Lisa Provence



Attorney Tom Wolf explains how the city is moving forward to condemn the Water Street Parking Garage.
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City lawyer: Condemnation of Water Street Garage has begun

How many lawyers does it take to schedule a hearing? Well, if it has anything to do with the highly contentious battle between the city and Mark Brown’s Charlottesville Parking Center, that would be five attorneys in Charlottesville Circuit Court today to set a date for CPC’s petition for the appointment of an emergency receiver. During the hearing, the […]

New ACPD Chief Ron Lantz gets pinned by wife Rosanna with the badge that belonged to his predecessor.
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Lantz sworn in as new Albemarle police chief

Albemarle County Police Department got its fifth police chief since the department was formed in 1983 (and second one from Fairfax County) when Ron Lantz was sworn in today at an SRO ceremony that included much of the county brass at the department headquarters . Lantz has been with Albemarle since 2012, and he succeeds […]

The city didn’t tell Mark Brown it was passing a resolution to buy him out of the Water Street Garage.

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Parking petition: Violet Crown hires PR firm

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville said in April it wasn’t taking sides in the parking wars fueled by litigation between the city and Mark Brown, owner of the Charlottesville Parking Center. That course changed when Violet Crown hired public relations firm Payne Ross, also a DBAC member, which circulated a petition calling for the […]

Ethan Zuckerman walks the small-footprint walk, using recycled Coke kegs for the company’s kombucha, which is sold in reusable bottles.

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Gallo aggrieved: Wine giant sues local kombucha maker

When we last checked in on Barefoot Bucha proprietors Kate and Ethan Zuckerman in November, their probiotic beverage business was going great guns, except for a little trouble with Gallo, which objected to their attempt to register a trademark. The wine goliath feared that drinkers of Barefoot wine would be confused and buy non-alcoholic kombucha […]

Mark Lane, photographed in 2012 in his Bellair backyard, holds the manuscript of "Rush to Judgment."
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‘Citizen Lane’ dies at 89

If a major event happened during the 20th century, attorney and civil rights legend Mark Lane likely was there. The man who wrote in 1966 Rush to Judgment, which disputed the Warren Commission conclusions and spawned a conspiracy-theory industry on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, died May 10 at his Charlottesville home at age […]

Two young lovers and two heinous murders: A documentary of the Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering story heads to the U.S. as Soering seeks an absolute pardon.
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Soering documentary to premiere at Munich Film Festival

With the success of the podcast “Serial” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” wrongful convictions are a hot topic. Joining the debate is a documentary about one of central Virginia’s most notorious double homicides—and the convicted murderer who has insisted he’s innocent for 30 years. The Promise: The Story of Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom heads […]

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Downtown Charlottesville sees hotel boom

Between the Corner and downtown Charlottesville, five hotel projects are in the works—and that doesn’t include the recently opened Residence Inn on the corner of West Main Street and Ridge-McIntire Road, nor Graduate Charlottesville, which opened last year. City and tourism officials say this hotel-building frenzy is an economic windfall for the area and provides […]

General Robert E. Lee: Will he stay or will he go? Blue ribbon commission to advise City Council by the end of the year. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Council okays commission on Lee et al.

City Council unanimously approved a Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces May 2 after a Charlottesville High School student presented a petition to remove the statue of General Robert E. Lee and rename Lee Park in March. The nine-member commission will look not only at Confederate monuments like Lee and Stonewall Jackson, […]

ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller says winning the Pulitzer will not get you a better table at a restaurant in New York.
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Rape reporting: Pulitzer Prize winner talks sexual-assault coverage post Rolling Stone

The participants at an upcoming April 28 panel likely would not cite Jackie’s unsubstantiated story of gang rape to Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely as the biggest issue facing journalists covering sexual assault. For ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller, it’s police not believing victims. His story, “An Unbelievable Case of Rape,” done in conjunction with […]

The Downtown Mall will be Bank of America-less, but will have another steakhouse.  
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Bank of America to close downtown branch

Bank of America is closing its location on the Downtown Mall February 17, branch customers learned by letter April 20. “What, we’re closing?” a teller there asked this morning when she heard a colleague inform a customer on the phone. Built in 1916, the structure was originally Peoples National Bank and has housed Virginia National Bank, Sovran […]

Council split on Lee Park commission

Council split on Lee Park commission

City Council heard from around three dozen people at its marathon five-hour April 18 hearing on the statue of General Robert E. Lee and the forming of a blue ribbon commission on race, memorials and public spaces. Much like the citizens that spoke before them, the councilors found themselves split on how to move forward. […]