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Larry Sabato’s online course gets an Emmy nod.
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Sabato, Center for Politics nominated for Emmys

UVA’s pundit emeritus and head of the Center for Politics, Larry Sabato, has been nominated for an Emmy for his massive open online course The Kennedy Half Century. And the center snagged a nomination for best historical documentary for its Bombs Away: LBJ, Goldwater and the 1964 Campaign that Changed it All, directed by Paul […]

Andrew Middleditch turned left into a passing car on Barracks Road.
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Middleditch released on bond

Prominent local realtor Andrew Middleditch, who was charged with driving under the influence following a May 25 fatal crash on Barracks Road, was released from jail Thursday on a $15,000 bond, according to the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Ivy resident Middleditch, 55, was traveling east in the 2900 block of Barracks Road between Old Garth Road and […]

Martese Johnson and his attorney, Daniel Watkins, are optimistic that charges against Johnson will be dropped, even if it means another court date in June. 
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Commonwealth needs more time in Martese Johnson case

At a scheduled May 28 court hearing, the prosecution asked for more time to review the Virginia State Police investigation into the bloody March 18 arrest by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents of 20-year-old UVA student Martese Johnson. Prosecutors said in a motion that a final meeting with state police is set for the first week […]

Vinegar Hill could not compete against the corporate muscle of the Regal Cinemas movie theater chain in a closed market.
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Light House Studio buys Vinegar Hill Theatre

Charlottesville’s iconic independent movie theater, Vinegar Hill, which has been shuttered for two years, has been sold to Light House Studio, a nonprofit that encourages young filmmakers, for $850,000. Light House initially was interested in the space as a rental. “Back in November, we realized in sort of an aha moment that we could put […]

Republican Robert Tracci announced he wants to be commonwealth's attorney. Submitted photo

Republican challenges Lunsford for Albemarle prosecutor job

A former federal prosecutor has filed to run as a Republican in the Albemarle race for commonwealth’s attorney against two-term incumbent Denise Lunsford, the Democratic nominee. Robert Tracci, 43, served as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice in Charlottesville. He worked as a deputy assistant attorney at the U.S. Department of […]

A driver is supposed to stay three feet away from a bicycler, but that law is rarely prosecuted. File photo

Bike rage? Heated encounter tests 3-feet law

Liz Herlevsen and Ken Ward agree on one thing: When he passed her on her bike on Craigs Store Road, he came really close. From there, their stories diverge—and highlight the challenges for bikers and for drivers on Albemarle’s most rural roads. Herlevsen, who describes herself as an “intense” biker who goes out three to […]

Albemarle Clerk of Court Debbie Shipp is running again, this time as an independent.
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Shipp wants to keep clerk’s job

Debbie Shipp announced May 14 she’s seeking a second term as Albemarle clerk of court, although this time as an independent. When she ran in 2007, she won the Democratic caucus and was the successor to long-time clerk Shelby Marshall. Shipp stressed her 39 years of experience in the office responsible for maintaining the county’s […]

The University of Virginia will be paying Susan Jordan’s legal fees in a case UVA appealed four times.
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UVA appeals nurse decision for 4th time

The University of Virginia Health System remains undaunted that three reviewers of its firing of a nurse have found the termination unfair, and will appeal for a fourth time to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Susan Jordan was fired from UVA Medical Center April 23, 2014, for looking at her ill ex-husband’s medical records “without […]

City Council wants to  augment private security cameras on the Downtown Mall and West Main. Staff photo.

Council considers security cameras

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo laid out four options for cameras on the Downtown Mall and West Main corridor May 4, and asked City Council for guidance on which way to go. Councilors favored using already installed private cameras, with the city filling in the gaps. The most expensive plan and least favored by councilors […]

The former UVA swimmer filed his suit at the U.S. District Court in Charlottesville.
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Mistrial declared in Kevin Quick murder trial

Just days into a six-week trial, U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad declared a mistrial May 12 for four of the six defendants in the gang-related murder of Waynesboro Police Reserve Captain Kevin Quick after one of the defendants obtained a copy of the jury list. An FBI agent told the judge at least two […]

Rick Randolph wants to succeed Jane Dittmar as Scottsville supervisor. Photo courtesy Rick Randolph

Dittmar won’t seek reelection to BOS, endorses Randolph

Since the 2011 election, the Scottsville District has had three representatives to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors: convicted sexual batterer Chris Dumler, four-month interim-supe Petie Craddock and former Chamber of Commerce president and mediation company founder Jane Dittmar. Now the district is looking at a fourth, because Dittmar announced she won’t seek another term in […]

Avery Fernando Gray. Photo: Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail

Jury recommends 39 years in revenge killing

Antonio Washington was fatally stabbed at Al Hamraa restaurant on May 10, 2014, and a year later, his best friend, Avery Fernando Gray, 39, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of the uncle of the man charged with killing Washington. The jury deliberated for six hours and at 2:30am Saturday, May 2, […]

Where once librarians were guardians of the book, UVA English professor David Vander Meulen now sees them as threats to the printed tome.
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Book purge? Alderman renovation foments faculty fear

The University of Virginia’s main research library, built in 1938, has never had a major renovation. And when funding for such a project comes through, some faculty fear 2 million of Alderman’s 3 million books will be shipped to the Ivy Stacks, off-campus storage on Old Ivy Road, never to return. English professor David Vander […]

The house at 135 Warren St. in Scottsville’s historic district has been under renovation for either eight or four years, depending on who you talk to. The mayor called it an “eyesore.”
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Rescinded: Meeks booted from Scottsville ARB

Steven G. Meeks is president of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. He’s Albemarle’s elected rep on the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. And until April 20, he served on Scottsville’s Architectural Review Board. That’s when Scottsville Town Council unanimously voted to rescind his appointment to the ARB because a house he managed in […]