Samantha Baars

Samantha Baars


White nationalists held another tiki torch rally in Emancipation Park on October 7. Photo by Jalane Schmidt

City responds to weekend tiki torch rally

“The so called ‘alt-right’ believes intimidation and intolerance will stop us from our work,” says Mayor Mike Signer in an October 8 press release after about 40 white supremacists held another torch-lit rally in Emancipation Park. “They could not be more wrong. We must marshal all our resources, legal and otherwise, to protect our public […]

A judge will decide by February 27 if the tarps that shroud statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson should be removed.
Photo by Eze Amos

‘Trash bags’ can stay: Statue lawsuit moves forward

In the case of whether the city’s longstanding General Robert E. Lee statue should remain on its feet, a judge ruled October 4 that a lawsuit protecting it can go forward, and the black shrouds temporarily draped over Lee and his buddy, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, can also stay. In Charlottesville Circuit Court, S. Braxton Puryear—one […]

UVA library systems employee Tyler Magill is one of 11 plaintiffs suing white nationalists and ne--Nazis who came to Charlottesville. Photo by Eze Amos

Meme-able Magill: August icon recovers, keeps fighting back

During the August weekend that scarred Charlottesville, one man was in the thick of the major events, and became both a casualty and a meme of resistance to hate. That man was Tyler Magill: a UVA alum, longtime WTJU DJ once known as the Velvet Facilitator and a local fixture in the community. Before hundreds […]

New experts are in Jens Soering's corner. He's pictured here in 2003. Photo: Clement Mayes

Pressure to pardon: New experts weigh in on Soering case

  A nationally recognized DNA expert says his conclusions provide further evidence that convicted murderer and former UVA student Jens Soering, who was charged with the 1985 murders of his girlfriend’s parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, could be innocent—and that two killers who were involved are still at large. Forensic scientist Thomas McClintock, who is […]

Robin and Mani Aldridge. Courtesy Charlottesville Police Department

Life sentence: Differing stories in Aldridge family slayings

The man who pleaded guilty in June to killing special education teacher Robin Aldridge and her daughter, Mani, will serve a life sentence plus 40 years in prison. On December 5, 2014, Gene Washington allegedly beat the 58- and 17-year-olds to death before swaddling them in blankets and setting their Rugby Avenue home ablaze. He […]

Christopher Cantwell calls himself a political prisoner. Staff photo

Candid Cantwell: An afternoon with the ‘Crying Nazi’

In a minuscule, stagnant holding room just feet away from a barely bigger solitary confinement cell where he’s been housed since he turned himself in to police August 23, “Crying Nazi” Christopher Cantwell, a self-proclaimed racist and alt-right radio shock jock, says he wishes he never came to Charlottesville. Perhaps most notable for his appearance […]

Troy Dunigan, who pleaded guilty to throwing a water bottle into a crowd at the Unite the Right rally, says he doesn't like Nazis. Staff photo

August 12 water bottle-thrower pleads guilty

Another crop of alt-righters and counterprotesters arrested for acts related to the infamous Unite the Right rally were heard in Charlottesville General District Court today. Chattanooga, Tennessee, resident Troy Dunigan says he drove seven hours to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge for throwing an empty bottle at a group of white nationalists. “I […]

Brown Automotive Group sold to Memphis-based Umansky Automotive Group September 11. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Sold: Brown Automotive becomes Umansky Automotive

A Memphis-based car dealership chain bought Charlottesville’s Brown Automotive Group, an institution in the community for nearly 40 years, on September 19. Umansky Automotive Group, a family-operated company, has 850 employees across 16 dealerships, says owner Dan Umansky. The five local Brown dealerships will be his first locations in Virginia, with the others in Tennessee, […]

Dave Matthews. Photo: Publicity photo

Haves and have nots: Unity concert divides Charlottesville

Dave Matthews Band wanted to help the healing in its hometown with a free concert following the hate fest here in August, and called upon fellow musicians Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande and others to join the show at Scott Stadium, a rarity in the middle of UVA football season. Instead, the […]

From left to right: Aimee Atteberry, Bob Kahn, Carolyn Rainey, Antonio Rice, Major James Shiels, Karen Rogers, Erik Greenbaum and Pat Burnette. Staff photo

C-VILLE donates $8,000 to Salvation Army

C-VILLE Weekly publisher Aimee Atteberry presented a check for $8,017.58 to the Salvation Army, the beneficiary of this year’s Best of C-VILLE party, September 12. “We are the primary safety net available year round for the city of Charlottesville and our surrounding counties,” says Bob Kahn, the Charlottesville Salvation Army executive committee member. “Without these […]

An impromptu memorial for Heather Heyer, who was killed on Fourth Street during the August 12 rally, kept the street closed for nearly a month. Photo by Eze Amos

Fourth Street reopens as permanent memorial is discussed

The swath of flower bouquets and candles that once laid across Fourth Street in remembrance of Heather Heyer has been cleared, and the road was reopened on September 9. The Downtown Mall crossing had been closed since August 12, when the driver of a Dodge Challenger plowed into a crowd of people at the intersection […]

A little rain didn’t stop hundreds of UVA students and faculty from occupying Garrett Hall in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals one day after its rescindment was announced. Eze Amos

‘Back to the shadows:’ Community responds to DACA repeal

“What do we want?” shouts UVA fourth-year Jacqueline Cortes in a red rain coat to a crowd of nearly 300 students and faculty members. “JUSTICE,” they echo. “When do we want it?” “NOW!” “If we don’t get it…” she says, and they answer, “We shut it down!” Cortes, a biology major and Spanish language minor, […]

Christopher Cantwell posted a tearful video online before turning himself into police. Cantwell video

Judge denies Cantwell jail release

Christopher Cantwell, who has been dubbed the “Crying Nazi” by critics of his teary Youtube video made after the August 12 alt-right rally and before he turned himself into police August 24, was denied bond today by a judge who cited a widely seen Vice interview that she said showed Cantwell’s approval of the violence […]

Donald Short entered an Alford plea Friday to involuntary manslaughter of his son, Matthew, 47.

Staff photo

Father’s plea: Details of shooting revealed in court

When then 84-year-old Donald Short shot his mentally ill son to death last November, he said he was defending himself and his family. The former University of Virginia cop entered an Alford plea to involuntary manslaughter in Albemarle Circuit Court on August 25, which is not an admission of guilt, but means he believed the […]

Bill Burke with his wife, Annie, and daughter, Chelsea.
Submitted photo

Victim’s voice: Ohio man injured in August 12 attack speaks out

When Ohio resident Bill Burke came to protest Charlottesville’s white nationalist Unite the Right rally, he was expecting a peaceful assembly. Instead, he got plowed into by a 20-year-old driving a Dodge Challenger. “I can remember the feeling of people hitting up against me,” he says in an email. “I’m not sure if the car […]

Community members placed their candles at the foot of the Thomas Jefferson statue where white nationalists surrounded about 20 counterprotesters during their August 11 tiki torch rally. Staff photo

‘Repairing and rebuilding:’ UVA takes back its grounds

The Lawn was illuminated in soft white candlelight last night as thousands of community members retraced the steps of the August 11 white nationalist tiki torch march from the University of Virginia’s Nameless Field to the Rotunda. Their message was of love and peace, and taking back what belongs to them. “I think it’s important […]

Susan Bro, mother to Heather Heyer, spoke during a memorial for her daughter August 16 at the Paramount Theater. Heyer was killed the previous weekend when a vehicle drove into a crowd of counter-protestors after the Unite the Right rally. Photo/Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress

Stand up: Heather Heyer’s legacy lives on

Droves of community members clothed in shades of purple poured into the Paramount Theater August 16 to remember Heather Heyer, a local activist and paralegal who lost her life to what some have called an act of domestic terror the weekend before. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what. […]

James Fields earlier in the day, before he plowed his car into dozens of people on Fourth Street.
Photo Eze Amos

Murder charge: James Fields in court

Two days after he plowed into a group of peaceful counterprotesters with his car, white nationalist James Alex Fields Jr. appeared via webcam in Charlottesville General District Court Monday morning. The Maumee, Ohio, man, 20, is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and a hit-and-run for driving his Dodge Challenger down Fourth […]

Heather Heyer. Contributed photo

Heather Heyer: The Face of August 12

In the most devastating blow of the Unite the Right rally, a local activist and paralegal lost her life to a white supremacist in a Dodge Challenger. Heather Heyer, 32, is remembered by many as sweet and funny with impeccable wit. “She always had a very strong sense of right and wrong. She always, even […]

Jason Kessler says he will hold his Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park regardless of the city's decision to approve his permit for McIntire Park. Photo by Eze Amos

Decision at high noon

The Rutherford Institute and the ACLU of Virginia have given the city of Charlottesville until 12pm today to respond to their letter demanding city leaders allow Jason Kessler to hold his August 12 Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park. When city manager Maurice Jones announced August 7 that he approved Kessler’s event permit, but […]

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline could run through these Nelson County mountains. Photo: Jack Looney

Impact study: Pipeline nears approval, opponents fire back

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its final environmental impact statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline July 21, and it said the proposed 600-mile, $5.5 billion natural gas pipeline will have a “less than significant” impact on the environment. “The [final environmental impact statement] paints a terrifying picture of a bleak future,” says Ernie Reed, […]

A former Western Albemarle High School associate principal is accused of molesting a student in Louisiana in the 1980s. Staff photo

Former Western Albemarle admin accused of molestation

A former Western Albemarle High School associate principal, teacher and coach denies he molested a 12-year-old student in Louisiana in the early 1980s. The New Orleans Advocate reports his accuser told a New Orleans detective in early 2016 that, while attending Isidore Newman School, she had a crush on teacher Greg Domecq, who allegedly kissed […]