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And many happy returns

Indivisible Charlottesville threw an early retirement party January 11 for Republican Congressman Tom Garrett, who has not been popular with many of his Democratic constituents here. Ken Horne had a card for Garrett that listed the top five reasons he should retire, including the prediction that he would be fired anyway in this year’s midterm […]

Many protesters at the July KKK rally covered their faces after police used tear gas. 
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Charges dropped for mask-wearing protesters at KKK rally

Three people charged with wearing a mask at the July 8 KKK rally in Justice Park were in Charlottesville General District Court today, where the prosecution dismissed their felony charges because tear gas used by police could have been a factor in why they covered their faces. Diego Trujillo, from Charlottesville, Sarah Barner from Waynesboro […]

Frances Loose owned Tuel Jewelers and worked there with her daughter Mary Loose DeViney up until a week before she died.
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Tuel Jewelers owner dies

Frances Elizabeth Gibson Loose, who bought Tuel Jewelers in 1975 and who worked in the store for 65 years, passed away January 5 at age 86. She was a familiar sight on the Downtown Mall, always professionally dressed for work, even in recent years, when her daughter Mary Loose DeViney pushed her to the store […]

KKK imperial wizard Richard Wilson Preston is charged with firing a gun August 12.
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Split decision: Shooter gets bond, alleged assailant doesn’t

  Two ponytailed Unite the Right participants represented by the same Blairs, Virginia-based lawyer had different fates in their January 4 bond hearings in Charlottesville Circuit Court. Judge Humes Franklin granted 52-year-old Baltimore resident Richard Preston, an imperial wizard of the Confederate White Knights of the KKK who was filmed firing a gun during the […]

Nikuyah Walker was elected mayor January 2, beating out Kathy Galvin, right, who cast the single "no" vote against Walker.
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Independent Nikuyah Walker elected first black female mayor

  The first meeting of the new City Council January 2 went into uncharted territory with formerly behind-the-scenes decisions—the new mayor and vice mayor—made publicly, and for some on the dais, uncomfortably. New councilors Nikuyah Walker and Heather Hill were elected mayor and vice mayor, respectively, while the airing of the grievances allowed some rebukes […]

A new creative process brought Rita Dove, Matthew Burtner and the EcoSono Ensemble together to make The Ceiling Floats Away. Courtesy subjects

Matthew Burtner-Rita Dove collaboration takes flight

What was the last thing you made? Be honest with yourself. Perhaps you made dinner last night, but think hard about the last time you spent an afternoon knitting, strumming a guitar or doodling in a sketchbook. Maybe instead you’ve been reading, listening to albums, looking at paintings or watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix? Are […]

Hassan Kaisoum has often thought about the space where Aromas Café first opened 20 years ago. This week, his restaurant returns to its roots, and reopens in the Virginia Department of Forestry Building at the Fontaine Research Park. Photo by Eze Amos

Aromas Café returns to its beginnings

When Hassan Kaisoum moved Aromas Café from its original location in the Virginia Department of Forestry building to Barracks Road Shopping Center in 2007, he returned often to Fontaine Research Park to walk the nature trails he’d come to know well since first opening the restaurant in 1998. On those walks, he thought about the […]