Lisa Provence



Delegates Steve Landes and David Toscano applaud increased spending for education, but disagree on how Medicaid should be used to provide health care.

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Winners and losers: The General Assembly is adjourned

Legislators in Richmond ended the General Assembly session one day early after passing a record $105 billion biennial budget March 11 and sending it to Governor Terry McAuliffe. Both sides of the aisle praise its passage, while regretting the what-might-have-beens. McAuliffe didn’t get the Medicaid expansion he wanted—again—but he commends the oft-contentious legislature for investing […]

Donald Trump seemed to forget that he bought his winery from old friend Patricia Kluge, not her ex, John Kluge. Trump Winery is owned by Eric Trump, left, according to its website. 
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Trump truth meter

Following his March 8 wins in the Mississippi and Michigan Republican presidential primaries, Donald Trump held a press conference at the Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida, and talked about Trump Winery. He invited the press to check facts about whether he owns the winery, which he bought at a foreclosure auction in 2011, […]

Howard Pape had an “easy, natural generosity,” says his friend Jay Kessler, and he gave people what they needed, both personally and through Building Goodness and Live Arts.
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Live Arts’ loss: Show must go on without Pape

Howard Pape spent his next-to-last day alive installing a real tree—upside down, so that its roots would be the branches—for the set he’d helped design for Live Arts’ upcoming production of To Kill a Mockingbird, according to director Fran Smith. Performing such formidable tasks for the community theater was his creative outlet, say his family […]

No word yet on how long a portion of a major downtown thoroughfare will closed.
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Nightmare on Water Street

Utilities relocation for Market Plaza had already closed the eastbound lane on Water Street and detoured traffic to South Street and Second Street SE, and when Second Street was also closed last week, many who park in the Water Street Garage were trapped in an extraordinarily long exit line March 3. “Staff met with [contractors] […]

Virginia bets on fantasy sports websites with new law.

Just in time for March Madness

Virginia became the first state to legalize fantasy sports websites when Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Fantasy Contests Act into law March 7, according to CNET. While other states are outlawing websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel, saying they violate state gambling regulations, Virginia embraces what advocates call a game of skill. “Today, Virginia became […]

State Senator Bryce Reeves say Virginia deserves "strong conservative leadership," and that's why he's running for lieutenant guv.
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Reeves announces run for lieutenant governor

State Senator Bryce Reeves, R-17th, becomes Albemarle’s second legislator to announce a run for statewide office in 2017. Delegate Rob Bell, R-58th, said in December he’d make a second run for attorney general. At a March 7 kickoff, Reeves said, “Public service is in my blood.” The owner of an insurance company in Spotsylvania, Reeves […]

In an abrupt change of heart, Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 now lists Star Wars, The Revenant, Hail, Caesar! and Deadpool as screening February 19, even though they're on the bill at Violet Crown as well.
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Regal relents, shows Star Wars

A week ago, C-VILLE reported how Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 refused to show the highest grossing film ever, Star Wars, if it was shown at independent movie chain Violet Crown in downtown Charlottesville. In an abrupt change of heart, Regal lists Star Wars, The Revenant, Hail, Caesar! and Deadpool as screening February 19, even though they’re […]

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Bad parking, not entitlement, says supe

The photo of Supervisor Rick Randolph’s BMW convertible hogging two spaces popped up on two local media sites today. “Is this Car-gate?” asks Randolph about the photograph submitted to Scottsville Weekly and the Schilling Show. Randolph, who represents the Scottsville District on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, says he was late to a meeting at the Mudhouse at Mill […]

People who say Erich Reimer is unqualified for student government? “Haters,” he says. “I’ll be saving a few tweets for them later.” Submitted photo

Make UVA Law great again

The presidential primaries aren’t the only races going on. At UVA School of Law, Erich Reimer found inspiration in The Donald for his run for Student Bar Association vice president and Student Council representative, and promises to build a wall between the law school and main Grounds—and make undergrad Student Council pay for it. “We […]

Delegate David Toscano is house minority leader. Photo by Delegate Mark Levine

Make the General Assembly great again

February 16 marked crossover, when each house in the General Assembly sends its bills to the other body. From the House of Delegates floor last week, House Minority Leader David Toscano chastised legislators who continue to try to curtail gay and transgender rights, saying such moves are bad for business, according to radio station WINA. […]

Have you seen this snowplow?
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Truck catches fire, plow stolen

D&D Lawn Care got hit with a double whammy February 11 when one of its trucks caught fire and a snowplow attached to the truck was stolen. The truck was traveling on U.S. 29 southbound near Fabrics Unlimited when it burst into flame Thursday morning. Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department was there within three minutes […]

In an abrupt change of heart, Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 now lists Star Wars, The Revenant, Hail, Caesar! and Deadpool as screening February 19, even though they're on the bill at Violet Crown as well.
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Movie monopoly? Regal faces lawsuits around the country

In 2000, Charlottesville had seven movie theaters. For most of 2015, it had one—Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 and IMAX—until the Violet Crown Cinema opened downtown late last year. “That’s one theater too many for Regal,” says Adam Greenbaum, owner of the Visulite in Staunton and the beloved Vinegar Hill Theatre in Charlottesville, which closed in […]

Return of Kings was founded by Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh, 36, a Washington, D.C., native and microbiologist, according to the International Business Times.

‘Neomasculinist’ group plans February 6 meetup in Charlottesville

Charlottesville — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a group founded by a self-described “pickup artist” is planning an international meet-up day February 6 in 165 cities and 43 countries—including Charlottesville’s Lee Park. The group Return of Kings has been described as “misogynistic” and “pro rape.” It was founded by Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh, 36, a Washington, D.C., native […]