You know how we elect qualified people to make decisions for us? That whole representative democracy thing? Well, it’s not working out so well here in Virginia.
Between six and nine million people eligible for the new Medicare prescription drug plan missed the May 15 deadline to sign up last week. Locally, senior citizen advocates say the plan’s complicated rules caused mass confusion for those who wanted to enroll.
Mac McDonald, the “Voice of the Cavaliers,” announced last Wednesday morning that, as of June 1, he will no longer be a regular on WINA 1070 AM’s morning show. Program Director Jay James says McDonald is leaving to focus on his duties at UVA sports, which will be expanding to include more personal appearances and Web duties. Sports Director Jed Williams will fill in at WINA for the interim.
The man responsible for reversing a UVA football losing streak died Monday, May 15.
Dear Cyranose: If by “it” you mean your solitary state, if by “it” you mean the endless nights you spend alone even when entwined in the arms of another, if by “it” you mean the existential state of emptiness that eventually crushes everyoneâ¦no, it’s not your nose. It’s your species. Enter by yourself, exit by yourself: That’s the way we do it around here.
Pillaging the earth and exploiting poor workers is all well and good, but sometimes the CEO of a major corporation needs a new challenge.
In over my head
Who, me? Canoe? This indoorsy gal takes a trip down the James River.
It’s always nice to have at least some idea where the money is going. Or, in the case of most UVA students, where their parents’ money is going. Lately, this has proven to be the source of some concern to a group of UVA students who don’t want to see any of their families’ money invested in companies that do business in Sudan, or with the Sudanese government.
In February, Jeremy Harvey left Charlottesville on the midnight train to Las Vegas. The shady local banker (and past C-VILLE cover boy) left his girlfriend and her children to remarry his ex-wife, 81-year-old newspaper heiress Betty Scripps. Now, however, it appears that Harvey, 62, has left Scripps after just three months. According to multiple sources familiar with his status, Harvey is back in town and living in his Colthurst mini-mansion with the girlfriend he demurred for Scripps. Scripps and Harvey were married for the first time from 1997 to 2004.
Ralph Sampson, the 7’4″ former UVA basketball star and 1983’s No. 1 NBA draft pick, faces trial soon for a string of charges related to allegedly false statements he made in a child support case, according to the Associated Press.
There are certain words that, through sheer overuse, lose all meaning. “Natural” would be an example. (Is there any such thing as an unnatural egg?) “Green” is another one, describing everything from floor wax to insulation to architectural theories.
Last-minute tweaks to Great Eastern Management's plans for the 269-acre North Pointe development will delay a vote on the controversial project until next month.
“Three soldiers killed.” But oil prices keep going up, and so the early-morning TV news will switch to prices at the pump. Dogs must be fed and phones answered.
The federal drug and conspiracy case against Louis Antonio Bryant, the alleged drug dealer and ringleader of local gang the Westside Crew, continues into its second week of testimony on Monday, May 15. The first week prosecutors brought to the stand numerous police investigators, as well as former associates of Bryant\’s who had dealt with or bought drugs from him.
Chuck Taylor started at WTJU-91.1 in 1979, when he volunteered to DJ for Charlottesville’s first FM station. Just a few years later, he got involved in the station’s management (still as a volunteer), and in 1993 was hired full-time as WTJU’s general manager, although he continued to host a radio show until 1997. Born in the ’50s, Taylor has spent his adult life watching college radio’s rise.
On May 9, The Virginia Quarterly Reviewâa four-man publishing operation run out of the University of Virginiaâwon two National Magazine Awards, the industry\’s highest honor. VQR won for General Excellence in the under 100,000 distribution category, as well as for fiction, a category in which they were pitted against such tough competitors as The Atlantic Monthly and McSweeney\’s.
The dog days of summer are just around the corner. And what better way is there to kill some time and beat the heat than participating in medical experiments?
An old political adage says that every election is either about “keeping a good thing going” or “throwing the bums out.” Dems hope that a handful of victories in the Commonwealth\’s May elections signals that voters are leaning towards the latter choice.
We still can\’t find Osama, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to track the movements of every barnyard animal in the nation.
Dear A.B.: Ah yes, the Vietnam Graffiti Project. Ace has more than a passing interest in this fascinating endeavor himself, as his father also served in Vietnam. Here\’s the deal: Around 1997, local military artifact historian Art Beltrone was helping with research for Terrence Malick\’s World War II epic The Thin Red Line. One of his assignments involved shooting video of the troop compartment of the venerable General Nelson M. Walker troopship (affectionately nicknamed the “Okinawa Express,” due to her frequent trips to Japan). The Walker was the very definition of a military workhorse, having seen active duty in WWII, the Korean War, and the opening years of the Vietnam conflict (she was deactivated in 1968, and eventually laid up in the Navy\’s James River berthing area).
Dude, where\’s my bus?
For years, people forced to rely on Charlottesville\’s public transportation have found the service doesn\’t quite live up to City Hall\’s “world class” slogan. Riders reported eight-hour journeys from Downtown to Wal-Mart and back, and last year an independent consultant confirmed that riders (and potential riders) had zero faith that the Charlottesville Transit Service (CTS) could get them anywhere on schedule.