J.R. Harris got his job back at the Charlottesville Fire Department, but still unresolved is the matter of the big bucks he paid to attorney Janice Redinger to help him get reinstated.
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Spycam case: Fired fire department mechanic reinstated

A three-person city panel ruled that J.R. Harris, the Charlottesville Fire Department mechanic who was fired in October because his bosses said his work was a safety hazard and because a liquid alleged to be alcohol was found in his desk, should be reinstated. The one-sentence February 26 decision to Harris said, “After considering oral […]

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Game On!

Last year, UVA basketball fans lost their collective minds over the Cavaliers’ dream season, which included the team’s first ACC regular season title and tournament championship in nearly 30 years, and an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament that ended in a heartbreaking loss to Michigan State in the Sweet 16. This year, fans’ love […]

John Whitlow and his band Scuffletown will play their mix of roots, jazz, bluegrass and rock at Dance for Life, a posthumous tribute to Marty Whitlow. Photo: Martyn Kyle

For a good time: Local trio Scuffletown still brings the fun

The only reminder of a once-thriving Orange County town is a sign: Scuffletown Road. And while the place may be gone, it’s certainly not forgotten, thanks to John Whitlow, Marc Carraway and Vaughan Mairs, the guys who make up Scuffletown, a high-energy acoustic trio. “During the Depression, Scuffletown was a lively, blue collar place that […]

Focus stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie, who heat up the screen as con artists who meet their match in each other. Photo: Warner Bros.

Film review: Will Smith continues his magical ride in Focus

No movie star is as big as Will Smith, and nobody knows that better than Smith himself. With a swagger that rarely plays as charming, and the most enviable blockbuster-to-bomb ratio in Hollywood, Smith has carried duds to box office success through sheer star power and willed megabudget vanity projects into existence for the sole […]