In brief: Truck-eating bridge, teens climb Mt. Landmark and more

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Latest victim of the 14th Street bridge.
Photo Fiona Dale Latest victim of the 14th Street bridge. Photo Fiona Dale

Welcome to the Sprint Pavilion

With Sprint affiliate Shentel’s $640 million acquisition of nTelos complete, look for a new moniker for the Coran Capshaw-leased downtown facility as soon as City Council approves a new name, according to Shentel.

So we take away your driver’s license because you can’t pay court costs

In 2015, 900,000 Virginians had suspended driver’s licenses because of unpaid court costs, which makes it harder for low-income citizens to get to work and pay off those costs and fines, says a Legal Aid Justice Center report. Most Virginia general district courts ignore Judicial Council of Virginia recommendations to consider an individual’s financial circumstances before setting payment plans.

First woman, youngest councilor elected in Scottsville

Of the town on the James’ 369 registered voters, 122 of them came out to elect Nancy Gill mayor and six town councilors, including 19-year-old Joshua Peck, who may be the youngest to sit on council, according to Scottsville Weekly.

Evangelical endorsement

Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson endorsed Republican 5th District congressional candidate Michael Del Rosso because he “understands the threat from Islamic terrorism” and “secular political culture.” The 5th District GOP convention is May 14.

Climb every mountain —or hotel

Three teens aged 14, 15 and 16 were spotted on top of the Landmark Hotel on the Downtown Mall around 2:15pm May 7. Police, with the help of the Charlottesville Fire Department, escorted them to the police department for parental pickup, and the girls face trespassing charges. “They were taking photos and listening to music,” says police spokesman Steve Upman, who declined to say how they scaled the structure.

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Quote of the week

“To tell you the honest truth, I was sure this was such a compelling narrative and I thought this would be easy to find one or two funders interested in telling the other narratives that are about our history.” Elizabeth Breeden on raising only $20,000 in four years for the $300,000 sculpture to honor Vinegar Hill, according to the Daily Progress.

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