The UVA Architecture School will begin construction this summer on two additions that will add 20,000 square feet of office, classroom and exhibition space to the school, while also preparing Campbell Hall to mesh with the incoming Arts Grounds.
As the presidential seal filled the screen on the May 13 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” viewers might have expected to see one of the show’s regular impersonators-in-chief. But the fake president who opened the show turned out to be an erstwhile contender: former Vice President Al Gore.
Looks aren\’t everything, but, according to a recent survey, a majority of college students think that looks count for a lotâat least when it comes to buildings.
Poor George Allen. Back in March, The New York Times reported that the Virginia Senator is bored with his job. The paper quoted him telling a crowd in Iowa that the Senate is “too slow for me.” Well, be careful what you wish for-he Republican pseudo cowboy now has a pair of Democrats injecting some real excitement into his life.
The local Head Start, a federally funded preschool program, ended last month, but officials are already concerned about how they will meet the growing demand for next year\’s classes.
New legislation from the General Assembly gives Charlottesville\’s City Council more power to assist local homeowners with skyrocketing property taxes. Councilors are currently working out the details of the new tax relief programâso far, though, local homeowners shouldn\’t expect too much help.
As summer approaches, City and County officials are supposed to be coming up with a coordinated drought-management plan that will set usage restrictions in case of a water shortage. They haven\’t gotten the job done, but recent rains have eased fears of a summertime drought.
By Pete Armetta
Raja Jabbour was the girls’ junior varsity head soccer coach at Albemarle High until he was dismissed from duties on May 2, six days after his April 26 arrest and almost two weeks after he was indicted by a grand jury for possession of child pornography. He remains behind bars pending a third hearing in federal court to determine whether he will be released on a $50,000 conditional bond.
Dear Ace: I ordered tickets to the “Wetlands Revival Tour” concert at the Pavilion, but the show has been canceled because Wynton Marsalis has an inflamed lip. I got an e-mail from the ticketing company saying they would refund the cost of the ticket, but not the service charges. I paid for these services to attend a concert that is now not being presented âwhy should that cost me money?âNick L. N. Dimed
After two weeks of testimony in federal court, a jury came back with a guilty verdict for Louis Antonio Bryant on Monday morning, May 22. The ringleader of the Charlottesville gang the Westside Crew, otherwise known as Project Crud, was found guilty of racketeering and one count of attempted murder. He faces life in prison.
The 17 students who took over UVA\’s Madison Hall for four days in April are off the hook on their trespassing charges. On Monday, May 23, Judge Robert Downer in Charlottesville General District Court dismissed the charges against all the students. He said that because UVA Chief Financial Officer Leonard Sandridge had told the students that they had five minutes to vacate the building, and yet UVA police began arresting students before that five minutes was up, that the case had to be dismissed on lack of grounds. The judge also said that the University had been sending mixed messages to the students, by agreeing to have a dialogue with them, then having them arrested.
Police arrested two Charlottesville men on Wednesday, May 24 following a pair of robberies that happened late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
What you do with the other guy\’s recruits never matters as much as what you do with your own. UVA head basketball coach Dave Leitao won a berth in the National Invitational Tournament in his first season, but that won\’t satisfy UVA fans (and administrators) when the Cavs are playing in the swanky John Paul Jones Arena next year.
When William Harvey arrived at UVA in November, the campus was still in full boil over a series of racial incidentsâepithets yelled from a passing car, racial slurs anonymously scrawled on dry erase boards.
When a brawl involving UVA athletes broke out at the Delta Upsilon fraternity house in early March, some local officials fretted about an increase in criminal incidents involving students and predicted a forum to address bad behavior. Now, however, most of the students involved have been punished or at least passed through the court system, and any furor raised by the scuffle seems to have subsided. Below is an up-to-date list of students arrested in the fight, and the outcome of their court appearances.
Last week UVA entered the ACC baseball tournament ranked No. 5 in the nation, capping UVA\’s best season in years. UVA finished the regular season with a 46-11 record (21-9 in the ACC) and the team hopes to appear in the College World Series to be held next month in Omaha.
Observers credit UVA\’s ascendency to head coach Brian O\’Connor, who inherited a mediocre team with a 29-25 record when he took over in 2004.
Do you get mad when you find a $25 parking ticket stuck under your windshield wiper? Then imagine CBS\’ reaction on March 15 when the Federal Communications Commission fined it a record $3.6 million for airing “indecent” material in an episode of “Without a Trace.” The network, along with Fox (which was also penalized for a separate incident), fired back by filing suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
June will mark the final month on City Council for Blake Caravati, Charlottesville\’s premier rhetorician. For the past eight years, Caravati has baffled supporters and opponents alike with more non sequitur folkisms than H. Ross Perot.
After years of tumult, the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority seems to be stable and moving toward some long-stalled projects.
A major investor in the Hollymead Town Center plans to sell more than half its interest and beat town with a tidy profit.
Six months ago, in our “2006 Development Forecast,” C-VILLE reported not on how Charlottesville and Albemarle have already changed, but on how our home was going to change. Hours spent adding up rows and rows of numbers from the City and County’s planning offices yielded startling totals: a potential for 18,725 new residential units and 6,235,451 more square feet of commercial space on the way in the next decade or so.