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Armed robberies spike as holidays near

The holidays are upon us, and it’s the season of giving. Like giving that nice man pointing a loaded gun at your head your wallet immediately. Fa-la-la-la-la. Maybe it’s the pressure to make up for an entire year of being a dirtbag with some kick-ass presents for those closest to you. Maybe it’s the rising […]

UVA Law student to feds: Told you so

UVA Law student to feds: Told you so

Score one for UVA law students. In one of the cases that the UVA School of Law’s Supreme Court litigation clinic helped bring before the Supreme Court, the justices ruled 9-0 in favor of arguments crafted by the students in the clinic. The case, Watson v. United States, revolved around the question of a single […]

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 […]

City to comcast: Just checking in

As any Comcast cable subscriber who regularly tunes in to Channel 10 knows, city meetings can rise to the stuff of Shakespeare—except that everybody involved doesn’t die at the end. Well, get ready for more prime-time city drama. The Charlottesville City Council is looking at the possibility of televising even more of its meetings. City […]

Will a "Historic" Fifeville be history?

Will a "Historic" Fifeville be history?

Two years ago when she started the nomination process to list Fifeville as a National Register Historic District (NRHD), city Preservation and Design Planner Mary Joy Scala didn’t think it would turn into a controversial decision. After all, such a designation is largely symbolic: It imposes no design controls on homeowners if they don’t opt […]

Mitchell's court date moved

Mitchell's court date moved

The court date for the city man who was hit by an Albemarle Police car while crossing the street in his wheelchair—and then ticketed—has been moved to January 3. Gerry Mitchell appeared in Charlottesville General District Court on the morning of December 6, only to learn that the court had issued a continuance of his […]

Powell gets two years for perjury

Previous coverage: New charge in trailer park murderDead girl’s boyfriend picked up for perjury Ronald Powell was sentenced to two years in prison on December 4 for two counts of perjury that stem from testimony he gave during the 2006 trial for the murder of his then 18-year-old girlfriend, Azlee Hickman. In that trial, Powell […]

Mall Cameras move forward …barely

Mall Cameras move forward …barely

After the December 3 City Council meeting, Charlottesville Chief of Police Tim Longo stood outside the chamber talking to a woman who expressed her support for Longo’s plan to install closed circuit TV cameras on and around the Downtown Mall. Minutes before, it appeared that councilors were close to killing that plan, which would cost […]

Officials get crack at Practice disaster

As officials from the state, city, county, UVA and FEMA sat at tables in fleeces and jackets, munching on potato chips, a woman stood up and said, "Today is May 15. The event has already happened." Behind was a screen with the words "Flood 2007 Table Top Exercise" projected across it. Previous coverage: When hypothetical […]

AHIP's Treesdale gets $75K

AHIP's Treesdale gets $75K

Love them or hate them, Charlottesville and Albemarle police officers need a place to live. So do teachers. And social workers. The list goes on, and anyone who’s tried to live in the area knows that doing so on a $30,000 salary isn’t easy. Previous coverage: Protecting the salt of the earthTeresa Tapscott reflects on […]

City woman faces federal time

A federal jury convicted a Charlottesville woman of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on November 29 in the U.S. Western District Court. City resident Mary Dowdell and California resident Gregory Smyth faced charges stemming from a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of more than $29 million. Smyth pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire […]

Energy expert warns about peak oil

As you’re hopping into your car, gearing up for the holidays, driving every which way to pick out shiny gifts, think about this: According to Robert Hirsch, a past senior energy program advisor for world oil production with Science Application International Corporations, the one resource that provides all those things could soon be in dangerously […]

Adjusting expectations

Adjusting expectations

Frank Sinatra might have crooned the songs that make the world sing, and Steve Jobs may very well single-handedly create the toys that make the world shop, but nobody (but nobody) can set the price of real estate, not even your agent. That, my friend, is the market’s job. Buyers may well look suspiciously at […]

The echo of Vinegar Hill

The echo of Vinegar Hill

There is a scene that begins the third act of William James' play Vinegar Hill Revisited, in which two sisters, Brenda Ann and Mary Lou, stare down their grief over the death of their mother. They are—or were—inhabitants of Vinegar Hill, a 20-acre tract of land just west of what is now Charlottesville's Downtown Mall…

Is racial profiling a Virginia problem?

Is racial profiling a Virginia problem?

Is racial profiling by Virginia police a problem? There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests it is, though no one seems to have enough data to know for sure. But the Charlottesville-based Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) wants that data, and Virginia police and state lawmakers aren’t making it easy to come by. 60: percentage […]

Public pool priorities are changing

Public pool priorities are changing

As the city juggles its pool options—to renovate city pools or to approve a YMCA aquatic facility—one of the most vocal contingents throughout the process has been city and county residents who regularly use the lap lanes at Smith and Crow pools. But the way citizens are using pools is changing, as evidenced in proposed […]

Flood of water repairs

Previous coverage: Water may be low, but blame’s highRWSA weathers stormy comments on water supply plan Flowing toward the futureRWSA approves $118M five-year plan to ease strained infrastructure Uncharted watersWhat happened to our water supply plan? Assuming the maxim "Laugh now, cry later" holds true, city and county residents are in for some serious weeping. […]

Agency says MCP needs another look

Agency says MCP needs another look

A day before the public hearing for the proposed 250-McIntire Interchange, one part of the Meadowcreek Parkway (MCP), Marc Holma sent a letter to the City of Charlottesville arguing that the city had not included enough parties in the project’s planning. This might have been just another angry letter from another principled and vocal opponent […]

On the road with ivy giants

On the road with ivy giants

This year’s freshman class was the last to participate in a practice that dates back to the 1960s—early decision. Beginning next fall, UVA will not have an early decision process, in which prospective students apply early with the understanding that, if accepted, they will cancel all other college applications and enroll at UVA. The decision […]

PAC-men pump coins into local races

PAC-men pump coins into local races

The elections are over, and the winners aren’t the only ones satisfied with the results. Count among the contented the printers, the website builders and the TV stations—in short, the people who siphon dollars off the ever-expanding piles of money being raised for area elections. Ken Boyd celebrates his victory with grandson Carson Boyd. "I […]

Challenging Dems for City Council: a fool's errand?

Challenging Dems for City Council: a fool's errand?

It’s post-election November, and though three candidates are preparing to start new terms as city councilors this January, nothing has changed in the Council’s political makeup. All three of the election winners—incumbent mayor David Brown, Satyendra Huja and Holly Edwards—are Democrats. Peter Kleeman and Barbara Haskins were the latest independents to take on the Democratic […]