In brief: Angry administrator, unwise Facebooking and more

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Rolling Stone cries foul

Days before UVA former associate dean Nicole Eramo’s 12-day defamation trial is set to begin October 17, the magazine accused her of improperly releasing video depositions to ABC’s “20/20” to air October 14, and sought relief in an emergency motion. The judge ruled October 11 that Eramo can’t use leaked videos in court, according to the Daily Progress.

Poorly spelled, as well

Bella owner and UVA lecturer Douglas Muir burned up Facebook with his post last week: “Black lives matter is the biggest rasist (sic) organisation (sic) since the clan (sic). Are you kidding me. Disgusting!!!” UVA’s School of Engineering and Darden scurried to distance themselves from Muir, now on leave from the university, and some locals have called for a boycott of the restaurant.

festysmokeFesty ends with a bang—literally

As if two days of rain weren’t bad enough, when the sky finally cleared Sunday, a food vendor’s propane tank exploded, sending one person to the emergency room and evacuating the Arrington site for several hours.

Epic fail

Gordon Goines’ call to Waynesboro police about a theft in 2014 resulted in him handcuffed and involuntarily committed to a mental health facility for five days. Goines, who has cerebellar ataxia, which makes it difficult to walk and speak, sued and the case settlement was announced October 6, according to the News Virginian.

m-obama-whitehouse-photoAmanda Lucidon
White House photo by Amanda Lucidon

Landscaping for Michelle Obama

The first lady called upon UVA landscape architects to spiff up the White House kitchen garden area, and a team led by Elizabeth Meyer added tables, benches and paths to accommodate hanging out in the garden as the Obamas prepare to exit.

Living the high life

5thSt-wallThere’s a beacon of hope for grocery fanatics hoping to move closer to Wegmans, and you may have seen it perched atop several layers of massive rounded retaining walls while heading out of town. A new upscale apartment complex by Castle Development Partners, called Beacon on 5th, will begin leasing in January with move-in this spring.

  • Rents start at $1,200
  • 207 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments
  • 34 two-, three- and four-bedroom townhouses
  • Located two minutes from 5th Street Station (aka Wegmans)

By the numbers

Voter swell

27,616

Active registered voters in Charlottesville as of October 3

Almost 1,900

Voters registered since September 1

60%

increase since January 1

October 17

Deadline to register for November 8 election

27,319

Voters on Election Day 2012

27,570

Registered voters in 2008

Source: Charlottesville Registrar Rosanna Bencoach

Quote of the week

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
—State Senator Tom Garrett quotes Hitler propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in his October 10 debate against 5th District opponent Jane Dittmar about whether he was influenced by donations from uranium mining interests.