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Assembly can’t kill HPV vaccine

Last year, Virginia joined Texas as the only states to require sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated for the human papillomavirus (HPV), a move that outraged social conservatives in both places. Now Texas has backed out of its requirement, and in Virginia, legislators are trying to push back requirement’s start date, or kill it altogether. According […]

City assessments level out…for some

Well, assessments are out once again, though this year, city and county residents may not need their real estate-related defibrillators. Assessments have finally caught up with the market, rising only 4.2 percent in the city and less than 1 percent in the county—three county districts actually saw assessments fall. All of this comes after years […]

Stacking, stepping, selling and shooting

Stacking, stepping, selling and shooting

Todd Lucas is a natural public speaker. With his close-cropped hair and nearly perfect sense of timing, he talks with an aggressive brand of humor that isn’t so much of the in-your-face variety as it is a “Get a load of this” inclusiveness. With his arms waving, chin jutting out and his ever-present laser pointer […]

February 08: Value shuffle

February 08: Value shuffle

The new year is here, and with it comes the arrival of certain yearly items for which we each give a shout of joy. Usually, real estate assessments aren’t of this particular group. But for those of us wishing, hoping, trying (and, depending on your faith and/or desperation, praying) to sell our houses in this […]

Fixing Virginia, one strange bill at a time [with audio]

Fixing Virginia, one strange bill at a time [with audio]

Quick, name Virginia’s state song. If you think you know it, you’re wrong. Since 1997, when “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” was officially “retired,” Virginny…er…Virginia has been a state sans song. But there are bills raring to go in Richmond that will fix this—and a myriad other pressing problems on which senators and delegates […]

Admission numbers up, but why?

Admission numbers up, but why?

For the second year in a row, UVA set a record for the number of admission applications it received. Not that you’re unimpressed by such a record, because clearly UVA exudes impressiveness, but this was also the first year since the 1960s that the University hasn’t had an early decision program. Administrators are happy that […]

Gun show loophole bills far from slam dunk

Gun show loophole bills far from slam dunk

Two weeks ago, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, surrounded by the families of Virginia Tech shooting victims, announced his support for legislation to close what has come to be known as Virginia’s “gun show loophole.” Creigh Deeds, state senator representing Charlottesville, who recently announced his run for governor in 2009, has opposed such legislation in the […]

Region Ten and the power of the written word

“You see,” writes Myra Anderson in her essay “Healing Words,” “when you’ve been hospitalized over one hundred times, taken away in handcuffs, subject to medication against your will, thrown into seclusion and restraints constantly, traumatized repeatedly, and forced to grow up in a system which prided itself on conformity and compliance, maybe then you can […]

Former partners Hickman and Beyer sue each other

Former partners Hickman and Beyer sue each other

What happens when the housing market takes a nosedive and a deal goes bad between a contractor and a developer? Lawsuits, my friend. Lawsuits. These properties form the crux of a $3 million-plus dispute between R.L. Beyer Construction and Tom Hickman. In January of 2002, when the local real estate and housing markets were turning […]

Monticello shows “green” is old news

Monticello shows “green” is old news

With green building becoming all the rage, developers and builders are jumping over themselves to tout their environmental bona fides. But some, to paraphrase a country song, were green before green was cool. One of them is a native. You may have seen his work around here. Thomas Jefferson—third president, UVA founder and “green” architect, […]

Another drought could be disaster

Another drought could be disaster

The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) lifted its drought warning on January 2 after issuing it in August, and mandatory restrictions were promptly lifted by City Council and the county Board of Supervisors. Lawn-waterers across the Charlottesville area rejoiced. Tom Frederick, executive director of RWSA, says that he expects area reservoirs to top off […]

Wise plant: symbol of looming state energy debate?

Wise plant: symbol of looming state energy debate?

The proposed Wise County plant has come to symbolize growing debates about the importance of a region’s economic health verses the actual health of its residents, the power of Dominion in state government and the looming battle over the future of public investment for our energy. While Dominion and government officials tout the proposed plant […]

Is this your first time?

Is this your first time?

Sure, there are houses moving. But overall, the local housing market sort of looks like the real estate equivalent of a guy sitting on his couch, twiddling his thumbs. Lots of homes on the market, not a lot of people jumping to buy them. In the past months, the market has softened, driving prices down. […]

Would you vote for this (black) man?

Would you vote for this (black) man?

Vesla Weaver leans across her desk and points to a graph on her computer screen. There are three bars. Each represents a different skin color of African Americans; the bars’ height shows the education and income levels for each statistical group. The chart is one of many, but each one shows the same thing: As […]

“Enormous Task” still needs leader

“Enormous Task” still needs leader

For the past three months, the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA) has been trying to fill a new position, director of redevelopment. After running ads regionally and in national publications like The Washington Post, the position is still unfilled. As the search continues, the city and CRHA face what Noah Schwartz, executive director of […]

In the future, green may be bland

In the future, green may be bland

There was a time in the not-too-distant past that a developer could stand in front of the county Board of Supervisors or the city’s Planning Commission, tout his or her project’s green-building designs and ride the environmentally feel-good wave all the way to approval. That time may be beginning to pass. The revolution of green-building […]

City man kills girlfriend, himself

City man kills girlfriend, himself

A day after Christmas, a dispute between two city residents ended in deadly violence. On December 26, Sanada C. Monroe, 21, was shot and killed inside her apartment at 810 Hardy Dr. by her 19-year-old boyfriend. The Westhaven community suffered a tragic outburst of violence on December 26 when Khalil Akeem Powell, 19, shot and […]

Break a chance to secure the halls

Break a chance to secure the halls

It was just what the UVA Facilities Management needed: a little peace and quiet to do some drilling and hammer banging in New Cabell Hall. Just days before Christmas, and with the student holiday exodus complete, the building’s halls filled with the racket of renovation. Doorways like this one in New Cabell Hall will have […]

Ink goes dry on another print pub

What began in 1971 as The University Register ended on December 7 as Inside UVA. The University’s print-edition PR vehicle ceased publication last month when the last 14,500 copies rolled off the press, ending its 36-year run. In the middle of the front page, surrounded by stories about hydrogen-storage materials, equitable compensation and a photo […]

State juggles ed and prison spending

State juggles ed and prison spending

The state will need to build one new prison each year for the next six years at a cost of $100 million for each new facility, according to a November report [pdf] on adult corrections released by Virginia’s Senate Finance Committee. Add to construction costs the $25 million it takes to operate each facility each […]

Nukes, Fines, C.A.R.S., Pigs and parks

Nukes, Fines, C.A.R.S., Pigs and parks

More 2007 year in Review The year of the blueprint (not the bulldozer)2007 development news in review Rape, murder, kiddie porn and more2007 courts and crime news in review One new school, gobs of cash, but no A&S dean2007 UVA news in review Our government—federal, state and local— made its usual range of controversial decisions […]

Farewill Lynch, Hamilton

Farewill Lynch, Hamilton

It was nearly 7pm, time for one of the year’s last City Council meetings to begin, and the crowd hushed in anticipation. Four councilors sat on the dais. The fifth, Kevin Lynch, was nowhere in sight. Mayor David Brown looked at the audience and said, "You’re all quiet, but Kevin’s not here yet." He then […]