Cara Salpini



Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford contends a pre-election FOIA lawsuit is politically motivated.
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October surprise: Lunsford faces lawsuit over FOIA request

Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford, in a hotly contested race for reelection, faced additional heat October 29 when Richmond attorney Matthew Hardin filed a lawsuit against her for creating a “barrier to transparency” in her response to a Freedom of Information Act request issued earlier this week. The FOIA request asked for information on Lunsford’s credit […]

A slew of people gathered at the Freedom of Speech Wall to rally against climate change Wednesday. Photo by Cara Salpini

People’s Climate Movement brings Dominion pipeline into question

On Wednesday, October 14, the People’s Climate Movement called environmental activists to Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall to rally on climate change. Dominion Power’s potential installation of a pipeline that would run throughout Virginia wildlife areas was the big issue, and the free speech chalkboard was filled with “No Pipeline” signs, buttons and stickers opposing Dominion. Olivia Lewis, a […]

Wyatt Andrews comes back to his alma mater to teach practical journalism. Photo courtesy Wyatt Andrews

CBS correspondent Wyatt Andrews joins UVA faculty

The Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia hired its first professor of practice—a non-tenure track faculty position for distinguished professionals—this month, welcoming longtime CBS correspondent Wyatt Andrews, who graduated from UVA with honors in 1974. While the university has implemented professors of practice for many years in other departments, such as the […]

Michele Hendrickson is seen talking to students about the Planned Parenthood Project. Photo by Cara Salpini

Planned Parenthood Project detours in Charlottesville

The McIntire Amphitheater was lined with pink crosses October 7 as the Planned Parenthood Project, an organization dedicated to defunding the 98-year-old reproductive health services organization, held an informational session with students about abortion and women’s health. The crosses, totaling 897, were symbolic of the number of abortions that the group claims Planned Parenthood performs […]

Will the Y ever get built? 
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UPDATED: City Council sides with YMCA

The Brooks Family YMCA has been in the works since 2006 and secured a ground lease from the city to build in McIntire Park in 2008. Seven years later, the still-unbuilt facility faces continued opposition from members of the Charlottesville City Council as amendments to the ground lease were introduced earlier this month. In a […]

Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford requests for a partial denial of the motion for Jesse Matthew to appear unshackled and in his own clothes in public. Photo: Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Unusual motion filed in Jesse Matthew case

The defense for Jesse Matthew Jr., now on trial for the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, filed three motions to the Albemarle Circuit Court September 8. While two of the three motions are frequently seen in cases where the death penalty is sought, the defense’s third is a rarity. Graham went missing […]

Debra German spent the  night on Carter Mountain and is expected to be okay. Photo Albemarle County Police Department

Police called to Carter Mountain twice last week

Carter Mountain, Charlottesville’s popular site for fall apple picking and barbecue, has become the scene of police investigations for the third time in a year as the latest in a string of strange happenings was reported this past Wednesday. First was the discovery of skeletal remains found August 26 along Route 20 near the I-64 […]