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, […]

Sam Shepard played family patriarch Robert Rayburn in the Netflix series “Bloodline” with his former Charlottesville neighbor Sissy Spacek.
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In brief: Death of a playwright, opine on pot and more

Curtain call Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Sam Shepard, author of Buried Child, died July 27 from complications related to Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to a family member. Shepard lived with actress Jessica Lange on a farm near Scottsville for 10 years until the mid-’90s. He was 73.   Teacher in custody Longtime Charlottesville High […]