Jason Amatucci, the founder of the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition,  holds the American flag made of hemp that now hangs at City Hall. The flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol building on Veterans Day. Photo by Eze Amos

Hemp happens: A new flag flies at City Hall

A proud group of industrial hemp supporters hoisted an American flag made of the crop on the Downtown Mall May 25, announcing that it would be presented to Willie Nelson—another major advocate for its legalization—at his concert that night. “We’re trying to end this insanity of prohibition,” Mike Bowman, a Coloradan and chair of the […]

Dom Starsia has finished his last season as UVA lacrosse coach. Photo Matt Riley/UVA media relations

In brief: Another UVA coach out, unwelcome selfies and more

What’s under that robe? UVA’s enhanced, heavy-duty security for its 187th final exercises, which included the opening of the robes for grads and faculty before entering the Lawn, is considered a “best practice” common at other large, public research universities, according UVA spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn, who points out that at a UNESCO World Heritage […]

UVA Baseball's Justin Novak brings his A-game to the Charlottesville Tom Sox. Photo: Amy Jackson

Tom Sox players hope to move up to the majors

Justin Novak’s fingers were bleeding. A Band-Aid flapped uselessly from one of the cuts that had been pummeled for nine innings by balls thrown and hit hard to third base. The white knickerbocker-style pants of his UVA uniform were streaked with dirt. The stadium was almost empty and the lights were shutting off. He walked […]