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UVA's rotunda. File photo.

Detained UVA student faces North Korean press

The UVA student detained in North Korea last month for allegedly committing a “hostile act” against the country publicly apologized for making “the worst mistake of [his] life” February 29 at a government-arranged news conference in Pyongyang. Otto Franklin Warmbier, a third-year commerce student, Echols scholar and Theta Chi fraternity brother, was visiting North Korea […]

Albemarle County police officer Steve Watson teaches a class on how to prepare for an active shooter. Photo by Ryan Jones

Run, hide, fight: Police help you plan for an active shooter

Just days after six people were killed in a weekend shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Albemarle Police Department and the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management hosted an active shooter training session to encourage community members to plan for such an incident, though the odds are “one in a million,” presenting officer Steve Watson says. […]

Platinum-selling recording artist Thomas Rhett hosts a boot camp at one of Charlottesville's Snap Fitness locations.

Thomas Rhett stops by to eat, sing and exercise

Platinum-selling country music singer Thomas Rhett, in collaboration with Snap Fitness, hosted a Charlottesville “boot camp” February 19, just hours before playing the John Paul Jones Arena. His biggest thrill for being in town, though? “A burger from Riverside.” Talking fitness, Rhett says exercising became a priority in his life after he graduated from college […]

Local musician Peyton Tochterman stars in a short music video for Ting, which was shot on the Downtown Mall. Staff photo

‘Crazy fast’ like Shanghai and Stockholm

The filming for a new Ting commercial has begun on the Downtown Mall and local musician Peyton Tochterman is the star, singing about how Charlottesville will be as connected as Shanghai. The “crazy fast” Internet company, which launched its first ever network in Charlottesville in June, has already given half the city access to its […]

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline's new route still goes through the Monongahela and George Washington national forests, but aims to dodge sensitive area. Map courtesy of Dominion

Pipeline rerouted

A new route proposed for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline February 12 will dodge sensitive areas in the George Washington and Monongahela national forests, but will impact about 249 additional landowners in Virginia and West Virginia. The new route—which will go through Highland, Bath and Augusta counties in Virginia and Randolph and Pocahontas counties in West […]

The upscale grocery store is on schedule to open this fall. Courtesy of Wegmans

Work at Wegmans

Wegmans, though still under construction at 5th Street Station, a retail center with almost half a million square feet of space, is currently hiring and training full-time employees. The upscale grocery chain is on schedule to open this fall and will employ about 550 people, with current openings for 200 full-time employees. Part-time jobs will […]

Kevin Quick's killers get life sentences. Photo courtesy Waynesboro Police

Quick trial resumes

Brothers have testified against each other and an ex-girlfriend has been pitted against her former boyfriend in a retrial for the suspects in the murder of Waynesboro Police Reserve Captain Kevin Quick after a May mistrial. Quick, a 45-year-old father, was reported missing January 31, 2014, and his body was found in Goochland County a […]

A Facebook group of over 4,000 people aimed to help find Nicole. Photo courtesy of Help Find Nicole Lovell

Harringtons speak to parents of slain 13-year-old

A Virginia Tech student is charged with abduction and murder after a 13-year-old Blacksburg girl, Nicole Lovell, went missing last week. Dan and Gil Harrington, parents of a slain daughter who disappeared from Charlottesville six years ago, speak out. “We have just heard that the body of your precious daughter, Nicole, has been found and […]

The Tom Tom Founders Festival's director Paul Beyer stands between Doug Stoup (left) and Bill Crutchfield, who will speak at the 2016 Summit Speakers event in April. Photo courtesy of Tom Tom

Tom Tom Founders Summit speakers announced

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Founders Summit, a day of inspirational talks by world champion athletes, famed entrepreneurs and inventors, sponsored by the Tom Tom Founders Festival in partnership with the iLab at UVA. Speakers for this year’s day-long Summit will gather at the Paramount Theater on April 15 to discuss everything from entrepreneurship […]

A new apartment complex will wend between two hidden historic houses behind Blue Moon Diner. Photo courtesy of Neighborhood Development Services

Old and new: West Main complex keeps Blue Moon Diner

A new apartment complex is in the works for West Main, but the Board of Architectural Review has already ruled out tearing down some of the street’s oldest buildings to accommodate the building. Developer Jeff Levien says he would prefer to demolish Blue Moon Diner and the next-door convenience store and rebuild them, adding that Blue […]

A partial demolition is underway at 206 W Market St. after a January 25 roof collapse. Staff photo

Partial demolition underway on West Market

An owner of the two-story brick building on West Market Street says a partial demolition is currently underway after a January 25 roof collapse. “It would’ve happened one way or another,” owner Josh Rogers says. He and his partners had plans to renovate the 206 W Market St. building for their proposed private club, called […]

From left, Dan Spearing, John Anderson, Justin Watson and Matt Thompson continue their descent of Jarman Gap in Crozet, Virginia after the storm Sunday morning, January 24, 2016. Anderson, who owns the Crozet Running shop in the center of Crozet, runs this route that ascends all the way up to the ridge line and meets the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. These die hard runners follow this route regularly and took advantage of the empty roads after the storm left more than 18 inches of snow. Photo by Ryan Jones

Jonas in Charlottesville

Winter storm Jonas descended upon the area last week, blanketing Charlottesville in 15.5 inches of snow, according to weather.com. Here are some other numbers to know: About 63 power outages in Albemarle County 5 calls to Charlottesville Police Department for car accidents 3 calls to CPD for disabled vehicles 41 calls to CPD for hazards, […]

The Charlottesville Fire Department sent officials from Neighborhood Development Services up in their truck's bucket lift to evaluate the possible roof collapse. Staff photo

Streets closed due to roof collapse

Around 2pm Monday, the Charlottesville Fire Department responded to a call about a possible roof collapse at 206 W. Market St—the site of a proposed private club. Battalion Chief Richard Jones says the department arrived, checked the power inside the building and sent officials from Neighborhood Development Services up in the fire truck’s bucket lift […]

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route through the George Washington and Monongahela national forests has been scrapped due to "sensitive resources" such as the cow know salamander. Photo credit: Gary Nafis

Cow knob salamander reroutes Atlantic Coast Pipeline

  The Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route through the George Washington and Monongahela national forests has been scrapped—a very big deal for the future of the pipeline, according to opponents—and Dominion must now begin looking for an alternate. The U.S. Forest Service rejected the ACP’s application for a special use permit January 21, requiring a […]

Wastewater will be discharged from the Bremo Power Plant in Fluvanna County.  Photo by Robert Llewellyn

Dominion to dump in Virginia rivers

The State Water Control Board officially approved Dominion’s permit to dump wastewater into two Virginia rivers January 14. The wastewater will come from coal ash pits at the Bremo Power Station on the James River and the Possum Point plant on the Potomac River. The board took two separate votes, tallying 5-1 for each permit. […]

Mount Eagle Farm has had “many unexplainable occurrences of activity,” including cabinet doors knocking, sounds of footsteps and reported sightings of apparitions. Photo by Mina Pirasteh

Local haunt: Protected farm has paranormal history

A 324-acre historic farm in Albemarle County will be adopted into the county’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements program, which will permanently protect the land from any future development. But perhaps a bulldozer isn’t the only entity the property needs protection from. The Twisted Paranormal Society, a Virginia-based ghost hunting group, took two trips to Mount Eagle […]

C-VILLE's rendering of a tomcat dressed like Thomas Jefferson, one of the Tom Sox mascot options. Staff illustration

Cast your vote for Tom Sox mascot

The Charlottesville Tom Sox, a team in the Valley Baseball League, wants fans to cast their vote for the team’s new mascot. The mascot options, which were also suggested by fans, include the Declaration of Independence, a mockingbird, a prairie dog, a tomcat and a sock monkey. A Declaration of Independence mascot would be called […]

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Right: Staff photo

Running community remembers Running Man

Members of Charlottesville’s running community have come together to create a tribute to Philip Weber III, the jogger known as “Running Man” who was hit and killed on Ivy Road December 29. Mark Lorenzoni, owner of the Ragged Mountain Running Shop, says the collection of running shoes represents more than just a sport. “It represents […]