The recent “living wage” activities attracted boatloads of local media attention, but one special report you probably haven’t seen is creating a buzz around campus.
O.K., it\’s nearly summertime, but that doesn\’t mean you should let your brain rot for three months. Keep the academic vibe alive by digging into these books from UVA faculty, ready just in time for the dog days.âEsther Brown
Friends can sometimes turn against each other at the slightest provocation. A 15-year-old Albemarle County student learned this cruel truth the hard way while walking near Friendship Court late Friday, April 21.
Earl Washington, Jr. came within nine days of state-sanctioned deathânow he\’s looking for some compensation. Proceedings in a federal civil suit began in Charlottesville last week, pitting Washington against the estate of Curtis Lee Wilmore, the investigator who produced a false confession from Washington in 1983 for the rape and murder of Rebecca Lynn Williams. Washington\’s lawyers charge that Wilmore violated questioning procedures by feeding their client details that led to a false confession.
The trial of Dale Anthony Crawford, a former Manassas car salesman, was scheduled to start May 1. However, a last-minute crisis will leave Crawford awaiting trial a little longer. Crawford’s defense attorney Liz Murtagh was diagnosed with a serious illness April 26; the trial will be rescheduled next week once Murtagh knows the course of her treatment.
Getting lost sucks. Imagine how much worse it is when you\’re in your 80s, it\’s pouring rain and you\’re in the middle of the woods 220 miles away from home.
On Thursday, April 20, a jury found Robert Lee Cooke guilty of maliciously shooting Ingo, an Albemarle County police dog, and sentenced him to seven years in prison. Circuit Court Judge James Luke denied Cooke’s request to be released on bond until his formal sentencing on June 13.
As one whose lack of religious fervor long ago reached the chronic stage, I often find myself pondering an unlikely question. “When, oh Lord, when?” I am not asking for any particular personal favor from one capable of granting it but, rather, expressing simple wonderment. The kind of wonderment prompted by the quiescence of the American people. A quiescence that accepts a torrent of outrageous conduct on the part of the Bush administration.
There’s a classic New Yorker cartoon that depicts a group of explorersâbackpacks and machetes in handâcoming across a small spring in the middle of nowhere. It’s flowing with money, a geyser of bills spouting up from the center. “By God, gentlemen,” says the lead explorer to his hapless followers, “I believe we’ve found it-he Fountain of Funding!”
After several dormant years, the Living Wage campaign returned to Charlottesville this spring. Yet the chants and sit-ins are just the latest in a history of labor activism that goes back almost 10 years.âNell Boeschenstein and John Borgmeyer
Last week, urban planner Frank Cox said that soon he will introduce plans for a major shopping center to be built between Fifth Street and Avon Street Extended, just north of Interstate 64.
How do you see Charlottesville im-proving as a city in the next four years? Is it something that you think much about? I think about it all the time. That’s my job. Charlottesville has a lot going for it, but there are many things that we can improve. One thing that would really help is if everybody would go out and vote for Dave Norris and Julian Taliaferro on May 2.
Dear Paige: Unfortunately, your timing could not be less perfect. The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library did indeed sponsor an amnesty week for massively delinquent borrowersâunfortunately for you, it ran from April 2 to April 8, so it\’s now nothing but a memory.
By Robert P. Hodous City Councilor Rob Schilling is the one Council candidate for whom I shall vote on May 2. Rob is a thoughtful and concerned neighbor who has become a friend. Rob’s traits as a neighbor carry over to his hard work for us on City Council. When Rob first ran for Council, […]
Lord! The analogies people toss around when it comes to the housing market.
The 15-year-old Albemarle High School student convicted of plotting, with three other teens, to blow up two Albemarle high schools, was sentenced to juvenile detention March 5. The case has been closed to the public and little specific information has been released about the prosecution’s case against the teens. At the 15-year-old’s sentencing hearing, however, some of the evidence finally came to light.
Earlier this month the Board of Visitors approved plans for the $105 million South Lawn project, one the most ambitious building projects in UVA’s recent history.
Is this springtime for Charlottesville Republicans?
Two years after its inception, Miami City Ballet pulled a rabbit out of a hat. The chief dance critic of The New York Times heralded the companyâs âhigh standard of dancing,â calling it a âmind-boggling surprise.â No exaggeration: This would be like winning The Masterâs on your first tour as a golf pro or hitting the game-winning home run during your rookie season in the majors.
In his “State of the University” speech on Friday, April 21, President John Casteen said the Living Wage campaign is “revolutionary” and “deserves to be understood and debated.” Circulated e-mails gave Living Wage activists strict orders not to disrupt Casteen’s speech, so about 40 or so activists clad themselves in “living wage” banners and covered their mouths with “$10.72” gags.
“Are you liberal or conservative?” This question seems to matter a great deal to people these days. Political affiliation colors our thinking on everything from global politics to family life—so much so that it seems every story has only two sides: left and right. Robert O’Neil, president of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection […]
Few people get to work earlier than Roger Burchett. Bo Sykes and Whitney Holmes do, but as early-morning anchors of the live broadcast from the Charlottesville Newsplex, they have good reason to haul their tails to work by 2:00 in the morning. But Burchett, general manager of the operation that Gray Television established 18 months […]
Dear Ace: I went to South Street Brewery for my usual Tuesday night of $2.50 drafts, only to be handed a slip of paper at the door explaining that such low, low prices could not be offered past 9pm, per ABC laws. Is this true? If so, how’d SS get away with it for so long? Or […]