Walt Heinecke is one of the Faculty Senate members who opposes the Board of Visitors' decision to choose its own faculty representative. Photo by Eze Amos

Faculty Senate pushes back against Board of Visitors

By Jonathan Haynes The University of Virginia Board of Visitors riled the Faculty Senate last June when it decided to extend the term of incumbent faculty representative Mimi Riley for another year without consulting the senate. The faculty rep is a non-voting member who sits in on closed-door meetings and presents faculty perspectives to board […]

Tony will soon be cruising the streets of Crozet.
Courtesy Albemarle County

In brief: Robo designated driver, Thanksgiving casualties, Bigfoot erotica and more

Tony the self-driving shuttle Perrone Robotics cranked up the driverless vehicle heat last week with the awkwardly acronymed Tony—TO Navigate You—which will soon be autonomously tooling around Crozet. In a partnership with Albemarle County and JAUNT—Jefferson Area UNited Transportation, another awkward acronym—Perrone will test drive the shuttle near its facility in Crozet before it begins […]

Elizabeth Wydra (center), president of D.C.’s Constitutional Accountability Center, says defendants can’t hide behind the First Amendment when alleging bogus conspiracy theories about her client, local man Brennan Gilmore (right), to a national audience. Staff photo

Center of conspiracy: Defamation suit targets Alex Jones

Infowars founder Alex Jones has made a career out of broadcasting anti-government and right-wing conspiracy theories on his website and various radio shows. Last year, he put local man Brennan Gilmore in his crosshairs, alleging that the Charlottesville musician is a deep state operative on George Soros’ personal payroll who helped orchestrate the August 12, […]