Melissa Angell



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

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UVA prof charged with child porn possession

UVA drama professor Walter Korte Jr., 72, was arrested August 2 and charged with two counts of possessing child pornography. He is currently being held in Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond. During his 46-year career, Korte served as the director of film within the Drama Department and has been recognized as an authority on Luchino […]

Frayser White IV has been charged with two felony drug possession counts and two misdemeanors in the death of Carolyn Wayne.
Photo Albemarle police

Driver in fatal accident faces four new charges

After Frayser White IV crashed into 81-year-old Caroline Wayne’s automobile on March 15 on Ivy Road, she died and he was charged with his second DWI. That charge was dropped and a grand jury indicted him on four new counts August 1. According to search warrants, police noted that White’s car had a lingering wine […]

Of the three venomous snakes in VA, copperheads can be found statewide. 

Photo courtesy of Edward Wozniak D.V.M., Ph.D.

Snake bites are up—and that’s normal

Virginia summers are notorious for a rise in snake sightings, and while you may be aware of this, your pet sure isn’t. One local vet sees between four to eight snake bites a week during the summer. “I would say that we see a lot of snake bites, but not necessarily compared to those seen […]

Maria DeHart (round sunglasses) marches on towards the Governor’s Mansion. 

Photo Courtesy of Dave Parrish Photography

UVA students join March on Mansion protest

Four “brides” decked out in distressed wedding gowns joined the March on the Mansion demonstration July 23 to protest Governor Terry McAuliffe’s relationship with the fossil fuel industry. UVA third-year Maria DeHart was one of four women sporting glitzy wedding dresses that were caked in debris, torn and accessorized with chains. They walked in unison […]

Anthony Filiano led the study that suggests immune cells control social behavior, which could impact schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders.
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UVA researchers discover immune cells call the shots

Groundbreaking research has emerged from UVA researchers showing that immune cells control social behavior. Last year, the same lab debunked a long-held scientific belief that the brain lacked a connection with the immune system, which will require medical textbooks to be rewritten. The researchers, led by Jonathan Kipnis, chairman of the department of neuroscience in […]

Lucas Ames, creator of Smart Cville, hopes to leverage technology to make Charlottesville a better place to live. Photo by Ron Paris

New web app shows how your taxes are broken down

Tackling a county budget may seem daunting, but Smart Cville tactfully lays out Albemarle’s budget in a spread of colors with its new budget visualization tool that illustrates how your money helps the county. Smart Cville, a locally based nonprofit, aims to open up data, plain and simple. Creator Lucas Ames, 35, sent out a […]

South Street has two fewer parking spaces near Midway Manor. Staff photo

Two parking spaces removed two years after request

In a town where parking is already sparse, two unlimited-time parking spaces have been removed from South Street to “improve traffic operations and safety,” according to the city—two years after residents complained about the sight lines there. Residents from the Midway Manor neighborhood approached the city May 20 with concerns about the parking spots, says […]

A recent IX Art Park benefit concert raised several hundred dollars that will be split among three businesses that were damaged during the June 29 fire on the Downtown Mall. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Businesses affected by Downtown Mall fire on the road to recovery

The June 29 Downtown Mall fire that started in Ike’s Underground Vintage Clothing and Strange Cargo also has temporarily closed Miso Sweet Ramen + Donut Shop and Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. The Tea Bazaar suffered from “a fine layer of smoke dust over all of the restaurant including the office and hookah lounge,” says owner […]

Phi Kappa Psi. File photo

Frat brothers’ defamation case thrown out

A New York federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit on June 29 filed by three members of Phi Kappa Psi against Rolling Stone and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely for the now-discredited 2014 story, “A Rape on Campus.” “Their defamation claims are directed toward a report about events that simply did not happen,” wrote U.S. District […]

No, not the bathroom for female bears. Warnings of bear sightings are posted at Mint Springs. Staff photo

Hungry bears on the move

A black bear near the Barracks Road Shopping Center created a frenzy June 21 as excited grocery shoppers caught a glimpse of the furry mammal behind Harris Teeter. The bear ventured toward a construction site off Arlington Boulevard and ran into the woods when police arrived. Bear sightings this time of year are not unusual, […]

Dr. Zachary Bush, right, opened alternative clinic Revolution Health Center in Scottsville. Dr. Martin Katz was a partner there, and both told their patients: “You have the power to heal yourself.”

John Robinson

Missing doctors: Patient seeks records after clinic closes

When a medical practice in Scottsville shut down and relocated to Charlottesville, a lupus-stricken patient was frantic, thinking 15 years’ worth of her medical records had vanished. Jennie Hamilton-Thorne of Keene says she last visited a doctor at Revolution Health Center in December and was not notified the practice was moving in January. When she […]

UVA Associate Dean Nicole Eramo. Photo: UVA University Communications

UPDATED: Judge denies Eramo’s request for Jackie’s e-mails

A judge denied Nicole Eramo’s request for additional documentation from Jackie in Eramo’s lawsuit against Rolling Stone. The 46-minute hearing was conducted June 20 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel C. Hoppe, who released his verdict the next day. Hoppe ruled that “the steps taken by Jackie’s counsel were relatively straight forward and appear to have […]

James Murray joins the UVA Board of Visitors with previous experience on the College of William & Mary BOV.

Photo courtesy James Murray

Changing of the BOV guard

Every year, the governor announces appointments to the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors. While donations are not a prerequisite, it’s been common in the past to find that appointees have contributed to the governor, and this year is no exception. Three out of the four new members have made significant donations. President Teresa Sullivan’s […]