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Stumping for Trump

If you or I were to enter Donald Trump’s apartment—or, as Trump calls it, “the most beautiful apartment in the whole world”—we would at best stifle a burst of helpless laughter. It is testimony to the combined power of television and greed that the contestants on “The Apprentice”—NBC’s new internship reality television show, airing Thursdays […]

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The South shall rise Downtown goes modern with newest building projects During contemplative moments, John Gibson looks up from his desk on the fourth floor of the City Center for Contemporary Art on the corner of Water and Second streets, and gazes out the window at the bricks of the Jefferson Theater’s fly loft. During […]

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“My way or the highway” State pols try to force unwanted Western Bypass on stubborn City Council The first order of business for Council on Tuesday, February 17, was to appropriate about $550,000 that flowed into the City from Commonwealth and Federal coffers. The money was granted for police equipment, walking trails and financial aid […]

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Benefits struggle begins again “Insure our families,” say gay UVA staff When Ellen Bass, an assistant professor in the department of systems and information engineering at UVA, came to the University two years ago, she knew she and her lesbian partner would have problems with the school’s stance on domestic partner benefits. “I knew I […]

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And then there were three… Dems oust Richards for new faces Meredith Richards believes that a referendum to build the Meadowcreek Parkway would pass in Charlottesville, but on Saturday, February 7, the only votes that counted belonged to the 530 people who showed up for the Democrats’ nominating convention for May’s City Council election. “It’s […]

Bio Pics

First and foremost our goal is to bring the best overlooked films that we can to Charlottesville, films that aren’t going to show here, films that for the most part don’t deserve to show here—by that I mean that it’s just not a market that’s pushed that heavily by the film world. “But I think […]

Girlchild in the promised land

As long as I think about it, I can see a brighter future for myself.” Those words are spoken by Sahar Adish, a 16-year-old student at Charlottesville High School, in the final cut of the still-untitled film she and three other students created through Light House, Charlottesville’s nonprofit media education program for teens. It is […]

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No payoff on Lobby Day The Assembly’s Christian Right doesn’t let science get in the way of its anti-abortion agenda On the corner of his desk in the offices of the Virginia Legislature in Richmond, Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) keeps a copy of Why One Way: Defending an Exclusive Claim in an Inclusive World by […]

Mad about you

The first great one-liner to be called into the Rant line was seven weeks after its launch last year. “The bald chick ad,” the caller complained, “When will it end?” Succinct, specific (a local hair salon had been regularly running the offending advertisement in C-VILLE) and funny, it was ranting distilled to stand-up comedy. But […]

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Ticket masters Outside U-Hall the call is “I got your tickets right here” The UVA men’s basketball team and Clemson’s squad are only minutes away from tip-off, and two men who have driven from Afton and Crozet to see the game have yet to land tickets. But on the walkway to the entrance of the […]

Bare Necessities

Dear Santa, All I want for Xmas this year is a new bicycle, my very own pony and a stripper pole for the rec room. Thanks, Santa! Luv, Amber Anykid, U.S.A. P.S. Strawberry Shortcake thongs make rad stocking stuffers! Postal workers should not have been shocked this year to receive scores of Christmas wish lists […]

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Fewer kids having kids Local teen pregnancy is down but the Right can’t take credit for it Teen idol Britney Spears may no longer be a virgin, but so far she seems to have averted one particularly momentous consequence of sex: pregnancy. And teenage girls seem to be following Britney’s lead as teen pregnancy and […]

What to Expect in 2003

Architecture and politics. To anyone acquainted with Charlottesville’s history, it’s a familiar combination. In 1996, Maurice Cox joined the ranks of those who wed the two disciplines in the name of the greater good. That’s the year Cox, an architect and UVA professor, was first elected to City Council. Last July, Cox, who is now […]

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Paved with good intentions The MCP debate is a give and take on what’s best for the Mall Downtown Charlottesville is one of the few places where you can hire a lawyer, mail a letter, drink a freshly brewed ale, look at leafy trees, smell gutterpunks, watch a play, hear banjo music and purchase a […]

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Phase Two for the morning-after pill Local FDA expert says approval is not exactly a sure thing Plan B is a popular version of the “morning-after pill,” which can substantially reduce the chance of pregnancy if a woman takes it within 72 hours after having unprotected sex. The drug is currently available only by prescription […]

Fishbowl

Minority report Local African-American business owners face the challenges of an open market A white Charlottesville resident is about two-and-a-half times more likely to be a business owner than is a black resident, according to U.S. Census figures. But though this statistic is hardly something to cheer about, it’s less skewed than the national white-to-black […]

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Ease on down the road City Attorney braces for a fight as Councilors squabble over MCP easement Craig Brown seemed a little nervous. He shuffled a stack of papers, wearing the apprehensive expression of someone unaccustomed to dropping bombs. “There’s no shortage of opinions in this community about the Meadowcreek Parkway,” Brown said, bracing for […]

Think outside the big box

With the spring 2004 start of construction on Albemarle Place, the big box conquest of 29N marches on. The complex, slated for the northwest corner of Hydraulic Road and 29N, will be a 1.9 million-square-foot retail behemoth. Once it’s completed, shoppers will be able to literally live on the development’s grounds, which could include a […]

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Feels like the last time After a bad season of foul weather and Foreigner, CDF could be ready to bow out of Fridays Charlottesville needs less than two inches of precipitation in the remaining weeks of 2003 to break a 66-year-old record for annual rainfall. That’s quite a reversal of fortune from last year’s drought, […]

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Feels like the last time After a bad season of foul weather and Foreigner, CDF could be ready to bow out of Fridays Charlottesville needs less than two inches of precipitation in the remaining weeks of 2003 to break a 66-year-old record for annual rainfall. That’s quite a reversal of fortune from last year’s drought, […]

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Black market birth control As the General Assembly targets contraception, Planned Parenthood looks to Charlottesville During last year’s General Assembly session, Delegate Richard Black (R-Louden) sent all 40 State senators a letter promising that Virginia “will lead the way in restoring the sanctity of human life.” It’s a laudable goal for the Commonwealth, which executes […]

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Against the grain BAR chair and Downtown business owner Joan Fenton attempts to regulate her competitors When Joan Fenton appeared before City Council last week wearing a black pullover sweater and black pants, with her glasses and shock of dark hair, she looked more like an elementary school teacher rushing in after a yoga class […]

Reality killed the video star

Given the number of times it was hyped and replayed during MTV’s other programs, even the network’s casual viewers could not have missed the signature moment of last winter’s season of the channel’s emblematic program, “The Real World.” During the second episode, in a casino Whirlpool on the Las Vegas strip, Trishelle, the full-figured airhead […]

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Steal this article The Cavalier Daily retracts eight plagiarism cases Kirk Honeycutt isn’t mad at former Cavalier Daily arts and entertainment reporter Tonya Dawson––just perplexed. “I’ve never heard of someone plagiarizing movie reviews,” says Honeycutt, a film critic for The Hollywood Reporter. “I just find it so bizarre.” On September 2, The Cavalier Daily announced […]

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Dude, where’s my bike? Yellow bike program returns—with a fee Last year’s ill-fated “yellow bike” program has been resurrected in the form of a community bike library that’s trying to share refurbished two-wheelers without getting robbed. Last year, the City of Charlottesville and Dave Matthews Band funded a project to fix up old bikes, paint […]