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.
With summer just around the corner, some local students will be putting their vacation on hold in order to take summer classes. Depending on where they live and how much their families are able to pay, however, their options can vary quite a bit.
Charlottesville and Albemarle County both offer remedial summer classes.
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.
Reports of Dr. Iain Gainov’s death appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
The hottest new market for local real estate magnates is… Lynchburg? You heard it right. That stodgy bastion of religious conservatism, home of Jerry Falwell, is poised for an urban renaissance. A pair of local builders have become major players in Lynchburg, saying the real estate market there is poised to make huge gains in the coming years.
“Yeah! Way to go!” cheered Rick Jones on the news that City Council gave his company, Management Services Corporation, the go-ahead for a new student apartment complex near the Corner. The Board of Architectural Review had denied MSC the right to build the 28-unit Sadler Court Apartments at 225-227 14th St. NW. Jones appealed, and on Monday, May 15, City Council overruled the BAR’s decision.
Consultants galore descended on Sutherland Middle School this week to present their ideas for the future of Route 29N. Delivering the expected lip service to mixed-use centers and walkable spaces, land-use consultants Community Design + Architecture and transportation consultants Meyer, Mohaddes Associates presented three primary concepts for planned growth to an audience of concerned locals on Thursday, May 18. On Saturday, they held more workshops for those who just can’t get enough land-use planning.
When the top brass of Qroe Companies rolled through town last week to unveil its plans for the 2,300-acre Scott Farm located nine miles south of Charlottesville, they wanted to make sure everyone knew that theirs is not the standard by-rights rural development plan.
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.
Pillaging the earth and exploiting poor workers is all well and good, but sometimes the CEO of a major corporation needs a new challenge.
Cindy Sheehan, one of the most visible crusaders against the Iraq War, preached peace on Wednesday, May 17, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.