Samantha Baars

Samantha Baars


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.

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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.
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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 […]

An early morning fire on Linden Avenue. Courtesy of the Charlottesville Fire Department

Awakened to explosions and flames

Four Jaunt buses and a townhome were up in flames when the Charlottesville Fire Department received a call for service around 2:40am July 13. Alice Facknitz, who lives in the Carlton Bridge apartment complex behind the Jaunt station and the Linden Town Lofts townhomes, says she woke to what she later learned was the sound […]

Sandy Hausman is the sole Virginia Public Radio reporter in its Charlottesville office and a recent winner of two national awards. Eze Amos

‘The big switch:’ WVTF news coverage goes radio silent

Monday morning listeners expecting to hear the news on Virginia Public Radio’s WVTF got music instead July 10. This is a product of “the big switch,” a format change for the network, in which 89.7 FM will only play tunes in Charlottesville. RadioIQ, the public radio group’s all-talk station, will now become its sole news […]

Governor Terry McAuliffe speaks at VDOT's ceremony to mark the opening of eight Route 29 Solutions projects. Staff photo

McAuliffe anoints Berkmar Drive, talks Morva

Virginia traffic officials began discussing ways to make U.S. 29—a highway that carries 50,000 vehicles a day—flow more successfully about three decades ago, Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne says. When Governor Terry McAuliffe took office three-and-a-half years ago, he made it a top priority. Today, the governor and his colleague visited Albemarle County for a […]

SolUnesco’s solar farm in Albemarle will be similar to Dominion’s in Louisa, which produces enough energy to power 5,000 homes a year. Courtesy Dominion

Environmentalists say new farm is bad for the birds

Clean energy is on the rise, and Reston-based group SolUnesco is planning to build a 70-acre solar farm in Albemarle County, which would be the first of its kind in the area. One local nature enthusiast, however, says these “so-called green energy sources” aren’t as harmless to the environment as many people think. “Although green […]

Lattice structures for proposed power lines are a rusted gold color. This one faces east on Skyline Drive. Courtesy Dominion

The bright side of darker power lines

Last August, locals protested Dominion Virginia Power’s plans to rebuild area transmission lines with a much brighter material than their darker predecessors. Now a state commission has ruled that the power company must chemically darken its structures, and the group of people that worried new lines would stick out like a sore thumb is rejoicing. […]

Vault Virginia's second floor will have glass offices. Courtesy Vault Virginia

Office space

First he brought you Studio IX, and now he’s set his sights on another collaborative workspace, one for whom he dubs the town’s creative entrepreneurs. In the Downtown Mall’s historic Bradbury building—the former Bank of America space—James Barton prepares to open Vault Virginia, where he says commercial atmosphere will meet a residential one in a […]

Frayser White IV. Photo courtesy of the Albemarle County Police Department

Another plea agreement: Felony drug charges likely dismissed

The man involved in the county’s first fatal traffic crash of 2016 pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, cocaine, a generic form of Xanax and to reckless driving in Albemarle County Circuit Court June 21 as part of a plea agreement. On March 15, 2016, Frayser “Kip” White IV allegedly crossed double-solid yellow lines in […]

Gene Washington was sentenced to life in prison with an additional 40 years for the double slayings of Robin and Mani Aldridge in their Rugby Avenue home. Photo by Hawes Spencer/ Inset photo courtesy Charlottesville Police.

Gene Washington pleads guilty

The man charged with beating a 58-year-old special education teacher and her 17-year-old daughter to death before setting their Rugby Avenue home ablaze in December 2014 pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder and one count of second degree murder in Charlottesville Circuit Court on June 21. Gasps filtered through the courtroom and a […]

Scottsville Supply Company co-owner Heather Stertzer inspects a honey bee colony. Photo courtesy of Heather Stertzer

The buzz in Scottsville, the state’s first Bee City

One in every three bites of food we take has been touched by a pollinator. And Scottsville—recently the first town in Virginia to become a Bee City—is sharing the buzz on the role pollinators play in the community. On June 24, during National Pollinator Week, Scottsville will host its first pollinator celebration in which, among […]

Seventeen of the 26 homes available at Emerson Commons have already been reserved. Here are some of the neighborhood’s future faces. Contributed by Peter Lazar

Trying again: Cohousing ready to break ground

Every kitchen sink will face a window that looks out into the front yard in a new 26-home development in Crozet. Lounging comfortably around the living room of their clubhouse, Emerson Commons residents call this design “classic cohousing,” because it encourages interaction with neighbors. Periphery parking lots that allow for a traffic-free and kid-friendly community, […]

UVA’s Dewey Cornell says schools are one of the safest places for children. Courtesy photo

Threat assessment: UVA prof says schools are safe

There are an average of 32,000 firearm deaths in the country every year—and there have been 224 school shootings since 2013. “Schools are one of the safest places for kids to be,” says Dewey Cornell, a professor at UVA’s Curry School of Education and director of the university’s Virginia Youth Violence Project. At his June […]

Catch a flathead catfish in the James River, and you’d better throw it back. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife service

Don’t eat the fish: Push to study toxins in local waters

Quillback carpsucker. Flathead catfish. Gizzard shad. American eel. Carp. If you catch one of these in the James River, you’re better off throwing it back in. Danny Hodge, a visiting fisherman recently stationed on the James, did just that when he says he reeled in a 20-pound catfish last month. “I wouldn’t eat none of […]

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement Accord, Mayor Mike Signer announced today that he has joined the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identify their sources. Staff photo

Still resisting, mayor makes climate calls

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement Accord, Mayor Mike Signer announced today that he has joined the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identify their sources. This is an effort, he says, to continue resisting. “Resistance has come to mean many things to […]