]

Grand jury indicts White supremacist

Grand jury indicts White supremacist

An Earlysville man known as one of the neo-Nazi movement’s prominent leaders has been indicted for soliciting sex from a minor, in addition to several counts of child pornography and obstruction of justice. Federal prosecutors allege that Kevin Alfred Strom, 50, used the Internet to try to persuade a 10-year-old girl to engage in sexual […]

Mother charged in infant homicide

An employee at UVA’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) school on North Grounds has been charged with felony homicide and child neglect for leaving her infant son in the car for the work day. According to the Associated Press, Raelyn Alene Balfour, of Greene County, left her son, Bryce, locked in her vehicle where he died […]

Adventures in Safety

Adventures in Safety

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors at a meeting April 4 approved an additional $113,000 for a sally port for loading and unloading prisoners at the county courthouse on East High Street, bringing its total budget to $463,000. The proposal was brought to the table by Sheriff Edgar S. Robb and Commonwealth’s attorney James L. […]

Defending champs hit final stretch

Defending champs hit final stretch

The Cavalier men’s lacrosse team (10-1) began this season in the shadow of last year’s 17-0 record and NCAA championship. Head Coach Dom Starsia talks about this season’s early loss to Drexel, facing Duke, and why rising star Ben Rubeor is no poor man’s Matt Poskay. Here’s some of what he had to say. C-VILLE: […]

JPA bridge inches toward widening

JPA bridge inches toward widening

As the regular Monday night City Council meeting wore into the night, members of the Jefferson Park Avenue and Fry’s Spring neighborhood associations came out to thank Council for progress made toward reworking a bridge that spans the railroad tracks between Todd and Fontaine avenues. This Jefferson Park Avenue bridge that runs over the railroad […]

Flowing toward the future

At a board meeting March 26 [download meeting agenda in PDF], the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority voted to approve an ambitious five-year capital-improvement plan that will prepare the area for the development—and ensuing waste—that’s to come. “We are presently challenged by the need for infrastructure improvements with respect to aging existing assets, more stringent […]

UVA website is for kids

Last month, UVA launched a new home-page, its first website redesign since 2004. The site includes one feature uncommon to university websites: an “Especially For Kids” page aimed at the more diminutive Cavalier. “Want to learn more about UVA?!!” it implores. Try the “UVA Lingo” word scramble and find phrases like “Grounds,” “The Corner” and […]

Prospect shooting suspects in custody

Prospect shooting suspects in custody

Police have arrested three suspects in a March 2 shooting that seriously wounded a Charlottesville High School student. One suspect, Pee Wee Carmello Martinez, was apprehended in Bronx, New York, apparently fleeing police. His younger brother, a 17-year-old, has a violent history of crime in Charlottesville and is in custody. A 16-year-old is also in […]

Rutherford Institute scolds School Board

After the death of 17-year-old Albemarle High School lacrosse player Nolan Jenkins, and the ticketing of dozens of teens for alcohol use, the Albemarle County School Board felt it needed to do something to curb underage drinking, especially by student athletes. This summer, the Board solidified policies that would allow schools to exert control over […]

Washington to get $1.9 M

Washington to get $1.9 M

More than two decades after Earl Washington Jr. went to prison for a rape and murder he didn’t commit, his lawyers say he’ll soon see compensation, in the form of $1.9 million from the state of Virginia. In 1984, Washington was convicted of the brutal rape and murder of Rebecca Lynn Williams, a 19-year-old Culpeper […]

Touring the Transit Center

Touring the Transit Center

What a remarkable day March 26 promised to be. A press release announcing the opening of the much-awaited bus transfer center popped into e-mail in-boxes across town like a bud blooming among thorns. The anticipation of years of planning, redesigning, overestimating and underestimating had finally given way to this fateful moment: The city was ready […]

Damages awarded in 1998 jail death

An alcoholic and often homeless, Eduardo Calzada lived his life on the margins of Charlottesville society. He lived in Central Virginia for 15 years, taking construction or handyman jobs around Charlottesville, periodically disappearing for long stretches to binge on alcohol. On his left forearm Calzada had his name tattooed in blue ink. He once told […]

Bowers set to appeal

Bowers set to appeal

Following a March 16 opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon, Dena Bowers’ attorney was left with only one argument: that Bowers was denied a right to be heard before she was fired from UVA, a violation of her due process rights under the 14th Amendment. In October 2005, Bowers sent an e-mail […]

Freedom behind bars

Freedom behind bars

The Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women is located on an isolated piece of land off U.S. Route 250 in Troy, Virginia. Its cinderblock walls are white and clean, the staff are friendly as officers pass through a metal detector, raise their arms and get patted down. A series of heavy doors, painted government green, lead […]