In brief: Another UVA coach out, unwelcome selfies and more

Dom Starsia has finished his last season as UVA lacrosse coach. Photo Matt Riley/UVA media relations Dom Starsia has finished his last season as UVA lacrosse coach. Photo Matt Riley/UVA media relations

What’s under that robe?

UVA’s enhanced, heavy-duty security for its 187th final exercises, which included the opening of the robes for grads and faculty before entering the Lawn, is considered a “best practice” common at other large, public research universities, according UVA spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn, who points out that at a UNESCO World Heritage site, such security measures are “entirely reasonable.”

Starsia out

UVA’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia will not have his contract renewed after 24 seasons, Athletics Director Craig Littlepage announced May 23. The move, reminiscent of the ouster of longtime women’s basketball coach Debbie Ryan, came after several weeks of speculation about the future of the Hall of Fame coach. Starsia, 64, will collect the remaining $400,000 on his contract, which runs through January.

Unwelcome selfies

Drivers using an ignition interlock device into which they must blow to make sure they haven’t been tippling before the car starts, now have to install cameras to make sure they’re not using their 6-year-olds to blow into the device, courtesy of Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Alleged Rivanna Trail attacker arrested

Brien Thomas Gray-Anderson, 20, is charged with attempted rape and two counts of sexual battery from earlier incidents of groped runners. Five family members attended his May 23 hearing, but Judge Bob Downer declined to set bond until his concerns for public safety are satisfied.

Gray Anderson
photo Charlottesville Police

May the Force be with you, Espn

Not only did parents Melissa and David McLain give their almost May 4-born twins middle names Luke and Leia in honor of Star Wars Day, but their newborn son bears the moniker Espn, in a nod to the sports network, the Newsplex reports. The twins’ birth marked Sentara Martha Jefferson’s Dr. Edward Wolanski’s 5,000th baby delivered since 2000.



Two out of 15 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Virginia are in the health region that includes Charlottesville.

Only eight states have more confirmed cases than Virginia, including New York with 114, Florida with 109 and California with 44.

As of May 20, 157 pregnant women in the U.S. have the Zika virus.

About 80 percent of people who are
infected do not become sick.

There have been 544 travel-associated cases in the U.S.

No American mosquito-borne Zika cases have been reported.

Sources: Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Quote of the week

“You’ll notice they didn’t give me a gun yet.”

—New Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, after he was sworn in May 23 and clipped on his badge.

Chief Thomas 3
staff photo

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